Reading in Context helps students acquire the vocabulary and reading skills they need to achieve academic success by teaching and reinforcing key concepts with engaging, contextualized readings. Each unit focuses on an academic reading skill, an academic discipline, and three readings that provide Canadian, academic, and professional context for the discipline in focus. Fifteen new words from the Academic Word List (AWL) are introduced in each unit and then recur throughout the text to helpstudents retain new vocabulary. The Critical Thinking and Synthesis section at the end of each unit allows students to evaluate how ideas are presented in the three readings, compare or apply ideas, and synthesize the information. A practical, student-friendly approach develops and supports specific reading skills * identifying main ideas and supporting details * recognizing comparisons and contrasts * summarizing and paraphrasing * interpreting graphs, tables, and maps * identifying cause-and-effect relationships * differentiating between facts and opinions* understanding details, time relationships * recognizing perspective and toneFeatures* Authentic, multi-disciplinary readings engage students with post-secondary subject matter from a wide-variety of authentic sources. * Canadian content develops students' knowledge of Canadian culture and perspectives on national and global issues.* Vocabulary from the Academic Word List is taught and reused throughout the text to help students learn, understand, and retain key academic vocabulary. * Critical thinking and synthesis activities reinforce essential academic skills.