From “To the student”
Reading Essentials for Biology is designed to help you read, learn, and understand biology. Biology content is presented by sections in a total of 39 chapters. Each section is divided into Before You Read, Read to Learn, and After You Read.
Before You Read helps you organize your thoughts by drawing from prior knowledge, asking questions about information you would like to better understand, or finding clues in the text about the topics that will be covered.
In Read to Learn, the text focuses on key biology concepts. Key terms are reinforced and redefined. Read to Learn contains margin features to help you understand, organize, and reinforce new information. As you read, a at the end of a paragraph provides a visual clue for answering the Reading Check question in the margin.
After You Read presents a Mini Glossary featuring the key terms from the section and an activity using the terms. Additional activities help you organize, summarize, and analyze the content in the Read to Learn section.
To the Student
CHAPTER 1 Biology: The Study of Life
CHAPTER 2 Principles of Ecology
CHAPTER 3 Communities and Biomes
CHAPTER 4 Population Biology
CHAPTER 5 Biological Diversity and Conservation
CHAPTER 6 The Chemistry of Life
CHAPTER 7 A View of the Cell
CHAPTER 8 Cellular Transport and the Cell Cycle
CHAPTER 9 Energy in a Cell
CHAPTER 10 Mendel and Meiosis
CHAPTER 11 DNA and Genes
CHAPTER 12 Patterns of Heredity and Human Genetics
CHAPTER 13 Genetic Technology
CHAPTER 14 The History of Life
CHAPTER 15 The Theory of Evolution
CHAPTER 16 Primate Evolution
CHAPTER 17 Organizing Life’s Diversity
CHAPTER 18 Viruses and Bacteria
CHAPTER 19 Protists
CHAPTER 20 Fungi
CHAPTER 21 What is a Plant?
CHAPTER 22 The Diversity of Plants
CHAPTER 23 Plant Structure and Function
CHAPTER 24 Reproduction in Plants
CHAPTER 25 What is an Animal?
CHAPTER 26 Sponges, Cnidarians, Flatworms, and Roundworms
CHAPTER 27 Mollusks and Segmented Worms
CHAPTER 28 Arthropods
CHAPTER 29 Echinoderms and Invertebrate Chordates
CHAPTER 30 Fishes and Amphibians
CHAPTER 31 Reptiles and Birds
CHAPTER 32 Mammals
CHAPTER 33 Animal Behavior
CHAPTER 34 Protection, Support, and Locomotion
CHAPTER 35 The Digestive and Endocrine Systems
CHAPTER 36 The Nervous System
CHAPTER 37 Respiration, Circulation, and Excretion
CHAPTER 38 Reproduction and Development
CHAPTER 39 Immunity from Disease