Summary: A key challenge in the first-year composition course is to inspire students as readers and to spark the kind of thoughtful classroom discussion that leads to solid academic writing. As series editor of The Best American Essays, Robert Atwan constantly scours a wide range of print and online periodicals, bringing to America Now an unrivaled awareness of the best writing on today's hottest issues. To make these issues especially relevant for students, Atwan also explor
es hundreds of campus newspapers on the Internet to find the best student writing on current topics. These models by their peers from across the country show students that they, too, can share ideas through their own discussion and writing.
Summary: A key challenge in the first-year composition course is to inspire students as readers and to spark the kind of thoughtful classroom discussion that leads to solid academic writing. As series editor of The Best American Essays, Robert Atwan constantly scours a wide range of print and online periodicals, bringing to America Now an unrivaled awareness of the best writing on today's hottest issues. To make these issues especially relevant for students, Atwan also explores hundreds of campus newspapers on the Internet to find the best student writing on current topics. These models by their peers from across the country show students that they, too, can share ideas through their own discussion and writing. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:7TH 07 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Bedford Books Year Published: 2007 International: No
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1. Body Image: Is It A Serious Issue?
Deborah Tannen, My Mother, My Hair[Los Angeles Times, Jan. 2006] Annie Bradford (student), Here's Looking at You [U Magazine, The University of Texas, Fall 2005] Camille Paglia, The Pitfalls of Plastic Surgery [Harper's Bazaar, May 2005] America Then: Charles Atlas Ad Art Carey, This Way Up: Men's Faces Go Under the Knife [Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 2006]
2. Social Networking: How Is Facebook Changing Our Lives?
Michael Bugeja (student), Facing the Facebook [The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 2006] Angela Adair (student), Facebook Addiction Spreads [The Reflector, Mississippi State University, Jan. 2005] America Then: A 19th Century Personals Ad
3. Cultural Identities: Can We Live Dual Lives?
Jhumpa Lahiri, My Two Lives [Newsweek, Mar. 2006] Grace Hsiang (student, University of California, Irvine), FOBs vs. Twinkies [Pacific News Service, April 2005] (advertisment) American Indian College Fund, "If I stay on the Rez..." Isra Bhatty (student, University of Chicago), Reppin' Islam [Diskord/Campus Progress, May 2005]
4. Can Genetics Explain Who We Are?
James Shreeve, The Greatest Journey [National Geographic Magazine, Mar. 2006] Henry Louis Gates Jr., My Yiddish Mama [The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 2006] America Then: Roots Megan Rundle (student), Unearthing Family Roots [The Digital Collegian, Penn State, Dec. 2005]
5. Gender Differences -- How Real Are They?
(cartoon) Jerry Scott/Jim Borgman, When Guys Hang Out [The Boston Globe, Jan. 2006] Marilyn vos Savant, Are Men Smarter than Women? [Parade Magazine, Jul. 2005] Steven Pinker, Sex Ed [The New Republic, Feb. 2005] Judith Kleinfield, What's Going On (Wrong) with Our Boys? [Open Spaces, Aug. 2006] Daphne LaBua (student), My Brain has a Sex? [The Tufts Daily, Tufts University, Oct. 2005]
6. Do Words Matter?
John Leo, Awash in Euphemisms [Townhall.com, Feb. 2006] Lucia Perillo, Definition of Terms [PMS, #5, 2005] William Safire, Changing Warming [The New York Times Magazine, Aug. 2005] Jaclyn Barbarow (student), Queering the Campus [The Emory Wheel, Emory University, Oct. 2005] Adam Jacot De Boinod, Global Wording [Smithsonian, Mar. 2006]
7. Today's American Language: How Is It Changing?
Charles McGrath, The Pleasures of the Text (The New York Times Magazine, Jan. 2006] (sidebar) A Text Message Version of the Ten Commandments Elissa Englund (student), Good Grammar [State News, Michigan State University, Sept. 2005] Rebecca Wheeler, My Goldfish Name is Scaley: There's Nothing to Correct [DoubleTake, Spring 2006] America Then: The Telegraph
8. Video Games: How Are They Transforming the Culture?
Will Wright, Dream Machines [Wired, April 2006] Rebecca Hagelin, Video Game Violence and Our Sons [Townhall.com, Mar. 2006] Brandon Nadeau, Video Games Make Society Less Violent [The Daily Campus, The University of Connecticut, Oct. 2005] America Then: Pong, The World's First Video Game
9. Do We Need an Ethics of Buying?
Bill McKibben, Pie in the Sky [Orion, Mar./Apr. 2006] Jan Goodwin, The Human Cost of Fakes [Harper's Bazaar, Jan. 2006] Sarah J. Gernhauser (student), The Morality of Designer Knock-Offs [The Daily Reveille, Louisiana State University, Mar. 2006] (advertisment) Adbusters, Buy Nothing Day, [Adbusters Magazine, Mar./Apr. 2006] (manifesto) United Students Against Sweatshops Peter Law (student), A Call for More Sweatshop Labor [Columbia Spectator, Columbia University, Mar. 2006]
10. The News Media: Are Opinions Replacing Facts?
(cartoon) William Haefeli, You Must Be This Tall [The New Yorker, Jan. 2006] David Westin, The Truth about TV News [Columbia Journalism Review, Mar./Apr. 2005] William Darby (student), The Extinction of the Informed Citizen [The DePaulia, DePaul University, Jun. 2005] Jason Browne (student), If You Don't Have an Opinion, Relax [The Reflector, Mississippi State University, Apr. 2005]
11. Are Science and Religion Compatible?
(cartoon) Gary Trudeau, Doonesbury, "Uh-Oh" [The Boston Sunday Globe, Dec. 2005] Jennifer Jackson (student), God, Science Not Mutually Exclusive [The Daily Cougar, University of Houston, Oct. 2005] Chase Mitchell (student), Age-Old Debate [The Auburn Plainsman, Auburn University, Oct. 2005] Gary Greenberg, Intelligent Designs [Brain, Child, Winter, 2006] Paul McHugh, Teaching Darwin [The Weekly Standard, Mar. 2005] America Then: The Scopes Trial
12. Torture: Can It Ever Be Justified?
Senator John McCain, Torture's Terrible Toll [Newsweek, Nov. 2005] Charles Krauthammer, The Truth about Torture [The Weekly Standard, Dec. 2005] Calvin Trillin, Another Lesson in White House Values [The Nation, Nov. 2005] Dan Mollison, Say No to Torture [The Daily Illini, University of Illinois, Dec. 2005]
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