This thematic reader focuses on contemporary American culture and offers over 120 provocative readings and images representing a broad range of genres and diverse authorial voices.
- New visual literacy thread. The expanded ''Preview'' chapter introduces students to concepts of visual literacy and provides guides for different ways to think about visuals. Following this first chapter, each subsequent chapter begins with a visual literacy exercise.
- New "Other Voices" boxes. Throughout the book, new "Other Voices" give context and alternate views to the selections in the anthology. These new boxes appear at the end of readings.
- Expanded focus on critical reading and annotation. The expanded ''Preview'' chapter now includes guidelines on critical reading and annotation. New expanded headnotes give students more contextual information for each reading, so students can think critically about purpose and audience.
- 30 new readings. The sixth edition of American Voices: Culture and Community features thirty, fresh selections from a diverse group of authors. These new readings are on such contemporary, high-interest topics as growing up between cultures, high-stakes testing for students, gay marriage, outsourcing, and terrorism.