Summary: This thematic reader was developed to meet the specific needs of mid-level writers, and focuses on the variety of influences that shape our lives--including people, events, cultures, media, work, and technology. All of the readings are short, accessible, engaging, and are culled from a wide range of sources.
Each reading is accompanied by strong pedagogy including pre-reading activities, post-reading activities, and paragraph and essay writing assignments. ...show moreOver 40 percent of the readings in the Fourth Edition have been updated to make the text more appealing to today's students, and include selections by both well-know professional writers and students.
Headnotes provide a brief introduction to each selection, identifying the source and establishing a context for consideration.
Journal Writing assignments encourage students to explore their ideas about featured topics before reading.
Practical advice on how to approach each essay, such as a particular reading or review technique that will improve the students' comprehension and recall of each essay, is offered prior to reading--as is a preview of potentially troublesome vocabulary.
Finding Meaning questions help student's assess their comprehension of a reading's literal content.
Understanding Technique sections guide students in analyzing the writer's methodology. For example, students may be asked to evaluate a writer's thesis statement; assess the effectiveness of a title, introduction, or conclusion; or study how the writer uses topic sentences or transitional words and phrases.
Paragraph-length assignments offer writers the opportunity to explore a focused topic; essay-length assignments give students experience in narrowing a topic and developing a short essay. Assignments often provide prompts that offer advice on how to approach the assignment or what to include.
Additional exercises stimulate interest and creativity by offering light, spontaneous writing assignments that, alternately, may be used as collaborative learning activities.
The Internet Connections sections have been revised with new activities and the corresponding Web sites have been updated.
Note: Each chapter concludes with Making Connections and Internet Connections.
Essential Reading and Writing Skills The Reading Process The Writing Process
1. Decisions That Shape Our Lives
Brainstorming About Decisions "The Chosen One," Laura Cunningham "A Heroic Life," Dirk Johnson, et al. "Life Is So Good," George Daws and Richard Glaubman "Saying Good-bye to Eric," Jennifer S. Dickman "Why Go Veg," Barbara Tunick "Hold the Fries. Hey, Not All of Them," Marian Burros "The Gift of Sacrifice," Blanca Matute (Student Essay)
2. Events That Shape Our Lives
Brainstorming About Events "The Scholarship Jacket," Marta Salinas "Ragtime, My Time," Alton Fitzgerald White "A Letter to My Daughter," Siu Wai Anderson "Naked Terror," Jeffrey Rosen "Breaking Glass," Jonathan Rosen "Blind to Faith," Karl Taro Greenfeld "Desert Storm and Shield," Scott Stopa (Student Essay)
3. Work That Shapes Our Lives
Brainstorming About Work "Mr. Mom's World," David Case "Cross Talk," Deborah Tannen "What Are They Probing For?," Barbara Ehrenrich "Seven Easy Ways to Become an Unhappy Job Seeker," Mary Ellen Slayter "Job Search 2.Oh!: There are Some New Rules for Searching the Web for Work," Jill Rachlin Marbaix "Preparing for a Job Interview," Courtland L. Bovee, John V. Thill, and Barbara E. Schatzman "A Seafood Survey," Robert Wood (Student Essay)
4. Cultures That Shape Our Lives
Brainstorming About Culture "Primary Colors," Kim McLarin "Black and Latino," Robert Santiago "Fifth Chinese Daughter," Jade Snow Wong "The Beautiful Laughing Sisters--An Arrival Story," Mary Pipher "Dumpster Driving," Lars Eighner "Silenced Voices: Deaf Cultures and 'Hearing' Families," Richard Appelbaum and William J. Chambliss (Textbook Excerpt) "Cultural Education in America," Jonathan Wong (Student Essay)
5. Others Who Shapes Our Lives
Brainstorming About Others "Shopping Can Be a Challenge," Carol Fleischman "The Promised Land," Bill Cosby "Our Wounded Hearts," Allison Bernard "Gay Marriages Unite, and Divide, Families," Elizabeth Armstrong "Food from the 'Hood," Lester Sloan "Bill Gates: Computer Wizard," Michael Schaller, Virginia Scharff, and Robert D. Schulzinger (Textbook Excerpt) "Do unto Others," David Polmer (Student Essay)
6. Media That Shape Our Lives
Brainstorming About the Media "Oprah Winfrey," Deborah Tannen "My First Story," Patrice Gaines "Music 'n Moods," Carolyn Gard "Advertising: Institutionalized Lying," Donna Woolfolk Cross "Prime-Time TV's New Guest Stars: Products," Brian Steinberg and Suzanne Vronica "After the War Coverage," Barb Palser "Sporting the Fan(tasy) of Reality TV," Colleen Diez (Student Essay)
7. Technology That Shapes Our Lives
Brainstorming About Technology "Stepping Through a Computer Screen, Disabled Veterans Savor Freedom," N. R. Kleinfield "New Trends Help Seekers Find Love Online," Michael Jones "Thoughts Interrupted: Cell Phones' Convenience Also Comes With a Price--Constant Distractions," Amy Joyce "Dr. Dolphin," Richard Blow "RFID Tags: Big Brother in Small Packages," Declan McCullagh "Human Interaction," Christine Choi (Student Essay)
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