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Basic Reader for College Writers

Basic Reader for College Writers - 89 edition

Basic Reader for College Writers - 89 edition

ISBN13: 9780944210758

ISBN10: 0944210759

Basic Reader for College Writers by David Daniels, Janet M. Goldstein and Christopher G. Hayes - ISBN 9780944210758
Edition: 89
Copyright: 1989
Publisher: Townsend Press
International: No
Basic Reader for College Writers by David Daniels, Janet M. Goldstein and Christopher G. Hayes - ISBN 9780944210758

ISBN13: 9780944210758

ISBN10: 0944210759

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A Basic Reader for College Writers does more than just present a collection of readings. Its goal is to help students master the basic reading, thinking, and writing skills essential for college success. Among the book's distinctive features are 1) 32 lively reading selections, 2) high-quality exercises that offer practice in both reading and writing, and 3) numerous paragraph and essay writing assignments - along with detailed suggestions to help students succeed on the assignments.


  • Emphasis on an essential principle of both reading and writing. This principle is that any thoughtful communication of ideas has two basic parts : (1) a point is made and (2) that point is supported. Students are encouraged when reading an essay to look for a central idea as well as for the reasons, facts, examples, and details that support that idea. They are reminded when writing to follow the same basic principle : that is, to make a point and then provide support for that point. And they discover that thinking (which they also do when actively reading or writing) involves testing the worth of ideas by deciding whether there is solid support for those ideas.
  • High interest level. At the heart of the book are the thirty-two selections, grouped into six thematic units. All of the readings are clearly and logically written; all present intriguing ideas, helpful practical information, or revealing insights into human nature.
  • Frequent skills practice. The book assumes that reading and writing are interrelated skills. Work on reading can improve writing; work on writing can improve reading. Practice in both reading and writing follows each of the thirty-two selections. Following is the sequence of activities :
    • First Impressions - Three free writing topics that encourage students to come to terms with what they have read.
    • Words to Watch and Vocabulary Check - To build students vocabularies, up to 15 words from the selection are defined in a "Words to Watch" section that precedes the reading selection; following the selection, other words that may be unfamiliar to students appear in a vocabulary-in-context activity
    • Reading Check - Ten comprehension questions involving four key skills : finding the central point and main ideas, recognizing key supporting details, drawing inferences, and understanding the writer's craft.
    • Outlining Activity or Summarizing Activity - These skills are an important part of reading and writing. The activities increase in difficulty as the book progresses.
    • Discussion Questions - Four provocative questions to stimulate further thought about the selection and its topic. These can also be used as alternative writing assignments.
    • Paragraph Assignments and Essay Assignments - Two of each; numerous sample topic sentences and thesis statements, as well as specific suggestions for supporting these points, help students succeed on the writing assignments. (Including the three "First Impressions" topics and the four discussion questions, there are eleven possible writing topics for each of the thirty-two readings!)
  • Ease of use. A Basic Reader for College Writers is designed to be simple for both teachers and students to use. The activities listed above are easy to present in class and convenient to correct. Answers are provided in three places : a) following the first reading selection ("Bird Girl"), so that students learn right at the start how to complete the activities that follow each reading; b) in a partial answer key at the back of the book (containing answers for the first reading selection in each unit); c) in the Instructor's Manual, whose answers may be photocopied and given to students at the instructor's discretion.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction : How to Become a Better Reader and Writer

Unit I. Personal Memories

1. Bird Girl (with Answer Key), Clark DeLeon
2. Being a Boy, Julius Lester
3. The Back of the Bus, Mary E. Mebane
4. To Get a Story, I Flimflammed a Dead Man's Mother, Bob Teague
5. Back from Death?, Susan Seliger

Unit II. Families and Children

6. Batter Up, Bill Cosby
7. What Do Children Owe Their Parents?, Ann Landers
8. Students in Shock, John Kellmayer
9. When My Brother Was Slain, Ben Fong-Torres
10. Living the Simple Life, Carolyn Lewis

Unit III. Sports and Leisure

11. Fun. Oh Boy, Fun. You Could Die from It, Suzanne Britt Jordan
12. Rudeness at the Movies, Bill Wine
13. Strike Out Little League, Robin Roberts
14. Television Addiction, Marie Winn
15. Boxing Is a Barbarism Civilization Can Do Without, H. Bruce Miller

Unit IV. Understanding Ourselves

16. What Is Intelligence, Anyway?, Isaac Asimov
17. Funerals Are Good for People, William M. Lamers, Jr.
18. The Urge to Conform, Vincent Ryan Ruggiero
19."Learning" to Give Up, Albert Rosenfeld
20. Don't Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgment Robert L. Heilbroner

Unit V. Social Issues

21. A Crime of Compassion, Barbara Huttmann
22. How About Low-Cost Drugs for Addicts?, Louis Nizer
23. Why We Throw Food Away, William Rathje
24. Escape Valve, Gregg Easterbrook
25. What We Can Learn from Japan's Prisons, James Webb
26. Turning On Turned-Off Workers, Michael LeBoeuf

Unit VI. Survival Skills

27. The Smart Way to Buy a New Car, Luella Fern Sanders
28. Classroom Note-Taking, Clarissa White
29. Owning a Pet Can Have Therapeutic Value, Jane Brody
30. Face Up to Your Fears, Lois B. Morris
31. Specific Details, David Skwire and Frances Chitwood
32. Problems and Pain, M. Scott Peck