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Big Picture : Readings for Developing Writers

Big Picture : Readings for Developing Writers - 03 edition

Big Picture : Readings for Developing Writers - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9780130938350

ISBN10: 0130938351

Big Picture : Readings for Developing Writers by Jill Lahnstein - ISBN 9780130938350
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
International: No
Big Picture : Readings for Developing Writers by Jill Lahnstein - ISBN 9780130938350

ISBN13: 9780130938350

ISBN10: 0130938351

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03

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For developmental courses in Writing, Reading, and English.

The Big Picture is designed for instructors who teach holistically, who integrate reading and writing into their course, and who are ready for a new, exciting approach to teaching developmental students. Students read several works on a certain theme, engage in reading instructions along the way, and then move on to a writing assignment based upon the readings. Students get the structure they need, and they are engaged and interested.


  • Annotating prompts.
    • Offers students a specific way to connect with the text by having them annotate particular information, and teaching them the importance of doing so.
  • Vocabulary activities.
    • Helps students expand their vocabulary and become familiar with using a dictionary and thesaurus.
  • Profile sheets--Concludes each reading and serves as prewriting for several of the writing prompts in each unit.
    • Requires students to search the reading for literal and implied information in order to strengthen their reading and critical thinking abilities.
  • Examining questions--Asks students to identify main ideas, identify an author's purpose, characterize an author's tone, or analyze other aspects of each reading.
    • Encourages students to become better writers and more aware of the kinds of decision writers make.
  • Exploring questions--Requires students to look at the content of a reading and/or examine themselves in relation to the ideas in it.
    • Gives students an opportunity to develop their own ideas about a topic by engaging them in agreeing or disagreeing with an author's ideas, interpreting quotes, or sharing personal experience.
  • Each chapter--Includes a poem, a short story, textbook excerpt, as well as essays.
    • Able to be used in the reading classroom, the writing classroom, or the classroom that integrates the two.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


An Indian Father's Plea: Don't Label My Son a Slow Learner, Robert Lake. The Good Daughter, Caroline Hwang. Dead Man Walking, Sister Helen Prejean. Why I Quit the Klan, C.P. Ellis with Studs Terkel. Girl, Jamaica Kincaid. The Shakers; The Mystical World of the Shakers, James Henretta, et al. Mother to Son, Langston Hughes. The New Testament, James McBride. Suggestions. Profiling People.


Po Folks: Off With Their Heads, Margo Williams. Is Their Life On Mars? Teresa and Gerald Audersirk. Along the Tortilla Curtain, Pete Hamill. A Fable for Tomorrow, Rachel Carson. In the Suburbs, Louise Simpson. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros. What We Can Learn from Japan's Prisons, James Webb. Familiar Footing, Cheryl Saba. Suggestions. Profiling Places.


Reflections, Kenny Jackson. Dreaming: Mysterious Mental Activity During Sleep, Samuel L. Wood and Ellen Green Wood. Last Flight, Isao Matsuo. Today, Gabriela Pearse. Body Ritual Among the Nacirema, Horace Miner. 38 Who Saw Murder Didn't Call the Police, Martin Gansberg. Growng Up Game, Brenda Peterson. The Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin. Suggestions. Profiling Events.


Looking Up Something, Dennis Sampson. Now Hear This: Shhhhhhhhhhh, Jeanette Batz. Hooked on Anger, Russell Baker. The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allen Poe. The Right Chemistry, Anastasia Troufexis. Health Watch: Eating Disorders--Betrayal of the Body, Teresa and Gerald Audersirk. The Ways We Lie, Stephanie Ericsson. Childless...with Children, Andy Stein. Suggestions. Profiling Phenomena.


What is Poverty? Jo Goodwin Parker. The Quilt, Shirley Hart Berry. In Praise of the F Word, Mary Sherry. The Hammer Man, Toni Cade Bambara. The Powwow at the End of the World, Sherman Alexie. A Dose of Reality: The Truth about North America's Greatest Drug Problem: Ritalin, Richard De Grandpre. Racism and Sexism in the Media, Margaret Anderson and Howard F. Taylor. To Pet or Not to Pet? Nadya Labi. Suggestions. Profiling Issues.