Community Matters: A Reader for Writers

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Community Matters is a unique book which features writing instruction that emphasizes process, audience, and purpose, while presenting a wide range of readings that focus on vital community issues. Community Matters encourages its readers to think critically about the social, political, and philosophical meanings and importance of community while offering helpful advice on how to build a writer's community. Community Matters provides its readers an opportunity to work with community leaders, educators, and social...
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Overview

Community Matters is a unique book which features writing instruction that emphasizes process, audience, and purpose, while presenting a wide range of readings that focus on vital community issues. Community Matters encourages its readers to think critically about the social, political, and philosophical meanings and importance of community while offering helpful advice on how to build a writer's community. Community Matters provides its readers an opportunity to work with community leaders, educators, and social critics, encouraging them to respond through writing to local, national, and global community issues. Writing is connected with the community through thematic inquiry, reflection, and structured writing activities. Extensive writing samples are included. For all of those interested in community issues and writing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321081360
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xvii
Introduction 1
1 Reading 5
Reading Actively 5
Reading As a Process 6
Prereading Stage 7
Skimming 8
Study Stage 9
Reflective Response Stage 9
Study Stage 9
Example: Annotation of "Digital Divide by" Jason Loomis 10
Reading Images 16
2 Writing 19
Purpose 19
Audience 20
Building Your Self-Confidence as a Writer 21
Writing As a Process 22
Prewriting Strategies 23
Drafting 24
Revising 25
Editing for Style 26
The Class As a Writing Community 27
Writing Strategies 30
Description 30
Narration 31
Example 31
Process Analysis 31
Definition 32
Comparison and Contrast 32
Classification 33
Cause and Effect 33
Annotated Examples 33
"Mixed-Up" by Susan Voyticky 34
"Hats Off to Helpers!" by Heidi Metzler 36
Argument 38
"Volunteering" by Hazel Clarke 41
"Bread, Salt, and Heart Brochure" by International Rescue Committee 45
3 Research Writing 49
Guidelines for Writing a Research Paper 49
Choose a General Subject 49
Begin a Research Notebook 50
Compile a Working Bibliography 50
Research Your Topic Thoroughly 50
Field Research: Interviews and Case Histories 51
"Bachan's Story" by Donald Matsuda 52
Web Research 55
Searching the Web 56
Evaluating Your Resources 58
Taking Notes on Your Sources 59
Paraphrasing 60
Summarizing 60
Quotations 60
Avoiding Plagiarism 61
Developing a Working Thesis 61
Developing an Outline 61
Writing a First Draft 61
Sharing Your First Draft 62
Preparing Your Final Draft 63
"Affirmative Action: Perspectives from a Model Minority" by Jill Ho 64
"www.AIDSQuilt.org" by The Names Project 68
Works Cited 70
4 Writing About the Community: Resources 71
Guide to Worksheets 71
Example Community Writing Projects 82
Example: "The Baylands Marsh Restoration Project" by Anh Bui 82
Example: "Davidson Unified Methodist Church ... A History" by Angela Fisher, Josh Jones, and Emily Muceus" 85
Example: "New Jobs Commission Is Bad News for Adult Education in Michigan" by Joan Cripe and Lindsay Ferlin 88
5 A Sense of Place 92
Introduction 93
Impressions 95
My Grandmother's House 95
The Monkey Garden 97
Grand Central Terminal 100
The Way to Rainy Mountain 105
Shared Experiences 111
Mending Wall 111
A Moral Place 113
The Invisible Riot 120
The Clan of One-Breasted Women 125
Shaping the Community 135
The Other Side of the Wires 132
The Wisdom that Builds Community 141
The Social and Public Arts Resource Center 150
River of Words 158
6 Family 170
Introduction 171
Reflections On Traditions 173
No Name Woman 173
A Family Legacy 183
My Father's Funeral 191
Nani 197
Complexities of Family Life 201
I Stand Here Ironing 201
The Legacy of Divorce 208
A Parents' Bill of Rights 219
Shaping Solutions 223
Soul Sisters 223
Kathmandu 236
How to "YA/YA" in Your Neighborhood 247
A Vision of the Quilt 261
Names Project 266
AIDS Quilt--Letter 1 266
AIDS Quilt--Letter 2 269
AIDS Quilt--Letter 3 271
7 Education 276
Introduction 277
Experiences and Expectations 279
Ordinary Resurrections 279
The First Day 287
Postcards from the Edge 291
School Daze 299
Challenges and Strategies 311
Educating a Democracy 311
Multiple Intelligences 326
Digital Divide 334
A Different Mirror 348
Learning Through Collaboration 358
The Community Child 358
Jazz Gives Teens New Footing 369
Tales from the Bright Side: Miami-Dade Community College 374
Cross-Cultural Collaborations 384
8 Culture 392
Introduction 393
Myths and Symbols 395
The Olympic Games 395
A Glimpse of the Void 402
Playing the Race Card 405
Evita 414
Skeleton Woman in Seattle 423
Issues of Identity 436
Viet-Kieu 436
Virtual Tibet 443
We Are What We Eat 448
The Khan Men of Agra 455
Community Expressions 458
Culture Of, By and For the People 458
Write This Down 464
"Coming Home to Manilatown": Resurrecting the International Hotel 470
The Great Jazz Day 477
9 Work 486
Introduction 487
Experience and Reflection 489
Shooting an Elephant 489
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 495
Writing Matters 501
Jorge the Church Janitor Finally Quits 515
Analysis and Change 517
BoBo Capitalism 517
Walking Out on the Boys 525
Getting Close to the Machine 538
Working in Partnership With the Community 548
Deciding Your Own Destiny: Artist for Humanity, Boston, Massachusetts 548
Youth Industry 559
Philanthropy In Silicon Valley 567
Bread, Salt and Heart 572
10 Spirituality 594
Introduction 595
In Daily Life 597
London 597
The Heartland 604
Spirituality: Divine Love 610
Healing 616
Rituals 626
The Ninepatch and the Faceless Dolls 626
Chicken Soup 632
The New Testament 639
Paula 644
Inspirations 649
When the Shift Was Over 649
Belonging 651
Total Eclipse 654
The One-Thousand Paper Cranes Casebook 664
Credits 680
Index 683
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