Controversy : Issues for Reading and Writing / Edition 3

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This innovative reader helps readers develop a strong cognitive approach to critical reading and writing by challenging them to express their own ideas on controversial issues and to respond to those of others on the same issues. It features opposing, accessible readings on sixteen current topics—with questions to stimulate application of prior knowledge, critical response, and persuasive writing—and with a focus on developing an active, questioning, skeptical approach toward ideas in print. The volume introduces the process of critical reading and writing, and provides issues for writing including the juvenile justice system, should witnesses become involved?, should adoption records be confidential?, aggression in sports, affirmative action in college admissions, obedience, controlling our own fates, rap as a cultural force, welfare vs. workfare, human cloning and human rights, the right to bear arms, sex education, should high school be required?, the effects of technology on society, pornography, and is freedom worth dying for? For those interested in improving their critical reading and writing skills.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131850965
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 5/11/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 8.89 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith J. Pula, professor of English at Maryland's Frostburg State University, has nearly 20 years of experience as a reading, composition, and learning disabilities specialist in a university setting. She has been recognized at campus and statewide levels for teaching excellence. A recipient of state and international organization scholarships, Pula has also served the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International as a member of its journal's editorial board and as state and chapter research chair.

Audrey T. Edwards taught reading and composition to college freshmen for 11 years; she has won several awards for her teaching, including individualized instruction of students with learning disabilities. Currently a professor in the Department of Secondary Education and Foundations at Eastern Illinois University, she administers a field-oriented program to prepare secondary-school teachers.

R. Allan Dermott, professor emeritus of English at the New Hampshire Community Technical College at Manchester/Stratham, taught English for 28 years, first in the public schools and then at four universities and colleges. He has several published articles and presentations to his credit. His main focus was in teaching developmental reading and composition courses and helping students with learning disabilities.

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Table of Contents


Winter Survival, David W. Johnson and Frank P. Johnson.

1. Overview: The Process of Critical Reading and Writing.

The Process of Critical Reading. The Writing Process.

2. The Juvenile Justice System: Does It Work?

Mapping the Streets of Crime, from Newsweek. Enough Is Enough, Judy Sheindlin with Josh Getlin.

3. Should Witnesses Become Involved?

Triple Slaying Probed, from The Associated Press. 37 Who Saw Murder Didn't Call the Police, Martin Gansberg.

4. Keeping Secrets: Should Adoption Records Be Confidential?

I Have a Right to Know, Jessica Branch, featuring an interview of Shanna Wells. I Have a Right to My Privacy, Jessica Branch, featuring an interview of an anonymous birth mother.

5. Aggression in Sports.

Mr. Hyde and Dr. Jekyll, George Plimpton. A Humanistic Approach to Sports, Irving Simon.

6. Affirmative Action in College Admissions: Essential or Unfair?

Diversity Is Essential, Lee C. Bollinger. But Not at This Cost, Armstrong Williams.

7. Obedience: A Good Quality?

When I Need Your Opinion I'll Give It to You, Sam Levenson. Would You Obey a Hitler?, Jeanne Reinert.

8. Controlling Our Own Fates.

God Helps Those Who Stop Hurting Themselves, Harold Kushner. Heart Attack!, Michael Crichton.

9. Rap as a Cultural Force.

If Hip-Hop Ruled the World, Aisha K. Finch. Organizing the Hip-Hop Generation, Angela Ards.

10.Welfare vs. Workfare.

Guess What? Welfare Reform Works, Gary S. Becker. A Step Back to the Workhouse?, Barbara Ehrenreich.

11. Human Cloning and Human Rights.

Should the United States Ban Human Cloning? Yes: Individual Dignity Demands Nothing Less, George J. Annas. Human Cloning? Don't Just Say No, Ruth Macklin.

12. The Right to Bear Arms.

American Revolutionary, Matthew Edwards. The Hydrogen Bomb Lobby, Art Buchwald.

13. Sex Education: What Is the Best Approach?

Ignorance Won't Curb STIs,, Jamie Fetty. Frequently-Asked Questions About Sex Education, the National Coalition for Abstinence Education.

14. Should High School Be Required?

The Value of Higher Education, from Degrees to Succeed. Obsessive Compulsion: The Folly of Mandatory High-School Attendance, Jackson Toby.

15. Pornography: Free Speech or Harm to Women?

Why We Must Put Up with Porn, Susan Isaacs. Pornography and Civil Liberties, Catharine A. Itzin.

16. Is Freedom Worth Dying For?

Quakers and the American Revolution, Jeremiah Benezet. Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death, Patrick Henry.

17. The Effects of Technology on Society.

A New Declaration of Independence: How to Win Back Our Freedom from the Technocrats, Charles Siegel. On the Edge of the Digital Age: The Historic Moment, Peter Leyden.

Appendix A: Word Parts.

Appendix B: Guide to Literary Terms.

Appendix C: Allusion.

Appendix D: Connotations of Names.

Appendix E: Figures of Speech: Metaphors, Similes, and Clichés.

Appendix F: The Formality Spectrum: Indicators of Informality and Formality.

Appendix G: Irony of Situation.

Appendix H: Irony of Wording: Life Off Campus, (Anonymous).

Appendix I: Jargon: Little Miss Muffet, Russell Baker.

Appendix J: Symbols.

Appendix K: Spelling List.

Appendix L: Discussion Grading Sheet.

Appendix M: Essay Checklist.

Appendix N: Editing Checklist.

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