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Overview

What is the best way to encourage critical thinking? Reading and writing on topics that do not have clear-cut answers.

CONTROVERSY, Third Edition is an innovative reader that features opposing, accessible readings on seventeen current topics with a focus on developing and active, questioning, skeptical approach toward ideas in print.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135981030
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 6/22/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 335
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.68 (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

Introduction ix
"Winter Surival," xiv
Acknowledgments xvi
1. Overview: The Processes of Critical Reading and Writing 1
The Process of Critical Reading 2
The Writing Process 10
2. The Juvenile Justice System: Does It Work? 19
"Mapping the Streets of Crime," from Newsweek 23
"Why Not Name Guilty Juveniles?" 27
3. Should Witnesses Become Involved? 35
"Triple Slaying Probed," from the Associated Press 37
"37 Who Saw Murder Didn't Call the Police," 40
4. Keeping Secrets: Should Adoption Records Be Confidential? 49
"I Have a Right to Know" 51
"I Have a Right to My Privacy," 54
5. Aggression in Sports 61
"Mr. Hyde and Dr. Jekyll," 63
"A Humanistic Approach to Sports," 68
6. Controlling Our Own Fates 77
"God Helps Those Who Stop Hurting Themselves," 79
"Heart Attack!" 83
7. Obedience: A Good Quality? 95
"'When I Need Your Opinion I'll Give It to You,'" 97
"Would You Obey a Hitler?" 101
8. Rap as a Cultural Force 111
"If Hip-Hop Ruled the World," 114
"Organizing the Hip-Hop Generation," 118
9. Welfare versus Workfare 125
"Guess What? Welfare Reform Works," 128
"A Step Back to the Workhouse?" 133
10. The Right to Bear Arms 143
"American Revolutionary," 146
"The Hydrogen Bomb Lobby," 150
11. Human Cloning and Human Rights 159
"Should the United States Ban Human Cloning? Yes: Individual Dignity Demands Nothing Less," 162
"Human Cloning? Don't Just Say No," 165
12. Physician-Assisted Suicide 173
"Threat of Assisted Suicide," 175
"Reflections on 'Death with Dignity Act,'" 179
"Death and Dignity: A Case of Individualized Decision Making," 185
13. Reactions to Crowded Cities 199
"Everyone Belonged," 201
"Sex Morals on the Lower East Side," 202
"The Poets Were Paid," 203
"Sliding Down into the Behavioral Sink," 206
14. The Effects of Technology on Society 219
"A New Declaration of Independence: How to Win Back Our Freedom from the Technocrats," 221
"On the Edge of the Digital Age: The Historic Moment," 231
15. Is Freedom Worth Dying For? 247
"Is Life More Sacred than Liberty?" 250
"Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death," 254
16. Pornography: Free Speech? 263
"Why We Must Put Up with Porn," 265
"Equality and Speech," 270
17. Reducing the Threat of Drugs 277
"Past Experience with Legalization," 280
"The War on Drugs Should Be Abandoned," 285
Appendixes
A. Word Parts 297
B. Guide to Literary Terms 299
C. Allusion 301
D. Connotations of Names 303
E. Figures of Speech: Metaphors, Similes, and Cliches 305
F. The Formality Spectrum: Indicators of Informality and Formality 308
G. Irony of Situation 311
H. Irony of Wording: "Life Off Campus" 313
I. Jargon: "Little Miss Muffet," 315
J. Symbols 318
K. Spelling List 320
L. Discussion Grading Sheet 324
M. Essay Checklist 325
Index of Reading Titles 329
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