Main Event : Readings for Writing and Critical / Edition 1

Main Event : Readings for Writing and Critical / Edition 1

by Hoffman, Catherine A. / Hoffman, Andrew J. Hoffman, Catherine A. / Hoffman, Andrew J.
     
 

A thematic reader wits integrated writing instruction.

This reader contains twelve thematic sections, each featuring a "Main Event" reading and a companion assignment for critical thinking and writing. Each writing assignment covers a different type of writing—both academic and practical. The text discusses various preparation strategies

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A thematic reader wits integrated writing instruction.

This reader contains twelve thematic sections, each featuring a "Main Event" reading and a companion assignment for critical thinking and writing. Each writing assignment covers a different type of writing—both academic and practical. The text discusses various preparation strategies so that you can more effectively and efficiently put your thoughts into words—and your words onto paper.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900130486584
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reading Critically.

   The Basics of Reading Critically.

      Determining Main Ideas and Supporting Ideas.

      Summarizing the Reading.

      Analyzing the Evidence.

      Establishing the Credibility of the Author.

      Reading Yourself into an Expert.

1. Film and Television.

Main Event Reading: “The Stoned Screen” by Brian D. Johnson.

   Main Event Writing Assignment.

   Preparation Punch List.

   Main Event Writing Lesson: Basic Essay Form.

      Thesis.

      The Essay.

      Structure of the Essay: The Funnel System.

      Body Paragraph Development.   

The Main Event Writing Sample: “Disturbing Films”.

   Additional Readings:

      “Go Ahead, Make Her Day” by Richard Corliss and Jeanne McDowell.

      “You’ve Come Which Way, Baby?” by Elayne Rapping.

      “Working Women” by Tess Ryan-Wilkinson.

      “Fade to Black” by George Alexander.

      “Call It ‘Kid-Fluence’” by Marci McDonald and Marianne Lavelle.

      “The Market for Television Violence” by James T. Hamilton.

      “We are Training Our Kids to Kill” by Dave Grossman.

2. Democracy inthe Classroom.

   Main Event Reading: “Crossing Boundaries” by Mike Rose.

   Main Event Writing Assignment: Preparation Punch List.

   Main Event Writing Lesson: Using Definition in an Essay.

   The Main Event Writing Sample: “Democracy Promotes Success”.

   Additional Readings:

   from Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville.

      “Tocqueville on Democratic Intellectual Life” by Allan Bloom.

“The De-Democratization of Schools and Literacy in America” by James V. Hoffman.

      “Renewing Democracy in Schools” by Nel Noddings.

      “Tests That Fail Democracy” by Gregory Shafer.

      “The Good Old Golden Rule Days” by William A. Henry, III.

3. Dreams.

   Main Event Reading: from The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud.

   Main Event Writing Assignment.

   Preparation Punch List.

   Main Event Writing Lesson: Using Summary in an Essay.

   The Main Event Writing Sample: “Wish Fulfillment: A Dream of My Mother”.

   Additional Readings:

   “On the Nature of Dreams” by Carl Jung.

“The Nature of Dreaming” by James A. Hall.

“The Meaning of Dreams” by Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick.  

“People in Dreams” by Gayle Delaney.

“Scientists Debate over Dreams Takes a New Twist” by Brigid Schulte. “The Nature and Uses of Dreaming” 

  by Ernest Hartmann.

“I Have a Dream” by Roger L. Welsch.

4. Marriage and Divorce.

Main Event Reading: “Patterns in Marriage” by Judith S. Wallerstein and Sandra Blakeslee.

   Main Event Writing Assignment.

   Preparation Punch List.

Main Event Writing Lesson: An Interview.

   The Main Event Writing Sample: “The Marriage of Serena and Vince”.

   Additional Readings:

“Blowing Up the Myths: Myth #4 and Myth #5” by Phillip C. McGraw.

“Love Lessons from a Divorce Lawyer” by Robert Stephan Cohen.

“Marriage and Divorce American Style” by E. Mavis Hetherington.

“Fault or No Fault?” by Muller Davis.   

“Warning: Living Together May Ruin Your Relationship” by Stephanie Staal.

“Time, Sex, and Money” by Michael G. Lawler and Gail S. Risch.

“The Marriage Rehearsal” from Chatelaine by Peter Carter.

5. American Cities and Towns.

   Main Event Reading: “On the Playing Fields of Suburbia” by David Brooks.

   Main Event Writing Assignment.

   Preparation Punch List.

   Main Event Writing Lesson: Audience, Tone, and Purpose.

   The Main Event Writing Sample: “The Myth of Suburbia”.

   Additional Readings:

      “Critical Mass or Incredible Mess?” by Bill Manson.

      “Making Cities Civil” by Joseph Dolman.

       “The Ecology of Hollywood” by Rory Spowers.

      “The Future of New York” by Jonathan Alter and Geoffrey Gagnon.

      “In Detroit, A Crusade to Stop Child Killings” by Alexandra Marks.

      “Bitterness Taints a Sweet Victory” by David Lamb.

“The Changing Heartland” by Dean Foust, Brian Grow, and Aixa M. Pascual.

6. Technology & Society.

   Main Event Reading: “DNA Detectives” by Gunjan Sinha.

   Main Event Writing Assignment.

   Preparation Punch List.

Main Event Writing Lesson: Critique.

   The Main Event Writing Sample: “Critique of ‘DNA Detectives’”.

   Additional Readings:

      “Welcome to the Snooper Bowl” by Lev Grossman.

      “Narcissus Cloned” by John J. Conley.

      “Clear Thinking about Human Cloning” by Terence Hines.

      “The Virtualizing of Education” by Samuel L. Dunn.

      “Look Out for the Luddite Label” by Langdon Winner.

      “Technology as a Magnifier of Good and Evil” by Robert D. Kaplan.

“The Mike Mulligan Moment: Computers May be Dumb, But They’re Not Too Dumb to Take Your Job” by

   Robert Wright.

7. Your Body.

Main Event Reading: “The Pursuit of Beauty: The Enforcement of Aesthetics or a Freely Adopted Lifestyle?” by Henri

Wijsbek.

Main Event Writing Assignment.

   Preparation Punch List.

   Main Event Writing Lesson: Causal Analysis.

   The Main Event Writing Sample: “Fad Diets: A Craze You Should Avoid”.

   Additional Readings:

      “Body Envy” by Nora Underwood.

      “Does He or Doesn’t He?” by Pat Haire.

      “Exercise That Fits Your Body” by Kimberly Wong.

      “The Answer to Weight Loss is Easy – Doing It is Hard” by Marion J. Franz.

      “I Had an Eating Disorder…and Didn’t Even Know It!” by Lori Gottlieb.

      “The Fattening of America” by Barry Sears with Bill Lawren.

      “Sports Supplement Dangers” from Consumer Reports.

8. Youth Culture.

   Main Event Reading: “Born in Fire: A Hip-Hop Odyssey”.

   Main Event Writing Assignment.

   Preparation Punch List.

   Main Event Writing Lesson: Critical Analysis.

      Induction.

      Deduction.

      Distinguishing Between Facts and Inferences.

      Logical Fallacies.

   The Main Event Writing Sample: “Fashion as the Symbol of a New Generation”.

   Additional Readings:

      “Rave Fever” by Susan Oh and Ruth Atherley.

      “Get Ready for the Net Generation” by Mark L. Alch.

“Understanding Youth, Popular Culture, and the Hip Hop Influence” by Patricia Thandi Hicks Harper.

“The Kids are All Right” from The Economist.   

“Going to Extremes” by Joan Raymond.

“Habla English?” by Rebecca Gardyn.   

“Youth Shall Be Served” by Becky Ebenkamp and Karl Greenberg.

9. Biographies.

Main Event Reading: “Out West” from Inventing Mark Twain by Andrew Jay Hoffman.

   Main Event Writing Assignment.

   Preparation Punch List.

   Main Event Writing Lesson: Historical Analysis.

   The Main Event Writing Sample: “Mark Twain: Samuel Clemens in the Wild West”.

   Additional Readings: “It’s Going to Happen” by James Wallace and Jim Erickson.

      “Prologue” by Edmund Morris.

      “Outside the Slaughterhouse” by Theodora Kroeber.

“Portraits of a Marriage” by Hayden Herrera.

from Shakey: The Neil Young Story by Jimmy McDonough.   

“Politics” by Sidney Poitier.

“Then and Now” by Bill Blass.

10. Fairy Tales.

  Main Event Reading: “Cinderella, Or the Little Glass Slipper” by Charles Perrault.

     Main Event Writing Assignment.

Preparation Punch List.

  Main Event Writing Lesson: Literary Analysis.

  The Main Event Writing Sample: “Women in Fairy Tales”.

  Additional Readings:

      “Hansel and Gretel” by Jacob and Wilheim Grimm.

      “Rumpelstilzskin” by Jacob and Wilheim Grimm.

      “Beauty and the Beast” by Marie Le Prince de Beaumont.

      “The Ugly Duckling” by Hans Christian Andersen.

      from The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim.

      “The Fairy Tale Lady” by Claire Whitcomb.

      “From an Ounce of Sorrow” by Jan Knappert.

11. The Justice System.

  Main Event Reading: “Reasonable Doubts” by Stephen Pomper.

  Main Event Writing Assignment.

  Preparation Punch List.

  Main Event Writing Lesson: The Concession Paragraph.

  The Main Event Writing Sample: “Desperately Needed Prison Reforms”.

  Additional Readings:

   “Death and Texas” by JoAnn Wypijewski.

 “Justice on the Cheap” by Amy Bach.

 “The Problem with the Chair” by Carl M. Cannon.

 “Against Mandatory Minimums” by John J. DiIulio, Jr.

“The Risks Juveniles Face” by Jason Ziedenberg and Vincent Schiraldi.

“Adult Consequences for Young Offenders by Adam Rich.

“When the Evidence Lies” by Belinda Luscombe, et al.

12. Jobs in the 21st Century.

  Main Event Reading: “Expanding Your Comfort Zone” by Sandy Anderson.

  Main Event Writing Assignment.

  Preparation Punch List.

  Main Event Writing Lesson: Conducting Research.

  Main Event Writing Sample: “Jobs for the Future”.

  Additional Readings:

      “Where the Job Machine Will Be Cranking” by Bill Cheng.

      “Creating a Successful Career” by Anthony Stith.

      “Excellence: The Call to Greatness” by Lawrence G. Boldt.

“Suit Yourself: The Secret of Career Satisfaction” by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger.

“Do You Fit the Bill?” by Sandra Gurvis.

“Introduction: Advantages and Disadvantages of Night Owl Jobs” by Louise Miller.

Appendix 1: MLA Documentation.

Appendix 2: APA Documentation.

 

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