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This thematic reader provides 60 short, contemporary, and engaging readings to help students develop analytical reading and writing skills.Brief, accessible readings--ranging from personal topics such as >“Identity” and “Relationships,” to broader categories like “Work” and “Pop Culture,” --engage readers and encourage critical reading and analytical discussions. The text is organized around 10 contemporary topics, each illustrated by a diverse selection of essays, as well as non-traditional sources including letters to the editor, articles from a college newspaper, travel writing, and dictionary entries. Individuals who want to improve their critical reading skills and learn to shape their writing for different audiences and media.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321117403
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 295
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Thematic Contents.


Reading Analytically: Identifying with the Text.

1. Identity.

Myths and Misconceptions: Interview with Naomi Wolf, Andy Steiner.

I Was a Member of the Kung Fu Crew, Henry Han Xi Lau.

Proliferation of Campus Clubs: Too Much of a Good Thing, Leo Reisberg.

Black Men and Public Space, Brent Staples.

Two Ways to Belong in America, Bharati Mukherjee.

What is an American?, Edward L. Hudgins.

Comparing the Selections.

2. Relationships.

My Mother, Amy Tan.

Silk Parachute, John McPhee.

The Mysteries of Tortellini, Kristina Streeter.

Drama King Wants His Queen Back, Carolyn Hax.

That Charlie, Daniel Pinkwater.

Lawless Friendships, Mary Cantwell.

Comparing the Selections.

3. Scenes and Places.

The Phony Farm, Laura Cunningham.

El Hoyo, Mario Suarez.

Key West, Joy Williams.

A Love That Transcends Sadness, Willie Morris.

MIT Begins to Rebuild Hope, David Eisen.

Island, Gretel Ehrlich.

Comparing the Selections.

4. Work.

Legal Aide, Lorrie Moore.

Ka-Ching, Margaret Atwood.

The Puritan Work Ethic, Brian Dean.

The Work Ethic, Redefined, Virginia Postrel.

Why Serve and Learn in Mexico?, The International Partnership for Service Learning.

The Volunteers, Peter Matthiessen.

5. Popular Culture.

A Black Fan of Country Music Tells All, Lena Williams.

George Harrison, Dave Laing and Penny Valentine.

Chicken Riddle, Jane and Michael Stern.

Cheerio Seinfeld, Joyce Millman.

Where Woman Was, There Gal Shall Be, Natalie Angier.

Why Don't We Like the Human Body, Barbara Ehrenreich.

Comparing the Selections.

6. The Media.

My Sister's Dead Body Is No Longer News, Jim Heid.

The School Shootings: Why Context Counts, LynNell Hancock.

Just a Little Honest, Maureen Dowd.

Staring Back, Francine Prose.

The Difficulty of Detachment, Mary Carmichael.

Mike's On: Radio's Obscure Comic Genius, Scott Shuger.

Comparing the Selections.

7. Education.

Academia's Overheated Competition, Andrew Delbanco.

California Makes College an Entitlement, Abigail Thernstrom.

Responses to Thernstrom, Salvatore J. Catania, Anthony Q. Fletcher, John Mockler.

Grade Inflation Not Only About Harvard, Rosemary Roberts.

Angels on a Pin, Alexander Calandra.

A Student Is Not an Imput, Michele Tolela Myers., Web Page.

Comparing the Selections.

8. Language.

In All Ways a Woman, Maya Angelou.

The Handicap of Definition, William Raspberry.

Immigrants Need to Learn Language that Says Success, Richard Estrada.

Jargon, Bryan A. Garner.

In Search of the Appropriate Euphemism, Jonathan Yardley.

Two Languages in Mind, but Just One in the Heart, Louise Erdrich.

Comparing the Selections.

9. Ecology.

The Road to Hell is Paved, Chet Raymo.

Environmental Ed. 101, William H. Schlesinger.

A Fight to Protect Home on the Range, Rene Sanchez.

The Unknown Risks, Jeremy Rifkin.

2001: The Year of the Ocean, Robert Kunzig.

The Litany and the Heretic, The Economist.

Comparing the Selections.

10. The Internet and Technology.

Internet Opens Up Whole New World for Local Hypochondriac, The Onion.

One Internet, Two Nations, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Upping the Ante, Jason Franchuk.

A Flat-Earther's Lament, Phil Leckman.

Going Mobile, Jim Coates.

Your Bionic Future, Glenn Zorpette and Carol Ezzell.


Index of Authors, Selections, and Terms.

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