Projections: Brief Readings on American Culture / Edition 2

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PROJECTIONS is a thematic reader designed to make maximum use of the cultural knowledge students bring with them into the classroom.
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"We found that the students responded with above average interest to the various texts represented in Projections. These kinds of texts are more familiar to them than most of the more traditional readings found in other composition textbooks. The brevity of the readings is also appealing, especially to my basic students. My impression is that more of my students do more of the assigned reading because the selections are shorter. We also try to infuse more visual literacy into our curriculum, and Projections is designed to address that concern."

"Overall, I love the readings in this text. They are well suited to the developing writer and they provide a wealth of information for thought and discussion."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780155042193
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 11/25/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface To the Student. Brief Contents. Detailed Contents. Rhetorical Contents. Part I. COMMUNICATION SKILLS: READING AND WRITING. 1. The Reading/Studying Process. Reading Essays. Active Reading Tips. A Sample Annotated Reading. Stewart Brand, We Owe It All to the Hippies. Ursula K. Le Guin, Read My Lips: On the Joys--and the Necessity--of Reading Aloud. Writing Summaries of Readings.
• Terry McMillan, On My Own Terms. Paraphrasing Readings. Working in Groups: The Collaborative Approach. Studying Tips. 2. The Writing Process: An Overview. Prewriting. Formal Prewriting: Answering Questions. Jewel, Me. From Prewriting to the Paragraph. Introductory Paragraphs. Body Paragraphs. Types of Sentences Used in Paragraph Development. Concluding Paragraphs. Revising Essays. Stages of Revision. Editing Essays. Methods of Exposition: Strategies for Development. Cause/Effect. Classification and Division. Comparison/Contrast. Definition. Description. Illustration and Example. Narration. Process Analysis. Argumentation and Persuasion. Why Study Argumentation? Inductive and Deductive Logic. On Logic, Reasoning, and Fallacies. Logical Fallacies. Choosing Just the Right Words: Diction and Style. John Leo,Whos for a Little Tongue Violence? Euphemism and Doublespeak. Vocabulary Logs. The Grading Standards Form: A Student/Instructor Checklist.
• Keith Sego, College Athletics: Not What It Appears to Be (Sample Student Essay). Part 2. THEMATIC READINGS. 3. The American Family. Observations and Opinions.
• Mark Twain, from Letters.
• Han Suyin, from The Family of Tomorrow.
• Bob Dylan, from The Times They Are A-Changin. Sei Shonogon, Embarrassing Things. Introduction. Gathering Thoughts: Prereading Inquiries. Louise Erdrich, Beneath the House. John Marlowe, Ill Do It for You. Alice Walker, Father.
• Anna Quindlen, Playing God on No Sleep.
• James D. Houston, How Playing Country Music Taught Me to Love My Dad. The Visual Connection: Photograph Writing Activities. How to Conduct an Interview.
• Kathleen Hudson Stevie Ray Vaughn (Sample Interview). Film Links: The American Family. Additional Writing Assignments. 4. Stereotypes and Social Barriers. Observations and Opinion.
• Margot Mifflin, from The Fallacy of Feminism in Rock.
• Bharati Mukherjee, on America Carson McCullers, from Loneliness…An American Malady.
• Gloria Anzaldua, from How to Tame a Wild Tongue. Martin Luther King, Jr., from I Have a Dream. Introduction. Gathering Thoughts: Prereading Inquiries. Amy Tan, Mothers English. Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Beyond the Tortilla Curtain. Toni Morrison, On the Backs of Blacks.
• Ray Hanania, One of the Bad Guys?
• Ishmael Reed, Ground Zero. The Visual Connection: Photograph Writing Activity. Film Links: Stereotypes and Social Barriers. Additional Writing Assignments. 5. Media: Controversies and Celebrities. Observations and Opinions. Will Rogers, from Daily Telegram. Dorothy Johnson, from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Marshall McLuhan, from The Medium Is the Message. Daniel Boorstin, from The Image. Gloria Steinem, from Erotica and Pornography. Introduction. Gathering Thoughts: Prereading Inquiries.
• Rose Anna Higashi, Boycott Americas Media: Take Back Your Thinking Skills. Victor Martinez, Chicanos, the Media, and the Vietnam War. Carol Squiers, Diana and the Paparazzi. Jack Kevorkian, A Modern Inquisition. The Visual Connection: Photograph Writing Activities. Film Links: The Media: Controversies and Celebrities. Additional Writing Assignments. 6. Environments. Observations and Opinions. Rachel Carson, from The Silent Spring. T.S. Eliot, from The Wasteland. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, from Women Who Run With the Wolves. Isaac Asimov, from The Villain in the Atmosphere. Introduction. Gathering Thoughts: Prereading Inquiries. Leora Broydo, Clothing Arguments. Gary Snyder, Back to Nature. Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, O Furo (The Bath).
• Andrew Lam, A Fate Worse than War. Garrison Keillor, Minnesotas Sensible Plan. The Visual Connection: Cartoon/Photograph Writing Activities. Film Links: Environments. Additional Writing Assignments. 7. Cyberspace and Technology. Observations and Opinions.
• Lisa Nakamura, from Head Hunting in Cyberspace. Kirkpatrick Sale, from Rebels Against the Future: Lessons for the Computer Age. Carl Sagan, from In Defense of Robots. Mary Shelley, from Frankenstein. Kori Quintana, from The Price of Power: Living in the Nuclear Age. Introduction. Gathering Thoughts: Prereading Inquiries. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Technology and Me.
• Grace Mateo, Cyberspace Dance Cards and Heartless Modems (Student). Vladlen Bakhnov, The Robotniks. Joshua Quittner, Life and Death on the Web. The Visual Connection: Photograph Writing Activities. Film Links: Cyberspace and Technology. Additional Writing Assignments. 8. Popular Culture. Observations and Opinions. Dave Frishberg, from Im Hip. Frank Zappa, from New York Magazine. Rob Hoerburger, from Gotta Dance! Yvette Doss, from Face It, Mr. Ad Executive: The Essence of Cool Is Ethnic. Introduction. Gathering Thoughts: Prereading Inquiries.
• Barbara Ehrenreich, Where the Wild Things Are. Dave Barry, Why Sports is a Drag.
• Martha L. Henning, Grays on Trays. T. Trent Gegax, Booming Amusement Parks: The Theme Is Extreme. A. J. Jacobs, Extremely Cool. The Visual Connection: Photograph Writing Activities. Film Links: Popular Culture. Additional Writing Assignments. 9. Television. Observations and Opinions. Marie Winn, from The Plug-in Drug: TV and the American Family. E.B. White, from Removal. Neil Postman, from Amusing Ourselves to Death. Georgette Bennett, from TVs Crime Coverage is Too Scary and Misleading. Introduction. Gathering Thoughts: Prereading Inquiries. Richard Zoglin, Beyond Your Wildest Dreams. Jane Whitney, When Talk Gets Too Cheap.
• Jonathan Rauch, The Difference Between 'Reality TV and Reality. Oscar Hijuelos, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. The Visual Connection: Photograph Writing Activities. Film Links: Television. Additional Writing Assignments. 10. Music. Observations and Opinions. Jerry Adler, from Marleys Ghost in Babylon. Victoria Starr, from k.d. Lang: All You Get Is Me. John Leland, from Born on the Border. Michelle Wallace, from When Black Feminism Faces the Music and the Music is Rap. Introduction. Gathering Thoughts: Prereading Inquiries. Robert Crumb, Street Musicians (comic). Susan Dobra, The Rites of the Dead. Quincy Troupe, Four and More: For Miles Davis.
• Dara Cook, The Aesthetics of Rap. *Willow Lamberson, Fake Music (student essay). The Visual Connection: Photograph Writing Activities. Film Links: Music. Additional Writing Assignments. 11. Movies. Observations and Opinions. Susan Sontag, from The Imagination of Disaster. E. Ann Kaplin, from Women in Film Noir. Akira Kurosawa, from Something Like an Autobiography.
• Dan Patanella, from Betty Boop and the Production Code of 1934. Introduction. Gathering Thoughts: Prereading Inquiries.
• Andrew Day, Popcorn Psychology: Movie Posters Make Contact, Sell Tickets.
• Stanley Crouch, Modern Day Minstrel Shows.
• Jessica Yellin, See No Evil: Where Have All the Villians Gone? Martin Scorsese, A Box Filled with Magic. The Visual Connection: Photograph Writing Activities. Film Links: Movies. Additional Writing Assignments. 12. The Body: Lanaguage, Ritual, and Wellness--A Casebook. Observations and Opinions.
• Leonard Cohen, from Suzanne.
• David Weeks and Jamie James, from Eccentrics.
• Paula Permutter, from the Journal of School Health.
• Kelli McCormack, from Youth and Tattoos. Introduction. Gathering Thoughts: Prereading Inquiries.
• Linda Hogan, All My Relations.
• Roohi Vora, The Magic of Mehendi: The Henna Painting Ceremony (Student).
• Soppie Phipps, Foreign Bodies.
• Nicole Overman, Striving to Be a Baywatch Barbie (Student).
• Joe Woodward, Pumped, Pierced, Painted and Pagan. The Visual Connection: Photograph Writing Activities. Film Links: The Body: Language, Ritual, and Wellness. Additional Writing Assignments. Appendix: Writing About Films. Two Terms. How to Take Notes on a Film. Questions and Guidelines for Writing. Glossary of Literary, Rhetorical, and Cultural Terms. *Denotes new to this edition.
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