Real Texts: Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines / Edition 2

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Real Texts is a new kind of reader for freshman composition–a collection of texts by academic, professional, and student writers that model the very best practices of writing within and across disciplines, from communication to chemistry, from nursing to education.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205020690
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


PART ONE: Rhetorical Reading and Writing

1 Reading Rhetorically

What Are Key Rhetorical Concepts

Rhetorical Reading

Using Key Rhetorical Concepts to Read Better

Reading to Understand the Purpose

Reading to Understand the Main Point

Reading to Understand the Author

Reading to Understand Audience

Reading for Research Methods and Evidence

Reading to Understand Organization

Reading to Understand Presentation

A Model for Reading Rhetorically

“Texts of Our Institutional Lives: Studying the ‘Reading Transition’ from High School to College: What Are Our Students Reading and Why?” David A. Jolliffe and Allison Harl

Writing Assignment

2 Writing Rhetorically

Rhetorical Writing

Using Key Rhetorical Concepts to Write Better

Writing for a Purpose

Writing to Make a Point

Writing as an Effective Author

Writing to Establish a Relationship with an Audience

Writing about Research Methods and Evidence

Organizing Your Writing

Presenting Your Writing

A Model for Writing Rhetorically

“Just As Human,” Abby DeCook (student essay)

Writing Assignment

PART TWO: Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines

3 Speech Communication: Analyzing Audiences

Portable Rhetorical Lesson: Writing for Multiple Audiences

Writing in the Discipline

“Remarks by the President After Briefing on BP Oil Spill,” May 28, 2010,President Barack Obama

Notes on Grammar, Style, and Rhetoric: Sentence Subjects

Student Writing

“Apologizing to Friends, Enemies, and Everyone In Between: Analyzing Clinton’s Rhetoric,”Laura McGiness

Public Writing

“Post-Katrina Speech from Jackson Square, New Orleans,” September 15, 2005,President George W. Bush

More Writing in Speech Communication

“Emergent Agents: The Forgotten Publics in Crisis Communication and Issues Management Research,” Damion Waymer and Robert L. Heath

Writing Assignments

4 Religion and Society: Analyzing Cultural Assumptions

Portable Rhetorical Lesson: Writing Effective Thesis Statements

Writing in the Discipline

“Civil Religion in America,” Robert N. Bellah

Notes on Grammar, Style, and Rhetoric: First-Person Pronouns

Student Writing

“Peter Berger and the Study of Religion: An Examination of Sociological Method,” Philip Park

Public Writing

“Obama Refashions America’s Old-time (Civil) Religion,” Daniel Burke and Kevin Eckstrom

More Writing in Religion and Society

“Is the Pledge [of Allegiance] merely Ceremonial Deism?” Jay Michaelson

Writing Assignments

5 Sociology: Searching for Causes of Social Problems

Portable Rhetorical Lesson: Limiting a Research Topic

Writing in the Discipline

“Parenting as a ‘Package Deal’: Relationships, Fertility, and Nonresident Father Involvement among Unmarried Parents,”Laura Tach, Ronald Mincy, and Kathryn Edin

Notes on Grammar, Style, and Rhetoric: Noun Phrases

Student Writing

“The Politics of Cohabitation,” Joy Van Marion

Public Writing

“Till Children Do Us Part,” Stephanie Coontz

More Writing in Sociology

“Unmarried with Children,” Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas

Writing Assignments

6 Biotechnology: Building Consensus for Progress

Portable Rhetorical Lesson: Persuading with Balanced Arguments

Writing in the Discipline

“Feeding the World in the Twenty-First Century,” Gordon Conway and Gary Toenniessen

Notes on Grammar, Style, and Rhetoric: Hedges in Persuasive Writing

Student Writing

“The Insurance Industry and Adult Preventative Genetic Screening: An evil beast using awesome powers for harm?” Meghan Sheehan

Public Writing

“Biotechnology: Genetic Modification of Crops,” Public Understanding of Biotechnology, South Africa Department of Science and Technology

More Writing in Biotechnology

“Science and Technology in World Agriculture: Narratives and Discourses," Pasquale Lucio Scandizzo

Writing Assignments

7 Nursing: Observing to Improve Practice

Portable Rhetorical Lesson: Using Personal Observation for Rhetorical Purpose

Writing in the Discipline

“A Phenomenologic Study of Chronic Pain,” Sandra P. Thomas

Notes on Grammar, Style, and Rhetoric: Appeals to the General and Particular

Student Writing

“Nursing Care Plan,” Curt Gritters

“Reflection Paper,” Megan Nyenhuis

Public Writing

“Naomi,” from Camp Nurse, Tilda Shalof

More Writing in Nursing

“The Man in White,” Lisa Ricciotti

Writing Assignments

8 Political Science: Building Knowledgeable Arguments

Portable Rhetorical Lesson: Building Credibility as an Author

Writing in the Discipline

“Kant or Cant: The Myth of the Democratic Peace,” Christopher Layne

Notes on Grammar, Style, and Rhetoric: Textual Coherence

Student Writing

“Democratic Consolidation in Israel?” James R. King

Public Writing

“Apathy Among the Educated,” Hassina Sherjan

More Writing in Political Science

“Iraq and the Democratic Peace: Who Says Democracies Don’t Fight?” John M. Owen IV

Writing Assignments

9 Biology: Describing Nature

Portable Rhetorical Lesson: Using Visual Aids to Make Information Accessible

Writing in the Discipline

“Influence of Training and Match Intensity on Injuries in Rugby League,” Tim J. Gabbett

Notes on Grammar, Style, and Rhetoric: Passive Verbs

Student Writing

“Oxygen Consumption During Sedentary and Physically Active Video Gaming in College Males,” Cathryn Ghena et al.

Public Writing

“The Female Hurt,” Marguerite Holloway

More Writing in Biology

“Blood Flow Restricted Exercise and Skeletal Muscle Health,” Todd M. Manini and Brian C. Clark

Writing Assignments

10 Media Studies: Analyzing the Rhetoric of Images

Portable Rhetorical Lesson: Analyzing Images

Writing in the Discipline

“The Politics of Staring: Visual Rhetorics of Disability in Popular Photography,” Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Notes on Grammar, Style, and Rhetoric: Final Free Modifiers

Student Writing

“‘Contemplating Things as They Are’: Propaganda and the Photography of the Farm Security Administration,” Katelyn Beaty

Public Writing

“Looking at War,” Susan Sontag

More Writing in Media Studies

“Obesity Prevention” from Public Service Advertising that Changed a Nation , The Advertising Council

Writing Assignments

11 Chemistry: Summarizing Research

Portable Rhetorical Lesson: Summarizing to Shape the Future

Writing in the Discipline

“Aging, Bioavailability, and Overestimation of Risk from Environmental Pollutants,” Martin Alexander

Notes on Grammar, Style, and Rhetoric: Uses of Old Information in a Critical Review

Student Writing

“Introduction to Bioremediation of Pentachlorophenol,” Arianne Folkema

Public Writing

“Realms of the Soil,” from Silent Spring, Rachel Carson

More Writing in Chemistry

“Health and Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Disaster,” Philip J. Landrigan et al.

Writing Assignments

12 English Education: Challenging Conventions

Portable Rhetorical Lesson: Challenging Conventions Purposefully

Writing in the Discipline

“Of Color, Classes, and Classrooms” from Bootstraps, Victor Villanueva

Notes on Grammar, Style, and Rhetoric: Sentence Fragments and Special Effects

Student Writing

“Who Cares?: Analysis and Application of Victor Villanueva’s Bootstraps,” Cherilyn Dudley x

Public Writing

“The Theory Behind the Dictionary: Cultural Literacy and Education,” E. D. Hirsch

More Writing in English Education

From What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy,” James Paul Gee

Writing Assignments

13 Marketing: Motivating Action

Portable Rhetorical Lesson: Using “All Available Means” of Persuasion

Writing in the Discipline

“One Common Purpose,” Steelcase Corporation

Notes on Grammar, Style, and Rhetoric: The Language of Motivation

Student Writing

“Safe Haven Marketing Campaign,” Sarah Steen

Public Writing

“Leap Chair Advertisement,” Steelcase Corporation

More Writing in Marketing

“Leap [Chair] Productivity and Health Impact Study,” Ben Amick and Kelly DeRango

Writing Assignments

APPENDIX: Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism



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