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This innovative modes-based reader by reading expert Kathleen McWhorter supports an integrated approach to reading and writing with unique scaffolded instruction that guides students through comprehension, analysis, evaluation, and written response — skills students will need to be successful in college. Compelling reading selections drawn from widely taught academic disciplines let students practice the work they’re expected to do in other college courses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312486884
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 3/22/2013
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 720
  • Sales rank: 111,647
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen T. McWhorter is professor emerita of humanities and former director of the Learning Skills Center at Niagara County Community College. She has also been on the faculty of the State University College at Buffalo. She is the author of a number of books on reading and writing skills for developmental and freshmen-level  students, including Expressways: Writing Scenarios, Paragraphs  and Essays, Second Edition ( 2009); Pathways:  Writing Scenarios, Sentences to Paragraphs, Second Edition ( 2010);  The Writer’s Selections, Fifth Edition (2008); Academic Reading, Seventh Edition (2010); Efficient and Flexible Reading, Ninth  Edition (2011); Active Reading Skills, Second Edition (2008); and Reading Across the Disciplines: College Reading And Beyond, Fourth Edition (2009). She has also authored a composition reader, Seeing the Pattern: Readings for Successful Writing (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2006) and coauthored, with Jane Aaron, The Successful Writer’s Handbook (2009).

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Skills for Success in Reading and Writing

Chapter 1 Student Success

Strategies for Success

Classroom Skills

Chapter 2 Understanding Texts and Images

Active Reading Strategies

Strategies for Understanding Texts

Chapter 3 Analyzing and Evaluating Texts and Images

Critical Reading and Thinking

Strategies for Evaluating What You Read

Analyzing and Evaluating Visual Aids

A Guide to Responding to Texts and Visuals

Chapter 4 Prewriting: How to Find and Focus Ideas

Choosing and Narrowing a Topic

Thinking about Your Purpose, Audience, and Point of View

Discovering Ideas to Write About

Chapter 5 Developing and Supporting a Thesis

What Is a Thesis Statement?

Developing Your Thesis Statement

Supporting Your Thesis Statement with Evidence

Students Write

Chapter 6 Drafting an Essay

The Structure of an Essay

Oragnizing Your Supporting Details

Preparing an Outline or a Graphic Organizer

Writing a Draft

Using Transitions and Repetition to Connect Your Ideas

Writing Your Introduction, Conclusion, and Title

Students Write

Chapter 7 Writing Effective Paragraphs

The Structure of a Paragraph

Writing a Topic Sentence

Including Supporting Details

Using Transitions and Repetition

Students Write

Chapter 8 Revising Content and Organization

Why Revise?

Useful Techniques for Revision

Key Questions for Revision

Analyzing Your Paragraph Development

Working with Classmates to Revise Your Essay

Using Your Instructor's Comments

Students Write  

Part 2 Readings for Writers

Chapter 9 Patterns: An Introduction

An Overview of Patterns

Combining Patterns

Writing an Essay That Combines Patterns

Chapter 10 Narration: Recounting Events

What is Narration?

Reading and Writing Narration Essays

A Model Narration Essay: Alton Fitzgerald White, "Right Place, Wrong Face"

Understanding, Analyzing, and Evaluating Narration Essays

Readings for Practice, Ideas for Writing

Sherry Amatenstein, Talking a Stranger through the Night

Richard LeMieux, The Lady in Red

Janel Healy, Singing for the Cameras: Reality TV = Community Exposure?

Combining the Patterns: Leslie Jamison, It's a Mad, Mad Marathon 

Textbook Selection: Ben Beekman and George Beekman, History of the Future

Writing Your Own Narration Essay

Student Essay: Mina Raine, Taking Back Control

Chapter 11 Description: Portraying People, Places, and Things

What Is Description? Reading and Writing Description Essays

How Is a Description Essay Structured?

A Model Description Essay: Jeremy MacClancy, Eating Chilli Peppers

Understanding, Analyzing, and Evaluating Description Essays

Readings for Practice, Ideas for Writing

Richard Selzer, The Discus Thrower

Brian Doyle, The Hawk

Veronica Chambers, The Secret Latina

Combining the Patterns: The Economist, A Step in the Right Direction

Textbook: Louis Giannetti, Costumes

Writing Your Own Description Essay

Student Essay: Ted Sawchuck, Heatstroke with a Side of Burn Cream

Chapter 12 Illustration: Explaining with Examples

What Is Illustration?

Reading and Writing Illustration Essays

A Model Illustration Essay: Bill Bryson, Snoopers at Work

Understanding, Analyzing, and Evaluating Illustration Essays

Readings for Practice, Ideas for Writing

Celestina Phillips, Thinking Purple and Living Green

Zach Miners, Twitter Takes a Trip to College

Cristina Rouvalis, Hey Mom, Dad, May I Have My Room Back?

Combining the Patterns: Brent Staples, Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter the Public Space

Textbook: Patrick Frank, Issue-Oriented and Street Art

Writing Your Own Illustration Essay

Student Essay: Dusty Henry, Black and Blue Friday: Fear of Shopping

Chapter 13 Process Analysis: Explaining How Something Works or Is Done

What Is Process Analysis?

Reading and Writing Process Analysis Essays

A Model Process Analysis Essay: William Saletan, "Gabby Giffords: Portrait of a Brain Being Rebuilt"

Understanding, Analyzing, and Evaluating Process Analysis

Readings for Practice, Ideas for Writing

Judith L. Allen, The End of a Relationship: How to Recover from a Broken Heart

Cindy Chupack, Dater's Remorse

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, Inside the Engine

Combining the Patterns: Andrew Bast, The Warrior's Brain

Textbook: Saundra K. Ciccarelli and J. Noland White, Secrets for Surviving College

Writing Your Own Process Analysis Essay

Student Essay: Aurora Gilbert, The Pleasures and Particulars of Philanthropy: How to Publicize Your Fund-Raising Event

Chapter 14 Comparison and Contrast: Showing Similarities and Differences

What Is Comparison and Contrast?

Reading and Writing Comparison-and-Contrast Essays

A Model Comparison-and-Contrast Essay: John Scalzi, Unstoppable Double-Fudge Chocolate Mudslide Explosion

Understanding, Analyzing, and Evaluating Comparison-and-Contrast Essays

Readings for Practice, Ideas for Writing

Sarah Spigelman, New York vs. Chicago Pizza

Dave Barry, We’ve Got the Dirt on Guy Brains

Deborah Tannen, Sex, Lies, and Conversation

Combining the Patterns: Amy Chua, Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

Textbook: Carole Wade and Carol Tavris, Dealing with Cultural Difference

Writing Your Own Comparison-and-Contrast Essay

Student Essay: Heather Gianakos, Border Bites

Chapter 15 Classification and Division: Explaining Categories and Parts

What Are Classification and Division?

Reading and Writing Classification and Division Essays

A Model Classification and Division Essay: Joshua Fruhlinger, Five Things to Avoid When Dating Online

Understanding, Analyzing, and Evaluating Classification and Division Essays

Readings for Practice, Ideas for Writing

Mindy Kaling, Types of Women in Romantic Comedies Who Are Not Real

Judith Viorst, Friends, Good Friends – Such Good Friends

David Bodanis, A Brush with Reality: Surprises in the Tube

Combining the Patterns: Carolyn Foster Segal, "The Dog Ate My Flash Drive"

Textbook: Michael R. Solomon, Types of Message Appeals

Writing Your Own Classification or Division Essay

Student Essay: Maris Vasquez, A Profile of Facebook Users

Chapter 16 Definition: Explaining What You Mean

What Is Definition?

Reading and Writing Definition Essays

A Model Definition Essay: Deborah Branscum, "The Hoarding Syndrome—When Clutter Goes Out of Control"

Understanding, Analyzing, and Evaluating Definition Essays

Readings for Practice, Ideas for Writing

Lars Eighner, On Dumpster Diving

Bethe Dufresne, Gullible Travels

Stefany Anne Golberg, Can You See Me Now? Deaf America

Combining the Patterns: Luis J. Rodriguez, Latino Heritage Month

Textbook: William E. Thompson and Joseph V. Hickey, Cybergroups

Writing Your Own Definition Essay

Student Essay: Brent Schwartz, Planking: A Flat Phenomenon

Chapter 17 Cause and Effect: Using Reasons and Results to Explain

What Are Cause and Effect?

Reading and Writing Cause-and-Effecct Essays

A Model Cause-and-Effect Essay: Amy Tan, E. Coli on the Rocks

Understanding, Analyzing, and Evaluationg Cause-and-Effect Essays

Readings for Practice, Ideas for Writing

John Clifton, Why Do People Watch Sports on TV?

Terry Tempest Williams, The Clan of One-Breasted Woman

Sharon Begley, Sins of the Grandfathers

Combining the Patters: Robert Epstein, How Science Can Help You Fall in Love

Textbook: Michele Shuster, Janet Vigna Gunjan Sinha, And Matthew Tontonoz, Warming Planet, Decreasing Biodiversity

Writing Your Own Cause-and-Effect Essay

Student Essay: Nathan Nguyen, Gambling on Our Future

Chapter 18 Argumentation: Supporting a Claim

What Is Argument?

Reading and Writing Argument Essays

A Model Argument Essay: Lisa M. Hamilton, Eating Meat for the Environment

Understanding, Analyzing, and Evaluating Argument Essays

Readings for Practice, Ideas for Writing

Sarah Fenske, Globe High School Censors Its Student Newspaper

Sebastian Junger, Why Would Anyone Miss War?

Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream

Combining the Patterns: Sam Graham-Felsen, Why I Dumped My iPhone

Textbook: Paul Boutin, The Age of Music Piracy Is Officially Over

Argument Pair: Debating the DREAM Act

Peggy Sands, What’s Wrong with the DREAM Act

Chicago Tribune, Pass the DREAM Act

Argument Pair: Debating Multitasking

Peter Bregman, How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking

David Silverman, In Defense of Multitasking

Writing an Argument Essay

Student Essay: James Sturm, Pull the Plug on Explicit Lyrics 


Part 3: Student Resource Guide

Chapter 19 Finding and Using Sources

When Should You Use Sources?

Primary and Secondary Sources

How to Locate Sources

Evaluating Sources for Relevance and Reliability

Working with Text: Reading Sources

Extracting Information from Sources

Avoiding Plagiarism

Documenting Your Source: MLA Style

A Student Model MLA-Style Paper

Nicholas Destino, Do Animals Have Emotions?

Glossary of Terms


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