The Sundance Reader (with 2009 MLA Update Card) / Edition 5

The Sundance Reader (with 2009 MLA Update Card) / Edition 5

by Mark Connelly

THE SUNDANCE READER, 5e, contains over eighty readings drawn from a range of academic disciplines and professions. This exceptional collection of essays and articles includes both classic and contemporary authors' writings that pertain to topics as varied as the environment, culture, social issues, the media, and business. The diversity of topics in THE SUNDANCE… See more details below


THE SUNDANCE READER, 5e, contains over eighty readings drawn from a range of academic disciplines and professions. This exceptional collection of essays and articles includes both classic and contemporary authors' writings that pertain to topics as varied as the environment, culture, social issues, the media, and business. The diversity of topics in THE SUNDANCE READER appeals to students of all backgrounds and interests and emphasizes critical thinking, careful analysis, and effective writing to help you master essential composition skills you can apply in other courses and throughout your career. Students receive the most up-to-date information on MLA documentation with the enclosed tri-fold card providing NEW 2009 MLA Handbook formats.

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Table of Contents

1. THE WRITING CONTEXT. How We Write. The Writer. The Writer's Purpose. The Writer's Role. The Reader. Individual Readers. Extended Readerships. The Perceptual World. The Discipline. Writing Contexts. 2. THE WRITING PROCESS. Critical Thinking. Avoiding Errors in Critical Thinking. Strategies for Enhancing Critical Thinking. Prewriting. Moving from Topic to Thesis. Elements of a Thesis Statement. Supporting the Thesis. Developing Outlines. How to Write an Essay. Strategies for Creating a Composing Style. Writing the Whole Composition. Prewriting. Planning. First Draft with Revision Notes. Revised Draft with Instructor's Annotations. Final Draft. Writing on a Computer. Strategies for Writing on a Computer. Collaborative Writing. Strategies for Collaborative Writing. Writer's Block. Strategies for Overcoming Writer's Block. 3. CRITICAL READING. Reading Critically. Strategies for Critical Reading. Cornel West, Black Political Leadership (annotated essay). Using The Sundance Reader. Analyzing Visual Images. Photographs, Film, and Video. Perspective and Contrast Context. Visual Connotations. Timing and Duplication Manipulating Images. Gender and Cultural Issues. Perception and Analysis. Strategies for Analyzing Visual Images. 4. NARRATION: RELATING EVENTS. What Is Narration? The Writer's Purpose. Focus. Chronology. Strategies for Reading Narration. Understanding Meaning. Evaluating Strategy. Appreciating Language. Samuel Scudder, Take This Fish and Look at It (annotated essay). James Dillard, A Doctor's Dilemma. Maya Angelou, Champion of the World. Ramon "Tianguis" Pérez, The Fender-Bender. Martin Gansberg, Thirty-Eight Who Saw a Murder and Didn't Call the Police. Richard Preston, Ebola River. Ayann Hirsi Ali, The Arrangement. Blending the Modes. George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant. Writing Beyond the Classroom. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Interrogation of Lee Harvey Oswald. Walter Lord, The Reconstructed Logbook of the Titanic. Responding to Images: New Orleans Following Hurricane Katrina, September 2005. Strategies for Writing Narration. Suggested Topics for Writing Narration. Student Paper, Spare Change. Narration Checklist. 5. DESCRIPTION: PRESENTING IMPRESSIONS. What Is Description? Objective and Subjective Description. The Language of Description. Strategies for Reading Descriptions. Understanding Meaning. Evaluating Strategy. Appreciating Language. Jonathan Schell, Letter from Ground Zero (annotated essay). Lansing Lamont, The Bomb. Truman Capote, Out There. Luis Alberto Urrea, Border Story. Jose Antonio Burciaga, My Ecumenical Father. Carl T. Rowan, Unforgettable Miss Bessie. N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain. Paul M. Barrett, American Islam. Blending the Modes. E. B. White, Once More to the Lake. Writing Beyond the Classroom. Hard Rock Cafe Want Ad. Monica Ramos, The Resume of Monica Ramos. Responding to Images: Seattle Street Kids with Gun, 1983. Strategies for Writing Description. Suggested Topics for Descriptive Writing. Student Paper, My Bug. Description Checklist. 6. DEFINITION: ESTABLISHING MEANING. What Is Definition? Methods of Definition. The Purpose of Definition. Definition in Context. Strategies for Reading Definitions. Understanding Meaning. Evaluating Strategy. Appreciating Language. Eileen Simpson, Dyslexia (annotated essay). Janice Castro, Dan Cook, and Cristina Garcia, Spanglish. Ellen Goodman, The Company Man. John Berendt, The Hoax. Thomas Sowell, Needs. Joseph C. Phillips, He Talk Like A White Boy. Marie Winn, TV Addiction. Blending the Modes. The Economist, What Is Terrorism? Writing Beyond the Classroom: Two Definitions of Depression. The Encyclopedia of Psychology, Depression. Don D. Rosenberg, What Is Depression? Responding to Images: Anti-Gay Marriage Protest in Boston, 2004. Strategies for Writing Definitions. Suggested Topics for Writing Definitions. Student Paper, Disneyland Dads. Definition Checklist. 7. COMPARISON AND CONTRAST: INDICATING SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES. What Is Comparison and Contrast? The Purposes of Comparison and Contrast. Organizing Comparison and Contrast Papers. Strategies for Reading Comparison and Contrast. Understanding Meaning. Evaluating Strategy. Appreciating Language. Yi-Fu Tuan, Chinese Space, American Space (annotated essay). Rachel Carson, A Fable for Tomorrow. Suzanne Britt, Neat People vs. Sloppy People. Britt observes that neat people are lazier than sloppy people. Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee. Azadeh Moaveni, Maman and America. Bharati Mukherjee, Two Ways to Belong to America. Blending the Modes. Herman Badillo, Asians and Hispanics. Writing Beyond the Classroom. Peggy Kenna and Sondra Lacy, Communication Styles: United States and Taiwan. Responding to Images: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, 1951. Strategies for Writing Comparison and Contrast. Suggested Topics for Comparison and Contrast Writing. Student Paper, Parallel States: Israel and Ireland. Comparison and Contrast Checklist. 8. ANALYSIS: MAKING EVALUATIONS. What Is Analysis? Subjective and Objective Analysis. Detailed Observation. Critical Thinking for Writing Analysis. Strategies for Reading Analysis. Understanding Meaning. Evaluating Strategy. Appreciating Language. Judy Brady, Why I Want a Wife (annotated essay). Kathleen Deveny with Raina Kelley, Girls Gone Wild: What Are Celebs Teaching Kids? Walter Benn Michaels, The Trouble With Diversity. Benjamin Radford, How Television Distorts Reality. Darrell Huff, How to Lie with Statistics. Louis R. Mizell Jr., Who's Listening to Your Cell Phone Calls? Mortimer Zuckerman, The Tyranny of Imagery. Blending the Modes. Philip Gourevitch, What They Saw at the Holocaust Museum. Writing Beyond the Classroom. Kimberly A. Crawford, J.D., Surreptitious Recording of Suspects' Conversations. Responding to Images: Paris Hilton Arrives at Teen Choice Awards, 2004. Strategies for Writing Analysis. Suggested Topics for Writing Analysis. Student Paper, Endless War. Analysis Checklist. 9. DIVISION AND CLASSIFICATION: SEPARATING INTO PARTS AND RATING CATEGORIES. What Are Division and Classification? Division. Critical Thinking for Writing Division. Classification. Critical Thinking for Writing Classification. Strategies for Reading Division and Classification. Understanding Meaning. Evaluating Strategy. Appreciating Language. Russell Baker, The Plot Against People (annotated essay). Judith Viorst, Friends, Good Friends--and Such Good Friends. Martin Luther King Jr., Three Ways of Meeting Oppression. James Austin, Four Kinds of Chance. John Holt, Three Kinds of Discipline. Stephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie. Thomas H. Benton, The Seven Deadly Sins of Students. Blending the Modes. Northrop Frye, Our Three Languages. Writing Beyond the Classroom. Black's Law Dictionary, Homicide. Motion Picture Association of America, Parents: Stay Ahead of the Curve! Responding to Images: Symbols of Three Faiths. Strategies for Division and Classification Writing. Suggested Topics for Division and Classification Writing. Student Paper, Hispanics on Campus. Division and Classification Checklist. 10. PROCESS: EXPLAINING HOW THINGS WORK AND GIVING DIRECTIONS. What Is Process? Explaining How Things Work. Critical Thinking for Writing Explanations. Giving Directions. Critical Thinking for Writing Directions. Strategies for Reading Process. Understanding Meaning. Evaluating Strategy. Appreciating Language. Mortimer Adler, How to Mark a Book (annotated essay). Garrison Keillor, How to Write a Letter. Armond D. Budish, Fender Benders: Legal Do's and Don't's. Marvin Harris, How Our Skins Got Their Color. Reid Goldsborough, Don't Let "Phishers" Steal from You. Anne Weisbord, Resumes That Rate a Second Look. Eugene Raudsepp, Seeing Your Way Past Interview Jitters. Liz Grinslade, Evaluating a Job Opportunity. Blending the Modes. Malcolm X, My First Conk. Writing Beyond the Classroom. Lucille Treganowan, Cleaning Battery Terminals. Responding to Images: Election Day. Strategies for Process Writing. Suggested Topics for Process Writing. Student Paper, Securing Your Home. Process Checklist. 11. CAUSE AND EFFECT: DETERMINING REASONS AND PREDICTING RESULTS. What Is Cause and Effect? Deduction and Induction. Establishing Causes. Predicting Results. Critical Thinking for Cause-and-Effect Writing. Strategies for Reading Cause and Effect. Understanding Meaning. Evaluating Strategy. Appreciating Language. John Brooks, The Effects of the Telephone (annotated essay). John Taylor Gatto, Why Schools Don't Educate. Katha Pollitt, Why Boys Don't Play With Dolls. Diana Bletter, Refuse to Live in Fear. Norman Cousins, Who Killed Benny Paret? Blending the Modes. Brent Staples, Black Men and Public Space. Opposing Viewpoints: The "Abuse Excuse." Alan M. Dershowitz, The "Abuse Excuse" Is Detrimental to the Justice System. Leslie Abramson, The Abuse Defense Balances the Justice System. Writing Beyond the Classroom. Thomas Jefferson et al., The Declaration of Independence. Hewlett-Packard, Solving Printer Operation Problems. Responding to Images: Starbucks Cafe, Kuwait. Strategies for Cause-and-Effect Writing. Suggested Topics for Cause-and-Effect Writing. Student Paper, Why They Hate Us. Cause-and-Effect Checklist. 12. ARGUMENT AND PERSUASION: INFLUENCING READERS. What Is Argument and Persuasion? Persuasive Appeals. Appealing to Hostile Readers. Critical Thinking for Writing Argument and Persuasion. Strategies for Reading Argument and Persuasion. Understanding Meaning. Evaluating Strategy. Appreciating Language. Anna Quindlen, Uncle Sam and Aunt Samantha: It's Simple Fairness: Women as Well as Men Should Be Required to Register for the Draft (annotated essay). Blending the Modes. Mary Sherry, In Praise of the "F" Word. Opposing Viewpoints: Capital Punishment. Edward Koch, Death and Justice: How Capital Punishment Affirms Life. Lance Morrow, Why I Changed My Mind on the Death Penalty. Opposing Viewpoints: Granting Legal Status to Illegal Immigrants. George Bush, Illegal Immigrant Workers Should be Granted Legal Status. William F. Jasper, Illegal Immigrants Should Not be Granted Legal Status. Opposing Viewpoints: Ethnic Identity. Armstrong Williams, Hyphenated Americans. Julianne Malveaux, Still Hyphenated Americans. Writing Beyond the Classroom. Albert Einstein, Letter to President Roosevelt, August 2, 1939. Covenant House, Covenant House Needs Your Help. Responding to Images: Sign Warning Drivers of Illegal Immigrants. Strategies for Writing Argument and Persuasion. Suggested Topics for Writing Argument and Persuasion. Student Paper, Why a Black Student Union? Argument and Persuasion Checklist. Appendix: Writer's Guide to Documenting Sources. What Is Documentation? Why Document Sources? When to Document. What Not to Document. What to Document. Evaluating Internet Sources Checklist. Using Quotations. Using Paraphrases. Using MLA Documentation. Building a Works Cited List. In-text Citations. Sources and Sample Documented Essay. Using APA Documentation. Building a Reference List. In-text Citations. Strategies for Avoiding Common Documentation Problems.

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