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VISIONS ACROSS THE AMERICAS presents 70 cross-cultural essays on diverse topics such as: Language and Culture; the Family; Americans and Immigrants; Education and Intelligence; Lifestyles; Racism, Sexism, and Ageism; American Society, Prejudices and Stereotypes; and Technology, Cyberspace, and the Cosmos. Each chapter provides students with a blueprint for a specific essay type, with pre- and post-reading questions and activities that reinforce an understanding of the rhetorical modes, and encourage them to think and write clearly and critically.
1. COMMUNICATING IS LANGUAGE AT WORK. Tips on Becoming an Active Reader. Toni Morrison, Writers Together (annotated). Responding to Readings: Constructing Paragraphs and Essays. Generating Ideas and Establishing a Focus. Peter Elbow, Freewriting. Structuring Essays. Point of View: Position of Authority. Appropriate Use of Point of View. Lead-ins and Concluding Sentences. Transitions. Revising and Editing. Joanne Jaime, Marriage: The Changing Institution (annotated). Special Writing Activities: The Individual and Group Response. Journals, Reading/Writing Logs, and Thesis Notebooks. Response and Summary. Group Activities and Collaborative Writing. Pat Mora, Why I Am a Writer. Ray Bradbury, The Joy of Writing. Amy Tan, My Mother's English.
2.NARRATION. Common Elements of Narration. Creating Chronological Order. Developing Character. Establishing Mood and Tone. Tips on Writing Narrative Essays. Maxine Hong Kingston, Ghosts. Black Elk, The Offering of the Pipe as told to John G. Neihardt (Flaming Rainbow). Alice Walker, Journey to Nine Miles. Nguyen Ngoc Ngan, Saigon, April
1975.Alma Luz Villanueva, Leaps of Faith. Arthur C. Clarke, The Star. Additional Topics and Issues for Narrative Essays.
3.DESCRIPTION. Details: Appealing to the Five Senses. Figurative Language: Appealing to the Imagination. Dialogue: Revealing Characters Through Speech. Actions: Describing People by What They Do. Tips on Writing Descriptive Essays. Toshio Mori, The Woman Who Makes Swell Doughnuts. Maya Angelou, Champion of the World from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Katherine Barrett, Old Before Her Time. N. Scott Momaday, from The Way to Rainy Mountain. BarbaraGraham, Confessions of a Quit Addict. Langston Hughes, Salvation. Additional Topics and Issues for Descriptive Essays.
4.ILLUSTRATION AND EXAMPLE. Developing Your Thesis. Creating Vivid Examples. Tips on Writing Illustration and Example Essays. Mark Katz, Power Children. Nikki Giovanni, My Own Style. Philip K. Chiu, The Myth of the Model Minority. Ann Scheid, Where Have All the Flowers Gone: Is Humanity Its Own Worst Enemy? Russell C. Leong, Notes from a Son to His Father. Stephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie. Additional Topics and Issues for Illustration and Example Essays.
5.DEFINITION. Definition by Example. Definition by History. Definition by Comparison and Contrast. Definition by Negation. Tips on Writing Definition Essays. Isaac Asimov, What Is Intelligence, Anyway? Jo Goodwin Parker, What Is Poverty? Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Documented / Undocumented. Richard Rodriguez, Does America Still Exist? Lee Herrick, What Is This Thing Called Family? Additional Topics and Issues for Definition Essays.
6.PROCESS ANALYSIS. Directive Process Papers: How to Do Something. Informational Process Papers: How Something Is/Was Done. Tips on Writing Process Analysis Essays. Kathleen Hudson, Interviews: Stories That Make a Difference. Joyce M. Jarrett, Freedom. Garrison Keillor, How to Write a Personal Letter. Malcolm X, A Homemade Education from The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Luis M. Valdez, Perspectives on "Borders". Nikitta A. Foston, The Joys and Dangers of Flirting: How to Flirt, When to Flirt, and When Not to Flirt. Additional Topics and Issues for Process Analysis Essays.
7.COMPARISON AND CONTRAST. Developing Essays Using Comparison and Contrast. Irony and Voice. Tips on Writing Comparison and Contrast Essays. Andrew Lam, They Shut My Grandmother's Room Door. E.B. White, Education. Suzanne Britt,That Lean and Hungry Look. Cobie Kwasi Harris, River of Memory: The Ebb and Flow of Black Consciousness Across the Americas. Ursula Le Guin, American SF and The Other. Additional Topics and Issues for Comparison and Contrast Essays.
8.DIVISION AND CLASSIFICATION. Tips on Writing Division and Classification Essays. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Ways of Meeting Oppression. Constance García-Barrio, Creatures That Haunt the Americas. Robertson Davies, A Few Kind Words for Superstition. Gary Tewalestewa, American Indians: Homeless in Their Own Homeland. Bill Swanson, How Films Feed the Mind or When I'm Hungry, I Don't Want to Eat Candy. David Bodanis, What's in Your Toothpaste? Additional Topics and Issues for Division and Classification Essays.
9.CAUSE AND EFFECT. Structuring Cause-and-Effect Essays. Cause-and-Effect Fallacies. Tips on Writing Cause-and-Effect Essays. Megan McGuire, Growing Up with Two Moms. Karen Ray, The Naked Face. Phillip Persky, Guilt. Anna Quindlen, The Jackson 12 Performs: Is Modern Life a Spectator Sport? Carlos Bulosan, Labor and Capital: The Coming Catastrophe. Rose Anna Higashi, Eating with Immigrants. Additional Topics and Issues for Cause-and-Effect Essays.
10.COMBINED STRATEGIES. Tips on Writing Expository Essays. Frank La Peña, Sharing Tradition. Cynthia Lopez, Curanderismo: A Healing Art. Reginald Lockett, How I Started Writing Poetry. Woody Allen, Slang Origins. Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James. D. Houston, Arrival at Manzanar. Louise Erdrich, American Horse. Additional Topics and Issues for Expository Essays.
11.ARGUMENTATION: THE LOGICAL APPEAL. Inductive Logic. Deduction. Types of Argumentation. Clearly Stated Thesis. Avoiding Fallacies. Documenting Sources. Tips on Writing Argumentative Essays. *Grace Sumabat Mateo, The Anima of Anime Revisited. Amiri Baraka, Soul Food. Barbara Ehrenreich, In Defense of Splitting Up. Paula Gunn Allen, Who Is Your Mother? Red Roots of White Feminism. Douglas Laycock, Peyote, Wine, and the First Amendment. Mark Charles Fissel, On-line Learning and Student Success. Additional Topics and Issues for Argumentative Essays.
12.PERSUASION: THE EMOTIONAL APPEAL. Organizing Persuasive Compositions. Tips on Writing Persuasive Essays. Gore Vidal, Drugs. Phyllis McGinley, Women Are Better Drivers. Michael Dorris, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Tammerlin Drummond, Never Too Old. A North Chinese / Vietnamese Elder, I Want to Live Without Trouble. Bruce Henderson, Beyond the Spin:Sixties Assassinations and the Vietnam War. Additional Topics and Issues for Writing Persuasive Essays.
Appendix: MLA Documentation Glossary of Literary and Rhetorical Terms.
Index: Authors and Titles.