ISBN-10:
0618973869
ISBN-13:
2900618973865
Pub. Date:
02/11/2008
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Writer's Selections: Shaping Our Lives / Edition 5

Writer's Selections: Shaping Our Lives / Edition 5

by Kathleen T. McWhorter

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Writer's Selections: Shaping Our Lives / Edition 5

Designed specifically for basic-level developmental courses, The Writer's Selections features short, high-interest readings from a wide range of sources. Arranged thematically, the selections spotlight the influences and decisions that shape people's lives including work, culture, media, and technology. Each reading is framed by strong pedagogical tools such as pre-reading and post-reading activities, as well as paragraph and essay writing assignments.

  • New! Significantly reworked and expanded, the opening chapter of instruction offers additional guidance on pre-writing, developing a thesis statement, organizing paragraphs, and writing both introductions and conclusions.
  • New! 30% of the readings are new to this edition carefully selected to serve as good models for student writing.
  • New! A new feature centers on how to prepare assignments using the Internet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900618973865
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 02/11/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Kathleen McWhorter (Ph.D. SUNY, Buffalo) is Professor of Humanities and Coordinator of Learning Skills at Niagara County Community College. In addition to her developmental writing series from Houghton Mifflin, McWhorter is the author of several successful reading and study skills texts from Longman including College Reading and Study Skills, Efficient and Flexible Reading, Academic Reading, and Guide to College Reading. Recently, Bedford Books also published a new title from McWhorter, Successful College Writing, for freshman composition courses.

Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter concludes with "Making Connections" and "Internet Connections." Essential Reading and Writing Skills The Reading Process The Writing Process 1. Decisions That Shape Our Lives Brainstorming About Decisions "A Rhodes Scholar with an Unlikely Past," Ray Rivera "The Chosen One," Laura Cunningham "Whether to Vote: A Citizen's First Choice," George C. Edwards III, Martin P. Wattenberg, and Robert L. Lineberry "Life Is So Good," George Dawson and Richard Glaubman "Saying Good-bye to Eric," Jennifer S. Dickman "Hold the Fries. Hey, Not All of Them!" Marian Burros "The Gift of Sacrifice," Blanca Matute (Student Essay) 2. Events That Shape Our Lives Brainstorming About Events "I Want Constantine's Murderer to Die," Olga Polites "The Scholarship Jacket," Marta Salinas "Ragtime, My Time," Alton Fitzgerald White "A Letter to My Daughter," Siu Wai Anderson "Naked Terror," Jeffrey Rosen "Breaking Glass," Jonathan Rosen "Desert Storm and Shield," Scott Stopa (Student Essay) 3. Work That Shapes Our Lives Brainstorming About Work "Breathe, Then Count to 10...," Amy Joyce "Mr. Mom's World," David Case "Cross Talk," Deborah Tannen "What Are They Probing For?" Barbara Ehrenreich "Why Interruption, Distraction, and Multitasking Are Not Such Awful Things After All," David H. Freedman "Preparing for a Job Interview," Courtland L. Bovee, John V. Thill, and Barbara E. Schatzman "Some Lessons from the Assembly Line," Andrew Braaksma (Student Essay) 4. Cultures That Shape Our Lives Brainstorming About Culture "Primary Colors," Kim McLarin "Black and Latino," Roberto Santiago "Fifth Chinese Daughter," Jade Snow Wong "The Beautiful Laughing Sisters—An Arrival Story," Mary Pipher "Dumpster Diving," Lars Eighner "Silenced Voices: Deaf Cultures and 'Hearing' Families," Richard Applebaum and William J. Chambliss "Cultural Education in America," Jonathan Wong (Student Essay) 5. Others Who Shape Our Lives Brainstorming About Others "Love Saves, in the Form of a Superhero and His Kidney," Angela Balcita "The Promised Land," Bill Cosby "Our Wounded Hearts," Allison Bernard "Gay Marriages Unite, and Divide, Families," Elizabeth Armstrong "Food from the "Hood," Lester Sloan "Bill Gates," Jimmy Carter "Do unto Others," David Polmer (Student Essay) 6. Media That Shape Our Lives Brainstorming About the Media "The Boss Puts the iPod to Work," Anjali Athavaley "Oprah Winfrey," Deborah Tannen "My First Story," Patrice Gaines "Music 'n Moods," Carolyn Gard "Prophets Without Honor," Donna Woolfolk Cross "After the War Coverage," Barb Palser "Sporting the Fan(tasy) of Reality TV," Colleen Diez (Student Essay) 7. Technology That Shapes Our Lives Brainstorming About Technology "Dangers of Social-Networking Sites," Brad Stone "The Seven Sustainable Wonders of the World," Alan Thein Durning "Stepping Through a Computer Screen, Disabled Veterans Savor Freedom," N. R. Kleinfield "Thoughts, Interrupted: Cell Phone's Convenience Also Comes with a Price—Constant Distraction," Amy Joyce "Dr. Dolphin," Richard Blow "RFID Tags: Big Brother in Small Packages," Declan McCullagh "Human Interaction," Christine Choi (Student Essay) Glossary Acknowledgments Index of Authors and Titles Revision Checklist for Essays RHETORICAL TABLE OF CONTENTS Narration "A Rhodes Scholar with an Unlikely Past," Ray Rivera "The Chosen One," Laura Cunningham "Life Is So Good," George Dawson and Richard Glaubman "Saying Good-bye to Eric," Jennifer S. Dickman "The Gift of Sacrifice," Blanca Matute "I Want Constantine's Murderer to Die," Olga Polites "The Scholarship Jacket," Marta Salinas "Ragtime, My Time," Alton Fitzgerald White "Breaking Glass," Jonathan Rosen "Desert Storm and Shield," Scott Stopa "Primary Colors," Kim McLarin "Fifth Chinese Daughter," Jade Snow Wong "The Beautiful Laughing Sisters—An Arrival Story," Mary Pipher "Love Saves, in the Form of a Superhero and His Kidney," Angela Balcita "My First Story," Patrice Gaines Description "A Letter to My Daughter," Siu Wai Anderson "Breaking Glass," Jonathan Rosen "Desert Storm and Shield," Scott Stopa "Mr. Mom's World," David Case "Some Lessons from the Assembly Line," Andrew Braaksma "Food from the "Hood," Lester Sloan "Bill Gates," Jimmy Carter "After the War Coverage," Barb Palser "The Seven Sustainable Wonders of the World," Alan Thein Durning "Dr. Dolphin," Richard Blow Illustration "Hold the Fries. Hey, Not All of Them!" Marian Burros "Mr. Mom's World," David Case "Cultural Education in America," Jonathan Wong "The Promised Land," Bill Cosby "Gay Marriages Unite, and Divide, Families," Elizabeth Armstrong "The Boss Puts the iPod to Work," Anjali Athavaley "Prophets Without Honor," Donna Woolfolk Cross "Dangers of Social-Networking Sites," Brad Stone "Stepping Through a Computer Screen, Disabled Veterans Savor Freedom," N. R. Kleinfield Definition "What Are They Probing For?" Barbara Ehrenreich "Dumpster Diving," Lars Eighner "Silenced Voices: Deaf Cultures and 'Hearing' Families," Richard Applebaum and William J. Chambliss "The Boss Puts the iPod to Work," Anjali Athavaley "Stepping Through a Computer Screen, Disabled Veterans Savor Freedom," N. R. Kleinfield "RFID Tags: Big Brother in Small Packages," Declan McCullagh Comparison and Contrast "Naked Terror," Jeffrey Rosen "Cross Talk," Deborah Tannen "Black and Latino," Roberto Santiago "Silenced Voices: Deaf Cultures and 'Hearing' Families," Richard Applebaum and William J. Chambliss Cause and Effect "Whether to Vote: A Citizen's First Choice," George C. Edwards III, Martin P. Wattenberg, and Robert L. Lineberry "Hold the Fries. Hey, Not All of Them!" Marian Burros "Breathe, Then Count to 10...," Amy Joyce "Why Interruption, Distraction, and Multitasking Are Not Such Awful Things After All," David H. Freedman "Our Wounded Hearts," Allison Bernard "Do unto Others," David Polmer "Oprah Winfrey," Deborah Tannen "Music 'n Moods," Carolyn Gard "Sporting the Fan(tasy) of Reality TV," Colleen Diez "Thoughts, Interrupted: Cell Phone's Convenience Also Comes with a Price—Constant Distraction," Amy Joyce "Dr. Dolphin," Richard Blow "Human Interaction," Christine Choi Process "Preparing for a Job Interview," Courtland L. Bovee, John V. Thill, and Barbara E. Schatzman "Dumpster Diving," Lars Eighner Argument "Naked Terror," Jeffrey Rosen "RFID Tags: Big Brother in Small Packages," Declan McCullagh

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