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Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum with NEW MyCompLab -- Access Card Package / Edition 12

Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum with NEW MyCompLab -- Access Card Package / Edition 12

by Laurence Behrens

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ISBN-10: 0321929128

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Pub. Date: 02/15/2013

Publisher: Longman

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Remaining one of the best-selling interdisciplinary composition texts for over twenty-five years, Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum helps readers learn to write effectively for college.

This rhetoric and reader guides students through the essential college-level writing skills of summary, critique, synthesis, and analysis. A brand new section called Short Takes bridges the gap between writing instruction and readings with a series of step-by-step exercises. The anthology in Part III provides a wide range of carefully-selected, cross-disciplinary readings, including two new chapters on rumor and advertising.

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Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors

A Note to the Student

PART I How to Write Summaries, Critiques, Syntheses, and Analyses

Chapter 1–Summary, Paraphrase, and Quotation

What Is a Summary?

Can a Summary Be Objective?

Using the Summary

BOX: Where Do We Find Written Summaries?

The Reading Process

BOX: Critical Reading for Summary

How to Write Summaries

BOX: Guidelines for Writing Summaries

Demonstration: Summary

Will Your Job Be Exported?–Alan S. Blinder

Read, Reread, Highlight

Divide into Stages of Thought

Write a Brief Summary of Each Stage of Thought

Write a Thesis: A Brief Summary of the Entire Passage

Write the First Draft of the Summary

Summary 1: Combine Thesis Sentence with Brief Section Summaries

The Strategy of the Shorter Summary

Summary 2: Combine Thesis Sentence, Section Summaries, and Carefully Chosen Details

The Strategy of the Longer Summary

How Long Should a Summary Be?

Exercise 1.1: Individual and Collaborative Summary Practice

Summarizing Figures and Tables

Bar Graphs

Exercise 1.2: Summarizing Graphs

Pie Charts

Exercise 1.3: Summarizing Pie Charts

Line Graphs

Exercise 1.4: Summarizing Line Graphs


Exercise 1.5: Summarizing Tables


BOX: How to Write Paraphrases

Exercise 1.6: Paraphrasing


Choosing Quotations

Quoting Memorable Language

BOX: When to Quote

Quoting Clear and Concise Language

Quoting Authoritative Language

Incorporating Quotations into Your Sentences

Quoting Only the Part of a Sentence or Paragraph That You Need

Incorporating the Quotation into the Flow of Your Own Sentence

Avoiding Freestanding Quotations

Exercise 1.7: Incorporating Quotations

Using Ellipses

Using Brackets to Add or Substitute Words

BOX: When to Summarize, Paraphrase, and Quote

Exercise 1.8: Using Brackets

BOX: Incorporating Quotations into Your Sentences

Avoiding Plagiarism

BOX: Rules for Avoiding Plagiarism

Chapter 2–Critical Reading and Critique

Critical Reading

Question 1: To What Extent Does the Author Succeed in His or Her Purpose?

BOX: Where Do We Find Written Critiques?

Writing to Inform

Evaluating Informative

Writing Writing to Persuade

Exercise 2.1: Informative and Persuasive Thesis Statements

Evaluating Persuasive Writing

The Moon We Left Behind–Charles Krauthammer

Exercise 2.2: Critical Reading Practice

Persuasive Strategies

Logical Argumentation: Avoiding Logical Fallacies

BOX: Tone

Exercise 2.3: Understanding Logical Fallacies

Writing to Entertain

Question 2: To What Extent Do You Agree with the Author?

Identify Points of Agreement and Disagreement

Exercise 2.4: Exploring Your Viewpoints–in Three Paragraphs

Explore the Reasons for Agreement and Disagreement: Evaluate Assumptions

Inferring and Implying Assumptions

An Example of Hidden Assumptions from the World of Finance


How to Write Critiques

BOX: Guidelines for Writing Critiques

Demonstration: Critique

To What Extent Does the Author Succeed in His or Her Purpose?

To What Extent Do You Agree with the Author? Evaluate Assumptions

Model Critique: A Critique of Charles Krauthammer's "The Moon We Left Behind"- Andrew Harlan

Exercise 2.3: Informal Critique of the Model Critique

BOX: Critical Reading for Critique

The Strategy of the Critique

Chatper 3 Thesis, Introduction, Conclusion

Writing a Thesis

The Components of a Thesis

Making an Assertion

Starting with a Working Thesis

Using the Thesis to Plan a Structure

BOX: How Ambitious Should Your Thesis Be?

Exercise 3.1: Drafting Thesis Statements



Historical Review

Review of a Controversy

From the General to the Specific

Anecdote and Illustration: From the Specific to the General


Statement of thesis

Exercise 3.2: Introductions


Statement of the Subject's Significance

Call for Further Research

Solution/ Recommendation





Exercise 3.3: Drafting Conclusions

Chapter 4 Explanatory Synthesis

What is a Synthesis?

Summary and Critique as a Basis for Synthesis

Inference as a Basis for Synthesis: Moving Beyond Summary and Critique


Example: Same Sources, Different Uses

BOX: Where Do We Find Written Syntheses?

Using Your Sources

Types of Syntheses: Explanatory and Argument

Explanation: News Article from the New York Times

While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Cheese Sales- Michael Moss

Argument: Editorial from the Boston Globe

Got Too Much Cheeses?- Derrick Z. Jackson

What Are Genetically Modified (GM) Foods?

Genetically Modified Foods and Organisms- The United States Department of Energy

Why a GM Freeze?- The GM Freeze Company

How to Write Syntheses

BOX: Guidelines for Writing Syntheses

The Explanatory Syhtesis

Demonstration: Explanatory Synthesis- Going Up? An Elevator ride to Space

Exercise 4.1: Exploring the Topic

The History of the Space Elevator- P.K. Aravind

Applications of the Space Elevator- Bradley C. Edwards

Going Up- Brad Lemley

Consider Your Purpose

Exercise 4.2: Critical Reading for Synthesis

Formulate a Thesis

Decide How You Will Use Your Source Material

Develop and Orgnizational Plan

Summary Statements

Write the Topic Sentences

BOX: Organize a Synthesis by Idea, Not by Source

Write Your Synthesis

Explanatory Synthesis: First Draft

Revise Your Synthesis: Global, Local, and Surface Revisions

Revising the First Draft: Highlights




Exercise 4.3: Revising the Explanatory Synthesis

Model Explanatory Synthesis: Going Up? An Elevator Ride to Space- Sheldon Kearney

BOX: Critical Reading for Synthesis

Chapter 5 Argument Synthesis

What Is an Argument Synthesis?

The Elements of Argument: Claim, Support, and Assumption

Exercise 5.1: Practicing Claim, Support, and Assumption

The Three Appeals of Argument: Logos, Ethos, Pathos


Exercise 5.2: Using Deductive and Inductive Logic


Exercise 5.3: Using Ethos


Exercise 5.4: Using Pathos

The Limits of Argument

Fruitful Topics for Argument

Demonstration: Developing an Argument Synthesis- Balancing Privacy and Safety in the Wake of Virginia Tech

Mass Shootings at Virginia Tech, April 16, 2007- Report of the Review Panel

Laws Limit Schools Even After Alarms- Jeff Gammage and Stacey Bluring

Perilous Privacy at Virginia Tech- Christian Science Moniter Colleges

Are Watching Troubled students- Jeffrey McMurray

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Exercise 5.5: Critical Readings for Synthesis

Consider Your Purpose

Making a Claim: Formulate a Thesis

Decide How You Will Use Your Source Material

Develop an Organizational Plan

Formulate an Argument Strategy

Draft and Revise Your Synthesis

Model Argument Synthesis: Balancing Privacy and Safety in the Wake of Virginia Tech- David Harrison

The Strategy of the Argument Synthesis

Developing and Organizing the Support for Your Arguments

Summarize, Paraphrase, and Quote Supporting Evidence

Provide Various Types of Evidence and Motivational Appeals

Use Climactic order

Use Logical or Conventional Order

Present and Respond to Counterarguments

Use Concession

BOX: Developing and Organizing the Support for Your Arguments

Avoid Common Fallacies in Developing and using Support

The Comparison-and-Contrast Synthesis

Organizing Comparison-and-Contrast Syntheses

Organizing by Source or Subject

Organizing by Criteria

Exercise 5.6: Comparing and Contrasting

A Case for Comparison-and-Contrast: World War I and World War II

Comparison-and-Contrast Organized by Criteria

Model Exam Response

The Strategy of the Exam Response

Summary of Synthesis Chapters

Chapter 6 Analysis

What Is an Analysis?

BOX: Where Do We Find Written Analyses?

How to Write Analyses

The Plug-In Drug- Marie Winn

Exercise 6.1: Reading Critically: Winn

Locate and Appply an Analytic Tool

Locate an Analytic Tool

Apply the Analytic Tool

Analysis Across the Curriculum

BOX: Guidelines for Writing Analyses

Formulate a Thesis

Develop an Organizational Plan

Turning Key Elements of a Principle or a Definition into Questions

Developing the Paragraph-by-Paragraph Logic of Your Paper

Draft and Revise Your Analysis

Write an Analysis, Not a Summary

Make your Analysis Systematic

Answer the "So What?" Question

Attribute Sources Appropriately

BOX: Critical reading for Analysis

When Your Perspective Guides the Analysis

Demonstration: Analysis

Model Analysis: The Case of the Missing Kidney: An Analysis of Rumor- Lisa Shanker

Exercise 6.2: Informal Analysis of the Model Analysis

The Strategy of the Analysis Part II Brief Takes

Part II Brief Takes

Chapter 7 Artifical intelligence

Read; Prepare to Write

BOX: Group Assignment #1: Make a Topic List

BOX: Group Assignment #2: Create a Topic Web

Toward an Intelligence Beyond Man's- Robert Jastrow

The AI Revolution Is On- Steven Levy

Computer Wins on 'Jeopardy!': Trivial, It's Not- John Markoff

Watson Doesn't Know It Won on 'Jeopardy!'- John Searle

What Did Watson the Computer Do?- Stanley Fish

Watson Is Far from Elementary- Stephen Baker



Explanatory Synthesis



Alternate Assignment for Argument

Chapter 8 Fairy Tales: A Close Look at "Cinderella"

Read; Prepare to Write

BOX: Group Assignment #1: make a Topic List

BOX: Group Assignment #2: Create a Topic Web

An Introduction to Fairy Tales- maria Tatar

Five Variants of "Cinderella"

Cinderella- Charles Perrault

Cinderella- Jakob and Willhelm Grimm

Oochigeaskw- The Rough-Faced Girl (a Native American "Cinderella")

Walt Disney's "Cinderella"- Adapted by Campbell Grant

Cinderella- Anne Sexton



Explanatory Synthesis



Chapter 9 The Roar of the Tiger Mom

Read; Prepare to Write

BOX: Group Assignment #1: Make a Topic List

BOX: Group Assignment #2: Create a Topic Web

Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior- Amy Chua

Mother Inferior?- Hanna Rosin

Amy Chua Is a Wimp- David Brooks

In the Eye of the Tiger- Meghan Daum

Tiger Mom vs. Tiger Mailroom -Patrick Goldstein

America's Top Parent- Elizabeth Kolbert

In Defense of Being a Kid- James Bernard Murphy



Explanatory Synthesis



Part III An Anthology of Readings

Chapter 10 The Changing Landscape of Work in the Twenty-First Century

Prospect for Graduates

A Post-College Flow Chart of Misery and Pain- Jenaa Brager

Many with New College Degree Find Jon Market Humbling- Chaterine Rampell

Job Outlook for College Graduates Slowly Improving- Lacey Johnson

Data on the Job Market

College Majors, Unemployment and Earnings: Not all College Degrees are Created Equal- Anthony P. Carnevale, Ban Cheah, and Jeff Strohl

Employment Projections: 2010- 2020 Summary- U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics

Work and Identity

No Long Term: New Work and the Corrosion of Character- Richard Sennett

Trends Affecting Work

Making It in American- Adam Davidson

Will Your Job Be Exported? (Summary)- Alan S. Blinder

Is Your Job and Endangered Species?- Andy Kessler

Degrees and Dollars- Paul Krugman

Synthesis Activities

Researcg Activities

Chapter 11 Have you Heard This? The Latest on Rumor

The Gossips- Norman Rockwell

Frankenchicken- Snopes.com

Truth Is in the Ear of the Beholder- Gregory Rodriguez

What Cost Chris Dussold His Dream Job?- Thomas Bartlett

Fighting That Old Devil Rumor- Sandra Salmans

A Psychology of Rumor- Roger H. Knapp

“Paul is Dead!” (said Fred)- Alan Glenn

Political Smear Rumors: Three Case Studies

In Untruths About Obama, Echoes of a Distant Time- Samuel G. Freedman

The Anatomy Of a Msear campaignL The Case of John McCain- Richard H. Davis

A Lie Races Across Twitter before the Truth Can Boot Up- Jeremy Peters

How Rumors Help Us Make Sense of an Uncertain World- Nicholas DiFonzo

Rumor Cascades and Group Polarization- Cass R. Sunstein

Managing Rumors- John Doorley and Helio Fred Garcia

The Rumor- John Updike

Synthesis Activites

Research Activites

Chapter 12 The Pursuit of Happiness

Pig Happiness- Lynne McFall

In Pursuit of Happiness- Mark Kingwell

A Balanced Psychology and a Full Life- Martin E. P. Seligman, Acacia C. Parks, and Tracy Steen

Some Dark Thoughts on Happiness- Jennifer Senior

Finding Flow- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

If Money Doesn’t Make You Happy, Then You Probably Aren’t Spending It Right- Elizabeth W. Dunn, Daniel T. Gilbert, and Timothy D. Wilson

Happy Like God- Simon Critchley

A Critique of positive Psychology- Richard Schoch

Happiness: Enough Already- Sharon Begley

Happiness- Jane Kenyon

The Good Life- Yi-Fu Tuan

From Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance- Robert M/ Prisig

Synthesis Activites

Research Activites

Chapter 13 Green Power

Going Green: a Wedge Issue

National Security Consequences of U.S. Oil Dependence- Report of an independent Task Force

The Dangerous Delusions of Energy Independence- Robert Bryce

A Debate on the Future of Nuclear Power, Post-Fukushima

The Future of Nukes, and of Japan- Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

No Fail-Safe Option- Eugene Robinson

Why I Still Support Nuclear Power, Even After Fukushima- William Tucker

If the Japanese Can’t Build a Safe Reacter, Who Can?- Anne Applebaum

Solar Power

State Solar Power Plans Are as Big as All Outdoors- Marla Dickerson

Here Comes the Sun- Paul Krugman

Solar Is Getting Cheaper, But How Far Can It Go?- Brad Plumer

Wind Power

The Island in the Wind- Elizabeth Kolbert

Wind Power Puffer- H. Sterling Burnett

Electric Cars

The Great Electric Car Experiment- Daniel Yergin

Why the Gasoline Engine Isn’t Going Away Any Time Soon- Joseph B. White

Synthesis Activites

Research Activites

Chapter 14 New and Improved: Six Decades of Advertising

Advertising’s Fifteen Basic Appeals- Jib Fowles

Making the Pitch in Print Advertising- Courtland Bovee, John V. Thill, George P. Dovel, and Marian Burk Wood

Selling Happiness: Two Pitches from Mad Men

A Portfolio of Print Advertisements

A Portfolio of TV Commercials

Synthesis Activites

Research Activites

Chapter 15 Obedience to Authority

Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem- Erich Fronman

The Power of Situations- Lee Ross and Richard E. Nisbett

The Perils of Obedience- Stanley Milgram

The Power Trip- Jonah Lehrer

The Follower Problem- David Brooks

Group Minds- Doris Lessing

Opinions and Social Pressure- Soloman E. Asch

Prisoner and Guard: The Stanford Expirement

Synthesis Activites

Research Activites

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