America Now, High School Edition
Tenth EditionRobert Atwan©2013
Table of Contents
Preface for Instructors The Persuasive Writer: Expressing Opinions with Clarity, Confidence, and Civility
- What’s in a Name? Dave Mosher, Easily Pronounced Names May Make People More Likeable (Wired Science, February 24, 2012) Maria Venegas, The DevilÕs Spine (Ploughshares, Spring 2012) STUDENT ESSAY: Greg Nasif (The University of Maryland), Washington, Yay! Redskins, Boo! (The Diamondback, October 13, 2011) AMERICA THENÉ 1507: Who Named America? e-Page The Baby Name Voyager
- Social Networking: Are We Still Friends? Ashton Kutcher, Has Texting Killed Romance? (HarperÕs Bazaar, January 2011) Christine Rosen, Electronic Intimacy (Wilson Quarterly, Spring 2012) STUDENT ESSAY: Shawn Ghuman (Virginia Tech), Technology Hurts Social Bonds (Collegiate Times, February 22, 2012) e-Page Hashtag Humblebrag
- Modern Love: Has Romance Changed? Rebecca Armendariz, Chat History [Good, Issue 024, Fall 2011] STUDENT ESSAY: Alexandra Franklin (University of Alabama), Part of a Whole, But Still Me [The New York Times, September 11, 2011] e-Page The Interactive Singles Map of the United States
- Who Is An American? ADVERTISEMENT: Think Indian (American Indian College Fund) Pico Iyer, The Terminal Check (Granta #116, Summer 2011) Thomas Chatterton Williams, As Black as We Wish to Be (The New York Times Sunday Review, March 18, 2012) Student essay: Meher Ahmad (University of Wisconsin-Madison), My Homeland Security Journey (The Progressive, May 2012) e-Page Project Implicit
- Marketing: Are We For Sale? Michael J. Sandel, What Isn't For Sale? (The Atlantic, April 2012) James Livingston, Why Thou Should Shop (Wired, December 2011) e-Page Admongo.gov
- College Sports: Is It Time To Change The Game? Buzz Bissinger, Why College Football Should Be Banned [The Wall Street Journal, May 8, 2012] Jordan Conn, Football Injuries and the Thumbs-Up Sign [Grantland, December 20, 2011]
- Violence: Where Are We Today? Steven Pinker, Violence Vanquished (The Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2011) Alex Kotlowitz, Defusing Violence (The Rotarian, February 2012) e-Page Violence on TV Statistics
- How Is Today’s Media Altering Our Language? Opposing Views: Does Spelling Count? Mikita Brottman, Spelling Matters (The Chronicle Review, January 20, 2012) Anne Trubek, Use Your Own Words (Wired, Feb 2012) Christopher Muther, We Get the Point!! (The Boston Globe, April 26, 2012) STUDENT ESSAY: Shayna Diamond (University of Hawaii), Words Are What We Make of Them (Ka Leo, February 5, 2012) e-Page Google Video: Do spelling and grammar matter when evaluating content and site quality?
- Education: Does College Still Matter? Andrew Delbanco, Three Reasons College Still Matters (The Boston Globe Magazine, March 4, 2012) Alex Tabarrok, Tuning in to Dropping Out (The Chronicle Review, March 9, 2012)
- The Economy: Are We Making Progress? Stephen Marche, We Are Not All Created Equal: The Truth about the American Class System (Esquire, January 2012) Bruce D. Meyer and James X. Sullivan, American Mobility: An Untold Story of Progress (Commentary, 2012) Barbara Ehrenreich and John Ehrenreich, The Making of the American 99 Percent (The Nation, January 2, 2012) STUDENT ESSAY: Breanna Lembitz, A Taste of Freedom: What I Got at Occupy Wall Street (The Progressive, February 2012) e-Page Tumblr Comparison
- Can We Shrink Our Growing Prison Population? Joan Petersilla, Beyond the Prison Bubble (The Wilson Quarterly, Winter 2011) Adam Gopnik, The Caging of America (The New Yorker, January 30, 2012) Christopher Glazek, Raise the Crime Rate (N+1, Winter 2012) e-Page YouTube video: U.S. Private Prisons Want You
- Debating Climate Change: How Scientific is the Evidence?