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Affordable and approachable, The Bedford Reader combines readings on topics that matter with supportive instruction. It takes a practical and flexible approach to the rhetorical methods, focusing on their uses in varied writing situations, so that you learn the writing skills that will help you succeed in your other classes and in your later career. This book includes the essays and assignments you need in order to do your coursework and get the most out of your class.
Table of Contents
PREFACE FOR INSTRUCTORSCONTENTS BY THEMEnew CONTENTS BY ACADEMIC DISCIPLINEHOW (AND WHY) TO USE THIS BOOKTHE SELECTIONS THE METHODS OF DEVELOPMENT THE PRACTICAL GUIDANCE THE WRITERS ON WRITINGPart oneACADEMIC Reading and Writing1 Critical Reading Reading actively NANCY MAIRS Disability (annotated essay)Developing an understanding Analyzing essays Examining visual imagesVisual image: Man Fishing by a Power Plant, photograph by Robin Nelson new Reading to write2 The Writing Process assessing The Writing Situation Discovering Ideas Drafting Revising new Integrating readingEditing An essay-in-progress ROSIE ANAYA Mental Illness on Television (annotated student essay) PART TWOTHE METHODS 3 NARRATION: Telling a StoryVisual Image: Proposal, drawing by Demetri MartinThe methodThe process Narration in academic writing new Scott Beltran from Ride-Along Report (annotated student writing) AMY TAN Fish Cheeksnew NAOMI SHIHAB NYE Museumnew Naomi Shihab Nye on Writingnew JONATHAN BETHARDS Code Three (student essay)JUNOT DÍAZ The Dreamer Junot Díaz on WritingMAYA ANGELOU Champion of the WorldMaya Angelou on WritingSHIRLEY JACKSON The Lottery Shirley Jackson on Writing4 DESCRIPTION: Writing with Your SensesVisual Image: Doug and Mizan’s House, East River, photograph by Margaret Morton The Method the process Description in academic writing Nick Fiorelli from Teaching Methodologies at Child’s Play Preschool (annotated student writing) BRAD MANNING Arm Wrestling with My Father (student essay)Brad Manning on Writingnew N. SCOTT MOMADAY The Way to Rainy Mountainnew N. Scott Momaday on Writing SVEN BIRKETS Laddernew DIANE ACKERMAN Black MarbleJOYCE CAROL OATES Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, 1942 Visual Image: Nighthawks, painting by Edward Hopper Joyce Carol Oates on Writing5 EXAMPLE: Pointing to InstancesVisual Image: Low-Energy Drinks, cartoon by Glen Le LievreThe method The process Examples in academic writing Kharron Reid Letter to E-line Systems (annotated student writing)BRENT STAPLES Black Men and Public SpaceBrent Staples on Writingnew ISSA RAE The Strugglenew BRIAN DOYLE A Note on Mascotsnew Brian Doyle on WritingANNA QUINDLEN HomelessAnna Quindlen on WritingKELLIE YOUNG The Undercurrent (student essay) 6 COMPARISON AND CONTRAST: Setting Things Side by Side new Visual Image: from Fun Home, graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel The method The process Comparison and contrast in academic writing Charlotte Pak from Beyoncé Knowles: Soloist (annotated student writing)DAVID SEDARIS Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africanew David Sedaris on WritingANDREA ROMAN "We’re Not . . ." (student essay) Andrea Roman on WritingSUZANNE BRITT Neat People vs. Sloppy People Suzanne Britt on WritingBRUCE CATTON Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts FATEMA MERNISSI Size 6: The Western Woman’s Haremnew ALAIN DE BOTTON Tragedy new Visual Images: A Man Drives Into His Family Home to Punish His Wife, video still by BBC News; Medea Kills Her Son to Punish Her Husband, Greek vase by unknown artistnew Alain de Botton on Writing7 PROCESS ANALYSIS: Explaining Step by StepVisual Image: Workers Making Dolls, photograph by Wally McNameeThe method The process Process analysis in academic writing Victor Khoury from DNA Extraction (annotated student writing)new writingnew ANNE LAMOTT The Crummy First Draftnew KOJI FRAHM How to Write an A Paper (student essay)new Koji Frahm on WritingFIROOZEH DUMAS Sweet, Sour, and Resentful Firoozeh Dumas on WritingDAN KOEPPEL Taking a Fall JESSICA MITFORD Behind the Formaldehyde CurtainJessica Mitford on Writing8 DIVISION OR ANALYSIS: Slicing into PartsVisual Image: Deconstructing Lunch, cartoon by Roz ChastThe method The process Division or analysis in academic writing new Rachel O’Connor, from A Question of Fairness: "The Lottery" as Social Commentary (annotated student writing) JUDITH ORTIZ COFER, The Cruel Country new Judith Ortiz Cofer on Writing LAILA AYAD The Capricious Camera (documented student essay) Visual Image: Mounted Nazi Troops on the Lookout for Likely Polish Children, photographROBERT LIPSYTE Jock Culture GUILLERMO DEL TORO AND CHUCK HOGAN Vampires Never Die Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan on Writingnew BARBARA B. PARSONS Whistling in the Dark new Barbara B. Parsons on Writing 9 CLASSIFICATION: Sorting into KindsVisual Image: How the Poor, the Middle Class, and the Rich Spend Their Money, table by National Public Radio The method The process Classification in academic writing Kharron Reid Résumé (annotated student writing)DEBORAH TANNEN But What Do You Mean? Deborah Tannen on WritingWILLIAM LUTZ The World of Doublespeak William Lutz on WritingRUSSELL BAKER The Plot against People new JEAN-PIERRE DE BEER Stars of Life (student essay) new MARION WINIK The Things They Googlednew Marion Winik on Writing 10 CAUSE AND EFFECT: Asking Whynew Visual Image: Wild Weather, bar graph by National GeographicThe method The process Cause and effect in academic writing Kate Krueger Letter to the Weekly (annotated student writing)CHITRA DIVAKARUNI Live Free and StarveChitra Divakaruni on WritingMARIE JAVDANI Plato o Plomo: Silver or Lead (documented student essay)Marie Javdani on Writingnew RANDALL MUNROE Everybody Jump*Visual Image: What If, drawings by Randall Munroe CHRISTOPHER BEAM Blood Loss Visual Image: Trends in Serial Killing, bar graph by James Alan Fox and Jack Levin new *MALCOLM GLADWELL Little Fish in a Big Pondnew Malcolm Gladwell on Writing11 DEFINITION: Tracing Boundariesnew Visual Image: It’s a Part of Me, Not a Definition of Who I Am, poster for the International Down Sydrome Coalition The method The process Definition in academic writing Martin Ward Civil Liberties (annotated student writing)new TAL FORTGANG Checking My Privilege (student essay)new Tal Fortgang on Writing new ROXANE GAY Peculiar Benefitsnew Roxane Gay on WritingMEGHAN DAUM Narcissist — Give It a Rest Meghan Daum on Writingnew DAGOBERTO GILB PrideAUGUSTEN BURROUGHS How to Identify Love by Knowing What It’s Not 12 ARGUMENT AND PERSUASION: Stating Opinions and ProposalsVisual Image: Corporate America Flag, image from Adbusters Media FoundationThe method The Process Argument and persuasion in academic writing new Adrianne Silver from Bullying Law Proposal (annotated student writing)LINDA CHAVEZ Supporting Family Values Linda Chavez on Writingnew HAVE POLITICS RUINED COMICS? new CHUCK DIXON AND PAUL RIVOCHE How Liberalism Became Kryptonite for Supermannew Visual Image: Sink the Japanazis with Bonds and Stamps, cover illustration for World’s Finest Comics new JANELLE ASSELIN Superhuman Error: What Dixon and Rivoche Get Wrongnew SHOULD COLLEGES ADOPT TRIGGER WARNINGS? new BRIANNE RICHSON An Obligation to Prevent Trauma on Campus (student essay)new Brianne Richson on Writingnew JON OVERTON Beware the Trigger Warning (student essay)new Jon Overton on Writingnew WENDY KAMINER The Danger of Playing It Safe new Wendy Kaminer on Writingwho needs privacy? NICHOLAS CARR Tracking Is an Assault on Liberty Nicholas Carr on WritingJIM HARPER Web Users Get as Much as They Give LORI ANDREWS Facebook Is Using You Lori Andrews on WritingPART THREEMIXING THE METHODS JUDY BRADY I Want a Wife Judy Brady on Writing new JOAN DIDION Earthquakesnew Joan Didion on Writing MAXINE HONG KINGSTON No Name Woman Maxine Hong Kingston on WritingJONATHAN SWIFT A Modest Proposalnew HENRY DAVID THOREAU Where I Lived, and What I Lived For new LUIS ALBERTO URREA Barrio Waldennew Luis Alberto Urrea on WritingE. B. WHITE Once More to the Lakenew COLSON WHITEHEAD Loving Las Vegas