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Table of Contents
PREFACE FOR INSTRUCTORSCONTENTS BY THEME new CONTENTS BY ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE HOW (AND WHY) TO USE THIS BOOK THE SELECTIONS THE METHODS OF DEVELOPMENT THE PRACTICAL GUIDANCE THE WRITERS ON WRITING Part one ACADEMIC Reading and Writing 1 Critical Reading Reading actively NANCY MAIRS Disability (annotated essay) Developing an understanding Analyzing essays Examining visual images Visual image: Man Fishing by a Power Plant, photograph by Robin Nelson new Reading to write 2 The Writing Process assessing The Writing Situation Discovering Ideas Drafting Revising new Integrating reading Editing An essay-in-progress ROSIE ANAYA Mental Illness on Television (annotated student essay) PART TWO THE METHODS 3 NARRATION: Telling a Story Visual Image: Proposal, drawing by Demetri Martin The method The process Narration in academic writing new Scott Beltran from Ride-Along Report (annotated student writing) AMY TAN Fish Cheeks new NAOMI SHIHAB NYE Museum new Naomi Shihab Nye on Writing new JONATHAN BETHARDS Code Three (student essay) JUNOT DÍAZ The Dreamer Junot Díaz on Writing MAYA ANGELOU Champion of the World Maya Angelou on Writing SHIRLEY JACKSON The Lottery Shirley Jackson on Writing 4 DESCRIPTION: Writing with Your Senses Visual 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 Writing new N. SCOTT MOMADAY The Way to Rainy Mountain new N. Scott Momaday on Writing SVEN BIRKETS Ladder new DIANE ACKERMAN Black Marble JOYCE CAROL OATES Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, 1942 Visual Image: Nighthawks, painting by Edward Hopper Joyce Carol Oates on Writing 5 EXAMPLE: Pointing to Instances Visual Image: Low-Energy Drinks, cartoon by Glen Le Lievre The method The process Examples in academic writing Kharron Reid Letter to E-line Systems (annotated student writing) BRENT STAPLES Black Men and Public Space Brent Staples on Writing new ISSA RAE The Struggle new BRIAN DOYLE A Note on Mascots new Brian Doyle on Writing ANNA QUINDLEN Homeless Anna Quindlen on Writing KELLIE 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 Africa new David Sedaris on Writing ANDREA ROMAN "We’re Not . . ." (student essay) Andrea Roman on Writing SUZANNE BRITT Neat People vs. Sloppy People Suzanne Britt on Writing BRUCE CATTON Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts FATEMA MERNISSI Size 6: The Western Woman’s Harem new 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 artist new Alain de Botton on Writing 7 PROCESS ANALYSIS: Explaining Step by Step Visual Image: Workers Making Dolls, photograph by Wally McNamee The method The process Process analysis in academic writing Victor Khoury from DNA Extraction (annotated student writing) new writing new ANNE LAMOTT The Crummy First Draft new KOJI FRAHM How to Write an A Paper (student essay) new Koji Frahm on Writing FIROOZEH DUMAS Sweet, Sour, and Resentful Firoozeh Dumas on Writing DAN KOEPPEL Taking a Fall JESSICA MITFORD Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain Jessica Mitford on Writing 8 DIVISION OR ANALYSIS: Slicing into Parts Visual Image: Deconstructing Lunch, cartoon by Roz Chast The 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, photograph ROBERT LIPSYTE Jock Culture GUILLERMO DEL TORO AND CHUCK HOGAN Vampires Never Die Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan on Writing new BARBARA B. PARSONS Whistling in the Dark new Barbara B. Parsons on Writing 9 CLASSIFICATION: Sorting into Kinds Visual 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 Writing WILLIAM LUTZ The World of Doublespeak William Lutz on Writing RUSSELL BAKER The Plot against People new JEAN-PIERRE DE BEER Stars of Life (student essay) new MARION WINIK The Things They Googled new Marion Winik on Writing 10 CAUSE AND EFFECT: Asking Why new Visual Image: Wild Weather, bar graph by National Geographic The method The process Cause and effect in academic writing Kate Krueger Letter to the Weekly (annotated student writing) CHITRA DIVAKARUNI Live Free and Starve Chitra Divakaruni on Writing MARIE JAVDANI Plato o Plomo: Silver or Lead (documented student essay) Marie Javdani on Writing new 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 Pond new Malcolm Gladwell on Writing 11 DEFINITION: Tracing Boundaries new 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 Benefits new Roxane Gay on Writing MEGHAN DAUM Narcissist — Give It a Rest Meghan Daum on Writing new DAGOBERTO GILB Pride AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS How to Identify Love by Knowing What It’s Not 12 ARGUMENT AND PERSUASION: Stating Opinions and Proposals Visual Image: Corporate America Flag, image from Adbusters Media Foundation The 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 Writing new HAVE POLITICS RUINED COMICS? new CHUCK DIXON AND PAUL RIVOCHE How Liberalism Became Kryptonite for Superman new 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 Wrong new SHOULD COLLEGES ADOPT TRIGGER WARNINGS? new BRIANNE RICHSON An Obligation to Prevent Trauma on Campus (student essay) new Brianne Richson on Writing new JON OVERTON Beware the Trigger Warning (student essay) new Jon Overton on Writing new WENDY KAMINER The Danger of Playing It Safe new Wendy Kaminer on Writing who needs privacy? NICHOLAS CARR Tracking Is an Assault on Liberty Nicholas Carr on Writing JIM HARPER Web Users Get as Much as They Give LORI ANDREWS Facebook Is Using You Lori Andrews on Writing PART THREE MIXING THE METHODS JUDY BRADY I Want a Wife Judy Brady on Writing new JOAN DIDION Earthquakes new Joan Didion on Writing MAXINE HONG KINGSTON No Name Woman Maxine Hong Kingston on Writing JONATHAN SWIFT A Modest Proposal new HENRY DAVID THOREAU Where I Lived, and What I Lived For new LUIS ALBERTO URREA Barrio Walden new Luis Alberto Urrea on Writing E. B. WHITE Once More to the Lake new COLSON WHITEHEAD Loving Las Vegas