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Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum 10th Edition


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The original–and best-selling–interdisciplinary composition text, Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum, Tenth Edition, provides the tools and strategies for students in all majors to learn to communicate effectively. The tenth edition continues to provide sound writing instruction, focusing on the key research-writing skills of summary, synthesis, critique, and analysis. An anthology of engaging thematic readings provides depth of coverage in each discipline-specific chapter.

New in the Tenth Edition • A new chapter on “The Practice of Writing” (Ch. 7) allows students to practice the skills and strategies that they have learned in earlier chapters and that will make them better writers.

• A new chapter based in sociology, “Marriage and Family in America” (Ch. 8), looks at what’s happening to marriage in the twenty-first century, including feminist and gay perspectives.

• A new chapter based in biology, “To Sleep or Not to Sleep” (Ch. 11), explores the research about adolescents’ need for sleep–and how little they actually get.

• “Has the Jury Reached a Verdict?” (Ch. 14) on law has been updated to include accessible journalistic analyses of the case law discussed.

• New readings in every unit bring the most current perspectives to topics based in folklore, business, American studies, and psychology.

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This rhetoric and reader guides the reader through the essential college-level writing skills of summary, critique, synthesis, and analysis, and offers a focused opportunity for practicing these skills.




Remaining one of the best-selling interdisciplinary composition texts for over twenty-five years, Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum helps readers of all majors and interests 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. 

Table of Contents

1. Summary, Paraphrase, and Quotation

What Is a Summary?

Can a Summary Be Objective?

Using the Summary

The Reading Process

How to Write Summaries

Demonstration: Summary

            The Future of Love: Kiss Romance Goodbye, It’s Time for the Real Thing, Barbara Graham

Summarizing a Narrative or Personal Essay

            Dreams of Patagonia, Bruce Chatwin

Summarizing Figures and Tables



Avoiding Plagiarism


2. Critical Reading and Critique

Critical Reading

            We Are Not Created Equal in Every Way, Joan Ryan


Demonstration: Critique

            Model Critique: A Critique of Joan Ryan’s “We Are Not Created Equal in Every Way,” Eric Ralston


3.  Introductions, Theses, and Conclusions

Writing Introductions

Writing a Thesis

Writing Conclusions


4. Explanatory Synthesis

What is a Synthesis?


Using Your Sources

Types of Syntheses: Explanatory and Argument

            Explanation: News Article from the New York Times, “Private Gets Three Years for Iraq Prison Abuse”

            Argument:  Editorial from the Boston Globe, “Military Abuse”

How to Write Syntheses

The Explanatory Synthesis

Demonstration: Explanatory Synthesis—The Hydrogen-Powered Automobile

            The Fuel Subsidy We Need, Ricardo Bayon

            Putting the Hindenburg to Rest, Jim Motavalli

            Lots of Hot Air about Hydrogen, Joseph J. Romm

Revising the Example: First Draft

            Revised Model Paper: The Car of the Future?, Janice Hunte

Writing Assignment: The “Legacy” Question in College Admissions


5. Argument Synthesis

What Is an Argument Synthesis?

Demonstration: Developing an Argument Synthesis—Volunteering in America

            A New Start for National Service, John McCain and Evan Bayh

            Calls for National Service, Roger Landrum, Donald J. Eberly, and Michael W. Sherraden

            Politics and National Service: A Virus Attacks the Volunteer Sector, Bruce Chapman

            Model Synthesis: Keeping Volunteering Voluntary

Developing and Organizing the Support for Your Arguments

The Comparison-and-Contrast Synthesis

            Model Exam Response: Key Similarities and Differences between World Wars I and II


6. Analysis

What Is an Analysis?

Demonstration: Analyses

            The Plug-In Drug, Marie Winn

            Model Paper: The Coming Apart of a Dorm Society, Edward Peselman

How to Write Analyses

Analyzing Visual Media

            The Appeal of the Democracy of Goods, Roland Marchand

            Elements of an Effective Layout, Dorothy Cohen

Analysis: A Tool for Understanding


** New chapter

7.   Practicing Academic Writing

Merit vs. Privilege

The Assignments




            Explanatory Synthesis

            Argument Synthesis


The Readings

The Curse of Nepotism, from The Economist

May the Best Man or Woman Win, Miriam Schulman

Legacy Admissions Are Defensible Because the Process Can’t Be ‘Fair,’ Debra Thomas and Terry Shepard

Time to Bury the Legacy, Robert DeKoven

The History of Legacy Admissions, Cameron Howell and Sarah E. Turner

Getting In: The Social Logic of Ivy League Admissions, Malcolm Gladwell

So Your Dad Went to Harvard, Mark Megalli

Preserve Universities’ Right to Shape Student Community, from USA Today

Admissions Confidential: An Insider’s Account of the Elite College Selection Process, Rachel Toor

Making Ethical Decisions, Gerald F. Cavanagh


II. An Anthology of Readings


** SOCIOLOGY (new unit)


8.      Marriage and Family in America

The Satisfactions of Housewifery and Motherhood/ Paradise Lost, Terry Martin Hekker

The Radical Idea of Marrying for Love, Stephanie Coontz

The State of Our Unions, David Popenoe and Barbara Dafoe Whitehead

Debunking Myths about Marriage and Families, Mary Ann Schwartz and Barbara Marliene Scott

A Debate on Gay Marriage, Andrew Sullivan / William Bennett

Many Women at Elite Colleges Set Career Path–to Motherhood, Louise Story

What Yale Women Want, and Why It Is Misguided, Karen Stabiner

Work vs. Family, Complicated by Race, Lynette Clemetson

A Marriage Agreement, Alix Kate Shulman

How Serfdom Saved the Women’s Movement, Caitlin Flanagan

The Myth of Co-Parenting: How It Was Supposed to Be.  How It Was, Hope Edelman

My Problem with Her Anger, Eric Bartels

Two-Timing,  Michelle Cottle

Single-Minded, Keith O’Brien





 9.        Obedience to Authority.


Opinions and Social Pressure, Solomon E. Asch.

The Perils of Obedience, Stanley Milgram.

Review of Stanley Milgram’s Experiments on Obedience, Diana Baumrind.

Obedience, Ian Parker.

The Stanford Prison Experiment, Philip K. Zimbardo.

Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem, Erich Fromm.

**Uncivil Disobedience: Violating the Rules for Breaking the Law, James L. Lopach and Jean A. Luckowski

** From Antigone, Jean Anouilh (adapted and translated by Lewis Galantiere)




10.   What's Happening at the Mall?


Shopping for American Culture , James J. Farrell.

**A Brief History of Malls. Kenneth T. Jackson

Shopping Towns USA, Victor Gruen and Larry Smith

The Mall as Disneyland, Richard Francaviglia.

The Mall as Prison, David Guterson.

**The Mall as Walled Garden, Richard Simon

**The Mall as Sacred Space, John Pahl

**The Mall as Setting for Authentic Life, Virginia Postrel

The Mall as Refuge, George Lewis.

From Town Center to Shopping Center, Lizabeth Cohen.

Mallaise: How to Know If You Have It, William Kowinski

**BIOLOGY  (new unit)

11. Adolescent Sleep


A Third of Life, Paul Martin

Improving Sleep, Susan Ince

America’s Sleep-Deprived Teens Nodding off at School, Behind the Wheel, National Sleep Foundation

When Worlds Collide: Adolescent Need for Sleep vs. Societal Demands, Mary A. Carskadon

Sleep Debt and the Mortgaged Mind, William C. Dement and Christopher Vaughan

The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, D.J. Buysse

How Sleep Debt Hurts College Students, June J. Pilcher and Amy S. Walters

Starting Time and School Life, Patricia K. Kubow, Kyla L. Wahlstrom, and Amy Bemis

The Medicalization of Sleep: A Case Study in Conflicting Interpretations of Data




12. Fairy Tales: A Closer Look at “Cinderella”.


Universality of the Folktale , Stith Thompson.

Ten Variants of   “Cinderella” :

Cinderella, Charles Perrault.

Ashputtle , Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm.

**The Cat Cinderella, Giambattista Basile

A Chinese “Cinderella” , Tuan Ch’êng-shih.

The Maiden, the Frog, and the Chief’s Son (An African “Cinderella”) .

Oochigeaskw–The Rough-Faced Girl (A Native American “Cinderella”) .

**A Yemeni Version of “Cinderella”

**The Seven Foals, Andrew Lang

Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” , Adapted by Campbell Grant.

Cinderella, Anne Sexton.

**The Rise of Perrault’s “Cinderella,” Bonnie Cullen

 “Cinderella”: A Story of Sibling Rivalry and Oedipal Conflicts , Bruno Bettelheim.

**My Best White Friend: Cinderella Revisited, Patricia Williams

I Am Cinderella's Stepmother and I Know My Rights , Judith Rossner.

Cinderella": Not So Morally Superior, Elisabeth Panttaja.



13. New and Improved: Six Decades of Advertising.

Advertising’s Fifteen Basic Appeals, Jib Fowles.

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

Elements of Effective Layout , Dorothy Cohen.

The Indictments against Advertising , Courtland L. Bovée and William F. Arens.

A Portfolio of Advertisements: 1945-2003.




14. Has the Jury Reached a Verdict?


Incident at the Airport, Leonard Tourney

IRAC: How to Argue Your Case, Leonard Tourney and Gina Genova


Outrageous Conduct? Some Cases of Emotional Distress

Do Students Have Freedom of Speech?

The Felled Stop Signs: Two Cases of Homicide

Should We Hold Parents Responsible for the Acts of Their Children?

Legal Glossary.


Quick Index to MLA and APA Documentation

Product Details

Behrens, Laurence
Behrens, Laurence M.
Rosen, Leonard J.
Behrens, Laurence
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Composition & Creative Writing
Interdisciplinary approach in education
English language -- Rhetoric.
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