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Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum 10th Editionby Laurence Behrens
Synopses & Reviews
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
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
2. Critical Reading and Critique
We Are Not Created Equal in Every Way, Joan Ryan
Model Critique: A Critique of Joan Ryan’s “We Are Not Created Equal in Every Way,” Eric Ralston
3. Introductions, Theses, and Conclusions
Writing a Thesis
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
What Is an Analysis?
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 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?
Quick Index to MLA and APA Documentation
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