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Brief Bedford Reader 11E

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Brief Bedford Reader 11E Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Writing with Your Senses

Visual Image: Doug and Mizan's House, East River, photograph by Margaret Morton

The Method

The Process

Description in Paragraphs

Description in a Field Observation

     | Paired Selections: Fathers

     | Brad Manning, Arm Wrestling with My Father

     | Brad Manning on Writing

     | Sarah Vowell, Shooting Dad

     | Sarah Vowell on Writing

     *Elizabeth Gilbert, The Best Pizza in the World

     *Elizabeth Gilbert on Writing

     *William Least Heat-Moon, Dance of the Hobs

     *William Least Heat-Moon on Writing

6. Example: Pointing to Instances

Visual Image: Low-Energy Drinks, cartoon by Glen LeLievre

The Method

The Process

Example in Paragraphs

Example in a Job Application Letter

   | Paired Selections: Homelessness

   | Barbara Lazear Ascher, On Compassion

   | Barbara Lazear Ascher on Writing

   | Anna Quindlen, Homeless

   | Anna Quindlen on Writing

     Brent Staples, Black Men and Public Space

     Brent Staples on Writing

     *David Foster Wallace, This Is Water

     *David Foster Wallace on Writing

 

7. Comparison and Contrast: Setting Things Side by Side

Visual Image: American Gothic, painting by Grant Wood; Rural Rehabilitation Client, photograph by Ben Shahn

The Method

The Process

Comparison and Contrast in Paragraphs

Comparison and Contrast in a Review

   | Paired Selections: Personalities

   | Suzanne Britt, Neat People vs. Sloppy People

   | Suzanne Britt on Writing

   | Dave Barry, Batting Clean-Up and Striking Out

     Dave Barry on Writing

     Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts

     Bruce Catton on Writing

     *David Sedaris, Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa

     *David Sedaris on Writing

8. Process Analysis: Explaining Step by Step

Visual Image: Workers Making Dolls, photograph by Wally McNamee

The Method

The Process

Process Analysis in Paragraphs

Process Analysis in a Lab Report

   | Paired Selections: The Environment

   | Linnea Saukko, How to Poison the Earth

   | Linnea Saukko on Writing

   | Gretel Ehrlich, Chronicles of Ice

   | Gretel Ehrlich on Writing

     Jessica Mitford, Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain

     Jessica Mitford on Writing

     *Michael Pollan, Corn Walking

     *Michael Pollan on Writing

 

9. Division or Analysis: Slicing into Parts

Visual Image: Deconstructing Lunch, cartoon by Roz Chast

The Method

The Process

Division or Analysis in Paragraphs

Division or Analysis in an Annotated Bibliography

   | Paired Selections: Women and Men

   | Judy Brady, I Want a Wife

   | *Judy Brady on Writing

   | *Christina Hoff Sommers, Men-It's in Their Nature

   | *Christina Hoff Sommers on Writing

     *Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, Vampires Never Die

     *Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan on Writing

     Bella DePaulo, The Myth of Doomed Kids

     Bella DePaulo on Writing

10. Classification: Sorting into Kinds

*Visual Image: Maple Ridge Curbside Recycling, illustrated chart by Ridge Meadows Recycling Society

The Method

The Process

Classification in Paragraphs

Classification in a Résumé

   | Paired Selections: Telling Lies

   | Stephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie

   | Stephanie Ericsson on Writing

   | William Lutz, The World of Doublespeak

   | William Lutz on Writing

     Russell Baker, The Plot Against People

     Russell Baker on Writing

     *Dacher Keltner, A Vocabulary of Smiles

 

11. Cause and Effect: Asking Why

*Visual Image: Im txtng while drvng, cartoon by Mike Luckovich

The Method

The Process

Cause and Effect in Paragraphs

Cause and Effect in a Letter to the Editor

   | Paired Selections: Globalization

   | Chitra Divakaruni, Live Free and Starve

   | Chitra Divakaruni on Writing

   | Marie Javdani, Plato o Plomo: Silver or Lead

   | Marie Javdani on Writing

     *Charles Fishman, The Squeeze

     *Charles Fishman on Writing

     Chris Anderson, The Rise and Fall of the Hit

     Chris Anderson on Writing

 

12. Definition: Tracing Boundaries

*Visual Image: Army Strong, advertisement for the U.S. Army

The Method

The Process

Definition in Paragraphs

Definition in an Essay Exam

   | Paired Selections: Hurtful Words

   | Gloria Naylor, The Meanings of a Word

   | Gloria Naylor on Writing

   | Christine Leong, Being a Chink

   | Christine Leong on Writing

     Thomas Sowell, “Needs”

     *Barbara Kingsolver, Rural Delivery

     *Barbara Kingsolver on Writing

 

 

13. 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 Paragraphs

Argument and Persuasion in a Proposal

   Colleen Wenke, Too Much Pressure 

Casebook

     Immigration: Border Control

     Mark Krikorian, Safety Through Immigration Control

     Edwidge Danticat, Not Your Homeland

     Edwidge Danticat on Writing

     *Immigration: Assimilation

     *Linda Chavez, Supporting Family Values

     *Linda Chavez on Writing

     *Jay Nordlinger, Bassackwards

 

Part Three: Mixing the Methods

 

     Sandra Cisneros, Only Daughter

     Sandra Cisneros on Writing

     Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream

     Maxine Hong Kingston, No Name Woman

     Maxine Hong Kingston on Writing

     George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant

     George Orwell on Writing

     Richard Rodriguez, Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood

     Richard Rodriguez on Writing

     E. B. White, Once More to the Lake

     E. B. White on Writing

 

Useful Terms

Index

Synopsis:

A compact version of one of the most popular composition readers on the market — at a significant savings to students — The Brief Bedford Reader provides 49 compelling readings by excellent writers and all the practical instructional material of the full-length book. The unique "Writers on Writing" feature for 40 of the selections illustrates the many ways writers create meaning from what they read and experience. More coverage of revising and editing, discussion examples of academic genres, and coverage of academic language guides students through their own academic writing.

About the Author

X. J. KENNEDY is an acclaimed poet, children's writer, college teacher, and textbook author. He has taught freshman composition at the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Tufts University. Since 1966, more than two million students have treasured his introductory literature texts and The Bedford Guide for College Writers, Eighth Edition (2009), coauthored with Dorothy M. Kennedy and Marcia F. Muth.
 
DOROTHY M. KENNEDY is a writer and editor whose articles and reviews have appeared in both professional and academic journals. She has taught composition at the University of Michigan and Ohio University and, with X. J. Kennedy, is the recipient of the NCTE Teacher's Choice Award for Knock at a Star: A Child's Introduction to Poetry.
 
JANE E. AARON is a writer and editor who has taught composition at New York University and New School University. She is the author of four popular composition handbooks, and, for Bedford/St. Martin's, she is the editor of The Compact Reader, Eighth Edition, and 40 Model Essays: A Portable Anthology.

Table of Contents

*New to this edition
 
Preface for Instructors

Thematic Table of Contents

Introduction

 

Part One: Reading, Writing, and Research

 

1. Critical Reading

Reading an Essay

     Nancy Mairs, Disability

Thinking Critically about Visual Images

Visual Image: A Deployed Soldier and His Daughter, photograph by Erik S. Lesser

 

2. The Writing Process

Analyzing the Writing Situation

Discovering Ideas

Focusing on the Thesis and the Thesis Statement

Drafting

*Revising

*Editing

Collaborating

An Essay-in-Progress

     Rosie Anaya, Mental Illness on Television

 

3. Academic Writing

Responding to a Text

Integrating Source Material

Writing from Research

Avoiding Plagiarism

Source Citation Using MLA Style

Sample Research Paper

     Rosie Anaya, The Best Kept Secret On Campus

 

Part Two: The Methods

 

4. Narration: Telling a Story

Visual Image: How Joe's Body Brought Him Fame Instead of Shame, advertisement for

Charles Atlas

The Method

The Process

Narration in Paragraphs

Narration in a Case Study

     | Paired Selections: Difference

     | Maya Angelou, Champion of the World

     | Maya Angelou on Writing

     | Amy Tan, Fish Cheeks

     | Amy Tan on Writing

      Annie Dillard, The Chase

      Annie Dillard on Writing

     *Howard Markel, Mary Ellen's Story

5.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312613389
Author:
Kennedy, X. J.
Publisher:
Bedford Books
Author:
Aaron, Jane E.
Author:
Kennedy, Dorothy M.
Subject:
Readers
Subject:
Reference-Reading
Edition Description:
Eleventh Edition
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
9.13 x 6.50 in

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