The Big Picture

The Big Picture : Readings for Developing Writers

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For developmental courses in Writing, Reading, and English. The Big Picture is designed for instructors who teach holistically, who integrate reading and writing into their course, and who are ready for a new, exciting approach to teaching developmental students. Students read several works on a certain theme, engage in reading instructions along the way, and then move on to a writing assignment based upon the readings. Students get the structure they need, and they are engaged and interested.show more

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  • Paperback | 225 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 7.62mm | 272.15g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • ALLYN & BACON
  • Old Tappan, United States
  • English
  • 0130938351
  • 9780130938350

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The Big Picture is designed for instructors who teach holistically, who integrate reading and writing in their instruction, and who are ready for a new, exciting approach to teaching developmental students. Students read several works on a certain theme, engage in reading instruction along the way, and then move on to a writing assignment based upon the readings. Students get the structure they need, and they arc engaged and interested. Each selection is surrounded by activities designed to help students get the most from the reading. Prereading. Students are given an activity related to the topic to prepare them for the reading. Many include free writing, brainstorming, or minor research. Annotating. Students are encouraged to take an active part in their reading by underlining key words and phrases and by writing notes in the margins. The Selections. The Big Picture contains 40 reading selections divided into five themes: People, Places, Events, Phenomena, and Issues. Readings include essays, short stories, poems, textbook excerpts, letters, an interview, excerpts from book-length works of nonfiction, a speech, and a radio broadcast. Exploring Vocabulary. Students are asked to define key terms from the selection. Profiling People. Using the profile sheets in the text, students are asked to write a profile of a character in the selection. Exploring the Text. These open-ended questions prompt students to think critically about the content of the selection. Exploring Ideas. These open-ended questions challenge students to examine the ideas presented in the selection. Each unit ends with additional Suggestions for Reading, Suggestions for Summarizing, Suggestions for Writing, and Suggestions for Profiling.show more

Table of contents

I. PEOPLE. An Indian Father's Plea: Don't Label My Son a Slow Learner, Robert Lake. The Good Daughter, Caroline Hwang. Dead Man Walking, Sister Helen Prejean. Why I Quit the Klan, C.P. Ellis with Studs Terkel. Girl, Jamaica Kincaid. The Shakers; The Mystical World of the Shakers, James Henretta, et al. Mother to Son, Langston Hughes. The New Testament, James McBride. Suggestions. Profiling People. II. PLACES. Po Folks: Off With Their Heads, Margo Williams. Is Their Life On Mars? Teresa and Gerald Audersirk. Along the Tortilla Curtain, Pete Hamill. A Fable for Tomorrow, Rachel Carson. In the Suburbs, Louise Simpson. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros. What We Can Learn from Japan's Prisons, James Webb. Familiar Footing, Cheryl Saba. Suggestions. Profiling Places. III. EVENTS. Reflections, Kenny Jackson. Dreaming: Mysterious Mental Activity During Sleep, Samuel L. Wood and Ellen Green Wood. Last Flight, Isao Matsuo. Today, Gabriela Pearse. Body Ritual Among the Nacirema, Horace Miner. 38 Who Saw Murder Didn't Call the Police, Martin Gansberg. Growng Up Game, Brenda Peterson. The Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin. Suggestions. Profiling Events. IV. PHENOMENA. Looking Up Something, Dennis Sampson. Now Hear This: Shhhhhhhhhhh, Jeanette Batz. Hooked on Anger, Russell Baker. The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allen Poe. The Right Chemistry, Anastasia Troufexis. Health Watch: Eating Disorders-Betrayal of the Body, Teresa and Gerald Audersirk. The Ways We Lie, Stephanie Ericsson. Childless...with Children, Andy Stein. Suggestions. Profiling Phenomena. V. ISSUES. What is Poverty? Jo Goodwin Parker. The Quilt, Shirley Hart Berry. In Praise of the F Word, Mary Sherry. The Hammer Man, Toni Cade Bambara. The Powwow at the End of the World, Sherman Alexie. A Dose of Reality: The Truth about North America's Greatest Drug Problem: Ritalin, Richard De Grandpre. Racism and Sexism in the Media, Margaret Anderson and Howard F. Taylor. To Pet or Not to Pet? Nadya Labi. Suggestions. Profiling Issues. APPENDIX I: CONTEXT CLUES. APPENDIX II: WORD PARTS. APPENDIX III: SUMMARY WRITING. APPENDIX IV: CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE WRITING. APPENDIX V: THE WRITING PROCESS.show more

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