Connections : Reading and Writing in Cultural Contexts

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This thematically arranged reader offers 76 selections from various genres, complemented by substantial reading, writing, and research instruction. The structure, the apparatus, and the readings in "Connections" all lead students to seek relationships: among the processes of reading, writing, and thinking; among the cultures that are represented by the diverse selections; and, most of all, between the students' reading, writing, and thinking and the processes of their own lives. The collection offers numerous models of student writing at each stage of the writing process, including complete MLA and APA research papers.
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  • Paperback | 596 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 27.9mm | 612.36g
  • McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
  • Mayfield Publishing Co ,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 0767416805
  • 9780767416801

Table of contents

Readings Arranged by Rhetorical Strategy PART I. ON READING AND WRITING 1. Critical Reading and Thinking: An Approach to Connecting Cultural Contexts "Body Ritual among the Nacirema," by Horace Miner / What Is Culture? / Why Read and Think to Understand Cultures? / Strategies for Reading and Thinking across Cultures 2. The Processes of Writing: Issues and Strategies Understanding Your Own Writing Process / Understanding the Writing Task / Understanding the Process of Writing 3. The Aims of Writing Expressive Writing / One Student's Process for Expressive Writing / Informative and Explanatory Writing / One Student's Process for Informative and Explanatory Writing / Persuasive Writing / One Student's Process for Persuasive Writing PART II. READINGS 4. Arrivals, Roots, and Memories Slave Ship, Charles Ball / The Promised Land, Mary Antin / A Boat Person's Story, Vo Thi Tam / Arrival at Manzanar, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston / Rootlessness, David Morris / The World of Our Grandmothers, Connie Young Yu / Passing, Shirlee Taylor Haizlip / [fiction] Two Kinds, Amy Tan / [poetry] To Live in the Borderlands Means You, Gloria Anzaldua 5. Families Letter to My Mother, Tran Thinga / My Father's Life, Raymond Carver / Chinese Puzzle, Grace Ming Yee Wai / Adoption Battles for Gay Prospective Parents, Jeffrey Gibson / Orbiting the Son, Jesse Green / Inside the Culture of Kids' Sports, Andrew Ferguson / Tracking Down Mom, John Cloud / [fiction] Summer Water and Shirely, Durango Mendoza / [poetry] Family Ties, Jimmy Santiago Baca 6. Ways of Learning Learning to Read and Write, Frederick Douglass / The Teacher Who Changed my Life, Nicholas Gage / I Show a Child What Is Possible, Jacques D'Amboise / The School Days of an Indian Girl, Zitkala-Sa / The Mind of Man, David Thomas / A New Kind of Street Smarts, Benjamin Pimentel / [fiction] Famous All Over Town, Danny Santiago / [poetry] First Grade, Standing in the Hall, Cheryl Savageau 7. American Dreams and Conflicts I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr. / A Chinaman's Chance: Reflections on the American Dream, Eric Liu / Why Willy Loman Lives, The Economist Editorial / The Revolt of the Evil Fairies, Ted Poston / Working for the Dream, Maya Angelou / Stars and Stripes--and Stress, Jerry Adler / [fiction] Death of the Right Fielder, Stuart Dybeck / [poetry] Ellis Island, Joseph Bruchac 8. Women and Men Letters: The Place of Women in the New American Republic, John Adams and Abigail Adams / Where I Come from Is Like This, Paula Gunn Allen / Between a Rock and a Soft Place: A Century of American Manhood, Peter Filene / Asian Girls: A Cultural Tug of War, David Haldane / Hope in a Jar, Kathy Peiss / Alternative Bride, Marjorie Ingall / The Gender Blur, Deborah Blum / [fiction] The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant, W. D. Wetherell / [poetry] The Wedding Couple, Donald Hall 9. Questions of Language What's Wrong with Black English? Rachel L. Jones / Talking Like a Lady, Robin Lakoff / A Question of Language, Gloria Naylor / Americanization Is Tough on Macho, Rose Del Castillo Guilbault / Laughing in English, Cathy N. Davidson / Mother Tongue, Amy Tan / [fiction] English as a Second Language, Lucy Honig / [poetry] A Gathering of Deafs, John Heaviside 10. Rights and Responsibilities A Loaded Question: What Is It about Americans and Guns? Leonard Kriegel / The Price of Preference, Shelby Steele / Artistic Freedom: A Gathering Storm, Ira Glasser / Marriage Ed, Tamar Lewin / Benevolent Bribery--Or Racism?, Margot Hornblower / The War on Alcohol, Anna Quindlen / [fiction] Lullaby, Leslie Marmon Silko / [poetry] Ethics, Linda Pastan 11. Popular Culture and Media Messages Did Somebody Say, "Give Me a Sign Lord"?, Tom Kuntz / Warning: Viewer Discretion Advised, Janet Reitman / Star Wars Forever, Gloria Goodale / Romance with Relish, Please, Elizabeth Kendall / Out of the Closet and Into Your Living Room, Patrick McCormick / The Stresses of Youth, the Strains of Its Music, Ann Powers / [fiction] Donald Duk and the White Monsters, Frank Chin / [poetry] The Death of Marilyn Monroe, Sharon Olds 12. Technology and Ethics Eggs for Sale, Rebecca Mead / Of Luddites, Learning, and Life, Neil Postman / More People, More Pollution, Betsy Carpenter / We Have No Real Choice about Death, Victoria L. Macki, M.D. / Bigots on the Net, Amy Harmon / Can Technology Make Us Colorblind?, Brian Kaufman / Of Headless Mice... and Men, Charles Krauthammer / [fiction] There Will Come Soft Rains, Ray Bradbury / [poetry) Maybe we'll see..., Charles Bukowski PART III. A GUIDE TO FINDING AND USING INFORMATION Locating Books / Locating Articles in Periodicals / Internet Searches / Evaluating Internet Resources / Taking Notes / Using Your Notes / Documenting Sources / Sample Research Papers Credits Index
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About Judith Stanford

Judith Stanford is Professor of English at Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire, where, for the past fifteen years, she has taught courses in literature and writing. She has also taught at Cape Cod Community College, Merrimack College (North Andover, Massachusetts) and the University of California at Santa Barbara. She received the B.A. degree from Colby College (Waterville, Maine) and both the M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Professor Stanford's books include Connections, now in its third edition, Developing Connections, now in its second edition, and Guidelines for Writers, all published by McGraw-Hill.
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