Triumphs in Society

Triumphs in Society : A Reader Celebrating Real Lives and Real Victories

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For Developmental English Course and Freshman Composition.A reader for the beginning level writer, with well-written, motivational selections that have universal appeal. Developmental students will learn how to "read to write," using the uplifting readings as guidelines. Section I deals with basic skills; Section II includes essays and excerpts that were selected for content, structure, and style, reinforcing the skills stressed in developmental writing courses. Over 50 high-interest, accessible readings are included from a wide diversity of periodicals.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 343 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130122165
  • 9780130122162

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TRIUMPHS IN SOCIETY is a reader for basic writers with accessible, high-interest, quality readings about life-affirming topics and individuals. All reading selections reflect the major skills emphasized in basic writing courses: Clear thesis, introductions/conclusions, topic sentences with controlling idea, and descriptive and supporting details. Collaborative activities and numerous writing options are found at the end of each chapter.

Section I: Reading Actively and Writing from Reading provides solid instruction on Reading Actively, Writing Summaries, and Writing Reaction Papers.

The over 45 selections from Section II are chosen from popular magazines, newspapers, and books, and presented around 10 different ways we, as a people, can triumph in the face of adversity: Everyday Heroes, Family Commitment, Triumphs in Education, Race and Tolerance, Physical Challenges, Boundless Possibilities, Victims into Victors, Children as Role Models, Heroic Animals, Environmental Champions, Community Spirit -- Giving Back.

The authors have provided additional content to make each reading more meaningful:

An Introduction provides a brief one-paragraph synopsis of the reading, giving students exposure to the topic before they read. Words You May Need to Know: This list of words and brief definitions alert students to vocabulary that may be new to them. Discussion Questions: These questions prompt students to look below the surface of the text and think critically about the material. Questions are open-ended and often ask students to think about the author's intentions, or why certain things occurred in the selection. Writing Options: Three types of writing questions allow students to demonstrate their own writing ability. Collaborate with Peers: These writing prompts encourage students to work together, utilizing elements of the writing. Connecting with the Author's Ideas: These questions encourage students to think along, the same lines as the author, and write about the ideas presented in the essays. Additional Writing Topics: These more traditional writing prompts ask students to expand on the ideas presented in the essay. of relate the ideas to their own experiences.
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Table of contents

I. READING ACTIVELY AND WRITING FROM READING. 1. Reading Actively. Reading in Steps. Prereading. Sample Reading: Finding the Key,Matt Schudel. Marking/Making Notes.2. Writing a Summary of Reading. Reading Steps. Planning a Summary. List of Ideas for Summary. Outline of Summary Paragraph. Writing the Draft of a Summary Paragraph. Final Version of a Summary Paragraph. Writing a Summary Essay. Selecting a Main Idea. Outline for a Summary Essay. Draft of a Summary Essay. Final Version of a Summary Essay.3. Writing a Reaction Paper. Reading Steps. Sample Selection:Sammy Sosa: Homerun Hitter with a Heart. From Reading to Writing. Writing a Reaction Paragraph. Writing a Reaction Essay.II. READING SELECTIONS/THEMATIC GROUPINGS. 4. Everyday Heroes. My Heroes, Elizabeth Berg. The Man in the Water, Roger Rosenblatt. Beyond the Call, Tamika Simmons. New Yorkers Comfort the Heroes, Mike Mayo. A Real Survivor, Andy Friedberg. In Defense of Happiness, Anna Quindlen.5. Family Commitment. The Heroism of Day-to-Day Dads, Susan Straight. Winning for Zola, Colin Pero. No Turning Back: The Singer Named Jewel, Suzanne Chazin.6. Triumphs in Education. Driven Teen Goes from Hell to Harvard, Linda Matchan. Field of Dreams, Alfredo Quinones-Hinjosa. The Education of Berenice Belizaire, Joe Klein. A Garden of Honor, Maria Fleming. A New Game Plan, Lisa Bennett.7. Race and Tolerance. Rosa Parks: Black Heart, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Chronicles of Black Courage: Daisy Bates, Levonne Bennett. Reverse Integration, Kevin Chappell. Lessons from a Friend, Frank DeFord.8. Physical Challenges, Boundless Possibilities. On Their Own, Susan Schindehette. Living an Adventurous Life, Nancy Mairs. It Took Ten Years and True Grit, but He Won, Jill Rosen. Blind Commuter, Douglas Martin. Looking Forward, Looking Back, Robert DeBlois.9. Victims into Victors. The Siege of Khe Sanh, Rocky Darger. The Victim's Voice, Richard Jerome. From Welfare to the White House, Bryna Bates. I Want to Save the World, John Kasich. New Directions, Maya Angelou.10. Children as Role Models. When Kevin Won, Janice M. Gibson. My New Hero? She's a Courageous Four-Year Old, Dan Evans, Jr. The Bullies on the Bus, Kitty Oliver. The Little Girl Who Dared to Wish, Alan P. Schultz. Anne Frank's Legacy, Miep Gies.11. Heroic Animals. From Profiles in Courage: All God's Creatures: Brat, the Cat: A Gutsy Feline Saves Her Owner's Life; Tramp and Lady: A Bold Rescue Beats the Odds; Frankie and Johnny: Two Species, One Enduring Bond, Eric Swanson. A Healing Touch, Bill Holton. Gero, Paul Drew Stevens.12. Environmental Champions. Marjorie S. Douglas: Patron Saint of the Everglades, Varla Ventura. Noah Idechery: Guardian of Paradise, Terry McCarthy. The Story of Kory, Andrea Siedsma. In Helping Save Endangered Species, He Also Saved Himself, Tim Dovoretsky.13. Community Spirit, Giving Back. The Sandwich Man, Meladee McCarty. A Circle of Giving, Kate Boron. Princess Diana and Mother Teresa: Two Women, Two Lives, One Common Spirit, John Grogan. The Music Man, Sean Piccoli. Each Day Is a Lifetime, Judith Viorst. From the Heart: Nine Ordinary Americans Symbolize the Spirit of Charity, Richard Jerome, et. al.
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