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Reading and Writing About Contemporary Issues Plus NEW MyLab Reading & Writing Skills with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package

By Kathleen T. McWhorter

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Published Date: Jan 14, 2014


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Reading and Writing About Contemporary Issues offers an integrated approach to reading and writing using a handbook for reference and instruction followed by readings for analysis and writing.


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Table of Contents

Part One A Handbook for Reading and Writing in College 1


1 Active Reading Strategies 2

1a Active Reading: The Key to Academic Success 3

Pre-reading Strategies 4

1b Previewing Before You Read 4

Reading: Consequences of Social Class, James M. Henslin 6

Reading: A Blueprint for Better Nutrition, April Lynch,

Barry Elmore, and Tanya Morgan 10

1c Activating Prior Knowledge 13

During Reading Strategies 14

1d Highlighting and Annotating to Strengthen

Reading and Recall 14

1e Checking Your Comprehension 15

Post-reading Strategies 17

1f Strengthening Your Comprehension 17

1g An Introduction to Contemporary Issues 18


2 The Writing Process 23

2a Understanding the Writing Process 24

2b Using Technology for Writing 24

Prewriting Strategies 26

2c Prewriting: Thinking About Audience, Purpose,

Tone, and Point of View 26

2d Prewriting: Generating Ideas 29

2e Prewriting: Organizing Ideas 32

Drafting Strategies 33

2f Drafting and Revising Paragraphs 33

2g Understanding the Structure of Essays 38

2h Writing the First Draft of an Essay 40

Revision Strategies 42

2i Revising the First Draft of an Essay 42

2j Editing and Proofreading Your Work 45

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3 Vocabulary for Readers and Writers 48

3a Using a Dictionary and a Thesaurus 48

3b Using Context Clues 52

3c Learning Affixes: Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes 56

3d Using Language Effectively 65

Denotation and Connotation 66 Ï Synonyms and

Antonyms 67 Ï Slang 68 Ï Colloquial Language 68 Ï

Idioms 68 Ï Analogies 69 Ï Technical and Academic

Language 71


4 Reading Paragraphs: Main Ideas, Supporting Details, and Transitions 73

4a What Is a Paragraph? 73

4b Finding Stated Main Ideas 75

4c Recognizing Supporting Details 84

4d Understanding Implied Main Ideas 89

4e Recognizing Transitions 100


5 Writing and Revising Paragraphs: Main Ideas, Supporting Details, and Transitions 105

5a Write Effective Topic Sentences 105

5b Select and Organize Details to Support Your Topic Sentence 110

5c Use Transitional Words and Phrases to Connect Details 117

5d Use Specific Language 117

5e How and When to Revise 119


6 Reading and Writing Organizational Patterns 134

6a Reading and Writing Illustration 135

6b Reading and Writing Process 143

6c Reading and Writing Definition 151

6d Reading and Writing Classification 155

6e Reading and Writing Cause and Effect 160

6f Reading and Writing Comparison and Contrast 167

6g Reading and Writing Mixed Patterns 176


7 Reading College Level Sources 182

7a Reading Textbooks 182

7b Reading Essays 184

Reading: Innocent Until Proven a Pet “Owner,” Bruce

Watson 186

7c Reading Longer Works 188

7d Reading and Interpreting Visuals 190

7e Thinking Critically About Source Materials 194


8 Organizing Information and Writing in Response to Reading 199

8a Preparing to Read and Write: Analyze the Task 199

8b Highlighting 202

8c Annotating 205

8d Paraphrasing 207

8e Outlining 210

8f Using Graphic Organizers to Show Relationships 212

8g Summarizing 216

8h Writing a Response Paper 217


9 Critical Reading and Thinking 221

9a Making Accurate Inferences and Drawing Conclusions 221

9b Fact and Opinion 228

9c Author’s Purpose 231

9d Tone 232

9e Figurative Language 236

9f Bias 237

9g Evaluating the Reliability of Data and Evidence 240


10 Analyzing Issues and Arguments 245

10a Contemporary Issues and Arguments 245

10b What Is an Argument? 247

10c The Parts of an Argument 249

10d Strategies for Reading an Argument 251

10e Strategies for Evaluating an Argument 254

10f Errors in Logic 259

10g Write Argument Essays 262


11 Writing Essays and Documented Papers 274

Writing Essays 274

11a The Structure of an Essay 274

11b Prewriting: Generating and Organizing Ideas

and Planning Your Essay 275

11c Drafting an Essay 287

11d Revising: Examining Your Ideas 298

11e Editing and Proofreading: Focusing on Clarity and

Correctness 303

Writing Documented Papers 308

11f Using Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism 308

11g Synthesizing Sources 311

11h Documenting Sources Using MLA 315


Part Two Reading and Writing About Contemporary Issues 325


12 Defining Ourselves: Our Multiple Identities 326

Why Is Identity Such an Important Contemporary Issue? 326

Tips for Reading About Identity 327

Selection 1 “The Space In-Between” Santiago Quintana 328

Selection 2 “Enhancing Your Body Image” Rebecca J.

Donatelle 338

Selection 3 “All Guts, No Glory” Molly M. Ginty 353

Activities: Exploring Identity 365


13 Our Environment: Problems and Solutions 366

Why Is the Environment Such an Important

Contemporary Issue? 366

Tips for Reading About the Environment 367

Selection 4 “Sustainability on Campus” Jay Withgott and

Scott Brennan 368

Selection 5 “Wireless Interference: The Health Risks of RF-EMFs” Christopher Ketcham 387

Selection 6 “Crisis Management: Why Climate Change Will Make You Love Big Government”

Christian Parenti 398

Activities: Exploring Environmental Issues 411


14 Relationships: Our Friends, Families, and

Communities 412

Why Are Contemporary Issues Related to Relationships

So Important? 412

Tips for Reading About Relationships 413

Selection 7 “Hooking Up” Jennifer Kunz 414

Selection 8 “The High Art of Handling Problem People” Hara

Estroff Marano 425

Selection 9 “The Many Ways Virtual Communities Impact Our World Offline” Jessica Lee 440

Activities: Exploring Relationships 452


15 Science and Ethics: Where Do We Draw the Line? 545

Why Are Science and Ethics Such Important Contemporary Issues? 454

Tips for Reading About Science and Ethics 455

Selection 10 “Cosmetic Neurology: Tinkering with the Brain” Carole Wade and Carol Tavris 456

Selection 11 “Eggs for Sale” M. A. Garcia 468

Selection 12 “Xeno-Transplantation: The Ultimate Organ Factory”

Trends E-magazine 479

Activities: Exploring Science and Ethics 490


16 Communication and Technology: Life Online and Offline 491

Why Is Communication Technology Such an Important Contemporary Issue? 491

Tips for Reading About Communications Technology 492

Selection 13 “Meet the Attackers” Catherine LaBerta 493

Selection 14 “Technology and Social Media” Shelley D. Lane, Ruth Anna Abigail, and John Casey Gooch 505

Selection 15 “Blogs and Democratization” John Vivian


17 Society: Changes Big and Small 527

Why Is Society Such an Important Contemporary Issue? 528

Tips for Reading About Society 528

Selection 16 “What Is Residential Segregation?” Mona Scott 529

Selection 17 “Ten Proven Brain Benefits of Being Bilingual” Meredith Nudo 543

Selection 18 “Bullying 2.0 Is More Like Drama Class” Emma Teitel 554

Activities: Exploring Social Issues and Controversies 564


18 Conformity and Nonconformity: Following and Breaking the Rules 566

Why Are Conformity and Nonconformity Such Important Contemporary Issues? 567

Tips for Reading About Conformity and Nonconformity 567

Selection 19 “Groups and Conformity” Michael R. Solomon 568

Selection 20 “Why My Mother Wants Me Dead” Sabatina

James 585

Selection 21 “A Brother Lost” Ashley Womble 595

Activities: Exploring Conformity and Nonconformity 606


19 Personal Freedoms and Limitations: Lifestyle Choices 608

Why Is Freedom Such an Important Contemporary Issue? 608

Tips for Reading About Personal Freedoms and Limitations 609

Selection 22 “What Is Religion?” James M. Henslin 610

Selection 23 “I Don’t Want to Have Kids. Get Over It” Yashar Ali 623

Selection 24 “Bipolar Disorder: The Agony and the Ecstasy” Thomas Wheaton 634

Activities: Exploring Personal Freedoms and Limitations 645


20 Government and Politics: A Divided Nation? (***This chapter is accessed through the etext / MySkillsLab course site and is not in the print text)

Why Are Government and Politics Such Important Contemporary Issues?

Tips for Reading About Government and Politics

Selection 25 “Native Americans: An American Holocaust” Mona Scott

Selection 26 “Should Congress Raise the Minimum Wage?: Pro and Con” Don Kusler and Nick Schulz

Selection 27 “Everybody’s a Target in the American Surveillance State” John W. Whitehead

Activities: Exploring Government’s Roles and Responsibilities

Making Connections: Synthesizing What You Read


Part Three Casebook for Critical Thinking: Global Warming and Climate Change 647


Examining One Issue in Depth 648

Tips for Reading About Global Warming and Climate Change

Tips for Synthesizing Sources


Reading and Evaluating Sources 652

Source 1 NASA Web Site, “How Will Global Warming Change Earth?” 652

Source 2 Web Site, “We Need to Retreat from the Beach” Orrin Pilkey 656

Source 3 Human Events Online Newspaper, “The Debunking of Global Warming Continues” John Hayward 659

Source 4 Environmental Textbook, “Climate Change and Extinction” Jay Withgott and Scott Brennan 661

Source 5 Environmental Defense Fund Blog (Activist Blog), “Hot Topic: Climate Change and Our Extreme Weather” Steven Hamburg 664

Source 6 The Business Ethics Blog, “Storms, Global Warming, and Corporate Citizenship” Chris MacDonald 666

Source 7 The Huffington Post (Online Newspaper), “Climate Change: Countries that May Be Hit Hardest” Jeremy Hsu 668

Source 8 Infographic, “Global Warming?” 670

Synthesis and Integration Questions and Activities 672