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The Brief Bedford Reader

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Edition:
9th
ISBN13:

9780312433185

ISBN10:
0312433182
Format:
Trade Paper
Pub. Date:
6/22/2005
Publisher(s):
Bedford/St. Martin's

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Summary

Alive with the inimitable Kennedy wit, wisdom, and grace, this is a reader that students truly enjoy reading. Since its first edition, The Brief Bedford Reader has been distinguished by its well-chosen selections and lively instruction in reading and writing, demonstrating how methods of development help writers achieve their purposes. The eighth edition retains the trademark features -- such as writer's commentaries, an anthology of classic essays that combine the methods, and student casebooks on using the methods in practical situations -- that have made its predecessors a consistent favorite of both instructors and students. The eighth edition introduces an exciting new visual dimension by exploring the rhetoric of the visual -- how images reflect the methods, and how writers use them to respond to images.

Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors v
Thematic Contents xxv
Introduction 1(1)
Why Read? Why Write? Why Not Phone?
1(1)
Using the Brief Bedford Reader
2(5)
The Selections
The Organization
The Journal Prompts, Questions, Writing Topics, and Glossary
Writers on Writing
PART ONE READING, WRITING, AND RESEARCH
7(66)
Reading Critically
9(22)
Reading an Essay
10(3)
The Preliminaries
The First Reading
Disability
13(13)
Nancy Mairs
Writing While Reading
Summarizing
Thinking Critically
Analyzing ``Disability''
Thinking Critically About Visual Images
26(5)
The Big Picture
Analysis
Visual Image: Trust, advertisement for St. Paul insurance
Inference
Synthesis
Evaluation
Writing Effectively
31(18)
The Writing Situation
31(3)
Subject
Audience and Purpose
The Writing Process
34(6)
Discovery
Drafting
The Thesis and the Thesis Statement
Revision
Collaboration
An Essay-In-Progress
40(9)
Reading and Drafting
Revising
Editing
Final Draft
Disability in the Media
46(3)
Doug Roberts
Using and Documenting Sources
49(24)
Critical Thinking About Sources
49(3)
Relevance and Reliability
Online Sources
Integrating Source Material
52(3)
Summary, Paraphrase, and Quotation
Introduction of Source Material
Plagiarism
55(1)
Plagiarism and the Internet
Common Knowledge
Source Citation Using Mla Style
56(12)
MLA Parenthetical Citations
MLA List of Works Cited
Sample Research Paper
68(5)
Plata o Plomo: Silver or Lead
68(5)
Marie Javdani
PART TWO THE METHODS
73(414)
Narration: Telling a Story
75(42)
Visual Image: How Joe's Body Brought Him Fame Instead of Shame, advertisement for Charles Atlas
The Method
76(1)
The Process
77(6)
Focus on Verbs
83(1)
Checklist for Revising a Narrative
84(1)
Narration in Paragraphs
84(2)
Narration in Practice: Reporting a car accident
86(31)
Champion of the World
88(4)
Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou on Writing
92(2)
Fish Cheeks
94(3)
Amy Tan
Amy Tan on Writing
97(2)
The Chase
99(5)
Annie Dillard
Annie Dillard on Writing
104(1)
Indian Education
105(7)
Sherman Alexie
Sherman Alexie on Writing
112(2)
Additional Writing Topics
114(3)
Description: Writing with Your Senses
117(46)
Visual Image: Doug and Mizan's House, East River, 1993, photograph by Margaret Morton
The Method
118(1)
The Process
119(3)
Focus on Specific and Concrete Language
122(1)
Checklist for Revising a Description
123(1)
Description in Paragraphs
123(2)
Description in Practice: Advertising an apartment for sublet
125(38)
Arm Wrestling with My Father
126(6)
Brad Manning
Brad Manning on Writing
132(2)
Shooting Dad
134(8)
Sarah Vowell
Sarah Vowell on Writing
142(2)
Silent Dancing
144(9)
Judith Ortiz Cofer
Judith Ortiz Cofer on Writing
153(2)
Fly-Fishing for Doctors
155(4)
Ethan Canin
Ethan Canin on Writing
159(1)
Additional Writing Topics
160(3)
Example: Pointing to Instances
163(36)
Visual Image: Cellular Phones of the Future, cartoon by Barry Blitt
The Method
164(1)
The Process
165(2)
Focus on Sentence Variety
167(1)
Checklist for Revising an Example Essay
167(1)
Examples in Paragraphs
168(1)
Examples in Practice: Writing a cover letter for a job application
169(30)
On Compassion
171(4)
Barbara Lazear Ascher
Barbara Lazear Ascher on Writing
175(1)
Homeless
176(3)
Anna Quindlen
Anna Quindlen on Writing
179(2)
Black Men and Public Space
181(4)
Brent Staples
Brent Staples on Writing
185(3)
Signs
188(6)
Scott Russell Sanders
Scott Russell Sanders on Writing
194(2)
Additional Writing Topics
196(3)
Comparison and Contrast: Setting Things Side by Side
199(38)
Visual Images: American Gothic, painting by Grant Wood; Rural Rehabilitation Client, photograph by Ben Shahn
The Method
200(1)
The Process
201(3)
Focus on Paragraph Coherence
204(1)
Checklist for Revising a Comparison and Contrast
205(1)
Comparison and Contrast in Paragraphs
206(1)
Comparison and Contrast in Practice: Creating a campaign poster
207(30)
Neat People vs. Sloppy People
209(4)
Suzanne Britt
Suzanne Britt on Writing
213(2)
Batting Clean-Up and Striking Out
215(4)
Dave Barry
Dave Barry on Writing
219(1)
Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts
220(5)
Bruce Catton
Bruce Catton on Writing
225(2)
Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa
227(6)
David Sedaris
David Sedaris on Writing
233(2)
Additional Writing Topics
235(2)
Process Analysis: Explaining Step by Step
237(42)
Visual Image: Workers Making Dolls, photograph by Wally McNamee
The Method
238(1)
The Process
239(3)
Focus on Consistency
242(1)
Checklist for Revising a Process Analysis
243(1)
Process Analysis in Paragraphs
243(1)
Process Analysis in Practice: Explaining a fire-drill procedure
244(35)
How to Poison the Earth
246(4)
Linnea Saukko
Linnea Saukko on Writing
250(1)
How You Became You
251(4)
Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson on Writing
255(2)
Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain
257(10)
Jessica Mitford
Jessica Mitford on Writing
267(1)
Body Ritual Among the Nacirema
268(8)
Horace Miner
Additional Writing Topics
276(3)
Division or Analysis: Slicing into Parts
279(36)
Visual Image: Deconstructing Lunch, cartoon by Roz Chast
The Method
280(2)
The Process
282(2)
Focus on the Thesis Statement
284(1)
Checklist for Revising a Division or Analysis
284(1)
Division or Analysis in Paragraphs
285(1)
Division or Analysis in Practice: Writing an application essay
286(29)
I Want a Wife
288(4)
Judy Brady
Not All Men Are Sly Foxes
292(5)
Armin A. Brott
Our Barbies, Ourselves
297(4)
Emily Prager
Emily Prager on Writing
301(2)
The Capricious Camera
303(9)
Laila Ayad
Visual Image: Mounted Nazi Troops on the Lookout for Likely Polish Children, photograph
Additional Writing Topics
312(3)
Classification: Sorting into Kinds
315(44)
Visual Image: What Everyone Should Know About the Movie Rating System, chart from the Motion Picture Association of America
The Method
316(1)
The Process
317(2)
Focus on Paragraph Development
319(1)
Checklist for Revising a Classification
320(1)
Classification in Paragraphs
320(1)
Classification in Practice: Crafting a resume
321(38)
The Plot Against People
324(3)
Russell Baker
Russell Baker on Writing
327(3)
The Crisis of National Identity
330(7)
Samuel P. Huntington
The Ways We Lie
337(9)
Stephanie Ericsson
Stephanie Ericsson on Writing
346(1)
The World of Doublespeak
347(8)
William Lutz
William Lutz on Writing
355(2)
Additional Writing Topics
357(2)
Cause and Effect: Asking Why
359(40)
Visual Image: Garbage In..., cartoon by Mike Thompson
The Method
360(1)
The Process
361(4)
Focus on Clarity and Conciseness
365(1)
Checklist for Revising a Cause-and-Effect Essay
366(1)
Cause and Effect in Paragraphs
366(2)
Cause and Effect in Practice: Setting the record straight in a letter to the editor
368(31)
A Web of Brands
370(7)
Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein on Writing
377(1)
Live Free and Starve
378(4)
Chitra Divakaruni
Chitra Divakaruni on Writing
382(2)
Drugs
384(4)
Gore Vidal
Gore Vidal on Writing
388(1)
Safe-Sex Lies
389(7)
Meghan Daum
Additional Writing Topics
396(3)
Definition: Tracing a Boundary
399(34)
Visual Image: Need Is a Very Subjective Word, advertisement for the HUMMER H2
The Method
400(1)
The Process
401(4)
Focus on Paragraph and Essay Unity
405(1)
Checklist for Revising a Definition
405(1)
Definition in Paragraphs
406(1)
Definition in Practice: Explaining the mission of an organization
407(26)
The Meanings of a Word
408(5)
Gloria Naylor
Gloria Naylor on Writing
413(1)
Being a Chink
414(5)
Christine Leong
Christine Leong on Writing
419(2)
``Needs''
421(4)
Thomas Sowell
Pride
425(4)
Dagoberto Gilb
Dagoberto Gilb on Writing
429(1)
Additional Writing Topics
430(3)
Argument and Persuasion: Stating Opinions and Proposals
433(54)
Visual Image: Corporate America Flag, image from Adbusters Media Foundation
The Method
434(9)
The Process
443(2)
Focus on Tone
445(1)
Checklist for Revising Argument or Persuasion
446(1)
Argument and Persuasion in Paragraphs
446(2)
Argument and Persuasion in Practice: Disputing a parking ticket
448(2)
Too Much Pressure
450(6)
Colleen Wenke
Why Don't We Complain?
456(7)
William F. Buckley, Jr.
William F. Buckley, Jr., on Writing
463(1)
Close Encounters with US Immigration
464(5)
Adnan R. Khan
Everything Isn't Racial Profiling
469(4)
Linda Chavez
Security Versus Liberty: The USA Patriot Act
The FBI Is Reading over Your Shoulder
473(5)
Zara Gelsey
Zara Gelsey on Writing
478(1)
How the USA Patriot Act Defends Democracy
479(6)
Viet D. Dinh
Viet D. Dinh on Writing
485(1)
Additional Writing Topics
486(1)
PART THREE MIXING THE METHODS
487(48)
I Have a Dream
490(6)
Martin Luther King, Jr.
No Name Woman
496(12)
Maxine Hong Kingston
Maxine Hong Kingston on Writing
508(2)
Shooting an Elephant
510(8)
George Orwell
George Orwell on Writing
518(2)
Clashing Civilizations?
520(5)
Edward Said
Once More to the Lake
525(7)
E. B. White
E. B. White on Writing
532(3)
Useful Terms 535(20)
Index 555


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