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Carefully aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Common Threads is a brief nonfiction reader with concise but comprehensive reading and writing instruction. Its unique rhetorical and thematic organization allows teachers to seamlessly blend it into their existing curricula. With brief high-interest readings, probing questions, extensive writing suggestions, and practical reading and writing instruction, Common Threads gives students all the instruction, practice, and support they need to engage with complex texts.
Ellen Kuhl Repetto (M.A., University of Massachusetts Boston) is a freelance editor and writer who has contributed to more than twenty composition readers, handbooks, and rhetorics. She is the author of The Bedford/St. Martin's Textbook Reader (2003), Readings for Discoveries: A Collection of Short Essays (2006), and Hope over Hardship: A History of the Boston Home, 1881 - 2006 (2007).Jane E. Aaron is a professional writer and editor as well as an experienced teacher. She is the author of the best selling Little, Brown Handbook and coeditor of the best-selling Bedford Reader, Eighth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003). She has served as consultant, editor, or writer on more than a dozen other textbooks for the first-year composition course.