9780618973866

The Writer's Selections Shaping Our Lives

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    9780618973866

  • ISBN10:

    0618973869

  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/11/2008
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
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Summary

The Writer's Selections: Shaping Our Lives, 5/e is a thematic reader for beginning writers that focuses on the influences and decisions that shape our lives, including other people, events, cultures, media, work, and technology. Representing a wide range of sources and supported by pre-reading and post-reading activities, the readings are short, readable, and engaging. Writing About the Reading exercises require students to explore different approaches and styles of writing. Journal assignments encourage students to explore their ideas and write about them in a journal format; paragraph-length assignments offer writers the opportunity to explore a focused topic; and essay-length assignments give students experience in narrowing a topic and developing a short essay.

Table of Contents

Essential Reading and Writing Skills
The Reading Process
The Writing Process
Decisions That Shape Our Lives
Brainstorming About Decisions
"A Rhodes Scholar with an Unlikely Past,"
"The Chosen One,"
"Whether to Vote: A Citizen's First Choice,"
"Life Is So Good,"
"Saying Good-bye to Eric,"
"Hold the Fries
Hey, Not All of Them!"
"The Gift of Sacrifice,"
Events That Shape Our Lives Brainstorming
About Events "I Want Constantine's Murderer to Die,"
"The Scholarship Jacket,"
"Ragtime, My Time,"
"A Letter to My Daughter,"
"Naked Terror,"
"Breaking Glass,"
"Desert Storm and Shield,"
Work That Shapes Our Lives Brainstorming
About Work "Breathe, Then Count to 10...,"
"Mr. Mom's World,"
"Cross Talk,"
"What Are They Probing For?"
"Why Interruption, Distraction, and Multitasking Are Not Such Awful Things After All,"
"Preparing for a Job Interview,"
"Some Lessons from the Assembly Line
Cultures That Shape Our Lives Brainstorming
About Culture "Primary Colors,"
"Black and Latino,"
"Fifth Chinese Daughter,"
"The Beautiful Laughing Sisters--An Arrival Story,"
"Dumpster Diving,"
"Silenced Voices: Deaf Cultures and 'Hearing' Families,"
"Cultural Education in America,"
Others Who Shape Our Lives Brainstorming
About Others "Love Saves, in the Form of a Superhero and His Kidney,"
"The Promised Land,"
"Our Wounded Hearts,"
"Gay Marriages Unite, and Divide, Families,"
"Food from the 'Hood,"
"Bill Gates,"
"Do unto Others,"
Media That Shape Our Lives Brainstorming
About the Media "The Boss Puts the iPod to Work,"
"Oprah Winfrey,"
"My First Story,"
"Music 'n Moods,"
"Prophets Without Honor,"
"After the War Coverage,"
"Sporting the Fan(tasy) of Reality TV,"
Technology That Shapes Our Lives Brainstorming
About Technology "Dangers of Social-Networking Sites,"
"The Seven Sustainable Wonders of the World," Alan Thein Durning "Stepping Through a Computer Screen, Disabled Veterans Savor Freedom,"
"Thoughts, Interrupted: Cell Phone's Convenience Also Comes with a Price--Constant Distraction,"
"Dr. Dolphin,"
"RFID Tags: Big Brother in Small Packages,"
"Human Interaction,"
Glossary
Acknowledgments
Index of Authors and Titles Revision Checklist for Essays
Narration "A Rhodes Scholar with an Unlikely Past,"
"The Chosen One,"
"Life Is So Good,"
"Saying Good-bye to Eric,"
"The Gift of Sacrifice,"
"I Want Constantine's Murderer to Die,"
"The Scholarship Jacket,"
"Ragtime, My Time,"
"Breaking Glass,"
"Desert Storm and Shield,"
"Primary Colors,"
"Fifth Chinese Daughter,"
"The Beautiful Laughing Sisters--An Arrival Story,"
"Love Saves, in the Form of a Superhero and His Kidney,"
"My First Story,"
"A Letter to My Daughter,"
"Breaking Glass,"
"Desert Storm and Shield,"
"Mr. Mom's World,"
"Some Lessons from the Assembly Line,"
"Food from the 'Hood,"
"Bill Gates,"
"After the War Coverage,"
"The Seven Sustainable Wonders of the World,"
"Dr. Dolphin,"
Illustration "Hold the Fries
Hey, Not All of Them!"
"Mr. Mom's World,"
"Cultural Education in America,"
"The Promised Land,"
"Gay Marriages Unite, and Divide, Families,"
"The Boss Puts the iPod to Work,"
"Prophets Without Honor,"
"Dangers of Social-Networking Sites,"
"Stepping Through a Computer Screen, Disabled Veterans Savor Freedom,"
Definition "What Are They Probing For?"
"Dumpster Diving,"
"Silenced Voices: Deaf Cultures and 'Hearing' Families,"
"The Boss Puts the iPod to Work,"
"Stepping Through a Computer Screen, Disabled Veterans Savor Freedom,"
"RFID Tags: Big Brother in Small Packages,"
Comparison and Contrast
"Naked Terror,"
"Cross Talk,"
"Black and Latino,"
"Silenced Voices: Deaf Cultures and 'Hearing' Families,"
Cause and Effect
"Whether to Vote: A Citizen's First Choice,"
"Hold the Fries
Hey, Not All of Them!"
"Breathe, Then Count to 10...,"
"Why Interruption, Distraction, and Multitasking Are Not Such Awful Things After All,"
"Our Wounded Hearts,"
"Do unto Others,"
"Oprah Winfrey,"
"Music 'n Moods,"
"Sporting the Fan(tasy) of Reality TV,"
"Thoughts, Interrupted: Cell Phone's Convenience Also Comes with a Price--Constant Distraction,"
"Dr. Dolphin,"
"Human Interaction,"
"Preparing for a Job Interview," Courtland L. Bov?e
"Dumpster Diving,"
Argument "Naked Terror,"
"RFID Tags: Big Brother in Small Packages,"
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