Crossing America A Reading and Writing Rhetoric

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-01-22
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Crossing Americais an interactive reading, writing, and grammar text that focuses on competencies that skilled readers and writers must master. The text follows a thematic approach designed to provide cultural knowledge and awareness both to native speakers of English and to the limited-English language population.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xix
Reading and Writing with Crossing Americap. 1
Welcome Messagep. 2
Introduction to Reading Literature and Writing about Literaturep. 2
Student Essay Entitled "I Wanted to Share My Father's World"p. 4
How to Read Any Passage Effectivelyp. 6
Stumbling Blocks to Successful Readingp. 6
"Student Commencement Address at Southwest Tennessee Community College"p. 10
SQ9R-A Reading Strategy That Worksp. 11
Vocabulary Buildingp. 18
Surface Reading Versus Deep Readingp. 22
How to Read Different Genres of Literaturep. 24
Literary Analysisp. 26
"The Story of an Hour"p. 27
Devices for Writing a Literary Analysisp. 29
Points to Remember in Writing a Literary Analysis Assignmentp. 30
Writer's Workshop Activities for Understanding Poetry and Writing a Literary Analysis of a Poemp. 31
Writer's Workshop Activities for Understanding the Elements of a Short Storyp. 32
Summarizingp. 34
How to Write a Summaryp. 34
Writing Activities for Summariesp. 34
Paraphrasingp. 35
How to Paraphrasep. 35
Writing Activities for Paraphrasingp. 36
Plagiarismp. 37
SQ9R-A Writing Strategy That Worksp. 38
Surveyp. 38
Questionp. 39
Relatep. 41
Recordp. 41
Read and Revisep. 41
Reviewp. 42
Reflectp. 43
Rereadp. 43
Read Your Paper Aloud!p. 43
A Guide to Terminology Used in Crossing Americap. 44
American Foundations-Narrationp. 48
Idioms for a New Nationp. 49
Narration: Points to Considerp. 49
Purposep. 50
Point of Viewp. 50
Tonep. 51
Inferencep. 51
Order of Sentencesp. 51
Transitional Devices Used in Narrative Writingp. 52
Verb Usagep. 52
Organizationp. 53
Paragraph Format for Narrationp. 53
Essay Format for Narrationp. 54
Map for Narrationp. 56
Time Line of Storyp. 56
Narrative Worksheetp. 56
Questions for Reviewp. 57
Sentence Structure Errorsp. 58
Direct and Indirect Quotationsp. 59
Verb Tensep. 59
Reading Before Writingp. 60
"Constitution Day"p. 60
Jacques Lajonie Lapeyre Correspondence ... Excerptsp. 71
"Follow the Drinking Gourd"p. 89
"Waterbugs"p. 94
Reflective Assignmentsp. 99
Internet Field Trips-Reading and Writing Assignmentsp. 100
Films to Viewp. 100
Summary of Unit 2-American Foundations-Narrationp. 101
Traditions and Celebrations-Descriptionp. 103
Idioms for Holidays and Celebrationsp. 104
Description: Points to Considerp. 104
Purposep. 105
Types of Descriptive Writingp. 105
Organizationp. 105
Transitional Devices Used in Descriptive Writingp. 106
Paragraph and Essay Formats for Writing Descriptionsp. 107
Descriptive Writing Worksheetp. 109
Questions for Reviewp. 110
Concrete Language Versus Vague and Abstract Wordingp. 111
Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Participlesp. 112
Reading Before Writingp. 113
"El Olto Lado (The Other Side)" from Caramelop. 113
"Packing for America"p. 126
"Slightly Damp, Paradegoers Still Dressed for the Occasion"p. 133
"Day of the Refugios"p. 140
Reflective Assignmentsp. 145
Internet Field Trips-Reading and Writing Assignmentsp. 146
Films to Viewp. 147
Summary of Unit 3-Traditions and Celebrations-Descriptionp. 148
American Folklore-Comparison and Contrastp. 150
Idioms for American Folklorep. 151
Comparison and Contrast: Points to Considerp. 152
Purposep. 152
Tonep. 152
Transitional Devicesp. 152
Organizationp. 153
Paragraph Formats for Writing Comparison/Contrastp. 153
Essay Formats for Writing Comparison/Contrastp. 154
Comparison and Contrast Writing Worksheetp. 155
Questions for Reviewp. 156
Topic Sentences and Thesis Statementsp. 157
Punctuation of Conjunctive Adverbs and Subordinate Conjunctionsp. 157
Reading Before Writingp. 158
"What Is Folklife?" excerpts from "A Commonwealth of Cultures"p. 158
"Tam and Cam (A Cinderella Tale from Vietnam)"p. 174
"The Invisible One" (A Cinderella-style Micmac Native Legend) from Algonquin Legends of New Englandp. 181
"Mi'kmaq Indian Cinderella vs. Perrault's Cinderella"p. 184
"Cinderella"p. 187
"Present at Creation: The Origins of the Legend of John Henry"p. 197
"John Henry"p. 199
"John Henry Blues"p. 200
"Babe the Blue Ox"p. 202
"Six to Eight Black Men"p. 210
Reflective Assignmentsp. 219
Internet Field Trips-Reading and Writing Assignmentsp. 219
Films to Viewp. 220
Summary of Unit 4-American Folklore-Comparison and Contrastp. 221
Landmarks-Process Analysisp. 224
Idioms for Landmarksp. 225
Process Analysis: Points to Considerp. 226
Purposep. 226
Types of Process Writingp. 226
Organizationp. 226
Transitional Devicesp. 226
Point of View and Tensep. 227
Paragraph and Essay Formats for Writing Processesp. 227
Process Analysis Writing Worksheetp. 228
Point of Viewp. 229
Questions for Reviewp. 229
Reading Before Writingp. 231
"Jaunts: Atlanta to Montgomery to Memphis: A Family Trip Through History"p. 231
"A & P"p. 240
"A Chinese Kitchen"p. 250
"Telling the Story"p. 258
"in the inner city"p. 259
Reflective Assignmentsp. 263
Internet Field Trips-Reading and Writing Assignmentsp. 263
Films to Viewp. 263
Summary of Unit 5-Landmarks-Process Analysisp. 264
American Music-Classificationp. 267
Idioms for American Musicp. 268
Classification: Points to Considerp. 268
Purposep. 269
Organization and Developmentp. 269
Transitional Devicesp. 269
Paragraph and Essay Formats for Classification Writingp. 270
Classification Worksheetp. 270
Parallelismp. 271
Reading Before Writingp. 272
"Types of Folk Music"p. 272
"I Hear America Singing" from Leaves of Grassp. 280
"La Musica Mexicana"p. 284
"Nineteen Fifty-Five"p. 292
Reflective Assignmentsp. 309
Internet Field Trips-Reading and Writing Assignmentsp. 309
Films to Viewp. 310
Summary of Unit 6-American Music-Classificationp. 310
American Lifestyle-Cause and Effectp. 312
Idioms for American Lifestylesp. 313
Cause and Effect: Points to Considerp. 313
Purposep. 314
Organization and Planp. 314
Order of Causes and Effectsp. 315
Clear Reasoningp. 315
Transitional Wordsp. 315
Tonep. 315
Paragraph Formats for Causal Analysisp. 316
Cause and Effect Writing Worksheetp. 317
Questions for Reviewp. 318
Fragments with Subordinate Clausesp. 319
Reading Before Writingp. 320
"How Things Work"p. 320
"Vietnam to America: An 18-Hour Flight, or an Impossible Journey?"p. 325
"Hoofbeats on Fletcher Street"p. 332
"Ringtail"p. 338
Reflective Assignmentsp. 356
Internet Field Trips-Reading and Writing Assignmentsp. 356
Films to Viewp. 357
Summary of Unit 7-American Lifestyle-Cause and Effect Analysisp. 358
New Frontiers-Argumentationp. 363
Idioms for New Frontiersp. 364
Argumentation: Points to Considerp. 364
Purposep. 365
Organization and Planp. 365
Argumentative Paragraphsp. 365
Argumentative Essaysp. 365
Transitional Expressionsp. 366
Language and Tonep. 366
Emotion and Reasonp. 366
Paragraph Format for Writing Argumentative Analysisp. 366
Essay Format for Writing Argumentative Analysisp. 367
Argumentative Analysis Writing Worksheetp. 368
Plagiarismp. 369
Strong Verbsp. 369
Questions for Reviewp. 369
Reading Before Writingp. 371
"Act II"p. 371
"There'll Be No Place to Hide in Our Brave New Biometric World"p. 389
"Technology and Medicine" from The Other Man Was Me: A Voyage to the New Worldp. 398
"The End of the Beginning"p. 402
"Astronauts, Teachers Converse at Ames"p. 406
"From Space Station, NASA Astronaut Ed Lu '84 Speaks with CU Students"p. 408
Reflective Assignmentsp. 414
Internet Field Trips-Reading and Writing Assignmentsp. 414
Films to Viewp. 415
Summary of Unit 8-New Frontiers-Argumentationp. 416
Creditsp. 419
Photo Creditsp. 420
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