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Language Awareness Readings for College Writers

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  • Edition: 14th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2023-12-14
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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Table of Contents

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Chapter 1. Reading Critically
Getting the Most Out of Your Reading
     Be Specific, Natalie Goldberg
Practice Reading, Annotating, and Analyzing
     What's in a Name?, Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Reading as a Writer

Chapter 2. Writing in College and Beyond
Developing an Effective Writing Process
     Mixed Results, Mya Nunnally (student essay)

Chapter 3. Writers on Reading and Writing
     Reading to Write, Stephen King
     Shitty First Drafts, Anne Lamott
     The First Sentence, Iman Humaydan
     The Maker's Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscripts, Donald M. Murray
     How Scribbling in the Margins Transformed My Reading, Robert Rubsam *

Chapter 4. Writing with Sources
What Does It Mean to Write with Sources?
Write with Sources
Learn to Summarize, Paraphrase, and Quote from Your Sources
Integrate Borrowed Material into Your Text
Avoid Plagiarism
     Can America Prescribe English with a Clear Conscience?, Jake Jamieson (student essay)

Chapter 5. A Brief Guide to Writing a Research Paper
Establish a Realistic Schedule
Locate and Use Print and Online Sources
Evaluate Your Sources
Analyze Your Sources
Develop a Working Bibliography of Your Sources
Take Notes
Document Your Sources
MLA-Style Documentation
APA-Style Documentation


Chapter 6. Understanding the Power of Language: How We Find Our Voices
     Coming into Language, Jimmy Santiago Baca
     The Day Language Came into My Life, Helen Keller
     The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action, Audre Lorde
     Surrendering, Ocean Vuong *
     On and On: Appalachian Language and Academic Power, Meredith McCarroll
     Only Daughter, Sandra Cisneros *

Chapter 7. Language Communities: Where Do We Belong?
     Speech Communities, Paul Roberts
     All-American Dialects, Richard Lederer
     Code-Switching Is Not Trying to Fit in to White Culture, It’s Surviving It, Ida Harris *
     Sign of the Times, Sara Novic
     Mother Tongue, Amy Tan
     I Am, in Italian, a Tougher, Freer Writer, Jhumpa Lahiri *

Chapter 8. Language Evolution: How and Why Does Language Change?
     Words on the Move, John McWhorter
     How New Words Are Born, Andy Bodle
     What are Gender Pronouns and Why is it Important to Use the Right Ones?, Glen Hosking *
     Textspeak Is Modernizing the English Language (*English), Lauren Collister
     The (Sometimes Unintentional) Subtext of Digital Conversations, Deborah Tannen
     How A Visual Language Evolves as Our World Does, Amanda Morris *

Chapter 9. Language That Manipulates: Politics, Advertising, and Doublespeak
     Propaganda: How Not to Be Bamboozled, Donna Woolfolk Cross
     Selection, Slanting, and Charged Language, Newman P. Birk and Genevieve B. Birk
     Fake News Starts with the Title, Benjamin Horne
     The Headlines That Are Covering Up Police Violence, Sarah J. Jackson *
     Weasel Words: The Art of Saying Nothing at All, William Lutz
     The Ways of Silencing, Jason Stanley

Chapter 10. The Language of Discrimination: Hate, Prejudice, and Social Justice
     The Language of Prejudice, Gordon Allport
     The 'F Word', Firoozeh Dumas
     A History of ‘Wokeness’: How a Black Activist Watchword Got Co-Opted in the Culture War, Aja Romano *
     The Racist Trope That Won’t Die, Brent Staples
     The Fight Over the Words of Immigration, Jeff Gamage
     Nobody Mean More to Me Than You, June Jordan

Chapter 11. Language and Gender: Power, Abuse, and Equality
     We’re All Mad Here: Weinstein, Women, and the Language of Lunacy, Laurie Penny
     The Careless Language of Sexual Violence, Roxane Gay  
     Happy Feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie   
     How “Ma’am” Went from Being a Respectful Word for Some—But Polarizing for Others, Janelle Davis *
     The Language We Use to Talk about Pregnancy and Abortion Is Changing. But Not Everyone Welcomes the Shift, Harmeet Kaur *
     How to Refer to My Husband-Wife, Michelle Tea  

Chapter 12. The Language of Lying: Ethics, White Lies, and Fraud
     The Truth about Lying, Judith Viorst
     Lying Words, James Pennebaker
     Learning to Lie, Po Bronson
     Is Lying Bad for Us?, Richard Gunderman
     Psychology of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things, Chana Joffe-Walt and Alix Spiedel
     How Self-Deception Allows People to Lie, David Robson *

Chapter 13. The Language of Conflict Resolution: Dignity, Apology, and De-escalation
     Resolve Current and Future Conflicts with Dignity, Donna Hicks
     How Those Who Want to Divide Us Use Language to Stoke Violence, H. Colleen Sinclair *
     The Language of Online Argument, Ian Leslie *
     The Five Ingredients of an Effective Apology, Guy Winch *
     Further Adventures of Flex Cop, Michael Gardner
     Stalling for Time, Gary Noesner

Chapter 14.  Contemporary Language Issues
     We Need the Singular They, Stephanie Golden
     The Tragedy of the Singular 'They', Tom Flynn *
     What Does ‘Latinx’ Mean? A Look at the Term That’s Challenging Gender Norms, Yesenia Padilla
     Stop Using ‘Latinx’ if You Really Want to Be Inclusive, Melissa K. Ochoa *
     How ChatGPT Robs Students of Motivation to Write and Think for Themselves, Naomi S. Baron *
     Why I’m Not Scared of ChatGPT, Christopher Grobe *

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