The McGraw-Hill Reader: Issues Across the Disciplines

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing

Steps to Reading Critically and Actively

Preparing to Read

Critical Reading

Beyond Content: Focusing on Process

Paraphrasing, Summarizing, Quoting

Reading and Analyzing Visual Texts

Classic and Contemporary Images: How Do We Communicate?

Joe Rosenthal Marines Raising the Flag at Iwo Jima (Image)

Thomas E. Franklin Fire Fighters Raising the Flag at Ground Zero (Image)

The Writing Process

Jamie Taylor Cultist Behavior or Doltish Behavior? (Student Essay)

A Portfolio on Writing and Communication

Mortimer J. Alder How to Mark a Book

Julia Alvarez Writing Matters

Annie Dillard The Writing Life

Peter Elbow Freewriting

Donald M. Murray The Maker’s Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscripts

Brent Staples What Adolescents Miss When They Grow Up in Cyberspace

Deborah Tannen Sex, Lies, and Conversation: Why Is It So Hard for Men and Women to Talk to Each Other?

Amy Tan The Language of Discretion

George Orwell Politics and the English Language

Chapter 2 Reading and Writing Effective Arguments

The Language of Argument

The Test of Justification

Reading and Analyzing an Argument

Thinking Critically About Arguments

Abraham Lincoln The Gettysburg Address

Writing Powerful Arguments

A Portfolio on Argumentation

Classic and Contemporary Images: What Is an Argument?

Francisco De Goya The Third of May, 1808 (Image)

Eddie Adams Police Chief Brigadier General Nguyen Ngoc Loan Executes a Viet Cong Officer (Image)

Classic and Contemporary Essays: How Do We Argue?

H.L. Mencken The Penalty of Death

Coretta Scott King The Death Penalty is a Step Back

DEBATE. Animal Research: Is it Ethical?

Heloisa Sabin Animal Research Saves Human Lives

Jane Goodall A Question of Ethics

DEBATE CASEBOOK The PATRIOT Act: Should we Sacrifice Civil Liberties for Security

Richard A. Posner Security versus Civil Liberties

Elaine Scarry Acts of Resistance

Paul Rosenzweig Patriot Act Aids Security, Not Abuse

Ishmael Reed The Patriot Act of the 18th Century

Connections for Critical Thinking

Chapter 3 Writing a Research Paper

Research Writing: Preconceptions and Practice

The Research Process

Documenting Sources

Clara Lee The Courage of Intimacy: Movie Masculinity in the Nineties (Student Essay)

A Portolio of Professional Papers

Laura Johnson Dahlke Plath’s "Lady Lazarus" (Humanities)

Jon B. Gould Playing with Fire: The Civil Liberties Implications of September 11th (Social Sciences)

Cara B. Ebbling, et. al Compensation for Energy Intake from Fast Food Among Overweight and Lean Adolescents (Science and Medicine)


Chapter 4 Education and Society: How, What, and Why Do We Learn?

Classic and Contemporary Images: Does Education Change Over Time?

Zoology Lab, Oberlin College, 1890s (Image)

Tom Stewart Food Science Lab, University of Maine, 1990s (Image)

Classic and Contemporary Essays: What Is the Value of Education?

Frederick Douglass Learning to Read and Write

Richard Rodrigeuz The Lonely, Good Company of Books


Anna Quindlen Sex Ed

David Gelertner Unplugged: The Myth of Computers in the Classroom

Susan Jacoby When Bright Girls Decide that Math Is "A Waste of Time"

Arthur E. Levine Sure Changes for Colleges in the Future

Clayborne Carson Two Cheers for Brown v. Board of Education

Connections for Critical Thinking

Chapter 5 Family Life and Gender Roles: How Do We Become Who We Are?

Classic and Contemporary Images: How Do We Respond to Marriage?

Pieter Breughel The Younger Rustic Wedding (Image)

Elise Amendola Gay Marriage (Image)

Classic and Contemporary Essays: How Much Do Families Matter?

E.B. White Once More to the Lake

Barbara Kingsolver Stone Soup

Joan Didion Marrying Absurd

Annie Dillard An American Childhood

David Brooks Love, Internet Style

Richard Rodrigeuz Family Values

Margaret Atwood The Female Body

Natalie Angier Why Men Don’t Last: Self-Destruction as a Way of Life

Amitai Etzioni Parenting as an Industry

Connections for Critical Thinking

Chapter 6 History, Culture, and Civilization: Are We Citizens of the World?

Classic and Contemporary Images: How Do We Become Americans?

Public Health Service Historian Medical Exam of Male Immigrants, 1907 (Image)

Associated Press Illegal Immigrants Crossing the Border Between Guatemala and Mexico, 1999 (Image)

Classic and Contemporary Essays: Are We Moving Toward a World Culture?

Oliver Goldsmith National Prejudices

Ishmael Reed America: The Multinational Society

K. Anthony Appiah The Multicultural Mistake

Judith Ortiz Cofer The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria

Leslie Marmon Silko Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit

Amartya Sen A World Not Neatly Divided

Edward T. Hall The Arab World

Ronald Takaki Strangers from a Distant Shore

Connections for Critical Thinking

Chapter 7 Government, Politics, and Social Justice: How Do We Decide What Is Fair?

Classic and Contemporary Images: Have We Made Progress in Civil Rights?

Advertisement, Slaves for Sale, 1835 (Image)

Photograph, Martin Luther King, Jr and Admirer, 1966 (Image)

Classic and Contemporary Essays: What Is the American Dream?

Thomas Jefferson The Declaration of Independence

Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have a Dream

Patricia J. Williams To See or Not to See

Esther Dyson Cyberspace: If You Don’t Love It, Leave It

Niccolo Macciavelli The Circles of Governments

Bruce Catton Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts

Bharati Mukherjee American Dreamer

James Baldwin Stranger in the Village

Alexis De Tocquivelle Some Reflections on American Manners

Connections for Critical Thinking

Chapter 8 Business and Economics: How Do We Earn Our Keep?

Classic and Contemporary Images: Will Workers Be Displaced by Machines?

Diego Rivera Portion of a Mural from the Detroit Institute of Arts (Image)

George Haling Chrysler Assembly Line (Image)

Classic and Contemporary Essays: Does Equal Opportunity Exist?

Virginia Woolf Professions for Women

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Delusions of Grandeur

Anna Quindlen Men at Work

Thomas J. Friedman Globalization: The Super-story

Barbara Ehrenreich Nickel and Dimed

Richard Rodriguez Los Pobres

Robert Reich Why the Rich Are Getting Richer, and the Poor, Poorer

Jonathan Swift A Modest Proposal

Connections for Critical Thinking

Chapter 9 Media and Popular Culture: What Is the Message?

Classic and Contemporary Images: What Do Gangster Films Reveal About Us?

Edward C. Robinson in Little Caesar, 1930

James Gandolfini in The Sopranos, 2000

Classic and Contemporary Essays: Why Are We Fascinated by Gangsters?

Robert Warshow The Gangster as Tragic Hero

Ellen Willis Our Mobsters, Ourselves: Why The Sopranos Is Therapeutic TV

Rita Dove Loose Ends

Marie Winn Television Addiction

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 2 Live Crew, Decoded

Stephen King My Creature from the Black Lagoon

An Album of Advertisements: Images of Culture

Dave Barry Red, White, and Beer

Gloria Steinem Wonder Woman

Todd Gitlin Supersaturation, or, The Media Torrent and Disposable Feeling

Connections for Critical Thinking

Chapter 10 Literature and the Arts: Why Do They Matter?

Classic and Contemporary Images: How Do We Evaluate a Work of Art?

Auguste Rodin Walking Man

Jeff Koons Rabbit

Classic and Contemporary Essays: How Do We Know It’s Good?

E.M. Forster Not Looking at Pictures

Fran Lebowitz Soho: Or Not at Home With Mr. Art

Linda Hogan Hearing Voices

Billy Collins What’s American About American Poetry?

Lance Morrow Imprisoning Time in a Bottle

Alice Walker Saving the Life That Is Your Own: The Importance of Models in the Artist’s Life

Ned Rorem The Beatles

Helen Vendler The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar

Connections for Critical Thinking

Chapter 11 Philosophy, Ethics, and Religion: What Do We Believe?

Classic and Contemporary Images: Do We Believe in Good and Evil?

Angel and Mortal, Islamic Art from India (Image)

Jacob Epstein St. Michael and the Devil (Image)

Classic and Contemporary Essays: Is Superstition a Form of Belief?

Margaret Mead New Superstitions for Old

Letty Cottin Pogrebin Superstitious Minds

Robert Coles I Listen to My Parents and I Wonder What They Believe

Langston Hughes Salvation

Vaclev Havel The Divine Revolution

Virginia Woolf The Death of the Moth

Plato The Allegory of the Cave

Salman Rushdie Yes, This Is About Islam

C.S. Lewis The Rival Conceptions of God

Stephen L. Carter The Culture of Disbelief

Connections for Critical Thinking

Chapter 12 Health and Medicine: What Are the Challenges?

Classic and Contemporary Images: What Does Medical Research Teach Us?

Rembrandt van Rjin The Anatomy Lesson

Associated Press Conjoined Twins (Image)

Classic and Contemporary Essays: Can We Avoid Epidemics?

Barbara Tuchman "This Is the End of the World": The Black Death

Ronald J. Glasser We Are Not Immune

Ellen Goodman I Worked Hard for that Furrowed Brow

Anna Quindlen A New Look, an Old Battle

Perri Klass Macho

Jessica Mitford The Embalming of Mr. Jones

Stephen J. Gould The Terrifying Normalcy of AIDS

Richard Selzer Sarcophagus

Susan Bordo The Globalization of Eating Disorders

Connections for Critical Thinking

Chapter 13 Nature and the Environment: How Do We Relate to the Natural World?

Classic and Contemporary Images: Are We Destroying the Natural World?

John Frederick Kensett Along the Hudson (Image)

Damian Dovarganes Los Angeles, 2004 (Image)

Classic and Contemporary Essays: Do We Own Nature?

Chief Seattle Letter to President Pierce, 1855

Barry Lopez The Stone Horse

Annie Dillard Death of a Moth

N. Scott Momaday The Way to Rainy Mountain

Bill McKibben The Environmental Issue from Hell

Rachel Carson The Obligation to Endure

Alice Walker Am I Blue?

Noel Perrin The Greenest Campuses: An Idiosyncratic Guide

Barbara Kingsolver The Good Farmer

Connections for Critical Thinking

Chapter 14 Science and Technology: What Can Science Teach Us?

Classic and Contemporary Images: Where Is Science Taking Us?

Flemish School The Movements of the Sun and Moon, Fifteenth Century (Image)

J. Hester and P. Scowen Photograph of Gaseous Pillars Taken From the Hubble Space Telescope, 1995 (Image)

Classic and Contemporary Essays: How Has Nature Evolved?

Charles Darwin Natural Selection

Natalie Angier Of Altruism, Heroism and Nature’s Gifts in the Face of Terror

David Sedaris Nutcracker.com

K.C. Cole Entropy

Freeman J. Dyson Science, Guided by Ethics, Can Uplift the Poor

Carl Sagan Can We Know the Universe? Reflections on a Grain of Salt

Dinesh D'Souza Staying Human

Terry Tempest Williams The Clan of One-Breasted Women

Connections for Critical Thinking

Glossary of Terms



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