Visions across the Americas Short Essays for Composition

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  • Copyright: 2009-03-12
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What do John Steinbeck and Maya Angelou have in common? They're both among the great authors you'll encounter in VISIONS ACROSS THE AMERICAS: SHORT ESSAYS FOR COMPOSITION. This book presents 72 cross-cultural essays on such diverse themes as: Language and Culture; The Family; Americans and Immigrants; Racism, Sexism, and Ageism; and Technology, Cyberspace, and the Cosmos. An Irony and Humor theme has been added to this newest edition. Each chapter provides students with a blueprint for a specific type of essay, with pre- and post-reading questions and activities that reinforce an understanding of the rhetorical modes addressed in that chapter.

Table of Contents

Communicating is Language at Work
Tips on Becoming an Active Reader
Toni Morrison, Writers Together (annotated)
Responding to Readings: Constructing Paragraphs and Essays
Generating Ideas and Establishing a Focus
Peter Elbow, Freewriting
Structuring Essays
Point of View: Position of Authority
Appropriate Use of Point of View
Lead-ins and Concluding Sentences
Revising and Editing
Marriage: The Changing Institution
Internet Connection: Joanne Jaime, Modern Marriages
Special Writing Activities: The Individual and Group Response
Journals, Reading/Writing Logs, and Thesis Notebooks
Response and Summary
Group Activities and Collaborative Writing
Why I Am a Writer
The Joy of Writing
My Mother''s English
Common Elements of Narration
Creating Chronological Order
Developing Character
Establishing Mood and Tone
Tips on Writing Narrative Essays
Maxine Hong Kingston, Ghosts
The Offering of the Pipe as told to John G
Neihardt (Flaming Rainbow)
Journey to Nine Miles
Internet Connection: Alice Walker, Pilgrimages
Saigon, April 1975
Leaps of Faith
The Star
Internet Connection: Arthur C. Clarke, Crisis of Faith/Science
Additional Topics and Issues for Narrative Essays
Details: Appealing to the Five Senses
Figurative Language: Appealing to the Imagination
Dialogue: Revealing Characters Through Speech
Actions: Describing People by What They Do
Tips on Writing Descriptive Essays
Langston Hughes, Salvation
Internet Connection: Langston Hughes,Testimonies/Beliefs
Champion of the World from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Internet Connection: Maya Angelou, Colloquialisms, Jargon, Slang
Old Before Her Time
Internet Connection: Katherine Barrett, Role-Playing
from The Way to Rainy Mountain
Confessions of a Quit Addict
The Snake
Additional Topics and Issues for Descriptive Essays
Illustration and Example
Developing Your Thesis
Creating Vivid Examples
Tips on Writing Illustration and Example Essays
Now That''s Reality TV
My Own Style
The Myth of the Model Minority
Internet Connection: Philip Chiu, Model Minorities
Where Have All the Flowers Gone: Is the Human Race Its Own Worst Enemy? Internet Connection: Ann Scheid, Ecology
Notes from a Son to His Father
The Ways We Lie
Additional Topics and Issues for Illustration and Example Essays
Definition by Example
Definition by History
Definition by Comparison or Contrast
Definition by Negation
Tips on Writing Definition Essays
What Is Intelligence, Anyway? Jo Goodwin Parker, What Is Poverty? Internet Connection: Jo Goodwin Parker, Poverty in the United States
Guillermo G=mez-Peħa, Documented / Undocumented
Does America Still Exist? Sravani Banerjee, Pizza, Pakora, and Pancit+The Importance of Global Education
What Is This Thing Called Family? Internet Connection: Lee Herrick, Adoption/Family
Additional Topics and Issues for Definition Essays
Process Analysis
[Chapter not yet received from author.Unable to add Internet Connections.] Directive Process Papers: How to Do Something
Informative Process Papers: How Something Is/Was Done
Tips on Writing Process Analysis Essays
Interviews: Stories That Make a Difference
Community Re-discovered
A Homemade Education from The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Luis M. Valdez, Perspectives on "Borders"
Christine Ng, Bringing Out the Flirt in You
Additional Topics and Issues for Process Analysis Essays
Comparison and Contrast
Developing Essays Using Comparison and Contrast
Irony and Voice
Tips on Writing Com
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