America Now
Twelfth Edition   ©2017

America Now

Short Readings from Recent Periodicals

Robert Atwan (Series Editor, Best American Essays)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-05511-7; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-05511-0; Format: Paper Text, 464 pages

Only the best brief, current, high-interest readings. Every essay is short, accessible, and engaging. To stimulate productive classroom discussion and writing, the readings are arranged into tightly focused units on such themes as freedom of speech, modern love, and the criminal justice system, presenting diverse perspectives on the issues.

The expert pedagogy students need. Lively chapter introductions, headnotes, pre-reading questions, writing suggestions, reading questions, helpful advice on expressing opinion, inspiring writing advice from fellow students, and plenty of support for multilingual students create a valuable resource that a set of readings alone can’t match.

Historical context for the issues of today. One "America Then" reading per chapter—always a canonical work, such as Langston Hughes’ "That Word Black" in the chapter on language—gives students a deeper understanding of the topic at hand.

Engaging visuals. Comic strips and advertisements, together with advice about how to analyze them, encourage students to think critically about visual texts.