The Brief Bedford Reader
Thirteenth Edition   ©2017

The Brief Bedford Reader

X. J. Kennedy , Dorothy M. Kennedy , Jane E. Aaron , Ellen Kuhl Repetto

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-03118-8; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-03118-3; Format: Paper Text, 526 pages

Comprehensive coverage of reading and writing. Part One guides students through critical reading, the writing process, and academic writing, with annotated examples that illustrate reading an essay and how to respond critically to a piece of writing. In Part Two, each rhetorical chapter contains readings supported by author and selection headnotes, a two-part journal prompt, several writing suggestions, and three sets of discussion questions that encourage critical thinking and reading.

60 compelling selections by both well-known and emerging writers. Ranging from E. B. White and Naomi Shihab Nye to Junot Díaz and Firoozeh Dumas, the writers provide diverse perspectives on topics that engage and challenge students to think and write purposefully.

Practical instruction in the rhetorical methods. Part Two presents in-depth instruction in ten rhetorical methods. Chapter introductions address the purpose, audience, and organization of each method, with annotated examples that show the methods at work in different kinds of writing. Part Three collects well-known essays that show how the best writers mix the methods to achieve their purposes.

Emphasis on visual literacy. An in-depth analysis in Chapter 1 teaches students how to view images critically. Then each chapter in Part Two begins with an eye-catching visual and offers suggestions for approaching it with a critical eye.