Contemporary Readings for WritersThird Edition| ©2016 Barclay Barrios
The great conversations that shape students’ lives
Emerging uses an inquiry-based approach and engaging readings to help students understand and write about a variety of academic texts. Based on reviewer feedback, the third edition uses its assignment sequences to pose questions about the important but unsettled issues that shape students’ lives, such as “How is technology changing us?” and “How can you make a difference in the world?” Thought-provoking, contemporary readings help them address those questions in a meaningful way. At its core, Emerging focuses on the skills necessary for academic writing in any discipline, and a thoroughly revised Part One offers concrete strategies for improving those skills: reading critically, synthesizing, arguing, using evidence, and revising. Twenty vibrant new readings keep Emerging in tune with the newest ideas that will challenge students to think beyond their own experiences—and beyond the classroom.
Vivid, approachable readings explore complex, interdisciplinary ideas. Written for a general audience, the readings allow students to engage with ideas without stumbling on exclusionary language. They range from brief (2-3 pages) to longer than those typically found in composition readers (12-15 pages) to provide students access to the ideas that are shaping our world. These diverse selections--arranged alphabetically for maximum flexibility--represent cross-disciplinary work (such as a psychologist thinking about animal rights), putting students into conversations with public intellectuals including Michael Pollan, Roxane Gay, and Peter Singer.
A focus on connections among readings. Emerging helps students see how ideas connect to one another, in sometimes surprising ways, through topical tags and creative assignments, making it flexible for instructors and fruitful for students.
Innovative apparatus helps students develop the critical reading and writing skills needed to bridge public and academic issues. Part One presents key skills of academic success: reading critically, synthesizing, arguing, using evidence, and revising. Several types of questions follow each selection in Part Two, including unique assignments as analytical tools to aid in critical understanding. In Part Three, eight assignment sequences offer a variety of projects that help students work critically with multiple readings, connecting and distinguishing key ideas.
New to This EditionCompelling new readings bring to life cutting-edge topics, including these:
- Julia Serano’s “Why Nice Guys Finish Last” examines attitudes around sexual assault and gender stereotypes from the perspective of a transgendered woman.
- Daniel Kahneman’s “The Surety of Fools” explores our decision-making processes and questions our confidence in the judgments we make.
- Robin Marantz Henig’s “What Is It about 20-Somethings?” considers “emerging adulthood”: Is it self-discovery or self-indulgence?
Fresh new assignment sequences (8 in total) offer a variety of projects based on a grouping of several readings. Sequences ask challenging questions to spark students’ interest: Why does race still matter? What should be the goal of an education? What do we do about bullying? Each sequence provides the structure, readings, and major assignments for an entire course.
A new focus on research helps students connect to the world beyond the composition classroom. With new coverage of research in Part One and two research-focused assignment sequences in Part Three, Emerging encourages students to seek out their own sources and bring unexpected ideas together.
More help for an inquiry-based approach to critical thinking, reading, and writing in a variety of disciplines. Expanded coverage of writing in the disciplines and argumentative writing gives students a chance to connect their work with Emerging to work in fields beyond composition. In addition, new disciplinary tags on each reading and an alternate table of contents that categorizes readings by discipline make it easier to find those readings most relevant to your students.
“The greatest strength of Emerging is the choice of readings, which respects student intelligence and curiosity. The offerings are from both well- and lesser-known ‘public intellectuals,’ which serves to make students part of larger conversations.... The selection of readings respects students for the adults they are becoming.” –Barbara Hamilton, Mercer County Community College
“A challenging textbook that will piss off students the perfect amount to inspire strong conversation and writing.” –Matthew Martin, Santa Rosa Junior College & Sonoma State University
Third Edition| ©2016
Third Edition| 2016
Table of Contents
Part One: Emerging as a Critical Thinker and Academic Writer
Making an Argument
Revising, Editing, and Proofreading
Sample Student Paper
Part Two: Readings
*Sandra Allen, A World without Wine
Kwame Anthony Appiah, Making Conversation and The Primacy of Practice
The Dalai Lama, Ethics and the New Genetics
*Torie Rose DeGhett, The War Photo No One Would Publish
*Charles Duhigg, From Civil Rights to Mega-Churches
Helen Epstein, AIDS, Inc.
Thomas L. Friedman, The Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention
Francis Fukuyama, Human Dignity
*Roxane Gay, Good Feminist?
Daniel Gilbert, Reporting Live from Tomorrow
*Robin Marantz Henig, What Is It about 20-Somethings?
*Daniel Kahneman, The Surety of Fools
*Chuck Klosterman, Electric Funeral
*Maria Konnikova, How Many Friends Can We Have?
Ariel Levy, Female Chauvinist Pigs
*Yo-Yo Ma, Necessary Edges: Arts, Empathy, and Education
*Richard Manning, The Oil We Eat
*Sharon Moalem, Changing Our Genes: How Trauma, Bullying, and Royal Jelly Alter
Our Genetic Destiny
*Maureen O’Connor, Race, Ethnicity, Surgery
Steve Olson, The End of Race: Hawaii and the Mixing of Peoples
*Ruth Padawer, Sisterhood is Complicated
*Nick Paumgarten, Being a Camera
Michael Pollan, The Animals: Practicing Complexity
Jennifer Pozner, Ghetto Bitches, China Dolls, and Cha Cha Divas
Richard Restak, Attention Deficit: The Brain Syndrome of Our Era
*Hanna Rosin, Why Kids Sext
Dan Savage and Urvashi Vaid, It Gets Better and Action Makes it Better
*Julia Serano, Why Nice Guys Finish Last
Peter Singer, Visible Man: Ethics in a World Without Secrets
*Rhys Southan, Is Art a Waste of Time?
*Sarah Stillman, The Atomic Bomb and the Genetics of Trauma
*Tomas van Houtryve, From the Eyes of a Drone
David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster
*Ethan Watters, Being WEIRD: How Culture Shapes the Mind
Bill Wasik, My Crowd Experiment: The Mob Project
*Graeme Wood, Reinventing College
Wesley Yang, Paper Tigers
Kenji Yoshino, Preface and The New Civil Rights
Part Three: Assignment Sequences
Sequence 1: How Is Technology Changing Us?
Sequence 2: Why Does Race Still Matter?
Sequence 3: How Does Gender Shape Us and How Do We Shape Gender?
Sequence 4: What Does Ethical Conflict Look Like in a Global Economy?
Sequence 5: How Can You Make a Difference in the World?
Sequence 6: What Should Be the Goal of an Education?
Sequence 7: What Do We Do About Bullying? (research sequence)
Sequence 8: Will We Have Enough to Eat? (research sequence)
Third Edition| 2016
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