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Overview

LIVING IN THE WORLD: CULTURAL THEMES FOR WRITERS is part of a ground-breaking new series, the National Geographic Learning Reader Series. This full-color reader takes full advantage of the excellent writing and imagery from National Geographic and gathers important cross-cultural themes appropriate for a composition course. Connecting key topics to authentic examples, it includes essays, compelling images, media and text from National Geographic, end-of-selection critical thinking topics for class discussion, writing suggestions for student essays, and a visual literacy section at the end of chapter. The 24 articles gathered in this cross-cultural multi-themed reader offer an exceptionally direct approach to issues surrounding identity and culture around the world. As the National Geographic Society's writers and photographers investigate the physical and cultural characteristics of specific locations throughout the world, they put faces on forces of assimilation, diversification, and make the multifarious realities of globalization palpable and concrete. Introducing readers to people and customs that may seem foreign, they shed new light on familiar American themes as well. Includes access to a website which includes a full eBook along with related media from National Geographic.

  • Each article has a section and article introduction to provide context for the student that suggest ideas to think about while reading the selection.
  • Rich photography and compelling images are used throughout the reader to further enhance understanding of the selections and to engage the student in visual literacy.
  • The chapter-culminating section includes discussion questions to stimulate both in-class discussion and out-of-class work.
  • Further explorations accompany each article for students to pursue individually, in groups, or as a class.
  • Additional resources are available via an eBook. This eBook features highlighting, note-taking, search and bookmark capabilities.
Preface.
Introduction.
World Map.
PART I: EXPLORING WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.
"Myanmar's River of Spirits" (May 2006) – Kira Salak. "John Dau: A Survivor's Story" (January 2007) – John Dau with Karen Kostyal. "The Power of Writing" (August 1999) – Joel Swerdlow. "Guardians of the Fairy Tale: The Brothers Grimm" (December 1999) - Thomas O'Neill.
"A Sketch in Time: Bringing the Civil War to Life" (May 2012) – Harry Katz. "Tale of Three Cities: Alexandria, Cordoba, and New York" (August 1999) – Joel Swerdlow. Visual Literacy Section.
PART II: LIVING WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.
SECTION A: FOOD, SCARCITY, SUSTAINABILITY.
"Rice: The Essential Harvest" (May 1994) – Peter White. "Olive Oil: Elixir of the Gods" (September 1999) – Erla Zwingle. "Caffeine" (January 2005) – T. R. Reid. "Seafood Crisis: Time for a Sea Change" (October 2010) – Paul Greenberg. "The End of Plenty: The Global Food Crisis" (June 2009) – Joel Bourne Jr.. "Our Good Earth: Soil" (September 2008) – Charles Mann. Visual Literacy Section.
SECTION B: WORK, PLAY, LOVE.
"21st-Century Slaves" (September 2003) – Andrew Cockburn. "The Price of Gold" (January 2009) – Brook Larmer. "County Fairs" (October 1997) – John McCarry. "The Beautiful Game: Why Soccer Rules the World" (June 2006) – Sean Wilsey et al. "The Enigma of Beauty" (January 2000) – Cathy Newman. "This Thing Called Love" (February 2006) – Lauren Slater. Visual Literacy Section.
SECTION C: PEOPLE AND PLACES.
"Into the Amazon" (August 2003) – Scott Wallace. "Last Days of the Rickshaw" (April 2008) – Calvin Trillin. "Celt Appeal" (March 2006) – Thomas O'Neill. "London on a Roll" (June 2000) – Simon Worrall. "Dubai: Sudden City" (January 2007) – Afshin Molavi. "Population 7 Billion" (January 2011) – Robert Kunzig. Visual Literacy Section.

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"National Geographic content is stunning, innovative, engaging, captivating, and current. The style of writing brings fascination and excitement to the reader. The quality of all of their resources is outstanding."

"National Geographic is the perfect balance of readable, understandable science with stunning visual images."

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

FOR INSTRUCTORS

Online Instructor's Resource Manual

ISBN: 9781285172217
Located on a password-protected faculty companion website, this interactive online instructor's resource manual provides instructors with short summaries of each article, potential answers to the discussion questions, and additional questions for each article and section.

Multimedia eBook, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781285172231
To further enhance students' learning, additional resources are available via an eBook. This eBook features highlighting, note-taking, search, and bookmark capabilities.

FOR STUDENTS

Multimedia eBook, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781285172231
Access the reader and additional resources online via an eBook. This eBook features highlighting, note-taking, search, and bookmark capabilities.