Reading Our World, 2nd Edition

  • Robert P. Yagelski State University of New York, Albany
  • ISBN-10: 1428231250
  • ISBN-13: 9781428231252
  • 768 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2007
  • © 2010 | Published
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Overview

Grounded in the belief that reading and writing occurs in context, READING OUR WORLD, 2E, helps student writers improve their critical reading and writing skills by teaching them the value of contextual awareness. This full-color thematic reader teaches students to employ audience-centered writing strategies as they explore ongoing conversations about cultural, academic, political, and personal ideologies. With a variety of classic and contemporary readings in a range of formats, READING OUR WORLD encourages students to recognize, assess, and manage various rhetorical situations while exploring engaging themes in various media. The text's fully integrated library gives instructors and students access to more than 300 traditional, image, audio, and video "texts." In addition to new readings covering a range of topics across disciplines, in the early chapters, the second edition delivers more streamlined discussions of the rhetorical situation, audience analysis, and discourse. It also includes expanded coverage of avoiding plagiarism. Throughout, READING OUR WORLD, 2E, emphasizes the value of contextual awareness in reading and writing as students explore ongoing and central conversations about their cultural, academic, political, personal, and work lives.


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Features/Benefits

  • The text's groundbreaking marginalia program draws students into the rich contextual landscape of the text, providing important background information on concepts and terms found in the readings while enticing students to further explore and research on their own. Its historical, political, and thematic contextual information provides invaluable insight, ensuring that students thoroughly understand--and connect with--the readings and themes.
  • Extensive glosses provide students with explanations of key concepts and terms, as well as historical and biographical information relating to the reading selections--ensuring that students have easy access to all of the information they need for solid understanding.
  • An excellent tool to spark lively classroom discussions, "Conversations" boxes examine how each reading selection relates to other text and image selections, encouraging students to look beyond the reading at hand.

What's New

  • Equipping students with a solid foundation for writing in context, Part 1 of the second edition offers more streamlined discussions of the rhetorical situation, audience analysis, and discourse. In addition, Chapter 4 includes new coverage to help students avoid plagiarism and to integrate sources appropriately.
  • The 34 new readings offer a range of classic and contemporary selections in various formats across the disciplines, exposing students to a wide variety of writing.
  • More refined cluster topics emphasize current hot topics, turning the spotlight on issues that students hear about in mainstream media.
  • In response to instructor feedback, the new edition streamlines the marginalia feature offered with each reading, prompting students to think more closely about the issue at hand and providing you with material to incorporate into lessons.
  • More reader-friendly than the previous edition, the design and layout of the second edition build on the first edition's strengths, enhancing the readability and impact of the included visuals.

Table of Contents

Part 1: WRITING IN CONTEXT.
1. UNDERSTANDING THE CONTEXTS OF WRITING.
What Is "Good" Writing? Defining Context in Writing. Discourse and Why It Is Important. Where Do Themes Come From?
2. UNDERSTANDING MEDIA AS CONTEXTS FOR WRITING.
"Reading" Images. Using Images in Your Writing. Combining Text and Image.
3. ENTERING THE CONVERSATIONS.
Theme into Thesis. Assessing the Rhetorical Situation. Knowing Your Audience. Managing the Writing Process. Using Technology.
4. ENGAGING IN RESEARCH AND INQUIRY.
Writing as Inquiry. Conducting Research. Tools for Your Inquiry. Other Source Material. Working with Source Material. Citing Sources.
Part 2: THEMES FOR WRITING AND INQUIRY.
5. IDENTITY.
Cluster 1: Creating Our Selves. Sojourner Truth, Ain't I a Woman? N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain. Bobbie Ann Mason, Being Country. Cluster 2: Defining Each Other. Maxine Hong Kingston, No Name Woman. Dagoberto Gilb, You Know Him by His Labors, But Not His Face. Gregory Jay, Who Invented White People? Cluster 3: Diverse Selves, Multiple Identities. Erin Aubry Kaplan, Black Like I Thought I Was. Oscar Casares, Crossing the Border Without Losing Your Past. Bharati Mukherjee, American Dreamer. Peggy Orenstein, Mixed Messenger. Extending the Conversations.
6. UNDERSTANDING.
Cluster 1: Learning. Richard Wright, The Library Card. Annie Dillard, Living Like Weasels. D. Winston Brown, Both Sides of a Gun Barrel.+ Cluster 2: Schooling. Maya Angelou, Graduation. Paulo Freire, The Banking Concept of Education. Richard Rodriguez, The Achievement of Desire. Adrienne Rich, Taking Women Students Seriously. Cluster 3: Belief. Langston Hughes, Salvation. Joel Engardio, Learning True Tolerance.+ Paul Davies, Taking Science on Faith.+ John Allen Paulos, God and Girls in Thailand.+ Extending the Conversations.
7. RELATIONSHIPS.
Cluster 1: Exploring Love. Kristin van Ogtrop, Attila the Honey I'm Home. bell hooks, On Building a Community of Love. Eric Liu, Song for My Father.+ Cluster 2: Complicating Relationships. Laura Kipnis, Off Limits: Should Students Be Allowed to Hook Up with Professors? David Brooks, The Power of Marriage. Anna Quindlen, Say Farewell to Pin Curls. William Jelani Cobb, The Other L-Word. Cluster 3: Rethinking Relationships. Judy Syfers Brady, Why I Want a Wife. David Sedaris, Consider the Stars.+ Jaimie Epstein, Sentence Sensibility.+ Anthony Doerr, Window of Possibility.+ Extending the Conversations.
8. COMMUNICATION.
Cluster 1: The Politics of Language. Amy Tan, Mother Tongue. Deborah Tannen, Sex, Lies and Conversation. Gloria Anzaldúa, How to Tame a Wild Tongue. Gary Sloan, Sleuthing Patriotic Slogans. Cluster 2: Writing Matters. June Jordan, Nobody Mean More to Me Than You and the Future Life of Willie Jordan. Min Zhan Lu, From Silence to Struggle. Jimmy Santiago Baca, Becoming a Poet. Susan Jacoby, Just Us Folks.+ Cluster 3: Beyond Words. Bakari Kitwana, The Challenge of Rap Music. Jean Kilbourne, Jesus Is a Brand of Jeans.+ Farhad Manjoo, How Photos Support Your Own "Reality."+ Extending the Conversations.
9. POWER.
Cluster 1: What Is Power? Mary Crow Dog, Civilize Them with a Stick.+ Zachary Scott-Singley, A Soldier's Thoughts.+ John F. Kennedy, Power and Poetry.+ THE ONION, Bill of Rights Pared Down to a Manageable Six. Cluster 2: The Process of Power. George Orwell, Politics and the English Language. Lani Guinier, The Tyranny of the Majority. Wendell Berry, Thoughts in the Presence of Fear. Cluster 3: Challenging Power. Henry David Thoreau, Resistance to Civil Government. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail. bell hooks, Talking Back. Extending the Conversations.
10. LIVING TOGETHER.
Cluster 1: Creating Living Spaces. Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Losing Home.+ Brent Staples, Just Walk On By.+ Will Yandik, Ridding the American Landscape of Lawn. Marcus Renner, The People's Freeway.+ Cluster 2: Communities. Judith Warner, Memory Refill.+ Paul Goldberger, Disconnected Urbanism. Cyrus Sanai, Community Kills.+ Cluster 3: Valuing Place. E. B. White, Once More to the Lake. Scott Russell Sanders, Stillness. Suzanne Berne, Where Nothing Says Everything. Wendy Mitman Clarke, Tea with Giants.+ Extending the Conversations.
11. RESOURCES.
Cluster 1: Necessities. Barbara Kingsolver, A Good Farmer. Richard Corliss, Should We All Be Vegetarians? Stephen Doheny-Farina, The Grid and the Village.+ Rick Moranis, My Days Are Numbered.+ Cluster 2: The Politics of Consumption. Helena Norberg-Hodge, The March of the Monoculture. David Morris, Is Eating Local the Best Choice?+ Cathy McGuire, Get Me a Vegetable-Friendly Refrigerator!+ Cluster 3: Use and Consequences. Michael Pollan, Fast Food Meal.+ Donella Meadows, The Ski Store and the Real Cost of Fun. Dominique Browning, The Melting Point.+ Verlyn Klinkenborg, Some Thoughts on Living the Combustible Life.+ Extending the Conversations.
12. CHANGE.
Cluster 1: Coming of Age. Lisa Belkin, Sharing Practical Truths, in Child-Sized Measures.+ Zara Kessler, One Last Day.+ Amy Goldwasser, What's the Matter with Kids Today?+ Cluster 2: Progress. Kirkpatrick Sale, The Myth of Progress. Anna Quindlen, A Shock to the System. Donella Meadows, Ecological Destruction and a Vermont Farm in May. Michael Chorost, My Bionic Quest for BOLERO.+ Cluster 3: Global Change. Al Gore, Nobel Lecture.+ Nicki Bennett, Climate Migration.+ William O'Keefe, Climate Policy: A Reality Check.+ Extending the Conversations.

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Meet the Author

About the Author

Robert P. Yagelski

Robert P. Yagelski is Associate Vice Provost and Director of the Program in Writing & Critical Inquiry at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, where he also teaches courses in writing, composition theory and pedagogy, critical pedagogy, and qualitative research methods and helps prepare secondary school teachers. Considered a leading voice in composition theory, Professor Yagelski is widely published in the major journals in the field. He is also director of the Capital District Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, and former director of the SUNY-Albany Writing Center. He earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from The Ohio State University.