Viewpoints, 7th Edition

  • W. Royce Adams Santa Barbara City College, Emeritus
  • ISBN-10: 0547182791  |  ISBN-13: 9780547182797
  • 408 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2004, 2001
  • © 2010 | Published
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Spark your students' interest in writing with VIEWPOINTS. This thematically organized reader offers diverse perspectives on various themes and issues, including social concerns, media, human behavior, cultural differences, and human rights. With opening chapters that include substantial writing and reading instruction and writing assignments both at the end of each reading and on the web, VIEWPOINTS takes students' writing and critical-thinking skills to the next level. This thoroughly revised Seventh Edition builds on the success of previous editions with thirty-five new readings, all new photographs, author biographies, and source information for every selection.

Features and Benefits

  • The first section of the text offers an overview of the skills required for thoughtful reading and writing, from the basic structure of an essay through the three stages of writing: prewriting, drafting, and revising.
  • Chapters 3-10 include paired Opposing Viewpoints readings that present opposing sides of a thematically relevant debate.
  • Each reading selection is followed by four types of questions that require students to draw upon what they have already learned about reading and writing through formal written assignments, journal entries, class or small group discussions, or even discussion board entries in a course management system.
  • At the end of each chapter of Part 2, students will discover an "On the Net" section which asks them to perform research on the Internet, helping them work toward the creation of their own essays.

Table of Contents

Rhetorical Table of Contents.
1. Viewpoints on Reading Essays.
Keeping a Reading Journal. Reading Essays. The Structure of an Essay. Thesis. Supporting Evidence. Order of Support. Before Going On. Understanding the Content. Separating Main Ideas from Supporting Details. Separating Fact from Opinion. Drawing Inferences. Before Going On. Marking as You Read. "The Wet Drug" by Pete Hamill. Writing Summaries. Writing Reflections. Collecting Words to Learn. Before Going On.
2. Viewpoints on Writing Essays.
Getting Started: Finding a Working Thesis (Stage 1). Discovering Ideas in Your Reading Journal. Brainstorming. Freewriting. Before Going On. Getting It on Paper: Supporting Your Thesis (Stage 2). Refining Your Thesis. Grouping Your Ideas. Outlining Your Support. Writing an Argumentative Essay. Nutshell Statements. Patterning Your Paragraphs: The Beginning. Patterning Your Paragraphs: The Middle. Patterning Your Paragraphs: The Ending. First Draft. Before Going On. Getting It Right: Revising and Editing (Stage 3). Revising. Editing. Proofreading. Before Going On. Revising and Editing Checklists: Brief Versions. On the Net.
3. Viewpoints on Acquiring Knowledge.
"Superman and Me" by Sherman Alexie. "To Err Is Wrong" by Roger von Oech. "In Praise of the F Word" by Mary Sherry. "Zero" by Paul Logan. "Your Kid''s Going to Pay for Cheating—Eventually" by Leonard Pitts, Jr. "Yes: Abstinence is Working" by Kathleen Tsubata. "They''ll Abstain if Given Good Reason" by Deborah Roffman. STUDENT ESSAY: "One Hundred Percent Half-Breed" by Bridget W. Dimery. On the Net.
4. Viewpoints on Human Behavior.
"Call Me Crazy, But I Have to Be Myself" by Mary Seymour. "Night Walker" by Brent Staples. "The Species Called Homo-Simpsons" by Randy Alcorn. "The Ballad of Lynddie England" by Joseph L. Bageant. "Lessons of Abu Ghraib" by Mark Bowden. "The Ghetto Made Me Do It" by Francis Flaherty. "Seeking the Roots of Violence" by Anastasia Toufexis. STUDENT ESSAY: "My Private Prison" by Jody Nelson. On the Net.
5 .Viewpoints on Cultural Differences.
"Veiled Intentions: Don''t Judge a Muslim Girl by Her Covering" by Maysan Haydar. "It Could Happen Here" by Laila Al-Marayati. "The Great Divide" by Michael Quintanilla. "Where I come from Is Like This" by Paula Gunn Allen. "Forget the Melting Pot: Make Mine a Salad Bowl" by Hannibal B. Johnson. "Cultural Baggage" by Barbara Ehrenreich. "Fish Cheeks" by Amy Tan. "After Two Years in the Melting Pot" by Liu Zongren. STUDENT ESSAY: On Being White by Mara Joseph. On the Net.
6. Viewpoints on Social Concerns.
"Your Mirror Image?" by Francine Russo. "Memories of a Sweet, Lethal, Smoke-Filled Home" by Dean P. Johnson. "Shut Up About My Truck" by Ace Atkins. "Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Kids" by Anna Quindlen. "Why We Need a Draft" by Cpl. Mark Finelli. "Gagging Protesters by the Manual" by Mathew Rothschild. "Bottomless Drinking Ban on College Campuses" by Lis Wiehl. "Binge Drinking Is a Normal Impulse" by Jennie Bristow. STUDENT ESSAY: "Should I Believe in God?" by Amy Kimoto. On the Net.
7. Viewpoints on Family and Marital Relationships.
"The Estrangement" by Jamaica Kincaid. "The Perfect Family" by Alice Hoffman. "A Worldwide Family" by Diana Abu-Jaber. "Black Unlike Me" by Jana Wolff. "Boys Mow Lawns, Girls Wash Dishes" by Sue Shellenbarger. "Speaking Out: Why Gay Marriages Would Be Harmful" by Robert Benne and Gerald McDermott. "Who Care if Gays Marry?" by Gregory Blair. STUDENT ESSAY: "My Younger Sibling" by Anne Rishi. On the Net.
8. Viewpoints on Work.
"Women Still Fighting for Job Equality" by DeWayne Wickham. "The Company Man" by Ellen Goodman. "Less Is More" by Jeff Yeager. "A Father''s Character" by Hal Lancaster. "Two Cheers for Sweatshops" by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn. "Outsourcing Jobs Leaves the American White-Collar Worker Behind" by Susan Gawlowicz. "How Outsourcing Can Benefit Your Business" as found at STUDENT ESSAY: "Oh, I''m Just a Housewife" by Roy Wilson. On the Net.
9. Viewpoints on the Media and Technology.
"Calling the C-Word the C-Word" by James Poniewozik. "The Issue Isn''t Sex, It''s Violence" by Caryl Rivers. "Making Them Squirm" by John Tierney. "The Dumbing of America" by Susan Jacoby. "Televising Humiliation" by Adam Cohen. "The Future of the Web" by Joseph F. Coates. "What the Internet Cannot Do" by the Editors of The Economist. STUDENT ESSAY: "TV News: Journalism or Propaganda?" by Jim Stone. On the Net.
10. Viewpoints on Human Rights.
"Justice" by Alan Dershowitz. "Is Torture Ever Justified?" by the Editor of The Economist. "Verses of Suffering" by Marc Falkoff. "Gitmo Conditions Have Improved" by the Associated Press. "Death and Justice" by Edward I. Koch. "Casting the First Stone" by Lloyd Steffen. On the Net.

What's New

  • More than half of the text's 65 readings have been replaced with fresh selections that reflect the new themes being discussed.
  • This edition's "Viewpoints on Images" feature has been updated with new photographs, engaging students in the material through topical visual prompts that help students see how concepts and ideas can be presented visually.
  • Each reading now features a short author biography as well as other source information designed to give students a solid framework for understanding before they begin reading the selection itself.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

W. Royce Adams

Royce Adams was a faculty member at Santa Barbara City College for many years. He is the author of several best-selling reading and writing textbooks and is an active participant in the College Reading and Learning Association.