Part One: THE RHETORIC.
Unit I: The Analytical Frame of Mind: Introduction to Analytical Methods.
Finding Your Way in This Book: A Note to Student
1. Introduction: Fourteen Short Takes on Writing and the Writing Process.
2. Toolkit of Analytical Methods I: Seeing Better, Seeing More.
3. Analysis: What It Is and What It Does.
4. Toolkit of Analytical Methods II: Going Deeper.
5. Writing About Readings: Moves to Make with Written Texts.
6. Making Interpretations Plausible.
7. Making Common Topics More Analytical.
Unit II: Writing Analytical Papers: How to Use Evidence, Evolve Claims, and Converse with Sources.
8. Reasoning from Evidence to Claims.
9. Analyzing Arguments.
10. Using Evidence to Build a Paper: 10 on 1.
11. Making a Thesis Evolve.
12. Recognizing and Fixing Weak Thesis Statements.
13. Using Sources Analytically: The Conversation Model.
14. Finding, Citing, and Integrating Sources.
Unit III: Matters of Form: The Shapes that Thought Takes.
15. Forms and Formats Across the Curriculum.
16. Introductions and Conclusions Across the Curriculum.
17. Revising for Style: Word Choice.
18. Revising for Style: The Rhetoric of the Sentence.
19. Revising for Correctness: Grammar and Punctuation.
Part Two: THE READINGS.
20. Manners, Communication, and Technology.
Christine Rosen: “Our Cell Phones, Our Selves”
Paul Goldberger, “Disconnected Urbanism”
Jeffrey Rosen, “The Naked Crowd”
Geoffrey Nunberg, “Blogging in the Global Lunchroom”
Jonathan Franzen, “Imperial Bedroom”
Sam Anderson, “In Defense of Distraction”
For Further Research: Manners, Communication and Technology
21. Places and Spaces: Cities and Suburbs.
James Howard Kunstler, “The Public Realm and the Common Good”
Jack Gambino, “Demolition Zones: Contemporary Photography by Edward
Burtynsky and Camilo Jose Vergara”
Adam Gopnik, “Times Regained: How the Old Times Square Was Made New”
Rosalyn Baxandall and Elizabeth Ewen, “Suburban Birth Pangs”
Jane Jacobs, “The Uses of Sidewalks: Safety”
Mike Davis, “Fortress Los Angeles”
For Further Research: Places and Spaces: Cities and Suburbs
22. Race, Ethnicity, and the “MeltingPot.”
Benjamin DeMott, “Put On a Happy Face: Masking the Differences between
Blacks and Whites”
Peter Salins, “Assimilation, American Style”
Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege and Male Privilege: [ . . . Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack]”
Richard Rodriquez, “The Fear of Losing a Culture”
Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue”
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., “In the Kitchen”
Ishmael Reed, “My Neighborhood”
Marianna Torgovnick, “On Being White, Female, and Born in Bensonhurst”
Michael Jonas, “The Downside of Diversity”
Robert McLiam Wilson, “Sticks and Stones: The Irish Identity”
For Further Research: Race, Ethnicity, and the “Melting Pot”
23. The Language of Politics and the Politics of Language.
Christopher Borick, “On Political Labels”
Robert J. Fisher, “In Election, US Should Not Return to ‘Rugged Individualism’”
James J. Kirkpatrick, “Justices Amended Constitution on Their Own . . .”
Richard A. Epstein, “ . . . By Letting Redevelopers Take Little Guy’s Property"
John F. Grim, “More than Abortion Is at Stake in Supreme Court Picks”
Paul Krugman, “Losing Our Country”
George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language”
“Interview with Frank Luntz”
Matt Bai, “The Framing Wars”
Obama and the Language of Politics: Two Short Articles
Peter Nicholas and Jim Tankersley, “Buzzwords: Rephrasing Obama’s Lexicon”
Michael D. Shear, “Obama Subtly Adopts the Language of Business”
James Peck, “September 11th—a National Tragedy?”
For Further Research: The Language of Politics and the Politics of Language
Joseph Elliott, David Rosenwasser and Jill Stephen, “Looking at Photographs:
Stagers and Recorders—an Interview with Joseph Elliott”
Susan Sontag, “In Plato’s Cave”
Barry Lopez, “Learning to See”
John Berger, “Images of Women in European Art”
Susan Bordo, “Beauty (Re)discovers the Male Body”
Malcolm Gladwell, “Listening to Khakis: What America’s Most Popular Pants Tell Us About the Way Guys Think”
Kera Bolonik, “Oy Gay!”
X.J. Kennedy, “Who Killed King Kong?”