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The Sundance Reader, 6th Edition

  • Mark Connelly Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • ISBN-10: 0495912948  |  ISBN-13: 9780495912941
  • 640 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2009, 2006
  • © 2012 | Published
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THE SUNDANCE READER, Sixth Edition, contains over seventy readings drawn from a range of academic disciplines and professions. This exceptional collection of rhetorically organized essays and articles includes both classic and contemporary authors' writings that pertain to topics as varied as the environment, culture, social issues, the media, and business. The diversity of topics in THE SUNDANCE READER appeals to students of all backgrounds and interests and emphasizes critical thinking, careful analysis, and effective writing to help them master essential composition skills they can apply in other courses and throughout their careers. With its wealth of readings and four-part questioning strategy following each entry, THE SUNDANCE READER provides students a unique perspective on how writing is shaped in different contexts. Above all, THE SUNDANCE READER has been designed to encourage students to read and develop confidence as writers.

Features and Benefits

  • The readings and articles represent a diverse range of classic and contemporary authors, including George Orwell, E. B. White, Joseph C. Phillips, Thomas Friedman, and Maya Angelou.
  • Visual writing prompts in each chapter and a special section "Analyzing Visual Images" in Chapter 3 reflect the importance of visual information as a critical aspect of communication and as a tool to enhance the learning process.
  • "Writing Beyond the Classroom" sections illustrate how writers use modes in the real world through interesting examples such as advertisements, brochures, government documents, and résumés. "Blending the Modes" readings show how writers often use several rhetorical methods to create an essay.
  • A four-part pedagogical structure for each reading helps students appreciate how writing is shaped in different contexts. Elements include Understanding Meaning, Evaluating Strategy, Appreciating Language, Connections across the Disciplines, and Writing Suggestions.
  • Each chapter includes a student paper with annotations addressing a variety of errors, offering students a unique way to recognize and avoid common problems that can weaken their writing. "Questions for Review and Revision" provide guidance to students as they explore these examples.
  • A "Collaborative Writing" assignment follows each reading, and guidelines for working in groups appear in Chapter 2. Rhetorical "Checklists" offer students helpful tips they can use before submitting a paper.
  • A database, SUNDANCE CHOICE, allows you to customize the text with additional or alternative readings to better suit the needs of your course and the interests of your students. Visit www.textchoice.com/sundance to learn more.

Table of Contents

How We Write. The Writer. The Reader. The Discipline.
Critical Thinking. Strategies for Enhancing Critical Thinking. How to Write an Essay. Strategies for Creating a Composing Style. Writing the Whole Composition . Writing on a Computer. Strategies for Writing on a Computer. Collaborative Writing. Writer''s Block. Avoiding Plagiarism.
Reading Critically. Strategies for Critical Reading. Cornel West, Black Political Leadership (annotated). Using THE SUNDANCE READER. Analyzing Visual Images. Strategies for Analyzing Visual Images.
What Is Narration? Strategies for Reading Narration. Samuel Scudder, Take This Fish and Look at It (annotated). James Dillard, A Doctor''s Dilemma. Andrew Braaksma, Some Lessons From the Assembly Line (New selection). Maya Angelou, Champion of the World. Ramon "Tianguis" Pérez, The Fender-Bender. Martin Gansberg, Thirty-eight Who Saw Murder and Didn''t Call the Police. Blending the Modes. George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant. Writing Beyond the Classroom. Walter Lord, The Reconstructed Logbook of the Titanic. Responding to Images. New Orleans Following Hurricane Katrina, September, 2005. Strategies for Writing Narration. Suggested Topics for Writing Narration. Student Paper, Spare Change. Narration Checklist.
What Is Description? Strategies for Reading Descriptions. Lansing Lamont, The Bomb. Truman Capote, Out There. Luis Alberto Urrea, Border Story. José Antonio Burciaga, My Ecumenical Father. Carl T. Rowan, Unforgettable Miss Bessie. Paul M. Barrett, American Islam. Blending the Modes. E. B. White, Once More to the Lake. Writing Beyond the Classroom. Bayou Printing, Job Announcement. Monica Ramos, The Resume of Monica Ramos. Seattle Street Kids with Gun, 1983. Strategies for Writing Description. Student Paper, My Bug. Description Checklist.
What Is Definition? Strategies for Reading Definitions. Eileen Simpson, Dyslexia (annotated). Janice Castro, Dan Cook, and Cristina Garcia, Spanglish. Ellen Goodman, The Company Man. Alissa Quart, Listening to Madness (New selection). Thomas Sowell, Needs. Joseph C. Phillips, Who is Black? Blending the Modes. Marie Winn, TV Addiction. Writing Beyond the Classroom. The Encyclopedia of Psychology, Depression. Don D. Rosenberg, What is Depression? Responding to Images. Anti-Gay Marriage Protest in Boston, 2004. Strategies for Writing Definitions. Suggested Topics for Writing Definitions. Student Paper, Disneyland Dads. Definition Checklist.
What Is Comparison and Contrast? Strategies for Reading Comparison and Contrast. Yi-Fu Tuan, Chinese Space, American Space (annotated). Rachel Carson, A Fable for Tomorrow. Suzanne Britt, Neat People vs. Sloppy People. Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee. Sharon Begley, East vs. West: One Sees the Big Picture, The Other is Focused (New selection). Bharati Mukherjee, Two Ways to Belong to America. Blending the Modes. Christopher Jencks, Reinventing the American Dream (New selection). Writing Beyond the Classroom. Peggy Kenna and Sondra Lacy, Communication Styles: United States and Taiwan. Responding to Images. Henry Ford II Introduces the 1949 Ford. Strategies for Writing Comparison and Contrast. Suggested Topics for Comparison and Contrast Writing. Student Paper, Parallel States: Israel and Ireland. Comparison and Contrast Checklist CRITICAL ISSUES: AN ONLINE READER (New section). Confronting Issues. Healthcare. Immigration. Criminal Justice. Privacy in the Electronic Age.
What Is Analysis? Strategies for Reading Analysis. Sharon Begley, What''s in a Word? (New selection).Thomas Friedman, What''s Our Sputnik? (New selection). Fareed Zakaria, Get Out the Wallets (New selection). Benjamin Radford, How Television Distorts Reality. Scott Rosenberg, Closing the Credibility Gap (New selection). Louis R. Mizell Jr., Who''s Listening to Your Cell Phone Calls? Blending the Modes. Jim Gemmel and Gordon Bell, The E- Memory Revolution (New selection). Writing Beyond the Classroom. Alton Enterprises, Preliminary Security Analysis. Responding to Images. Cell Phone Camera Image of Street Demonstration, Tehran, June 2009. Strategies for Writing Analysis. Suggested Topics for Writing Analysis. Student Paper, Endless War. Analysis Checklist.
What Are Division and Classification? Strategies for Reading Division and Classification. Judith Viorst Friends, Good Friends—and Such Good Friends. Martin Luther King Jr., Three Ways of Meeting Oppression. James Austin, Four Kinds of Chance. Bill Wasik, Our Friend the Smear (New selection). Thomas H. Benton, The Seven Deadly Sins of Students. William Lutz, Doublespeak (New selection). Blending the Modes. Andres Martin, On Teenagers and Tattoos (New selection). Writing Beyond the Classroom. Motion Picture Association of America Parents: Stay Ahead of the Curve! Responding to Images. Symbols of Three Faiths, 2006. Strategies for Division and Classification Writing. Suggested Topics for Division and Classification Writing. Student Paper, Hispanics on Campus. Division and Classification Checklist.
What Is Process? Strategies for Reading Process. Mortimer Adler, How to Mark a Book (annotated). Armond D. Budish, Fender Benders: Legal Do''s and Don''t''s. Marvin Harris, How Our Skins Got Their Color. Anne Weisbord, Resumes That Rate a Second Look. Eugene Raudsepp, Seeing Your Way Past Interview Jitters. Liz Grinslade, Evaluating a Job Opportunity. Blending the Modes. Malcolm X, My First Conk 45. Writing Beyond the Classroom. Lucille Treganowan, Cleaning Battery Terminals. Responding to Images. Resume and Laptop. Strategies for Process Writing. Suggested Topics for Process Writing. Student Paper, Securing Your Home. Process Checklist.
What Is Cause and Effect? Critical Thinking for Cause-and-Effect Writing. Strategies for Reading Cause and Effect. John Brooks, The Effects of the Telephone (annotated). John Taylor Gatto, Why Schools Don''t Educate. Tanner Stransky, Who Killed Miss America? (New selection). Diana Bletter, I Refuse to Live in Fear. Blending the Modes. Brent Staples, Black Men and Public Space. Opposing Viewpoints: Legalizing Drugs. Peter Moskos, Too Dangerous Not to Regulate (New selection). Lee. P. Brown, End the Demand, End the Supply (New selection). Writing Beyond the Classroom. Thomas Jefferson et al., The Declaration of Independence. Responding to Images. Foreclosure sign, Texas, 2008. Strategies for Cause-and-Effect Writing. Suggested Topics for Cause-and-Effect Writing. Student Paper, Why They Hate Us. Cause-and-Effect Checklist.
What Is Argument and Persuasion? Critical Thinking for Writing Argument and Persuasion. Strategies for Reading Argument and Persuasion. Anna Quindlen, Stuff is Not Salvation (New selection). Maggie Jackson, Distracted: The New News World and the Fate of Attention (New selection). Blending the Modes. Mary Sherry, In Praise of the "F" Word. Opposing Viewpoints: China in the 21st Century. Martin Jacques, When China Rules the World (New selection). Minxin Pei, Why China Won''t Rule the World (New selection). Opposing Viewpoints: Ethnic Identity. Armstrong Williams, Hyphenated Americans. Julianne Malveaux, Still Hyphenated Americans. Writing Beyond the Classroom. Covenant House Covenant House Needs Your Help. Responding to Images. Sign Warning Drivers of Illegal Immigrants. Strategies for Writing Argument and Persuasion. Suggested Topics for Writing Argument and Persuasion. Student Paper, Why a Black Student Union? Argument and Persuasion Checklist.
Appendix A: Writer''s Guide to Documenting Sources.
Appendix B: A Writer''s Guide to Revising and Editing (New appendix).

What's New

  • NEW Of the 70 selections, 19 are new to the sixth edition, greatly expanding the depth and breadth of examples while appealing to students of diverse backgrounds and interests. New essays include works by Sharon Begley, Fareed Zakaria, William Lutz, Tanner Stransky, Lee P. Brown, and Anna Quindlen.
  • NEW Expanded commentary on the writing process provides students with guidelines on developing outlines.
  • NEW Midway through the text, a new section--
  • NEW A new Appendix B, "A Writer's Guide to Revising and Editing," gives students strategies to improve their writing by overcoming common mistakes.
  • NEW Updated to reflect the 2009 MLA and APA updates, Appendix A, "A Writer's Guide to Documenting Sources," provides examples on how to apply both MLA and APA rules.

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Efficacy and Outcomes


"THE SUNDANCE READER is a well organized text that discusses the writing process and then presents short stories that illustrate each rhetorical mode. However, for instructors who don't teach the rhetorical modes, the text can also be taught from a thematic approach."

— Jeannine Horn, Houston Community College

"II chose the text for its clarity of organization around the modes of discourse. The essays have a good mix of contemporary and recent classic authors."

— Eileen Curran-Kondrad, Plymouth State University


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Mark Connelly

Mark Connelly teaches at Milwaukee Area Technical College. He is the author of several books including THE SUNDANCE READER, THE SUNDANCE WRITER, and the developmental series GET WRITING.