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The Essay Connection 10th Edition

Lynn Z. Bloom

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  • Previous Editions 2010, 2007, 2004
  • 656 Pages
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THE ESSAY CONNECTION is a provocative, timely collection of rhetorically arranged essays by professional and student writers. It stimulates critical thinking on ethical, social, and political issues, enabling students to make connections and write with an informed viewpoint. Essays range from the personal to the scientific and cover a variety of modes--narration, process analysis, comparison and contrast, and persuasion--to prompt students' interest in different disciplines and genres. Professionally written essays (by scientists, economists, and journalists, among others) as well as student essays inspire and motivate students. Unlike excerpts found in other readers, most essays are printed in their entirety, thus serving as better models for student writing. Throughout the text, Bloom offers practical, clear advice on writing that complements the essays. Rich visuals, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction provide a full set of models to bolster critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. The tenth edition offers 22 new selections to stimulate students' interest. An argument casebook as well as new visuals, poems, and works of creative nonfiction and fiction build on the strengths of previous editions. Material on the Book Companion Website strengthens students' writing and reading comprehension skills.

Lynn Z. Bloom, The University of Connecticut

Lynn Z. Bloom earned three degrees in English at the University of Michigan, and has an abiding interest in composition and autobiography as subjects for research, teaching, and writing. She has taught and directed writing programs at Butler University (Indianapolis), the University of New Mexico, the College of William and Mary, and Virginia Commonwealth University. She arrived at the University of Connecticut in 1988 as the first holder of an endowed chair, the Aetna Chair of Writing, on the Storrs Campus. In February 2000, she received University of Connecticut's highest academic honor as the newly established Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor. Her research has been supported by the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and--for teaching writing in the Agricultural Sciences--by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Bloom has written 17 books, including DOC FOR SPOCK: BIOGRAPHY OF A CONSERVATIVE RADICAL (Bobbs-Merrill, 1972), COMPOSITION STUDIES AS A CREATIVE ART (Utah State, 1988), and THE ESSAY CONNECTION (Cengage). She also has written over 80 articles including, "Freshman Composition as a Middle Class Enterprise" (1996) and "The Essay Canon" (1999), both in COLLEGE ENGLISH, and "Advancing Composition," a history of advanced composition in the twentieth century, in COMING OF AGE: ADVANCED COMPOSITION AND THE RESTRUCTURING OF ENGLISH STUDIES (ed. L. Shamoon and others; Heinemann, 2000).
  • The tenth edition contains 90 selections: 22 are new, including additional new visual selections (a mix of cartoons and graphic essays, op-art pieces, and photos) and two poems.
  • The addition of many more visuals within individual selections are new to this edition.
  • Bloom provides streamlined yet comprehensive coverage of the writing and revision processes, including two new "casebook" chapters on Identity and World Peace.
  • The author's emphasis on the writing process appears throughout the text, especially in chapter lessons on speaking, reading, writing, and revising. Drafts of a real student paper demonstrate the writing process at work.
  • For every study question set, Bloom supplies new post-reading writing prompts: "Journal Writing"; "Mixed Modes" (asks students to examine how selections incorporate multiple rhetorical strategies); "Dialogues" (asks students to consider links between the piece they just read and one or more others in the text that feature similar themes or literary techniques); and "Second Look" (asks students to interpret visuals on their own and in the context of the reading).
  • Engaging visuals throughout the text stimulate students' motivation to learn and illustrate the complex issues within the chapters.
  • A concluding feature in each chapter shows how one rhetorical strategy, such as definition, can be used in conjunction with another strategy, such as process analysis.
  • The argument casebook, "Controversy in Context: Implications of Human Rights and World Peace," includes nineteen core readings, a portfolio of photographs, and a political cartoon.
  • The Book Companion Website offers additional resources for writing and research, visual literacy activities, annotated student essays, flashcards of glossary terms, and practice quizzes that test reading comprehension.
  • Eleven complete student essays, as well as excerpts from student writers' notebooks, provide students with real peer models.
1. The Writing Process: Reading, Motivation, Warmup, Vision, Re-vision.
Reading Images. 1. NEW Toni Morrison, "Strangers." Reading Icons. 2.A. Photograph: Rodin, "The Thinker." 3.B. Cartoon: Mike Peters, "The museum wants to buy the first one . . . ". 4.C. Mike D''Angelo, "Do-It-Yourself Emoticons." Reading/Writing Essays. 5. Elie Wiesel, "Why I Write." 6. Stephen King, "A door . . . you are willing to shut" from On Writing. 7. NEW Brian Doyle, "The Greatest Nature Essay Ever." 8. Rachel Toor, "Which of These Essay Questions Is the Real Thing?"
2: Social Media--Thinking, Reading, Writing in an Electronic Era.
9. Sherry Turkle "How Computers Change the Way We Think." 10. NEW Nicholas Carr, "Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains." 11.NEW William Deresiewicz, "Faux Friendship." 12. Deborah Tannen, From "Fast Forward: "Technologically Enhanced Aggression." 13. NEW A. Student writing: E. Cabell Hankison Gathman, "Cell Phones" in Sherry Turkle, The Inner History of Devices. 14. B NEW Student Writing. Tim Stobierski, "The Paradox."
3. Narration.
15. Fiction: Tim O''Brien, "How to Tell a True War Story." 16. Sherman Alexie, "What Sacagawea Means to Me." 17. Frederick Douglass, "Resurrection." 18. Art Spiegelman, Mein Kampf (My Struggle) [graphic essay]. 19. Linda Hogan "Waking." 20. Anne Fadiman, "Under Water." 21. Jason Verge, "The Habs."
4. Process Analysis.
22. CREATIVE NONFICTION: Meredith Hall, "Killing Chickens." 23. Joseph R. DiFranza, "Hooked from the First Cigarette." 24. NEW Scott McCloud "Reading the Comics." 25. Scott Russell Sanders, "The Inheritance of Tools." 26. NEW Barbara Ehrenreich, "Serving in Florida" from Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. 27. Atul Gawande, "On Washing Hands." 28. Ning Yu, "Red and Black."
5. Cause and Effect.
29. POEM Mary Oliver, "August." 30. Scott Russell Sanders, "Under the Influence: Paying the Price of My Father''s Booze." 31. James Fallows "Tinfoil Underwear." 32. William Collins, Robert Colman, James Haywood, Martin R. Manning and Philip Mote, "The Physical Science Behind Climate Change." 33. Vaclav Havel, "Our Moral Footprint." 34. NEW Cartoon: Cathy Guisewite, "We Saw Paris." *35. NEW Student Essay A. Ryan O''Connell, "Standing Order." 36. NEW Student EssayB. Meaghan Roy-O''Reilly, "Balancing Act."
6. Description.
37. CREATIVE NONFICTION Amanda Cagle, "On the Banks of the Bogue Chitto." 38. Linda Villarosa, "How Much of the Body is Replaceable?" 39. Mark Twain, "Uncle John''s Farm." 40. Michael Pollan, "The Meal." 41. Marion Nestle, "Eating Made Simple." 42. Cartoon: Kim Warp, "Rising Sea Levels--An Alternative Theory." 43. David Sedaris, "Make That a Double." 44. Matt Nocton, "Harvest of Gold, Harvest of Shame."
7. Definition.
45. Poem V. Penelope Pelizzon, "Clever and Poor." 46. Natalie Angier "A Supple Casing, Prone to Damage." 47. Howard Gardner, "Who Owns Intelligence?" 45. NEW Jeffrey Wattles, "The Golden Rule--One or Many, Gold or Glitter?" 46. Lynda Barry, "Common Scents" from One! Hundred! Demons! 47. Brian Doyle, "Joyas Voladoras." 48." Student NEW Scott Allison, "Picturesque."
8. Comparison and Contrast.
49. NEW FICTION Jonathan Safran Foer, "Here We Aren''t, So Quickly." 50. Deborah Tannen, "Communication Styles." 51. Roz Chast, "Men are From Belgium, Women are from New Brunswick." 52. Natalie Angier, "Why Men Don''t Last: Self-Destruction as a Way of Life." 53. Suzanne Britt, "That Lean and Hungry Look." 54. Charles C. Mann, "The Coming Death Shortage." 55. Cartoon: "I never thought turning eighty could be this much fun." 56. Megan McGuire, "Wake Up Call."
9. Appeal to Reason: Deductive and Inductive Arguments.
57. POEM Marilyn Nelson "Friends in the Klan" from Carver, a Life in Poems. 58. Thomas Jefferson, "The Declaration of Independence." 59. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Cartoon Arguments: 60 A. Cartoon: Istvan Banyai "Inflation." 61 B. Marisa Acocella Marchetto "Why Haven''t We Won the War on Cancer?" 62. Robert Reich, "The Global Elite." 61. NEW Tim Berners-Lee, "Long Live the Web: A Call for Continued Open Standards and Neutrality." 62. Matthew C. Allen. "The Rhetorical Situation of the Scientific Paper and the ''Appearance'' of Objectivity".
10. Appealing to Emotion and Ethics.
63. New Poem Janice Mirikitani, "Recipe." 64. Abraham Lincoln, "The Gettysburg Address." 65. Sojourner Truth, "Ain''t I a Woman?" 66. Jonathan Swift, "A Modest Proposal." 67. Ethical Arguments: Visual Versions. 67 A. Open. Op-Art. "Introducing new GoValue! Service." 68 B. Doonesbury, "Students'' rights to party." 69. NEW Ed Dante [pseud], "The Shadow Scholar." 70. Peter Singer, "The Singer Solution to World Poverty." 71. NEW Edward Hoagland, "Children Are Diamonds." 72. Sheryl R. Kennedy, "About Suffering."
11. Identity.
73. New Poem Derek Walcott, "Love After Love." 74. Bill McKibben, "Designer Genes." 75. NEW Jonah Lehrer. "Don''t." 76. Virginia Postrel, "The Truth About Beauty." 77. Galareh Asayesh, "Shrouded in Contradiction." 78. John Hockenberry, from Moving Violations. 79. Photo: "Nobody Knows I''m Gay." 80. Eric Liu, "Notes of a Native Speaker." 81. NEW Richard Rodriguez, "Atheism is Wasted on the Nonbeliever." 82. Student Writing Zara Rix, Corporality. Photo Essay.
An Argument Casebook.
12. Human Rights and World Peace: UN Declaration of Human Rights, and Nobel Peace Prize Speeches.
83. NEW United Nations, "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights." 84. Al Gore, "A Planetary Emergency." 85. Wangari Maathai "Planting the Seeds of Peace." 86. Kofi Annan, "The United Nations in the 21st Century" (2001). 87. NEW. James Orbinski, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), "Humanitarianism." 88. Aung San Suu Kyi, "The Revolution of Spirit." 89. Rigoberta Menchú Tum, "Five Hundred Years of Mayan Oppression." 90. The 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), "Inner Peace and Human Rights."
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