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Viewpoints 8th Edition

W. Royce Adams

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2010, 2007, 2004
  • 480 Pages


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. The readings in VIEWPOINTS spans from grades 10-13. 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 Eighth Edition builds on the success of previous editions with twenty-four new readings, six new thought-provoking photographs, author biographies, and source information for every selection.

W. Royce Adams, Santa Barbara City College, Emeritus

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.
  • Twenty-four of the text's 65 readings have been replaced with fresh selections that reflect the new themes being discussed.
  • Twenty-four new reading selections including a completely new chapter 10 which focuses on the environment and climate change.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
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.
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. "How Dumb Are We?" by Andrew Romano."Cutting N-Word from Twain Is Not Censorship" by Boyce Watkins. "Take the N-Word Out of ''Huck Finn''? It''s an Insult to Mark Twain and to American History" by Shelley Fisher Fishkin.
4. Viewpoints on Human Behavior.
"Call Me Crazy, But I Have to Be Myself" by Mary Seymour. "Night Walker" by Brent Staples. "Human Resources: The Seven Classic Types of Workplace Behavior" by Francie Dalton. "The Partying Habit that Can Put You in Danger" by Michele Bender. "Social Experiment: Know Thy Neighbor" by Peter Lovenheim. "The Tire Iron and the Tamale" by Justin Horner. "The Ghetto Made Me Do It" by Francis Flaherty. "Seeking the Roots of Violence" by Anastasia Toufexis.
5. Viewpoints on Cultural Differences.
"Veiled Intentions: Don''t Judge a Muslim Girl by Her Covering" by Maysan Haydar. "Difference in Cross-Cultural Communication" by John W. Adams. "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 Differences Among Patients" by Geri-Ann Galanti. "Fish Cheeks" by Amy Tan. "After Two Years in the Melting Pot" by Liu Zongren.
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. "Evil Weed or Useful Drug?" by Judy Foreman. "Bottomless Drinking Ban on College Campuses" by Lis Wiehl. "Ethics for Sale" by Carl Elliott and Trudo Lemmens. "Animal Testing Necessary in Medical Research" by Lauren Myers. "Of Cures and Creatures Great and Small" by Claire Andre and Manual Valasquez.
7. Viewpoints on Family and Marital Relationships.
"The Estrangement" by Jamaica Kincaid. "The Perfect Family" by Alice Hoffman. "Why I Love My Strict Chinese Mom" by Sophia Chua-Rubenfield. "Black Unlike Me" by Jana Wolff. "Boys Mow Lawns, Girls Wash Dishes" by Sue Shellenbarger. "''I Don''t'': The Case Against Marriage" by Jessica Bennett and Jesse Ellison. "Speaking Out: Why Gay Marriages Would Be Harmful" by Robert Benne and Gerald McDermott. "Who Care if Gays Marry?" by Gregory Blair.
8. Viewpoints on Work.
"The Power Mom Backlash" by Danielle Friedman. "The Company Man" by Ellen Goodman. "Less Is More" by Jeff Yeager. "A Father''s Character, Not His Success, Shapes Kids'' Careers" by Hal Lancaster. "Two Cheers for Sweatshops" by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn. "How Outsourcing Can Benefit Your Business" as found at "Outsourcing Jobs Leaves the American White-Collar Worker Behind" by Susan Gawlowicz.
9. Viewpoints on the Media and Technology.
"Do Newspapers Have a Future?" by Michael Kinsley. "The Issue Isn''t Sex, It''s Violence" by Caryl Rivers. "The Mash of Civilization" by Niall Ferguson. "The Dumbing of America" by Susan Jacoby. "Society Is Dead: We Have Retreated into the iWorld" by Andrew Sullivan."Televising Humiliation" by Adam Cohen. "The Future of the Web" by Joseph F. Coates. "The Information Revolution Will Not Be a Panacea" by the Editors of The Economist.
10. Viewpoints on the Environment.
"Global Warming" by James Haley. "The Big Business of Conservation" by Johann Hari. "Facts Show That Global Warming Is Real" by Ben Bova. "Is a Green World a Safer World?" by David J. Rothkopf. "Nuclear Energy is Cheap and Reliable" by Lamar Alexander. "New Nuclear Reactors Would Be Too Risky" by Dennis Kucinich.