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Visions across the Americas 8th Edition

J. Sterling Warner, Judith Hilliard

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


Louise Erdrich, Amy Tan, John Steinbeck, Pat Mora, and Andrew Lam are among the authors represented in Visions Across the Americas: Short Essays for Composition, 8th Edition. The book's 72 cross-cultural essays (12 of them new) cover a variety of themes--from cyberspace, humor, and popular culture to ecology, politics, and work. Writing guidance includes an overview of the writing process, writing tips, pre- and post-reading questions that reinforce understanding of the rhetorical modes, and optional activities on conducting research online and documenting sources.

J. Sterling Warner, Evergreen Valley College

Judith Hilliard, San Jose State University

  • Twelve new essays provide fresh perspectives on topics related to popular culture, science and technology, social issues, and politics.
  • A new essay on getting the most out of reading graphic novels ("Unmasking the Graphic Novel: Learning Summary and Close Reading Through Comics," by Adam Bessie), found in the Instructor's Manual, complements well the new graphic novel excerpt ("Lena's Story," by Dan Archer and Olga Truscova) in the text.
  • Short discussions on rhetorical modes open each chapter and are followed by tips on how to compose a particular type of essay.
  • A total of 72 reading selections include pieces from such well-known authors as Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Ray Bradbury, Philip Chiu, Barbara Ehrenreich, Louise Erdrich, Maxine Hong Kingston, Toni Morrison, Anna Quindlen, Richard Rodriguez, John Steinbeck, Amy Tan, Gore Vidal, Alice Walker, and E. B. White, among others.
  • Twenty-five optional exercises Internet Connections exercises provide students with practice researching material on the Internet and properly documenting their sources.
  • An overview of the writing process in Chapter 1, "Communicating Is Language at Work" serves as a resource for students and allows instructors flexibility in teaching.
  • Additional writing topics at the end of every chapter provide numerous opportunities for students to practice writing.
  • Pre- and post-reading questions and activities engage students in both critical thinking and writing.
  • An Instructor's Manual offers suggested approaches to rhetorical sections, suggested responses to questions, an expanded bibliography, and quizzes for every essay.
Annotated Rhetorical Table of Contents.
Internet Connections.
Thematic Table of Contents.
Tips on Becoming an Active Reader. Toni Morrison, "Writers Together" (sample annotated text). Responding to Readings: Constructing Paragraphs and Essays. Generating Ideas and Establishing a Focus. Peter Elbow, "Freewriting". Structuring Essays. Point of View: Position of Authority. Lead-Ins and Concluding Sentences. Transitions. Revising and Editing. Joanne Jaime, "Marriage: The Changing Institution" (annotated). Special Writing Activities: The Individual and Group Response. Journal, Reading/Writing Logs, and Thesis Notebooks. Response and Summary. Group Activities and Collaborative Writing. Pat Mora, "Why I Am a Writer". Ray Bradbury, "The Joy of Writing". Amy Tan, "My Mother''s English".
Common Elements of Narration. Tips on Writing Narrative Essays. Maxine Hong Kingston, "Ghosts". Black Elk, "The Offering of the Pipe" as told to John G. Neihardt (Flaming Rainbow). Alice Walker, "Journey to Nine Miles". Nguyen Ngoc Ngan, "Saigon, April 1975". Alma Luz Villanueva, "Leaps of Faith". Arthur C. Clarke, "The Star". Additional Topics and Issues for Narrative Essays.
Details: Appealing to the Five Senses. Figurative Language: Appealing to the Imagination. Dialogue: Revealing Characters Through Speech. Actions: Describing People By What They Do. Tips on Writing Descriptive Essays. Langston Hughes, "Salvation". Katherine Barrett, "Old Before Her Time". N. Scott Momaday, from _The Way to Rainy Mountain_. Barbara Graham, "Confessions of a Quit Addict". John Steinbeck, "The Snake". Maya Angelou, "Champion of the World" from _I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings_. Additional Topics and Issues for Descriptive Essays.
Developing Your Thesis. Creating Vivid Examples. Tips On Writing Illustration And Example. Leslie Bow, "Camera Ready". Sara Blake, "Let''s Face It". Philip K. Chiu, "The Myth of the Model Minority". Ann Scheid, "The 21st Century Ragnarok: Is Profit Civilization''s Only Motive?". Stephanie Ericsson, "The Ways We Lie". Dan Archer and Olga Truscova, "Lena''s Story" (graphic novel excerpt from _Borderland_). Additional Topics and Issues for Illustration and Example Essays.
Definition by Example. Definition by History. Definition by Comparison And Contrast. Definition by Negation. Tips On Writing Definition Essays. Isaac Asimov, "What is Intelligence, Anyway?". Guillermo Gómez-Peña, "Documented/Undocumented". Jo Goodwin Parker, "What is Poverty?". Richard Rodriguez, "Does America Still Exist?". Sravani Banerjee, "Pizza, Pakora and Pancit--The Importance of Global Education". Lee Herrick, "What Is This Thing Called Family?" Additional Topics and Issues for Definition Essays.
Directive Process Analysis Essays: How to Do Something. Informative Process Analysis Essays: How Something Is/Was Done. Tips On Writing Process Analysis Essays. Kathleen Hudson, "Interviews: Stories that Make a Difference". Luis M. Valdez, "Perspectives on ''Borders''". Joyce M. Jarrett, "Freedom". Heidi Ramirez, "Community Re-discovered". Malcolm X, "A Homemade Education" from _The Autobiography of Malcolm X_. Christine Ng, "Bringing Out the Flirt in You". Additional Topics and Issues for Process Analysis Papers.
Developing Essays Using Comparison and Contrast. Irony and Voice. Tips on Writing Comparison and Contrast Essays. Barbara Ehrenreich, "Liposuction: The Key to Energy Independence". Andrew Lam, "They Shut My Grandmother''s Room Door". Carmen Jay, "Teaching for Social Justice: Academic Rigor with Love". E. B. White, "Education". Suzanne Britt, "That Lean and Hungry Look". Cobie Kwasi Harris, "River of Memory: The Ebb and Flow of Black Consciousness Across the Americas". Additional Topics and Issues for Comparison and Contrast Essays.
Tips on Writing Division and Classification Essays. Roohi Vora, "Armchair Pharmacologists and the Media". Martin Luther King Jr., "The Ways of Meeting Oppression". Robertson Davies, "A Few Kind Words for Superstition". Constance García-Barrio, "Creatures That Haunt the Americas". Bill Swanson, "How Films Feed the Mind _or_ When I''m Hungry, I Don''t Want to Eat Candy". David Bodanis, "What''s In Your Toothpaste?" Additional Topics and Issues or Division and Classification Essays.
Structuring Cause-and-Effect Essays. Cause-and-Effect Fallacies. Tips on Writing Cause-and-Effect Essays. Megan McGuire, "Growing Up with Two Moms". Carlos Bulosan, "Labor and Capital: The Coming Catastrophe". Karen Ray, "The Naked Face". Phillip Persky, "Guilt". Rose Anna Higashi, "Eating with Immigrants". Anastasia Toufexis, "The Right Chemistry". Additional Topics and Issues for Cause-and-Effect Essays.
Tips on Writing Expository Essays. Charles Haynes, "Honoring Sgt. Stewart: Wiccans Are Americans Too". Cynthia Lopez, "Curanderismo: A Healing Art". Neil Young, "The CD and the Damage Done". Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston, "Arrival at Manzanar". Reginald Lockett, "How I Started Writing Poetry". Louise Erdrich, "American Horse".
Inductive Logic. Deduction. Types of Argumentation. Clearly Stated Thesis. Avoiding Fallacies. Documenting Sources. Tips on Writing Argumentative Essays. Grace Sumabat Estrada, "The Anima of Animé Revisited". Amiri Baraka, "Soul Food". Douglas Laycock, "Peyote, Wine, and the First Amendment". Mandana Mohsenzadegan, "OMG: Tweeting, Trending, and Texting". Mark Charles Fissel, "Online Learning and Student Success". Additional Topics and Issues for Argumentative Essays.
Organizing Persuasive Compositions. Tips on Writing Persuasive Essays. Phyllis McGinley, "Women Are Better Drivers". Gore Vidal, "Drugs". Paula Gunn Allen, "Who is Your Mother? Red Roots of White Feminism". Dave Barry, "A GPS Helps a Guy Always Know Where His Couch Is". Tammerlin Drummond, "Never Too Old". Bruce Henderson, "Why We Went to Iraq". Additional Topics and Issues for Writing Persuasive Essays.
Appendix: MLA Documentation.
Glossary of Literary and Rhetorical Terms.

"I like the questions given for essay compositions--they are not too overly intellectual yet they are not too simplistic. They have the right amount of challenge and accessibility."

"A great selection of readings, with a wide range of reading levels, by many well-known authors that students are bound to see again and again in their college careers and after. Many opportunities to use the readings in the chapters as they are presented or to pull them out of the chapters and use them based on different themes."

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781133433637
By Sterling Warner of Evergreen Valley College and Judith Hilliard of San Jose State University. Streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation.