For courses in Integrated Reading & Writing and Intermediate Reading (9-12 grade level).
High-interest, thought-provoking, thematic content to spur students’ learning
Reading and Writing About Contemporary Issues gathers only the most stimulating nonfiction pieces regarding real-world problems, connects them thematically, and uses them as tools to build on students’ reading and writing through numerous examples for analysis. Students see not only how to use these skills, but why we use them. Each reading is organized into thematic units that focus on contemporary issues, and has been chosen to interest and motivate students.
The 3rd Edition uses the readings as direct teaching tools rather than examples. Readings are organized based on level of difficulty–and are drawn from a variety of sources, such as blogs and websites, books, textbooks, periodicals, popular magazines, and newspapers. This wide selection of readings and flexible organization adapts easily to a variety of integrated reading and writing courses and to a broad range of students.
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Kathleen T. McWhorter is the author of more than a dozen textbooks designed to help students succeed in college. Born in a rural farm community in upstate New York, she went on to receive her EdD from SUNY Buffalo. For 34 years, she taught at Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, NY, where she is a professor emerita of humanities. Through her textbooks, Dr. McWhorter has helped an estimated 500,000 students improve their reading, writing, and critical-thinking skills.
For more information on Kathleen’s Reading and Writing Series, visit the McWhorter Way series page. She also encourages interaction and discourse in the education community on her LinkedIn page.
I. A HANDBOOK FOR READING AND WRITING IN COLLEGE
1. The Reading Process
2. The Writing Process
3. Vocabulary for Readers and Writers
4. Main Ideas and Topic Sentences
5. Supporting Details, Transitions, and Implied Main Ideas
6. Revising and Proofreading Paragraphs
7. Reading and Writing Organizational Patterns
8. Writing Essays and Documented Papers
9. Critical Thinking: Reading and Writing
10. Analyzing Issues and Arguments
II. READING AND WRITING ABOUT CONTEMPORARY ISSUES
11. Defining Ourselves: Our Multiple Identities
12. Our Environment: Problems and Solutions
13. Relationships: Our Friends, Families, and Communities
14 . Medical Ethics: Where Do We Draw the Line?
15. Personal Safety and Security
16. Conformity and Nonconformity: Following and Breaking the Rules
17. Personal Freedoms and Limitations: Lifestyle Choices
III. CASEBOOK FOR CRITICAL THINKING: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Source 1: Technology Textbook, “Emerging Technology: Artificial Intelligence” Alan Evans, Kendall Martin, and Mary Anne Poatsy
Source 2: Online Newspaper, “A Machine Might Just Read Your Mind and Predict if You’re Suicidal” Tanya Basu
Source 3: Online Newspaper, “Face-reading AI Will Be Able to Detect Your Politics and IQ, Professor Says” Sam Levin
Source 4: Online Newspaper, “Seamless Fake Video, Personalized Spam and Driverless Chaos: How AI Could Create a Playground for Terrorists and Scammers” Haydn Belfield
Source 5: Online Newspaper, “Can Robots Make Moral Decisions? Should They?” Joelle Renstrom
Source 6: Online Newspaper, “Here Are Some of the Ways Experts Think AI Might Screw with Us in the Next Five Years” James Vincent
Synthesis and Integration Questions and Activities
Exploring the Issue Through Writing
IV. GRAMMAR AND CORRECTNESS SKILL REFRESHERS
Skill Refresher #1: Sentence Fragments
Skill Refresher #2: Run-On Sentences
Skill Refresher #3: Subject-Verb Agreement
Skill Refresher #4: Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
Skill Refresher #5: Pronoun Reference
Skill Refresher #6: Dangling Modifiers
Skill Refresher #7: Misplaced Modifiers
Skill Refresher #8 Parallelism
Skill Refresher #9: Comma Usage
Skill Refresher #10: Colons and Semicolons