Reading and Writing About Contemporary Issues, 3rd edition

  • Kathleen T. McWhorter

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Reading and Writing About Contemporary Issues offers high-interest, thought-provoking, thematic content to spur your learning. The text gathers stimulating nonfiction pieces regarding real-world problems, connects them thematically and uses them to build your reading and writing skills through numerous activities. You'll see not only how to use these skills, but why. Readings are organized into thematic units that focus on contemporary issues chosen to interest and motivate you.

The 3rd Edition readings are used as direct teaching tools. The readings are organized based on theme and level of difficulty, and are drawn from a variety of sources (e.g., websites, books, textbooks, periodicals, popular magazines and newspapers).

Published by Pearson (July 14th 2021) - Copyright © 2020

ISBN-13: 9780137526178

Subject: Developmental English

Category: Integrated Reading & Writing



  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


  1. Defining Ourselves: Our Multiple Identities
  2. Our Environment: Problems and Solutions
  3. Relationships: Our Friends, Families, and Communities
  4. Medical Ethics: Where Do We Draw the Line?
  5. Personal Safety and Security
  6. Conformity and Nonconformity: Following and Breaking the Rules
  7. Personal Freedoms and Limitations: Lifestyle Choices


  • Examining One Issue in Depth
  • Reading 1: Geography, "The Impact of Globalization"
  • Reading 2: Biology, "World Overpopulation and Resource Management"
  • Reading 3: Business and Marketing, "Marketing on the Global Stage"
  • Reading 4: Cultural Anthropology, "Globalization and Health"
  • Reading 5: Communication, "Globalization and Intercultural Communication"
  • Reading 6: Economics, "The Global Economy"
  • Synthesis and Integration Questions and Activities
  • Writing About the Readings


  • 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

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