Reading and Writing About Contemporary Issues

Reading and Writing About Contemporary Issues, 3rd edition

  • Kathleen T. McWhorter

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Overview

Reading and Writing About Contemporary Issues builds on your reading and writing through the use of stimulating nonfiction pieces as tools for analysis. Readings focus on contemporary issues from a variety of sources, such as blogs and websites, books, textbooks, periodicals, popular magazines, and newspapers.

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

ISBN-13: 9780137526178

Table of contents

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

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