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

Subject: Developmental English

Category: Integrated Reading & Writing

Table of contents

Brief 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

  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

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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