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Laurie G. Kirszner, University of the Sciences
Stephen R. Mandell, Drexel University
For courses in first-year Composition.
This version of The Blair Reader: Exploring Issues and Ideas has been updated to reflect the 8th Edition of the MLA Handbook (April 2016)*
A thematic reader of unmatched breadth and balance–with a range of ideas that foster critical thinking and response
For students to write effectively, they must first read actively and critically–and The Blair Reader’s curated selection of readings supports this approach. Classic and contemporary selections stimulate discussion, encouraging students to discover new ideas and to view familiar ideas in new ways. The readings represent diverse ideas and genres; students will read essays, speeches, and short stories. Every selection is followed by questions to promote critical thinking and response about the reading and the theme, both to complement the readings and to support your instruction.
* The 8th Edition introduces sweeping changes to the philosophy and details of MLA works cited entries. Responding to the “increasing mobility of texts,” MLA now encourages writers to focus on the process of crafting the citation, beginning with the same questions for any source. These changes, then, align with current best practices in the teaching of writing which privilege inquiry and critical thinking over rote recall and rule-following.
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Rhetorical Table of Contents
1. Becoming a Critical Reader
Reading and Meaning
Recording Your Reactions
Reacting to Visual Texts
2. Writing about Reading
Understanding Your Assignment
Understanding Your Purpose
Understanding Your Audience
Writing a Response
Developing a Thesis
Arranging Supporting Material
Drafting Your Essay
Revising Your Essay
3. Family and Memory
Poetry: Linda Hogan, “Heritage”
Poetry: Robert Hayden, “Those Winter Sundays”
E. B. White, “Once More to the Lake”
Kristin Ohlson, “The Great Forgetting”
Laila Lalami, “My Fictional Grandparents”
Gary Shteyngart, “Sixty-Nine Cents”
Tao Lin, “When I Moved Online . . .”
Focus: Are “Tiger Mothers” Really Better?
Amy Chua, Adapted from Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
David Brooks, “Amy Chua Is a Wimp”
Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, “Why I Love My Strict Chinese Mom”
4. Issues in Education
Lynda Barry, “The Sanctuary of School”
John Holt, “School Is Bad for Children”
Bich Minh Nguyen, “The Good Immigrant Student”
Johann N. Neem, “Online Higher Education’s Individualist Fallacy” 91
Christina Hoff Sommers, “For More Balance on Campuses”
Jill Filipovic, “We’ve Gone Too Far with ‘Trigger Warnings’”
Poetry: Martín Espada, “Why I Went to College”
Focus: Is a College Education Worth the Money?
David Leonhardt, “Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say”
Jacques Steinberg, “Plan B: Skip College”
Liz Dwyer, “Is College Worth the Money? Answers from Six New Graduates”
5. The Politics of Language
Radley Balko, “The Curious Grammar of Police Shootings”
Chase Fleming, “Is Social Media Hurting Our Social Skills?” [Infographic]
Dallas Spires, “Will Text Messaging Destroy the English Langua
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