Convergences Themes, Texts, and Images for Composition

ISBN-10: 0312467346
ISBN-13: 9780312467340
Edition: 3rd 2009
Authors: Robert Atwan
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Description: By pairing essays with other kinds of compositions a TV show, a news report, a photo, an ad, a cast-off grocery list Convergencesasks students to respond to all kinds of texts in a way that makes sense. Its organization into 6 broad thematic  More...

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Book details

List price: $72.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 12/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 688
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.112
Language: English

By pairing essays with other kinds of compositions a TV show, a news report, a photo, an ad, a cast-off grocery list Convergencesasks students to respond to all kinds of texts in a way that makes sense. Its organization into 6 broad thematic chapters which are in turn broken out into 6 clusters (or thematic mini-chapters) presents the materials in a way that is compelling and teachable. Convergencesurges students to ask: Why did that author write that essay? Where was it published, and for what audience? What is the message of that poem? Why is that image on that website? Who thinks that joke is funny? How is that ad getting me to buy things I don't need? And, most importantly how do I make meaning of it all? With its full color design, varied themes and texts, and helpful reading and writing support,Convergencesinspires students to read the world in new ways and to respond thoughtfully in their own compositions.

Robert Atwan is the series editor of The Best American Essays. He recently edited Divine Inspiration, a volume of world poetry on the Gospels.

Introduction
Message
Method
Medium
Understanding Message, Method, Medium
Understanding Texts: Audience, Purpose, and Context
Reading and Writing about Texts
Annotated essay: Stephen Jay Gould, A Time of Gifts
Annotated photograph: Lauren Greenfield, Sara, 19
Annotated advertisement: Negative Population Growth, Remember when this was heavy traffic?
Annotated comic strip: Art Spiegelman, A Father's Guiding Hand, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@?!"
An Annotated Student Essay
Annotated student essay: Milos Kosic (Northwest College), It's Not the Name that Matters
How to Use this Book
Depicting Identities
Home Movies
(memoir) Judith Ortiz Cofer, Silent Dancing
(photo & book cover) Judith Ortiz Cover
Silent Dancing
(poem) Judith Ortiz Cofer, Lessons of the Past
Our Stuff, Our Selves
(personal essay) John Freyer, All My Life for Sale
(objects) John Freyer, Objects for Sale
(webscreen) eBay
You Are What You Eat
(essay) Amanda Hesser, Shop Write
(lists) Grocerylist.org, shopping lists
(photo essay) Leigh Belanger, What's in Your Fridge?
(photo essay) Lauren Greenfield, The Food Court
(brief argument) Michael Pollan, We Are What We Eat
What's in a Name?
(personal essay) Manuel Munoz, Leave Your Name at the Border
(illustrations) David Heatley, Luis; Greg Klee, William, Bill, Billy
(persuasive essay) Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner, Trading Up: Where Baby Names Come From?
(maps & charts) National Geographic, Top Baby Names
(sidebar) The New York Times, What Happens to Hurricane Names?
(essay) Maya Lin, Between Art and Architecture
(photo) Todd Gipstein, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Family Photos
(essay) Janet Malcolm, The Family of Mann
(photo) Sally Mann, Jessie Bites
(photo) Sally Mann, Blowing Bubbles
(photo) Sally Mann, Emmet, Jessie, and Virginia
(photo) Sally Mann, Candy Cigarette
(essay/interview) Melissa Harris and Jessie Mann, On Being Photographed
The Mona Lisa
(portrait) Leonardo DaVinci, The Mona Lisa
(essay) Joseph A. Harriss, Seeking Mona Lisa
(portrait) Marcel Duchamp, L.H.O.O.Q
(object) Constantin Boym, Mona Lisa Clock
portrait: Andy Warhol, Mona Lisa: 1963
(ad) Breathe Right, Mona Lisa
(portraits) Lillian Schwartz, Mona/Leo; Da Vinci Timeline
Telling Stories
Fairytales and Urban Legends
(fairytale) Charles Perrault, Little Red Riding Hood (Le Petit Chaperon Rouge), 1697
(fairytale) unknown author, Little Red Riding Hood, 1908
(illustrations) Charles Perrault edition, Gustave Dore: Little Red Riding Hood
(essay) Catherine Orenstein, Little Red Riding Hood: Dances with Wolves
(urban legend) David Emery, The Hook
(comic strip) Jan Harold Brunvand (writer) and DC Comics (artists), The Hook
(movie poster) I Always Know What You Did Last Summer
Mini-Narratives
(images, narratives) Wired magazine, Very Short Stories
(found artifacts) FOUND magazine, Action! List!; Stupid x 3
(found photo) SCIENCE
(cartoon / magazine cover) Chris Ware / The New Yorker, Family
Imagined Narratives: Stories without Words
(painting) Edward Hopper, Office at Night
(essay) Kathryn Shattuck, Edward Hopper's Office at Night: A Close Reading
(annotated painting and sketches) Kathryn Shattuck, On Edward Hopper's Office at Night
(photo) Jeff Wall, Man with a Rifle
(analytical essay) Philip Gefter, Photographic Icons: Fact, Fiction, or Metaphor?
(photo essay) Mathew Brady, Ruth Orkin, Joe Rosenthal, United Press International, The New York Times, Edward Keating, Iconic Images
Stories on Film: What Makes a Cult Classic?
(essay) Salman Rushdie, Out of Kansas
(movie poster) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, The Wizard of Oz, 1939
(movie stills) The Wizard of Oz
(analytical essay) Joe Morgenstern, Little Miss Sunshine: How One Scene Can Say Everything
(movie still) Little Miss Sunshine: Abigail Breslin and Paul Dano
(personal essay) Roger Ebert, Star Wars
(movie stills) Star Wars
(brief interview) Joseph Campbell, On the Mythology of Star Wars
Photojournalism
(analytical essay) Wendy Lesser, Weegee
(photos) Weegee, Newsboy; Mulberry Street Caf�©; Dancing

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