ISBN-10: 1111350248

ISBN-13: 9781111350246

Edition: 8th 2013

Authors: W. Royce Adams

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Spark your interest in writing with VIEWPOINTS. This thematically organized reader offers diverse perspectives on various themes and issues, including social concerns, media, human behavior, cultural differences, and human rights. With opening chapters that include substantial writing and reading instruction and writing assignments both at the end of each reading and on the web, VIEWPOINTS takes writing and critical-thinking skills to the next level. This thoroughly revised Eighth Edition builds on the success of previous editions with twenty-four new readings, six new thought-provoking photographs, author biographies, and source information for every selection.
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List price: $106.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Royce Adams was a faculty member at Santa Barbara City College for many years. He is the author of several best-selling reading and writing textbooks and is an active participant in the College Reading and Learning Association.

Rhetorical Table of Contents
Viewpoints on Reading and Writing Essays
Viewpoints on Reading Essays
Keeping a Reading Journal
Reading Essays
The Structure of an Essay
Supporting Evidence
Order of Support
Before Going On
Understanding the Content
Separating Main ideas from Supporting Details
Separating Fact from Opinion
Drawing Inferences
Before Going On
Marking asYou Read
The Wet Drug
Writing Summaries
Writing Reflections
Collecting Words to Learn
Before Going On
Viewpoints on Writing Essays
Getting Started: Finding a Working Thesis (Stage 1)
Discovering Ideas in Your Reading Journal
Before Going On
Getting It on Paper: Supporting Your Thesis (Stage 2)
Refining Your Thesis
Grouping Your Ideas
Outlining Your Support
Nutshell Statements
Patterning Your Paragraphs: The Beginning
Patterning Your Paragraphs: The Middle
Patterning Your Paragraphs: The Ending
Types of Essays
Writing an Argumentative Essay
Purpose and Audience:
Rational and Emotional Support:
Logical Fallacies:
Checking Your Argument:
First Draft
Before Going On
Getting It Right: Revising and Editing (Stage 3)
Revision Requirements
Before Going On
Revising and Editing Checklists: Brief Versions
Revision Checklist (pages 62-63):
Editing Checklist (pages 66-68):
Peer Editing
Readings Worth Thinking and Writing About
Viewpoints on Acquiring Knowledge
To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test
"Taking a test is not just a passive mechanism for assessing how much people know, according to new research. It actually helps people learn."
To Err Is Wrong
"We learn by our failures. A person's errors are the whacks that lead him to think something different"
In Praise of the F Word
"Passing students who have not mastered the work cheats them and the employers who expect graduates to have basic skills."
"I was nineteen when I bombed out of my first year of college."
Toward a Rational Response to Plagiarism
"Plagiarism is making us crazy."
How Dumb Are We?
"This country's future is imperiled by our ignorance."
Cutting N-Word fromTwain Is Not Censorship
"Making a more appropriate version of Mark Twain's novel available to the public, while certainly a move to maximize profits, opens the door for the book to be enjoyed in schools that are not interested in traumatizing students in order to educate them."
"Take the N-Word Out of 'Huck Finn'? It's an Insult to Mark Twain-and to American History"
"Sanitizing the language which aided and abetted white America's denial of the humanity of black Americans from the nation's founding doesn't change that history. It papers over and allows us to dodge its rawness."
Viewpoints on Human Behavior
Call Me Crazy, But I Have to Be Myself
"Being a functional member of society and having a mental disorder is1 an intricate balancing act."
"I soon gathered that being perceived as dangerous is a hazard in itself."
Human Resources: The Seven Classic Types of Workplace Behavior
"In any workplace, there are seven classic styles of behavior: Commander, Drifter, Attacker, Pleaser, Performer, Avoider, and Analytical."
The Partying Habit That Can Put You in Danger
"Drinking is part of life for many 20-somethings. But beware: there's one boozing practice that makes you vulnerable to all kinds of bad things."
Social Experiment: Know Thy Neighbor
"I asked myself: Do I live in a community or just in a house on a street surrounded by people whose lives are entirely separate from my own?"
The Tire Iron and the Tamale
"During this past year, I've had three instances of car trouble: a blowout on a freeway, a bunch of blown fuses, and an out-of-gas situation."
"The Ghetto Made Me Do It"
"In the girl's neighborhood and in her family, Shellow argued, violence is a norm, an occurrence so routine that Morgan's 17 years of exposure to it have rendered her not responsible for her actions."
Seeking the Roots of Violence
"Can society's ills really be responsible for all the savagery that is sweeping America? Or could some people be predisposed to violence by their genes?"
chapter-5 Viewpoints on Cultural Differences
Veiled Intentions: Don't Judge a Muslim Girl by Her Covering
"… no one should suffer for what they look like or what they wear."
Differences in Cross-Cultural Communication Styles
"We should first realize that there is no such thing as a universal form of communication."
The Great Divide
" 'Our families have struggled to come here for a better future and then we still have to struggle with people who are from our own race.' "
Where I Come From Is LikeThis
"We are absent from much of white history except when we are calmly, rationally, succinctly, and systematically dehumanized."
Cultural Differences
"There are cultural variations in how people understand and use time."
Cultural Differences Among Patients
"The danger in considering cultural differences is that of stereotyping people. All of us are unique."
Fish Cheeks
"You must be proud to be different. Your only shame is to have shame."
After Two Years in the Melting Pot
"After twenty months of observing American life, I had become more satisfied with the idea of my simple life in China, and I hoped that our country would never be one in which money is of first importance."
Viewpoints on Social Concerns
Your Mirror Image?
"Study after study has found that mothers who are fixated on their body image are more likely to have daughters with eating disorders than less self-conscious moms."
Memories of a Sweet, Lethal, Smoke-Filled Home
"The most beautiful smoke that balleted through the air-pli�, pirouette and sissonne-ribboning with elegance in certain slants of light on Sunday afternoons was that unfiltered smoke that danced into my mother, my brothers and me from the warm, glowing tip of my father's cigarettes."
Shut Up About My Truck
"Contrary to the current fad, you don't become a better planetary citizen simply by investing in a more fuel-efficient car."
Evil Weed or Useful Drug?
"The tide seems to be turning in favor of wider medical use of marijuana."
Bottomless Drinking Ban on College Campuses
"Nationally, college has come to symbolize frat parties and underage drinking."
Ethics for Sale
"Managed by a company called SFBC International … the 675 bed Miami testing center has been recruiting undocumented Latino immigrants desperate for money, housing them in a converted Holiday Inn, and paying them to take untested drugs."
Animal Testing Necessary in Medical Research
"Animal testing, though controversial, is an important and necessary tool in modern medical research."
Of Cures and Creatures Great and Small
"About 20 million animals are experimented on and killed annually, three-fourths for medical purposes and the rest to test various products."
Viewpoints on Marriage, Family and Relationships
The Estrangement
"Three years before my mother died, I decided not to speak to her again."
The Perfect Family
"If I felt deprived as a child, it was only when our family was measured against some notion of what we were supposed to be."
Why I Love My Strict Chinese Mom
"If I died tomorrow, I would die feeling I've lived my whole life at 110 percent."
Black Unlike Me
"I had already done that thing again. That thing that white parents who have black children do: we move from racially clueless to racially conscious in the most clumsy of ways, never turning off our radar or putting down our dukes."
Boys Mow Lawns, Girls Wash Dishes
"The way parents are divvying up and paying kids for chores suggests this is one family battle that will extend well into the next generation and beyond."
I DON'T: The Case Against Marriage
"Happily ever after doesn't have to include 'I do'."
Speaking Out: Why Gay Marriage Would Be Harmful
�… we believe that the introduction of gay marriage will seriously harm Americans … over the long run."
Who Cares If Gays Marry?
"In truth, homosexuality is not un-American: denying homosexuals their rights is."
Viewpoints on Work
The Power Mom Backlash
"In a fifth of marriages, wives now out-earn their husbands."
The Company Man
"He worked himself to death, finally and precisely, at 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning."
Hey, America: Take a Vacation
"Nowadays the average European gets about three times as many days of vacation as his counterpart in America."
A Father's Character, Not His Success, Shapes Kids' Careers
�The father's role in our society in terms of an offspring's career choice is very powerful."
Two Cheers for Sweatshops
"Nothing captures the difference in mind-set between East and West more than the attitudes toward sweatshops."
The Benefits of Outsourcing for Small Businesses
Outsourcing providers assume and manage this risk for you, and they generally are much better at deciding how to avoid risk in their areas of expertise.
Outsourcing Jobs Leaves the American White-Collar Worker Behind
"Outsourcing might be good for American corporations, but it's not necessarily good for American workers, and it's likely to be bad for the American economy, even in the long run."
Viewpoints on the Media and Technology
Where Steve Jobs Ranks Among the Greats
"It seems hopeless. How can the newspaper industry survive the Internet?"
The Issue Isn't Sex, It's Violence
"I always find myself annoyed when 'intellectual' men dismiss violence against women with a yawn, as if it were beneath their dignity to notice."
"It is not only proponents of democracy who know how to exploit the power of online networking. It is also the enemies of freedom."
The Dumbing of America
"Call Me a Snob, but Really, We're a Nation of Dunces."
Society Is Dead: We Have Retreated into the iWorld
"It's strange to be among so many people and hear so little. Except that each one is hearing so much."
Televising Humiliation
"But to hold viewers' interest, the levels of shame have inevitably kept growing."
The Future of the Web
"The boundless credible expectations of the Internet will enhance our lives, improve our work, free up our time, expand our contacts, and give most of us greater satisfaction in our activities."
The Information Revolution Will Not Be a Panacea
"Even when everyone on the planet has been connected to the Internet, there will still be wars, and pollution, and inequality"
Viewpoints on the Environment
Global Warming
"Politicians, the media, big business, scientists, and environmentalists all play conflicting roles in the global warming debate."
The Big Business of Conservation
"Corruption has destroyed America's mainstream environmental groups."
Facts Show Global Warming Is Real
"Despite the naysayers, global warming is real."
Is a Green World a Safer World?
"Greening the world will certainly eliminate some of the most serious risks we face, but it will also create new ones."
Nuclear Energy Is Cheap and Reliable
"At a time when we need to produce large amounts of clean power at home, at a cost that will not chase jobs overseas looking for cheap energy, Americans can't afford to ignore nuclear power."
New Nuclear Reactors Would Be Too Risky
"Too many questions remain about new nuclear power designs. Are they accident-proof? Will they survive an earthquake? A terrorist attack?"
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