Everything's a Text: Readings for Composition

Everything's a Text: Readings for Composition

By: Deborah Coxwell-Teague (author), Dan Melzer (author)Paperback

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A colorful and current reader, Everthhing's A Text captures our information age by utilizing mediums of print, visual, and digital text that students encounter daily. Students will view a range of texts from blogs to lyrics to advertisements to graffiti that are coupled with a variety of open-ended projects, allowing them to think critically and creatively about the readings. This hip reader has the most diverse genres in its class to more effectively prepare students for college-level reflection and analysis.


Part I: A Rhetoric for Multiple Literacies Chapter 1: What Is Literacy? Chapter 2: Reading and Composing Processes Part II: Readings for Situating Multiple Literacies Chapter 3: Situating Personal Literacies Chapter 4: Situating Oral Literacies Chapter 5: Situating Visual Literacies Chapter 6: Situating Digital Literacies Chapter 7: Situating Popular Culture Literacies Chapter 8: Situating Academic Literacies Chapter 9: Situating Civic Literacies ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Part I: A Rhetoric for Multiple Literacies Chapter 1: What Is Literacy? Definitions of Literacy Situating Literacy Literacy Purposes Letters of apology from President Clinton regarding the internment of Americans of Japanese descent Literacy Audiences Three excerpts from Malcolm X speeches to different audiences (a Detroit civil rights group, Harvard University students, and the Nation of Islam) Literacy Personas Excerpts from a case study of a student in a sociology class Literacy Mediums Excerpts of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King novel and film script Literacy Genres Song lyrics from Mos Def's "Dollar Day" Literacy Contexts Three advertisements for Coke in three different historical contexts Chapter 2: Reading and Composing Processes Reading Processes Double-entry journal for an analysis of the film Trainspotting Advice for Improving Your Reading Processes Annotated Web screen shot from a review of Trainspotting Reading for Multiple Purposes Article from a student newspaper Reading in Multiple Mediums Excerpts from Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud Newspaper editorial, poster, and link to video for an anti-drunk driving campaign Reading in Multiple Genres Excerpts from a scientific experimental report Reading in Multiple Contexts Brian Turner's poem "Eulogy" Composing Processes in Multiple Literacies Revisions of a lithograph by M.C. Escher One Student's Composing Process Drafts of a student's personal literacy narrative Composing for Multiple Purposes Assignments from First-Year Writing courses Composing in Multiple Mediums Excerpts from interviews with Beck about composing songs Composing in Multiple Genres Examples from student case studies of how genre affected students' composing processes Composing in Multiple Contexts Excerpts from personal essays by Sherman Alexie, Paule Marshall, and Gloria Anzaldua. Part II: Readings for Situating Multiple Literacies Chapter 3: Situating Personal Literacies What Are Personal Literacies? "What's I Got to Do with It? Personal Literacies in the Writing Classroom" by Amy Hodges Hamilton Student Case Study: Composing a Personal Literacy Narrative Personal Literacy Readings CCCC Statement on Students' Right to Their Own Language [position statement] "My Most Spectacular Failure" by Claras Leandre [student personal literacy narrative] "Superman and Me" by Sherman Alexie [essay] "Between the Sheets" by Ellen Wade Beals [poem] "Marginalia" by Billy Collins [poem] "Two Questions" by Lynda Barry [cartoon] Excerpts from "The Poets in the Kitchen" by Paule Marshall [essay] "Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan [essay] "Why I Don't Like My Accent" by Miku Rager [student documentary] "How to Tame a Wild Tongue" by Gloria Anzaldua [essay] Personal Literacy Projects Chapter 4: Situating Oral Literacies What Are Oral Literacies? "Oral Literacies: Finding Your Voices" by Alexis Davidson Student Case Study: Composing and Delivering a Speech "Not for Sale" byj Alexandra Giang [speech] Oral Literacy Readings Inaugural Address by President Barack Obama [speech] "The Boss in Common" by Andrew Burgess [student essay] Slam poetry from HBO's Def Poetry Jam [poetry] Excerpt from Talkin and Tesifyin: The Language of Black America by Geneva Smitherman [book excerpt] Excerpts from Mules and Men by Zora Neale Huston [folk tales] Excerpt from Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide by Donald Ritchie [book excerpt] Interview with Jerry K. Walsh, Vietnam War veteran [oral history] Oral Literacy Projects Chapter 5: Situating Visual Literacies What Are Visual Literacies? "Literacy Is Not Just Words Anymore" by Pavel Zemliansky Student Case Study: Composing a Digital Slideshow Visual Literacy Readings Excerpt from Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang [book excerpt] Excerpts from Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture by Maria Sturken and Lisa Cartwight [book excerpt] "Pictures in America: It Isn't Just About How Many Words They're Worth" by Cameron Granger [student essay] A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods by Ralph Lengler and Martin J. Eppler Images of Graffiti [graffiti] Nighthawks and Approaching a City and Automat by Edward Hopper [paintings] Visual Literacy Projects "Hopper: The Loneliness Factor" by Mark Strand [essay] Chapter 6: Situating Digital Literacies What Are Digital Literacies? "Surfing, Searching, and Social Networking: Redefining Digital Literacy with Facebook and Wikipedia" by Dustin Anderson Student Case Study: Composing a Web site Digital Literacy Readings Excerpt from "Growing Up Digital" by John Seely Brown [essay] "Effective Web Writing" by Crawford Kilian [essay] "What We're Doing When We Blog" by Meg Hourihan [essay] "A Grand Unified Theory of YouTube and MySpace: Point-and-Click Sites That Don't Tell You What to Do" by Paul Boutin [newspaper article] "Living the Virtual Life: A Second Life" by Peter Hall [student essay] Excerpt from What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy by James Paul Gee [book excerpt] "The Telephone" by Anwar Accawi [essay] Two screen shots from The Webby Awards winners [web sites] Two screen shots from blogs [blogs] Three screen shots from Second Life [virtual reality] "Flying Cars and Endless Playlists" by Amanda Henderson [student digital literacy narrative] Digital Literacy Projects Chapter 7: Situating Popular Culture Literacies What Are Popular Culture Literacies? "A Pop Life" by Stacey A. Suver Student Case Study: Composing an Essay about Pop Culture Popular Culture Literacy Readings "I'll Take My Stand: A Defense of Popular Culture" by Anthony DeCurtis [essay] "Don't Super Size Me...Dumbify Me" by Samantha Calarusse [student essay] "Outpouring over Michael Jackson Unlike Anything Since Princess Di" by Daniel B. Wood [magazine article] "Barbie at 35" by Anna Quindlen [essay] Magazine covers with pop culture icons [magazine covers] Images of Barbie past and present [photos] "Sex and the Single Doll" by Yona Zeldis McDonough [essay] "Larger Than Life" by Jenny Lyn Bader [essay] Graphic Novel Review of Locke & Key (by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez) by Mel Odom [review] Interview with Joe Hill from Graphic Novel Reporter [interview] Excerpt from Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez [graphic novel] Popular Culture Literacy Projects Chapter 8: Situating Academic Literacies What Are Academic Literacies? "Writing Across the University: Academic Discourse as a Conversation" by Fiona Glade Student Case Study: Composing an Academic Research Project Academic Literacy Readings The Council of Writing Program Administrators' Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition [outcome statement] Writing Outcomes Statements from across the Curriculum [outcomes statements] "Letter to an Incoming Freshman-Writing in the Academy" by Aaro Lautamo [student letter] Excerpt from "A Stranger in Strange Lands: A College Student Writing Across the Curriculum" by Lucille Parkinson McCarthy Student Writing from across the Curriculum: "Emotional Disturbances: The Effects of Parental Neglect Types on Children" by Nancy Alkema [social science research report in APA style] "Constitutionality v. Morality: San Antonio School District v. Rodriguez" by Harshjit Sethi [essay in MLA style] "Mechanistic and Genetic Causes of Depression and the Effect of SSRIs on the Serotonergic Pathway" by Ashley Nicole Phares [scientific report in CSE style] Academic Literacy Projects Chapter 9: Situating Civic Literacies What Are Civic Literacies? "Writing as Public Power: Civic Literacies" by Catherine Gabor Student Case Study: Composing a Service Learning Project Civic Literacy Readings Excerpt from "Millennials Talk Politics: A Study of College Students' Civic Engagement" by The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement [research report] Excerpt from Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch [book excerpt] Excerpt from Critical Literacy: What Every American Ought to Know by Eugene Provenzo [book excerpt] Guerrilla Girls Posters [posters] Images of Women from Magazines Ads Past and Present [ads] Linguistic Society of America's "Statement on Language Rights" [position statement] Excerpt from the U.S. English Web site [Web text] "Executive Order 13166: Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency" by Bill Clinton [executive order] Civil Literacy Projects

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  • ISBN13: 9780205639540
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 624
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  • weight: 668
  • ISBN10: 0205639542

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