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Connections: A Combined Reader and Rhetoric

Author(s): Kerry Beckford, Donald Jones

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2017

Pages: 516

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Connections: A Combined Reader and Rhetoric​ offers thematic and instructional content in one easy-to-use source. The five instructional chapters present proven practices and fundamental concepts while the five thematic chapters immerse students in multiple perspectives, historical contexts, and contemporary debates. The integrated instructional and thematic chapters of Connections will teach students to excel in their writing courses and across the curriculum.

Connections: A Combined Reader and Rhetoric​:

  • Integrates sample essays and drafts by students throughout and a new thematic chapter on Race and Identity.
  • Features a greater emphasis on application/transfer and source synthesis.
  • Offers detailed instruction on reading, writing, research, and more.
  • Integrates the thematic and instructional content through cross-references.
  • Includes a code for e-access to supplemental readings and videos.

Connections is remarkable for doing justice to the two major schools of thought that have dominated the field of rhetoric and composition: expressivism and social constructionism. The field has suffered from the pervasive sense that these two approaches to writing are at war with each other, but Connections demonstrates that these two theories can be complementary in practice.
Peter Elbow, University of Massachusetts (emeriti)

Preface for Instructors
Note to Students

Instructional Chapters

Chapter 1 The Reading Process and Text Analysis
Memories and Goals
A Crucial Assumption
Some Effective Strategies
Preview
Question
Engage
Respond
Review
Close Reading and Critical Thinking
Multiple Perspectives
Cultural Influences
Historical Trends
Historical Trends and Literacy Standards
Varying Your Reading Process
Art History 100  
English 101
Health Professions
Politics 211
Conclusion and Key Terms
Additional Sources for Chapter 1

Chapter 2 The Writing Process and Assignment Analysis
Three Initial Steps
Collecting 
Focusing 
Ordering
The Most Obvious Step
Drafting 
Two Later Steps
Revising
Strengths 
Focus
Weaknesses
Editing
Timed Essays
Process Notes
Assignment Analysis
What Tasks
What Sources and Which Conventions
What Terms and Why
Five Sample Assignments
Art History
Communications
Education
Math 105
Psychology 110
Key Terms
Additional Sources for Chapter 2

Chapter 3 Process in Practice: Personal Narratives
Genre and Convention
A Personal Narrative
Close Reading Questions
Analytical Writing/Discussion
Topic Selection and Detail Collection
Focus and Order
Drafting
Revising
Close Reading Questions
Analytical Writing/Discussion
Editing
Additional Sources for Chapter 3
Another Option: Further Revision through Analysis
Multiple Perspectives
Cultural Influences
Historical Trends
Final Assignment: An Analytical Revision
Revision as Reseeing
Checking Your Order and Emphasis
Revision Planning
Editing the Final Draft

Chapter 4 Academic Honesty and Research Essays
Academic Honesty and Its Conventions
The Dreaded P-Word
Communal Dependence and Signal Phrases 
Citations and Individual Assertions
Attributions: Signaling More than a Source
MLA and Other Citation Systems
Research Essays: Putting it all Together
Getting Interested
Becoming Committed 
Search Terms
Seeking Sources and Reading Widely
Posing a Primary Research Question
Engaging with Your Sources
Evaluating Your Sources
Asserting a Tentative Thesis
Starting to Draft
Conducting Further Research
Finalizing Your Thesis
Introducing and Concluding
Revising before the Due Date
Editing the Almost-Final Draft
Key Terms 
Additional Sources for Chapter 4

Chapter 5 Argument and Rhetoric
The Rhetorical Triangle
Three Appeals
Ethos 
Logos
Pathos
A Rhetorical Précis
Three Kinds of Argument
Two Other Approaches to Argument
Stasis Theory
Rogerian Argument
A Few More Rhetorical Concepts
Antithesis
Chiasmus
Synecdoche
Logical Fallacies
Key Terms
Additional Sources for Chapter 5

Thematic Chapters

Chapter 6 Family Forms and Roles
Freewrite 1: “The Nineteenth Century Retreat” by Tamara K. Hareven
Figure 6.1 “A Nineteenth-century American Family”
“Families Enslaved” by Frederick Douglass
“The Revolt of ‘Mother’” by Mary Wilkins Freeman
Freewrite 2: Past and Present
“Parenting 101” by John P. Bartkowski and Christopher Ellison
“Finding Families for African American Children” by Susan Smith et al
“What Makes a Family?” by Vanessa de la Torre
Freewrite 3: Televised Families
Figure 6.2 “Percentages on Household Kinds”
Final Assignment 1: Defining the Family Form
Final Assignment 2: Rhetorical Analysis
Final Assignment 3: Describing Parental Roles
Readings in Other Chapters
Additional Sources for Chapter 6

Chapter 7 Education and Outcomes
Freewrite 1: Initial Impressions
“What High School Is” by Theodore Sizer
“Experience and Education” by John Dewey
Figure 7.1 “A Traditional Classroom”
“Schools and Trust in a Democracy”by Deborah Meier
Freewrite 2: Tracking Students
“Educational Equality” by Anthony Consiglio
“The Economic Cost of the Achievement Gap” by Byron G. Auguste, Bryan Hancock, and Martha Laboissiere
Figure 7.2 “Average PISA Math Scores”
“Less College Prep, Not More” by Russell Rumberger
Freewrite 3: Two Classrooms
Final Assignment 1: The Ends and Means of Education
Final Assignment 2: Rhetorical Analysis
Final Assignment 3: Schools as Sites of Social Change
Readings in Other Chapters
Additional Sources for Chapter 7

Chapter 8 Race and Identity
Freewrite 1: Initial Impressions
“How it Feels to be Colored Me” by Zora Neale Hurston
“In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens” by Alice Walker
Freewrite 2: from The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. Dubois
“Love Medicine” by Louise Erdrich
Figure 8.1 Latinos in the United States
“Stop Denying Me My Blackness” by Vanessa Mártir
“White Tigers” by Maxine Hong Kingston
“Living with Racial Battle Fatigue: Why Fighting Microaggressions Can Feel Like Treading Water” by Dionne Irving Bremyer
Figure 8.2 “College Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity, 1990-2013”
Freewrite 3: “Driving While Me” by Kerry L. Beckford
Final Assignment 1: Contested Identities
Final Assignment 2: Rhetorical Analysis
Final Assignment 3: Family, Race, and Culture
Readings in Other Chapters
Additional Sources for Chapter 8

Chapter 9 Energy and Sustainability
Freewrite 1: Initial Impressions
“Oil for Living” by Brian C. Black
“A Houseful of Helpers” by James Atwater
“Jukebox on Wheels” by Raymond Loewy
Figure 9.1 1970s Gasoline Shortage, Long Island, NY
Freewrite 2: America’s Responses to Energy Crises
“Your Great Work” by David Orr
“How the ‘Scientific Consensus’ on Global Warming Affects American Businesses—and Consumers” by Nicolas Loris
Figure 9.2 Annual Energy Bill for a Single-Family Home
Freewrite 3: “Becoming No Impact Man” by Colin Beavan
Final Assignment 1: Prioritizing Energy
Final Assignment 2: Rhetorical Analysis
Final Assignment 3: Lessons about Sustainability
Readings in Other Chapters
Additional Sources for Chapter 9

Chapter 10 Literacy and Technology
Freewrite 1: Initial Impressions
“The Gutenberg Elegies” by Sven Birkerts
“From Pencils to Pixels” by Dennis Baron
Figure 10.1 “Pencil and Paper”
“The Persistence of Paper” by William Powers
Freewrite 2: Using Technology
“How Reading is Being Reimagined” by Matthew Kirschenbaum
“Online Literacy is a Lesser Kind” by Mark Bauerlein
Figure 10.2 “The Increasing Sale of e-Books”
“Don’t Fear the Future” by Nick Bilton
Freewrite 3
Final Assignment 1: Evidence of a Problem
Final Assignment 2: Rhetorical Analysis
Final Assignment 3: Using the Best of Both
Readings in Other Chapters
Additional Sources for Chapter 10

Index

Kerry Beckford

Kerry L. Beckford, M.F.A., is an Assistant Professor of English at Tunxis Community College. For more than 20 years, she has taught English and Humanities courses, including first year composition, literature, and communication at two- and four-year colleges. This textbook is the result of her collaboration with Dr. Donald Jones and their work teaching first-year college writing.

Donald Jones

Dr. Donald Jones is an Associate Professor at the University of Hartford. For more than two decades, he has taught first-year and advanced-level writing courses. He also has led the writing program, been a department chair, and now serves as the Direct of the Honors Program. In collaboration with his co-author, Jones and Kerry Beckford based this textbook on their instruction of literally hundreds of students at a two-year public college and a four-year private university.

Connections is remarkable for doing justice to the two major schools of thought that have dominated the field of rhetoric and composition: expressivism and social constructionism. The field has suffered from the pervasive sense that these two approaches to writing are at war with each other, but Connections demonstrates that these two theories can be complementary in practice.”
- Peter Elbow, University of Massachusetts (emeriti)

 
Connections is an excellent resource for first-year writing courses. The combination of thematic units and instructional content enriched the teaching and learning experiences in my classrooms. This book encouraged my students to think critically, engage in textual analysis, and deepen their skills as college-level writers.
– Michelle Huston, University of Hartford

 

Connections offers a perfect balance of reader and rhetoric for first-year writing courses. The Instructional Chapters strike just the right tone in introducing student writers to the opportunities and demands of reading and writing in college while the Thematic Chapters feature texts that encourage comparative analysis and fresh arguments about the most pressing issues of our time. Connections invites students into the cultural conversation at this most crucial stage of their development as thinkers, readers, and writers.”
– Sally Terrell, Tunxis Community College

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