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CROSSING BOUNDARIES is an innovative rhetoric/reader/handbook that truly helps students integrate the process of reading, writing, and thinking. It "crosses boundaries" by successfully combining reading pedagogy, rhetorical strategies, and writing process. In addition, the authors provide a full range of collaborative and editing activities and writing assignments that require full development and specific details.


Unit ONE: DISCOVERING. Writing and Reading Attitude Survey. 1. Reading to Write. Writing Habits. Writing as Process. Using Reading to Write. Reading as Process. Reading for Information. "Housework" Anthony Giddens. Demonstrating Active Reading. Paraphrasing Your Reading. Reading to Write. Writing Summaries. "My Mother Never Worked" Bonnie Smith-Yackel. Going Beyond the Summary. Continuing the Process. 2. Generating Ideas. Learning to See. "El Monte" Mike Rose. Generating Ideas. Using Detail. Remembering Experience. "A Day from Hell "Mickie Herron, student. Revising Practice. Getting Help with Revising. Editing Practice. Continuing the Process. 3. Recognizing Purpose and Audience. Deciding on Purpose. "Mettle-Testing Anne McGrath. "How to Study for a Test" Debbie Bush, student. Defining Audience. Approaching Your Audience. Avoiding a Shift in Person. Using First Person. Choosing a Voice and Tone. "Too Many Just Will Not Learn" Janet Guillot. Revising Practice. Ordering Your Ideas. Editing Practice. Continuing the Process.

Unit TWO: COMPOSING. 4. Focusing Ideas. Generating Thesis Ideas. Narrowing the Subject. "Born Beautiful: Confessions of a Naturally Gorgeous Girl" Ellen Paige. Finding the Thesis Statement. "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Worry over Personal Appearance"Louis Harris. Discovering Your Own Thesis. Introducing Your Essay. Maintaining Unity. Revising Practice. Editing Practice. Continuing the Process. 5. Developing the Essay with Examples, Narratives and Definitions. Developing the Body of the Essay. Using Topic Sentences from Backlash Susan Faludi. Using Examples and Illustrations from The Second Shift Arlie Hochschild. Using Narratives from Theory Z William Ouchi. Using Definitions from When the Bough Breaks Sylvia Hewlett. Combining Methods of Development. "Year of the Blue-Collar Guy Steve Olson. Revising Practice. Revising Body Paragraphs. Editing Practice. Editing Wordiness and Awkwardness. 6. Developing the Essay with Comparisons. Using Comparisons. Using Analogies. From "On Societies as Organisms" Lewis Thomas. Developing a Comparison. "A Case of 'Severe Bias'"Patricia Raybon. Organizing Comparisons. Concluding the Essay. Putting the Methods Together. "Like Mexicans" Gary Soto. Revising Practice. Editing Practice. Continuing the Process.

Unit THREE: ANALYZING AND ARGUING. 7. Analyzing a Subject. The Process of Analysis. Reading Analytically. "Don't Let Stereotypes Warp. Your Judgment" Robert L. Heilbroner. Responding Analytically. Constructing Analytical Essays. Analyzing Cause and Effect. Analyzing Complex Causes and Effects. Analyzing Personally. "Black Men and Public Space" Brent Staples. Separating Causes and Effects. Continuing the Process. 8. Taking a Position. Considering Argument. Recognizing Argument. Writing an Argumentative Thesis. Being Reasonable. Using Logical Arguments. "The Presence of the Word in TV. Advertising"Jay Rosen. Using Emotions to Convince. Continuing the Process. 9. Using Argument. Organizing an Argument. Evaluating Arguments. "Rapping with Time Warner" Wall Street Journal. "Ice T: Is the Issue Social. Responsibility..." Michael Kinsley. "...Or Is it Creative Freedom?" Continuing the Process. Writing and Reading Attitude Survey, Again.

Unit FOUR: EDITING. 10. Preparing to Edit. Building the Foundation. Prepositional Phases. Verbs. Subjects. Independent and Dependent Clauses. List of Signal Words for Dependent Clauses. Continuing the Process. 11. Editing Sentence Structure. Fragments. Comma splices and fused sentences. 12. Editing Usage. Verb problems. Past Participle Problems. Problems with Subject-verb agreement. Pronoun problems. 13. Editing Mechanics: Commas and Other Punctuation Commas. Other punctuation. 14. Editing Mechanics: Apostrophes and Capitalization Apostrophes. Contractions. Capitalization. 15. Editing Diction and Syntax. Word Choice. Vivid Words. Editing Syntax. General Editing Exercises.

Unit FIVE: ADDITIONAL READINGS. 16. Asking Questions. "Learning to See" (essay) Samuel Scudder. "Indians in Aspic" (review) Michael Dorris. "Three Thousand Dollar Death Song" Wendy Rose. "Telephone Conversation" (poem) Wolve Soyinka. "The Grateful Minority," Pat Mora. Writing Suggestions. 17. Making Choices. "The Mother," Gwendolyn Brooks. "My Daughter Smokes," Alice Walker. "Donald Duk," Frank Chin. "The Right to Fail," William Zinser. Writing Suggestions. 18. Searching for Heroes. "The Modern Mount Rushmore," Ralph Shoenstein. "Warren Beatty Is a False God," Bonnie Gangelhoff. "A Black Athlete Looks at Education," Arthur Ashe. "Fannie Lou Hamer," Sam Cornish. "My Father Is a Simple Man," Luis Omar Salinas. Writing Suggestions. Index.