Connections Writing Reading And Critical Thinking 3rd Edition

The instruction and exercises in Connections will improve your writing, reading, and critical thinking skills. The special section, “Mastering Your Study Skills,” offers guidance and practice in such areas as taking notes, using computers, understanding learning style, and dictionary use to help you become a stronger student.

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Readings by Theme.
Preface for Instructors.
A Note to Students.


1. The Writing-Reading-Critical Thinking Connection.

Introducing the Connections.

Reading Assignment: Writing in a Knowledge Economy by Kenneth W. Davis

The Writing Process: Making the Connections

Reading Assignment: Be Your Own Communication Department by Kenneth W. Davis

Summary of Chapter One.

Introduction to Verbs.

Identifying Specific Kinds of Verbs.

2. The Structure of Writing and How to Summarize Texts.

Understanding the Structure of Academic Writing.

Examining an Essay.

Reading Assignment: Women Play the Roles Men Want to See by Maggie Bandur.

A Closer Look at PARTS

The Writer’s Purpose and Audience

Examining a Textbook Chapter.

Reading Assignment: Preparing for Marriage by Alex Thio.

A Closer Look at PARTS

The Writer’s Purpose and Audience

Understanding the Structure of Journalistic Writing

Examining a Feature Story

Reading Assignment: He Turns Boys Into Men, by Jeffery Marx

A Closer Look at PARTS

The Writer’s Purpose and Audience

Building Summary Skills.

Writing the Academic Summary

Summarizing an Essay

Reading Assignment: Beauty May Only Be Skin Deep, But Its Effects Go On Forever, by James M. Henslin

Summarizing a Textbook Chapter

Writing the Journalistic Summary

Summarizing an Article

Practicing Summary Skills.

Time to Reflect.

Summary of Chapter Two.

Verb Tense.

Verb Imposters and Prepositional Phrases.

3. Examining the Reading Process.

The PARTS of an Effective Reading Process.

Engaging in the Reading Process.

Reading Assignment: The Struggle to be an All American Girl by Elizabeth Wong.

Responding to Reading

Building Your Vocabulary.

Practicing the Reading Process.

Reading the Personal Narrative.

Reading Assignment: Navigating My Eerie Landscape Alone by Jim Bobryk.

Reading a Poem

Reading Assignment: Refugee Ship, by Lorna Dee Cervantes

Reading a Textbook Chapter.

Reading Assignment: Seventeenth Century Roles for Puritan Men, Women, and

Paragraph Assignment: Societal Roles and Expectations

Summary of Chapter Three.

Introduction to Subjects.

The Hard-To-Find Subject

Style Tips.

4. Examining the Essay Writing Process.

The Stages of an Effective Writing Process.

Writing Assignment #1. Analyzing Advertisements.

Writing Assignment #2: Creating an Advertisement.

Reading Assignment: When Advertising Offends: Another Look at Aunt Jemima by John Macionis.

Writing Assignment #3: The Most Evil Character.

Reading Assignment: The Most Evil Character (Author Unknown).

Summary of Chapter Four.

Clauses and Phrases.

Style Tips


5. Writing About Heroes.

Focusing Your Writing.

Focusing the Paragraph.

Focusing the Essay.

Points to Remember about Focus.

Investigating Heroes.

Writing Assignment #1: Paying Tribute to a Personal Hero.

Reading Assignment: A Chinese Hero by Yvonne Liu-Fong.

Writing Assignment #2: Honoring Our Public Heroes.

Reading Assignment: Civil Rights Movement Was the Sume of Many People by Paul Rogat Loeb.

Reading Assignment: All We Want Is Our Freedom, by Aung San Suu Kyi.

Reading Assignment: Waiting on the World to Change, by John Mayer

Summary of Chapter Five.



Style Tips

6. Writing About Television and the Media.

Developing Your Writing.

Examining Developed Paragraphs.

Examining a Developed Essay.

Reading Assignment: Predictors: Who Is Media Multitasking? By Ulla G. Foehr.

Investigating the Effects of Television.

Writing Assignment #1: The Effects of Television.

Reading Assignment: “The Trouble with Television” by Marie Winn.

Writing Assignment #2: Television: Good, Bad, or Tolerable?

Reading Assignment: Guilt Free TV, by Daniel McGinn.

Reading Assignment: Why We Tuned Out, by Karen Springen

Investigating the Effects of Media on the Family

Writing Assignment #3: The Effects of Media on the Family

Reading Assignment: The Multitasking Generation, by Claudia Wallis

Time to Reflect

Summary of Chapter 6.

Subordination, Concessions, and Transitions.

Style Tips

Chapter 7. Writing About Surveillance Technology.

Organizing Your Writing.

Reading Assignment: The Arguments Surrounding the USA Patriot Act, by Megan Rainey.

Investigating SurveillanceTechnology.

Writing Assignment #1. The Advantages and Disadvantages of Surveillance Technology.

Reading Assignment: Big Brother Logs On by Ivan Amato.

Writing Assignment #2: Orwell, The Modern World, and the Future

Reading Assignment: Excerpt from 1984, by George Orwell

Summary of Chapter Seven.

Creating Expressive Sentences.

Style Tips

8. Writing About Music and Poetry.

Analysis and Inference in your Writing.

Reading Assignment: “Evenin Air Blues” by Langston Hughes.

Writing Assignment #1: Analyzing Music Lyrics.

Reading Assignment: Imagine by John Lennon.

Reading Assignment: Old 8X10 by Randy Travis.

Reading Assignment: Mother, Father by The Dave Matthews Band and Dave Matthews.

Reading Assignment: Silent House, by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Neil Finn.

Reading Assignment: Silent Legacy by Melissa Etheridge.

Writing Assignment # 2. Analyzing Poetry.

Reading Assignment: Sympathy, by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Reading Assignment: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.

Reading Assignment: A Work of Artifice by Marge Piercy.

Reading Assignment: Wild Nights by Emily Dickinson.

Reading Assignment: Annabel Lee, by Edgar Allen Poe.

Summary of Chapter Eight.

Combining Sentences with Coordinators and Subordinators.

End of Term Progress Journal.

Style Journal

Chapter 9: Writing the In-Class Essay

The Writing Process in Timed Situations

Utilizing the Writing Process in In-Class Writings

Utilizing the Reading Process in In-Class Writings

In-Class Writing Assignment #1: Illiteracy in America

Reading Assignment: The Shameful Secret of Illiteracy in America, by Penni Wild

Writing the Argumentative Essay in Class

In-Class Writing Assignment #2: Arguing For or Against Hands-Free Laws

Reading Assignment: Mixed Signals in Hands-free Phone Debate, by Judy Lin

In-Class Writing Assignment #3: Arguing for or Against Electronic Badges for Children

Reading Assignment: Electronic Badges for Students Put Parents, Privacy Groups on Edge by Marjie Lundstrom

Summary of Chapter 9

Editing and Style Tips


Taking Notes

Keeping a Notebook

Making the Most of a Good Tutor

Using Computers

Using the Glossary and Index

Discovering Your Learning Style.

Using the Dictionary.

Building Your Vocabulary.

Spelling Matters.

Reading Aloud: A Trick of the Trade.

Using Outside Sources.

Writing in Class/Writing the Argument.


Understanding, Correcting, and Avoiding Verb Form Errors.

Understanding, Correcting, and Avoiding Verb Tense Errors.

Understanding, Correcting, and Avoiding Subject-Verb Agreement Errors.

Understanding, Correcting, and Avoiding Fragments.

Understanding, Correcting, and Avoiding Run-Ons.

Understanding, Correcting, and Avoiding Comma Splices.


The Right Word.


Punctuation Rules.

Style Tips



Subject Index.

Index of Authors and Titles.

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