Between Worlds: A Reader, Rhetoric, and Handbook

Susan Bachmann / Melinda Barth  
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September 2011
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This immediately engaging composition resource features a thematically-organized collection of readings, a process-based rhetoric, and a concise handbook.


Between Worlds opens with more than 75 multi-genre readings reflecting the human condition of being “in between”-generations, cultures, genders, perceptions, points of view.  A substantial rhetoric section traces several student papers-in-progress through the prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing processes and explores the rhetorical strategies using student and professional essays as models. A research chapter with information on using and documenting sources in MLA and APA style and a brief handbook section are also included. Between Worlds emphasizes the importance of reading, critical thinking, and analysis in all college writing assignments.


A unique structure—thematic readings, combined with a modes rhetoric—encourages students to think both widely and strategically about their own writing.

  • Students are introduced to diverse forms, styles, and perspectives in readings, which range from short, focused pieces to longer, more complex forms, and include numerous editorials, commentaries, expository essays, arguments, film reviews, and literary selections.
  • Accessible coverage of rhetorical process explores the most commonly assigned writing projects–argument, summary, narration, definition, evaluative response, cause and effect, comparison and contrast, analysis, essay exams, and the research paper.
  • New treatment of film adds film content to each of the five chapters in Part I, including intriguing essays on The King’s Speech, Crash, An Inconvenient Truth, and contemporary romantic comedy, and offers exciting guidance for “reading” film actively.
  • Sample student papers in various stages of the writing process–from prewriting to final draft–model the real-life student writing process.
  • A brief handbook section focuses on most common errors and frequently-confused words; marginal editing symbols appear inside the back cover.
  • Pedagogy after each reading includes questions that discuss content, audience, and purpose (Thinking about the Text; essay prompts (Writing about the Text); and assignments that connect to other readings in the text and/or additional material on the Internet (Connecting to Other Texts).
    New treatment of film adds film content to each of the five chapters in Part I, including intriguing essays on The King’s Speech, Crash, An Inconvenient Truth, and contemporary romantic comedy, and offers exciting guidance for “reading” film actively.
  • New to this Edition

    • A new section on writing in-class essays offers a six-step strategy for managing timed assignments and a chart of key words in writing prompts to help students focus and stay on task.
    • New learning objectives in all the rhetoric chapters (Part II) help students anticipate and master the key material in each chapter.
    • New readings in Ch. 5, Between Points of View, offer provocative paired essays on current topics including iPods, multitasking, and going green.
    • New content-and a new Checklist-on avoiding plagiarism offers expanded guidance and resources for integrating material from other sources into student writing.
    • New treatment of film adds film content to each of the five chapters in Part I, including intriguing essays on The King's Speech, Crash, An Inconvenient Truth, and contemporary romantic comedy, and offers exciting guidance for “reading” film actively.
    • Illustrated source “maps” for MLA citations, including a Website and a database, help students find essential information as they cite sources.
    • New readings on more varied topics revitalize each of the existing chapters to reflect the conflicting realms-the “between worlds”-in which most of us live.  New readings show divergent views about technology and its impact (including cellphone use, how our brain works on computers, and whether Twitter is a boon or a bane0, as well as offering a sociological study of romantic comedies, and readings on the nature of family relationships,  gender and culture identification, and how we spend our time.
    • New content in Ch. 12, on research, not only includes the most current versions of both the MLA and the APA style guides, but also offers expanded guidance for using, evaluating-and abusing-online sources as well as for documenting electronic sources.

    Table of Contents

    Part I   The Reader 

    Getting the Most from Your Reading   

    Active Reading    

        "Thanksgiving"  Ellen Goodman

    Discussion of Active Reading   

    Active Reading as Prewriting    

    Practicing Active Reading         


    Chapter 1   Between Generations    

    The Good Daughter, Caroline Hwang         

    A Cabdriver's Daughter,  Waheeda Samady 

    The Color of Love,  Danzy Senna      

    Breaking Tradition,  Janice Mirikitani     

    Who Shot Johnny?  Debra Dickerson         

    On Teenagers and Tattoos,  Andres Martin         

    The Only Child,  John Leonard

    Johnny Depp: A Pirate's Life,   Sean Smith         


    Chapter 2   Between Genders  

    Who's Cheap?  Adair Lara   

    Peaches,  Reginald McKnight  

    Blue Spruce,  Stephen Perry  

    Watching My Back,  Jeff Z. Klein  

    Pigskin, Patriarchy, and Pain,  Don Sabo  

    The Work,    Dana Beardsley Crotwell  

    When a Woman Says No,  Ellen Goodman     

    Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?  Joyce Carol Oates    

    A Fine Romance,  David Denby 


    Chapter 3   Between Cultures  

    Living in Two Worlds, Marcus Mabry

    Terra Firma-A Journey from Migrant Farm Labor to Neurosurgery , Alfredo Qui~nones-Hinojosa     

    Mr. Z,  M. Carl Holman 

    Race Is a Four-Letter Word,  Teja Arboleda        

    An Identity Reduced to a Burka,  Semeen Issa and Laila Al-Marayati

    Hidden in Plain Sight,  Zaiba Malik  

    The Myth of the Latin Woman,  Judith Ortiz Cofer       

    Los Vendidos,  Luis Valdez    


    Crash, Roger Ebert     

    Bigotry as the Outer Side of Inner Angst, A. O. Scott        

    Crash Writing Topics 

    Thinking about the Film, Writing from the Film, and Connecting with other Texts     


    Chapter 4  Between Perceptions     

    Living under Circe's Spell, Matthew Soyster       

    The Difference Between Pity and Empathy,  John A. Vaughn  

    In Groups We Shrink, Carol Tavris 

    The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination,  J. K. Rowling        

    The Myth of the Latin Woman,  Judith Ortiz Cofer           

    If the Genes Fit,  Dan Neil   

    Black Men and Public Space,  Brent Staples      

    King Curtis's Echo,  Max Thayer     

    Blue Spruce,  Stephen Perry  

    Discrimination at Large,  Jennifer A. Coleman    

    O.K., So I'm Fat,  Neil Steinberg    

    “Diabesity,” A Crisis in an Expanding Country,  Jane E. Brody        

    Bodily Harm,  Pamela Erens    

    Three Ways of Meeting Oppression,  Martin Luther King Jr.  


    Stuttering Can Be Shameful,  Dan Slater

    The King's Speech,  Philip French

    The King's Speech Writing Topics

    Thinking about the Film, Writing from the Film, and Connecting with other Texts     


    Chapter 5   Between Points of View 

    iHuh?  Patricia Wen   

    What the Cellphone Industry Won't Tell You,  Myron Levin    

    Education, Backed by Law,  Janet P. Froetscher 

    How the Brain Reacts,  Marcel Just and Tim Keller      

    Does the Internet Make You Smarter?  Clay Shirky 

    Does the Internet Make You Dumber? Nicholas Carr  

    Your Brain on Computers,  Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons      

    I Don't Give a Tweet What You're Doing,  Meghan Daum

    Twitter? It's What You Make It, David Pogue     

    Time Lost and Found,  Anne Lamott  

    Coke,  Philip Dacey     

    Greed in the Name of Green, Monica Hesse         

    Why Bother?  Michael Pollan         


    Al Gore Warms Up to a Very Hot Topic,  Kevin Crust  

    Did Al Get the Science Right?  Katharine Mieszkowski

    Warning of Calamities and Hoping for a Change,  A. O. Scott      

    An Inconvenient Truth Writing Topics 

    Thinking about the Film, Writing from the Film, and Connecting with other Texts     


    Part II   The Rhetoric    

    Chapter 6  Getting Started . . . Now!

    Short Assignments  Anne Lamott   

    Prewriting as Discovery     

    Individual Brainstorming     


        Practicing Freewriting 

    Journal Writing    

        Practicing Journal Writing   


        Practicing Clustering  


        Practicing Pre-Reading Listing     

        Practicing Post-Reading Listing    

    Active Reading    

        Practicing Active Reading and Critical Thinking

    Group Brainstorming-Collaborative Learning and Critical Thinking

        Practicing Brainstorming in Small Groups 


    Considering Audience        

        Practicing Style 

    Analyzing Audience Awareness        

        Example: Convincing an Audience     

    READING:    Why Stop Smoking? Let's Get Clinical  William F. Harrison  

        Practicing Audience Awareness


    Chapter 7   Organizing and Drafting an Essay  

    From Prewriting to Purpose  

    Discovering the Claim-From General to Specific          

        Practice Exercise: Recognizing a Thesis  

        Practicing Thesis Writing    

    Supporting a Thesis           

    Writing an Outline 

    Writing a Paragraph           

        Practicing Topic Sentences   

        Practicing How to Recognize Irrelevant Details 

    Using Sources for Support   

        Practicing the Sandwich


        Practicing Paraphrasing

        Practicing Combining Paraphrase and Quotation  


    Chapter 8   Revising an Essay  

    Rewriting and Rewriting  

        Example: Draft with Instructor's Comments    

        Student Example: Final Essay

    READING:    Dieting Daze: No In-Between  Rachel Krell       

    Rewriting for Coherence     

        Practicing Coherence   

    Writing Titles       

    Writing Introductions          

    Writing Conclusions          

        Final Tips for Revising           


    Chapter 9   Writing to Persuade       

    Prevalence of Persuasion

    Persuasion as Argument  

    The Doubting and Believing Games  

    When to Use Argument    

    Brainstorming for an Argument

    Explicit and Implicit Arguments      

    Arguments and Proposals

        Sound Reasoning: Balancing Logos, Pathos, and Ethos   

        Audience and Argument     

        Argument Introductions      

        Organizing and Developing An Argument         

        Preparing Your Argument    

        Strategies for Writing An Argument Essay        

        Illustrations from the Text    

    READING:    My Favorite School Class: Involuntary Servitude, Joe Goodwin      

    Avoiding Logical Fallacies  

        Practicing Writing Argument Essays 

        Final Tips for Argument Essays     


    Chapter 10   Methods for Developing Essays    

    Combining Multiple Methods


        Organizing and Developing a Summary

    READING:    Student Example: A Summary of “Three Ways of Meeting Oppression”  Chris Thomas

    Summary as Part of a Larger Assignment        

    Final Tips for a Summary    



    When to Use Narration       

    Organizing and Developing a Narrative           

        Student Example: A Narrative: Through the Cracks,” Rebekah Hall-Naganuma       

        Practicing Writing Essays with Narration 

    Final Tips for a Narrative       


    Evaluative Response    

    When to Write an Evaluative Response Essay   

    Organizing and Developing an Evaluative Response Essay           

    READING:    Student Example: An Evaluative Response Essay: "Thanksgiving Beyond the Cleaver Family,"  Marin Kheng         

        Practicing Writing an Evaluative Response Essay

    Final Tips for an Evaluative Response Essay  



    When to Use Definition       

    Organizing and Developing a Definition Essay   

    The Purpose of Defining      

    READING:    An Essay Based on Definition: "You Call That Irony?"  Jon Winokur 

        Practicing Writing Definition Essays     

    Final Tips for a Definition Essay          


    Cause and Effect 

    When to Use Cause-and-Effect Development     

    Organizing and Developing a Cause-and-Effect Essay     

    READING:    A Cause-and-Effect Essay: "I Confess Some Envy,"  Robert McKelvey    

        Practicing Writing Essays about Causes and Effects   

    Final Tips for Cause-and-Effect Development 


    Comparison and Contrast

    When to Use Comparison-Contrast Development    

    Organizing and Developing a Comparison-Contrast Essay

    Which Method to Use: Block or Point by Point?  

    READING:    A Comparison-Contrast Essay: "Reality Check,"  Alex Garcia  

        Practicing Writing Essays That Use Comparison and Contrast 

    Final Tips for Comparison and Contrast Essays            


    Chapter 11   Analysis      

    Analysis of a Process, Problem, or Subject     

    When to Use Analysis        

    Analysis of a Process        

        Practicing Process Analysis in Small Groups    

    READING:    A Process Analysis Essay: "How to Get Better Gas Mileage," Katharine Mieszkowski         

        Practicing Writing a Process Analysis Essay    

    Final Tips for a Process Analysis Essay           


    Analysis of a Problem  

    READING:    A Problem Analysis Essay: "Don't Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgments," Robert L. Heilbroner        

        Practicing Writing a Problem Analysis Essay    

    Final Tips for a Problem Analysis Essay           


    Analysis of a Subject  


    Poetry and Character Analysis

    What Is Poetry Analysis?     

    READING:    Active Reading of a Poem: "Breaking Tradition," Janice Mirikitani  

    Active Reading of a Poem: “Breaking Tradition”            

    READING:    Student Example: "Breaking the Ties That Bind," Robert Sakatani   

        Practicing Writing Poetry Analysis 

    Final Tips for Poetry Analysis              


    What Is Character Analysis?               

    Character Analysis: Short Story         

    READING:    Student Example: "Who Were You, Connie, and Why Did You Go?" Marianela Enriquez  

        Practicing Writing a Character Analysis  

    Character Analysis: Biography           

    READING:    Student Example: "The Earhart Appeal,"  Leselle Norville      

    Final Tips for Writing a Focused Biography     


    Chapter 12  Writing the Research Paper  

    Planning the Research Paper           

    Gathering Library Material   

    Beginning a Periodical Search-Head for the Databases  

    Beginning an Internet Search-Some Cautions  

    Refining an Internet Search  

        Evaluation Criteria for Web Sources: “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” -Susan E. Beck

        Practice Finding the Errors  

    Gathering Additional Information: The Interview 

    READING:    Student Example: "From Access to Acceptance: Enabling America's Largest Minority," Shannon Paaske    

    Documenting the Research Paper: MLA Style   

        Indicating Titles       

        Writing Parenthetical Citations           

        Preparing the Works Cited Page        

        Sample MLA Entries              

    Documenting the Research Paper: APA Style   

        Writing Parenthetical Citations           

        Specific Examples of APA Form         

        Preparing the References Page         

        Sample APA Entries               


    Part III    The Handbook  

    Chapter 13    Understanding How Sentences Work    




    Adjectives and Adverbs     



    Sentence Variation

        Practicing Sentence Variation


    Chapter 14    Understanding Common Errors    


    Run-on or Fused Sentences 

    Pronoun Reference Agreement         

    Pronoun Case      

    Subject-Verb Agreement     


    Mixed Sentences  

    Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers     

    Faulty Parallelism 


    Chapter 15    Understanding Punctuation  xxx


    Chapter 16    Understanding Faulty Word Choice     


    Slang, Jargon, and Colloquial Words  

    Archaic Words, Euphemisms, and Pretentious Words      


    Sexist Language   


    Glossary of Usage: Commonly Confused Words


    Author Index       

    Subject and Title Index       

    Editing Symbols chart appears opposite page