Joining the Conversation: An Anthology for Developing Readers

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This anthology invites readers to experience the pleasures of reading by offering them a selection of readings that are accessible and diverse in style, voice, and content. Furthermore, the instructional apparatus that accompanies each reading helps readers develop vocabulary and critical reading skills. Thus readers are invited into the conversation about events, lives, and ideas that we call reading, and given the tools to help them do so in a manner that makes reading satisfying, rewarding, and essential. A multicultural collection of authors explore many facets of life through the written word. The readings are a sampling of contemporary literature from the late twentieth century as well as a few pieces written in earlier times. They are divided into seven chapters, each focusing on a different kind or purpose of reading. The majority of the readings are works of prose, but each chapter also includes a sampling of poetry. For those who are planning to begin or return to college; for GED preparation classes and workplace literacy programs; and for ESOL classes for students capable of reading and speaking basic English but in need of developing more sophisticated language skills, both spoken and written, as well as a deeper understanding of American history and culture.

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Joining the Conversation invites students to experience the pleasures of the written word by offering them a selection of readings from a range of authors who explore many facets of life. Chosen for their quality, the readings will acquaint developing readers with a diversity of style, voice, content, experience, and perspective.

Joining the Conversation invites readers to engage the written text, connect it to their own experiences or circumstances, consider their various responses, both emotional and intellectual, engage in a discussion about their reactions with other students, and, through their own writing, add their voices to those of the writer and countless others who have read the same text. Thus students are invited into the conversation about events, lives, and ideas that we call reading and are given the tools to help them do so in a manner that makes reading satisfying, rewarding, and essential.

For most of the over 55 selections, the author has included:

  • An Introduction gives brief information about the writer as well as some background information about the article, story, or poem.
  • Initial Expectations encourage students to keep a Reader's Notebook and record both their initial expectations before reading.
  • The selections include book excerpts, articles, short stories, poems, and essays.
  • Initial Response questions encourages students to write down their responses in their reader's notebook.
  • Vocabulary and the Uses of Language exercises offer students the chance to review the vocabulary and, in some cases, the kind of language used in each piece.
  • Facts from the Reading asks students to find specific facts to be sure they understand key pieces of information in the story or article.
  • A Deeper Understanding questions inspires readers to reflect on the writer's words, experiences, and ideas as well as their own reactions to these words.
  • Each poem is followed by Questions for Reflection to help students think about their response to the poem, their perspective on its meaning, and its connection to other works in that section of the text.
  • Suggestions for Writing help students connect what they have read to their own memories, experiences, and opinions.
  • Each chapter concludes with Suggestions for Additional Reading, and Suggestions for Family Reading help students carry the conversation beyond the classroom.

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The idea for Joining the Conversation originated in a class of the Advance One program at the Ohio State University Medical Center. Over the several intervening years between idea and published book, many people have lent their support and expertise, and they deserve both thanks and recognition. Rachael Turner, Director of Advance One, encouraged the introduction of many of these readings in the classes, and the students of Advance One were a receptive and insightful audience. At Prentice Hall, Craig Campanella and Joan Polk provided direction, encouragement, and much patience throughout the process. Sean Becker was a thorough copyeditor and production editors Jennifer Murtoff and Marty Sopher made the book a physical reality. Permissions editor Mary Dalton-Hoffman was a most reliable and professional colleague who did much more than seek permissions. When I asked Trina Cain McCoy to type the readings for me, I could not imagine what a source of inspiration she would become. And finally the staffs of the Ohio State University Health Sciences Library and the Columbus Metropolitan Library provided hours of work processing hundreds of books, always cheerfully.

I also thank the teachers who reviewed and commented on early drafts of the book. They are: Karin Alderfer of Miami-Dade Community College, Robin Benny of Chicago State University, Jennifer Blackman of San Jose State University, Diane M. Bosco of Suffolk County Community College, Derek Bowe of Oakwood College, Jenna Call of Cape Fear Community College, Cindy Casper of Norwalk Community College, Keith Coplin of Colby Community College, Janet Cutshall of Sussex County Community College, Isabel Hansen of Black Hawk College, Barbara Henry of West Virginia University, Clarence Hundley of Thomas Nelson Community College, and Sara McLaughlin of Texas Technical University.

As always, I thank my husband, Stuart, and my sons, Mathias and Brendan, for contributions great and small, seen and unseen. And finally, I thank the many authors and publishers who granted permission for their works to be used in Joining the Conversation. A complete list can be found in the back of the book, beginning on page 400.

Supplements

Instructor's Manual. Available for download at www.prenhall.com/english , the instructor's manual for JOINING THE CONVERSATION includes over 150 pages of additional material. There are activities for each reading in the text as well as general teaching strategies. Contact your local Prentice Hall representative or e-mail english_serviceQprenhall.com for a password to access this valuable resource.

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