The Bedford Reader
Thirteenth Edition   ©2017

The Bedford Reader

X. J. Kennedy , Dorothy M. Kennedy , Jane E. Aaron , Ellen Kuhl Repetto

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-03051-3; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-03051-3; Format: Paper Text, 664 pages

Comprehensive coverage of reading and writing. Part One guides students through critical reading and academic writing, with examples that illustrate how to annotate an essay and how to respond critically to a piece of writing. In Part Two, each rhetorical chapter contains readings supported by author and selection headnotes, a two-part journal prompt, three sets of discussion questions that encourage critical thinking and reading, and several writing suggestions.

78 compelling selections by both well-known and emerging writers. Ranging from E. B. White and Malcolm Gladwell to Junot Díaz and Firoozeh Dumas, the writers included in the text provide diverse perspectives on topics that engage and challenge students to think and write purposefully.

Practical instruction in the rhetorical methods. Part Two presents in-depth instruction in ten methods of development. Chapter introductions address the purpose and uses of each method, with annotated examples that show the methods at work in different kinds of writing. Part Three collects well-known essays that show how the best writers mix the methods to achieve their purposes.

Flexible apparatus. The Bedford Reader provides support for a variety of teaching approaches, including support for instructors who teach thematically and those who hope to emphasize a more disciplinary approach to writing.

Emphasis on visual literacy. An in-depth analysis in Chapter 1 teaches students how to view images critically. Then each chapter in Part Two begins with an eye-catching visual and offers suggestions for approaching it with a critical eye