The Brief Bedford Reader
Thirteenth Edition   ©2017

The Brief Bedford Reader

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

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-03118-8; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-03118-3; Format: Paper Text, 526 pages


Instructors
PREFACE FOR INSTRUCTORS
contents by theme
contents by academic discipline

HOW (AND WHY) TO USE THIS BOOK
THE SELECTIONS
THE METHODS OF DEVELOPMENT
THE PRACTICAL GUIDANCE
THE WRITERS ON WRITING

Part one

ACADEMIC Reading and Writing

1 Critical Reading

Reading actively

NANCY MAIRS Disability (annotated essay)

Developing an understanding

Analyzing essays

Examining Visual Images

Visual image: Man Fishing by a Power Plant, photograph by Robin Nelson

Reading to write

2 The Writing Process

Assessing The Writing Situation

Discovering Ideas

Drafting

Revising

Integrating reading

Editing

An essay-in-progress

ROSIE ANAYA  Mental Illness on Television (annotated student essay)

PART TWO

THE METHODS

3 NARRATION: Telling a Story

Visual Image: Proposal, drawing by Demetri Martin

The method

The process

narration in academic writing

*Scott Beltran  from Ride-Along Report (annotated student writing)

embarrassment

AMY TAN  Fish Cheeks

*NAOMI SHIHAB NYE  Museum

*Naomi Shihab Nye on Writing

JUNOT DÍAZ  The Dreamer  

Junot Díaz on Writing

SHIRLEY JACKSON  The Lottery

4 DESCRIPTION: Writing with Your Senses

Visual Image
: Doug and Mizan’s House, East River, photograph by Margaret Morton

The method

The process

Description in academic writing

Nick Fiorelli  from Teaching Methodologies at Child’s Play Preschool (annotated student writing)

fathers

BRAD MANNING  Arm Wrestling with My Father (student essay)

Brad Manning on Writing

SVEN BIRKETS  Ladder

*DIANE ACKERMAN  Black Marble

*N. SCOTT MOMADAY  The Way to Rainy Mountain

5 EXAMPLE: Pointing to Instances

Visual Image
: Low-Energy Drinks, cartoon by Glen Le Lievre

The method

The process

Examples in academic writing

Kharron Reid  Letter to E-line Systems (annotated student writing)

misperceptions

BRENT STAPLES  Black Men and Public Space

Brent Staples on Writing

*ISSA RAE  The Struggle

*BRIAN DOYLE  A Note on Mascots

   ANNA QUINDLEN  Homeless

Anna Quindlen on Writing

6 COMPARISON AND CONTRAST: Setting Things Side by Side

Visual Image: from Fun Home, graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel  

The method

The process

Comparison and contrast in academic writing

Charlotte Pak  from Beyoncé Knowles: Soloist (annotated student writing)

upbringings  

DAVID SEDARIS  Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa

                     ANDREA ROMAN  "We’re Not . . ." (student essay)

Andrea Roman on Writing

BRUCE CATTON  Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts

*ALAIN DE BOTTON  Tragedy

*Visual Images: A Man Drives Into His Family Home to Punish His Wife, video still by BBC News; Medea Kills Her Son to Punish Her Husband, Greek vase by unknown artist

*Alain de Botton on Writing

7 PROCESS ANALYSIS: Explaining Step by Step

Visual Image
: Workers Making Dolls, photograph by Wally McNamee

The method

The process

Process analysis in academic writing

Victor Khoury  from DNA Extraction (annotated student writing)

writing

*ANNE LAMOTT  The Crummy First Draft

*KOJI FRAHM  How to Write an A Paper (student essay)

Koji Frahm on Writing

FIROOZEH DUMAS  Sweet, Sour, and Resentful

JESSICA MITFORD  Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain

Jessica Mitford on Writing

8 DIVISION OR ANALYSIS: Slicing into Parts

Visual Image
: Deconstructing Lunch, cartoon by Roz Chast

The method

The process

Division or analysis in academic writing

*Rachel O’Connor, from A Question of Fairness: "The Lottery" as Social Commentary (annotated student writing)

photography

JUDITH ORTIZ COFER, The Cruel Country

*Judith Ortiz Cofer on Writing

LAILA AYAD  The Capricious Camera (documented student essay) Visual Image: Mounted Nazi Troops on the Lookout for Likely Polish Children, photograph

ROBERT LIPSYTE  Jock Culture  

GUILLERMO DEL TORO AND CHUCK HOGAN  Vampires Never Die

Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan on Writing

9 CLASSIFICATION: Sorting into Kinds

Visual Image: How the Poor, the Middle Class, and the Rich Spend Their Money, table by National Public Radio

The method

The process

Classification in academic writing

Kharron Reid  Résumé (annotated student writing)

failures to communicate

DEBORAH TANNEN  But What Do You Mean?

Deborah Tannen on Writing

WILLIAM LUTZ  The World of Doublespeak

William Lutz on Writing

RUSSELL BAKER  The Plot against People

*JEAN-PIERRE DE BEER  Stars of Life (student essay)

10 CAUSE AND EFFECT: Asking Why

Visual Image: Wild Weather, bar graph by National Geographic

The method

The process

Cause and effect in academic writing

Kate Krueger  Letter to the Weekly (annotated student writing)

globalization

CHITRA DIVAKARUNI  Live Free and Starve

Chitra Divakaruni on Writing

MARIE JAVDANI  Plato o Plomo: Silver or Lead (documented student essay)

Marie Javdani on Writing

*RANDALL MUNROE  Everybody Jump

*Visual Image: What If, drawings by Randall Munroe

CHRISTOPHER BEAM  Blood Loss

Visual Image: Trends in Serial Killing, bar graph by James Alan Fox and Jack Levin

 

11 DEFINITION: Tracing Boundaries

Visual Image
: It’s a Part of Me, Not a Definition of Who I Am, poster for the International Down Sydrome Coalition

The method

The process

Definition in academic writing

Martin Ward  Civil Liberties (annotated student writing)

privilege

*TAL FORTGANG  Checking My Privilege (student essay)

*Tal Fortgang on Writing

*ROXANE GAY  Peculiar Benefits

MEGHAN DAUM  Narcissist — Give It a Rest

Meghan Daum on Writing

AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS  How to Identify Love by Knowing What It’s Not

12 ARGUMENT AND PERSUASION: Stating Opinions and Proposals

Visual Image
: Corporate America Flag, image from Adbusters Media Foundation

The method

The Process

argument and persuasion in academic writing

*Adrianne Silver  from Bullying Law Proposal (annotated student writing)

LINDA CHAVEZ  Supporting Family Values

Linda Chavez on Writing

SHOULD COLLEGES ADOPT TRIGGER WARNINGS?

BRIANNE RICHSON  An Obligation to Prevent Trauma on Campus (student essay)

Brianne Richson on Writing

  JON OVERTON  Beware the Trigger Warning (student essay)

*Jon Overton on Writing

who needs privacy?     

NICHOLAS CARR  Tracking Is an Assault on Liberty

Nicholas Carr on Writing

JIM HARPER  Web Users Get as Much as They Give

LORI ANDREWS  Facebook Is Using You

Lori Andrews on Writing

PART THREE

MIXING THE METHODS

JUDY BRADY  I Want a Wife

JOAN DIDION  Earthquakes

Joan Didion on Writing

E. B. WHITE  Once More to the Lake

      APPENDIX

finding and documenting sources

conducting research

writing WITH SOURCES

Source Citation Using MLA Style

MARGARET LUNDBERG  Eating Green (annotated student essay)

Margaret Lundberg on Writing

source citation using apa style

ERIC KIM  The Brain that Changes (annotated student essay)

Eric Kim on Writing

               

GLOSSARY OF USEFUL TERMS

DIRECTORY TO WRITERS ON WRITING

INDEX