"Superman and Me" Rhetorical Precis, 1/23/12
citation: Alexie, Sherman. “Superman and Me.” The Language of Composition. Ed. Renee Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, Robin Aufses. Boston: Bedford St. Martins, 2008. 110-112. Print.CATEGORY: Reading/EducationPRECIS: In this nostalgic essay, “Superman and Me,” Sherman Alexie flourishes the idea that a book’s full potential depends on the reader’s ability to use their imagination by recalling his personal gain and experiences with reading.PERSONAL COMMENTARY: Many people can relate to the author, such as the common experiences of growing up. We are often stripped of much of our imaginations as we grow older, which is why it can be hard to just enjoy reading as an adventure instead of a task.



Category: Sports and fitness
citation: Willard, Frances. "From How I Learned to Ride a Bicycle." The Language of Composition. Ed. Renee Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, Robin Aufses. Boston: Bedford St. Martin's, 2008. 459. Print.Precis: In this reflective essay, Frances Willard urges that women should take action and learn to control their lives by referencing a personal anecdote and personifying the bicycle as an obstacle she too had to fight to get through in order to prove how perseverance is key.Personal Commentary: though many would initially argue that women’s’ rights cannot be compared to something so small, Frances teaches a great lesson; we tend to look back on issues that we have defeated and find it hard to understand why we thought they were impossible.



Category: Work
Citation: Washington, Booker T. "The Atlanta Exposition Address." The Language of Composition. Ed. Renee Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, Robin Aufses. Boston: Bedford St. Martin's, 2008. 191-194. Print.
Precis: In this intuitive speech, Booker T. Washington asserts that partnership between the whites and the blacks is needed for the success of the economic ascendancy of the New South by recalling to white society of how loyal and patient blacks have been, especially in developing a good work ethic, making them essential to the economic prosperity of the New South.
Personal Commentary: In U.S. history I learned to respect Washington for his patience
With such a degrading issue. He was able to promote the more difficult route to respect because he cared enough for his people to truly advocate the most effective response at all costs.



Category: Community
Citation: Howard, Jane. "In Search of the Good Family." The Language of Composition. Ed. Renee Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, Robin Aufses. Boston: Bedford St. Martin's, 2008. 283-288. Print.
Precis: In this insightful excerpt, Jane Howard advocates what truly makes up a good by giving numerous examples which she compares to tribes and their essence of family value, in order to assert the importance of wisely considering what makes a family more than just a relation of genetics.Personal Commentary: There is no such thing as a perfect family. Family cannot be perfect because we are not perfect. However the strongest families are those with great love, which thankfully, we are all capable of.

Category: GenderCitation: Cofer, Judith Ortiz. "The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria." The Language of Composition. Ed. Renee Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, Robin Aufses. Boston: Bedford St. Martin's, 2008. 370-375. Print.Precis: In this disclaiming essay, Judith Cofer recommends that mixed cultural signals precipitate stereotypes, which she provides evidence of using an anecdote revealing her own experiences with others making false accusations about what kind of person she is in order to emphasize the common misconceptions people have about others based on subconscious judgments. Personal Commentary: Coppell thankfully does not have a very bad racism problem, and students have been educated to refrain from ignorant bigotry for the most part. But Coppell stands alone amongst many other towns and cities that harbor so much more prejudice and hatred. The problem is that many Coppell students will probably ever understand how much of an issue it is until they are adults and have witnessed it.





Category: Language
Citation: Berkowitz, Peter. McFaul, Michael. "Studying Islam, Strengthening the Nation." The Language of Composition. Ed. Renee Shea, Lawerence Scanlon, Robin Aufses. Boston: Bedford St. Martin's, 2008. 559-561. Print.
Precis: In this fervent essay, Peter Berkowitz and Michael McFaul demand that the lack of focus on the Middle Eastern countries is an educational problem as well as a threat to America's national security by utilizing research from previous events regarding the United States and other countries and how America's national security has been and could be threatened in order to emphasize the crucial role of educating Americans about how to spread liberty to those countries who need it urgently, specifically in middle eastern region. Personal Commentary: Knowledge of this subject is greatly needed; as many teenagers tend to vocate what they hear their parents stay instead of gathering information by themselves.

catagory: popular culture

Citation:Shea, Renée Hausmann, Lawrence Scanlon, and Robin Dissin Aufses. "POPULAR CULTURE." The language of composition: reading, writing and rhetoric. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008. 723. Print.

Précis:In this cognizant essay Brent Staples asserts that countries, specifically America, attempt to censor issues from the society to keep from being questioned or blameworthy by referencing the Hollywood's remake of the Japanese movie Gojira, and censored out its emotional message about the bombing.
Personal Commentary:

Censorship is a widely disputed idea, because it is often misused such as in this case. Censoship is intended to protect society, however it is often used for simply hiding truth.


Category: science

citation: Eiseley, Loren. "The Bird and the Machine." The Language of Composition . Ed. Renee Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, Robin Aufses, Boston: Bedford St. Martins, 2008. 601-608. Print.







Precis: In this lauding essay Loren Eiseley claims that the nature’s natural mechanisms will never be surpassed by modern machineries by depicting his thoughts on an imaginary morning and introducing his discovery of nature along with information about the progress of the development of technology.







Personal Commentary: the essay is easy to follow and presents a unique argument to a highly technological world.

Category: politics

citation: Woolf, Virginia. "Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid." The Language of Composition . Ed. Renee Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, Robin Aufses, Boston: Bedford St. Martins, 2008. 935-939. Print.







Precis:In this urgent essay Virginia Woolf claims that people all over the world would favor peace if they took the time relax and think through the war fares by using imagery of war scenes, providing logical reasoning, establishing credibility with famous quotes, and encouraging the audience to think about human rights.







Personal Commentary: This essay had the most imagery than any other I have read.



Category: nature



citation: Oates, Joyce Carol. "Against Nature." The Language of Composition . Ed. Renee Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, Robin Aufses, Boston: Bedford St. Martins, 2008. 840-847 Print.







Precis: In this descriptive essay Joyce Carol Oates insists that nature should not be considered a threat nor a comfort; human beings create the emotional connections in their heads, by using allusion connecting to famous passages and quotes and by utilizing abundant imagery, metaphors, and personal anecdotes which describe the author's own feelings about nature and then her reasoning.







Personal Commentary: I find this to be a skeptical over opinionated essay about something that a person simply has no connection with therefor considers it meaningless. Not very credible.