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By Gary Colombo, Robert Cullen, Bonnie Lisle

Rereading the USA is still the main greatly followed ebook of its type due to its new angle to the problem of cultural variety. not like different multicultural composition readers that accept representing the plurality of yankee voices and cultures, Rereading the USA encourages scholars to grapple with the true transformations in views that come up in our advanced society. With wide editorial gear that places readings from the mainstream into dialog with readings from the margins, Rereading the US provokes scholars to discover the rules and contradictions of our dominant cultural myths. The print textual content is now built-in with e-Pages for Rereading the USA, designed to exploit what the net can do.

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The Visual Portfolio in each chapter, while it maintains our focus on myths, also carries you beyond the medium of print and thus lets you practice your analytic skills in a different arena. Although we are all surrounded by visual stimuli, we don’t always think critically about what we see. Perhaps we are numbed by constant exposure to a barrage of images on TV, in magazines and newspapers, in video games and films. In any case, here are a few tips on how to get the most out of the images we have collected for this book.

Cultural myths become so closely identified with our personal beliefs that rereading them actually means rereading ourselves, rethinking the way we see the world. Questioning long-held assumptions can be an exhilarating experience, but it can be distressing too. Thus you may find certain selections in Rereading America difficult, controversial, or even downright offensive. They are meant to challenge you and to provoke classroom debate. indd 7 Achorn International 03/07/2013 11:04AM T h i n k i n g C r i t i c a l ly, C h a l l e n g i n g C u lt u r a l M y t h s topics and because they both involve institutions — families and schools — that are surrounded by a rich legacy of cultural ­stories and myths.

Some students find it helpful to keep a double-entry journal, writing initial responses on the left side of the page and adding later reflections and reconsiderations on the right. You may want to use your journal as a place to explore personal reactions to your reading. You can do this by writing out imaginary dialogues — between two writers who address the same subject, between yourself and the writer of the selection, or between two parts of yourself. You can use the journal as a place to rewrite passages from a poem or essay in your own voice and from your own point of view.

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