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Canadian Content, 7th Edition

By Sarah Norton, Nell Waldman
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496 pages
ISBN-10: 0176503625
ISBN-13: 9780176503628
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 7th

Canadian Content has a long history as one of Canada’s leading composition readers and is known as the respected standard in the market. This book is designed to develop the reading, analytical, and writing skills of post-secondary students who are studying composition for practical purposes: they need to write academic papers now, and they will need to write professional prose in the workplace. Unlike its competitors, Canadian Content arranges the readings within each unit in ascending order of difficulty, so instructors can easily identify readings appropriate to their students' skill levels. All of the pieces are well written, relevant to student interests, and engaging. Some are humorous, some are serious, and a few are provocative. Two-thirds of the readings are by Canadian writers, and many touch on the experience of being Canadian. These essays range across the Canadian geographical, cultural, and demographic maps. Each reading is preceded by a short biographical note and followed by contextual definitions of unusual words and phrases and by two sets of analytical questions: the first set ("Structure and Strategy") leads students to an understanding of the essay's structure and style; the second set ("Content and Purpose") leads them to a deeper understanding of the essay's meaning. These questions can be used to guide class discussion, small-group work, or independent analysis. In addition to the 63 readings, Canadian Content includes instruction on reading and writing to be understood, and instruction in seven rhetorical modes as well as additional essays that combine modes.


  • *NEW* A brand new unit devoted to contemporary Canadian fiction
  • *NEW* New sample student papers documented in both MLA and APA styles
  • *NEW* Expanded discussions of documentation and research
  • *NEW* Revised introductory sections – "How to Read with Understanding" and "How to Write to be Understood"
  • *NEW* With suggestions taken directly from student feedback, the readings have been updated to include current events and topics relevant to modern students
  • Very strong instructor's resources, including a NETA Instructor's Manual. NETA, the Nelson Education Teaching Advantage program delivers research-based instructor resources that promote student engagement and higher-order thinking to enable the success of Canadian students and educators.
  • Revised PowerPoint slides for three introductory sessions
  • InfoTrac® is a powerful online learning resource consisting of thousands of full-text articles from hundreds of journals and periodicals. By doing a simple keyword search, students quickly generate a list of relevant full-text articles from thousands of possibilities. InfoTrac®'s continually updated collection of articles can be useful for doing reading and writing assignments that reach beyond the pages of this text. Students who purchase a new copy of this text will receive free access to InfoTrac® College Edition for a four month term.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • To the Instructor
  • Introduction
  • How to Read with Understanding
  • How to Write to Be Understood
  • How to Write a Documented Essay
  • Sample Essay Presented in APA Style: Jessica Marlowe, ?What Makes You Happy??
  • Unit One: Two Basic Strategies: Narration and Description
  • Narration: What, Why, and How?
  • Description: What, Why, and How?
  • Model Essay: ?A Cultural Exchange?
  • Hal Niedzviecki, ?Facebook in a Crowd?
  • Russell Wangersky, ?Clinging to The Rock?
  • Dave Bidini, ?Mongolian Invasions?
  • Tommy Akulukjuk, ?My Father and the Baby Seal?
  • Ryan Van Meter, ?First?
  • Charles Montgomery, ?Me Want More Square Footage!?
  • Lorna Crozier, ?What Stays in the Family?
  • Michael Ignatieff, ?Deficits?
  • Additional Suggestions for Writing: Narration and Description
  • Unit Two: Example
  • Example: What, Why, and How?
  • Model Essay: ?A Manner of Speaking?
  • Angela Long, ?I Believe in Deviled Eggs?
  • Margaret Wente, ?The Way We Live Now?
  • Noreen Shanahan, ?My Life as a Cleaner?
  • Claudia Casper, ?Victory?
  • Pat Capponi, ?Dispatches from the Poverty Line?
  • Wade Davis, ?The End of the Wild?
  • Eva Hoffman, ?Lost in Translation?
  • Additional Suggestions for Writing: Example
  • Unit Three: Process Analysis
  • Process Analysis: What, Why, and How?
  • Model Essay: ?Metamorphosis?
  • Sarah Walker, ?How to Perform a Tracheotomy?
  • Richard Poplak, ?Loaves and Wishes?
  • Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, ?Dear Dad?
  • Paul Quarrington, ?Home Ice?
  • Judy Stoffman, ?The Way of All Flesh: The Worm Is at Work in Us All?
  • Jill Frayne, ?Struck by Lightning?
  • Additional Suggestions for Writing: Process Analysis
  • Unit Four: Classification and Division
  • Classification and Division: What, Why, and How?
  • Model Essay: ?Listen Up?
  • Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama, ?Many Faiths, One Truth?
  • Dennis Dermody, ?Sit Down and Shut Up or Don?t Sit by Me?
  • David Bodanis, ?Toothpaste?
  • Judy Brady, ?Why I Want a Wife?
  • Nick Mamatas, ?The Term Paper Artist?
  • Bertrand Russell, ?What I Have Lived For?
  • Additional Suggestions for Writing: Classification and Division
  • Unit Five: Comparison and Contrast
  • Comparison and Contrast: What, Why, and How?
  • Model Essay: ?She Said, He Said?
  • Richard Lederer, ?Writing Is. . . .?
  • Gary Stephen Ross, ?The Blue Boy?
  • Robert Patterson and Charles Weijer, ?D?oh! An Analysis of the Medical Care Provided to the Family of Homer J. Simpson?
  • Germaine Greer, ?Ottawa vs. New York?
  • Kamal Al-Solaylee, ?From Bikinis to Burkas?
  • Shaun Pett, ?The Happiness Project?
  • Tomson Highway, ?Why Cree Is the Funniest of All Languages?
  • Alan R. Wilson, ?Good Seeing?
  • Additional Suggestions for Writing: Comparison and Contrast
  • Unit Six: Causal Analysis
  • Causal Analysis: What, Why, and How?
  • Model Essay: ?The Trouble with Readers?
  • Gabor Mate, ?Embraced by the Needle?
  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb, ?Scaring Us Senseless?
  • Brent Staples, ?Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space?
  • David Beers, ?Grounded: Imagining a World without Flight?
  • Helena Cronin, ?The Evolution of Evolution?
  • Anwar F. Accawi, ?The Telephone?
  • Additional Suggestions for Writing: Causal Analysis
  • Unit Seven: Definition
  • Definition: What, Why, and How?
  • Model Essay: ?Talking Pidgin?
  • Ken Wiwa, ?Nature or Nurture?What?s the Real Test of `Home???
  • Lawrence Hill, ?Don?t Call Me That Word?
  • Denise Chong, ?Being Canadian?
  • Ian Brown, ?Other Meanings, Below the Surface Level?Remember That? Anybody??
  • Mark Kingwell, ?The Thief, The Thinker, and His Identity?
  • June Callwood, ?Forgiveness?
  • Additional Suggestions for Writing: Definition
  • Unit Eight: Argument and Persuasion
  • Argument and Persuasion: What, Why, and How?
  • Model Essay: ?Why Good Writing Makes You Sexy?
  • Thea Lim, ?Take Back Halloween?
  • Max Fawcett, ?Google Never Forgets: A Cautionary Tale?
  • Margaret Wente, ?The New Heavyweights of the Workplace?
  • Neil Brooks, ?Why I Like to Pay My Taxes?
  • Jill McCorkle, ?Cuss Time?
  • Daniel Francis, ?The Potemkin Province?
  • Jon Evans, ?What?s Wrong with Africa?
  • Jane Rule, ?The Harvest, the Kill?
  • Michael Ignatieff, ?Immigration: The Hate Stops Here?
  • Additional Suggestions for Writing: Argument and Persuasion
  • Unit Nine: Fiction
  • Introduction
  • Ivan E. Coyote, ?She Comes Home a Moth?
  • Madeleine Thien, ?Simple Recipes?
  • Alissa York, ?The Back of the Bear?s Mouth?
  • Amber Hayward, ?Shelterbelt?
  • David Bezmozgis, ?Tapka?
  • Roger Burford-Mason, ?Treading Water?
  • Tilya Gallay Helfield, ?Stars?
  • Jennifer Stone, ?Prerequisites for Sleep?
  • Alistair MacLeod, ?As Birds Bring Forth the Sun?
  • Appendix A
  • Sample Essay Presented in MLA Style: Jessica Marlowe, ?What Makes You Happy??
  • Glossary
  • Author Index