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xxii • Preface containing useful thematic and biographical information, as well as clues to writing strategies. Each is followed by a series of review questions, "Thinking Critically," covering both thematic and rhetorical strategies as well as engaging writing assign- ments and other exercises. Visuals Recognizing the importance of visual communication, the 13th edition of Explor- ing Language includes updated visuals. In addition to the nine photographic chap- ter openers, we have added cartoons, print ads, comic strips, posters, sign language charts, photographs, and more. Following each visual are "Thinking Critically" questions, directing students to analyze the "language" of the images-the messages and commentary projected from the designs and layouts. Each chapter includes an editorial cartoon designed to connect to a current issue as well as the chapter's theme. Instructor's Manual The Instructor's Manual, which is available to adopters, includes suggested responses to selected questions in the text. The Instructor's Manual also identifies questions that are particularly good for in-class discussion or collaborative student work and provides recommendations for additional online research. Acknowledgments Many people behind the scenes are, at the very least, deserving of thanks and acknowledgment for their help with this 13th edition. It is impossible to thank all of them, but there are some for whose help I am particularly grateful. I would like, first, to thank those instructors who answered lengthy questionnaires on the effectiveness of the essays and supplied many helpful comments and sugges- tions: Wendy Crawford, Camden County College; Miriam Gershow, University of Oregon; Philip Hu, Cerritos College ; Martin W. Sharp, Rowan University ; Judith Stanley, Alverno College; Lori White, Los Angeles Pierce College. To all the instructors and students who have used Exploring Language over the past 12 edi- tions, I am very grateful. A very special thanks to Kathryn Goodfellow for her enormous assistance in locating material, writing the apparatus, and putting together the Instructor's Man- ual under tight deadlines. My thanks also to Amy Trumbull for her help in securing permissions for the text. Finally to the people of Longman publishers, especially my editor Suzanne Phelps Chambers and her assistant Laney Whitt, and my devel- opmental editor Anne Leung, thank you for your continuing support, understand- ing, and enthusiasm throughout the production process of this edition. -Gary Goshgarian Introduction: Thinking and Reading Critically What Is Critical Thinking? Whenever you read a magazine article, newspaper editorial, or a piece of advertis- ing and find yourself questioning the claims of the authors, you are exercising the basics of critical thinking. Instead of taking what you read at face value, you look beneath the surface of words and think about their meaning and significance. And you ask the authors questions such as: • What did you mean by that?
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