Why bring pop culture into the composition classroom? Because it's something you know and can get passionate about. THE POP CULTURE ZONE: WRITING CRITICALLY ABOUT POPULAR CULTURE focuses on your relationship with pop culture--such as film, television, popular books, and advertisements--and how that relationship can help you become a more critical reader and writer. The authors of this book use pop culture as the bridge between your life and the critical reading, thinking, and writing that are part of freshman composition to help you learn the rules of formal writing as well as more familiar forms of persuasion. You'll learn to summarize your views effectively, listen to viewpoints that are different from your own, compare and contrast, and present ideas in a way that creates a continuing conversation of ideas.