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From its well-chosen essays to its thorough editorial apparatus to its distinctive organization,TheCompact Readerprovides the fundamental support students need to become confident writers. The innovative dual organization -- rhetorical and thematic -- introduces essential strategies of writing while engaging students with brief readings on captivating topics. For instructors who want a concise, affordable, effective resource for teaching the connection between form and content,The CompactReaderis the perfect choice.
JANE E. AARON is a professional writer and editor as well as an experienced teacher. She is the author of the Little, Brown Handbook and co-editor of the best-selling Bedford Reader (Bedford/St. Martin's). She has served as consultant, editor, or writer on more than a dozen other textbooks for the first-year composition course.
ELLEN KUHL REPETTO (M.A., University of Massachusetts Boston) is a freelance editor and writer who has contributed to more than twenty composition readers, handbooks, and rhetorics. She is the author of The Bedford/St. Martin's Textbook Reader (2003), Readings for Discoveries: A Collection of Short Essays (2006), and Hope over Hardship: A History of the Boston Home, 1881 - 2006 (2007).
Getting Started Forming a Thesis Organizing Drafting
Grace Patterson, First Draft (student essay)
Reading Your Own Work Critically Looking at the Whole Draft Using a Revision Checklis
Grace Patterson, Revised Draft (student essay)
Making Sentences Clear and Effective *Clarity Choosing Clear and Effective Words Grace Patterson, A Rock and a Hard Place *Brant Ward, Shelter (photograph)
PART TWO: SHORT ESSAYS BY METHOD AND THEME
5 NARRATION: Recalling Childhood
Reading Narration Analyzing Narration in Paragraphs
Michael Ondaatje, from Running in the Family *Donald Hall, from Unpacking the Boxes Developing a Narrative Essay A Note on Thematic Connections Annie Dillard, The Chase Langston Hughes, Salvation Kaela Hobby-Reichstein, Learning Race (student essay) Writing with the Method Writing About the Theme
6 DESCRIPTION: *Experiencing New Places
Reading Description Analyzing Description in Paragraphs *Helene Cooper, from The House at Sugar Beach *Matthew Power, from “The Magic Mountain” Developing a Descriptive Essay A Note on Thematic Connections Marta K. Taylor, Desert Dance (student essay) *Amanda Fields, Cairo Tunnel *William Least Heat-Moon, Starrucca Viaduct Writing with the Method Writing About the Theme
7 EXAMPLE: Using Language
Reading Examples Analyzing Examples in Paragraphs Deborah Tannen, from Talking from 9 to 5
William Lutz, from Doublespeak Developing an Essay by Example A Note on Thematic Connections Kim Kessler, Blah Blah Blah (student essay)
*Anita Jain, A Nameless Respect
Perri Klass, She's Your Basic L.O.L. in N.A.D. Writing with the Method Writing About the Theme
8 DIVISION OR ANALYSIS: Looking at Popular Culture
Reading Division or Analysis Analyzing Division or Analysis in Paragraphs Jon Pareles, from “Gather No Moss, Take No Prisoners, but Be Cool” Luci Tapahanso, from Sign Language Developing an Essay by Division or Analysis A Note on Thematic Connections Dave Barry, Humvee Satisfies a Man's Lust for Winches *Andrew Warren III, Paying Off the Interest: The Success of Merchandise and Consumer Sentiment (student essay) Thomas de Zengotita, American Idol Worship Writing with the Method Writing About the Theme
9 CLASSIFICATION: *Sorting Friends and Neighbors
Reading Classification Analyzing Classification in Paragraphs *Nelson George, from “Strangers on His Street” *Kevin Roose, from The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University Developing an Essay by Classification A Note on Thematic Connections *Brandon Griggs, The 12 Most Annoying Types of Facebookers Jonathan R. Gould, The People Next Door (student essay) Marion Winik, What Are Friends For? Writing with the Method Writing About the Theme
10 PROCESS ANALYSIS: *Eating Well
Reading Process Analysis Analyzing Processes in Paragraphs *L. Rust Hill, from “How to Eat an Ice Cream Cone” Jane E. Brody, from Jane Brody's Nutrition Book Developing an Essay by Process Analysis A Note on Thematic Connections *Glenn Erikson, How to Survive at Chuck E. Cheese (student essay) *Lars Eighner, Dumpster Diving *Barbara Kingsolver, Stalking the Vegetannual Writing with the Method Writing About the Theme
11 COMPARISON AND CONTRAST: Evaluating Stereotypes
Reading Comparison and Contrast Analyzing Comparison and Contrast in Paragraphs Michael Dorris, from “Noble Savages? We'll Drink to That” Julia Álvarez, from “A White Woman of Color” Developing an Essay by Comparison and Contrast A Note on Thematic Connections Leanita McClain, The Middle-Class Black's Burden Cheryl Peck, Fatso Alaina Wong, China Doll (student essay) Writing with the Method Writing About the Theme
12 DEFINITION: Clarifying Family Relationships
Reading Definition Analyzing Definition in Paragraphs Firoozeh Dumas, from Funny in Farsi *Sandra Cisneros, from “Only Daughter” Developing an Essay by Definition A Note on Thematic Connections *Ashley Rhodes, Fatherhood Is Essential (student essay) Judy Brady, I Want a Wife Andrew Sullivan, The “M-Word”: Why It Matters to Me Writing with the Method Writing About the Theme
13 CAUSE-AND-EFFECT ANALYSIS: Understanding Markets and Consumers
Reading Cause-and-Effect Analysis Analyzing Causes and Effects in Paragraphs Barbara Ehrenreich, from Nickle and Dimed *Pico Iyer, from “The Joy of Less” Developing an Essay by Cause-and-Effect Analysis A Note on Thematic Connections Stephanie Alaimo and Mark Koester, The Backdraft of Technology (student essay) *Dana Thomas, The Fake Trade *Charlie Le Duff, End of the Line Writing with the Method Writing About the Theme
14 ARGUMENT AND PERSUASION: Debating Law and Order
Reading Argument and Persuasion Analyzing Argument and Persuasion in Paragraphs *Jenny Price, from “Gun Violence at UC Irvine” Martin Luther King Jr., from “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Developing an Argumentative and Persuasive Essay A Note on Thematic Connections Anna Quindlen, The C Word In the Hallways *Linda Chavez, Redefining the Problem Won't Make It Go Away *Charlie Spence, Sixteen (student essay) ] Ira Glasser, Drug Busts = Jim Crow ] James R. McDonough, Critics Scapegoat the Antidrug Laws Writing with the Method Writing About the Theme
APPENDIX: WORKING WITH SOURCES Writing about Readings Using Research to Support a Thesis Synthesizing Source Material Avoiding Plagiarism Documenting Sources in MLA Style Sample Documented Essay Tae Andrews, Urban Neanderthals: The Damaging Effects of Media Stereotypes on Young African American Males (student essay)