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Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell, best-selling authors and experienced teachers, know what works in the classroom. They have a knack for picking just the right readings. InPatterns for College Writing,they provide students with exemplary rhetorical models and instructors with class-tested selections. The readings are a balance of classic and contemporary essays by writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Deborah Tannen, E. B. White, and Henry Louis Gates Jr. And with more examples of student writing than any other reader,Patternshas always been an exceptional resource for students.Patternsalso has the most comprehensive coverage of the writing process in a rhetorical reader with a five-chapter mini-rhetoric; the clearest explanations of the patterns of development; and the most thorough support for students of any rhetorical reader. With loads of exciting new readings and updated coverage of working with sources,Patterns for College Writinghelps students as no other book does. There's a reason it is the best-selling reader in the country.
During their more than 25-year collaboration, LAURIE KIRSZNER and STEPHEN MANDELL have produced a number of best-selling college texts for Bedford/St. Martin’s, including Foundations First: Sentences and Paragraphs (2005), Writing First: Practice in Context (2006), and Patterns for College Writing (2007). Laurie Kirszner teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Stephen Mandell is the founder and former director of the basic writing program at Drexel University, where he teaches composition, literature, and technical and business writing.
Table of Contents
Preface Thematic Guide to the Contents 1 Reading to Write: How to Use This Book Reading Critically Reading Actively Highlighting and Annotating Reading the Essays in this Book Henry Louis Gates Jr., "What's in a Name?" Responding to an EssayPart I: The Writing Process 2 Invention Understanding the Assignment Setting Limits Moving from Subject to Topic Finding Something to Say Grouping Ideas Understanding Thesis and Support Developing A Thesis 3 Arrangement Recognizing a Pattern Understanding the Parts of the Essay Constructing a Formal Outline 4 Drafting and Revising Writing Your First Draft Revising Your Essay Points for Special Attention: First Draft Points for Special Attention: Second Draft 5 Editing and Proofreading Editing for Grammar Editing for Punctuation Editing for Sentence Style and Word Choice Proofreading your Paper Manuscript Format Part II. Readings for Writers 6 Narration What is Narration?Using NarrationPlanning a Narrative EssayStructuring a Narrative EssayRevising a Narrative EssayEditing a Narrative Essay*Visual Text: Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis 2Sandra Cisneros, Only Daughter*Gary Shteyngart, Sixty-Nine CentsMaya Angelou, Finishing SchoolBonnie Smith-Yackel, My Mother Never Worked Martin Gansberg, Thirty-Eight Who Saw Murder Didn’t Call the PoliceGeorge Orwell, Shooting an ElephantSherman Alexie, Indian Education (Fiction) 7 Description What is Description?Using DescriptionPlanning a Descriptive EssayStructuring a Descriptive EssayRevising a Descriptive Essay*Visual Text: C. M. Coolidge, Dogs Playing Poker*Dorothy Allison, Panacea Suzanne Berne, Ground ZeroLeah Hager Cohen, Words Left Unspoken *Heather Rogers, The Hidden Life of GarbageE. B. White,Once More to the LakeKate Chopin, The Storm (Fiction) 8 Exemplification What is Exemplification?Using ExemplificationPlanning an Exemplification EssayStructuring an Exemplification EssayRevising an Exemplification EssayEditing an Exemplification EssayVisual Texts: Four Tattoos (Photos): Alex Williams, "Lisa Karen," Joel Gordon, "Rose," Bob Daemmrich, "Jiminy Cricket," Charles Gatewood, "Body Art"Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull,The Peter PrincipleDavid J. Birnbaum, The Catbird Seat *Maggie Gallagher, Why Marriage Is Good for YouBrent Staples, Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space*Cullen Murphy, Fatwa CityJonathan Kozol, The Human Cost of an Illiterate SocietyGrace Paley, Samuel (Fiction) 9 Process What is Process?Using ProcessPlanning a Process EssayStructuring a Process EssayRevising a Process EssayEditing a Process EssayVisual Text: Nigel Holmes, How to Change a Tire (Illustration) Malcolm X, My First Conk*Stanley Fish, Getting Coffee Is Hard to Do Joshua Piven, David Borgenicht, and Jennifer Worick,How to Escape from a Bad DateArthur Miller, Get it Right: Privatize ExecutionsJessica Mitford, The Embalming of Mr. JonesShirley Jackson, The Lottery (Fiction) 10 Cause and Effect What is Cause and Effect?Using Cause and EffectPlanning a Cause-and-Effect EssayStructuring a Cause-and-Effect EssayRevising a Cause-and-Effect EssayEditing a Cause-and-Effect EssayVisual Text: Louis Requena, Major League Baseball Brawl (Photo) Norman Cousins, Who Killed Benny Paret?Lawrence Otis Graham, The "Black Table" Is Still There*Lillian B. Rubin, Guns and Grief Linda M. Hasselstrom,A Peaceful Woman Explains Why She Carries a GunRobin Lakoff, The Power of Words in Wartime *Alan Weisman, Earth without People Janice Mirikitani,Suicide Note (Poetry) 11 Comparison and Contrast What is Comparison and Contrast?Using Comparison and ContrastPlanning a Comparison-and-Contrast EssayStructuring a Comparison-and-Contrast EssayRevising a Comparison-and-Contrast EssayEditing a Comparison-and-Contrast EssayVisual Texts: Auguste Rodin, The Kiss and Robert Indiana, LOVE (Sculptures) Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee: A Study in ContrastsBharati Mukherjee, Two Ways to Belong in America*Ellen Laird, I’m Your Teacher, Not Your Internet Service ProviderJohn De Graaf, David Wann and Thomas H. Naylor, Swollen Expectations*Alex Wright, Friending, Ancient or Otherwise Deborah Tannen, Sex, Lies, and ConversationGwendolyn Brooks, Sadie and Maud (Poetry) 12 Classification and Division What is Classification and Division?Using Classification and DivisionPlanning a Classification-and-Division EssayStructuring a Classification-and-Division EssayRevising a Classification-and-Division EssayEditing a Classification-and-Division EssayVisual Texts:Ellis Island Immigration Museum/NPS, Key to Chalk Marks Designating Medical Conditions of Immigrants, Ellis Island (Chart) William Zinsser, College PressuresCarolyn Foster Segal, The Dog Ate my Disk, and Other Tales of Woe Amy Tan, Mother TongueStephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie*Jonathan Koppell, On the Internet There’s No Place to Hide Edwin Brock,Five Ways to Kill a Man (Poetry) 13 Definition What is Definition?Using DefinitionPlanning a Definition EssayStructuring a Definition EssayRevising a Definition EssayEditing a Definition EssayVisual Text: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Census form (Questionnaire) José Antonio Burciaga, Tortillas*Meghan Daum, Fame-iness Judy Brady, Why I Want a WifeGayle Rosenwald Smith, The Wife-Beater*Roberto Santiago, Black and Latino Phillip Levine, What Work Is (Poetry) 14 Argumentation What is Argumentation?Understanding Argumentation and PersuasionPlanning an Argumentative EssayUsing Deductive and Inductive ArgumentsStructuring an Argumentative EssayRevising an Argumentative Essay Editing an Argumentative Essay Visual Text:American Civil Liberties Union, Thanks to Modern Science (Ad) Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of IndependenceElizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments and ResolutionsMartin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail*Debate: What Is a Hate Crime? *George Curry, Calling Nooses What They Are--Terrorism*Ellis Cose, Ignore the Noose Makers*Debate: How Big a Threat Is Global Warming? *Al Gore, The Time to Act Is Now *Daniel Botkin, Global Warming DelusionDebate: Is Wal-Mart good for America? Karen De Coster and Brad Edmonds, The Case for Wal-MartLiza Featherstone, Down and Out in Discount America*Casebook: How Open Should Our Borders Be? *Linda Chavez, American Dreams, Foreign Flags *Dianne Feinstein, Statement in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform * Herbert Meyer, Why Americans Hate This "Immigration" Debate * Patrick Buchanan, To Reunite a Nation *Casebook: Is There a Case for Torture? * Michael Levin, The Case for Torture * Alan M. Dershowitz, The Case for Torture Warrants * Cathy Young, How Much Torture Is OK? * John McCain, Torture’s Terrible Toll 15 Combining the Patterns Structuring an Essay by Combining the Patterns Combining the Patterns: Revising and EditingLars Eighner, On Dumpster Diving*Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria *David Kirby, Inked Well Jonathan Swift, A Modest ProposalAppendix: Using Research in your writing Step 1: Choosing A TopicStep 2: Testing Your TopicStep 3: Doing ResearchStep 4: Taking NotesStep 5: Watching Out for PlagiarismStep 6: Drafting a Thesis StatementStep 7: Making an OutlineStep 8: Writing Your PaperStep 9: Documenting Your SourcesSample Student Research Essay in MLA Style:Phillip Lau, TheLimitations of Wikipedia Glossary