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THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell, authors with thirty years of experience teaching college writing, know what works in the classroom and have a knack for picking just the right readings. In Patterns for College Writing, they provide students with exemplary rhetorical models and instructors with class-tested selections that balance classic and contemporary essays. Along with more examples of student writing than any other reader, Patterns has the most comprehensive coverage of active reading, research, and the writing process, with a five-chapter mini-rhetoric; the clearest explanations of the patterns of development; the most thorough apparatus of any rhetorical reader; and the most comprehensive coverage of argumentative writing—all reasons why Patterns for College Writing is the best-selling reader in the country. And the new edition includes exciting new readings, images, and debate and casebook topics. Patterns is now available as a Bedford e-Book to Go and in a variety of formats that can be downloaded to a computer, tablet, or e-reader. And now with the new edition, you can meet students where they are: online. Our newest set of online materials, LaunchPad Solo, provides all the key tools and course-specific content that you need to teach your class. Get all our great course-specific materials in one fully customizable space online; then assign and mix our resources with yours. To package LaunchPad Solo free with Patterns for College Writing, use ISBN 978-1-319-01312-7.
During their long collaboration, Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell have written a number of best-selling college texts for Bedford/St. Martin's, including Patterns for College Writing, Foundations First, Writing First, Focus on Writing, and, most recently, Practical Argument.Laurie Kirszner is a Professor of English, Emeritus at the University of the Sciences, where she has taught composition, literature, creative writing, and scientific writing, and served as coordinator of the first-year writing program. Stephen Mandell is a Professor of English at Drexel University, where he founded and directed the basic writing program and has taught composition, literature, speech, and technical and business writing.
Table of Contents
PrefaceThematic Guide to the Contents Introduction: How to Use This Book Henry Louis Gates Jr., "What’s in a Name?" Responding to an Essay PART ONE:THE WRITING PROCESS1 Reading to Write: Becoming a Critical Reader Understanding Critical ReadingTutorials > Critical Reading > Active reading strategies Brent Staples, Cutting and Pasting: A Senior Thesis by (Insert Name) Zev Chafets, Let Steroids into the Hall of FameBrent Staples, Cutting and Pasting: A Senior Thesis by (Insert Name) (with sample annotations)LearningCurve > Critical Reading > Topic Sentences and Supporting Details> Topics and Main IdeasTutorials > Critical Reading > Reading visuals: Purpose> Reading visuals: Audience 2 InventionUnderstanding Your 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 Laura Bobnak, The Price of Silence(Student Essay) 5 Editing and Proofreading Editing for Grammar Editing for Punctuation LearningCurve > Commas> Fragments> Run-ons and comma splices> Active and passive voice> Appropriate language> Subject-verb agreementEditing for Sentence Style and Word Choice Proofreading Your Essay Checking Your Paper’s Format Part Two:Readings for Writers6 Narration What Is Narration? Using Narration Planning a Narrative Essay Developing a Thesis StatementIncluding Enough DetailVarying Sentence StructureMaintaining Clear Narrative OrderStructuring a Narrative Essay Revising a Narrative Essay REVISION CHECKLIST: Narration Editing a Narrative Essay GRAMMAR IN CONTEXT:Avoiding Run-ons EDITING CHECKLIST: Narration A Student Writer: Narration Tiffany Forte, My Field of Dreams (Student Essay)Points for Special AttentionFocus on RevisionA Student Writer:Literacy Narrative *Erica Sarno, Becoming a Writer (Student Essay)Points for Special AttentionFocus on RevisionPEER EDITING WORKSHEET: Narration Visual Text: Marjane Satrapi, From Persepolis II(Graphic Fiction) *Junot Díaz, The Money*Alan Dean Foster, Living with FireBonnie Smith-Yackel, My Mother Never WorkedMartin Gansberg, Thirty-Eight Who Saw Murder Didn’t Call the Police George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant Sherman Alexie, Indian Education (Fiction)Writing Assignments for NarrationCollaborative Activity for Narration [N.B. Chapters 7-15 follow the same structure as Chapter 6; subheadings have been omitted for brevity.] 7 Description Mallory Cogan, My Grandfather’s Globe(Student Essay)Mary Lim,The Valley of Windmills(Student Essay)*Visual Text: Ansel Adams, Jeffrey Pine--Sentinel Dome (Photograph) E-readings > Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring [painting]*Bich Minh Nguyen, Goodbye to My Twinkie DaysSuzanne Berne, Ground Zero Ann Hodgman, No Wonder They Call Me a BitchHeather Rogers, The Hidden Life of GarbageE. B. White, Once More to the Lake Kate Chopin, The Storm (Fiction) 8 Exemplification Kristy Bredin, Job Application Letter (Student Essay) Grace Ku, Midnight (Student Essay)*Visual Texts: Four Tattoos: Charles Thatcher, "Alisha, Loretta,"; Carrie Williams, "Positive Outlook"; Anthony Bradshaw, "Bar Code"; Oscar Sanchez, "Dragon" (Photos) E-readings > Kerri MacDonald and Jonathan Blaustein, Food for a Dollar [essay with photographs]*Farhad Manjoo,No, I Do Not Want to Pet Your DogJudith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named MariaBrent Staples, Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space Deborah L. Rhode, Why Looks Are the Last Bastion of Discrimination *Maia Szalavitz, Ten Ways We Get the Odds WrongJamaica Kincaid, Girl (Fiction) 9 Process Eric McGlade, The Search (Student Essay) Melany Hunt, Medium Ash Brown(Student Essay)*Visual Text:Piranha Plastics, What Happens to Plastic that is Recycled by Us? (Infographic)E-readings > Wired, Making a Mint [video]Malcolm X, My First Conk Stanley Fish, Getting Coffee Is Hard to Do*Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht, How to Retrieve a Candy Bar Stuck in the Lunchroom Vending MachineArthur Miller, Get It Right: Privatize ExecutionsJessica Mitford, The Embalming of Mr. Jones Shirley Jackson, The Lottery (Fiction) 10 Cause and EffectEvelyn Pellicane, The Irish Famine, 1845–1849 (Student Essay)*Visual Text:Jeffrey Coolidge, Rube Goldberg Machine (Photo)Norman Cousins, Who Killed Benny Paret?*Maggie Koerth-Baker, Why Rational People Buy into Conspiracy TheoriesLawrence Otis Graham, The "Black Table" Is Still ThereLinda M. Hasselstrom, A Peaceful Woman Explains Why She Carries a Gun*Max Brooks, The Movies that Rose from the GraveJanice Mirikitani, Suicide Note (Poetry) 11 Comparison and Contrast Mark Cotharn, Brains versus Brawn(Student Essay)Maria Tecson, A Comparison of Two Web Sites on Attention Deficit Disorder (Student Essay)Visual Texts: Auguste Rodin, The Kiss, and Robert Indiana, LOVE (Sculptures)Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts*Pamela Haag, Your Social Life: Are You a Fox or a Hedgehog?*Juan Williams, Songs of the Summer of 1963 . . . and 2013Amy Chua, Why Chinese Mothers Are SuperiorEllen Laird, I’m Your Teacher, Not Your Internet-Service Provider Deborah Tannen, Sex, Lies, and ConversationGwendolyn Brooks, Sadie and Maud (Poetry) 12 Classification and Division Josie Martinez, What I Learned (and Didn’t Learn) in College (Student Essay)Visual Text: Ellis Island Immigration Museum/NPS, Key to Chalk Marks Designating Medical Conditions of Immigrants, Ellis Island (Chart) E-readings > Wired, What’s Inside a Cup of Coffee [classification video]> Voxy, What Languages are the Hardest to Learn? [division infographic]William Zinsser, College Pressures Carolyn Foster Segal, The Dog Ate My Flash Drive, and Other Tales of WoeAmy Tan, Mother TongueStephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie Billy Collins, Aristotle (Poetry) 13 Definition Ajoy Mahtab, The Untouchable (Student Essay)Visual Text:U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Census 2010 Form (Questionnaire)Judy Brady, I Want a WifeJosé Antonio Burciaga, Tortillas*Anna Quindlen, HomelessGayle Rosenwald Smith, The Wife-BeaterAmanda Brown, Love and Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape (Fiction) 14 Argumentation Matt Daniels, An Argument against the Anna Todd Jennings Scholarship (Student Essay)Marta Ramos, An Argument against Study Drugs (Student Essay)Visual Text: American Civil Liberties Union, Thanks to Modern Science . . . (Ad) E-readings > Dear Motorist, Dear Motorist: Pledge to Share the Road [video] Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, Seneca Falls Convention, 1848Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail *DEBATE: "Is the Student Loan Crisis a Myth?" *Nicole Allan and Derek Thompson, The Myth of the Student-Loan Crisis (Infographic)*Chris Lewis and Layla Zaidane, Here’s Your Crisis: Student Loan Debt Isn’t A Myth (Infographic)DEBATE: Should American Citizenship Be a Birthright? Linda Chavez, The Case for Birthright CitizenshipGeorge F. Will, An Argument to Be Made about Immigrant Babies and Citizenship *CASEBOOK: "Is Football Too Dangerous?" *Don Banks, What Price Football?*Nina Burleigh, Would Football without Concussions Still Be Football?*Jeb Golinkin, Why Parents Should Let Their Kids Play Dangerous Sports*Daniel J. Flynn, Football Does a Body Good. Nannyism Doesn’t.*CASEBOOK: Should Guns Be Allowed On College Campuses? *David Skorton and Glenn Altschuler, Do We Really Need More Guns on Campus?*Students for Gun-Free Schools, Why Our Campuses Are Safer without Concealed Handguns*Students for Concealed Carry, Why Our Campuses are NOT Safer without Concealed Handguns*Timothy Wheeler, There's a Reason They Choose Schools 15 Combining the Patterns Michael Huu Truong, The Park (Student Essay)Lars Eighner, On Dumpster Diving*Dana Stevens, Your Flip-Flops Are Grossing Me Out David Kirby, Inked Well Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal PART THREE:Working with Sources16 Finding and Evaluating Sources Finding Information in the Library Finding Information on the Internet Evaluating SourcesTutorials > Digital Writing > Online Research Tools 17 Integrating Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism Paraphrasing Summarizing Quoting Integrating Source Material into Your Writing Synthesizing Avoiding Plagiarism Tutorials > Documentation and Working with Sources > Do I need to cite that? 18 Documenting Sources: MLA Parenthetical References in the Text The Works-Cited List Philip Lau, The Limitations of Wikipedia (Student Essay in MLA Style)LearningCurve > Working with Sources (MLA)Tutorials > Documentation and Working with Sources > How to Cite a Book in MLA Style> How to Cite an Article in MLA StyleTutorials > Documentation and Working with Sources > How to Cite a Web Site in MLA StyleTutorials > Documentation and Working with Sources > How to Cite a Database in MLA Style Appendix: Documenting Sources: APA Using Parenthetical References Examples of APA Citations Philip Lau, The Limitations of Wikipedia (Student Essay in APA Style)LearningCurve > Working with Sources (APA) Tutorials > Documentation and Working with Sources > How to Cite a Web Site in APA StyleTutorials > Documentation and Working with Sources > How to Cite a Database in APA Style Glossary Index