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Widely adopted for George Miller#x19;s supportive voice and highly#xA0;reliable writing assignments, The Prentice Hall Readerbalances classic and contemporary essays, arranged in increasing level of difficulty in each chapter.#xA0; Extensive reading, writing, and research#xA0;instruction and an exceptionally comprehensive instructor manual #xA0;make this rhetorical reader an#xA0;effective#xA0;text for any writing program.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



How to Read an Essay


How to Write an Essay


How to Revise an Essay


Writers at Work


Chapter 1: Example

Ann Quindlen, “The Name is Mine”

Bob Greene, “Cut”

*Rick Reilly, “Getting a Second Wind”

Oscar Casares, “Ready for Some Futbol?”
Brock Read, “Can Wikipedia Ever Make the Grade?”

            Student: “Looking for Love”

            Literature: “Night”

            Critical Reading: “Language Instinct”

            Visual: “College Life”


Chapter 2: Narration

Langston Hughes, “Salvation”

*Firoozeh Dumas, “The Wedding”

Tom Haines, “Facing Famine”

Allison Perkins, “Mission Iraq”

Evan Hopkins, “Lockdown”

            Student: “Ruby Slippers”

            Literature: “Waiting”

            Critical Reading: “Blue Hen’s Chicks”

            *Visual: Will Eisner: “Tell a Story”


Chapter 3: Description

Debra Anne Davis, “A Pen to the Phone”

*Eric Liu, “Po-Po”

William Least Heat Moon, “Nameless Tennessee”

Terry Tempest Williams, “The Village Watchman”

Scott Russell Sanders, “The Inheritance of Tools”

            Student: “Natalie”

            Literature: “Traveling to Town”

            Critical Reading: “Bleak House-London”

            Visual: “Mulberry Street”


Chapter 4: Division and Classification

David Bodanis, “What’s in Your Toothpaste?”

*Thomas Goetz, “Does the Pleasure of Lighting Up Outweigh the Consequences”

Pico Iyer, “This Is Who I Am When No One is Looking”

Judith Ortiz Cofer, “The Myth of the Latin Woman”

Bernard R. Berelson, “The Value of Children”

Deborah Tannen, “But What Do You Mean?”

            Student: “Riding the Rails”

            Literature: “Child of the Americas”

            Critical Reading: “Classifying Sentences”

            *Visual: “Red Bull Cola”


Chapter 5: Comparison and Contrast

Alice Mathias, “The Facebook Generation”

William Zinsser, “The Transaction”

David Sedaris, “Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa”

Suzanne Britt, “Neat People vs. Sloppy People”

*Michael Pollan, “Cheap Corn: Alcohol and Corn Syrup”

Megham Daum, “Virtual Love”

            Student: “Minimizing the Guesswork”

            Literature: “Coca-Cola and Coco-Frio”

            Critical: “Oranges”

            *Visual: “Everything About Us Was Opposite”


Chapter 6: Process

Lars Eigher, “My Daily Dives in the Dumpster”

Nora Ephron, “Revision and Life”

*Daniela Werner, “Almost Time to Write. Almost Time…”

David Brooks, “The Culture of Martyrdom”

*Richard N. Bolles, “The Internet: The 10% Solution”

Jennifer Kahn, “Stripped for Parts”

            Student: “How to Play Dreidel”

            Literature: “Recipe”

            Critical: “Getting the Interview Edge”

            *Visual: “Tying a Necktie”


Chapter 7: Cause and Effect”

E.M. Forster, “My Wood”

*Mark Penn, “Caffeine Crazies”

Andres Martin, “On Teenagers and Tattoos”

Brent Staples, “Black Men and Public Space”

*Michael Jernigan, “Living Dream”

*Gilbert Cruz, “Driving Us to Distraction”

            Student: “Televised Violence”

            Literature: “Barbie Doll”

            Critical: “What Causes Migraines”

            *Visual: “Polar Bear”


Chapter 8: Definition

Ellen Goodman, “Our Do-It-Yourself Economy”

Judy Brady, “I Want a Wife”

*Patrick McCormick, “Are We Being Greenwashed?”

Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue”

*Jhumpa Lahiri, “My Two Lives”

Margaret Atwood, “The Female Body”

            Student: “Infallible”

            Literature: “Girl”

            Critical: “ADHD”

            Visual: “Girl and Mirror”


Chapter 9: Argument and Persuasion

CASEBOOK: College Education

Katherine Porter, “The Value of a College Degree”

Linda Lee, “The Case Against College”

*“The 30 Occupations with the Largest Employment Growth, 2006-2016”

*Perspectives for Argument: “Who Should and Shouldn’t Go to College”


CASEBOOK: Performance Enhancing Drugs: Cheating?

*Michael Dillingham, “Steroids, Sports and the Ethics of Winning”

*from Steve Yuhas, “Steroid Scandal Overblown and Hypocritical”

*Perspectives for Argument: quotes from Sharon Ryan, “What’s So Bad About Performance Enhancing Drugs”; Norman Fost, “Steroids, Other ‘Drugs’, and Baseball”; David Fairchild, “Of Cabbages and Kings: Continuing Conversation on Performance Enhancers in Sport.”


CASEBOOK: Organ Donation and Transplant

*“Buying and Selling Organs Is Unethical”

*Pete du Pont, “Have a Heart — but Pay Me for It”

*Advertisements Promoting Organ Donation

*Perspectives for Argument: short selections Michael Potts and Paul A. Byrne “Is It Morally Right for Physicians to Kill Their Patients That Good May Come?”’; Sally Satel, “The God Committee: Should Criminals Have Equal Access to Scarce Medical Treatments?”



*Veronique de Rugy, “Have a Coke and a Tax: The Economic Case Against Soda Taxes”

*Kelly D. Brownell and Thomas R. Frieden, “Ounces of Prevention — The Public Policy Case for Taxes on Sugared Beverages”

Peter Singer, “The Singer Solution to World Poverty”

*Statistics about Worldwide Need and How to Help

            Student: “Lowering the Cost”

            Literature: “Dulce et Decorum Est”

            Critical: “Top Five Reasons”

            Visual: Uncle Sam


Chapter 10: Research Paper

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