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Summary

For more than three decades, READINGS FOR WRITERS has been the preeminent rhetorical reader for the freshman composition course. This best-seller continues its tradition of providing the most comprehensive coverage of writing, while offering the most selections of any other rhetorical reader- more than 100 selections from a broad range of topics and genres. Building on its extensive coverage of critical thinking and writing, the Twelfth Edition now features a new four-color "Image Gallery." The "Image Gallery" contains an extensive collection of captivating images related to the themes of the issues featured in the modes chapters. These engaging images prompt discussions and assignments-sparking students' imaginations, and encouraging them to write better essays. Now, more than ever, READINGS FOR WRITERS better prepares students to write successfully in college and the workplace than any other rhetorical reader.

Table of Contents

Thematic Table of Contents xix
Preface xxiii
PART ONE Reading and Writing: From Reading to Writing 1(188)
1 Guidelines for Critical Reading
3(14)
KINDS OF READING
3(14)
Andy Rooney
7(3)
Education of a Wandering Man
LOUIS L'AMOUR
10(7)
2 What Is Rhetoric?
17(38)
ROAD MAP TO RHETORIC
17(16)
Grammar and Rhetoric
17(2)
Audience and Purpose
19(1)
The Internal Reader/Editor
19(1)
Levels of English
20(3)
Writing as a Process
23(1)
Writing about Visual Images
24(9)
Exercises
33(4)
ADVICE
37(3)
What—and How—to Write When You Have No Time to Write
DONALD MURRAY
37(3)
EXAMPLES
40(11)
I Have a Dream
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
40(5)
Letter to My Husband
CLEMENTINE CHURCHILL
45(3)
Have a Cigar
JAMES HERRIOT
48(3)
Chapter Writing Assignments
51(1)
REAL-LIFE STUDENT WRITING
52(3)
E-Mail from Samoa
52(3)
3 What Is a Writer's Voice?
55(36)
ROAD MAP TO WRITER'S VOICE
55(5)
Voice: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
57(1)
Vocabulary
57(1)
Syntax
58(1)
Attitude
59(1)
Exercises
60(1)
ADVICE
61(10)
How to Say Nothing in Five Hundred Words
PAUL ROBERTS
61(10)
EXAMPLES
71(17)
Tone: The Writer's Voice in the Reader's Mind
MORT CASTLE
71(5)
Me
MARY MACLANE
76(5)
Remarks on the Life of Sacco and on His Own Life and Execution
BARTOLOMEO VANZETTI
81(2)
Salvation
LANGSTON HUGHES
83(3)
Killing Ants in the Kitchen at 3 a.m.
ANTHONY C. WINKLER
86(2)
Chapter Writing Assignments
88(1)
REAL-LIFE STUDENT WRITING
89(2)
A Thank-You Note to an Aunt
89(2)
4 What Is a Thesis?
91(38)
ROAD MAP TO A THESIS
91(8)
Finding Your Thesis
91(2)
Key Words in the Thesis
93(1)
Characteristics of a Good Thesis
93(3)
Nine Errors to Avoid in Composing a Thesis
96(3)
The Explicit versus the Implicit Thesis
99(1)
Exercises
99(2)
ADVICE
101(3)
The Thesis
SHERIDAN BAKER
101(3)
EXAMPLES
104(21)
The Grieving Never Ends
ROXANNE ROBERTS
104(7)
A Good Man Is Hard to Find
FLANNERY O'CONNOR
111(12)
Spring
EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY
123(2)
Chapter Writing Assignments
125(1)
REAL-LIFE STUDENT WRITING
126(3)
A Eulogy to a Friend Killed in a Car Wreck
126(3)
5 How Do I Organize?
129(32)
ROAD MAP TO ORGANIZING
129(8)
Organizing the Short Essay
129(2)
Organizing the Long Essay
131(1)
Planning by Listing Supporting Materials
132(1)
Organizing with a Formal Outline
133(4)
Exercises
137(2)
ADVICE
139(3)
How to Write Clearly
EDWARD T. THOMPSON
139(3)
EXAMPLES
142(16)
My Wood
E.M. FORSTER
142(4)
Rules for Aging
ROGER ROSENBLATT
146(2)
The Catbird Seat
JAMES THURBER
148(8)
That Time of Year (Sonnet 73)
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
156(2)
Chapter Writing Assignments
158(1)
REAL-LIFE STUDENT WRITING
158(3)
Note from a Graduate Student to a Department Secretary
158(3)
6 Developing Paragraphs
161(28)
ROAD MAP TO DEVELOPING PARAGRAPHS
161(10)
Parts of the Paragraph
162(1)
Supporting Details
163(2)
Topic Sentence Developed over More Than One Paragraph
165(1)
Position of the Topic Sentence
165(2)
Paragraph Patterns
167(1)
Characteristics of a Well-Designed Paragraph
167(3)
Writing Your Own Paragraphs
170(1)
Exercises
171(3)
ADVICE
174(4)
Writing Successful Paragraphs
A.M. TIBBETTS AND CHARLENE TIBBETTS
174(4)
EXAMPLES
178(3)
Paragraphs with the Topic Sentence at the Beginning
178(3)
From the Lessons of the Past
EDITH HAMILTON
178(1)
Pain
WILLIAM SOMERSET MAUGHAM
179(1)
I Am Tired of Fighting (Surrender Speech)
CHIEF JOSEPH OF THE NEZ EERCE
180(1)
PARAGRAPHS WITH THE TOPIC SENTENCE AT THE END
181(4)
Man against Darkness
W.T. STACE
181(1)
What Is ct Poet?
MARK VAN DOREN
182(1)
On Disease
LEWIS THOMAS, M.D.
183(1)
The Flood
ROBERT FROST
184(1)
Chapter Writing Assignments
185(1)
REAL-LIFE STUDENT WRITING
186(9)
Letter of Application to an Honors Program
186(3)
PART TWO Patterns of Development: The Rhetorical Modes 189(490)
7 Narration
195(56)
ROAD MAP TO NARRATION
195(4)
What Narration Does
195(1)
When to Use Narration
195(1)
How to Write a Narrative
195(3)
Warming Up to Write a Narrative
198(1)
EXAMPLES
199(30)
Shooting an Elephant
GEORGE ORWELL
199(7)
My Name Is Margaret
MAYA ANGELOU
206(5)
Shame
DICK GREGORY
211(4)
James Boswell's Scotland
TOM HUNTINGTON
215(13)
Those Winter Sundays
ROBERT HAYDEN
228(1)
ISSUE FOR CRITICAL THINKING AND DEBATE TERRORISM
229(16)
What Does Islam Say about Terrorism?
ABDULLAH MOMIN
231(5)
"Postscript" to Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia
CARMEN BIN LADEN
236(8)
Punctuation Workshop: The Period
244(1)
STUDENT CORNER
245(3)
The Right Moves against Terrorism
SION ARAKELIAN, GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
245(2)
How I Write • How I Wrote This Paper • My Writing Tip
247(1)
Chapter Writing Assignments
248(3)
8 Description
251(362)
ROAD MAP TO DESCRIPTION
251(5)
What Description Does
251(1)
When to Use Description
252(1)
How to Write a Description
252(3)
Warming Up to Write a Description
255(1)
EXAMPLES
256(18)
The Libido for the Ugly
H.L. MENCKEN
256(4)
Hell
JAMES JOYCE
260(4)
A Worn Path
EUDORA WELTY
264(7)
Pigeon Woman
MAY SWENSON
271(3)
ISSUE FOR CRITICAL THINKING AND DEBATE: BODY IMAGE
274(12)
Body Image
CINDY MAYNARD
275(7)
Stretch Marks
ANNA QUINDLEN
282(4)
Punctuation Workshop: The Comma
286(1)
STUDENT CORNER
287(6)
Body Modification—Think about It!
SHELLEY TAYLOR, STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, OSWEGO
287(5)
How I Write • How I Wrote This Essay • My Writing Tip
292(1)
Chapter Writing Assignments
293(2)
9 Process Analysis
295(1)
ROAD MAP TO PROCESS ANALYSIS
295(4)
What Process Analysis Does
295(1)
When to Use Process Analysis
296(1)
How to Write a Process Analysis
296(2)
Warming Up to Write a Process Analysis
298(1)
EXAMPLES
299(19)
This Is a Mortal Wound, Doctor
THOMAS FLEMING
299(10)
Hunting Octopus in the Gilbert Islands
SIR ARTHUR GRIMBLE
309(4)
Hitler's Workday
WILLIAM SHIRER
313(3)
How to Be an Army
KENNETH PATCHEN
316(2)
ISSUE FOR CRITICAL THINKING AND DEBATE: AGEISM
318(13)
Painting: My Parents
HENRY KOERNER
318(1)
The View from Eighty
MALCOLM COWLEY
319(7)
Stay Young
MARYA MANNES
326(4)
Punctuation Workshop: The Semicolon
330(1)
STUDENT CORNER
331(3)
Aging
KIMBERLY CAITLIN WHEELER, YALE UNIVERSITY
331(2)
How I Write • How I Wrote This Essay • My Writing Tip
333(1)
Chapter Writing Assignments
334(3)
10 Illustration/Exemplification
337(1)
ROAD MAP TO ILLUSTRATION/EXEMPLIFICATION
337(5)
What Illustration/Exemplification Does
337(1)
When to Use Illustration
338(1)
How to Use Illustration
339(2)
Warming Up to Write an Illustration
341(1)
EXAMPLES
342(17)
What Is Style?
F.L. LUCAS
342(9)
The Buck Stops Where?
BARRY PARR
351(5)
"Min-or, Mirror, on the Wall ..."
JOHN LEO
356(3)
ISSUE FOR CRITICAL THINKING AND DEBATE: DRUG ABUSE
359(11)
Drugs
GORE VIDAL
361(3)
Don't Legalize Drugs
MORTON KONDRACKE
364(6)
Punctuation Workshop: The Dash
370(1)
STUDENT CORNER
371(2)
Drug Use: The Continuing Epidemic
LINDA KUNZE, GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
371(2)
How I Write • How I Wrote This Essay • My Writing Tip
373(1)
Chapter Writing Assignments
373(2)
11 Definition
375(1)
ROAD MAP TO DEFINITION
375(5)
What Definition Does
375(1)
When to Use Definition
376(1)
How to Use Definition
376(3)
Warming Up to Write a Definition
379(1)
EXAMPLES
380(24)
The Politics of Separation
WILLIAM A. HENRY III
380(7)
The Company Man
ELLEN GOODMAN
387(3)
In Praise of the Humble Comma
PICO IYER
390(4)
Kitsch
GILBERT HIGHET
394(8)
Ars Poetica
ARCHIBALD MACLEISH
402(2)
ISSUE FOR CRITICAL THINKING AND DEBATE: IMMIGRATION
404(11)
Illegal Immigrants Are Bolstering Social Security with Billions
EDUARDO PORTER
407(3)
Wide Open Spaces
BILL BRYSON
410(5)
Punctuation Workshop: The Apostrophe
415(1)
STUDENT CORNER
416(3)
Immigrants in America
DAVE HERMAN, GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
416(2)
How I Write • How I Wrote This Essay • My Writing Tip
418(1)
Chapter Writing Assignments
419(2)
12 Comparison/Contrast
421(1)
ROAD MAP TO COMPARISON/CONTRAST
421(7)
What Comparison/Contrast Does
421(1)
When to Use Comparison/Contrast
422(1)
How to Use Comparison/Contrast
422(5)
Warming Up to Write a Comparison/Contrast
427(1)
EXAMPLES
428(21)
That Lean and Hungry Look
SUZANNE JORDAN
428(3)
Diogenes and Alexander
GILBERT HIGHET
431(6)
Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts
BRUCE CATTON
437(4)
Baba and Me
KHALED HOSSEINI
441(8)
ISSUE FOR CRITICAL THINKING AND DEBATE: THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
449(23)
Ten Reasons for Believing in Immortality
JOHN HAYNES HOLMES
451(11)
Breaking the Last Taboo
JAMES A. HAUGHT
462(9)
Children's Letters to God
471(1)
Punctuation Workshop: The Question Mark
472(1)
STUDENT CORNER
473(2)
The Existence of God
ARA BABAIAN, LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL OF LOS ANGELES
473(1)
How I Write • How I Wrote This Essay • My Writing Tip
474(1)
Chapter Writing Assignments
475(2)
13 Division/Classification
477(1)
ROAD MAP TO DIVISION/CLASSIFICATION
477(4)
What Division/Classification Does
477(1)
When to Use Division/Classification
478(1)
How to Use Division/Classification
478(2)
Warming Up to Write a Division/Classification
480(1)
EXAMPLES
481(20)
Move Oyez; Teams
PAUL M. MUCHINSKY
481(5)
Thinking as a Hobby
WILLIAM GOLDING
486(7)
Kinds of Discipline
JOHN HOLT
493(3)
The Idols
FRANCIS BACON
496(3)
English 101
BART EDELMAN
499(2)
ISSUE FOR CRITICAL THINKING AND DEBATE: RACISM
501(12)
Warriors Don't Cry
MELBA PATILLO BEALS
503(5)
Incidents with White People
SARAH L. AND A. ELIZABETH DELANY
508(5)
Punctuation Workshop: The Colon
513(1)
STUDENT CORNER
514(4)
Racial Justice: How Far Have We Come?
NANCEY PHILLIPS, CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY AT LONG BEACH
514(2)
How I Write • How I Wrote This Essay • My Writing Tip
516(2)
Chapter Writing Assignments
518(1)
14 Causal Analysis
519(1)
ROAD MAP TO CAUSAL ANALYSIS
519(5)
What Causal Analysis Does
519(1)
When to Use Causal Analysis
520(1)
How to Use Causal Analysis
520(3)
Warming Up to Write a Causal Analysis
523(1)
EXAMPLES
524(31)
A Peaceful Woman Explains Why She Carries a Gun
LINDA M. HASSELSTROM
524(5)
Coming into Language
JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA
529(7)
Why Tigers Become Man-Eaters
JIM CORBETT
536(5)
Why I Went to the Woods
HENRY DAVID THOREAU
541(7)
The Storm
KATE CHOPIN
548(5)
Design
ROBERT FROST
553(2)
ISSUE FOR CRITICAL THINKING AND DEBATE: THE STATUS OF WOMEN
555(8)
The New Feminism
KATE GUBATA
556(4)
The Farce of Feminism
REBECCA E. RUBINS
560(3)
Punctuation Workshop: The Exclamation Point
563(1)
STUDENT CORNER
564(3)
"Woman" Is a Noun
PAULA REWA, EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
564(2)
How I Write • How I Wrote This Essay • My Writing 'Tip
566(1)
Chapter Writing Assignments
567(2)
15 Argumentation and Persuasion
569(1)
ROAD MAP TO ARGUMENTATION AND PERSUASION
569(7)
What Argumentation and Persuasion Do
569(1)
When to Use Argumentation and Persuasion
569(1)
How to Use Argumentation and Persuasion
570(5)
Warming Up to Write an Argument
575(1)
EXAMPLES
576(22)
In Defense of Gender
CYRA McFADDEN
576(4)
A Modest Proposal
JONATHAN SWIFT
580(7)
I Want a Wife
JUDY SYFERS-BRADY
587(3)
Sex Predators Can't Be Saved
ANDREW VACHSS
590(4)
Dooley Is a Traitor
JAMES MICHIE
594(4)
ISSUE FOR CRITICAL THINKING AND DEBATE: HOMELESSNESS
598(8)
Painting: Migrant Mother, Nipomo Valley
Dorothea Lange
599(1)
Homeless: Expose the Myths
JOSEPH PERKINS
600(3)
The Homeless Lack a Political Voice, But Not American Ideals
MATT LYNCH
603(3)
Punctuation Workshop: Quotation Marks
606(1)
STUDENT CORNER
607(4)
People Out on a Limb
ANTOINETTE POODT, FURMAN UNIVERSITY
607(2)
How I Write • How I Wrote This Essay • My Writing Tip
609(2)
Chapter Writing Assignments
611(2)
16 Combining the Modes
613(66)
EDITORS' NOTE
613(3)
What Combining the Modes Does
613(1)
When to Combine the Modes
614(1)
How to Use Combined Modes
614(2)
EXAMPLES
616(15)
Shrew—The Littlest Mammal
ALAN DEVOE
616(4)
Will Spelling Count?
JACK CONNOR
620(5)
Once More to the Lake
E.B. WHITE
625(6)
ISSUE FOR CRITICAL THINKING AND DEBATE: SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
631(11)
The Case against Homosexual Marriage
R. ALBERT MOHLER
633(5)
Same-Sex Marriage: Just Say No to Prohibition
SUSAN BLOCK
638(4)
Punctuation Workshop: Using Other Punctuation with Quotation Marks
642
STUDENT CORNER
463(183)
Will Same-Sex Marriages Change the Constitution?
ADAM WINKLER, GEORGIA COLLEGE AND STATE UNIVERSITY
463(182)
How I Write • How I Wrote This Essay • Tips For Writing
645(1)
Chapter Writing Assignments
646(1)
Image Gallery
647(35)
Terrorism
647(3)
Body Image
650(3)
Ageism
653(3)
Drug Abuse
656(3)
Immigration
659(3)
The Existence of God
662(3)
Racism
665(4)
Status of Women
669(4)
Homelessness
673(3)
Same-Sex Marriage
676(3)
PART THREE Rewriting Your Writing 679(1)
The Editing Booth
681(24)
REVISING
682(3)
EDITING
685(20)
Rule 1: Make Your Title Descriptive
685(1)
Rule 2: Begin with a Simple Sentence
686(1)
Rule 3: Prune Deadwood
686(3)
Rule 4: Do Not Overexplain
689(1)
Rule 5: Be Specific
690(1)
Rule 6: Avoid Trite Expressions
691(1)
Rule 7: Use the Active Voice
691(1)
Rule 8: Make Your Statements Positive
692(1)
Rule 9: Keep to One Tense
693(1)
Rule 10: Place Key Words at the Beginning or End of a Sentence
693(1)
Rule 11: Prune Multiple Oft
693(1)
Rule 12: Break Up Noun Clusters
693(1)
Rule 13: Use Exclamation Points Sparingly
694(1)
Rule 14: Vary Your Sentences
694(1)
Rule 15: Keep Your Point of View Consistent
695(1)
Rule 16: Use Standard Words
695(1)
Rule 17: End with Impact
696(1)
EDITING AN ACTUAL ESSAY
696(9)
PART FOUR Special Writing Projects 705(1)
ASSIGNMENT 1: THE RESEARCH PAPER
705(90)
Why English Instructors Assign Research Papers
705(1)
How to Choose Your Topic
705(1)
How to Narrow Your Subject
706(1)
The Process of Writing the Paper
707(5)
Preparing "Works Cited" or "References"
712(1)
Writing the Final Copy
712(3)
ANNOTATED STUDENT RESEARCH PAPER: MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION (MLA) STYLE
715(2)
Choosing Single Motherhood: A Sign of Modern Times?
STEPHANIE HOLLINGSWORTH
717(28)
ANNOTATED STUDENT RESEARCH PAPER: AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (APA) STYLE
745(2)
Development of a Scale to Detect Sexual Harassers: The Potential Harasser Scale (PHS)
LEANNE M. MASDEN AND REBECCA B. WINKLER, DEPAUL UNIVERSITY
747(33)
ASSIGNMENT 2: THE LITERARY PAPER
780(5)
How to Write a Paper about Literature
780(1)
The In-Class Essay on Literature
781(2)
ANNOTATED LITERARY PAPER
783(2)
A Worn but Lightly Traveled Path
DOUGLAS B. INMAN
785(10)
Glossary 795(8)
Credits 803(6)
Index 809


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