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Seeing the Pattern : Readings for Successful Writing

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Edition:
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9780312419059

ISBN10:
0312419058
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Pub. Date:
12/23/2005
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Bedford/St. Martin's
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Summary

A learning and reading specialist with over 30 years of experience, Kathleen T. McWhorter applies her knowledge of how students read and understand texts toSeeing the Pattern, a unique new rhetorically arranged reader that offers more help for students than any other reader. Building on proven features from her widely adopted composition textSuccessful College Writing, McWhorter has developed innovative techniques to strengthen students' reading and writing skills and help them see the rhetorical patterns and then use them in their own writing. The result is a visually oriented rhetorical reader that improves upon the genre by offering underprepared students the extra help they need to achieve success in their college-level writing.

Author Biography

KATHLEEN T. MCWHORTER is professor of humanities and director of the Learning Skills Center at Niagara County Community College. She has also been on the faculty of the State University College at Buffalo. She is the author of a number of books on reading and writing skills, including The Writer's Selections, Fourth Edition (2005), Academic Reading, Fifth Edition (2004), Efficient and Flexible Reading, Seventh Edition (2005), Active Reading Skills (2005), Reading Across the Disciplines: College Reading and Beyond, Second Edition (2005), and Successful College Writing, Third Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2006).

Table of Contents

  Introduction: Using Seeing the Pattern to Improve Your Writing
    
PART ONE: SKILLS FOR SUCCESS IN READING AND WRITING
  1. A Guide to Active Reading
    Changing Some Misconceptionsabout Reading
    How to Read Actively
       Strategies for Reading
       Etta Kralovec, No More Pep Rallies!
    Understanding Difficult Text and Visuals
       How to Use a Graphic Organizer
       Using a Summary to Check Your Understanding
       How to Read Visuals
    Expanding Your Vocabulary through Reading
       Four Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary
       Pay Attention to Allusions and Other Language Features
    
  2. Planning Your Essay
    Prewriting to Start the Assignment
       How to Choose and Narrow a Topic
       Keeping a Journal
       What You Need to Know about Purpose, Audience, and Point of View
       Six Ways to Find Ideas to Write About
    Developing and Supporting Your Thesis Statement
       What Is a Thesis Statement?
       How to Develop Your Thesis Statement
       How to Support Your Thesis Statement with Evidence
    Students Write
       Julie Bohet, Sample Questioning and Freewriting
    
  3. Drafting Your Essay
    The Structure of an Essay
    Organizing Your Supporting Details
       How to Select a Method of Organization
       How to Prepare an Outline or Graphic Organizer
    Writing Effective Paragraphs
       What Well-Focused Topic Sentences Must Do
       How to Achieve Unity and Provide Specific Supporting Details
       How to Connect Supporting Details with Transitions and Repetition
    Writing Your Introduction, Conclusion, and Title
       Writing a Strong Introduction
       Writing an Effective Conclusion
       How to Write a Good Title
    Students Write
       Julie Bohet, The Language of Music: First Draft
    
  4. Revising and Editing Your Essay
    Revising Content and Organization
       Guidelines for Making Revision Easier
       Determining What to Revise
       How to Work with Classmates as You Revise
    Editing and Proofreading
       How to Improve Your Sentences and Word Choice
       Seven Common Errors to Avoid
       Proofreading Your Essay
    Students Write
       Julie Bohet, The Language of Music: Revised Essay
    
PART TWO: READINGS FOR WRITERS
  5. Narration: Recounting Events
    What Is Narration?
       Alton Fitzgerald White, Right Place, Wrong Face
       Characteristics of Narrative Essays
       Visualizing a Narrative Essay
    Writing a Narrative Essay
       Planning a Narrative Essay
       Drafting a Narrative Essay
       Analyzing and Revising
       Editing Tips and Troublespots
    Students Write
       Aphonetip Vasavong, You Can Count on Miracles (student essay)
    Reading a Narrative Essay
       What to Look for, Highlight, and Annotate
       How to Find Ideas to Write About
    Readings
       Sherry Amatenstein, Talking a Stranger through the Night
       Amy Tan, Fish Cheeks
       Langston Hughes, Salvation
       Cherokee Paul McDonald, A View from the Bridge
       Toni Cade Bambara, The Lesson (short story)
    
  6. Description: Portraying People, Places, and Things
    What Is Description?
       Jeremy MacClancy, Eating Chilli Peppers
       Characteristics of Descriptive Essays
       Visualizing a Descriptive Essay
    Writing a Descriptive Essay
       Planning a Descriptive Essay
       Drafting a Descriptive Essay
       Analyzing and Revising
       Editing Tips and Troublespots
    Students Write
       Danielle Cruz, I Survived theBlackout of 2003 (student essay)
    Reading a Descriptive Essay
       What to Look for, Highlight, and Annotate
       How to Find Ideas to Write About
    Readings
       Richard Selzer, The Discus Thrower
       Mary Brave Bird, The Sweat Bath Ritual
       Eric Liu, Po-Po in Chinatown
       Gary Soto, Piedra
       Maya Angelou, Sister Flowers
    
  7. Illustration: Explaining withExamples
    What Is Illustration?
       Bill Bryson, Snoopers at Work
       Characteristics of Illustration Essays
       Visualizing an Illustration Essay
    Writing an Illustration Essay
       Planning an Illustration Essay
       Drafting an Illustration Essay
       Analyzing and Revising
       Editing Tips and Troublespots
    Students Write
       Melissa Parker, Internet Hoaxes: A Multiplying Problem (student essay)
    Reading an Illustration Essay
       What to Look for, Highlight, and Annotate
       How to Find Ideas to Write About
    Readings
       Brent Staples, Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space
       Rita Kempley, Abs and the Adolescent
       Geeta Kothari, If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?
       Nell Bernstein, Goin' Gangsta, Choosin' Cholita: Claiming Identity
       Dorianne Laux, What I Wouldn't Do [poem]
    
  8. Process Analysis: Explaining How Something Works or Is Done
    What Is Process Analysis?
       Melissa Russell-Ausley and Tom Harris, How the Oscars Work
       Characteristics of Process Analysis Essays
       Visualizing a Process Analysis Essay
    Writing a Process Analysis Essay
       Planning a Process Analysis Essay
       Drafting a Process Analysis Essay
       Analyzing and Revising
       Editing Tips and Troublespots
    Students Write
       Kyle Mares, Creating Your Own Web Site (student essay)
    Reading a Process Analysis Essay
       What to Look for, Highlight, and Annotate
       How to Find Ideas to Write About
    Readings
       Matthew Gilbert, You and Improved
       Nikki Giovanni, Campus Racism 101
       Cindy Chupack, Dater's Remorse
       David Feige, How to Defend Someone You Know Is Guilty
       Tom and Ray Magliozzi, Inside the Engine
    
  9. Comparison and Contrast: Showing Similarities andDifferences
    What Are Comparison and Contrast?
       Joseph Sobran, Patriotism or Nationalism?
       Characteristics of Comparison and Contrast Essays
       Visualizing a Comparison and Contrast Essay
    Writing a Comparison and Contrast Essay
       Planning a Comparison and Contrast Essay
       Drafting a Comparison and Contrast Essay
       Analyzing and Revising
       Editing Tips and Troublespots
    Students Write
       Heather Gianakos, Border Bites (student essay)
    Reading a Comparison and Contrast Essay
       What to Look for, Highlight, and Annotate
       How to Find Ideas to Write About
    Readings
       Dave Barry, We've Got the Dirt on Guy Brains
       Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, A Taste of Snow
       Sharon Begley, East vs. West: One Sees the Big Picture, the Other Is Focused
       Patricia Raybon, A Case of "Severe Bias"
       Deborah Tannen, Sex, Lies, and Conversation
    
  10. Classification and Division: Explaining Categories and Parts
    What Are Classification and Division?
       Judith Viorst, Friends, Good Friends – Such Good Friends
       Characteristics of Classification and Division Essays
       Visualizing a Classification or Division Essay
    Writing a Classification or Division Essay
       Planning a Classification or Division Essay
       Drafting a Classification or Division Essay
       Analyzing and Revising
       Editing Tips and Troublespots
    Students Write
       Ryan Porter, Motor Heads (student essay)
    Reading a Classification or Division Essay
       What to Look for, Highlight, and Annotate
       How to Find Ideas to Write About
    Readings
       David Bodanis, A Brush with Reality: Surprises in the Tube
       Elizabeth Wray, The Seven Ages of Walking
       Scott Russell Sanders, The Men We Carry in Our Minds
       Martin Luther King Jr., The Ways of Meeting Oppression
       Cindy C. Combs, Profile of a Terrorist
    
  11. Definition: Explaining What You Mean
    What Is Definition?
       Mary Pipher, Cultural Brokers
       Characteristics of Definition Essays
       Visualizing a Definition Essay
    Writing a Definition Essay
       Planning a Definition Essay
       Drafting a Definition Essay
       Analyzing and Revising
       Editing Tips and Troublespots
    Students Write
       Geneva Lamberth, Eating Disorders: Serious and Legitimate Illnesses (student essay)
    Reading a Definition Essay
       What to Look for, Highlight, and Annotate
       How to Find Ideas to Write About
    Readings
       Janice Castro, Dan Cook, Christina Garcia, Spanglish
       Shelly Branch, One Term Says It All: "Shut Up!"
       William Plasencia, Web Logs Get Personal
       Gloria Naylor, The Meanings of a Word
       Gina Kolata, Spinning
    
  12. Cause and Effect: Using Reasons and Results to Explain
    What Are Causes and Effects?
       Deb Aronson, How Nature Heals Us
       Characteristics of Cause and Effect Essays
       Visualizing a Cause and Effect Essay
    Writing a Cause and Effect Essay
       Planning a Cause and Effect Essay
       Drafting a Cause and Effect Essay
       Analyzing and Revising
       Editing Tips and Troublespots
    Students Write
       Nathan Nugyen, Gambling on Our Future (student essay)
    Reading a Cause and Effect Essay
       What to Look for, Highlight, and Annotate
       How to Find Ideas to Write About
    Readings
       Clive Thompson, The Honesty Virus
       Susan Warren and Melanie Trottman, When Plug Is Pulled on the Digital Age, the Basics Black Out
       Ruth Russell, The Wounds That Can't Be Stitched Up
       Tom Rosenberg, Changing My Name after Sixty Years
       Terry Tempest Williams, The Clan of One-Breasted Women
    
  13. Argumentation: Supporting a Claim
    What Is an Argument?
       Wilbert Rideau, Why Prisons Don't Work
       Characteristics of Argument Essays
       Visualizing an Argument Essay
    Writing an Argument Essay
       Planning an Argument Essay
       Drafting an Argument Essay
       Analyzing and Revising
       Editing Tips and Troublespots
    Students Write
       Rudy De La Torre, Ethnic Definitions Hinder Society's Enlightenment (student essay)
    Reading an Argument Essay
       What to Look for, Highlight, and Annotate
       How to Find Ideas to Write About
    Readings
       Carol Bernstein Ferry, A Good Death
       Frank DeFord, Athletics 101: A Change in Eligibility Rules Is Long Overdue
       Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream
    Organ Donation: Should People Be Allowed to Sell Their Organs?
       Bruce Gottlieb, How Much Is That Kidney in the Window?
       Gilbert Meilaender, "Strip-Mining" the Dead: When Human Organs Are for Sale
    The Effect of Media on Children: Is Violent Media Harmful?
       Dave Grossman and Gloria DeGaetano, It's Important to Feel Something When You Kill
       Gerard Jones, Violent Media Is Good for Kids
    Civil Liberties: Does the Patriot Act Go Too Far?
       Zara Gelsey, Who's Reading over Your Shoulder?
       Ramesh Ponnuru, Fears about the Patriot Act Are Misguided
    
  14. Combining Patterns: Using Variety to Achieve Your Purposes
    What Is Combining Patterns?
       Anna Quindlen, We Are Here for Andrea
       Characteristics of Essays That Combine Patterns
       Visualizing an Essay That Combines Patterns
    Writing an Essay That Combines Patterns
       Planning an Essay That Combines Patterns
       Drafting an Essay That Combines Patterns
       Analyzing and Revising
       Editing Tips and Troublespots
    Students Write
       Robin Ferguson, The Value of Volunteering (student essay)
    Reading an Essay That Combines Patterns
       What to Look for, Highlight, and Annotate
       How to Find Ideas to Write About
    Readings
       Lars Eighner, On Dumpster Diving
       John Leo, The Good-News Generation
       Chitra Divakaruni, Houseguest Hell
       Jeffrey Rosen, Naked Terror
       Shirley Jackson, The Lottery (short story)
    
PART THREE: STUDENT RESOURCE GUIDE
  15. Finding and Using Sources
    When Should You Use Sources?
    How to Locate Sources
       Locating Useful Library Sources
       Conducting Research on the Internet
    How to Choose and Evaluate Sources
       Choosing Relevant Sources
       Choosing Reliable Sources
       Evaluating Internet Sources
    Taking Notes and Avoiding Plagiarism
       Extracting Information through Note-Taking
       Avoiding Plagiarism
    Documenting Your Sources: MLA Style
       In-Text Citations
       Works Cited List
    Students Write
       Nicholas Destino, Do Animals Have Emotions? (student essay)
    
  16. Keys to Academic Success
    Developing Skills for Success
       Plan Your Valuable Time
       Use Your Course Syllabus
       Discover College Services
       Present Yourself as a Successful Student
       Participate in Class
       Communicate with Your Instructors
       Take Effective Class Notes and Use Them Well
    Organizing and Managing Your Life
       Organize a Writing-Study Area
       Stay Focused and "Study Smarter"
       Manage Stress
    
  Glossary of Terms
  Index


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