The Language of Composition: Reading - Writing - Rhetoric

by ; ;
  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-05-14
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • View Upgraded Edition

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping Icon Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • eCampus.com Logo Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
  • Buyback Icon We Buy This Book Back!
    In-Store Credit: $0.53
    Check/Direct Deposit: $0.50
    PayPal: $0.50
List Price: $85.20 Save up to $23.86
  • Buy Used
    Add to Cart Free Shipping Icon Free Shipping


Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?


The Language of Composition is the first college-level textbook created specifically for the AP* English Language course. Inside, students will find everything they need to learn college-level reading, writing, and analysis skills: concise introductory chapters on rhetoric, close reading, and synthesizing sources; a rich collection of thematically arranged readings that includes essays, speeches, letters, newspaper columns, as well as fiction, poetry, and visual texts; carefully crafted assignments that reinforce the skills taught in the introductory chapters; and much more. The Language of Composition - designed to help students succeed in the AP English Language course and embark on a successful college career. Book jacket.

Author Biography

A unique team of authors who are AP English Language specialists. Renée H. Shea is a university professor who has directed freshman English programs; Lawrence Scanlon and Robin Dissin Aufses are English department chairs at high schools where they also teach AP English. Both Renée Shea and Lawrence Scanlon have been involved with the AP program for many years as faculty consultants and workshop leaders for both the Language and Literature courses.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Rhetorical Contentsp. xxxiii
An Introduction to Rhetoric: Using the "Available Means"p. 1
Key Elements of Rhetoricp. 1
The Rhetorical Trianglep. 3
Appeals to Ethos, Logos, and Pathosp. 4
Ethosp. 4
Logosp. 5
Pathosp. 6
Ethos, Logos, and Pathos in Practicep. 6
Visual Rhetoricp. 10
An Example of Rhetoric from Literaturep. 12
Arrangementp. 13
The Classical Modelp. 13
Patterns of Develomentp. 17
When Rhetoric Misses the Markp. 26
Close Reading: The Art and Craft of Analysisp. 35
Analyzing Stylep. 37
Talking with the Textp. 38
Annotationp. 40
Dialectical Journalp. 42
Graphic Organizerp. 43
Analyzing a Visual Textp. 49
From Analysis to Essay: Writing about Close Readingp. 51
Glossary of Selected Tropes and Schemesp. 58
Synthesizing Sources: Entering the Conversationp. 61
Types of Supportp. 62
Writers at Workp. 63
The Relationship of Sources to Audiencep. 69
The Synthesis Essayp. 72
Conversation: Focus on Community Servicep. 74
Identifying the Issues: Recognizing Complexityp. 81
Formulating Your Positionp. 82
Incorporating Sources: Inform Rather than Overwhelmp. 84
Education: To what extent do our schools serve the goals of a true education?p. 87
Central Essay
I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Readp. 89
Classic Essay
From Educationp. 102
Superman and Mep. 110
Best in Classp. 113
A Talk to Teachersp. 123
Schoolp. 130
Kyoko Mori on Writingp. 141
The History Teacher (poetry)p. 143
Eleven (fiction)p. 144
Visual Text
National Endowment for the Arts, From Reading at Risk (tables)p. 147
Conversation: Focus on the American High Schoolp. 150
from Report of the Massachusetts Board of Educationp. 150
Let Teenagers Try Adulthoodp. 153
From The Liberal Arts in an Age of Info-Glutp. 155
A Model for High Schoolsp. 158
U.S. Students Fare Badly in International Survey of Math Skills (with table)p. 160
Spirit of Education (painting)p. 162
Student Writing: Argument: Using Personal Experience as Evidencep. 164
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Appositivesp. 167
Suggestions for Writing: Educationp. 173
Work: How does our work shape or influence our lives?p. 177
Central Essay
From Serving in Floridap. 179
Barbara Ehrenreich on Writingp. 183
Classic Essay
The Atlanta Exposition Addressp. 191
The Surgeon as Priestp. 197
The Traveling Bra Salesman's Lessonp. 205
From Labourp. 209
From The Writing Lifep. 212
In Praise of a Snail's Pacep. 221
I Stand Here Ironing (fiction)p. 224
Harvest Song (poetry)p. 230
Visual Text
We Can Do It! (poster)p. 232
Visual Text
The Great GAPsby Society (cartoon)p. 233
Conversation: Focus on Working Parentsp. 235
More Working Parents Play "Beat the Clock"p. 235
Why Women Have to Workp. 238
The Case for Staying Homep. 240
Sick Parents Go to Work, Stay Home When Kids Are Illp. 242
My Mother, Myself, Her Career, My Questionsp. 243
Don't Call Me Mr. Momp. 246
Student Writing: Close Reading: Analyzing Style in Paired Passagesp. 248
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Short Simple Sentences and Fragmentsp. 252
Suggestions for Writing: Workp. 256
Community: What is the relationship of the individual to the community?p. 259
Central Essay
Letter from Birmingham Jailp. 260
Classic Essay
Where I Lived, and What I Lived forp. 276
All Happy Clans Are Alike: In Search of the Good Familyp. 283
The New Communityp. 289
Commencement Speech at Mount Holyoke Collegep. 296
Walking the Path between Worldsp. 300
New York Day Women (fiction)p. 307
Edwidge Danticat on Writingp. 312
Child of the Americas (poetry)p. 313
Visual Text
Reflections (painting)p. 314
Visual Text
Three Servicemen (sculpture)p. 315
Conversation: Focus on the Individual's Responsibility to the Communityp. 317
The Happy Lifep. 317
The Singer Solution to World Povertyp. 319
Lifeboat Ethics: The Case against Helping the Poorp. 324
In Westminster Abbey (poetry)p. 333
Student Writing: Synthesis: Incorporating Sources into a Revisionp. 335
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Parallel Structuresp. 339
Suggestions for Writing: Communityp. 345
Gender: What is the impact of the gender roles that society creates and enforces?p. 347
Central Essay
Women's Brainsp. 349
Classic Essay
Professions for Womenp. 356
Lettersp. 363
About Menp. 367
The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Mariap. 370
Judith Ortiz Cofer on Writingp. 376
Being a Manp. 378
AIDS Has a Woman's Facep. 382
There Is No Unmarked Womanp. 388
Sweat (fiction)p. 393
Barbie Doll (poetry)p. 403
Visual Text
Cathy (cartoon)p. 404
Visual Text
New and Newer Versions of Scripture (table)p. 405
Conversation: Focus on Defining Masculinityp. 408
Why Johnny Won't Readp. 408
Mind over Musclep. 410
Putting Down the Gunp. 412
Boy Problems (with table)p. 414
Student Writing: Argument: Supporting an Assertionp. 418
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Pronounsp. 420
Suggestions for Writing: Genderp. 426
Sports and Fitness: How do the values of sports affect the way we see ourselves?p. 429
Central Essay
The Silent Season of a Herop. 431
Classic Essay
The Proper Place for Sportsp. 449
Kill 'Em, Crush 'Em, Eat 'Em Raw!p. 453
From How I Learned to Ride the Bicyclep. 459
A Spectator's Notebookp. 461
The Real New York Giantsp. 471
For Fasting and Football, a Dedicated Game Planp. 473
Samuel G. Freedman on Writingp. 476
Ex-Basketball Player (poetry)p. 478
Prothalamion (poetry)p. 479
Visual Text
Untitled (cartoon)p. 480
Conversation: Focus on Body Imagep. 482
A Unique Take on Beautyp. 482
Little Sister, Big Hit (cover)p. 484
Drugs, Sports, Body Image and G.I. Joep. 486
Disordered Eating and Body Image Disturbances May Be Underreported in Male Athletesp. 489
Enhancing Male Body Imagep. 491
Student Writing: Rhetorical Analysis: Comparing Strategies in Paired Passagesp. 493
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Precise, Direct, and Active Verbsp. 498
Suggestions for Writing: Sports and Fitnessp. 503
Language: How does the language we use reveal who we are?p. 507
Central Essay
Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhoodp. 509
Classic Essay
Politics and the English Languagep. 529
Mother Tonguep. 542
From Decolonising the Mindp. 547
Always Living in Spanishp. 556
Studying Islam, Strengthening the Nationp. 559
Bilingualism in America: English Should Be the Official Languagep. 562
From Monkey Bridge (fiction)p. 568
From Native Speaker (fiction)p. 569
For Mohammed Zeid of Gaza, Age 15 and Why I Could Not Accept Your Invitation (poetry)p. 571
Naomi Shihab Nye on Writingp. 574
Visual Text
Rumors, Lies, Innuendo (cartoon)p. 575
Visual Text
Census Data on Language Use in the United States (table)p. 576
Conversation: Focus on Current Language Usagep. 579
How Much Wallop Can a Simple Word Pack?p. 579
The War of Words: A Dispatch from the Front Linesp. 581
Letters to the Editor in response to The War of Wordsp. 584
Pride to One Is Prejudice to Anotherp. 586
Help Us Overthrow the Tall/Short Mafiap. 588
Student Writing: Reflection: Reflecting on "Different Englishes"p. 590
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Concise Dictionp. 592
Suggestions for Writing: Languagep. 595
Science and Technology: How are advances in science and technology affecting the way we define our humanity?p. 599
Central Essay
The Bird and the Machinep. 601
Classic Essay
The Method of Scientific Investigationp. 609
The Reach of Imaginationp. 616
The Future of Happinessp. 623
The Blank Slatep. 630
Steven Pinker on Writingp. 640
Silence and the Notion of the Commonsp. 641
Into the Electronic Millenniump. 647
Transsexual Frogsp. 655
Sonnet - to Science (poetry)p. 663
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer (poetry)p. 664
Super- Toys Last All Summer Long (fiction)p. 665
Visual Text
The Cosmic Calendarp. 671
Visual Text
Food Fight (cartoon)p. 675
Conversation: Focus on the Ethics of Genetics Technologyp. 678
On Cloning a Human Beingp. 678
Fearing the Worst Should Anyone Produce a Cloned Babyp. 681
DNA as Destinyp. 683
Pet Clones Spur Call for Limitsp. 691
More Couples Screening Embryos for Genderp. 693
Student Writing: Counterargument: Responding to a Newspaper Columnp. 696
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Coordination in the Compound Sentencep. 698
Suggestions for Writing: Science and Technologyp. 705
Popular Culture: To what extent does pop culture reflect our society's values?p. 707
Central Essay
High-School Confidential: Notes on Teen Moviesp. 709
Classic Essay
Corn-Pone Opinionsp. 717
Godzilla vs. the Giant Scissors: Cutting the Antiwar Heart Out of a Classicp. 723
Brent Staples on Writingp. 725
We Talk, You Listenp. 727
Dreaming Americap. 734
Show and Tell (graphic essay)p. 737
Popular Culture in the Aftermath of September 11 is a Chorus without a Hook, A Movie without an Endingp. 751
Emily Dickinson and Elvis Presley in Heaven (poetry)p. 759
Sanctuary: For Harry Potter the Moviep. 760
Visual Text
The Innocent Eye Test (painting)p. 764
Conversation: Focus on Televisionp. 766
Watching TV Makes You Smarterp. 766
The Argument against TVp. 777
He Doesn't Like to Watchp. 779
TV Turnoff Week (detail from a poster)p. 782
Is Media Violence Free Speech? (debate)p. 783
Student Writing: Visual Rhetoric: Interpreting a Paintingp. 788
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Modifiersp. 790
Suggestions for Writing: Popular Culturep. 795
Nature: What is our responsibility to nature?p. 797
Central Essay
From Silent Springp. 798
Classic Essay
From Naturep. 807
The Clan of One-Breasted Womenp. 816
Message to President Franklin Piercep. 823
An Entrance to the Woodsp. 825
2004 Nobel Peace Prize Speechp. 834
Against Naturep. 840
A White Heron (fiction)p. 848
The Tables Turned (poetry)p. 856
Visual Text
Cloud the Issue or Clear the Air? (advertisement)p. 857
Visual Text
Kindred Spirits (painting)p. 860
Conversation: Focus on Climate Changep. 862
It's Easy Being Greenp. 862
From Counting Carbons (with table)p. 867
From The Future of Lifep. 873
Ice Blankets (photograph with caption)p. 876
Is Climate Change the 21st Century's Most Urgent Environmental Problem?p. 877
GeoSigns: The Big Thawp. 881
Daniel Glick on Writingp. 888
Student Writing: Visual Rhetoric: Analyzing a Political Cartoonp. 891
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Cumulative, Periodic, and Inverted Sentencesp. 893
Suggestions for Writing: Naturep. 900
Politics: What is the nature of the relationship between the citizen and the state?p. 903
Central Essay
On Seeing England for the First Timep. 904
Classic Essay
A Modest Proposalp. 914
From The Destruction of Culturep. 922
Chris Hedges on Writingp. 929
National Prejudicesp. 932
Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raidp. 935
On the Duty of Civil Disobediencep. 939
Every Dictator's Nightmarep. 957
On the Rainy River (fiction)p. 961
Conversation with an American Writer (poetry)p. 974
Visual Text
Guernica (painting)p. 975
Visual Text
March 17, 2003 (cover)p. 976
Visual Text
April 2003 (cover)p. 976
Conversation: Focus on the Politics of Imperialismp. 979
Shooting an Elephantp. 979
The Empire Fights Backp. 985
In Which the Ancient History I Learn Is Not My Own (poetry)p. 989
Christiansted: Official Map and Guidep. 991
What Part of You Lives in Bombay? (advertisement)p. 994
Student Writing: Argument: Responding to a Quotationp. 996
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Subordination in the Complex Sentencep. 999
Suggestions for Writing: Politicsp. 1005
Glossaryp. 1009
Acknowledgmentsp. 1015
Indexp. 1023
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Reviews for The Language of Composition: Reading - Writing - Rhetoric (9780312450946)