Longman Reader, The: Brief Edition

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Widely praised for its superior teaching apparatus and thought-provoking readings, The Longman Reader remains the most successful rhetorically organized freshman composition reader. The Longman Reader features highly praised writing pedagogy in a rhetorically-organized reader. The opening chapter offers specific strategies for active reading, and for each pattern-of-development chapter, The Longman Reader includes a detailed introduction that asks students to consider audience and purpose, concrete revision strategies, a peer review checklist, an annotated student essay with extensive analysis, prewriting and revising activities, and a comprehensive list of possible writing topics. Both beloved and fresh professional essays range widely in subject matter and approach, from the humorous to the informative, from personal meditation to argument, and capture students'interest while clearly illustrating a specific pattern of development.

Table of Contents

Thematic Contentsp. xiii
Prefacep. xviii
The Reading Processp. 1
Get an Overview of the Selectionp. 2
First Reading: A Checklistp. 2
Deepen Your Sense of the Selectionp. 3
Second Reading: A Checklistp. 3
Evaluate the Selectionp. 4
Evaluating a Selection: A Checklistp. 4
Family Counterculturep. 6
The Writing Processp. 12
Prewritep. 13
Analyzing Your Audience: A Checklistp. 17
Identify the Thesisp. 27
Support the Thesis with Evidencep. 31
Organize the Evidencep. 39
Outlining: A Checklistp. 43
Write the First Draftp. 46
Turning Outline Into First Draft: A Checklistp. 47
Revise the Essayp. 60
Student Essayp. 65
Commentaryp. 68
Descriptionp. 71
What Is Description?p. 71
How Description Fits Your Purpose and Audiencep. 71
Suggestions for Using Description in an Essayp. 74
Revision Strategiesp. 77
Description: A Revision/Peer Review Checklistp. 77
Student Essayp. 78
Commentaryp. 80
Activities: Descriptionp. 82
Flavio's Homep. 84
The Storm this Timep. 92
Sister Flowersp. 100
Additional Writing Topicsp. 107
Narrationp. 109
What Is Narration?p. 109
How Narration Fits Your Purpose and Audiencep. 110
Suggestions for Using Narration in an Essayp. 111
Revision Strategiesp. 116
Narration: A Revision/Peer Review Checklistp. 116
Student Essayp. 117
Commentaryp. 119
Activities: Narrationp. 121
Charity Display?p. 123
Salvationp. 127
The Price We Payp. 131
Additional Writing Topicsp. 139
Exemplificationp. 141
What Is Exemplificationp. 141
How Exemplification Fits Your Purpose and Audiencep. 141
Suggestions for Using Exemplification in an Essayp. 144
Revision Strategiesp. 148
Exemplification: A Revision/Peer Review Checklistp. 149
Student Essayp. 149
Commentaryp. 151
Activities: Exemplificationp. 154
Black Talk and Pop Culturep. 156
Tweens: Ten Going on Sixteenp. 165
Bombs Bursting in Airp. 172
Additional Writing Topicsp. 178
Division-Classificationp. 180
What Is Division-Classification?p. 180
How Division-Classification Fits Your Purpose and Audiencep. 182
Suggestions for Using Division-Classification in an Essayp. 184
Revision Strategiesp. 188
Division-Classification: A Revision/Peer Review Checklistp. 188
Student Essayp. 189
Commentaryp. 192
Activities: Division-Classificationp. 195
Psst! "Human Capital"p. 197
Doublespeakp. 201
Propaganda Techniques in Today's Advertisingp. 208
Additional Writing Topicsp. 216
Process Analysisp. 218
What Is Process Analysis?p. 218
How Process Analysis Fits Your Purpose and Audiencep. 219
Suggestions for Using Process Analysis in an Essayp. 221
Revision Strategiesp. 225
Process Analysis: A Revision/Peer Review Checklistp. 225
Student Essayp. 226
Commentaryp. 229
Activities: Process Analysisp. 232
Talk About Editingp. 234
Cyberschoolp. 239
The Fine Art of Complainingp. 245
Additional Writing Topicsp. 251
Comparison-Contrastp. 253
What Is Comparison-Contrast?p. 253
How Comparison-Contrast Fits Your Purpose and Audiencep. 254
Suggestions for Using Comparison-Contrast in an Essayp. 255
Revision Strategiesp. 260
Comparison-Contrast: A Revision/Peer Review Checklistp. 260
Student Essayp. 261
Commentaryp. 263
Activities: Comparison-Contrastp. 266
A Fable for Tomorrowp. 268
And Then I Went to Schoolp. 272
The Ugly Truth About Beautyp. 279
Additional Writing Topicsp. 283
Cause-Effectp. 285
What Is Cause-Effect?p. 285
How Cause-Effect Fits Your Purpose and Audiencep. 286
Suggestions for Using Cause-Effect in an Essayp. 287
Revision Strategiesp. 293
Cause-Effect: A Revision/Peer Review Checklistp. 293
Student Essayp. 294
Commentaryp. 296
Activities: Cause-Effectp. 299
Why We Crave Horror Moviesp. 301
Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Selfp. 306
Innocents Afieldp. 315
Additional Writing Topicsp. 321
Definitionp. 323
What Is Definition?p. 323
How Definition Fits Your Purpose and Audiencep. 324
Suggestions for Using Definition in an Essayp. 325
Revision Strategiesp. 329
Definition: A Revision/Peer Review Checklistp. 329
Student Essayp. 330
Commentaryp. 332
Activities: Definitionp. 334
Entropyp. 336
The Cute Factorp. 341
What is the Quarterlife Crisis?p. 348
Additional Writing Topicsp. 356
Argumentation-Persuasionp. 358
What Is Argumentation-Persuasion?p. 358
How Argumentation-Persuasion Fits Your Purpose and Audiencep. 359
Suggestions for Using Argumentation-Persuasion in an Essayp. 363
Using Rogerian Strategy: A Checklistp. 368
Questions for Using Toulmin Logic: A Checklistp. 378
Revision Strategiesp. 380
Argumentation-Persuasiont: A Revision/Peer Review Checklistp. 380
Student Essayp. 381
Commentaryp. 387
Activities: Argumentation-Persuasionp. 391
Let's Tell the Story of All America's Culturesp. 393
Free-Speech Folliesp. 398
Examining an Issue: Date Rape
Rape: A Bigger Danger Than Feminists Knowp. 405
Common Decencyp. 411
Examining an Issue: Illegal Immigration
The Border on Our Backsp. 416
Se Habla Entitlementp. 421
Additional Writing Topicsp. 426
Combining the Patternsp. 428
The Patterns in Action: During the Writing Processp. 428
The Patterns in Action: In an Essayp. 429
Student Essayp. 430
The Death of the Mothp. 436
Where Do We Go from Here: Community or Chaos?p. 442
Marrying Absurdp. 446
A Concise Guide to Finding and Documenting Sourcesp. 449
Using the Library to Find Books on Your Subjectp. 449
Using the Library to Find Reference Works on Your Subjectp. 452
Using the Library to Find Articles on Your Subjectp. 453
Using the Internet to Research Your Subjectp. 456
Focusing a Web Search: A Checklistp. 461
Evaluating Internet Materials: A Checklistp. 462
Documenting Sourcesp. 462
What to Documentp. 463
How to Documentp. 463
Citing Sources: A Checklistp. 466
List of Works Citedp. 469
Avoiding Ten Common Writing Errorsp. 476
Fragmentsp. 477
Comma Splices and Run-onsp. 478
Faulty Subject-Verb Agreementp. 478
Faulty Pronoun Agreementp. 480
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiersp. 481
Faulty Parallelismp. 483
Comma Misusep. 483
Apostrophe Misusep. 485
Confusing Homonymsp. 486
Misuse of Italics and Underliningp. 487
Glossaryp. 489
Acknowledgmentsp. 503
Indexp. 506
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