Models for Writers Short Essays for Composition

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  • Edition: 13th
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  • Copyright: 2017-09-22
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
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Models for Writers remains a bestseller for millions of students for a reason: its short, accessible readings reflect the length of essays students write in college and the topics that matter most, and its simple yet thorough writing instruction offers the support they need. Abundant examples from student writing model chapter strategies and themes, showing students the value of their work alongside excerpts from published authors.

Models for Writers continues to offer thought-provoking readings organized to demonstrate not only the rhetorical strategies that students will use in their own essays but also the elements and language that will make those essays effective. Also unique to Models for Writers is its versatility and flexibility: it works in a wide range of courses and at various levels.

This edition includes classic texts and new selections on relevant themes such as language and race, education, democracy, feminism, scientific discovery, and technology and media from authors ranging from presidents and civil rights leaders to ballerinas and toll collectors. A new chapter on combining strategies offers model essays and instruction on using multiple rhetorical patterns, and updated questions and activities for each reading let students practice the kinds of writing they will do in college and beyond. For the first time with this edition, Models for Writers features LaunchPad, Macmillan's customizable online course space, with a complete ebook version of the text and auto-scored reading comprehension quizzes, plus an array of new materials, including LearningCurve adaptive quizzing, multimedia tutorials, and other resources that you can adapt, assign, and mix with your own.

Table of Contents

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Thematic Clusters
Introduction for Students


1 The Writing Process
Writing the First Draft
Writing an Expository Essay: A Student Essay in Progress
Jeffrey Olesky, Golf: A Character Builder (student essay)

2 From Reading to Writing
Reading Critically
Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address
Rachel Carson, Fable for Tomorrow
Using Reading in the Writing Process
Writing from Reading: Three Sample Student Essays
A Narrative Essay: Trena Isley, On the Sidelines (student essay)
A Response Essay: Zoe Ockenga, The Excuse "Not To" (student essay)
An Argumentative Essay: James Duffy, One Dying Wish (student essay)


3 Thesis
*Laura Lee, Lucy and Her Friends
*David Pogue, The End of Passwords
James Lincoln Collier, Anxiety: Challenge by Another Name

4 Unity
Thomas L. Friedman, My Favorite Teacher
Helen Keller, The Most Important Day
*Jonathan Safran Foer, Against Meat

5 Organization
Cherokee Paul McDonald, A View from the Bridge
Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts
Julie Zhuo, Where Anonymity Breeds Contempt

6 Beginnings and Endings
Dick Gregory, Shame
Sean McElwee, The Case for Censoring Hate Speech
*Omar Akram, Can Music Bridge Cultures and Promote Peace?

7 Paragraphs
*Jamie Mackay, The Art of Communal Bathing
Judith Ortiz Cofer, My Rosetta
Jimmy Carter, The Home Place

8 Transitions
*Maya Wei-Haas, How Chuck Taylor Taught America How to Play Basketball
*Roland Merullo, The Phantom Toll Collector
*Dan Shaughnessy, Teammates Forever Have a Special Connection

9 Effective Sentences
Erin Murphy, White Lies
Langston Hughes, Salvation
*Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

10 Writing with Sources
*Tara Haelle, How to Teach Children That Failure Is the Secret to Success
Jake Jamieson, The English-Only Movement: Can America Proscribe Language with a Clear Conscience?
Terry Tempest Williams, The Clan of One-Breasted Women


11 Diction and Tone
Robert Krulwich, How Do Plants Know Which Way Is Up and Which Way Is Down?
David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day
Maya Angelou, Momma, the Dentist, and Me

12 Figurative Language
N Scott Momaday, Flight of the Eagles
Robert Ramirez, The Barrio
Anne Lamott, Polaroids


13 Illustration
Russell Baker, Becoming a Writer
Natalie Goldberg, Be Specific
*Jonah Berger, The Power of Conformity

14 Narration
Henry Louis Gates Jr., What’s in a Name?
Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour
*Misty Copeland, Life in Motion

15 Description
Eudora Welty, The Corner Store
Carl T. Rowan, Unforgettable Miss Bessie
*Mara Wilson, My Late Mother’s Last Receipt

16 Process Analysis
Paul W. Merrill, The Principles of Poor Writing
*Marie Kondo, Designate a Place for Each Thing
Diane Ackerman, Why Leaves Turn Color in the Fall

17 Definition
Gloria Naylor, The Meanings of a Word
*Akemi Johnson, Who Gets to Be ‘Hapa’?
Eduardo Porter, What Happiness Is

18 Division and Classification
Martin Luther King Jr., The Ways of Meeting Oppression
*Mia Consalvo, Cheating Is Good for You
Amy Tan, Mother Tongue

19 Comparison and Contrast
Mark Twain, Two Ways of Seeing a River
Christina Baker Kline, Taking My Son to College, Where Technology Has Replaced Serendipity
*Toby Morris, On a Plate
Bharati Mukherjee, Two Ways to Belong in America

20 Cause and Effect
Verlyn Klinkenborg, Our Vanishing Night
Stephen King, Why We Crave Horror Movies
Brent Staples, Black Men and Public Space

21 Argument
*Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Becoming Disabled
Mary Sherry,
In Praise of the F Word
Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
Richard Lederer, The Case for Short Words
Conflict: Using Language to Seek Resolution
*Donna Hicks, Independence
*Emily Badger, Tarring Opponents as Extremists Really Can Work
*Michael Gardner, Adventures of the Dork Police
Crime: Finding an Effective Punishment
June Tangney, Condemn the Crime, Not the Person
Dan M. Kahan, Shame Is Worth a Try
*Libby Marlowe, Shame: The Ultimate Clickbait

22 Combining Models
Robert G. Lake-Thom (Medicine Grizzly Bear), An Indian Father’s Plea
*Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, The Myth of the Catty Woman
Audrey Schulman, Fahrenheit 59: What a Child’s Fever Might Tell Us about Climate Change


23 A Brief Guide to Writing a Research Paper
Establishing a Realistic Schedule
Finding and Using Sources
Conducting Keyword Searches
Evaluating Print and Online Sources
Analyzing Sources for Position and Bias
Developing a Working Bibliography
Taking Notes
Documenting Sources
MLA-Style Documentation
An Annotated Student MLA-Style Research Paper: Lesley Timmerman, An Argument for Corporate Responsibility
APA-Style Documentation
An Annotated Student APA-Style Research Paper: Laura DeVeau, The Role of Spirituality and Religion in Mental Health

24 Editing for Grammar, Punctuation, and Sentence Style
Run-ons: Fused Sentences and Comma Splices
Sentence Fragments
Sentence-Verb Agreement
Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
Verb Tense Shifts
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Faulty Parallelism
Weak Nouns and Verbs
Academic Diction and Tone
ESL Concerns (Articles and Nouns)

Glossary of Useful Terms


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