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Patterns for College Writing, Brief Second Edition

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  • Edition: 14th
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  • Copyright: 2017-09-29
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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With top-notch models for writing, Patterns for College Writing, Brief offers you classic and contemporary essays, some written by students, to help you develop your writing skills in a number of key styles.

Table of Contents


Thematic Guide to the Contents

Introduction: How to Use This Book

Henry Louis Gates Jr., "What’s in a Name?"

Responding to an Essay?



1 Reading to Write: Becoming a Critical Reader

Understanding Critical Reading

Brent Staples, Cutting and Pasting: A Senior Thesis by (Insert Name)

*Moises Naim, The YouTube Effect

Brent Staples, Cutting and Pasting: A Senior Thesis by (Insert Name) (with sample annotations)

2 Invention

Understanding Your Assignment

Setting Limits

Moving from Subject to Topic

Finding Something to Say

Grouping Ideas

Understanding Thesis and Support

Developing a Thesis

3 Arrangement

Recognizing a Pattern

Understanding the Parts of the Essay

Constructing a Formal Outline

4 Drafting and Revising

Writing Your First Draft

Revising Your Essay

Points for Special Attention: First Draft

Points for Special Attention: Second Draft

Laura Bobnak, The Price of Silence (Student Essay)

5 Editing and Proofreading

Editing for Grammar

Editing for Punctuation

Editing for Sentence Style and Word Choice

Proofreading Your Essay

Checking Your Paper’s Format


Part Two: Readings for Writers

6 Narration

What Is Narration?

Using Narration

Planning a Narrative Essay

Developing a Thesis Statement

Including Enough Detail

Varying Sentence Structure

Maintaining Clear Narrative Order

Structuring a Narrative Essay

Revising a Narrative Essay


Editing a Narrative Essay

GRAMMAR IN CONTEXT: Avoiding Run-ons


A Student Writer: Narration

Tiffany Forte, My Field of Dreams (Student Essay)

Points for Special Attention

Focus on Revision

A Student Writer: Literacy Narrative

Erica Sarno, Becoming a Writer (Student Essay)

Points for Special Attention

Focus on Revision


Visual Text: Marjane Satrapi, From Persepolis II (Graphic Fiction)

*Ocean Vuong, Surrendering

Martin Gansberg, Thirty-Eight Who Saw Murder Didn’t Call the Police

George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant

Writing Assignments for Narration

Collaborative Activity for Narration

7 Description

What is Description?

Using Description

Checklist: Using Visuals Effectively

Planning a Descriptive Essay

Structuring a Descriptive Essay

Revising a Descriptive Essay

Revision Checklist: Description

Editing a Description Essay

Grammar in Context: Avoiding Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

Editing Checklist: Description

A Student Writer: Objective Description

Mallory Cogan, My Grandfather’s Globe (Student Essay)

A Student Writer: Subjective Description

Mary Lim, The Valley of Windmills (Student Essay)

Peer-Editing Worksheet: Description

Visual Text: Ansel Adams, Jeffrey Pine--Sentinel Dome (Photograph)

Bich Minh Nguyen, Goodbye to My Twinkie Days

Suzanne Berne, Ground Zero

*Marina Keegan, Stability in Motion

Heather Rogers, The Hidden Life of Garbage

8 Exemplification

What Is Exemplification?

Using Exemplification

Planning an Exemplification Essay

Structuring an Exemplification Essay

Revising an Exemplification Essay

Revision Checklist: Exemplification

Editing an Exemplification Essay

Grammar in Context: Using Commas in a Series

Editing Checklist: Exemplification

A Student Writer: Exemplification

Kristy Bredin, Job Application Letter (Student Essay)

A Student Writer: Exemplification

Grace Ku, Midnight (Student Essay)

Peer-Editing Worksheet: Exemplification

Visual Texts: Four Tattoos: Charles Thatcher, "Alisha, Loretta,"; Carrie Williams, "Positive Outlook"; Anthony Bradshaw, "Bar Code"; Guido Koppes, "Owl"

*Zeynep Tufekci, Why the Post Office Makes America Great

Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria

Brent Staples, Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space

9 Process

What Is Process?

Using Process

Planning a Process Essay

Structuring a Process Essay

Revising a Process Essay

Revision Checklist: Process

Editing a Process Essay

Grammar in Context: Avoiding Unnecessary Shifts

Editing Checklist: Process

A Student Writer: Instructions

Eric McGlade, The Search (Student Essay)

A Student Writer: Process Explanation

Melany Hunt, Medium Ash Brown (Student Essay)

Peer Editing Worksheet: Process

Visual Text: Piranha Plastics, What Happens to Plastic that is Recycled by Us? (Infographic)

Malcolm X, My First Conk

*Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht, How to Build a Monster from Spare Parts

Jessica Mitford, The Embalming of Mr. Jones

10 Cause and Effect

What Is Cause and Effect?

Using Cause and Effect

Planning a Cause-and-Effect Essay

Structuring a Cause-and-Effect Essay

Revising a Cause-and-Effect Essay

Revision Checklist: Cause and Effect

Editing a Cause-and-Effect Essay

Grammar in Context: Avoiding "The reason is because"; Using Affect and Effect Correctly

Editing Checklist: Cause and Effect

A Student Writer: Cause and Effect

Evelyn Pellicane, The Irish Famine, 1845–1849 (Student Essay)

Peer-Editing Worksheet: Cause and Effect

Visual Text: Jeffrey Coolidge, Rube Goldberg Machine (Photo)

*Josh Barro, Why Stealing Cars Went Out of Fashion

Maggie Koerth-Baker, Why Rational People Buy into Conspiracy Theories

Linda M. Hasselstrom, A Peaceful Woman Explains Why She Carries a Gun

11 Comparison and Contrast

What Is Comparison and Contrast?

Using Comparison and Contrast

Planning a Comparison-and-Contrast Essay

Structuring a Comparison-and-Contrast Essay

Revising a Comparison-and-Contrast Essay

Revision Checklist: Comparison and Contrast

Editing a Comparison-and-Contrast Essay

Grammar in Context: Using Parallelism

Editing Checklist: Comparison and Contrast

A Student Writer: Subject-by-Subject Comparison

Mark Cotharn, Brains versus Brawn (Student Essay)

A Student Writer: Point-by-Point Comparison

Maria Tecson, A Comparison of Two Web Sites on Attention Deficit Disorder (Student Essay)

Peer-Editing Worksheet: Comparison and Contrast

Visual Texts: Auguste Rodin, The Kiss, and Robert Indiana, LOVE (Sculptures)

Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts

Deborah Tannen, Sex, Lies, and Conversation

*Isabel Wilkerson, Emmett Till and Tamir Rice, Sons of the Great Migration

12 Classification and Division

What Is Classification and Division?

Using Classification and Division

Planning a Classification-and-Division Essay

Checklist: Establishing Categories

Structuring a Classification-and-Division Essay

Revising a Classification-and-Division Essay

Revision Checklist: Classification and Division

Editing a Classification-and-Division Essay

Grammar in Context: Using a Colon to Introduce Your Categories

Editing Checklist: Classification and Division

Same Student Writer: Classification and Division

Josie Martinez, What I Learned (and Didn’t Learn) in College (Student Essay)

Peer-Editing Worksheet: Classification and Division

*Visual Text: Coffee Types (Chart)

*Olga Khazan, The Three Types of Happiness

Carolyn Foster Segal, The Dog Ate My Flash Drive, and Other Tales of Woe

Stephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie

13 Definition

What Is Definition?

Using Definition

Planning a Definition Essay

Structuring a Definition Essay

Revising a Definition Essay

Revision Checklist: Definition

Editing a Definition Essay

Grammar in Context: Avoiding is when and is where

Editing Checklist: Definition

A Student Writer: Definition

Ajoy Mahtab, The Untouchable (Student Essay)

Peer-Editing Worksheet: Definition

Visual Text: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Census 2010 Form (Questionnaire)

Judy Brady, I Want a Wife

José Antonio Burciaga, Tortillas

*Richard Posner, On Plagiarism

14 Argumentation

What Is Argumentation?

Understanding Argumentation and Persuasion

Planning an Argumentative Essay

Checklist: Guidelines for Using Rogerian Argument

Using Deductive and Inductive Arguments

Structuring an Argumentative Essay

Revising an Argumentative Essay

Revision Checklist: Argumentation

Editing an Argumentative Essay

Grammar in Context: Using Coordinating and Subordinating Conjunctions

Editing Checklist: Argumentation

A Student Writer: Argumentation

Marta Ramos, An Argument against Study Drugs (Student Essay)

Peer-Editing Worksheet: Argumentation

Visual Text: StopTextsStopWreck.org, You Don’t Want Them Responding to Your Text (Ad)

Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

*DEBATE: Should Public Colleges Be Free?

*Aaron Bady, Public Universities Should be Free

*Matt Bruenig, The Case Against Free College

*CASEBOOK: Do College Students Need Trigger Warnings?

*Michael Bloomberg and Charles Koch, Why Free Speech Matters on Campus

*Aaron R. Hanlon, The "Free Speech" Charade

*Jennifer Medina, Warning: The Literary Canon Could Make Students Squirm

*Soraya Chemally, What’s Really Important about "Trigger Warnings"

15 Combining the Patterns

Structuring an Essay by Combining the Patterns

Combining the Patterns: Revising and Editing

Grammar in Context: Agreement with Indefinite Pronouns

A Student Writer: Combining the Patterns

Michael Huu Truong, The Park (Student Essay)

Peer-Editing Worksheet: Combining the Patterns

Lars Eighner, On Dumpster Diving

*Donald Kagan, On Patriotism

Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal

Working with Sources

16 Finding and Evaluating Sources

Finding Information in the Library

Finding Information on the Internet

Evaluating Sources

17 Integrating Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism




Integrating Source Material into Your Writing


Avoiding Plagiarism

18 Documenting Sources: MLA

Parenthetical References in the Text

The Works-Cited List

Philip Lau, The Limitations of Wikipedia (Student Essay in MLA Style)

Appendix: Documenting Sources: APA

Using Parenthetical References

Examples of APA Citations

Philip Lau, The Limitations of Wikipedia (Student Essay in APA Style)



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