The Prose Reader: Essays for Thinking, Reading, and Writing

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-08-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This rhetorical reader is designed to help individuals improve their abilities to think, read, and write on progressively more sophisticated levels. It features a collection of 56 provocative, interesting, rhetorically organized essays accompanied by clear, well-developed rhetorical introductions, sample essays, and carefully sequenced prereading and prewriting questions, comprehension questions, and writing projects. Contains essays representing the four main purposes of writing -- description, narration, exposition, persuasion. Organizes essays to reflect progressively more sophisticated levels of thinking, reading, and writing. The essays cover a broad range of contemporary topics and portray the universality of human experience as expressed through the viewpoints of men and women, many different ethnic and racial groups, and a variety of ages and social classes. Presents biographical information about the authors -- explaining the real experiences from which the essay emerged poses provocative prereading questions that help readers focus on the purpose, audience, and subject of the essay. Provides complete sample essays illustrating each rhetorical pattern, accompanied by the writer's own thorough analysis of the writing experience -- explaining the most enjoyable, exasperating, or noteworthy aspects of writing that particular essay. For anyone interested in refining their basic composition skills.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Thinking, Reading, and Writing
Description: Exploring through the Senses
Defining Description
Thinking Critically Through Description
Reading Descriptive Essays
Writing Descriptive Essays
Student Essay: Description at Work
Some Final Thoughts on Description
Summer Rituals
Notes from the Country Club
The Pines
The View from 80
Narration: Telling a Story
Defining Narration
Thinking Critically Through Narration
Reading Narrative Essays
Writing Narrative Essays
Student Essay: Narration at Work
Some Final Thoughts on Narration
For My Indian Daughter
New Directions
The Saturday Evening Post
Only daughter
How the Crab Apple Grew
Example: Illustrating Ideas
Defining Examples
Thinking Critically Through Examples
Reading Example Essays
Writing Example Essays
Student Essay: Examples at Work
Some Final Thoughts on Examples
The Baffling Question
Public and Private Language
Darkness at Noon
Mother Tongue
A Brother's Murder
Process Analysis: Explaining Step by Step
Defining Process Analysis
Thinking Critically Through Process Analysis
Reading Process Analysis
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