A Reader for College Writers

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-07-24
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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A Reader for College Writersis a compact reader organized around the patterns of development that writers use to express their ideas. In addition to providing a careful overview of the writing process and the elements of good writing, it employs a range of excellent models from both professional and student writers. Through this combination of instruction and models, it helps students produce confident written work in all of their college courses whether in the humanities, sciences, or social sciences.

Table of Contents

A Reader for College Writers
Seventh Edition Preface How to Use This Book Becoming an Active Reader Using the Writing Process
A Tool for Discovery The Making of a Student Essay
From Prewriting to Proofreading
Organization and Development
The Central Idea Identifying the Central Idea Writing a Preliminary Topic Sentence or Thesis Statement Controlling Unity and Development Revising the Central Idea Practicing Writing Central Ideas Four Paragraphs for Analysis The Girls of Gen Ex
Whitehead The Example of Jackie Robinson
A Typical Morning
Echoes (student essay) Suffering (student essay)
Writing and Its Rewards
Paragraphs: Mastering Unity, Coherence, and Development Creating Unity Maintaining Coherence Developing Effective Paragraphs Visualizing Unity, Coherence, and Development Revising to Improve Unity, Coherence, and Development Practicing Unity and Coherence Practicing Methods of Development Oma: Portrait of a Heroine (student essay) Study Calculus!
Burger Queen (student essay)
A Brother''s Dreams
Special Paragraphs: Writing Introductions and Conclusions Writing Introductions Writing Conclusions Visualizing Ways to Write Introductions and Conclusions Revising Introductions and Conclusions Practicing Writing Introdusions An Unusual Affliction (student essay) How to Keep Air Clean
Fish Cheeks
A Prayer for the Days of Awe
Word Choice and Sentence Patterns
Word Choice: Using Literal and Figurative Language Effectively Showing Readers What You Mean Making Your Writing Concrete Making Your Writing Specific Making Your Writing Vivid Using Figurative Language: Simile, Metaphor, Personification Visualing Effective Word Choice Revising for Word Choice Practicing the Use of Effective Language Music (student essay) Those Winter Sundays
Cannibal by Angie Cannon What the Gossips Saw
Sentence Structure: Creating Emphasis and Variety Emphasis Variety Visualizing Sentence Structure Revising to Create Variety and Emphasis Practicing Combining Sentences A Longing (student essay) Why Does Everybody Hate Me?
Gettysburg Address
Description and Narration Knowing Your Subject Using Language That Shows Being Objective or Subjective
Description Techniques for Describing Places and Things Techniques for Describing People Visualizing Details that Describe Places and Things Visualizing Details that Describe People Revising Descriptive Essays Practicing Techniques That Describe If at First You Do Not See... (student essay) Watching the Reapers
Home by Gordon Parks Fish Camp
Narration Determining Purpose and Theme Finding the Meaning in Your Story Deciding What to Include Showing the Passage of Time Describing Setting and Developing Characters Making Your Stories Interesting and Believable Writing about Ourselves and About Others: Point of View Visualizing Narrative Elements Revising Narrative Elements Practicing Narrative Skills The Colossus in the Kitchen
Mid-Term Break
Frederick Douglass: The Path to Freedom
Exposition Explaining through Illustration Explaining through Comparison and Contrast Explaining through Process Analysis
Illustration Specific Facts, Instances, or Occurrences Statistics Specific People, Places, or Things Anecdotes Visualizing Examples Revising Illustration Essays Practicing Illustration Wolf
Covert Force
Howe English Is a Crazy Language
The Death of Common Sense
Comparison and Contrast Organizing Comparison/Contrast Papers Visualizing Methods of Comparison Revising Comparison/Contrast Papers Practicing Comparison and Contrast High Anxiety: It Never Ends
They Shoot Helicopters Don’t They?
How Journalists Spread Rumors During Hurricane Katrina
How the Lawyers Stole Winter
Process Analysis Organization, Purpose, and Thesis Clarity and Directness Visualizing Process Analysis Revising Process Analysis Papers Practicing Process Analysis Do You Want to Be a Millionaire?
How to Fight a Duel
On Fire
Florida’s Fire Ants Headed for Trouble
Definition Types of Definition Extended Definitions Purpose and Audience Thesis Organization and Development Visualizing Definition Revising Definition Essays Practicing Definition Fire in the Sky by Claudia Glen Dowling The Ordinariness of Evil
The D-Day Generation by Peggy Noonan Life without Father
The Perpetual Adolescent
Argumentation And Persuasion Establishing Purpose: Choosing to Argue or Persuade Appealing to Your Audience Choosing a Thesis (Claim) That Is Debatable, Supportable, and Focused Gathering Evidence to Support Your Thesis Determining Tone and Content Expressing a Voice Being Fair, Accurate, and Logical
Argumentation Mastering Deduction and Induction Developing Ideas in an Argument Establishing Your Authority Anticipating and Addressing Opposing Opinions Visualizing Strategies for Argument Revising Argument Papers Practicing Strategies for Argument Drug Tests Fail Schools—USA Today Editorial The Right to Be Let Alone
A Cool and Logical Analysis of the Bicycle Menace
Free Speech on Campus
Bilingual Education: Opposing Views Desperate to Learn English
Melting Pot or Tossed Salad
Persuasion Appealing to the Reader’s Values and Pride Appealing to the Reader’s Emotions Appealing to the Reader’s Self-interest Anticipating and Addressing Opposing Opinions Establishing Your Authority Using Conciliation—The Rogerian Approach Visualizing Strategies for Persuasion Considering Visuals That Persuade Revising Persuasion Papers Practicing Strategies for Persuasion Education is the Priority
I Have a Dream
In State-College Tuition for Illegal Immigrants: Opposing Views In-State Tuition for Children of Illegal Migrants? by the Editors of Utah’s Daily Herald An Unfair Reward for Illegal Immigrants
Education Illegal Immigrants
Student Essay
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