Readings For Writers

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  • Edition: 13th
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  • Copyright: 2009-01-26
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
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For over thirty years, READINGS FOR WRITERS has been the preeminent rhetorical reader for the freshman composition course. This best-seller continues its tradition of providing the most comprehensive coverage of writing, while also offering the greatest reading selections of any rhetorical reader on the market. With more than 100 selections from a broad range of topics and genres, this text offers something to spark excitement in any developing writer.

Table of Contents

Reading And Writing
Guidelines for Critical Reading
Kinds of Reading
Hidden within Technology''s Empire, A Republic of Letters
What Is Rhetoric? Road Map to Rhetoric
Grammar and Rhetoric
Audience and Purpose
The Internal Reader/Editor
Levels of English
Writing as a Process
Writing about Visual Images Exercises
Advice: What+and How+to Write When You Have No Time to Write
Examples: I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr
Letter to Horace Greeley, Abraham Lincoln [New selection]
Have a Cigar
Real Life Student Writing: E-mail from Samoa
What Is a Writer''s Voice? Road Map to Writer''s Voice
Voice: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? Vocabulary
Advice: How to Say Nothing in Five Hundred Words, Paul Roberts
Examples: Tone: The Writer''s Voice in the Reader''s Mind, Mort Castle
The Waltz, Dorothy Parker
Remarks on the Life of Sacco and on His Own Life and Execution, Bartolomeo Vanzetti
Salvation, Langston Hughes
A Grunt''s Prayer, Ken Noyle [New selection]
Real Life Student Writing: A Thank-You Note to an Aunt
What Is a Thesis? Road Map to a Thesis
Finding Your Thesis
Key Words in the Thesis
Characteristics of a Good Thesis
Nine Errors to Avoid in Composing a Thesis
The Explicit versus the Implicit Thesis
Advice: Thesis, Sheridan Baker
Examples: The Grieving Never Ends, Roxanne Roberts
A Good Man Is Hard to Find, Flannery O''Connor
Spring, Edna St
Vincent Millay
Real Life Student Writing: A Eulogy to a Friend Killed in a Car Wreck
How Do I Organize? Road Map to Organizing
Organizing the Short Essay
Organizing the Long Essay
Planning by Listing Supporting Materials
Organizing with a Formal Outline
Advice: Write to be Understood, Jim Staylor [New selection]
Examples: My Wood, E.M. Forester
Rules for Aging, Roger Rosenblatt
The Catbird Seat, James Thurber
That Time of Year (Sonnet 73)
Real Life Student Writing: Note from a Graduate Student to a Department Secretary
Developing Paragraphs
Road Map to Developing Paragraphs
Parts of the Paragraph
Supporting Details
Topic Sentence Developed over More Than One Paragraph
Position of the Topic Sentence
Paragraph Patterns
Characteristics of a Well-Designed Paragraph
Writing Your Own Paragraphs
Advice: Writing Successful Paragraphs
Examples: Paragraphs with the Topic Sentence at the Beginning
From the Lessons of the Past, Edith Hamilton. Pain
I Am Tired of Fighting (Surrender Speech), Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce
Man against Darkness
What Is a Poet?
On Disease
The Flood
Real Life Student Writing: Letter of Application to an Honors Program
Patterns Of Development: The Rhetorical Modes
Road Map to Narration
What Narration Does
When to Use Narration
How to Write a Narrative
Warming Up to Write a Narrative
Examples: Shooting an Elephant, George Orwell
My Name is Margaret, Maya Angelou
Shame, Dick Gregory
On Black Fathering, Cornel West [New selection]
Those Winter Sundays, Robert Hayden
Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: What Does Islam Say about Terrorism? Abdullah Momin
"Postscript" to Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia, Carmen Bin Laden
Punctuation Workshop: The Period
Student Corner: The Right Moves against Terrorism, Sion Arakelian
Road Map to Description
What Description Does
When to Use Description
How to Write a Description
Warming Up to Write a Description
Examples: The Libido for the Ugly
A Worn Path, Eudora Welty. Pigeon Woman
Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: Body Image, Cindy Maynard
Punctuation Workshop: The Comma. Student Corner: Body Modification+Think about It! Shelley Taylor [New selection]
Process Analysis. Road
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