Readings for Writers (with 2009 MLA Update Card)

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-18
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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, Andy Rooney
Hidden within Technology's Empire, A Republic of Letters, Saul Bellow
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, Donald Murray
Examples: I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter to Horace Greeley, Abraham Lincoln [New selection]
Have a Cigar, James Herriot
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
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), William Shakespeare
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, A.M. Tibbetts and Charlene Tibbetts
Examples: Paragraphs with the Topic Sentence at the Beginning
From the Lessons of the Past, Edith Hamilton
Pain, William Somerset Maugham
I Am Tired of Fighting (Surrender Speech), Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce
Man against Darkness, W. T. Stace
What Is a Poet
Mark Van Doren
On Disease, Lewis Thomas, M.D. The Flood, Robert Frost
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
Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: What Does Islam Say about Terrorism
Abdullah Momin
"Postscript" to Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia
Punctuation Workshop: The Period
Student Corner: The Right Moves against Terrorism
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
Pigeon Woman
Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: Body Image
Stretch Marks
Punctuation Workshop: The Comma
Student Corner: Body Modification--Think about It!
Process Analysis
Road Map to Process Analysis
What Process Analysis Does
When to Use Process Analysis
How to Write a Process Analysis
Warming Up to Write a Process Analysis
Examples: How to Improve your Personality
Hunting Octopus in the Gilbert Islands
Hitler's Workday
In the Emergency Room
Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: Painting: My Parents
The View from Eighty
Punctuation Workshop: The Semicolon
Student Corner: Aging
Road Map to Illustration/Exemplification
What Illustration/Exemplification Does
When to Use Illustration
How to Use Illustration
Warming Up to Write an Illustration
Examples: What Is Style
F.L. Lucas
In the Name of the Law
"Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall..."
Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: Drugs
Don't Legalize Drugs
Punctuation Workshop: The Dash
Student Corner: Drug Use: The Continuing Epidemic
Road Map to Definition
What Definition Does
When to Use Definition
How to Use Definition
Warming Up to Write a Definition
Examples: Of Altruism, Heroism, and Nature's gifts in the Face of Terror
Definition: The Company Man
In Praise of the Humble Comma
Ars Poetica
Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: Illegal Immigrants Are Bolstering Social Security with Billions
Wide Open Spaces
Punctuation Workshop: The Apostrophe
Student Corner: Immigrants in America
Road Map to Comparison/Contrast
What Comparison/Contrast Does
When to Use Comparison/Contrast
How to Use Comparison/Contrast
Warming Up to Write a Comparison/Contrast
Examples: That Lean and Hungry Look
Diogenes and Alexander
Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts
Baba and Me
Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: Heaven: Nothing to Write Home About
Hollywood's Heaven and Hell: A Prime-time Afterlife Special
Punctuation Workshop: The Question Mark
Student Corner: The Existence of God
Road Map to Division/Classification
What Division/Classification Does
When to Use Division/Classification
How to Use Division/Classification
Warming Up to Write a Division/Classification
Examples: Move Over, Teams
Thinking as a Hobby
Kinds of Discipline
The Idols
English 101
Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: Warriors Don't Cry
Incidents with White People
Punctuation Workshop: The Colon
Student Corner: Racial Justice: How Far Have We Come
Nancey Phillips
Causal Analysis
Road Map to Causal Analysis
What Causal Analysis Does
When to Use Causal Analysis
How to Use Causal Analysis
Warming Up to Write a Causal Analysis
Examples: A Peaceful Woman Explains Why She Carries a Gun
Coming into Language
Bricklayer's boy
Why I Went to the Woods
The Storm
Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: The New Feminism
The Farce of Feminism
Punctuation Workshop: The Exclamation Point
Student Corner: "Woman" Is a Noun
Argumentation and Persuasion
Road Map to Argumentation and Persuasion
What Argumentation and Persuasion Do
When to Use Argumentation and Persuasion
How to Use Argumentation and Persuasion
Warming Up to Write an Argument
Examples: Why Don't We Complain
William Buckley [New selection]
A Modest Proposal
A Nation in Need of Vacation
Sex Predators Can't Be Saved
Dooley Is a Traitor
Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: Painting: Migrant Mother
Homeless: Expose the Myths
The Homeless Lack a Political Voice, But Not American Ideals
Punctuation Workshop: Quotation Marks
Student Corner: People Out on a Limb
Combining the Modes What Combining the Modes Does
When to Combine the Modes
How to Use Combined Modes
Examples: Shrew--The Littlest Mammal
Will Spelling Count
Jack Connor
Once More to the Lake
Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: No Technology
No problem
OMG! If LOL then KMN!
Punctuation Workshop: Using Other Punctuation with Quotation Marks
Student Corner
Image Gallery
Rewriting Your Writing
The Editing Booth: Revising
Special Writing Projects
Assignment 1: The Research Paper Why English Instructors Assign Research Papers
How to Choose Your Topic
How to Narrow Your Subject
The Process of Writing the Paper
Preparing "Works Cited" or "References"
Writing the Final Copy
Annotated MLA Style Paper
Annotated APA Style Paper
Assignment 2: The Literary Paper
How to Write a Paper about Literature: The In-Class Essay on Literature
Annotated Literary Paper
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