The Short Prose Reader

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  • Edition: 12th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-12-08
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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This rhetorically organized reader, maintains the best features of the earlier editions: lively reading selections supported by helpful apparatus to integrate reading and writing in college composition and reading courses. In working through the text, the student progresses from key aspects of the writing and reading processes to chapters on the essential patterns of writing and then to more rigorous forms of analysis and argument. Each chapter provides diverse and lively prose models suited for discussion, analysis, and imitation.

Table of Contents

On Writing
I Think, Therefore IM
How to Write with Style
Mother Tongue (Mixing Patterns)
Summing Up: Chapter 1
From Seeing to Writing
On Reading
Prison Studies
“See Spot Run”: Teaching My Grandmother to Read
One Idea (Mixing Patterns)
Summing Up: Chapter 2
From Seeing to Writing
Farewell to Summer and Its Buzzing Creatures
In the Jungle
Catfish in the Bathtub
My Ticket to the Disaster (Mixing Patterns)
Summing Up: Chapter 3
From Seeing to Writing
The Struggle to Be an All-American Girl
Let It Snow
A Hanging (Mixing Patterns)
Summing Up: Chapter 4
From Seeing to Writing
Process Analysis
Your New Computer
How to Foil a Terrorist Plot in Seven Simple Steps
Camping Out
In the Kitchen (Mixing Patterns)
Summing Up: Chapter 5
From Seeing to Writing
Night Walker
What I’ve Learned from Men
Homeless on Campus
Globalization Rocked the Ancient World Too (Mixing Patterns)
Summing Up: Chapter 6
From Seeing to Writing
Comparison and Contrast
A Fable for Tomorrow
Punch and Judy
The Body of the Beholder
Home Alone (Mixing Patterns)
Summing Up: Chapter 7
From Seeing to Writing
Cause-and-Effect Analysis
Why We Crave Horror Movies
The America I Love
Why I Live Where I Live
Who’s Your Daddy? (Mixing Patterns)
Summing Up: Chapter 8
From Seeing to Writing
Friends, Good Friends-and Such Good Friends
Shades of Green
The American Dream for Sale: Ethnic Images in Magazines
How Do We Find the Student in a World of Academic Gymnasts and Worker Ants? (Mixing Patterns)
Summing Up: Chapter 9
From Seeing to Writing
The Posteverything Generation
Generation Q
A Word’s Meaning (Mixing Patterns)
Summing Up: Chapter 10
From Seeing to Writing
Argumentation and Persuasion
Arguments Pro and Con: Can Torture Be Justified?
A Case for Torture
Torture’s Terrible Toll
Perspectives on Identity: Who Are We, and How Are We Formed?
Are the Homeless Crazy?
The American Neighborhood
The Harmful Myth of Asian Superiority
Perspectives on the Mommy Wars: Should Mothers Work?
Off to Work She Should Go
Baby Battle
The Good Enough Mother
Perspectives on Political Rights: Are We Truly Free?
Get a Knife, Get a Dog, But Get Rid of Guns
I Have a Dream
Jena, O.J. and the Jailing of Black America
Summing Up: Chapter 11
From Seeing to Writing
Appendix: A Guide To Research And Documentation
What Are Research and Documentation?
The Research Process
Phase I: Choosing and Limiting a Topic
Phase II: Gathering and Organizing Material
Phase III: Writing the Paper
Phase IV: Documenting Sources
Sample Student Research Paper
Index of Authors and Titles
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