Short Takes

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  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-06-18
  • Publisher: Longman
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This lively collection of fifty-three short, readable selections by both student and professional writers provides useful models of the rhetorical modes. In addition to familiar names such as Barbara Ehrenreich, Richard Rodriguez, and William Raspberry, this reader features many fresh voices such as Anchee Min, Thomas Sowell, Anna Quindlen, Michael Chabon, and Dave Barry. Detailed chapter openers offer strategies for using each rhetorical mode, including short examples from the readings within each chapter. Headnotes for each essay give a brief biography of its author, explain its context, and pinpoint one of the writerrs"s techniques. Questions on "Organization and Ideas" and "Technique and Style" and many suggestions for writing journal entries and essays follow each selection. Each chapter ends with additional writing assignments that ask the reader to compare two or more of the essays.

Table of Contents

On Using Description
"Summer Wind"
"The Bridge" (student selection)
"You'll Love the Way We Fly"
"El Hoyo"
"Left Sink"
On Using Narration
"A Fowl Trick"
"Learning, then College" (student selection)
"The Night of Oranges" (student selection)
"Time to Look and Listen" (student selection)
"Footprints on the Flag"
Visual: Ann Telnaes, "The Flag" (cartoon)
On Using Example
"Sweatin' for Nothin'" (student selection)
"Stop Ordering Me Around"
"Have Fun"
"A Black Fan of Country Music Finally Tells All"
"Bananas for Rent"
On Using Definition
"Chocolate Equals Love"
Henry Han Xi Lau, "I Was a Member of the Kung Fu Crew" (student selection)
"Getting Angry Can Be a Good Thing"
"The Handicap of Definition"
"Crippled by Their Culture"
Visual: Dave Coverley, "Speed Bump" (cartoon)
On Using Comparison and Contrast
"Living on Tokyo Time"
"Who's Watching? Reality TV and Sports"
"Playing House" (student selection)
"Singing Like Yma Sumac"
"World and America Watching Different Wars"
On Using Division and Classification
"What Are Friends For?"
"A Good Word on Politics"
"The Plot Against People"
"The Search for Human Life in the Maze of Retail Stores"
"Desert Religions"
On Using Process
"Save Money"
"Runner" (student selection)
"Independence Day"
"How to Write a Letter"
"A Woman's Place"
On Using Cause and Effect
"Tiffany Stephenson - An Apology" (student selection)
"When Music Heals Body and Soul"
"Black Men and Public Space"
"Technology's Power to Narrow Our View"
"We Have Retreated into the iWorld"
Visual: John Deering, "The Class of 2008" (cartoon)
On Using Argument
"Dance, Dance, Revolution"
"Veiled Insult"
"Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered?"
Debra J. Saunders, "Old Enough to Vote, Old Enough to Drink,"
Visuals: Chip Bok, "College Life" (cartoon)
"The Other Coast" (comic strip)
"Guest Workers and the U.S. Heritage"
"We Don't Need 'Guest Workers'"
Visuals: Darrin Bell, "All These Illegals," (comic strip)
"Americans and Jobs" (cartoon)
For Further Reading: Two Topics, Six Views
On Reality and Television
"Watching the World Go By"
"Ugly, the American"
"Queens of the hills" (student selection)
On Freedom and Censorship
Ursula LeGuin, "Whose Lathe?"
"With a No. 2 Pencil, Delete"
"Solitude and the Fortress of Youth"
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