40 Model Essays: A Portable Anthology / Edition 1

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At about half the price of other rhetorically arranged readers, 40 Model Essays: A Portable Anthology combines concise but thorough instruction in the methods of development with a well-chosen selection of classic and contemporary model readings for writers. The second edition features a fresh mix of new and current selections to complement class-proven favorites; new advice on forming a thesis statement; and a wealth of captivating new writing topics. This volume in the popular Bedford/St. Martin's series of Portable Anthologies and Guides offers a trademark combination of high quality and great value.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312438296
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 810,905
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.31 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane E. Aaron is a professional writer and editor as well as an experienced teacher. She is the author of the best selling Little, Brown Handbook and coeditor of the best-selling Bedford Reader, Eighth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003). She has served as consultant, editor, or writer on more than a dozen other textbooks for the first-year composition course.
Ellen Kuhl Repetto (M.A., University of Massachusetts Boston) is a freelance editor and writer who has contributed to more than twenty composition readers, handbooks, and rhetorics. She is the author of The Bedford/St. Martin's Textbook Reader (2003), Readings for Discoveries: A Collection of Short Essays (2006), and Hope over Hardship: A History of the Boston Home, 1881 - 2006 (2007).

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Reading and Writing
Barbara Lazear Ascher, The Box Man

1. Description
E.B. White, Once More to the Lake
Joan Didion, The Santa Ana
Judith Ortiz Cofer, Silent Dancing
M. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain

2. Narration
Langston Hughes, Salvation
Annie Dillard, The Chase
Maya Angelou, Champion of the World
George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant

3. Example
Perry Klass, She's Your Basic L.O.L. in N.A.D.
Anna Quindlen, Homeless
David Sedaris, Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa
Brent Staples, Black Men and Public Space

4. Division or Analysis
Emily Prager, Our Barbies, Ourselves
Margaret Visser, The Ritual of Fast Food
Scott Russell Sanders, The Men We Carry in Our Minds

5. Classification
Russell Baker, The Plot Against People
Deborah Tannen, But What Do You Mean?
Stephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie

6. Process Analysis
Lars Eighner, Dumpster Diving
Anne Lamott, The Crummy First Draft
Jessica Mitford, Embalming Mr. Jones

7. Comparison and Contrast
Suzanne Britt, Neat People vs. Sloppy People
Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts
Nancy Mairs, Disability
Richard Rodriguez, Private Language, Public Language

8. Definition
Judy Brady, I Want a Wife
Noel Perrin, The Androgynous Man
Gloria Naylor, The Meanings of a Word
Amy Tan, Mother Tongue

9. Cause and Effect Analysis
Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point
Barbara Ehrenreich, Cultural Baggage
K.C. Cole, Women and Science
Steven Jay Gould, Sex, Drugs, Disasters, and the Extinction of Dinosaurs

10. Argument and Persuasion
A Debate on Capital Punishment
Edward I. Koch, Death and Justice
David Bruck, The Death Penalty
William F. Buckley, Why Don't We Complain?
Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream
Virginia Woolf, Professions for Women
Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal

Index of Titles and Authors

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