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This stunning four-color modes-based reader helps students identify and employ the rhetorical patterns. With an emphasis on blending the patterns, this text encourages their use as strategies to help writers achieve their purposes for writing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073210377
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 7/22/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

McGraw-Hill authors represent the leading experts in their fields and are dedicated to improving the lives, careers, and interests of readers worldwide
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Table of Contents

* New to this edition

1. Reading Critically

Critical Reading

Distinguishing Facts from Opinions

Making Inferences

Synthesizing Information

Evaluating Quality

Detecting Errors in Logic

Strategies for Critical Reading

Approach Your Reading with a Reflective and Questioning Attitude

Preview the Material

Do a First Reading

Reread and Study

A Sample Marked Essay

Keeping a Reading Journal


The Purpose of Summaries

Suggestions for Writing a Summary

A Sample Summary


The Purpose of Synthesis

Suggestions for Synthesizing Information

A Sample Synthesis

Strategies for Critical Reading of Visual Material

Charts and Graphs



Reading Selection: Mortimer Adler, How to Mark a Book

2. Planning an Essay and Using the Patterns of Development

Considering Your Writing Context



The Writer’s Role

Generating Ideas

Shaping a Writing Topic

Discovering Ideas to Develop Your Topic

Developing a Thesis

Location of the Thesis

Qualities of an Effective Thesis

How to Compose Your Thesis

Ordering Ideas


Using the Patterns of Development

Reading Selection: Gail Godwin, The Watcher at the Gates

3. Writing and Rewriting

Writing Your First Draft

Tips for Drafting

Essay Structure

The Introduction

Body Paragraphs

The Conclusion

The Title

Visualizing an Essay

Revising Your Draft

Tipsfor Revising

Revising with Peer Review

Editing Your Draft

Tips for Editing

Proofreading the Final Copy

An Essay in Progress: "The Not-so-ideal Male"

Reading Selection: Paul Roberts, How to Say Nothing in 500 Words

4. Description

The Pattern

Using Description for a Purpose

Description in College, at Work, in the Community

Deciding on a Dominant Impression

Supporting Details

Objective and Expressive Details

Descriptive Words

Similes and Metaphors

Organizing Details

Process Guidelines: Strategies for Writing Description

Checklist for Revising Description

Annotated Student Essay: The Gendarme

*N. Scott Momaday The Homestead on Rainy Mountain Creek

Alfred Kazin My Neighborhood

*Rick Bass A Winter’s Tale

Annie Dillard The Deer at Providencia

Gretel Ehrlich Struck by Lightning

Alberto Riós The Vietnam Wall

Additional Writing Assignments

5. Narration

The Pattern

Using Narration for a Purpose

Narration in College, at Work, in the Community

Supporting Details

Writing Dialogue

Organizing Details

Process Guidelines: Strategies for Writing Narration

Checklist for Revising Narration

Annotated Student Essay: The Family Reunion, Revisited

*Chris Abani The Lottery

Langston Hughes Salvation

*William Glaberson Seeking Justice after a Fatal Spin of the Cylinder

Natalie Kusz Ring Leader

Jean Shepherd Lost at C

Lee K. Abbott The View of Me from Mars

Additional Essay Assignments

6. Exemplification

The Pattern

Using Exemplification for a Purpose

Exemplification in College, at Work, in the Community

Supporting Details

Hypothetical Examples

Organizing Details

Process Guidelines: Strategies for Writing Exemplification

Checklist for Revising Exemplification

*Annotated Student Essay: Food for Thought

*Cullen Murphy Lifosuction

Trip Gabriel Computers Help Unite Campuses but Also Drive Some Students Apart

Ralph Ellison On Being the Target of Discrimination

Barbara Ehrenreich What I Learned from Men: Lessons for a Full-Grown Feminist

Jonathan Kozol Untouchables

*Toni Cade Bambara The Lesson

Additional Essay Assignments

7. Process Analysis

The Pattern

Using Process Analysis for a Purpose

Process Analysis in College, at Work, in the Community

Supporting Details

Organizing Details

Process Guidelines: Strategies for Writing a Process Analysis

Checklist for Revising a Process Analysis

Annotated Student Essay: A Visit to Candyland

Miklós Vámos How I’ll Become an America

Diane Cole Don’t Just Stand There

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. In the Kitchen

Timothy Harper Shoot to Kill

Jessica Mitford Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain

*Naomi Shihab Nye The Traveling Onion

Additional Essay Assignments

8. Comparison-Contrast

The Pattern

Using Comparison-Contrast for a Purpose

Comparison-Contrast in College, at Work, in the Community

Choosing Subjects

Supporting Details

Organizing Details

Process Guidelines: Strategies for Writing Comparison-Contrast

Checklist for Revising Comparison-Contrast

Annotated Student Essay: Teaching a New Dog Old Tricks

Bruce Catton Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts

Suzanne Britt Neat People vs. Sloppy People

*Nicholas D. Kristof In Japan, Nice Boys (and Girls) Finish Together

Alice Walker Am I Blue?

Deborah Tannen Squeaky Wheels and Protruding Nails: Direct and Indirect Speech

Arthur L. Campa Anglo vs. Chicano: Why?

*Robert Frost Fire and Ice

Additional Essay Assignments

9. Cause-and-Effect Analysis

The Pattern

Using Cause-and-Effect Analysis for a Purpose

Cause-and-Effect Analysis in College, at Work, in the Community

Supporting Details

Avoiding Errors in Logic

Organizing Details

Process Guidelines: Strategies for Writing Cause-and-Effect Analysis

Checklist for Revising Cause-and-Effect Analysis

Annotated Student Essay: Why Athletes Use Steroids

Dorothy Siegel What Is Behind the Growth of Violence on College Campuses?

*Andrew Sullivan Why the M Word Matters to Me

*James Surowiecki Paying to Play

Eyal Press Fouled Out

Brent Staples Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space

Calvin Trillin It’s Just Too Late

Leslie Marmon Silko Lullaby

Additional Essay Assignments

10. Classification and Division

The Pattern

Using Classification and Division for a Purpose

Classification and Division in College, at Work, in the Community

The Ordering Principle for Classification and Division

Supporting Details

Organizing Details

Process Guidelines: Strategies for Writing Classification and Division

Checklist for Revising Classification-Division

Annotated Student Essay: Strictly Speaking

Sissela Bok White Lies

Martin Luther King, Jr. The Ways of Meeting Oppression

David Bodanis What’s In Your Toothpaste?

William Zinsser College Pressures

Desmond Morris Territorial Behavior

Dylan Thomas Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

Additional Essay Assignments

11. Definition

The Pattern

Using Definition for a Purpose

Definition in College, at Work, in the Community

Supporting Details

Organizing Details

Process Guidelines: Strategies for Writing Definition

Checklist for Revising Definition

*Annotated Student Essay: Why did the Chicken Cross the Möbius Strip?

Judy Brady I Want a Wife

*Jonathan Rauch Caring for Your Introvert

Jo Goodwin Parker What Is Poverty?

Malcolm Gladwell The Art of Failure

Elie Wiesel To Be a Jew

Pat Mora Immigrants

Additional Writing Assignments

12. The Law and Society: A Casebook for Argumentation-Persuasion

The Difference between Argumentation and Persuasion

Purpose and Audience

Argumentation-Persuasion in College, at Work, in the Community

Supporting Details




How Logos, Pathos, and Ethos Relate to Purpose and Audience

Raising and Countering Objections

The Toulmin Model

Inductive and Deductive Reasoning



Organizing Argumentation-Persuasion

Process Guidelines: Strategies for Writing Argumentation-Persuasion

Checklist for Revising Argumentation-Persuasion

*Annotated Student Essay: Cast Out of Kansas: Music Censorship in Public Libraries

Should the the Law Allow Cloning of Embryonic Stem Cells?

*Jeremy Rifkin Why I Oppose Human Cloning

*Raymond Barglow A Reply to Rifkin

Is Justice Served by Trying Juvenile Offenders as Adults?

The New York Times Little Adult Criminals

Laurence Steinberg Should Juvenile Offenders Be Tried as Adults?

Linda J. Collier Adult Crime, Adult Time

Timothy Roche and Amanda Bower Young Voices from the Cell

What Speech Does the First Amendment Protect on College Campuses?

Nat Hentoff Free Speech on Campus

Charles R. Lawrence III The Debate over Placing Limits on Racist Speech Must Not Ignore the Damage It Does to Its Victims

*Harvey A. Silvergate and Greg Lukianoff Speech Codes: Alive and Well at Colleges

*Howard M. Wasserman Fan Profanity

*Robert O’Neil What Limits Should Campus Networks Place on Pornography?

13. Combining Patterns of Development

Patterns for a Purpose

Using the Patterns of Development in Your Writing

Process Guidelines: Strategies for Combining Patterns

*Annotated Student Essay: The Telephone Is Out; IM Is In

*Brad Whetsine Augustinian Influences

George Orwell A Hanging

Richard Rodriguez Complexion

*Pagan Kennedy One Room, 3,000 Brains

*Esther Thorson Dissect an Ad

E. B. White Once More to the Lake

14. Locating, Evaluating, and Drawing on Sources

Using Sources

Locating Sources

Evaluating Print and Internet Sources

Drawing on Sources: Paraphrasing and Quoting

Integrating Paraphrases and Quotations

Avoiding Plagiarism

Documenting Sources

*Annotated Student Essay: Divorce as a Violation of Trust
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