Quick Takes: Short Model Essays for Basic Composition / Edition 1

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The 33 essays and 20 paragraphs in this collection are models of various rhetorical modes. Each is followed by suggestions for writing, with pointers to help readers develop a topic, use a particular pattern, and draft a paper.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780065013382
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/9/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 0.50 (h) x 8.12 (d)

Table of Contents

(Each chapter concludes with A Review of Pointers.)

Thematic Guide.

Freeze Frame: Reading and Writing.

1. Description.

From When the Livin' is Easy, Carolyn Kolb.

From The Solace of Open Spaces, Gretel Ehrlich.

From The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston.

Where I Live, Sue Hubbell.

El Hoyo, Mario Suarez.

Frightened by Loss, J. Merrill-Foster.

Cyclone! Rising to the Fall, Peter Schjeldahl.

2. Narration.

From The Choking Doberman, Jan Harold Brunvand.

From Shrovetide in Old New Orleans, Ishmael Reed.

Tale of the Rodent, Roger Starr.

Bad Luck Bob and His Dog, Al Martinez.

I Have a Gun, Tania Nyman.

Angels on a Pin, Alexander Calandra.

3. Example.

From Living an Adventurous Life, Nancy Mairs.

From Silent Spring, Rachel Carson.

No Ordinary Nut, William Lutz.

Rambos of the Road, Martin Gottfried.

Here Be Beasties, Angus McGill.

The Gulf War as Miniseries, Kathleen J. Turner.

Mom, Dad and Abortion, Anna Quindlen.

4. Division and Classification.

From Processing Word Processing, Elizabeth Penfield.

From Sexism in English: A 1990s Update, Alleen Pace Nilsen.

Fight! Fauna Fight! Rick Telander.

The Roots of Rock, Penelope Green.

The Plot Against People, Russell Baker.

Life Without Cable? No Way! Jeff Greenfield.

5. Comparison.

From The Courage of Turtles, Edward Hoagland.

From People, Fran Lebowitz.

From Fathers Playing Catch with Sons, Donald Hall.

From That Lean and Hungry Look, Suzanne Britt.

From The Hidden Dimension, Edward T. Hall.

Fashions in Funerals, Shana Alexander.

Man, Bytes, Dog, James Gorman.

Of Prophets and Protesters, Robert C. Maynard.

On to Disneyland and Real Unreality, Toni Morrison.

6. Process.

From Whitewater Rafting, William McGinnis.

From Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard.

How to Cram, Jill Young Miller.

You Sure You Want to Do This? Maneka Gandhi.

The Tennis Shirt, John Berendt.

Death by Fasting, John Stephenson Graf.

7. Cause and Effect.

From The Weaker Vessel, Antonia Fraser.

From Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion.

Censoring Sex Information: The Story of Sassy, Elizabeth Larsen.

Black Men and Public Space, Brent Staples.

Pain, Not Pleasure, Now the Big Sell, George Felton.

Father and Child, Shelley Moore.

8. Definition.

From The Worst Years of Our Lives, Barbara Ehrenreich.

From The Preface to The Gender Reader, Evelyn Ashton-Jones and Gary A. Olson.

O the Porch, Garrison Keillor.

Let It Beep, Craig Stoltz.

Discrimination is a Virtue, Robert Keith Miller.

The Handicap of Definition, William Raspberry.

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