A Reader For College Writers / Edition 7

A Reader For College Writers / Edition 7

by Santi Buscemi

ISBN-10: 0073533092

ISBN-13: 9780073533094

Pub. Date: 07/24/2007

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education

A Reader for College Writers is a compact reader organized around the patterns of development that writers use to express their ideas. In addition to providing a careful overview of the writing process and the elements of good writing, it employs a range of excellent models from both professional and student writers. Through this combination of instruction

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A Reader for College Writers is a compact reader organized around the patterns of development that writers use to express their ideas. In addition to providing a careful overview of the writing process and the elements of good writing, it employs a range of excellent models from both professional and student writers. Through this combination of instruction and models, it helps students produce confident written work in all of their college courses – whether in the humanities, sciences, or social sciences.

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Table of Contents

A Reader for College Writers, Seventh Edition


How to Use This Book

Becoming an Active Reader

Using the Writing Process: A Tool for Discovery

The Making of a Student Essay: From Prewriting to Proofreading

Section One: Organization and Development

Chapter 1: The Central Idea

Identifying the Central Idea

Writing a Preliminary Topic Sentence or Thesis Statement

Controlling Unity and Development

Revising the Central Idea

Practicing Writing Central Ideas

Four Paragraphs for Analysis

The Girls of Gen Ex by Barbara Dafoe Whitehead

The Example of Jackie Robinson by Stephen Fox

Sawdust by Ernest Albrect

A Typical Morning by Denise Kormondy (student)

Echoes (student essay)

Suffering (student essay)

Writing and Its Rewards by Richard Marius

Chapter 2: Paragraphs: Mastering Unity, Coherence, and Development

Creating Unity

Maintaining Coherence

Developing Effective Paragraphs

Visualizing Unity, Coherence, and Development

Revising to Improve Unity, Coherence, and Development

Practicing Unity and Coherence

Practicing Methods of Development

Oma: Portrait of a Heroine (student essay)

Study Calculus! by William Bennett

Burger Queen (student essay)

A Brother's Dreams by Paul Aronowitz

Chapter 3: Special Paragraphs: Writing Introductions and Conclusions

Writing Introductions

Writing Conclusions

Visualizing Ways to Write Introductions and Conclusions

Revising Introductions and Conclusions

Practicing Writing Introdusions

An Unusual Affliction (student essay)

How to Keep Air Clean by Sydney Harris

Fish Cheeks by Amy Tan

A Prayer for the Days of Awe by Elie Wiesel

Section Two: Word Choice and Sentence Patterns

Chapter 4: Word Choice: Using Literal and Figurative Language Effectively

Showing Readers What You Mean

Making Your Writing Concrete

Making Your Writing Specific

Making Your Writing Vivid

Using Figurative Language: Simile, Metaphor, Personification

Visualing Effective Word Choice

Revising for Word Choice

Practicing the Use of Effective Language

Music (student essay)

Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden

Jeffrey Dahmer, Cannibal by Angie Cannon

What the Gossips Saw by Leo Romero

Chapter 5: Sentence Structure: Creating Emphasis and Variety



Visualizing Sentence Structure

Revising to Create Variety and Emphasis

Practicing Combining Sentences

A Longing (student essay)

Why Does Everybody Hate Me? By Satan (Editors of The Onion)

Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln

Skinwalkers by Richard Louv

Section Three: Description and Narration

Knowing Your Subject

Using Language That Shows

Being Objective or Subjective

Chapter 6: Description

Techniques for Describing Places and Things

Techniques for Describing People

Visualizing Details that Describe Places and Things

Visualizing Details that Describe People

Revising Descriptive Essays

Practicing Techniques That Describe

If at First You Do Not See... (student essay)

Watching the Reapers by Po Chu-i

Flavio's Home by Gordon Parks

Fish Camp by Bailey White

Charisma Foritified by Chutzpah by Barry Schlacter

Chapter 7: Narration
Determining Purpose and Theme

Finding the Meaning in Your Story

Deciding What to Include

Showing the Passage of Time

Describing Setting and Developing Characters

Making Your Stories Interesting and Believable

Writing about Ourselves and About Others: Point of View

Visualizing Narrative Elements

Revising Narrative Elements

Practicing Narrative Skills

The Colossus in the Kitchen by Adrienne Schwartz (student essay)

Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney (poem)

The Day I Was Fat by Lois Diaz-Talty, (student essay)

Frederick Douglass: The Path to Freedom by Carl Sagan

Nagasaki. August 9, 1945 by Michito Ichimaru


Explaining through Illustration

Explaining through Comparison and Contrast

Explaining through Process Analysis

Chapter 8: Illustration

Specific Facts, Instances, or Occurrences


Specific People, Places, or Things


Visualizing Examples

Revising Illustration Essays

Practicing Illustration

Wolf by Grace Lukawska (student essay)

Covert Force by Robert F. Howe

English Is a Crazy Language by Richard Lederer

The Death of Common Sense by Philip K. Howard

Chapter 9: Comparison and Contrast

Organizing Comparison/Contrast Papers

Visualizing Methods of Comparison

Revising Comparison/Contrast Papers

Practicing Comparison and Contrast

High Anxiety: It Never Ends by Nancy Terranova (student essay)

Temptations of Old Age by Malcolm Cowley

They Shoot Helicopters Don’t They? How Journalists
Spread Rumors During Hurricane Katrina by Matt Welch

How the Lawyers Stole Winter by Christopher b. Daly

Chapter 10: Process Analysis

Organization, Purpose, and Thesis

Clarity and Directness

Visualizing Process Analysis

Revising Process Analysis Papers

Practicing Process Analysis

Do You Want to Be a Millionaire? by Chuck Russo (student essay)

How to Fight a Duel by Adam Goodheart

On Fire by Larry Brown

Florida’s Fire Ants Headed for Trouble by Dave Barry

Chapter 11: Definition

Types of Definition

Extended Definitions

Purpose and Audience


Organization and Development

Visualizing Definition

Revising Definition Essays

Practicing Definition

Fire in the Sky by Claudia Glen Dowling

The Ordinariness of Evil by Anju Jha (student essay)

The D-Day Generation by Peggy Noonan

Life without Father by David Blankenhorn

The Perpetual Adolescent by Joseph Epstein


Establishing Purpose: Choosing to Argue or Persuade

Appealing to Your Audience

Choosing a Thesis (Claim) That Is Debatable, Supportable, and Focused

Gathering Evidence to Support Your Thesis

Determining Tone and Content

Expressing a Voice

Being Fair, Accurate, and Logical

Chapter 12: Argumentation

Mastering Deduction and Induction

Developing Ideas in an Argument

Establishing Your Authority

Anticipating and Addressing Opposing Opinions

Visualizing Strategies for Argument

Revising Argument Papers

Practicing Strategies for Argument

Drug Tests Fail Schools—USA Today Editorial

The Right to Be Let Alone by Barry Glazer (student essay)

A Cool and Logical Analysis of the Bicycle Menace by P.J. O’Rourke

Free Speech on Campus by Nat Hentoff

Bilingual Education: Opposing Views

Desperate to Learn English by Alice Callaghan

Melting Pot or Tossed Salad by Dudley Barlow

Chapter 13: Persuasion

Appealing to the Reader’s Values and Pride

Appealing to the Reader’s Emotions

Appealing to the Reader’s Self-interest

Anticipating and Addressing Opposing Opinions

Establishing Your Authority

Using Conciliation—The Rogerian Approach

Visualizing Strategies for Persuasion

Considering Visuals That Persuade

Revising Persuasion Papers

Practicing Strategies for Persuasion

Education is the Priority by Nicholle Palmieri (student essay)

I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In State-College Tuition for Illegal Immigrants: Opposing Views

In-State Tuition for Children of Illegal Migrants? by the Editors of
Utah’s Daily Herald

An Unfair Reward for Illegal Immigrants by Kerry Healey

Education Illegal Immigrants by Todd Rosenbaum, Student Essay

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