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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073533094
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 7/24/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Santi V. Buscemi is professor of English and chair of the Department of English at Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey, where he teaches reading and writing. He received his B.A. from St. Bonaventure University, and completed studies for the doctorate at the University of Tennessee. He is the author of A READER FOR DEVELOPING WRITERS (McGraw-Hill), now in its third edition; AN ESL WORKBOOK (McGraw-Hill); and coauthor with Charlotte Smith of 75 READINGS PLUS (McGraw-Hill). He is also chief author of McGraw-Hill's ALLWRITE!, an interactive computer software program in rhetoric, grammar, and research.
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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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