Reader for College Writers / Edition 6

Reader for College Writers / Edition 6

by Santi V. Buscemi

ISBN-10: 0072885548

ISBN-13: 9780072885545

Pub. Date: 09/13/2003

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

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


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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McGraw-Hill Companies, The
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Older Edition
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6.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

A Reader for College Writers, Seventh Edition
Preface 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
Emphasis 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: NarrationDetermining 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 Statistics Specific People, Places, or Things Anecdotes 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 Thesis 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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