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This classic rhetoric/ reader/ research guide/ handbook offers the reader a complete course in writing in the rhetorical modes in one comprehensive volume. Includes critical reading/writing; research, readings that serve as models for good writing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321845924
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

PART 1 Getting Started: The Principles of Good Reading and Writing

Ch 1 Critical Reading

Why Read?

Reading for Best Results

Tips for Reading Critically

Critical Reading in Action

· Lawrence Downes, “The Shy, Egg-Stealing Neighbor You Didn’t Know You Had” [Annotated professional essay]

Reading as Inquiry

Strategy Checklist: Reading Critically

· George Orwell, “A Hanging”

Reading Visual Images

Reading a Photograph

Tips for Reading Photographs

Reading Advertisements

Tips for Reading Advertisements

Reading Graphs, Tables, and Charts

Tips for Reading Graphs, Tables, and Charts

Reading Cartoons

Tips for Reading Cartoons

Reading Web Sites

Tips for Reading and Evaluating Web Sites

Strategy Checklist: Reading and Evaluating Web Sites

Models of Writing

· Christopher Caldwell, “Intimate Shopping: Should Everyone Know What You Bought Today?”

Strategy Checklist: Reading and Interpreting Visuals

Ch 2 Active Writing

Choosing a Good Topic

Setting Limits on a Topic

Narrowing a Topic in Stages

Determining Your Purpose and Audience


Strategy Checklist: Prewriting

Organizing Ideas

Writing Drafts

Tips for Writing a Rough Draft

One Student Writing: First Draft

· First Draft: John Fousek, “My Roommate” [Student Essay]

Strategy Checklist: Getting Started with Writing

Collaborative Learning

Ch 3 Finding and Supporting a Thesis

Understanding the Thesis

Elements of a Good Thesis

Tips for Evaluating a Thesis

Stating Your Thesis

Tips for Developing a Thesis

Thesis Statements: Strong or Weak?

Supporting Your Thesis: Details

Using Sensory Details

Using Data: Statistics, Cases, and Expert Testimony

Student Writing: Thesis and Details

· Thomas Healey, “You Must Be Crazy!” [Student essay]

· Joseph Anderson, “Getting Juiced” [Student essay]

Models of Writing

· Nicholas D. Kristof, “Love and Race”

· Langston Hughes, “Salvation” [Story]

Strategy Checklist: Stating and Supporting a Thesis

Ch 4 Planning a Paper: Outlining

Why Outline?

Creating a Rough Outline

Making a Formal Outline

Establishing Main Divisions

Adding Supporting Details

Formatting a Formal Outline

Writing a Topic Outline

Correcting a Formal Outline

One Student Writing: From Prewriting to Essay

· Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ozymandias” [Poem]

· Prewriting, Rough Outline, Formal Outline, Essay: Alan Benjamin, “Enough Despair to Go Around” [Student essay]

Preparing Your Formal Outline

Tips for Writing a Formal Outline

Strategy Checklist: Preparing a Formal Outline

Ch 5 Writing Your Paper: An Overview

Writing a Strong Introduction

Stating the Thesis

Forecasting the Paper

Using Different Introductory Strategies

Tips for Writing a Strong Introduction

Writing the Body Paragraphs

Writing Topic Sentences

One Student Writing: Topic Sentences

· Hugh Nicholes, “The Mechanics of Backyard Mechanics” [Student essay]

Writing Transitions

Developing Paragraphs: Unity and Coherence

Tips for Achieving Paragraph Unity

Tips for Achieving Paragraph Coherence

Writing a Strong Conclusion

Tips for Writing a Strong Conclusion

Ch 6 Revising, Editing, and Proofreading Your Paper

Revising Your Paper

Revising to Improve Your Thesis

Revising for Appropriate Supporting Detail

Revising for Better Organization

Revising for Purpose and Audience

Revising for Suitable Structure: Introduction, Body Paragraphs, Conclusion

Peer Review: Learning from Other Students

One Student Writing: Revising and Editing

· Intermediate Draft: John Fousek, “My Roommate” [Student Essay]

Tips for Editing Your Paper

Learning from Your Instructor’s Comments

· Intermediate Draft with Instructor Comments: John Fousek, “My Roommate” [Student Essay]


Tips for Careful Proofreading

Putting It All Together

Strategy Checklist: Revising and Editing Your Drafts

One Student Writing: Final Draft

· Final Draft: John Fousek, “My Roommate, Jim” [Student Essay]

A Brief Note on Style

PART 2 Methods of Development

Ch 7 Description

Writing Your Descriptive Paper

Tips for Writing a Descriptive Essay

Assignment: Description

Student Writing: Description

· Nick Fiscina, “Dad’s Disappointment” [Student essay]

· Thomas Albanese, “High School Practice” [Student essay]

Description in the World Around You

Readings for Writing

· Esmeralda Santiago, “A Blanco Navidad for New Yorikans” [Annotated Professional Essay]

· Roger Angell, “On the Ball”

· Joan Didion, “Marrying Absurd”

· Maxine Hong Kingston, "My Mother Has Cooked for Us"

Reading and Writing About Poetry

· Mark Strand, “Black Sea” [Poem]

Strategy Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Descriptive Paper


Collaborative Learning

Ch 8 Narration

Writing Your Narrative Paper

Tips for Writing a Narrative Essay

Assignment: Narration

Student Writing: Narration

· Alycia Hatten, “The Death of Santa Claus” [Student essay]

· Jarrett David Lee Jackson, “My Father’s House” [Student essay]

Narration in the World Around You

Readings for Writing

· Carol K. Littlebrandt, “Death Is a Personal Matter”

· Tanya Barrientos, “Se Habla Espanõl”

· Greg Sarris, “‘You Don’t Look Indian’”

· Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour” [Story]

Reading and Writing About Poetry

· Countee Cullen, “Incident” [Poem]

Strategy Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Narrative Paper


Collaborative Learning

Ch 9 Example

Writing Your Example Paper

Tips for Writing an Example Essay

Seeing an Example Paper Plan

Assignment: Example

Student Writing: Example

· Monica Branch, “Keep It Simple” [Student essay]

Researched Student Writing: Example

· Laura Merkner, “Children of Television” [MLA-style essay]

Example in the World Around You

Critical Reading: Example

· Verlyn Klinkenborg, “Inside the Mind’s Eye, a Network of Highways” [Annotated professional essay]

Readings for Writing

· John Updike, “Childhood Transgressions”

· Barbara Ehrenreich, “What I’ve Learned from Men”

· John Grisham, “Boxers, Briefs and Books”

· Judy Brady, “I Want a Wife”

Reading and Writing About Poetry

· Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Lament” [Poem]

Strategy Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Example Paper


Collaborative Learning

Ch 10 Process

Writing Your Process Paper

Tips for Writing a Process Essay

Assignment: Process

Student Writing: Process

· Michael Wollan, “Coffee Time” [Student essay]

Researched Student Writing: Process

· Omprakash K. Pansara, “Preparing for he First Day of Classes” [MLA-Style essay]

Process in the World Around You

Readings for Writing

· Mark A. Shiffrin and Avi Silberschatz

· Mildred Armstrong Kalish, “Wash Day”

· Nikki Giovanni, “Campus Racism 101”

· Susan Douglas, “Remote Control: How to Raise a Media Skeptic”

Reading and Writing About Poetry

· Robert Frost, “Fire and Ice” [Poem]

Strategy Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Process Paper


Collaborative Learning

Ch 11 Comparison and Contrast

Writing Your Comparison–Contrast Paper

Tips for Writing a Comparison–Contrast Essay

Assignment: Comparison and Contrast

Student Writing: Comparison¿ ¿–Contrast

Subject-by-Subject Pattern

· Carey Byer, “In the Swim” [Student outline and essay]

Point-by-Point Pattern

· Benjamin Simonovich, “Two Jobs” [Student outline and essay]

Comparison and Contrast in the World Around You

Readings for Writing

· Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens), “The Professional”

· William Zinsser, “Speaking of Writing”

· Suzanne Britt, “That Lean and Hungry Look”

· David Brooks, “The Medium is the Medium”

· Shirley Jackson, “Charles” [Story]

· Saki (H.H. Munro), “The Open Window” [Story]

Legalizing Drugs: Two Web Sites for Comparison and Contrast

· Office of National Drug Control Policy [Home page]

· Marijuana Policy Project [Home page]

Love, Sweet Love: Two Poems for Comparison and Contrast

· William Shakespeare, Sonnet 29, “When, in disgrace with Fortune and men’s eyes” [Poem]

· William Shakespeare, Sonnet 130, “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” [Poem]

· Julie Olivera, “Two Kinds of Love” [Student essay]

Strategy Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Comparison and Contrast Paper


Collaborative Learning

Ch 12 Classification and Division

Classification and Division in Action

Using Division (or Analysis)

Using Classification

How Are Division and Classification Different?

Reviewing Division Strategies

Writing Your Classification Paper

Tips for Writing a Classification Essay

Assignment: Classification

Student Writing: Classification

· Yvonne C. Younger, “Tomorrow, Tomorrow” [Student essay]

Classification in the World Around You

Readings for Writing

· Jared Sandberg, “A Brief, Handy Guide to Those Odd Birds in the Upper Branches”

· John Holt, “Three Kinds of Disciplines”

· Amartya Sen, “A World Not Neatly Divided”

· Cass R. Sunstein, “How Polarizing Is the Internet?”

Reading and Writing About Poetry

· Robert Frost, “The Rose Family” [Poem]

Strategy Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Classification Paper


Collaborative Learning

Ch 13 Cause and Effect

Writing Your Cause and Effect Paper

Tips for Writing a Cause and Effect Essay

Assignment: Cause and Effect

Student Writing: Cause and Effect

· Richard S. Smith, “Cause for Failure” [Student essay]

Researched Student Writing: Cause and Effect

· Richard Yee, “Banning Same-Sex Marriage: An Attack on an American Institution” [MLA-style essay]

Cause and Effect in the World Around You

Readings for Writing

· Bob Herbert, “Tweet Less, Kiss More”

· Carll Tucker, “On Splitting”

· Mohan Sivanand, “Why I Write Wrong”

· Brent Staples, “What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow Up in Cyberspace”

· Mike Twohy, “Reassigned Pending an Investigation” [Cartoon]

Reading and Writing About Poetry

· A. E. Housman, “Is my team ploughing…” [Poem]

Strategy Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Cause and Effect Paper


Ch 14 Definition

Writing Your Definition Paper

Beginning a Formal Definition

Tips for Writing One-Sentence Definitions

Drafting Your Formal Definition Paper

Writing an Informal Definition Paper

Assignment: Definition

Student Writing: Formal Definition

· Frederick Spense, “Everyone Is Equal in the Grave” [Student essay]

Student Writing: Informal Definition

· Helen Fleming, “The Grinnies” [Student essay]

Definition in the World Around You

Readings for Writing

· David Owen, “The Perfect Job”

· Lev Grossman, "Meet Joe Blog"

· Lorenzo Albacete, “The Struggle with Celibacy”

· Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., “Harrison Bergeron” [Story]

Reading and Writing About Poetry

· Langston Hughes, “Dreams” [Poem]

Strategy Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Definition Paper


Collaborative Learning

Ch 15 Argumentation

Using Logic



Using Induction and Deduction

Avoiding Logical Fallacies

Making Appeals

Writing Your Argumentation Paper

Writing a Formal Argument

Tips for Writing a Formal Argument

Developing a Debatable Position

Assignment: Argumentation

Student Writing: Argumentation

· Sandra Travis-Edwards, “The Right Not to Vote” [Student essay]

Argumentation: Perspectives on Immigrants in America

· US Immigration Support, “Illegal Immigration”

· “Report an Illegal Alien”

· J. B. Handlesman, “Undocumented Aliens” [Cartoon]

· “The Utah Compact”

· Nick Milano, “Citizenship for Christmas” [Student essay]

· Quynh Nguyen, “Being a Recent American” [Student essay]

Argumentation: Perspectives on the Death Penalty

· Lauren Heist, “Capital Punishment: An Example for Criminals” [Student essay]

· Alex Shalom, “Abolish the Death Penalty” [Student essay]

· Mark Essig, “Continuing the Search for Kinder Executions”

· Robert Mankoff, “Good News” [Cartoon]

Argumentation in the World Around You

Readings for Writing

· Stephanie Coontz, “Till Children Do Us Part”

· James Q. Wilson, “Just Take Away Their Guns”

· Meg Greenfield, “In Defense of the Animals”

Reading and Writing About Poetry

· Thomas Hardy, “The Man He Killed” [Poem]

Strategy Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Argument Paper


Collaborative Learning

Ch 16 Mixing Methods of Development

Developing Your Paper through Mixed Modes

Tips for Developing a Mixed Modes Essay

Mixing Methods: Looking at Possibilities

Assignment: Mixed Methods of Development

Student Writing: Mixing Methods in Developing Your Essay

· Brian Jarvis, “Against the Great Divide” [Student essay]

Critical Reading: Mixed Methods of Development

· Timothy K. Beal, “Bibles du Jour” [Annotated professional essay]

Readings for Writing

· Herbert J. Gans, “Fitting the Poor Into the Economy”

· Reshma Memon Yaqub, “You People Did This”

Strategy Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Mixed Modes Paper


Collaborative Learning

PART 3 Special Writing

Ch 17 Literary Analysis

Writing Your Analysis of Literature

Reading Literature for Analysis

Tips for Reading Literature for Analysis

Interpreting Symbols

Tips for Avoiding Traps Involving Symbols

Watching for Metaphors and Similes

Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Literary Analysis

Tips for Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Literary Analysis

Student Writing: Literary Analysis

· Harriett McKay, “The Beginning of the End” [Student essay]

Readings for Writing

· Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl” [Story]

· Ann Petry, “Doby’s Gone” [Story]

· Edgar Allan Poe, “TheTell-Tale Heart” [Story]

Strategy Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Literary Analysis Paper

Ch 18 Writing Essay Exams

Preparing for the Exam

Evaluating the Question

Planning and Writing Your Essay

Tips for Planning and Writing Your Essay

Strategy Checklist: Taking an Essay Exam

Ch 19 Business Writing: An Overview

Writing Inquiry and Complaint Letters

Letter of Inquiry

Letter of Complaint

Letter Format

Tips for Writing and Formatting a Letter

Online Job Search

Tips for Online Job Hunters

Writing a Letter to Apply for a Job

Writing Your Résumé

Tips for Preparing a Resume

Electronic (Digital) Résumés

Writing Memorandums and E-mail

PART 4 Research

Ch 20 Doing Research

Choosing Your Subject

Doing Preliminary Reading

Searching the World Wide Web

“Googling” Your Subject

Evaluating On-line Sources

Tips for Evaluating Web Sties Used in Your Research

Using General Encyclopedias

Using Specialized Reference Works

Preparing Your Preliminary Outline

Why Libraries?

Limiting Your Research Topic

Determining a Research Question

Finding Sources and Developing a Working Reference List

Finding Articles

Finding Books: The Online Catalog

Keeping Records for Your Reference List

Taking Notes

Note-taking Options: Pencils or Keyboards?

Evaluating Sources

Tips for Evaluating Your Sources

Recording Quotations

Summarizing and Paraphrasing in Your Notes

Disagreements: Distinguishing Between Facts and Opinions

Developing Your Thesis

Preparing Your Formal Outline

Making a Slug Outline

Writing a Formal Outline

Strategy Checklist: Doing Research

Ch 21 Writing Your Research Paper

Writing Your Research Paper: An Overview

The First Draft

Subsequent Drafts

Using Explanatory Notes

Toward the Final Copy

Quoting and Paraphrasing Your Sources

Quoting an Original Source

Paraphrasing an Original Source

Direct Quotations: How Many?

Avoiding Plagiarism

Documenting Sources in the Humanities: MLA Style

Parenthetical Citations

A List of Works Cited

Preparing the Works Cited List

Tips for Preparing the Works Cited List

Documenting Sources in the Social Sciences: APA Style

Parenthetical Citations

A List of APA References

Preparing Your References List

Tips for Preparing an APA References List

Preparing Your Manuscript

Tips for Preparing the Final Copy

Strategy Checklist: Writing Your Research Paper

Frequently Asked Questions about Writing Research Papers

Sample MLA-Style Research Paper

· Elizabeth Kessler, “The Banning of the Polygraph” [MLA-style essay]

PART 5 Style

Ch 22 Proper Words in Proper Places

Denotation and Connotation

The Importance of Connotation

Word Sensitivity

Abstract Writing and Concrete Writing

Using Specific Details

Using Specific Words and Phrases

Using Comparisons

Ch 23 Effective Sentences

Wordiness and Economy

Cutting Deadwood

Avoiding Pointless Repetition of Meaning

Cutting Unnecessary Clauses

Avoiding Delay of Subject

Passive and Active Verbs

Faulty Parallelism

What Is Parallelism?

Avoiding Faulty Parallelism

Faulty Subordination and Sentence Combining

Sentence Monotony and Variety

Varying Sentence Length

Varying Sentence Structure

Ch 24 Additional Style Problems and Solutions



Repetition, Good and Bad

Repetition for Clarity

Repetition for Impact

Undesirable Repetition of Meaning

Undesirable Repetition of the Same Word

Undesirable Repetition of Sounds


Fancy Writing

Sexist Language

Tips for Avoiding Sexist Language

Miscellaneous Do’s and Don’ts

Tips for Writing in an Academic Style

PART 6 Handbook, Glossary, and ESL Pointers


Glossary of Problem Words

ESL Pointers:Tips for Non-Native Writers

Verbs and Helping Verbs, Including Modals

Summary Checklist: Principal Parts and Auxiliaries for Three Sample Verbs

Using Helping Verbs and Modals with Principal Parts of Verbs

Phrasal Verbs

Tips and Pointers for Phrasal Verbs

Nouns:Countable and Uncountable

Examples of Nouns You Cannot Count

The articles a, and, and the


Using in, at, and on

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