Student's Book of College English: Rhetoric, Readings, Handbook / Edition 10

Student's Book of College English: Rhetoric, Readings, Handbook / Edition 10

by David Skwire, Harvey S. Wiener

ISBN-10: 0321217144

ISBN-13: 9780321217141

Pub. Date: 04/13/2004

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

This classic rhetoric-reader-handbook offers a complete course in writing in the rhetorical modes in one comprehensive volume.


This classic rhetoric-reader-handbook offers a complete course in writing in the rhetorical modes in one comprehensive volume.

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Table of Contents

*New to this edition

Detailed Contents.

Thematic Contents.

Preface to the Instructor.

I. The Principles of Good Reading and Writing.

1. Getting Started.

Critical Reading.

Reading for Best Results.

How Critical Reading Works.

*Lawrence Downes, "The Shy, Egg-Stealing Neighbor You Didn't Know You Had" [Annotated essay]

George Orwell, “A Hanging.”

Reading Visual Images.

Examining an Advertisement.

Nestle, “Want a Lite Baby Ruth?” [Advertisement]

Active Writing

Limiting Your Subject

Determining Your Purpose and Audience.

Writing a Thesis.


Writing Drafts.

One Student Writing.

John Fousek, “My Roommate.” [Student essay]

Writing with a Computer.

Student Writing.

Clifford Wendell, “The Computer and I.” [Student essay]

2. Finding and Supporting a Thesis.

The Thesis.

Stating Your Thesis.

Supporting Your Thesis: Details.

Student Writing: Thesis and Details.

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

Models of Writing.

Anna Quindlen, “Women Are Just Better.”

*W. Michael Cox and Richard Alm, "Scientists Are Made, Not Born."

Richard Rodriguez, “Complexion.”

3. Planning a Paper: Outlining.

The Importance of Planning.

The Formal Outline.

The Formal Outline Format.

Topic and Sentence Outlines.

From Outline to Essay: One Student Writing.

Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ozymandias.” [Poem]

Alan Benjamin, “Enough Despair to go Around.” [Student essay]

Preparing Your Outline.

4. Writing a Paper: An Overview of Parts.

The Introduction.

The Body.

Topic Sentences.

Student Writing: Topic Sentences.

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


Paragraph Development.

The Conclusion.

5. Revising and Editing Your Paper.

One Student Revising and Editing.

Learning from Other Students: Peer Review.

Intermediate Draft: John Fousek, “My Roommate.” [Student essay]

Learning from Your Instructors Comments.

Draft with Instructor's Comments.

Putting It All Together.


Final Draft: John Fousek, "My Roommate." [Student essay]

A Brief Note on Style.

II. Methods of Development.

6. Description.

Writing Your Descriptive Paper.

Student Writing: Description.

Nick Fiscina, “Dad's Disappointment.” [Student essay]

Rosemary J. Sexton, “The Near West Side Way Back When.” [Student essay]

Critical Reading: Description

*Esmerelda Santiago, "A Blanco Navidad for New Yorikans" [Annotated essay]

Models of Writing.

Roger Angell, “On the Ball.”

*Joan Didion, "Marrying Absurd."

Virginia Woolf, “The Death of the Moth.”

Readings for Writing.

Dick Feagler, “Willie.”

Annie Dillard, “Strangers to Darkness.”

Reading and Writing About Poetry.

Mark Strand, “Black Sea.” [Poem]

7. Narration.

Writing Your Narrative Paper.

Student Writing: Narration.

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

Mary Nelson, “The Big Lie.” [Student essay]

Models of Writing.

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

Rogelio R. Gomez, “Foul Shots.”

*Cynthia Audet, "Scar"

Langston Hughes, “Salvation.” [Story]

Readings for Writing.

Greg Sarris, “You Don't Look Indian.”

Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour.”

Reading and Writing About Poetry.

Countee Cullen, “Incident.” [Poem]

8. Example.

Writing Your Example Paper.

Student Writing: Example.

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

*Laura Zager, "A Tale of a Family." [Student essay]

Critical Reading: Example

*Verlyn Klinkenborg, "Inside the Mind's Eye, a Network of Highways." [Annotated essay]

Models of Writing.

John Updike, “Still Afraid of Being Caught.”

Barbara Ehrenreich, “What I've Learned from Men.”

Readings for Writing.

Gary Soto, “Looking for Work.”

Judy Brady, “I Want a Wife.”

Reading and Writing About Poetry.

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

9. Process.

Writing Your Process Paper.

Student Writing: Process.

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

Shirley Lytton-Cannon, “Porch Scrubbing with the Best.” [Student essay]

Models of Writing.

R. H. Kauffman, “How to Survive a Hotel Fire.”

Alexander Petrunkevitch, “The Spider and the Wasp.”

Jack Trueblood, “For a Love of Fishing.”

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

Readings for Writing.

*Nikki Giovanni, "Campus Racism 101."

Shirley Jackson, “Charles.”

Reading and Writing About Poetry.

Robert Frost, “Fire and Ice.” [Poem]

10. Comparison and Contrast.

Writing Your Comparison/Contrast Paper.

Student Writing: Comparison/Contrast.

Subject-by-Subject Pattern.

Lea Fasolo, “Life after Death.” [Student essay]

Point-by-Point Pattern.

Barry Barnett, “Smarter But.” [Student essay]

Combined Patterns of Comparision and Contrast.

Stacy Kissenger, “Birds of a Feather.” [Student essay]

Robert Baptise, “Living in Two Cultures Takes Adjustment.” [Student essay]

Models of Writing.

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

William Zinsser, “Speaking of Writing.”

Suzanne Britt, “That Lean and Hungry Look.”

Bruce Catton, “Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts.”

*James Surowiecki, "No Work and No Play."

Readings for Writing.

The Battle of the Sexes: Two Stories for Comparison and Contrast.

James Thurber, “A Couple of Hamburgers.” [Story]

Mary Wilkins Freeman, “The Revolt of Mother.” [Story]

Legalizing Drugs: Two Websites for Comparison and Contrast.

*Office of National Drug Control Policy, "Marijuana Myths and Facts" [Web Site]

Marijuana Policy Project: United States, “MPP: Marijuana Policy Project.” [Website]

Reading and Writing About Poetry.

William Shakespeare, Sonnet 29, “When in disgrace with fortune and mens eyes.”

William Shakespeare, Sonnet 130, “My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun.”

Julie Olivera, “Two Kinds of Love.”

11. Classification and Division.

Classification and Division as Modes of Thought.

Reviewing Division Strategies.

Writing Your Classification Paper.

Student Writing: Classification.

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

Models of Writing.

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

Scott Russell Sanders, “The Men We Carry in Our Minds.”

John Holt, “Three Kinds of Discipline.”

Readings for Writing.

*Aaron Copeland, "What to Listen for in Music"

Irwin Shaw, “The Girls in Their Summer Dresses.” [Story]

Reading and Writing About Poetry.

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

12. Cause and Effect.

Writing Your Cause-and-Effect Paper.

Student Writing: Cause and Effect.

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

Phil Rosetti, “Getting Organized.” [Student essay]

Models of Writing.

Carll Tucker, “On Splitting.”

Mohan Sivanand, “Why I Write Wrong.”

Betty Rollin, “The Best Years of My Life.”

Readings for Writing.

*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.

Edwin Arlington Robinson, “Richard Cory.” [Poem]

Craig Anders, “We and He.” [Student essay]

William Shakespeare, Sonnet 138, “When my love swears that she is made of truth.” [Poem]

13. Definition.

Writing Your Definition Paper.

Student Writing: Formal Definition.

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

Shirley Marlyne, “Discipline.” [Student essay]

Student Writing: Informal Definition.

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

*Erin Clyburn, "Horror Films Typically Fall Flat." [Student essay]

Models of Writing.

David Owen, “The Perfect Job.”

Richard T. Schaefer and Robert P. Lamm, “Ecclesiae.”

Janice Castro, with Dan Cook and Cristina Garcia, “Spanglish.”

Readings for Writing.

Marjorie Garber, “What is Genius?”

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

Reading and Writing About Poetry.

Langston Huges, “Dreams.” [Poem]

14. Argumentation.

Using Logic.



Using Induction and Deduction.

Avoiding Logical Fallacies.

Writing Your Argumentation Paper.

Student Writing: Argumentation.

Mary Ann Martin, “Self-Serve Is No Serve.” [Student essay]

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

Michael Weissinger, “Abortion Crusade Isnt Educational.” [Student essay]

Pro and Con: Arguments on Controversial Topics.

Student Writing: Opposing Views On Immigrants In America.

Joey Maresca, “American Dream Is Not a Reality for Immigrants.” [Student essay]

Shiva Bhaskar, “U.S. Policies Toward Immigrants Are Unjust.” [Student essay]

Student Writing: Opposing Views on Global Warming

*Malie Matsumoto, "Natural Disasters Caused by Negligence." [Student essay]

*Taylor Williams, "No Singular Culprit in Global Warming Trend." [Student essay]

Models of Writing.

Michael E. Levin, “The Case for Torture.”

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

Meg Greenfield, “In Defense of the Animals.”

Thomas Jefferson, “Declaration of Independence.”

Readings for Writing.

Jim Borgman, “The Concert Hasn't Started Yet, Harold....” [Cartoon]

Student Writing: Opposing Views on the Death Penalty: Four Viewpoints.

Lauren Heist, “Capital Punishment: An Example for Criminals.”

Alex Shalom, “Abolish the Death Penalty.”

*Mark Essig, "Continuing the Search for Kinder Executions."

*Robert Mankoff, "Good News..." [Cartoon]

Opposing Positions on Same-Sex Marriages: Five Viewpoints.

Andrew Sullivan, “Let Gays Marry.”

Lisa Schiffren, “Gay Marriage, an Oxymoron.”, “Please Help Preserve the Traditional Judeo-Christian Institution of Marriage.” [Web Ste]

*, "Support Marriage Equality for All." [Web Site]

*Dan Wasserman, "All We Want Is a Marriage."

Opposing Views on the Megan Kanka Tragedy.

The New York Times, “Dealing with Sex Offenders.”

Midge Decter, “Megans Law and the New York Times.”

Reading and Writing About Poetry.

Emily Dickinson, “Some keep the Sabbath Going to Church.” [Poem]

15. Mixing Methods of Development

Writing Your Paper of Mixed Modes of Development.

Student Writing: Mixing Methods in Developing Your Essay.

*Brian Jarvis, "Against the Great Divide." [Annotated student essay]

Critical Reading: Mixed Methods of Development.

*Timothy K. Beal, "Bibles du Jour." [Annotated professional essay]

Model of Writings.

*Chang Rae Lee, "Coming Home Again."

*Bailey White, "My Real Car."

III. Special Writing.

16. Literary Analysis.

Writing Your Analysis of Literature.

Student Writing: Literary Analysis.

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

Readings for Writing.

Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl.” [Story]

John Collier, “The Chaser.” [Story]

Ann Petry, “Doby's Gone.” [Story]

Edgar Allan Poe, “The Tell-Tale Heart.” [Story]

17. Writing Essay Exams.

Preparing for the Exam.

Evaluating the Question.

Planning and Writing Your Essay.

18. Business Writing: An Overview.

Writing Inquiry and Complaint Letters.

Addressing an Envelope.

Writing a Letter to Apply for a Job.

Writing Your Résumé.

Electronic (Digital) Résumés.



IV. Research.

19. Doing Research.

Choosing Your Subject.

The Research Paper with a Thesis.

Developing Your Thesis.

Preliminary Reading.

Research on the Internet.

Searching the World Wide Web.

"Googling" Your Subject.

Evaluating Web Sites.

Your Preliminary Outline.

A Working Bibliography.

Finding Sources.

Making Bibliography Cards.

Taking Notes.

Place for Notes.

Scope of Notes.

Content of Notes.

Preparing Note Cards.

Quotation of Sources.

Summary and Paraphrase of Sources.

Disagreements: Facts and Opinions.


Making a Slug Outline.

Writing a Formal Outline.

20. Writing Your Research Paper.

Using Sources.

Quoting an Original Source in Your Paper.

Paraphrasing an Original Source in Your Paper.

Direct Quotations: How Many?

Documentation in the Humanities: MLA Style.

Parenthetical Documentation.

A List of Works Cited.

Citing Electronic Sources.

Explanatory Notes.

Preparing the Works Cited List.

Documenting with Endnotes.

First References.

Subsequent References.

Endnotes: A Sample.

Documentation in the Social Sciences: APA Style.

Parenthetical Citation.

The List of References.

Preparing Your References List.


Writing Your Research Paper: Draft Stages.

The First Draft.

Subsequent Drafts.

Toward the Final Copy.

Preparing Your Manuscript.

Frequently Asked Questions about Writing Research Papers.

Sample Research Paper.

Elizabeth Kessler, “The Banning of the Polygraph.”

V. Style.

21. Proper Words in Proper Places.

Denotation and Connotation.

Abstract Writing and Concrete Writing.

Specific Details.

Specific Words and Phrases.


22. Effective Sentences.

Wordiness and Economy.


Pointless Repetition of Meaning.

Cutting Inadequate Clauses.

Delay of Subject.

Passive Verbs.

Faulty Parallelism.

Faulty Subordination and Sentence Combining.

Sentence Monotony and Variety.

Sentence Length.

Sentence Structure.

23. Additional Notes on 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.

Miscellaneous Do's and Don'ts.

VI. Handbook, Glossary, and ESL Pointers.


Self Test: Abbreviations.

Self Test: Correct Adjectives and Adverbs.

Self Test: Apostrophe Use.

Self Test: Capital Letters.

Self Test: Colons.

Self Test: Commas in Series and Clauses.

Self Test: Commas at Introductory Elements.

Self Test: Commas and Interrupting Elements.

Self Test: Commas and Nonrestrictive Elements.

Self Test: Commas: Other Uses.

Self Test: Comma Splices.

Self Test: Comparatives and Superlatives.

Self Test: Faulty Comparisons.

Self Test: End Marks.

Self Test: Fragments.

Self Test: Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers.

Self Test: Pronoun Agreement.

Self Test: Pronoun Case.

Self Test: Pronoun Reference.

Self Test: Quotation Marks.

Self Test: Run-on Sentences.

Self Test: Shifts in Person or Tense.

Self Test: Spelling.

Self Test: Subject-Verb Agreement.

Self Test: Verb Form.

Self Test: Verb Tense.

Glossary of Problem Words.

Self Test: Problem Words.

ESL Pointers: Tips for Non-Native Writers.

Verbs and Helping Verbs, Including Modals.

Phrasal Verbs.

Nouns: Countable and Uncountable.


Self Test; ESL Problems.

Answer Key to Self Tests.



Correction Symbols and Abbreviations.

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