The Longman Reader, Brief Edition / Edition 9

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 67%)
Est. Return Date: 07/24/2015
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 97%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (31) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $26.24   
  • Used (26) from $1.99   

More About This Textbook


Widely praised for its superior teaching apparatus and thought-provoking readings, The Longman Reader remains the most successful rhetorically organized freshman composition reader.

The Longman Reader, Brief Edition features highly praised writing pedagogy in a rhetorically-organized reader. The opening chapter offers specific strategies for active reading, and for each pattern-of-development chapter, The Longman Reader includes a detailed introduction that asks the reader to consider audience and purpose, concrete revision strategies, a peer review checklist, an annotated student essay with extensive analysis, prewriting and revising activities, and a comprehensive list of possible writing topics.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205752263
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 1/18/2010
  • Edition description: Brief
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 508,854
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


1. The Reading Process.

Stage 1: Get an Overview of the Selection.

First Reading: A Checklist.

Stage 2: Deepen Your Sense of the Selection.

Second Reading: A Checklist.

Stage 3: Evaluate the Selection.

Evaluating a Selection: A Checklist.

Ellen Goodman, Family Counterculture.

2. The Writing Process.

Stage 1: Prewrite.

* Figure 2.1: Stages of the Writing Process

Analyzing Your Audience: A Checklist.

Activities: Prewrite

Stage 2: Identify the Thesis.

Activities: Identify the Thesis

Stage 3: Support the Thesis with Evidence.

Activities: Support the Thesis with Evidence

Stage 4: Organize the Evidence.

Activities: Organize the Evidence

Outlining: A Checklist.

Stage 5: Write the First Draft.

Turning Outline Into First Draft: A Checklist

* Figure 2.2: Structure of an Essay

Activities: Write the First Draft

Stage 6: Revise the Essay.

Stage 7: Edit and Proofread

Student Essay.


Activity: Revise the Essay

3. Description.

What Is Description?

How Description Fits Your Purpose and Audience.

Suggestions for Using Description in an Essay.

* Figure 3.1: Development Diagram: Writing a Description Essay.

Revision Strategies.

Description: A Revision/Peer Review Checklist.

Student Essay.


Activities: Description.

Maya Angelou, Sister Flowers.

* Figure 3.2: Essay Structure Diagram: "Sister Flowers" by Maya Angelou.

Gordon Parks, Flavio's Home.

* Gary Kamiya, Life, Death and Spring.

Additional Writing Topics.

4. Narration.

What Is Narration?

How Narration Fits Your Purpose and Audience.

Suggestions for Using Narration in an Essay.

* Figure 4.1: Development Diagram: Writing a Narration Essay.

* Revision Strategies.

Narration: A Revision/Peer Review Checklist.

Student Essay.


Activities: Narration.

Audre Lorde, The Fourth of July.

* Figure 4.2: Essay Structure Diagram: “The Fourth of July” by Audre Lorde.

* George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant.

* Joan Murray, Someone's Mother.

Additional Writing Topics.

5. Exemplification.

What Is Exemplification?

How Exemplification Fits Your Purpose and Audience.

Suggestions for Using Exemplification in an Essay.

* Figure 5.1 Development Diagram: Writing an Exemplification Essay.

* Revision Strategies.

Exemplification: A Revision/Peer Review Checklist.

Student Essay.


Activities: Exemplification.

Kay S. Hymowitz, Tweens: Ten Going on Sixteen.

* Figure 5.2: Essay Structure Diagram: “Tweens: Ten Going On Sixteen” by Kay S. Hymowitz .

Leslie Savan, Black Talk and Pop Culture.

* Eric G. Wilson, The Miracle of Melancholia.

Additional Writing Topics.

6. Division-Classification.

What Is Division-Classification?

How Division-Classification Fits Your Purpose and Audience.

Suggestions for Using Division-Classification in an Essay.

* Figure 6.1: Development Diagram: Writing a Division-Classification Essay.

* Revision Strategies.

Division-Classification: A Revision/Peer Review Checklist

Student Essay.


Activities: Division-Classification.

Ann McClintock, Propaganda Techniques in Today's Advertising.

* Figure 6.2 Essay Structure Diagram: “Propaganda Techniques in Today’s Advertising” by Ann McClintock.

David Brooks, Psst! Human Capital.

* Marion Winik, What Are Friends For?

Additional Writing Topics.

7. Process Analysis.

What Is Process Analysis?

How Process Analysis Fits Your Purpose and Audience.

Suggestions for Using Process Analysis in an Essay.

* Figure 7.1: Development Diagram: Writing a Process Analysis Essay.

* Revision Strategies.

Process Analysis: A Revision/Peer Review Checklist

Student Essay.


Activities: Process Analysis.

Clifford Stoll, Cyberschool.

* Figure 7.2: Essay Structure Diagram: “Cyberschool” by Clifford Stoll.

David Shipley, Talk About Editing.

Amy Sutherland, What Shamu Taught Me about a Happy Marriage.

Additional Writing Topics.

8. Comparison-Contrast.

What Is Comparison-Contrast?

How Comparison-Contrast Fits Your Purpose and Audience.

Suggestions for Using Comparison-Contrast in an Essay.

* Figure 8.1: Development Diagram: Writing a Comparison-Contrast Essay.

* Revision Strategies.

Comparison-Contrast: A Revision/Peer Review Checklist.

Student Essay.


Activities: Comparison-Contrast.

* Eric Weiner, Euromail and Amerimail.

* Figure 8.2: Essay Structure Diagram:“Euromail And Amerimail” by Eric Weiner.

Rachel Carson, A Fable for Tomorrow.

Dave Barry, Beauty and the Beast.

Additional Writing Topics.

9. Cause-Effect.

What Is Cause-Effect?

How Cause-Effect Fits Your Purpose and Audience.

Suggestions for Using Cause-Effect in an Essay.

* Figure 9.1 Development Diagram: Writing a Cause-Effect Essay .

* Revision Strategies.

Cause-Effect: A Revision/Peer Review Checklist.

Student Essay.


Activities: Cause-Effect.

Stephen King, Why We Crave Horror Movies.

* Figure 9.2: Essay Structure Diagram:“Why We Crave Horror Movies” by Stephen King.

* Kurt Kleiner, Beauty: When Manana is Too Soon.

Buzz Bissinger, Innocents Afield.

Additional Writing Topics.

10. Definition.

What Is Definition?

How Definition Fits Your Purpose and Audience.

Suggestions for Using Definition in an Essay.

* Figure 10.1: Development Diagram: Writing a Definition Essay.

* Revision Strategies.

Definition: A Revision/Peer Review Checklist.

Student Essay.


Activities: Definition.

K.C. Cole, Entropy.

* Figure 10.2: Essay Structure Diagram: “ENTROPY” by K. C. Cole.

Natalie Angier, The Cute Factor.

* Ann Hulbert, Beyond the Pleasure Principle.

Additional Writing Topics.

11. Argumentation-Persuasion.

What Is Argumentation-Persuasion?

How Argumentation-Persuasion Fits Your Purpose and Audience.

Suggestions for Using Argumentation-Persuasion in an Essay.

* Figure 11.1: Development Diagram: Writing an Argumentation-Persuasion Essay.

Questions for Using Toulmin Strategy: A Checklist.

Argumentation-Persuasion: A Revision/Peer Review Checklist.

Student Essay.


Activities: Argumentation-Persuasion.

Stanley Fish, Free Speech Follies.

* Figure 11.2: Essay Structure Diagram:“Free-Speech Follies” by Stanley Fish.

* Anna Quindlen, Driving to the Funeral.

Examining an Issue: Gender-Based Education.

* Gerry Garibaldi, How the Schools Shortchange Boys.

* Michael Kimmel, The War Against Boys

Examining an Issue: Illegal Immigration

Roberto Rodriguez, The Border on Our Backs.

Star Parker, Se Habla Entitlement.

Additional Writing Topics.

12. Combining the Patterns.

The Patterns in Action: During the Writing Process.

The Patterns in Action: In an Essay.

Student Essay

Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go From Here: Community or Chaos?

Joan Didion, Marrying Absurd.

**Appendix A: A Guide to Using Sources.

Evaluating Source Materials

Evaluating Articles and Books: A Checklist

Evaluating Internet Materials: A Checklist

Analyzing and Synthesizing Source Material

Analyzing and Synthesizing Source Material: A Checklist

Using Quotation, Summary, and Paraphrase Without Plagiarizing

Using Quotation, Summary, and Paraphrase: A Checklist

Integrating Sources Into Your Writing

Integrating Sources Into Your Writing: A Checklist

Documenting Sources: MLA Style

How to Document: MLA In-Text References

Using MLA Parenthetical Reference: A Checklist

How to Document: MLA List of Works Cited

Citing Print Sources—Books

Citing Print Sources—Periodicals

Citing Sources Found on a Website

Citing Sources Found Through an Online Database or Scholarly Project

Citing Other Common Sources

Appendix B: Avoiding Ten Common Writing Errors.

1. Fragments.

2. Comma Splices and Run-ons.

3. Faulty Subject-Verb Agreement.

4. Faulty Pronoun Agreement.

5. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers.

6. Faulty Parallelism.

7. Comma Misuse.

8. Apostrophe Misuse.

9. Confusing Homonyms.

10. Misuse of Italics and Underlining.




* New to this edition

**Completely revised and updated

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)