Connections, Contexts, and Possibilities

Connections, Contexts, and Possibilities

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The most expansive developmental composition text available today. Filled with practical guidelines for improving reading ability, this volume focuses on the issues of the writer's purpose and addresses the technical matters of grammar and usage. Grammatical issues covered include paragraph purpose, structure and effectiveness; classic and organic essay structure; the five major kinds of essay and rhetorical modes. The text also features multicultural essays, stories and poems. For those interested in developing and intensifying their thinking and reading abilities.
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  • Paperback | 334 pages
  • 180 x 254 x 46mm | 1,601.2g
  • Longman Higher Education
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0130856940
  • 9780130856944

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Connections, Contexts, and Possibilities values thinking, reading, and writing as the prime activities of composition. This rhetoric and thematic reader centers on the purposes for writing, giving practical advice on paragraph and essay formation as it covers styles, types, and modes. The text teaches grammar in the context of the reading selections, empowering the student by helping them understand their options and choices.
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Table of contents


1. Paragraphs—What Makes Them Successful?
2. Successful Essays—Classic and Organic Essay Structures.
3. Successful Essays—Major Kinds of Essays.
4. Successful Essays—The Rhetorical Modes.

5. Place—Where Do We Call Home?
The Swing, the Snow, the Skull of a Hare, Robert Wrigley. Landscape and Narrative, Barry Holstun Lopez. The Ship Ahoy, Ursula K. Le Guin. A Place with Promise, Maggie Anderson. Nett Lake, Minnesota, Roberta Hill Whiteman.

6. Work—What Labors Occupy Us?
UMWA Convention Speech, 1902, Mother Jones. Complexion and Labor, Richard Rodriguez. They Call Me Mummy, Sheila Ballantyne. Still Lives in Detroit, #1, #2, and #3, Jim Daniels.

7. Reading/Seeing—What Does This Mean ?
How Should One Read a Book?, Virginia Woolf. Perplexing Lessons. Continued Perplexities, Mark Twain. Cathedral, Raymond Carver. Birches, Robert Frost. Ballad of a Hundred Worries, Tu Fu.

8. Teaching/Learning—What's Gained or Lost in This Process?
The Great-Teacher Myth, Robert B. Heilman. Blackboard Immortality, David A. Fryxell. Wasps, Robley Wilson, Jr. The Amateur, Lola Haskins. Persimmons, Li-Young Lee.

9. Science—What and How Do We Discover?
The Olive in the Martini. The Thermodynamics of Pizza, Harold J. Morowitz. The Music of This Sphere, Lewis Thomas. The Manned Missiles, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. August: A Lunar Eclipse, Allison Funk. Chemistry, Al Young.

10. Politics—What and How Do We Control?
<MI%-4>Shooting an Elephant, George Orwell. Fifth Avenue Uptown: A Letter from Harlem, James Baldwin. My Man Bovanne, Toni Cade Bambara. If on Account of the Political Situation, W.H. Auden.
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