Strategies for College Writing

Strategies for College Writing : A Rhetorical Reader

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For courses in Freshman Composition.

This rhetorical reader unifies the reading and writing processes through Who, What, Why, How heuristic that is easy for students to understand. Employing an approach that is firmly process-oriented and based on interactive instruction, this text presents extended, lively essays meant to spur ideas for writing, suggest ways to approach a topic, and illustrate methods for organizing and presenting information.
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  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 148.8 x 240.3 x 26.9mm | 716.69g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130982555
  • 9780130982551

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Who? What? Why? How?

Strategies for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader, Second Edition, unifies the reading and writing processes through a Who, What, Why, How heuristic that is more accessible and easily practiced by beginning writers.

NEW FEATURES: Twenty-five new readings, including essays by Langston Hughes, Gary Soto, Joan Didion, Alice Walker, Diane Ackerman, Amy Tan, Lewis Thomas, John Holt, Stephanie Ericsson, Scott Russell Sanders, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Bharati Mukherjee. Expanded coverage of revision and audience throughout the next. Updated suggestions for using computers and the Internet, including a text-tied Companion Website(TM)-- --with quizzes, contextual information, and relevant web destinations.
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Table of contents

1. Engaged Reading.

Getting Started. Reading with a Plan: Who? What? Why? and How? Gender Gap in Cyberspace, Deborah Tannen. Using Who? What? Why? and How? Making the Reading-Writing Connection. Using the Core Strategies.

2. Writing from Reading.

Developing Your Writing Skills. Constructing an Essay. Revising and Editing. A Sample Essay from Draft to Final Copy. Internet Sources for Writers. Using Internet Resources. Twelve Tips to Search the Internet Successfully, Bruce Maxwell.

3. Strategies for Discovering and Relating Experiences: Narration.

Informal Discovery Writing. Diary, Anne Frank. From Discovery to Narration. Formal Narration: Relating Discoveries to Readers. Getting Started on a Narrative. Organizing a Narrative. Developing a Narrative. Opening and Closing a Narrative. Using the Model. Jackie's Debut: A Unique Day, Mike Royko. Salvation, Langston Hughes. Street Scene: Minor Heroism in a Major Metropolitan Area, Ian Frazier. No Name Woman, Maxine Hong Kingston. Shooting an Elephant , George Orwell. Further Ideas for Using Narration.

4. Strategies for Appealing to the Senses: Description.

The Grandfather, Gary Soto. Writing from Reading. Getting Started on a Description. Organizing a Description. Developing a Description. Using the Model. Two Views of the Mississippi, Mark Twain. Marrying Absurd, Joan Didion. White Breast Flats, Emilie Gallant. In the Kitchen, Henry Louis Gates Jr. Once More to the Lake, E. B. White. Further Ideas for Using Description.

5. Strategies for Making a Point: Exemplification.

Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space, Brent Staples. Writing from Reading. Getting Started on Exemplification. Organizing Exemplification. Developing Exemplification. Opening and Closing Exemplification. Using the Model. On the Interstate: A City of the Mind, Sue Hubbell. Shitty First Drafts, Anne Lamott. Slow Descent into Hell, Jon D. Hull. In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens, Alice Walker. A Weight That Women Carry, Sallie Tisdale. Further Ideas for Using Exemplification.

6. Strategies for Explaining How Things Work: Process Analysis.

Cat Bathing as a Martial Art, Bud Herron. Writing from Reading. Getting Started on a Process Analysis. Organizing a Process Analysis. Developing a Process Analysis. Opening and Closing a Process Analysis. Using the Model. Wall Covering, Dereck Williamson. Why Leaves Turn Color in the Fall, Diane Ackerman. Embalming Mr. Jones, Jessica Mitford. How to Write a Personal Letter, Garrison Keillor. The Trouble with French Fries, Malcolm Gladwell. Further Ideas for Using Process Analysis.

7. Strategies for Clarifying Meaning: Definition.

The Company Man, Ellen Goodman. Writing from Reading. Getting Started on a Definition. Organizing a Definition. Developing a Definition. Opening and Closing a Definition. Using the Model. Who's a Hillbilly? Rebecca Thomas Kirkendall. I Want a Wife, Judy Brady. Mother Tongue, Amy Tan. Father Hunger, Michel Marriott. The Fear, Andrew Holleran. Further Ideas for Using Definition.

8. Strategies for Organizing Ideas and Experience: Division and Classification.

The Technology of Medicine, Lewis Thomas. Writing from Reading. Getting Started on Division and Classification Writing. Organizing Division and Classification Writing. Developing Division and Classification Writing. Opening and Closing Division and Classification Writing. Using the Model. Doublespeak, William Lutz. Three Kinds of Discipline, John Holt. The Ways We Lie, Stephanie Ericsson. What Friends Are For, Phillip Lopate. What We Now Know about Memory, Lee Smith. Further Ideas for Using Division and Classification.

9. Strategies for Examining Connections: Comparison and Contrast.

Day to Night: Picking Cotton, Maya Angelou. Writing from Reading. Getting Started on Comparison and Contrast. Organizing Comparison and Contrast. Developing Comparison and Contrast. Opening and Closing Comparison and Contrast. Using the Model. Parallel Worlds: The Surprising Similarities (and Differences) of Country-and-Western and Rap, Denise Noe. Pole Vaulting, William Finnegan. Sex, Lies, and Conversation, Deborah Tannen. The Men We Carry in Our Minds, Scott Russell Sanders. Dividing American Society, Andrew Hacker. Further Ideas for Using Comparison and Contrast.

10. Strategies for Interpreting Meaning: Cause and Effect.

Shopping and Other Spiritual Adventures in America Today, Phyllis Rose. Writing from Reading. Getting Started on Cause and Effect. Organizing Cause and Effect. Developing Cause and Effect. Opening and Closing Cause and Effect. Using the Model. Why Boys Don't Play with Dolls, Katha Pollitt. My Wood, E.M. Forster. The Greenland Viking Mystery, Kathy A. Svitil. On Reading and Writing, Stephen King. The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria, Judith Ortiz Cofer. Further Ideas for Using Cause and Effect.

11. Strategies for Influencing Opinion: Argument.

Bake Your Bread at Home, Laurel Robertson. Writing from Reading. Getting Started on an Argument. Organizing an Argument. Developing an Argument. Opening and Closing an Argument. Using the Model. Marriage as a Restricted Club, Lindsy Van Gelder. Further Ideas for Using Argument. Debate: How Is the Internet Affecting Young People? Young Cyber Addicts, Amy Wu. We're Teen, We're Queer, and We've Got E-mail, Steve Silberman. The Wired Teen, Sue Ferguson. Debate: Are TV Talk Shows Harmful? Tuning in Trouble: Talk TV's Destructive Impact on Mental Health, Jeanne A. Heaton. In Defense of Talk Shows, Barbara Ehrenreich. Debate: Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished? Death and Justice, Edward I. Koch. Forgiving the Unforgivable, Claudia Dreifus. The Death Penalty on Trial, Jonathan Alter.

12. Further Readings: Two Thematic Clusters.

Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border, Luis Alberto Urrea. Two Ways to Belong in America, Bharati Mukherjee. Five Myths about Immigration, David Cole. Ideas for Writing about Immigration. Let's Get Rid of Sports, Katha Pollitt. SuAnne Marie Big Crow, Ian Frazier. Bad as They Wanna Be, Thad Williamson. Ideas for Writing about Sport.



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