Strategies for College Writing

Strategies for College Writing : A Rhetorical Reader

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A rhetorically organized reader for Freshman Composition courses. 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. It incorporates high-interest reading material with creative, principled pedagogy; traditional concerns about correctness, coherence, and meaning; and step-by-step writing assignments that guide students in composing successful papers. A key objective of the anthology is to integrate reading and writing more closely and usefully than most other readers on the market today.show more

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  • Paperback | 584 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 27.4mm | 734.82g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0130812242
  • 9780130812247

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. 2. The Reader-Writer Interaction. Developing Your Writing Skills. Constructing an Essay. Sample Student Essay with Author's Comments. "Twelve Tips to Search the Internet Successfully," Bruce Maxwell. Internet Sources for Writers. 3. Strategies for Discovering and Relating Experiences: Narration. Informal Discovery Writing. "Diary," Anne Frank. Focused Discovery Writing. 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. Street Scene: Minor Heroism in a Major Metropolitan Area, Ian Frazier. A Quiet Siege: The Death and Life of a Gay Naval Officer, Andre Dubus. No Name Woman, Maxine Hong Kingston. Shooting an Elephant , George Orwell. Further Ideas for Using Narration. 4. Strategies for Appealing to the Senses: Description. Mrs. Zajac, Tracy Kidder. Writing from Reading. Getting Started on a Description. Organizing a Description. Developing a Description. Using the Model. Two Views of the Mississippi, Mark Twain. A Ride Through Spain, Truman Capote. White Breast Flat, 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. Mock Democracy, William Greider. Slow Descent into Hell, Jon D. Hull. 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. Company Menu No. 1, Peg Bracken. Embalming Mr. Jones, Jessica Mitford. How to Write a Personal Letter, Garrison Keillor. To Hell and Back, Leon Jaroff. The Alzheimer's Strain: How to Accommodate Too Many Patients, 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. Let the Sky Rain Potatoes, M. F. K. Fisher. Father Hunger, Michel Marriott. The Fear, Andrew Holleran. Further Ideas for Using Definition. 8. Strategies for Organizing Ideas and Experience: Division and Classification. The Extendable Fork, Calvin Trillin. 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. The Power of Two: A New Way of Classifying Everyone, Cullen Murphy. Lotus Blossoms Don't Bleed: Images of Asian American Women, Renee Tajima. 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. Guavas, Esmeralda Santiago. Sex, Lies, and Conversation, Deborah Tannen. Coming from the Country, Scott Russell Sanders. Dividing American Society, Andrew Hacker. Further Ideas for Using Comparison and Contrast. 10. Strategies for Interpreting Meaning: Cause and Effect. My Wood, E. M. Forster. 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. The Greenland Viking Mystery, Kathy A. Svitil. The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria, Judith Ortiz Cofer. Becoming and Breaking: Poet and Poem, Alberto Alvaro Rios. The Most Human Art: Ten Reasons Why We'll Always Need a Good Story, Scott Russell Sanders. 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. Tuning in Trouble: Talk TV's Destructive Impact on Mental Health, Jeanne A. Heaton. Five Myths About Immigration, David Cole. Time for Change, Arlie Russell Hochschild. Whites in Multicultural Education: Rethinking Our Role, Gary Howard. Further Ideas for Using Argument. 12. Combining Strategies: Further Readings. Coming to America, to Clean, Trans. by Ana Maria Corona. Coming Home Again, Chang-Rae Lee. The Long Good-bye: Mother's Day in Federal Prison, Amanda Coyne. The Way We Weren't: The Myth and Reality of the Traditional Family, Stephanie Coontz. Let's Get Rid of Sports, Katha Pollitt. Back in the Hot Zone, Richard Preston. The Case Against Babies, Joy Williams. Ideas for Combining Writing Strategies. Glossary. Index.show more

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