The Student's Book of College English, Books a la Carte Plus MyCompLab

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

For 30 years, Student's Book of College English has enjoyed a reputation for clarity, accessibility, and comprehensiveness. This Tenth Edition continues the tradition with sound instruction in the rhetorical strategies, strong professional and student readings, thorough coverage of argumentation and research, and a reference handbook with self-test exercises. Revised to reflect important innovations in composition pedagogy, this edition also features increased attention to visual elements, updated discussions of Internet research and documentation, and a new section for ESL students.

This affordable Books a la Carte Plus Edition features the exact same content from our traditional textbook in a convenient, notebook-ready loose-leaf format - allowing students to take only what they need to class. As a bonus, the Books a la Carte Plus Edition is accompanied by a full-color, laminated Study Card that's a perfect tool to help students prepare for exams, plus an access code to the MyLab for this course.
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  • Paperback
  • 192.28 x 238.51 x 36.07mm | 1,315.42g
  • Longman Inc
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 10th edition
  • 0321416732
  • 9780321416735

Table of contents

Detailed Contents.

Thematic Contents.

Review Checklists.

Preface to the Instructor.

Preface to the Student.

About the Authors.
I. The Principles of Good Reading and Writing.

1. Getting Started.

Active Reading.

Reading for Best Results.

Review Checklist: Tips for Active Reading.

George Orwell, "A Hanging."

Collaborative Learning.

Reading Visual Images.

Active Writing.

Limiting Your Subject.

Examining an Advertisement.

Nestle, "Want a Lite Baby Ruth?" [Advertisement]

Determining Your Purpose and Audience.

Collaborative Learning.

Writing a Thesis.


Writing Drafts.

One Student Writing.

John Fousek, "My Roomate."


Writing Drafts.

First Draft.

Review Checklist: Tips for Getting Started.

Collaborative Learning.

Writing with a Computer.

Student Writing.

Clifford Wendell, "The Computer and I."

Collaborative Learning.

2. Finding and Supporting a Thesis.

The Thesis.

Stating Your Thesis.

Supporting Your Thesis: Details.

Collaborative Learning.

Student Writing: Thesis and Details.

Thomas Healey, "You Must Be Crazy." [Student essay]

Having Your Say.

Models of Writing.

Jeffrey Berman, "Crying in the Classroom."

Anna Quindlen, "Women Are Just Better."

Having Your Say.

Richard Rodriguez, "Complexion."

Review Checklist: Stating a Thesis.

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."

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

Having Your Say.

Preparing Your Outline.

Review Checklist: Preparing an Outline.

Collaborative Learning.

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]

Collaborative Learning.


Paragraph Development.

The Conclusion.

5. Revising and Editing Your Paper.

One Student Revising and Editing.

Learning from Other Students: Peer Review.

Collaborative Learning.

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

Learning from Your Instructors Comments.

Putting It All Together.

Review Checklist: Revising and Editing Your Drafts.


Review Checklist: Pointers for Careful Proofreading.

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]

Models of Writing.

Verlyn Klinkenburg, "Out of the Wild."

Roger Angell, "On the Ball."

Judith Ortiz Cofer, "Grandmothers Room."

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 Spa." [Poem]

Writing Topics.


Collaborative Learning.

Review Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Descriptive Paper.

From Image to Words: A Reading and Writing Assignment.

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."

Maya Angelou, "Champion of the World." [Story]

Langston Hughes, "Salvation." [Story]

Having Your Say.

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]

Writing Topics.


Collaborative Learning.

Review Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Narrative Paper.

From Image to Words: A Reading and Writing Assignment.

8. Example.

Writing Your Example Paper.

Student Writing: Example.

Monica Branch, "Keep It Simple." [Student essay]

Denise Bornszkowski, "Children Don't Need Toys." [Student essay]

Models of Writing.

John Updike, "Still Afraid of Being Caught."

Barbara Ehrenreich, "What I've Learned from Men."

Brent Staples, "Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space.

Readings for Writing.

Milos Vamos, "How Ill Become an American."

Gary Soto, "Looking for Work."

Having Your Say.

Judy Brady, "I Want a Wife."

Having Your Say.

Kathryn Schulz, "Global Warming Right Now."

Fact, "Make Your Voice Heard on America's Impending Energy Crisis!

Reading and Writing About Poetry.

Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Lament." [Poem]

Writing Topics.


Collaborative Learning.

Review Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Example Paper.

From Image to Words: A Reading and Writing Assignment.

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."

Having Your Say.

Readings for Writing.

Cameron Crowe "The Backstage Pass."

Having Your Say.

Shirley Jackson, "Charles."

Reading and Writing About Poetry.

Robert Frost, "Fire and Ice."

Writing Topics.


Collaborative Learning.

Review Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Process Paper.

From Image to Words: A Reading and Writing Assignment.

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]

Having Your Say.

Combined Patterns.

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."

Gail Collins, "Buffy Rides Off into the Sunset."

William Zinsser, "Speaking of Writing."

Suzanne Britt, "That Lean and Hungry Look."

Having Your Say.

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

Readings for Writing.

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

James Thurber, "A Couple of Hamburgers."

Mary Wilkins Freeman, "The Revolt of Mother."

Legalizing Drugs: Two Websites for Comparison and Contrast.

Drug Enforcement Administration, "Talking Points for Challenging the Medical Use of Marijuana Argument." [Website]

Marijuana Policy Project: United States, "Urge US Representatives to Support Federal Marijuana Legislation." [Website]

Having Your Say.

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."

Steve Orlen, "Blind Date."

Writing Topics.


Collaborative Learning.

Review Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Comparison-and-Contrast Paper.

From Image to Words: A Reading and Writing Assignment.

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]

Having Your Say.

Models of Writing.

Glen Waggoner, "Shaking Hands."

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 Copland, "What to Listen For in Music."

Irwin Shaw, "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses."

Reading and Writing About Poetry.

Robert Frost, "The Rose Family."

Writing Topics.


Collaborative Learning.

Review Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Classification or Division Paper.

From Image to Words: A Reading and Writing Assignment.

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."

Having Your Say.

Betty Rollin, "The Best Years of My Life."

Readings for Writing.

Ted Poston, "The Revolt of the Evil Fairies."

Stephen Budiansky, "The Character of Cats."

Mike Twohy, "Reassigned Pending an Investigation." [Cartoon]

Reading and Writing About Poetry.

Edwin Arlington Robinson, "Richard Cory."

Craig Anders, "We and He." [Student essay]

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

Writing Topics.


Collaborative Learning.

Review Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Cause-and-Effect Paper.

From Image to Words: A Reading and Writing Assignment.

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]

Devra Danforth, "Gimmies: The Unrecognized Disease."

Models of Writing.

David Owen, "The Perfect Job."

Richard T. Schaefer and Robert P. Lamm, "Ecclesiae."

Robert Keith Miller, "Discrimination Is a Virtue."

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]

Writing Topics.


Collaborative Learning.

Review Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Definition Paper.

From Image to Words: A Reading and Writing Assignment.

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."

Sandra Travis-Edwards, "The Right Not to Vote."

Michael Weissinger, "Abortion Crusade Isnt Educational."

Mixing Methods of Development.

Student Writing: Mixing Methods in Writing an Argument.

Brian Jarvis, "Against the Great Divide."

Pro and Con: Arguments on Controversial Topics.

Student Writing: Opposing Views on the Death Penalty.

Lauren Heist, "Capital Punishment: An Example for Criminals."

Alex Shalom, "Abolish the Death Penalty."

Having Your Say.

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]

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."

Having Your Say.

Thomas Jefferson, "Declaration of Independence."

Readings for Writing.

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

Opposing Positions on Same-Sex Marriages: Four viewpoints.

Andrew Sullivan, "Let Gays Marry."

Lisa Schiffren, "Gay Marriage, an Oxymoron."

No Gay, "Help Save Marriage." [website] Marriage Equality, Inc.

"What Do Anti-marriage Advocates Feur?." [web site]

Having Your Say.

Opposing Views on the Megan Kanka Tragedy.

The New York Times, "Dealing with Sex Offenders."

Midge Decter, "Megans Law and the New York Times."

Opposing Views on Grammar in Advertising.

David Armstrong and Employees of The Coca Cola Company, "E-mail Correspondence." [Letters]

Reading and Writing About Poetry.

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

Writing Topics.


Collaborative Learning.

Review Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Definition Paper.

From Image to Words: A Reading and Writing Assignment.

III. Special Writing.

15. Literary Analysis.

Writing Your Analysis of Literature.

Student Writing: Literary Analysis.

Harriett McKay, "The Beginning of the End."

Readings for Writing.

Saki (H. H. Munro), "The Story-Teller." [Story]

Jamaica Kincaid, "Girl." [Story]

John Collier, "The Chaser." [Story]

Ann Petry, "Doby's Gone." [Story]

Having Your Say.

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

Review Checklist: Writing and Revising Your Literary Analysis Paper.

16. Writing Essay Exams.

Preparing for the Exam.

Evaluating the Question.

Planning and Writing the Essay.

17. Business Writing: An Overview.

Writing Inquiry and Complaint Letters.

Review Checklist: Writing a Business Letter.

Addressing an Envelope.

Writing a Letter to Apply for a Job.

Writing Your Resume.

Review Checklist: Preparing a Resume.

Collaborative Learning.

Electronic (Digital) Resumes.



IV. Research.

18. Doing Research.

Choosing Your Subject.

The Research Paper with a Thesis.

Developing Your Thesis.

Preliminary Reading.

Research on the Internet.

The 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.

19. 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 the References List.


Writing Your Research Paper: Draft Stages.

The First Draft.

Subsequent Drafts.

Toward the Final Copy.

Preparing Your Manuscript.

Review Checklist: The Research Paper.

Frequently Asked Questions about Writing Research Papers.

Sample Research Paper.

Elizabeth Kessler, "The Banning of the Polygraph."

V. Style.

20. Proper Words in Proper Places.

Denotation and Connotation.

Abstract Writing and Concrete Writing.

Specific Details.

Specific Words and Phrases.


21. Effective Sentences.

Wordiness and Economy.


Pointless Repetition of Meaning.

Inadequate Clause Cutting.

Delay of Subject.

Passive Verbs.

Faulty Parallelism.

Faulty Subordination and Sentence Combining.

Sentence Monotony and Variety.

Sentence Length.

Sentence Structure.

22. 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 Dos and Donts.

VI. Handbook, Glossary, and ESL Pointers.


Self Test: Abbreviations.

Self Test: Correct Adjectives and Adverbs.

Self Test: Apostrophe Use.

Self Test: Capitals.

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: 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.

Self Test: Problem Words.

Glossary of Problem Words.
ESL: Tips for Non-Native Writers.
Answer Key to Self Tests.
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