Patterns for college writing : a rhetorical reader and guide / Laurie G. Kirszner, University of the Sciences, Emeritus, Stephen R. Mandell, Drexel University
Book | Bedford/St. Martin's | 2018 | Fourteenth edition.
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Fourteenth edition.
xxxvii, 810 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Introduction: How to Use This Book
Henry Louis Gates Jr., "What's in a Name?"
Responding to an Essay
Responding to Other Kinds of Texts
Part One: The Writing Process
1. Reading to Write: Becoming a Critical Reader
Understanding Critical Reading -- Determining Your Purpose
Questions about Your Purpose -- Previewing -- Highlighting
Brent Staples, Cutting and Pasting: A Senior Thesis by (Insert Name)
Moises Naim, The YouTube Effect
Questions for Critical Reading
Brent Staples, Cutting and Pasting: A Senior Thesis by (Insert Name) (with sample annotations) -- Reading Visual Texts
Reading Visual Texts
2. Invention
Understanding Your Assignment
Setting Limits -- Length -- Purpose -- Audience -- Occasion -- Knowledge
Moving from Subject to Topic -- Questions for Probing-- Freewriting
Finding Something to Say -- Brainstorming -- Journal Writing
Grouping Ideas -- Clustering -- Making an Informal Outline
Understanding Thesis and Support
Developing a Thesis -- Defining the Thesis Statement -- Deciding on a Thesis -- Stating Your Thesis -- Implying a Thesis
3. Arrangement
Recognizing a Pattern
Understanding the Parts of the Essay -- The Introduction -- What Not to Do in an Introduction -- The Body Paragraphs -- Effective Support -- The Conclusion -- What Not to Do in a Conclusion
Constructing a Formal Outline
4. Drafting and Revising
Writing Your First Draft -- Drafting
Revising Your Essay -- Revising with an Outline -- Revising with a Checklist -- Revising with Your Instructor's Written Comments -- Revising in a Conference -- Revising in a Peer-Editing Group -- Guidelines for Peer Editing
Strategies for Revising -- Revising a First Draft -- Peer Editing Worksheet
Points for Special Attention: First Draft -- The Introduction -- The Body Paragraphs -- The Conclusion -- Revising a Second Draft
Points for Special Attention: Second Draft -- The Introduction -- The Body Paragraphs -- The Conclusion -- Workng with Sources -- The Title -- Preparing a Final Draft
Sample Student Essay: Laura Bobnak, The Price of Silence (Student Essay)
5. Editing and Proofreading
Editing for Grammar -- Be Sure Subjects and Verbs Agree -- Be Sure Verb Tenses Are Accurate and Consistent -- Be Sure Pronoun References Are Clear -- Be Sure Sentences Are Complete -- Be Careful Not to Run Sentences Together without Proper Punctuation -- Be Careful to Avoid Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers -- Be Sure Sentence Elements Are Parallel
Editing for Punctuation -- Learn When to Use Commas - and When Not to Use Them -- Learn When to Use Semicolons -- Learn When to Use Apostrophes -- Learn When to Use Quotation Marks -- Learn When to Use Dashes and Colons
Editing for Sentence Style and Word Choice -- Eliminate Awkward Phrasing -- Be Sure Your Sentences Are Concise -- Be Sure Your Sentences Are Varied -- Choose Your Words Carefully
Proofreading Your Essay -- Check for Commonly Confused Words -- Check for Misspellings and Faulty Capitalization -- Check for Typos
Checking Your Paper's Format
Part Two: Reading for Writers
6. Narration
What Is Narration?
Using Narration
Planning a Narrative Essay -- Developing a Thesis Statement -- Including Enough Detail -- Varying Sentence Structure -- Maintaining Clear Narrative Order
Structuring a Narrative Essay
Revising a Narrative Essay
Editing a Narrative Essay
Grammar in Context: Avoiding Run-Ons
Literacy Narrative -- Erica Sarno, Becoming a Writer (Student Essay) -- Points for Special Attention -- Focus on Revision -- Tiffany Forte, My Field of Dreams (Student Essay) -- Points for Special Attention -- Focus on Revision
Marjane Satrapi, from Persepolis II (Graphic Fiction)
Junot Diaz, The Money
Ocean Vuong, Surrendering
Bonnie Smith-Yackel, My Mother Never Worked
Martin Gansberg, Thirty-Eight Who Saw Murder Didn't Call the Police
George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant
Sherman Alexie, Indian Education (Fiction)
Writing Assignments for Narration
Collaborative Activity for Narration
7. Description
What Is Description?
Using Description -- Understanding Objective Description -- Using Visuals Effectively -- Understanding Subjective Description -- Using Objective and Subjective Language -- Selecting Details
Planning a Descriptive Essay -- Developing a Thesis Statement -- Organizing Details -- Using Transitions
Structuring a Descriptive Essay
Revising a Descriptive Essay
Editing a Descriptive Essay -- Avoiding Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Objective Description -- Mallory Cogan, My Grandfather's Globe (Student Essay) -- Points for Special Attention -- Focus on Revision
Subjective Description -- Mary Lim, The Valley of Windmills (Student Essay) -- Points for Special Attention -- Focus on Revision
Ansel Adams, Jackson Lake (Photo)
Bich Minh Nguyen, Goodbye to My Twinkie Days
Suzanne Berne, Ground Zero
Marina Keegan, Stability in Motion
Heather Rogers, The Hidden Life of Garbage
E.B. White, Once More to the Lake
Kate Chopin, The Storm (Fiction)
Writing Assignments for Description
Collaborative Activity for Description
8. Exemplification
What Is Exemplification?
Using Examplification -- Using Examples to Explain and Clarify -- Using Examples to Add Interest -- Using Examples to Persuade
Planning an Exemplification Essay -- Developing a Thesis Statement -- Providing Enough Examples -- Choosing a Fair Range of Examples -- Using Transitions
Structuring an Exemplification Essay
Revising an Exemplification Essay
Editing an Exemplification Essay -- Using Commas in a Series
Kristy Bredin, Job Application Letter (Student Essay) -- Points for Special Attention -- Focus on Revision
Grace Ku, Midnight (Student Essay) -- Points for Special Attention -- Focus on Revision
Four Tattoos: Charles Thatcher, "Alisha, Loretta"; Carries Villines, "Positive Outlook"; Anthony Bradshaw, "Bar Code"; Guido Koppes, "Owl" (Photos)
Zeynep Tufekci, Why the Post Office Makes America Great
Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria
Brent Staples, Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space
Deborah L. Rhode, Why Looks Are the Last Bastion of Discrimination
Maria Szalavitz, Ten Ways We Get the Odds Wrong
Jamaica Kincaid, "Girl" (Fiction)
Writing Assignments for Exemplification
Collaborative Activity for Exemplification
9. Process
What Is Process? -- Understanding Instructions -- Understanding Process Explanations
Using Process
Planning a Process Essay -- Accommodating Your Audience -- Developing a Thesis Statement -- Using Transitions
Structuring a Process Essay
Editing a Process Essay -- Avoiding Unnecessary Shifts
Eric McGlade, The Search (Student Essay) -- Points for Special Attention -- Focus on Revision
Process Explanation
Melany Hunt, Medium Ash Brown (Student Essay) -- Points for Special Attention -- Focus on Revision
National Geographic, Yellowstone Fires, Past and Future (Illustrations)
Naomi Rosenberg, How to Tell a Mother Her Child Is Dead
Stanley Fish, Getting Coffee Is Hard to Do
Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht, How to Build a Monster from Spare Parts
Arthur Miller, Get It Right: Privatize Executions
Jessica Mitford, The Embalming of Mr. Jones
Shirley Jackson, The Lottery (Fiction)
Writing Assignments for Process
Collaborative Activity for Process
10. Cause and Effect
What Is Cause and Effect?
Using Cause and Effect -- Understanding Main and Contributory Causes -- Understanding Immediate and Remote Causes -- Understanding Casual Chains -- Avoiding Post Hoc Reasoning
Planning a Cause-and-Effect Essay -- Developing a Thesis Statement -- Arranging Causes and Effects -- Using Transitions
Structuring a Cause-and-Effect Essay -- Finding Causes -- Describing or Predicting Effects
Revising a Cause-and-Effect Essay
Editing a Cause-and-Effect Essay
Avoiding "The reason is because"; Using Affect and Effect Correctly
Evelyn Pellicane, The Irish Famine, 1845-1849 (Student Essay) -- Points for Special Attention -- Focus on Revision
Jeffrey Coolidge, Rube Goldberg Machine (Photo)
Josh Barro, Why Stealing Cars Went Out of Fashion
Maggie Koerth-Baker, Why Rational People Buy into Conspiracy Theories
Simon Cottee, What Motivates Terrorists?
Linda M. Hasselstrom, A Peaceful Woman Explains Why She Carries a Gun
Karen Miller Pensiero, Photos That Change History
Janice Mirikitani, Suicide Note (Poetry)
Writing Assignments for Cause and Effect
Collaborative Activity for Cause and Effect
11. Comparison and Contrast
What Is Comparison and Contrast?
Using Comparison and Contrast
Planning a Comparison-and-Contrast Essay -- Recognizing Comparison-and-Contrast Assignments -- Establishing a Basis for Comparison -- Selecting Points for Discussion -- Developing a Thesis Statement
Structuring a Comparison-and-Contrast Essay -- Using Subject-by-Subject Comparison -- Using Point-by-Point Comparison -- Using Transitions
Revising a Comparison-and-Contrast Essay
Editing a Comparison-and-Contrast Essay
Using Parallelism
Subject-by-Subject Comparison
Mark Cotharn, Brains versus Brawn (Student Essay) -- Points for Special Attention -- Focus on Revision
Point-by-Point Comparison
Maria Tecson, A Comparison of Two Websites on Attention Deficit Disorder (Student Essay) -- Points for Special Attention -- Focus on Revision
Auguste Rodin, The Kiss, and Robert Indiana, LOVE (Sculptures)
Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts
Juan Williams, Songs of the Summer of 1963...and Today
Amy Chua, Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior
Ellen Laird, I'm Your Teacher, Not Your Internet-Service Provider
Deborah Tannen, Sex, Lies, and Conversation
Isabel Wilkerson, Emmett Till and Tamir Rice, Sons of the Great Migration
William Shakespeare, Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (Poetry)
Writing Assignments for Comparison and Contrast
Collaborative Activity for Comparison and Contrast
12. Classification and Division
What Is Classification and Division? -- Understanding Classification -- Understanding Division
Using Classification and Division
Planning a Classification-and-Division Essay -- Selecting and Arranging Categories -- Developing a Thesis Statement -- Establishing Categories -- Using Transitions
Structuring a Classification-and-Division Essay
Revising a Classification-and-Division Essay
Editing a Classification-and-Division Essay -- Using a Colon to Introduce Your Categories
Josie Martinez, What I Learned (and Didn't Learn) in College (Student Essay) -- Points for Special Attention -- Focus on Revision
Coffee Types (Chart)
Olga Khazon, The Three Types of Happiness
Carolyn Foster Segal, The Dog Ate My Tablet, and Other Tales of Woe
Amy Tan, Mother Tongue
Stephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie
Henry Reed, Naming of Parts (Poetry)
Writing Assignment for Classification and Division
Collaborative Activity for Classification and Division
13. Definition
What Is Definition? -- Understanding Formal Definitions -- Understanding Extended Definitions
Using Definition
Planning a Definition Essay -- Developing a Thesis Statement -- Deciding on a Pattern of Development
Structuring a Definition Essay
Editing a Definition Essay
Avoiding is when and is where
Ajoy Mahtab, The Untouchable (Student Essay) -- Points for Special Attention -- Focus Revision
U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Census 2010 Form (Questionnaire)
Judy Brady, I Want a Wife
Jose Antonio Burciaga, Tortillas
Amy Wilentz, A Zombie Is a Slave Forever
Richard Posner, On Plagiarism
Emily Dickinson, "Hope" is the thing with feathers (Poetry)
Writing Assignments for Definition
Collaborative Activity for Defintion
14. Argumentation
What Is Argumentation?
Understanding Argumentation and Persuasion
Planning an Argumentative Essay -- Choosing a Topic -- Developing a Thesis -- Analyzing Your Audience -- Gathering and Documenting Evidence -- Dealing with the Opposition -- Understanding Rogerian Argument -- Guidelines for Using Rogerian Argument
Using Deductive and Inductive Arguments -- Using Deductive Arguments -- Using Inductive Arguments -- Using Toulmin Logic -- Recognizing Fallacies -- Using Transitions
Structuring an Argumentative Essay
Revising an Argumentative Essay -- Using Coordinating and Subordinating Conjunctions
Marta Ramos, Just Say No (Student Essay) -- Points for Special Attention -- Focus on Revision, You Don't Want Them Responding to Your Text (Ad)
Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
Rachel Carson, The Obligation to Endure
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
Debate: Should Public College and Universities Be Free?
Aaron Bady, Public Universities Should Be Free
Matt Bruenig, The Case against Free College
Debate: Does It Pay to Study the Humanities?
Leon Wieseltier, Perhaps Culture Is Now the Counterculture: A Defense of the Humanities
Vinod Khosla, Is Majoring in Liberal Arts a Mistake for Students?
Casebook: Do College Students Need Trigger Warnings?
Geoffrey R. Ston, Free Expression in Peril
Spohie Downes, Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces, and Free Speech, Too
Jennifer Medina, Warnings: The Literary Canon Could Make Students Squirm
Soraya Chemaly, What's Really Important about "Trigger Warnings"
Casebook: Do Guns Have a Place on College Campus?
Andrew Wilson, Why I Wouldn't Go to the University of Texas Law School
Students for Gun-Free Schools, Why Our Campuses Are Safer without Concealed Handguns
Students for Concealed Carry, Why Our Campuses Are Not Safer without Concealed Handguns
Timothy Wheeler, There's a Reason They Choose Schools
Writing Assignments of Argumentation
Collaborative Activity for Argumentation
15. Combining the Patterns
Structuring an Essay by Combing the Patterns
Combining the Patterns: Revising and Editing
Agreement with Indefinite Pronouns
Michael Huu Truong, The Park (Student Essay) -- Points for Special Attention -- Focus on Revision
Lars Eighner, On Dumpster Diving
David Kirby, Inked Well
Donald Kagan, On Patriotism
Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
Writing Assignments for Combining the Patterns
Collaborative Activity for Combining the Patterns
Part Three: Working with Sources
16. Finding and Evaluating Sources
Finding Information in the Library
Finding Information on the Internet
Finding Useful Information
Evaluating Sources
17. Integrating Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
Integrating Source Material into Your Writing
Avoiding Plagiarism -- Avoiding Common Errors That Lead to Plagiarism -- Avoiding Plagiarism with Online Sources
18. Documenting Sources: MLA
Parenthetical References in the Text
The Works-Cited List -- Articles -- Books -- Internet Sources -- Other Internet Sources -- Other Nonprint Sources
Model Student Research Paper in MLA Style
Philip Lau, The Limitations of Wikipedia (Student Essay in MLA Styles)
Appendix: Documenting Sources: APA
Using Parenthetical References
Examples of APA Citiations -- Periodicals -- Books -- Internet Sources
Model Student Paper in APA Style
Philip Lau, The Limitations of Wikipedia (Student Essay in APA Style)
This books includes the essays and assignments you need in order to do your work. You can't pass your course without it. In Patterns for College Writing, you'll find a balance of classic and recent essays that provide outstanding models for your own writing. You'll also get lots of help with critical reading and the writing process. [From back cover].
69.00 GNE (99-GNE-9)
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