Readings for Writers

ISBN-10: 1111837066
ISBN-13: 9781111837068
Edition: 14th 2013
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List price: $117.95
Edition: 14th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 2/3/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 848
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.728
Language: English

For over 30 years, READINGS FOR WRITERS has been the preeminent rhetorical reader for the freshman composition course. This bestseller continues its tradition of providing comprehensive coverage of the writing and research process, while also offering a wide variety of appealing readings. With more than 100 selections from a broad range of topics and genres, this text offers something to spark excitement in any developing writer.

Born in Belgium, the daughter of an American minister, Jo Ray had moved from Brussels to Paris to Bern, Switzerland, by the time she was seven years old. In Bern, she attended the Freies Gymnasium and spoke not only fluent French and German but also English, which was the language spoken to her by her American parents. The snow-covered alps and the Swiss penchant for sports were the natural incentive for Jo Ray's love of ice skating, skiing, swimming, and tennis. After enduring World War II, with its ignominious holocaust and heroic feats by the Allies, Jo Ray's parents sent her and her brother to Pacific Union College (in the Napa Valley), where Jo Ray received a B. A. in English. After teaching English and French in high school for several years, Jo Ray started to take night classes at the University of Southern California in order to earn an M.A. and Ph.D., which would allow her to teach in college. While working on her doctorate, she was first hired to teach English at Glendale Community College and later to serve as Dean of the Evening College. A chance meeting in 1973 with Anthony Winkler, a successful novelist whose stories are usually set in Jamaica, led to a literary partnership that has produced fifteen coauthored textbooks used at colleges and universities across the United States.

Reading and Writing: From Reading to Writing
Reading Critically
Kinds of Reading
Steps to Critical Reading
Read Actively
Demystify the Writer
Understand What You Read
Imagine an Opposing Point of View for All Opinions
Look for Biases and Hidden Assumptions
Separate Emotion from Fact
If the Issue Is New to You, Look up the Facts
Use Insights from One Subject to Illuminate or Correct Another
Evaluate the Evidence
Ponder the Values behind a Claim
Recognize Logical Fallacies
Don't Be Seduced by Bogus Claims
Annotate Your Reading
Finally, Be Sure You Understand the Writer's Opening Context
Answers to Critical Reading Questions on Andy Rooney
Hidden within Technology's Empire, a Republic of Letters / Saul Bellow
Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasion
Road Map to Rhetoric
Grammar and Rhetoric
The Importance of Good Grammar
Letting the Habits of Literate Writers Be the Final Referee
Exercises
The Importance of Rhetoric
Audience and Purpose
The Internal Reader/Editor
Levels of English
Writing as a Process
Writing about Visual Images
Advice
What--and How--to Write When You Have No Time to Write / Donald Murray
Examples
I Have a Dream / Martin Luther King, Jr
Letter to Horace Greeley / Abraham Lincoln
Have a Cigar / James Herriot
Chapter Writing Assignments
Pointer from a Pro: Write Often
Real-Life Student Writing
E-Mail from Samoa
Synthesis: Incorporating Outside Sources
Road Map to Synthesis
Building Blocks of Incorporating Outside Sources
Paraphrase
Exercises
Summary
Exercises
Quotation
Exercises
Guidelines for Effectively Synthesizing Outside Sources
Guidelines for Thinking and Reading Critically
Guidelines for Improving Your Writing
Writers at Work: Strategies for Incorporating Outside Sources
Writers at Work: Using Paraphrase and Summary
Writers at Work: Using Quotations
Chapter Writing Assignments: Writing a Synthesis Essay
Sources
The American Dream/Martin C. Jischke
The Death of Horatio Alger/Paul Krugman
By Our Own Bootstraps/ W. Michael Cox and Richard Alm
How the U.S
Stacks Up Against Other Wealthy, Industrialized Nations/Richard Wilkinson and Katie Pickett
Long Live the American Dream/Shikha Dalmia
Deer Hunting with Jesus/Joe Bageant
Worth and Net Worth/Richard Todd
Epilogue: The American Dream/James Truslow Adams
Essay Prompts
Suggestions for Additional Reading
The Writer's Voice
Road Map to Writer's Voice
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
Vocabulary
Syntax
Attitude
Exercises
Advice
How to Say Nothing in Five Hundred Words / Paul Roberts
Examples
Tone: The Writer's Voice in the Reader's Mind / Mort Castle
The Waltz / Dorothy Parker
Remarks on the Life of Sacco and on His Own Life and Execution / Bartolomeo Vanzetti
Salvation / Langston Hughes
A Grunt's Prayer / Ken Noyle
Chapter Writing Assignments
Real-Life Student Writing
A Thank-You Note to an Aunt
The Writer's Thesis
Road Map to Thesis
Finding Your Thesis
Key Words in the Thesis
Characteristics of a Good Thesis
Nine Errors to Avoid in Composing a Thesis
The Explicit Versus the Implicit Thesis
Exercises
Advice
The Thesis / Sheridan Baker
Examples
The Grieving Never Ends / Roxanne Roberts
A Good Man Is Hard to Find / Flannery O'Connor
Spring / Edna St
Vincent Millay
Chapter Writing Assignments
Real-Life Student Writing
A Eulogy to a Friend Killed in a Car Wreck
Organizing Ideas
Road Map to Organizing
Organizing the Short Essay
Organizing the Long Essay
Planning by Listing Supporting Materials
Organizing with a Formal Outline
Exercises
Advice
Write to Be Understood / Jim Staylor
Examples
My Wood / E. M. Forster
Rules for Aging / Roger Rosenblatt
The Catbird Seat / James Thurber
That Time of Year (Sonnet 73) / William Shakespeare
Chapter Writing Assignments
Real-Life Student Writing
Note from a Graduate Student to a Department Secretary
Developing Good Paragraphs
Road Map to Paragraphs
Parts of the Paragraph
Supporting Details

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