Summary: Widely praised for its superior teaching apparatus and thought-provoking readings, The Longman Reader remains the most successful rhetorically organized freshman composition reader.
The Longman Reader features highly praised writing pedagogy in a rhetorically-organized reader. The opening chapter offers specific strategies for active reading, and for each pattern-of-development chapter, The Longman Reader includes a detailed introduction that asks students to...show more consider audience and purpose, concrete revision strategies, a peer review checklist, an annotated student essay with extensive analysis, prewriting and revising activities, and a comprehensive list of possible writing topics. Both beloved and fresh professional essays range widely in subject matter and approach, from the humorous to the informative, from personal meditation to argument, and capture students' interest while clearly illustrating a specific pattern of development.
Two detailed introductory chapters discuss the reading and writing processes and show the integration of these processes, allowing students to see the entire reading-writing process illustrated.
Fifty-eight outstanding selections represent a blend of favorite standards and fresh, new pieces on a variety of topics such as high-school sports, charitable giving, human capital, illegal immigration, free speech on campus, and Hurricane Katrina.
Annotated student essays and detailed commentaries on the student's work illustrate the writing and revising process and highlight the kind of critical thinking necessary for successful revision.
Detailed introductions to the rhetorical patterns clarify for students the unique demands posed by each pattern.
Each selection is followed by extensive writing activities, including three sets of questions and four separate writing assignments.
Unusually thorough coverage of argumentation-persuasion includes sections on audience analysis, refutation strategies, Toulmin's approach, Rogerian argument, detecting bias, maintaining objectivity, and establishing common ground.
A ''Pre-Reading Journal Entry'' and a ''Writing Assignment Using a Journal Entry as a Starting Point'' frame each selection in the book to help students understand not only the connection between reading and writing but also the process involved in shaping a piece of writing.
Edition/Copyright:8TH 07 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Longman, Inc. Published: 01/10/2007 International: No
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1. The Reading Process.
Stage 1: Get an Overview of the Selection. First Reading: A Checklist. Stage 2: Deepen Your Sense of the Selection. Second Reading: A Checklist. Stage 3: Evaluate the Selection. Evaluating a Selection: A Checklist. Ellen Goodman, Family Counterculture.
2. The Writing Process.
Stage 1: Prewrite. Analyzing Your Audience: A Checklist. Stage 2: Identify the Thesis. Stage 3: Support the Thesis with Evidence. Stage 4: Organize the Evidence. Outlining: A Checklist. Stage 5: Write the First Draft. Turning Outline Into First Draft: A Checklist. Stage 6: Revise the Essay. Student Essay. Commentary.
What Is Description? How Description Fits Your Purpose and Audience. Suggestions for Using Description in an Essay. Description: A Revision/Peer Review Checklist. Student Essay. Commentary. Activities: Description. Gordon Parks, Flavio's Home. David Helvarg, The Storm This Time. Maya Angelou, Sister Flowers. E.B. White, Once More to the Lake. Judith Ortiz Cofer, A Partial Remembrance of Puerto Rican Childhood. Additional Writing Topics.
What Is Narration? How Narration Fits Your Purpose and Audience. Suggestions for Using Narration in an Essay. Narration: A Revision/Peer Review Checklist. Student Essay. Commentary. Activities: Narration. Audre Lerde, The Fourth of July. George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant. Charmie Gholson, Charity Display? Langston Hughes, Salvation. Adam Mayblum, The Price We Pay. Additional Writing Topics.
What Is Exemplification? How Exemplification Fits Your Purpose and Audience. Suggestions for Using Exemplification in an Essay. Exemplification: A Revision/Peer Review Checklist. Student Essay. Commentary. Activities: Exemplification. Charles Sykes, The "Values" Wasteland. Leslie Savan, Black Talk and Pop Culture. Kay S. Hymowitz, Tweens: Ten Going on Sixteen. Beth Johnson, Bombs Bursting in Air. Barbara Ehrenreich, What I've Learned From Men. Additional Writing Topics.
What Is Division-Classification? How Division-Classification Fits Your Purpose and Audience. Suggestions for Using Division-Classification in an Essay. Division-Classification: A Revision/Peer Review Checklist Student Essay. Commentary. Activities: Division-Classification. Stephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie. William Zinsser, College Pressures. William Lutz, Doublespeak. Ann McClintock, Propaganda Techniques in Today's Advertising. David Brooks, Psst! Human Capital. Additional Writing Topics.
7. Process Analysis.
What Is Process Analysis? How Process Analysis Fits Your Purpose and Audience. Suggestions for Using Process Analysis in an Essay. Process Analysis: A Revision/Peer Review Checklist Student Essay. Commentary. Activities: Process Analysis. David Shipley, Talk About Editing. Jessica Mitford, The American Way of Death. Clifford Stoll, Cyberschool. Paul Roberts, How to Say Nothing in 500 Words. Caroline Rego, The Fine Art of Complaining. Additional Writing Topics.
What Is Comparison-Contrast? How Comparison-Contrast Fits Your Purpose and Audience. Suggestions for Using Comparison-Contrast in an Essay. Comparison-Contrast: A Revision/Peer Review Checklist. Student Essay. Commentary. Activities: Comparison-Contrast. Rachel Carson, A Fable for Tomorrow. Joseph H. Suina, And Then I Went to School. Richard Rodriguez, Workers. Dave Barry, The Ugly Truth About Beauty. Stephen Chapman, The Prisoner's Dilemma. Additional Writing Topics.
What Is Cause-Effect? How Cause-Effect Fits Your Purpose and Audience. Suggestions for Using Cause-Effect in an Essay. Cause-Effect: A Revision/Peer Review Checklist. Student Essay. Commentary. Activities: Cause-Effect. Stephen King, Why We Crave Horror Movies. Jacques D'Amboise, Showing What Is Possible. Alice Walker, Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self. John M. Darley & Bibb Latane', Why People Don't Help in a Crisis. Buzz Bissinger, Innocents Afield. Additional Writing Topics.
What Is Definition? How Definition Fits Your Purpose and Audience. Suggestions for Using Definition in an Essay. Definition: A Revision/Peer Review Checklist. Student Essay. Commentary. Activities: Definition. K.C. Cole, Entropy. James Gleick, Life as Type A. Natalie Angier, The Cute Factor. Alexandra Robbins & Abby Wilner, What Is the Quarterlife Crisis? William Raspberry, The Handicap of Definition. Additional Writing Topics.
What Is Argumentation-Persuasion? How Argumentation-Persuasion Fits Your Purpose and Audience. Suggestions for Using Argumentation-Persuasion in an Essay. Using Rogerian Strategy: A Checklist. Questions for Using Toulmin Strategy: A Checklist. Argumentation-Persuasion: A Revision/Peer Review Checklist. Student Essay. Commentary. Activities: Argumentation-Persuasion. Mary Sherry, In Praise of the "F" Word. Yuh Ji-Yeon, Let's Tell the Story of All America's Cultures. James Barszcz, Can You Be Educated from a Distance? Mark Twain, The Damned Human Race. Stanley Fish, Free Speech Follies. Examining an Issue: Date Rape. Camille Paglia, Rape: A Bigger Danger than Feminists Know. Susan Jacoby, Common Decency. Examining an Issue: Torture. Jonathan Alter, Time to Think About Torture. Henry Porter, Now the Talk Is About Bringing Back Torture. Examining an Issue: Affirmative Action. Roberto Rodriguez, The Border on Our Backs. Star Parker, Se Habla Entitlement. Additional Writing Assignments.
12. Combining the Patterns.
The Patterns in Action: During the Writing Process. The Patterns in Action: In an Essay. Student Essay Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth. Virginia Woolf, Professions for Women. Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go From Here: Community or Chaos? Martin Luther King, Jr., The World House. Joan Didion, The Santa Ana. Joan Didion, Marrying Absurd.
Appendix A: A Concise Guide to Finding and Documenting Sources.
Using the Library to Find Books on Your Subject. Using the Library to Find Reference Works on Your Subject. Using the Library to Find Articles on Your Subject. Using the Internet to Research Your Subject. Focusing a Web Search: A Checklist. Evaluating Internet Materials: A Checklist. Documenting Sources. What to Document. How to Document. Citing Sources: A Checklist. List of Works Cited.
Appendix B: Avoiding Ten Common Writing Errors.
1. Fragments. 2. Comma Splices and Run-ons. 3. Faulty Subject-Verb Agreement. 4. Faulty Pronoun Agreement. 5. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers. 6. Faulty Parallelism. 7. Comma Misuse. 8. Apostrophe Misuse. 9. Confusing Homonyms. 10. Misuse of Italics and Underlining.
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