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Summary: Designed for instructors who prefer to teach composition with a separate handbook or some other combination of texts, this brief edition of The Longman Writer, Fifth Edition , contains everything from the very popular full edition except the Handbook. Edition/Copyright: 5TH 03
Students get a rhetoric, reader, and research guide as well as plentiful exercises--all in a shorter and more economical volume.
Created by the authors of the best-selling The Macmillan Reader, the ...show more text draws on more than 60 years of combined teaching experience to integrate the best of the "product" and "process" approaches to writing. Its particular strengths include an emphasis on the reading-writing connection, a focus on invention and revision, more attention to the fact that patterns blend in actual writing, and an abundance of class-tested activities and assignments--more than 300 in all.
- Comprehensive, three-step treatment of the reading process, with an emphasis on the link between reading and writing.
- Provides step-by-step coverage of the writing process with a separate chapter on each stage in the process. Each chapter includes extensive activities, collaborative exercises, and an extended "case history" showing the development of a student paper at every stage of the process.
- Presents a ten-chapter discussion of the rhetorical patterns, with detailed introductions, prewriting and revising activities, and three to six professional essays illustrating each pattern.
- Includes an annotated student paper demonstrating each rhetorical pattern, with accompanying commentary and "before and after" versions.
- Offers a stimulating variety of essays, including such classics as Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant" along with new and previously unanthologized works like Beth Johnson's "Bombs Bursting in Air."
- Emphasizes purpose, audience, tone, and point of view--first covered in the chapter on prewriting, then reiterated in assignments and commentary throughout the text.
- Presents an exceptionally thorough discussion of argument and persuasion, including an easy-to-follow explanation of Toulmin logic and a chart on refutation strategies.
- TECHNOLOGY ADVANTAGE--Contains two chapters on the research paper, including discussions of plagiarism, Internet and computerized library searches, MLA and APA documentation, and an annotated student essay illustrating MLA format.
New To This Edition :
- NEW Every selection in the book is framed by a new set of assignments: a "Pre-Reading Journal Entry" assignment before the piece and a "Writing Assignment Using a Journal Entry as a Starting Point" after the piece. These "bookend" assignments illustrate not only the connection between reading and writing but also the process involved in shaping a piece of writing.
- NEW! More than one-third of the selections are new. Whether written by well-known writers such as Stephen King ("Why We Crave Horror Movies") or relative newcomers such as Beth Johnson ("Bombs Bursting in Air"), the new selections are bound to stimulate strong writing on a variety of topics- gender, education, race, mass culture, family life, mortality, and others.
- NEW! Additional attention is given to the concept of peer review, including the use of email to facilitate students' response to one another's work. An expanded discussion provides students with guidelines for reacting to other students' work and for responding to feedback they themselves receive.
- TECHNOLOGY ADVANTAGE--NEW Many assignments (signaled by a check icon) suggest that students might want to conduct research in the library and/or on the Internet as part of their preparation for an essay.
- NEW! Writing in non-academic contexts receives greater emphasis. The "Assignments with a Specific Purpose, Audience, and Point of View" at the end of each pattern chapter have been revised to focus on how a particular pattern can be used in three different real-life writing contexts: "On Campus," "At Home or in the Community," and "On the Job."
- NEW! Increased emphasis on collaborative learning. Many assignments encourage students to investigate various sides of an issue by brainstorming with classmates, questioning friends, speaking with family members, or interviewing "experts."
- NEW! Additional linked assignments (indicated by * ) help students make connections between selections.
- TECHNOLOGY ADVANTAGE--The research paper and the chapters on research and documentation have been updated to reflect the most recent MLA and APA guidelines.
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman, Inc.
Year Published: 2003