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Motives for Writing

Motives for Writing - 5th edition

ISBN13: 978-0073221540

Cover of Motives for Writing 5TH 06 (ISBN 978-0073221540)
ISBN13: 978-0073221540
ISBN10: 0073221546
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 5TH 06
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Published: 2006
International: No

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Motives for Writing - 5TH 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0073221540

Robert Keith Miller

ISBN13: 978-0073221540
ISBN10: 0073221546
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 5TH 06
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company

Published: 2006
International: No

This collection of primarily contemporary readings is organized around the various rhetorical purposes that motivate writers. Including detailed guides to writing motives such as Analyzing Texts, Analyzing Images, and Writing Arguments, this text provides a rhetorically grounded approach to academic writing and research.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Writing for Your Life

1. Writing to Understand Experience
Levi's, Marilyn Schiel
Grub, Scott Russell Sanders
The Meaning of a Word, Gloria Naylor
Life with Father, Tabari Njeri
Count Me Out of Hard Labor, Rick Marin
Companion Text: "I Dated Rick Marin," Sandy Fernandez
Living Like Weasels, Annie Dillard
Lavender, Andre Aciman

2. Writing to Report Information
As Freezing Persons Recollect the Snow, Peter Stark
Thomas Jefferson and the Environment, Peter Ling
Why McDonald's Fries Taste So Good, Eric Schlosser
Uncharted Territory, Elizabeth Kolbert
Companion Text: "Charter School Results Repeatedly Delayed," American Federation of Teachers
Tough Break, Tim Rogers
The Best Job in Town, Katherine Boo

3. Writing to Explain Information
Photo Exorcism, Wes Pitts
In Japan, Nice Guys (and Girls) Finish Together, Nicholas D. Kristof
What Happened to the Anasazi?, Catherine Dold
Bet on It, Gary Riven
Women's Brains, Stephen Jay Gould
Same-Sex Sexuality, Joan Roughgarden
Companion Text: ''An Interview with Joan Roughgarden,'' Debrah Solomon

4. Writing to Evaluate Something
Reach Out to Annoy Someone,'' Jonathan Rowe
Companion Text: "Saved, and Enslaved, by the Cell," Ken Belson
Sweet and Lowdown, YiLing-Chen
The Sad Comedy of Really Bad Food, Dara Moskowitz
God's Lonely Man, Francis Davis
My Diagnosis, Susanna Kaysen
Companion Text: "Borderline Personality Disorder," APA
High-Tech Bibliophila, Paul Goldberger
She: The Portrait of the Essay as a Warm Body, Cynthia Ozick

5. Writing to Analyze Images
Falling in Love with Food, Jean Kilbourne
Beauty (Re)discovers the Male body, Susan Bordo
Next: Understanding a Corporate Logo, Steven Heller and Karen Pomerov
The Re-rebranding of Berlin, Annie Bourneuf
Conveying Atrocity in Image, Barbie Zelizer
Regarding the Torture of Others, Susan Sontag
Companion Text: ''Torture Incarnate, Propped Up on a Pedestal,'' Sarah Boxer

6. Writing to Analyze Texts
Core Text: The Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin. Presented as an insert.
Feminine Double Consciousness in Kate Chopin's ''The Story of an Hour,'' Angelyn Mitchell
Fatal Self-Assertion in Kate Chopin's ''The Story of an Hour,'' Lawrence I. Berkove
Core Text: Genesis 9:18-27
Noah's Nakedness and he Curse of Canaan: A Case of Incest? F.W. Bassett
The Curse That Never Was, Gene Rice
Core Text: Bill of Rights
Groh v. Ramirez, John Paul Stevens
Groh v. Ramirez, Clarence Thomas

7. Writing to Persuade Others
Majoring in Debt, Adolph Reed
Flunking the NCAA, Sally Jenkins
Racial Profiling: The Liberals Are Right, Stuart Taylor, Jr
The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson
Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King
Privacy and the U.S. Military, Aaron Belkin and Melissa S. Ember-Herbert

8. Writing to Inspire Others
You Are Me, Larry Carlat
I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr.
Democratic Bedrock, Garrison Keillor
I Know a Child, Ron Reagan
Companion Text: Speech by Nancy Reagan
The State of Our Union, George Bush
A Hanging, George Orwell
Am I Blue?, Alice Walker

9. Writing to Amuse Others
Technology Makes Me Mad, Patricia Volk
Breakfast at the FDA Café, John R. Alden
The Learning Curve, David Sedaris
Relationship Reruns, Cindy Chupach
Vacations: His and Hers, Jill Conner Browne
Companion Text: "Jill Conner Browne Tells All," Lynette Hanson
Would Hemingway Get Into Harvard?, Jonathan Katzman/Andy Lutz, and Erik Olson

10. Writing to Experiment with Form
Et in Arcadia Ego, John Berger
The Deer at Providencia, Annie Dillard
Marrakech, George Orwell
If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?, Geeta Kothari
I Was Born, Luc Sante
Oranges and Sweet Sister Boy, Judy Ruiz

Appendix: Writing from Sources