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Readings for Writers

Readings for Writers - 12th edition

ISBN13: 978-1413016291

Cover of Readings for Writers 12TH 07 (ISBN 978-1413016291)
ISBN13: 978-1413016291
ISBN10: 1413016294

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 12TH 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Heinle & Heinle Publishers, Inc.
Published: 2007
International: No

List price: $143.00

Readings for Writers - 12TH 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-1413016291

Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell and Anthony C. Winkler

ISBN13: 978-1413016291
ISBN10: 1413016294

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 12TH 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Heinle & Heinle Publishers, Inc.
Published: 2007
International: No

The twelfth edition of this best-selling rhetorical reader continues to provide comprehensive coverage of rhetorical skills and strategies. With readings from multiple genres and a newly added four-color art gallery, READINGS FOR WRITERS prompts students to think and read critically, and achieve successful academic writing.


  • NEW! First ever in a rhetorical reader, Readings for Writers' new four-color Art Gallery contains a collection of images intended to prompt student discussions and assignments, while giving the instructor some relief from traditional text-centered writing.
  • NEW! Available DVDs include films that dramatize stories presented in the text.
  • More than 108 readings from multiple genres--poems, newspaper columns, diary entries, formal arguments, student essays, biographies, speeches, and excerpts from books, paragraphs, e-mails and short stories--are included.
  • Selections are grouped under a unique labeling system that shows how each reading is meant to be used: Advice, Discussion, Example, and Issues for Critical Thinking and Debate.
  • The Student Corner showcases the development of real student essays along with commentary and corresponding writing tips.
  • Related graphics contained in each issue for Critical Thinking and Debate are intended to get students thinking.
  • Useful apparatus for each selection includes vocabulary and writing suggestions, along with questions requiring students to consider the facts, strategies and issues.
  • Four types of writing assignments conclude each chapter: General Assignments; Writing Assignments for a Specific Audience, Collaborative Writing Projects, and newly added Art Gallery Assignments.
  • Two full-length annotated student papers illustrate the latest MLA and APA styles of documentation.
  • Each reading selection is prefaced by a headnote and followed by questions under the headings of The Facts, The Strategies, and The Issues.
  • NEW! Building on the tradition of introducing readings to the rhetorical reader canon, 17 new reading selections, ranging from a passionate defense of Islam by a Muslim faithful, and a description of the fatal duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, augment the widely popular reading program of the 10th edition.
  • NEW! Expanding the most extensive coverage of critical thinking in any rhetorical reader, 3 new hot topic issues have been added for Critical Thinking activities, including issues of body image, immigration, and same-sex marriage.
  • NEW! Building on the most extensive coverage of sentence level and paragraph level issues available, the new ''Punctuation Workshop'' sections, featured in each of the chapters on modes, remind students how to use the most common punctuation marks such as the comma, semi-colon, dash, and brackets.
  • NEW! Chapter 1, "Guidelines for Critical Reading," provides students with helpful hints and guidelines for reading critically, as well as an exercise demonstrating how to apply this skill to an actual essay.
  • NEW! Chapter 2, "What is Rhetoric?" offers coverage of visual rhetoric and asks students to discuss advertisements, cartoons, screenshots and photos.
  • NEW! An improved organization devotes more attention to each rhetorical pattern: nine new individual Patterns/Modes chapters focus on each major pattern of development.
  • NEW! The Appendix includes the latest MLA and APA citations.
  • NEW! Chapter 16, "Combining the Modes," offers more contemporary rhetorical theory on the notion that the modes/patterns are used as tools for inquiry.

Table of Contents


Introduction to Part I: from Reading to Writing.

1. Guidelines For Critical Reading.

Reading: The Doorway to Writing. Louis L'Amour, from Education of a Wandering Man.

2. What is Rhetoric?

Editors' Note. Editors' Counsel. Advice. What--and How--to Write When You Have No Time to Write. Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream. Clementine Churchill, Letter to her Husband. James Herriot, Have a Cigar. Real Life Student Writing: E-mail from Samoa.

3. What is a Writer's Voice?

Editors' Note. Voice: Why did the chicken cross the road? Advice. Paul Roberts, How to Say Nothing in Five Hundred Words. Mort Castle, Tone: The Writer's Voice in the Reader's Mind. Mary Maclane, Me. Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Remarks on the Life of Sacco and on His Own Life and Execution. Langston Hughes, Salvation. Anthony C. Winkler, Killing Ants in the Kitchen at 3 a.m. Real Life Student Writing: A thank-you note written to an aunt.

4. What Is A Thesis?

Editors' Note. Advice. Sheridan Baker, The Thesis. Roxanne Roberts, The Grieving Never Ends. Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find. Edna St. Vincent Millay, Spring. Real Life Student Writing: A eulogy to a friend killed in a car wreck.

5. How Do I Organize?

Editors' Note. Advice. Edward T. Thompson, How to Write Clearly. E. M. Forster, My Wood. Roger Rosenblatt, Rules for Aging. James Thurber, The Catbird Seat. William Shakespeare, That Time of Year (Sonnet). Real Life Student Writing: Note from a grad student to a department secretary.

6. Developing Paragraphs.

Editors' Note. Advice. A. M. Tibbetts and Charlene Tibbetts, Writing Successful Paragraphs. Paragraphs with the Topic Sentence at the Beginning. Edith Hamilton, From The Lessons of the Past. William Somerset Maugham, Pain. Chief Joseph of the Nez Percé, I Am Tired of Fighting (Surrender Speech). Paragraphs with the Topic Sentence at the End. W. T. Stace, Man against Darkness. Mark Van Doren, What Is a Poet? Lewis Thomas, M.D., On Disease. Robert Frost, The Flood. Real Life Student Writing: Letter of application to a honors program.

7. Narration.

Editors' Note. What Narration Does. When to Use Narration. How to Write a Narration. Warming Up to Write a Narration. George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant. Maya Angelou, My Name Is Margaret. Dick Gregory, Shame. Tom Huntington, James Boswell's Scotland. Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays. Punctuation Workshop: The Period. Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: Terrorism. Abdullah Momin, What Does Islam Say About Terrorism? Postscript to Inside The Kingdom: My Life In Saudi Arabial Carmen bin Laden. Student Corner. Sion Arakelian, Glendale Community College, The Right Moves Against Terrorism. How I Write / How I Wrote This Essay/ My Writing Tip.

8. Description.

Editors' Note. What Description Does. When to Use Description. How to Write a Description. Warming up to Write a Description. Punctuation Workshop: Commas. H. L. Mencken, The Libido for the Ugly. James Joyce, Hell. Eudora Welty, A Worn Path. May Swenson, Pigeon Woman. Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: Body Image. Cindy Maynard, Body Image. Anna Quindlen, Stretch Marks. Student Corner. Shelley Taylor, SUNY at Oswego, Spanking: So What is the Fuss About?

9. Process Analysis.

Editors' Note. What Process Analysis Does. When to Use Process Analysis. How to Write a Process Analysis. Warming up to write a process analysis. Thomas Fleming, This is a Mortal Wound. Sir Arthur Grimble, Hunting Octopus in the Gilbert Islands. William Shirer, Hitler's Workday. Kenneth Patchen, How to Be an Army. Punctuation Workshop: The Semicolon. Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: Ageism. Painting: Henry Koerner, My Parents. Malcolm Cowley, The View from Eighty. Marya Mannes, Stay Young. Student Corner. Kimberly Caitlin Wheeler, Yale University, Aging.

10. Illustration / Exemplification.

Editors' Note. What Illustration / Exemplification Does. When to Use Illustration /Exemplification. How to Use Illustration /Exemplification. Warming up to write an illustration. F. L. Lucas, What is Style? Barry Parr, The Buck Stops Where? John Leo, "Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall ...". Punctuation Workshop: The Dash. Adrienne Rich, Living in Sin Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: Drug Abuse. Gore Vidal, Drugs. Morton M. Kondracke, Don't Legalize Drugs. Student Corner. Linda Kunze, Glendale Community College, Drug Use: The Continuing Epidemic.

11. Definition.

Editors' Note. What Definition Does. When to Use Definition. How to Use Definition. Warming up to write a definition. William A. Henry III, The Politics of Separation. Ellen Goodman, The Company Man. Pico Iyer, In Praise of the Humble Comma. Gilbert Highet, Kitsch. Archibald MacLeish, Ars Poetica. Poetry Workshop: The Apostrophe. Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: Immigration. Eduardo Porter, Illegal Immigrants Are Bolstering Social Security with Billions. Bill Bryson, Wide-Open Spaces. Student Corner. Michèle Izzo, University of Maryland, Saving Life on Earth--It Doesn't Take an Education.

12. Comparison/Contrast.

Editors' Note. What Comparison/Contrast Does. When to Use Comparison/Contrast. How to Use Comparison/Contrast. Warming Up to Write a Comparison/Contrast. Punctuation Workshop: The Question Mark. Suzanne Jordan, That Lean and Hungry Look. Gilbert Highet, Diogenes and Alexander. Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts. Khaled Hassein, Baba and Me. Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: The Existence of God. John Haynes Holmes, Ten Reasons for Believing in Immortality. James A. Haught, Breaking the Last Taboo. Children's Letters to God. Student Corner. Ara Babaian, Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, The Existence of God.

13. Division/Classification.

Editors' Note. What Division/Classification Does. When to Use Division/Classification. How to Use Division/Classification. Warming Up to Write a Division/Classification. Paul M. Muchinsky, Move Over, Teams. William Golding, Thinking as a Hobby. John Holt, Kinds of Discipline. Francis Bacon, The Idols. Bart Edelman, English 101. Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: Racism. Painting: Rupert Garcia, Mexico, Chile, Soweto. Melba Patillo Beals, Warriors Don't Cry. Sarah L. and A. Elizabeth Delany, "Incidents With White People". Student Corner. Racism: Nancey Phillips, California State University at Long Beach, How Far Have We Come?

14. Causal Analysis.

Editors' Note. What Causal Analysis Does. When to Use Causal Analysis. How to Use Causal Analysis. Warming Up to Write a Causal Analysis. Linda M. Hass, A Peaceful Woman Explains Why She Carries a Gun. Jimmy Santiago Baca, Coming into Language. Jim Corbett, Why Tigers Become Man-Eaters. Henry David Thoreau, Why I Went to the Woods. Kate Chopin, The Storm. Robert Frost, Design. Punctuation Workshop: The Exclamation Point. Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: The Status of Women. Kate Gubata, The New Feminism. Rebecca E. Rubins, The Farce of Feminism. Student Corner. Paula Rewa, East Tennessee State University, "Woman" Is a Noun.

15. Argumentation and Persuasion.

Editors' Counsel. What Argumentation Does. When to Use Argumentation. How to Use Argumentation. Warming up to write an argument. Punctuation Workshop: Quotation Marks. Cyra McFadden, In Defense of Gender. Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal. Judy Syfers, I Want a Wife. Andrew Vachss, Sex Predators Can't Be Saved. James Michie, Dooley Is a Traitor. Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: Homelessness. Painting: Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo Valley. Homeless: Joseph Perkins, Expose the Myths. Matt Lynch, The Homeless Lack a Political Voice, But Not American Ideals. Student Corner. Antoinette Poodt, Furman University, People Out on a Limb.

16. Combining The Modes.

Editors' Note. What Combining the Patterns Does. When to Combine the Patterns. How to Combine the Patterns. Alan DeVoe, Shrew--The Littlest Mammal. Punctuation Workshop. Jack Connor, Will Spelling Count? E. B. White, Once More to the Lake. Issue for Critical Thinking and Debate: Same Sex Marriage. R. Albert Mohler, The Case Against Homosexual Marriage. Dr. Susan Block, Same-Sex Marriage: Just Say No to Prohibition. Student Corner.


The editing booth.


Assignment 1: The Research Projects. Why English Instructors Assign Research Papers. How to Choose Your Topic. How to Narrow Your Subject. The Process of Writing the Paper. Prepare ''Works Cited'' or ''References.'' Write the Final Copy.
Annotated MLA style paper.
Annotated APA style paper.
Assignment 2: The Literary Paper. How to Write About Literature. The In-Class Essay on Literature. Finding and Expressing a Theme. Analyzing Character and Action. Interpreting Symbols. Commenting on Form.
Annotated Literary paper.
Literary Credits.