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Brief Prose Reader : Essays for Thinking, Reading, and Writing

Brief Prose Reader : Essays for Thinking, Reading, and Writing - 03 edition

Brief Prose Reader : Essays for Thinking, Reading, and Writing - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9780130494979

ISBN10: 0130494976

Brief Prose Reader : Essays for Thinking, Reading, and Writing by Kim Flachmann, Michael Flachmann, Kathryn Benander and Cheryl Smith - ISBN 9780130494979
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
International: No
Brief Prose Reader : Essays for Thinking, Reading, and Writing by Kim Flachmann, Michael Flachmann, Kathryn Benander and Cheryl Smith - ISBN 9780130494979

ISBN13: 9780130494979

ISBN10: 0130494976

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03

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For courses in Freshman Composition.

This brief reader helps students improve their abilities to think, read, and write on progressively more sophisticated levels by integrating critical thinking and reading apparatus into every chapter within the context of the rhetorical pattern. The essays are accompanied by apparatus that includes clear, well-developed rhetorical introductions, sample student essays, prewriting questions, and flexible writing assignments. This brief rhetorically organized reader integrates critical thinking and reading into every chapter.

Features :

  • Diversity
    • Diversity strongly emphasized through selected readings--Essays cover a broad range of contemporary topics and portray the universality of human experience as expressed through the viewpoints of men and women, many different ethnic and racial groups, and a variety of ages and social classes.
    • Provides students with exposure to essays by women and ethnic minority authors.
  • Critical Thinking Emphasis
    • Critical thinking emphasis.
    • Teaches students how to think critically through progressively difficult questions after each essay, as well as through "Thinking Critically By Using..." introductory sections in each chapter.
  • Teaching Apparatus
    • Two separate student writing samples in each introduction.
    • Help students bridge the gap between student and professional writing.
    • Prereading section for each selection.
    • Helps students focus on the purpose, audience and subject of the essay.
    • "Understanding Details" after each selection.
    • Tests students' literal and interpretive understanding of what they have read.
    • "Discovering Rhetorical Strategies" questions at the end of each selection.
    • Guides students' thinking on how the author achieved certain effects through word choice, sentence structure, organization of ideas, and selection of details.
    • "Analyzing Meaning" questions at the end of each selection.
    • Helps students understand the entire selection on an analytical level.
    • "Making Connections" questions at the end of each selection.
    • Asks students to draw conclusions and recognize thematic and rhetorical relationships they may not have seen before.
    • "Ideas for Discussion/Writing" with "Prewriting" questions after each selection.
    • Encourages students to express their feelings, thoughts, observations, and opinions on several provocative topics.

Author Bio

Flachmann, Kim : California State University, Bakersfield

Flachmann, Michael : California State University, Bakersfield

Benander, Kathryn :

Smith, Cheryl :

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapters end with Chapter Writing Assignments

Introduction: Thinking, Reading, and Writing
Thinking Critically
Reading Critically
Preparing to Read
Reading Inventory
Writing Critically
Preparing to Write
Writing Inventory

1. Description: Exploring Through the Senses

Defining Description
Thinking Critically by Using Description
Reading and Writing Descriptive Essays
Student Essay: Description at Work
Some Final Thoughts on Description
Description in Review
Summer Rituals, Ray Bradbury
Notes from the Country Club, Kimberly Wozencraft
The Pines, John Mcphee
The View from 80, Malcolm Cowley

2. Narration: Telling a Story

Defining Narration
Thinking Critically by Using Narration
Reading and Writing Narrative Essays
Student Essay: Narration at Work
Some Final Thoughts on Narration
Narration in Review
For My Indian Daughter, Lewis Sawaquat
New Directions, Maya Angelou
The Saturday Evening Post, Russell Baker
Only daughter, Sandra Cisneros

3. Example: Illustrating Ideas

Defining Examples
Thinking Critically by Using Example
Reading and Writing Essays That Use Examples
Student Essay: Examples at Work
Some Final Thoughts on Examples
Example in Review
The Baffling Question, Bill Cosby
Darkness at Noon, Harold Krents
Mother Tongue, Amy Tan
A Brother's Murder, Brent Staples

4. Process Analysis: Explaining Step by Step

Defining Process Analysis
Thinking Critically by Using Process Analysis
Reading and Writing Process Analysis Essays
Student Essay: Process Analysis at Work
Some Final Thoughts on Process Analysis
Process Analysis in Review
Managing Your Time, Edwin Bliss
Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain, Jessica Mitford
How to Say Nothing in Five Hundred Words, Paul Roberts
E-mail: What You Should--and Shouldn't--Say, Mark Hansen

5. Division/Classification: Finding Categories

Defining Division/Classification
Thinking Critically by Using Division/Classification
Reading and Writing Division/Classification Essays
Student Essay: Division/Classification at Work
Some Final Thoughts on Division/Classification
Division/Classification in Review
Memory: Tips You'll Never Forget, Phyllis Schneider
Why I Want a Wife, Judy Brady
Second Chances for Children of Divorce, Judith Wallerstein and Sandra Blakeslee
The Truth About Lying, Judith Viorst

6. Comparison/Contrast: Discovering Similarities and Differences

Defining Comparison/Contrast
Thinking Critically by Using Comparison/Contrast
Reading and Writing Comparison/Contrast Essays
Student Essay: Comparison/Contrast at Work
Some Final Thoughts on Comparison/Contrast
Comparison/Contrast in Review
Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts, Bruce Catton
A Child Is Born, Germaine Greer
Japanese and American Workers: Two Casts of Mind, William Ouchi
The Politics of Muscle, Gloria Steinem

7. Definition: Limiting the Frame of Reference

Defining Definition
Thinking Critically by Using Definition
Reading and Writing Definition Essays
Student Essay: Definition at Work
Some Final Thoughts on Definition
Definition in Review
When Is It Rape?, Nancy Gibbs
The Barrio, Robert Ramirez
Beliefs About Families, Mary Pipher
How to Find True Love: Or Rather, How It Finds You, Lois Smith Brady

8. Cause/Effect: Tracing Reasons and Results

Defining Cause/Effect
Thinking Critically by Using Cause/Effect
Reading and Writing Cause/Effect Essays
Student Essay: Cause/Effect at Work
Some Final Thoughts on Cause/Effect
Cause/Effect in Review
Why We Crave Horror Movies, Stephen King
The Fear of Losing a Culture, Richard Rodriguez
Meet the Bickersons, Mary Roach
Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self, Alice Walker

9. Argument and Persuasion: Inciting People to Thought or Action

Defining Argument and Persuasion
Thinking Critically by Using Argument and Persuasion
Reading and Writing Persuasive Essays
Student Essay: Argument and Persuasion at Work
Some Final Thoughts on Argument and Persuasion
Argument/Persuasion in Review
Arming Myself with a Gun Is Not the Answer, Bronwyn Jones
Take a Ticket, Peter Salins
Opposing Viewpoints: Computers and Books
The Demise of Writing, Geoffrey Meredith
Will We Still Turn Pages?, Kevin Kelly

10. Documented Essays: Reading and Writing from Sources

Defining Documented Essays
Reading and Writing Documented Essays
Student Essay: Documentation at Work
Some Final Thoughts on Documented Essays
Documented Essays in Review
The Ecstasy of War, Barbara Ehrenreich
Appearance and Delinquency: A Research Note, Jill Leslie Rosenbaum and Meda Chesney-Lind

11. Essays on Thinking, Reading, and Writing

I Am Writing Blindly, Roger Rosenblatt
To Read Fiction, Donald Hall
The Rules of Writing Practice, Natalie Goldberg
Instantly Growing Up, John Greenwald
Writing as a Moral Act, Rita Mae Brown
Glossary of Useful Terms
Index of Authors and Titles