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Norton Sampler : Short Essays for Composition

Norton Sampler : Short Essays for Composition - 6th edition

Norton Sampler : Short Essays for Composition - 6th edition

ISBN13: 9780393978827

ISBN10: 0393978826

Norton Sampler : Short Essays for Composition by Thomas  Ed. Cooley - ISBN 9780393978827
Edition: 6TH 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
International: No
Norton Sampler : Short Essays for Composition by Thomas  Ed. Cooley - ISBN 9780393978827

ISBN13: 9780393978827

ISBN10: 0393978826

Edition: 6TH 03

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W. W. Norton & Company is proud to present the Sixth Edition of The Norton Sampler. As a rhetorically arranged collection of short essays for composition, our Sampler echoes the cloth samplers once done in colonial America, presenting the basic patterns of writing for students to practice just as schoolchildren once practiced their stitches and ABCs on needlework samplers. This new edition shows students that description, narration, and the other patterns of exposition are not just abstract concepts used in composition classrooms but are in fact the way we think--and write. The Norton Sampler contains 63 carefully chosen readings--classics as well as more recent pieces, essays along with a few real-world texts--all demonstrating how writers use the modes of discourse for many varied purposes.

Features :

  • More than half the readings are new, most written in the last ten years. From Sebastian Junger's report of war against the Taliban in Afghanistan to Dave Barry's hilarious essay defining guys vs. men, to an article from the Onion reporting on a church bake sale at which all seven deadly sins were committed, readings in The Norton Sampler will interest students. There are 63 readings total.

  • A RealTime reading in each chapter shows narration, description, and the other modes of writing in everyday "real world" texts. Descriptive writing from a watch catalog, causal analysis from an Outside Magazine Q&A column, and a comparison of Dave Winfield and Kirby Puckett from the New York Times sports section show students that the modes of writing are used in all the writing and thinking that we do. And all RealTime readings include visual components, demonstrating that contemporary writing now encompasses more than just words.

  • A new Web site offers links to texts written for the Web, showing how the modes of writing play out online. Each link is introduced by a short headnote with contextual information and is followed by study questions. (

  • A specially commissioned essay by Annie Dillard looks at the process she followed while writing her famous essay, "The Death of a Moth." The two essays introduce the book with a beautiful explication that shows how Dillard herself uses the modes of writing to glorious effect.

  • Beautifully written, demonstrating its own lessons about good writing. Students will find the book accessible and inspiring.

Author Bio

Cooley, Thomas (Ed.) : The Ohio State University

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

* indicates a new selection
indicates student writing

Annie Dillard, The Death of a Moth
Annie Dillard, How I Wrote the Moth Essay--and Why
The Processes of Writing
The Modes of Writing
Mixing the Modes

1 Description
RealTime Writing: Catalog Description
*Alice Steinbach, The Miss Dennis School of Writing
Cherokee Paul McDonald, A View from the Bridge
§Beverly Dipo, No Rainbows, No Roses
Ann Hodgman, No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch

2 Narrative
RealTime Writing: Obituary
*Thomas Beller, The Ashen Guy: Lower Broadway, September 11, 2001
*Sebastian Junger, The Lion in Winter
Mary E. Mebane, The Back of the Bus
Richard Rodriguez, None of This Is Fair
*Kelly Simon, Frank Sinatra's Gum

3 Example
RealTime Writing: Girl Scout Cookie Box
*The Onion, All Seven Deadly Sins Committed at Church Bake Sale
*Malcolm W. Browne, The Invisible Flying Cat
*Richard Lederer, English Is a Crazy Language
*Nat Hentoff, Jazz: Music Beyond Time and Nations
*Janet Wu, Homeward Bound

4 Classification and Division
RealTime Writing: DailyCandy homepage
*Jeff Jacoby, The Rise of the Blended American
Amy Tan, Mother Tongue
§Eric Watts, The Color of Success
Isaac Asimov, What Do You Call a Platypus?
*Freeman J. Dyson, Science, Guided by Ethics, Can Lift Up the Poor

5 Process Analysis
RealTime Writing: Lemonade Recipe
*Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht, How to Fend Off a Shark
*Jon Katz, How Boys Become Men
Alexander Petrunkevitch, The Spider and the Wasp
Garrison Keillor, How to Write a Letter
*Philip Weiss, How to Get Out of a Locked Trunk

6 Comparison and Contrast
RealTime Writing: New York Times Article
*Deborah Dalfonso, Grammy Rewards
§Debi Davis, Body Imperfect
Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts
Gary Soto, Like Mexicans
*Deborah Tannen, Gender in the Classroom
*David Sedaris, Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa

7 Definition
RealTime Writing: Save the Manatee website
*Dave Barry, Guys vs. Men
*Pico Iyer, In Praise of the Humble Comma
*John Archibald Wheeler, How Come The Quantum?
*Langston Hughes, Bop
*Geeta Kothari, If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?

8 Cause and Effect
RealTime Writing: Science Q&A
§*Marissa Nuñez, Climbing the Golden Arches
*John Edwards, Prison Man Considers Turkey
Jared Diamond, Who Killed Easter Island?
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., A Giant Step
§*Ruth Russell, The Wounds That Can't Be Stitched Up

9 Argumentation and Persuasion
RealTime Writing: House with Inscription
Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
Johnson C. Montgomery, The Island of Plenty
§Kori Quintana, The Price of Power: Living in the Nuclear Age
Roger Verhulst, Being Prepared in Suburbia
*Megan Daum, Safe-Sex Lies
Chief Seattle, Reply to the U. S. Government

11 Classic Essays for Further Reading
Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
George Orwell, Politics and the English Language
*Mark Twain, Learning the River
Virgina Woolf, The Death of the Moth
E. B. White, Once More to the Lake
Joan Didion, On Keeping a Notebook