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Offers coverage of the rhetorical modes, aptly illustrated by high quality, contemporary readings. The engaging selections in this book encourage readers to take a stand on questions of culture, identity, and value in college communities, in the workplace, and in society. Thorough introductions to each rhetorical pattern, numerous exercises, and sample student essays throughout the book emphasize practical concrete writing strategies. A thematic table of contents and table of "Essay Pairs" --which groups essays particularly well suited for study and discussion--make this book appropriate for all users. Individuals interested in developing their writing skills.
Table of Contents
To the Instructor
Reading as a Writer
Just Walk on By
Ways of Writing
Illustrating Ideas by Use of Example
Overcoming an Impediment: A Rite of Passage
In and of Ourselves We Trust
Why Don't We Complain?
William F. Buckley, Jr.
Issues and Ideas: Identities
I was a Member of the Kung Fu Crew
Henry Han Xi Lau
Analyzing a Subject by Classification
What, Me? Showing Off?
Don't Even Think About It!
Issues and Ideas: Images of Sound and Sight
Lotus Blossoms Don't Bleed: Images of Asian American Women
Life Is a Musical
Explaining by Means of Comparison and Contrast
Perception of Truth
Two Ways of Seeing a River
Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts
A Nonsmoker with a Smoker
Am I Blue?
Issues and Ideas: Gender Differences
The Men We Carry in Our Minds
Scott Russell Sanders
Method and Madness: How Men and Women Think
Lady of the Ring
Using Analogy as an Expository Device
Life Isn't Like Baseball
My Mother, the Catwoman
Bret Anthony Johnston
Letting in Light
Issues and Ideas: Humans and Animals
O Rotten Gotham---Sliding Down into the Behavioral Sink
High Tide in Tucson
Explaining through Process Analysis
Give Juggling a Hand!
Swimming with Canoes
An Ant's Life Is No Picnic
Issues and Ideas: Advertising and Appearances
We Build Excitement
James B. Twitchell
To Dispel Fears of Live Burial
Beauty ... And the Beast of Advertising
Jean E. Kilbourne
Analyzing Cause-and-Effect Relationships
How a Public Document Affected My Life
What's Your Best Time of Day?
A Peaceful Woman Explains Why She Carries a Pistol
My Father the Geezer
Issues and Ideas: Work, Success, and Failure
Kids in the Mall: Growing Up Controlled
William Severini Kowinski
What Makes Sammy Walk?
Everest Is Mighty, We Are Fragile
Using Definition to Help Explain
The Insufficiency of Honesty
Stephen L. Carter
Issues and Ideas: Creating New Definitions for Our Lives.