Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide

Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide

Language: English

Pages: 848

ISBN: 1457666529

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide

Language: English

Pages: 848

ISBN: 1457666529

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell, authors with thirty years of experience teaching college writing, know what works in the classroom and have a knack for picking just the right readings. In Patterns for College Writing, they provide students with exemplary rhetorical models and instructors with class-tested selections that balance classic and contemporary essays. Along with more examples of student writing than any other reader, Patterns has the most comprehensive coverage of active reading, research, and the writing process, with a five-chapter mini-rhetoric; the clearest explanations of the patterns of development; the most thorough apparatus of any rhetorical reader; and the most comprehensive coverage of argumentative writing—all reasons why Patterns for College Writing is the best-selling reader in the country. And the new edition includes exciting new readings, images, and debate and casebook topics.

Patterns is now available as a Bedford e-Book to Go and in a variety of formats that can be downloaded to a computer, tablet, or e-reader. And now with the new edition, you can meet students where they are: online. Our newest set of online materials, LaunchPad Solo, provides all the key tools and course-specific content that you need to teach your class. Get all our great course-specific materials in one fully customizable space online; then assign and mix our resources with yours.  To package LaunchPad Solo free with Patterns for College Writing, use ISBN 978-1-319-01312-7.

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Why do you think each concluding strategy was chosen? What other strategies might have worked? Constructing a Formal Outline Before you begin to write, you may decide to construct a formal outline to guide you. Whereas informal outlines are preliminary lists that simply remind you which points to make, formal outlines are detailed, multilevel constructions that indicate the exact order in which you will present your key points and supporting details. The complexity of your assignment determines

an Outline If you do not have time to consult a detailed checklist, you can check your essay’s structure by making a review outline. Either an informal outline or a formal one can show you whether you have omitted any important points. An outline can also show you whether your essay follows a particular pattern of development. Finally, an outline can clarify the relationship between your thesis statement and your body paragraphs. (See pages 62–64 for guidelines for constructing an outline.)

those errors you yourself are most likely to make, you will learn to edit your essays quickly and efficiently. Learning the few rules that follow will help you identify the most common errors. Later on, when you practice writing essays in various patterns of development, you can use the Grammar in Context section in each chapter to help you correct any errors you find. Be Sure Subjects and Verbs Agree Subjects and verbs must agree in number. A singular subject takes a singular verb. 81

did it say about me when I refused to sit there, day after day, for three years?” Linda M. Hasselstrom, A Peaceful Woman Explains Why She Carries a Gun  354 “People who have not grown up with the idea that they are capable of protecting themselves — in other words, most women — might have to work hard to convince themselves of their ability, and of the necessity. Handgun ownership need not turn us into gunslingers, but it can be part of believing in, and relying on, ourselves for protection.”

brainstorming, clustering, and journal writing. These chapters also include numerous writing exercises to give students opportunities for immediate practice. Detailed Coverage of the Patterns of Development In Part Two, “Readings for Writers,” Chapters 6 through 14 explain and illustrate the patterns of development that students typically use in their college writing assignments: narration, description, exemplification, vii 00_KIR_67684_FM_i_xl.indd vii Achorn International 11/18/2011

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