A fresh take on the traditional modes, showing how they are used in texts of all kinds, and that they are central to all the writing, speaking, and thinking that we do.
The Second Edition contains 34 new readings that teachers will want to teach and students will like to read, from Steven Pinker’s “Mind Over Mass Media” to Alex Horton’s “Advice for College-bound Vets,” as well as a chapter on academic writing, and editorial apparatus that explicitly links the readings to the writing instruction, with notes in the margins leading students from the text to specific examples in the readings—and the reverse.
The Second Edition contains more than 85 readings—34 new, 20 appearing in a composition reader for the first time. From the classic (“Once More to the Lake”) to essays appearing in a composition reader for the first time (Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History,” Lynda Barry’s “Sanctuary of School”)—each reading demonstrates that the patterns taught in this book are ones that all good writers depend on. Each chapter includes an everyday example, an annotated student piece, and one literary work.
This book practices what it preaches about good writing, with pedagogy that makes the subject matter interesting, relevant, and easy to understand. Each chapter begins by introducing a particular mode of writing—comparison, description, and so on—and showing students how to use it in their own writing, then continues by using everyday, relevant examples to make the material engaging for students. Templates help students get started writing, and grammar guidelines help students check their writing for errors typical to each mode. Examples are shown with track changes, to help students find and edit common errors in their own writing.
Marginal notes explicitly link the writing instruction with the readings, leading students from the instruction to specific examples in the readings, and the reverse. The book is color-coded, with all the writing guidance on green pages to make them easy to access. A combined glossary / index makes definitions and other information students look for repeatedly easy to find. A menu of readings appears on the inside back cover.
The Second Edition features a new chapter devoted to academic argument that includes templates to help students advance their thesis and explain why their ideas matter. Five of the 15 student essays are documented using MLA or APA style. A suggested MLA-style citation accompanies each of the readings, showing students how to cite them properly.
The Second Edition contains glosses for unfamiliar terms and allusions, templates for getting started, and tips for dealing with predictable stumbling points with each mode—adjective order in description, for example, or the use of the present perfect in narrative writing.
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