This best-selling collection features ten chapters focusing on the classic methods of narration, description, argument, and persuasion. It contains classic and contemporary essays about popular culture, along with advice about how to read analytically, and how to write persuasively and effectively. Each chapter is organized clearly and effectively, enabling the reader to not only understand each essay and but also what the writer was trying to convey. An excellent reference work as well as an interesting and thoughtful collection of essays.
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This best-selling rhetorical modes reader features ten chapters focusing on classic rhetorical modes such as narration, description and argument and persuasion. Each chapter offers readings scaled by difficulty, suggestions for using the strategy in other disciplines, connecting and anticipating questions, detailed writing exercises and extensive revision activities.
The Companion Website™ is the largest, most extensive Website of any reader. Among its highlights, the site features hotlinks, additional background information on the readings, writing assignments and practice using Web-based materials.
The Prentice Hall Reader is predicated on two premises: that reading plays a vital role in learning how to write and that writing and reading can best be organized around the traditional division of discourse into a number of structural patterns. Such a division is not the only way that the forms of writing can be classified, but it does have several advantages.
First, practice in these structural patterns encourages students to organize knowledge and to see the ways in which information can be conveyed. How else does the mind know except by classifying, comparing, defining, or seeking cause and effect relationships? Second, the most common use of these patterns occurs in writing done in academic courses. There students are asked to narrate a chain of events, to describe an artistic style, to classify plant forms, to compare two political systems, to tell how a laboratory experiment was performed, to analyze why famine occurs in Africa, to define a philosophical concept, or to argue for or against building a space station. Learning how to structure papers using these patterns is an exercise that has immediate application in students' other academic work. Finally, because the readings use these patterns as structural devices, they offer an excellent way in which to integrate reading into a writing course. Students can see the patterns at work and learn how to use them to become more effective writers and better, more efficient readers.
WHAT IS NEW IN THE SEVENTH EDITION
The seventh edition of The Prentice Hall Reader features 54 essays, 15 of which are new, and another 11 papers written by student writers. Also new to this edition are 9 poems or short, short stories that show the organizational strategies at work. As in the previous editions, the readings are chosen on the basis of several criteria: how well they demonstrate a particular pattern of organization, appeal to a freshman audience, and promote interesting and appropriate discussion and writing activities.
The seventh edition of The Prentice Hall Reader includes a number of new features:
The seventh edition retains and improves upon some of the popular student features from earlier editions:
OTHER DISTINCTIVE FEATURES OF THIS TEXT
PROSE IN REVISION
As every writing instructor knows, getting students to revise is never easy. Having finished a paper, most students do not want to see it again, let alone revise it. Furthermore, for many students revising means making word substitutions and correcting grammatical and mechanical errors—changes that instructors regard as proofreading, not revising. To help make the need for revision more vivid and to show how writers revise, the Prentice Hall Reader includes three features:
The seventh edition of The Prentice Hall Reader offers instructors flexibility in choosing readings. No chapter has fewer than five selections and most have six or more. The readings are scaled in terms of length and sophistication. The selections in each chapter begin with a student essay and the selections from professional writers are arranged so that they increase in length and in difficulty and sophistication.
Each reading is followed by four writing suggestions: the first is a journal writing suggestion; the second calls for a paragraph-length response; the third, an essay; and the fourth, an essay involving research. Each of the suggestions is related to the content of the reading and each calls for a response in the particular pattern or mode being studied. The material in the Annotated Instructor's Edition includes a fifth writing suggestion for each reading. Even more writing suggestions can be found at the Prentice Hall Reader Website at http://www.prenhall.com/miller.
The introduction to each chapter offers clear and succinct advice to the student on how to write that particular type of paragraph or essay. The introductions anticipate questions, provide answers, and end with a checklist, titled "Some Things to Remember," to remind students of the major concerns they should have when writing.
HOW TO READ AN ESSAY
The first introductory section offers advice on how to read an essay, following prereading, reading, and rereading models. A sample analysis of an essay by Lewis Thomas shows how to use this reading model to prepare an essay for class.
HOW TO WRITE AN ESSAY
The section, "How to Write an Essay," offers an overview of every stage of the writing process, starting with advice on how to define a subject, purpose, and audience and an explanation of a variety of prewriting techniques. The section also shows students how to write a thesis statement, how to decide where to place that statement in an essay, and how to approach the problems of revising an essay. Finally it contains a student essay as well as two drafts of the student's two opening paragraphs.
ANNOTATED INSTRUCTOR'S EDITION
An annotated edition of The Prentice Hall Reader is available to instructors. Each of the selections in the text is annotated with
INSTRUCTOR'S QUIZ BOOKLET
A separate Instructor's Quiz Booklet for The Prentice Hall Reader is available from your Prentice Hall representative. The booklet contains two quizzes for each selection in the reader—one on content and the other on vocabulary. Each quiz has five multiple-choice questions. The quizzes are intended to be administered and graded quickly. They provide the instructor with a brief and efficient means of testing the student's ability to extract significant ideas from the readings and of demonstrating his or her understanding of certain vocabulary words as they are used in the essays. Keys to both content and vocabulary quizzes are included at the back of the Quiz Booklet.<...
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