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The Essay Connection presents a provocative and timely collection of rhetorically arranged essays by professional and student writers that stimulate critical thinking on ethical, social, and political issues, enabling students to make connections and write with a more informed point of view. The essays range from the personal to the scientific and cover a variety of modes--including narration, process analysis, comparison and contrast, and persuasion--to prompt students' interest in different disciplines and genres. Both the professionally written essays (by scientists, economists, and journalists among others) and the student ones inspire and motivate students who are taking composition as a requirement. Most essays are printed in their entirety, serving as better models for student writing than the excerpts often found in other readers. Throughout the text, Bloom offers practical, clear advice on the art of writing that compliments the essays. In addition, rich visuals, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction provide a full set of models to bolster critical-thinking, reading, and writing skills. The Eighth Edition offers more than 30 new essays to stimulate students' interest. In addition, an expanded argument casebook as well as new visuals, poems, and works of creative nonfiction and fiction build on the strengths of previous editions, while new material on the Online Study Center for students strengthens students' writing and reading comprehension skills.

Synopsis:

The Essay Connection presents a provocative and timely collection of rhetorically arranged essays by professional and student writers that stimulate critical thinking on ethical, social, and political issues, enabling students to make connections and write with a more informed point of view. The essays range from the personal to the scientific and cover a variety of modes--including narration, process analysis, comparison and contrast, and persuasion--to prompt students' interest in different disciplines and genres. Both the professionally written essays (by scientists, economists, and journalists among others) and the student ones inspire and motivate students who are taking composition as a requirement. Most essays are printed in their entirety, serving as better models for student writing than the excerpts often found in other readers. Throughout the text, Bloom offers practical, clear advice on the art of writing that compliments the essays. In addition, rich visuals, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction provide a full set of models to bolster critical-thinking, reading, and writing skills.

The Eighth Edition offers more than 30 new essays to stimulate students' interest. In addition, an expanded argument casebook as well as new visuals, poems, and works of creative nonfiction and fiction build on the strengths of previous editions, while new material on the Online Study Center for students strengthens students' writing and reading comprehension skills.New More than one third of the 92 readings are new, including essays by Sherman Alexie, Lynda Barry, Chang-rae Lee, Richard Rodriguez, David Sedaris, Sherry Turkle, and Mark Twain.New Two new creative nonfictionessays (Amanda Cagle, On the Banks of the Bogue Chitto and Meredith Hall, Killing Chickens) and two new works of fiction (Elizabeth Tallent, No One's a Mystery and Tim O'Brien, How to Tell a True War Story) show how writers use the techniques of these genres to tell stories.New Six new poems (plus Seamus Heaney's poem in the previous edition, Horace and Thunder) reflect the rhetorical strategy of the chapters that they begin and also serve as commentaries on the topics of the essays.New New, engaging visuals throughout the text--including selected new opener photos and in-text pictures; an eight-page color photo essay on War and Peace to complement the argument casebook; and new cartoons and graphic essays--stimulate students' motivation to learn and illustrate the complex issues within the chapters.New A concluding feature in each chapter shows how one rhetorical strategy, such as definition, can be used in conjunction with another strategy, such as process analysis.New The expanded argument casebook, Controversy in Context: Implications of World Terrorism and World Peace now includes nineteen core readings, a portfolio of photographs, and a political cartoon.New The new book-specific Online Study Center for students compliments the book with additional resources for writing and research, visual literacy activities, annotated student essays, flashcards of glossary terms, and ACE practice quizzes that test reading comprehension.Twelve complete student essays, as well as excerpts from thirteen student writers' notebooks, provide students with real peer models.The author's emphasis on the writing process appears throughout the text, especially in chapterlessons on speaking, reading, writing, and revising. Drafts of a real student paper demonstrate the writing process at work.

About the Author

Lynn Bloom earned three degrees in English at the University of Michigan, and has an abiding interest in composition and autobiography as subjects for research, teaching, and writing. She has taught and directed writing programs at Butler University (Indianapolis), the University of New Mexico, the College of William and Mary, and Virginia Commonwealth University. She arrived at the University of Connecticut in 1988 as the first holder of an endowed chair, the Aetna Chair of Writing, on the Storrs Campus. In February 2000 she received University of Connecticut's highest academic honor as the newly established Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor. Her research has been supported by the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and--for teaching writing in the Agricultural Sciences--by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Bloom has written 17 books, including DOC FOR SPOCK: BIOGRAPHY OF A CONSERVATIVE RADICAL (Bobbs-Merrill, 1972), COMPOSITION STUDIES AS A CREATIVE ART (Utah State, 1988), and THE ESSAY CONNECTION (Houghton Mifflin, 2001). She also has written over 80 articles including, "Freshman Composition as a Middle Class Enterprise" (1996) and "The Essay Canon" (1999), both in College English, and "Advancing Composition," a history of advanced composition in the 20th century, in COMING OF AGE: ADVANCED COMPOSITION AND THE RESTRUCTURING OF ENGLISH STUDIES (ed. L. Shamoon and others; Heinemann, 2000).

Table of Contents

Note: An asterisk (*) denotes a student author. I. On Writing 1. Writers in Process--Finding the Words, the Forms, and the Reasons to Write Amy Tan,"Mother Tongue" B.K. Loren,"Living Without/With Words" Elie Wiesel, "Why I Write: Making No Become Yes" *Matt Nocton, "Why I Write" 2. Getting Started Stephen King, "A door...you are willing to shut" from On Writing Anne Lamott, "Polaroids" William Least Heat-Moon, "A List of Nothing in Particular" *Selections from Student Writers' Notebooks 3. Writing: Re-Vision and Revision Maxine Hong Kingston, "On Discovery" Donald M. Murray, "The Maker's Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscripts" John Trimbur, "Guidelines for Collaborating in Groups" Mary Ruffin, "Writer's Notebook Entries: The Evolution of 'Mama's Smoke'" II. Determining Ideas in a Sequence 4. Narration V. Penelope Pelizzon, "Clever and Poor" Sherman Alexie, "What Sacagawea Means to Me" E.B. White, "Once More to the Lake" Anne Fadiman, "Under Water" Frederick Douglass, "Resurrection" Art Spiegelman, "Mein Kampf (My Struggle)" *Jason Verge, "The Habs" 5. Process Analysis Marilyn Nelson, "Asparagus" Isaac Asimov, "Those Crazy Ideas" Tom and Ray Magliozzi, "Inside the Engine" Scott Russell Sanders, "The Inheritance of Tools" Chang-rae Lee, "Coming Home Again" Ntozake Shange, "What Is It We Really Harvestin' Here?" *Ning Yu, "Red and Black, or One English Major's Beginning" 6. Cause and Effect Mary Oliver, "August" *Amanda N. Cagle, "On the Banks of the Bogue Chitto" Zitkala-Sa, from The School Days of an Indian Girl Jonathan Kozol, "The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society" Stephanie Coontz, "Blaming the Family for Economic Decline" Atul Gawande, "The Cancer-Cluster Myth." *Megan McGuire, "Wake Up Call" III. Clarifying Ideas 7. Description Meredith Hall, "Killing Chickens" Linda Villarosa, "How Much of the Body Is Replaceable?" Scott Russell Sanders, "Under the Influence: Paying the Price of My Father's Booze" Suzanne Britt, "That Lean and Hungry Look" Istvan Banyai "Inflation" Mark Twain, "Uncle John's Farm" Linda Hogan, "Dwellings" *Asiya S. Tschannerl, "One Remembers Most What One Loves" 8. Division and Classification Alexander Pope, "On the Collar of a Dog" Natalie Angier, "Why Men Don't Last: Self-Destruction as a Way of Life" Deborah Tannen, "Fast Forward: "Technologically Enhanced Aggression" David Sedaris , "Make That a Double" Richard Rodriguez, "Family Values" Gelareh Asayesh, "Shrouded in Contradiction" *Sumbul Khan, "Mirror, Mirror On the Wall, Who's the Fairest of Them All?" 9. Definition Jenny Spinner, "Together in the Old Square Print, 1976" Charles Darwin, "Understanding Natural Selection" Howard Gardner, "Who Owns Intelligence?" Lynda Barry, "Common Scents" *Jasmine Innerarity, "Code Blue: The Process" Abraham Verghese, "Code Blue: The Story" *Jenny Spinner, "In Search of Our Past" 10. Comparison and Contrast Elizabeth Tallent, "No One's A Mystery" Deborah Tannen, "Communication Styles" Sherry Turkle "How Computers Change the Way We Think" Stephen Jay Gould, "Evolution as Fact and Theory" Bill McKibben, "Designer Genes" *Kate Loomis, "Spiderwebs" IV. Arguing Directly and Indirectly 11. Appeal to Reason: Deductive and Inductive Arguments Thomas Jefferson, "The Declaration of Independence" Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail" Robert Reich, "The Global Elite" Evan Eisenberg, "Dialogue Boxes You Should Have Read More Carefully" Anna Quindlen, "Uncle Sam and Aunt Samantha" *Matthew C. Allen, "The Rhetorical Situation of the Scientific Paper and the 'Appearance' of Objectivity." 12. Appealing to Emotion and Ethics Martin Espada, "The Community College Revises Its Curriculum in Response to Changing Demographics" Abraham Lincoln, "The Gettysburg Address" Jonathan Swift, "A Modest Proposal" Peter Singer, "The Singer Solution to World Poverty". G. Anthony Gorry, "Steal This MP3 File: What Is Theft?" Charles M. Young, "Losing: An American Tradition" *Matt Nocton, "Harvest of Gold, Harvest of Shame" V. Controversy in Context: Implications of World Terrorism and World Peace An Argument Casebook 13. Terrorism Seamus Heaney, "Horace and Thunder" Tim O'Brien, "How to Tell a True War Story" Laurie Fendrich, "History Overcomes Stories" Kandi Tayebi "Warring Memories" National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, "Institutionalizing Imagination: The Case of Aircraft as Weapons" Bernard Lewis, "What Went Wrong?" Mark Juergensmeyer, from Terror in the Mind of God Wendell Berry, "Thoughts in the Presence of Fear" Mary Graham, "The Information Wars" Eliza Griswold, "Buying Rations in Kabul" 14. World Peace: Nobel Peace Prize Awards and Speeches Walt Whitman, "A Noiseless Patient Spider" Jimmy Carter, "Citizen of a Troubled World" (2002) Kofi Annan, "The United Nations in the 21st Century," (2001) James Orbinski, M.D., and Medecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), "Humanitarianism," (1999) Yitzak Rabin, "The One Radical Solution is Peace" and Yasser Arafat, "The Crescent Moon of Peace" (1994) Photo Essay: War and Peace Images, Impressions, Interpretations Nelson Mandela, "The End of Apartheid," and Frederik Willem de Klerk, "Reformation and Reconciliation in South Africa"(1993) Aung San Suu Kyi, "The Revolution of Spirit" (1991) Rigoberta Menchu Tum, "Five Hundred Years of Mayan Oppression" (1992) The 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), "Inner Peace and Human Rights" (1989) Betty Williams, "The Movement of the Peace People" (1976)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618643653
Author:
Bloom, Lynn Z
Publisher:
Wadsworth Publishing
Author:
Bloom, Lynn Z.
Author:
Bloom, Lynn
Author:
Bloom
Author:
Bloom, Lynn Z.(Lynn Z. Bloom)
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
College readers
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Readers
Subject:
Report writing
Subject:
English language -- Rhetoric.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
8
Publication Date:
20060104
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
688
Dimensions:
8.98x6.06x.94 in. 1.79 lbs.
Age Level:
Advanced Composition and the Restructuring of Engl

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"Synopsis" by , The Essay Connection presents a provocative and timely collection of rhetorically arranged essays by professional and student writers that stimulate critical thinking on ethical, social, and political issues, enabling students to make connections and write with a more informed point of view. The essays range from the personal to the scientific and cover a variety of modes--including narration, process analysis, comparison and contrast, and persuasion--to prompt students' interest in different disciplines and genres. Both the professionally written essays (by scientists, economists, and journalists among others) and the student ones inspire and motivate students who are taking composition as a requirement. Most essays are printed in their entirety, serving as better models for student writing than the excerpts often found in other readers. Throughout the text, Bloom offers practical, clear advice on the art of writing that compliments the essays. In addition, rich visuals, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction provide a full set of models to bolster critical-thinking, reading, and writing skills.

The Eighth Edition offers more than 30 new essays to stimulate students' interest. In addition, an expanded argument casebook as well as new visuals, poems, and works of creative nonfiction and fiction build on the strengths of previous editions, while new material on the Online Study Center for students strengthens students' writing and reading comprehension skills.New More than one third of the 92 readings are new, including essays by Sherman Alexie, Lynda Barry, Chang-rae Lee, Richard Rodriguez, David Sedaris, Sherry Turkle, and Mark Twain.New Two new creative nonfictionessays (Amanda Cagle, On the Banks of the Bogue Chitto and Meredith Hall, Killing Chickens) and two new works of fiction (Elizabeth Tallent, No One's a Mystery and Tim O'Brien, How to Tell a True War Story) show how writers use the techniques of these genres to tell stories.New Six new poems (plus Seamus Heaney's poem in the previous edition, Horace and Thunder) reflect the rhetorical strategy of the chapters that they begin and also serve as commentaries on the topics of the essays.New New, engaging visuals throughout the text--including selected new opener photos and in-text pictures; an eight-page color photo essay on War and Peace to complement the argument casebook; and new cartoons and graphic essays--stimulate students' motivation to learn and illustrate the complex issues within the chapters.New A concluding feature in each chapter shows how one rhetorical strategy, such as definition, can be used in conjunction with another strategy, such as process analysis.New The expanded argument casebook, Controversy in Context: Implications of World Terrorism and World Peace now includes nineteen core readings, a portfolio of photographs, and a political cartoon.New The new book-specific Online Study Center for students compliments the book with additional resources for writing and research, visual literacy activities, annotated student essays, flashcards of glossary terms, and ACE practice quizzes that test reading comprehension.Twelve complete student essays, as well as excerpts from thirteen student writers' notebooks, provide students with real peer models.The author's emphasis on the writing process appears throughout the text, especially in chapterlessons on speaking, reading, writing, and revising. Drafts of a real student paper demonstrate the writing process at work.

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