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The Longman Reader

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The Longman Reader features highly praised writing pedagogy in a rhetorically-organized reader. The opening chapter offers specific strategies for ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000

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by larr on Nov 22, 2009

This is a great textbook for teaching college composition. It begins by describing the reading process, something many of today's students don't understand, yet need to know if they are to thrive in college and beyond. From there it moves to what many college rhetoric books begin with: The Writing Process. Then it's on to nine chapters, each one focusing on a different pattern of development: description, narration, exemplification, division-classification, process analysis, comparison-contrast, cause-effect, definition, and argument-persuasion. It culminates in a chapter about combining these different patterns in real life writing. There are brief appendixes on finding and citing sources and on ten common grammatical errors. What makes this book a gem is the chapter arrangement: a brief description of the pattern, how and when it is best used, its dominant features and the things to look for when revising. Following that is a sample student essay written in response to one of the professional essays included at the end of each chapter. This helps students learn that writing includes their own ideas, but that frequently these ideas are prompted by what we read and hear elsewhere. Each sample student essay includes comments on its major points. There are also numerous questions to prompt clear reading of the essays included and responses to them. I highly recommend this text. It's only shortcoming is that there is not enough grammar included to stand alone in my classes; unfortunately, the students are just too weak in grammar, and are in need of a complete grammar handbook.

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