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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $38.00
  • January 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92935-5
  • 539 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.


The Norton Sampler

Short Essays for Composition

Seventh Edition

Paperback

Thomas Cooley (Editor, Ohio State University)

 

An outstanding collection of brief essays providing high-interest models of the rhetorical modes, along with beautifully written instruction that demonstrates its own lessons about good writing.

The Norton Sampler is a rhetorically arranged short-essay reader that provides models and guidelines for writing description, narration, and all the other modes of discourse. The readings are brief, reflecting the length of the essays students are required to write.

From classic texts by writers such as Annie Dillard and E. B. White, to contemporary texts from writers like Barack Obama and Marjorie Agosín, The Norton Sampler includes a range of readings that will delight teachers and engage students. Texts from a range of everyday media—from billboards to coffee mugs—demonstrate that the rhetorical modes play an important role in all the writing and reading that we do.

Now with enough writing instruction that students will not need a separate rhetoric.

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Great readings by good writers

 

Fifty eight selections, half new to the book, and half composed in the last ten years, are beautifully written and on engaging topics—Obama’s inaugural speech, Garrison Keillor’s description of a day at the Iowa State Fair, Sean Carroll on Evo Devo, Dave Barry’s hilarious essay on the difference between guys and men, Marjorie Agosín on her life as a bilingual speaker and writer—and more.

 

Practical writing instruction

 

With an introductory chapter on reading and writing, brief writing guides and templates for getting started in each modes chapter, and a complete appendix on doing research, The Norton Sampler provides enough instruction that students will not need an additional rhetoric.

 

Everyday examples

 

Examples, including visuals, show how the rhetorical techniques taught in the book play an important role across media—on magazine covers and coffee mugs, billboards and websites—and demonstrate that these are methods students will use beyond the classroom.

 

More help for multilingual students

 

The Seventh Edition has templates that show basic, sentence-level moves students need to start writing in each rhetorical mode and glosses for cultural references students may not know.

 

Argument clusters

 

Readings are grouped on two current issues, the use of performance-enhancing drugs and the relationships between about language and identity. Each cluster includes four readings.

 

A research appendix

 

With guidance on doing research and documenting sources using the 2009 MLA guidelines, along with a complete sample paper.

 

Beautifully written

 

This short-essays reader practices what it teaches about good writing.

 

    INTRODUCTION

    1. Annie Dillard, From The Death of a Moth
    2. Annie Dillard, How I Wrote the Moth Essay—and Why

    CHAPTER 1: On Reading and Writing

    CHAPTER 2: DESCRIPTION

    1. A BRIEF GUIDE TO WRITING A DESCRIPTION
    2. EVERYDAY DESCRIPTION: A CALVIN AND HOBBES CARTOON
    3. Cherokee Paul McDonald, A View from the Bridge
    4. Alice Steinbach, The Miss Dennis School of Writing
    5. *Dan Barry, Chronicle of an American Execution
    6. *Garrison Keillor, A Sunday at the State Fair
    7. Ann Hodgman, No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch

    CHAPTER 3: NARRATION

    1. A BRIEF GUIDE TO WRITING A NARRATIVE
    2. EVERYDAY NARRATION: A MAGAZINE COVER
    3. Thomas Beller, The Ashen Guy: Lower Broadway, September 11, 2001
    4. *Heidi Julavits, Turning Japanese
    5. Richard Rodriguez, None of This Is Fair
    6. *Yiyun Li, Orange Crush
    7. *Zoe Shewer, Ready, Willing, and Able
    8. Mary Mebane, The Back of the Bus

    CHAPTER 4: EXAMPLE

    1. A BRIEF GUIDE TO WRITING AN EXEMPLIFICATION ESSAY
    2. EVERYDAY EXEMPLIFICATION: A LIGHTED BILLBOARD
    3. The Onion, All Seven Deadly Sins Committed at Church Bake Sale
    4. *Laurence Gonzales, My Grandmother’s Ashtray: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things
    5. Janet Wu, Homeward Bound
    6. *Lawrence Downes, Losing Private Dwyer
    7. Richard Lederer, English Is a Crazy Language

    CHAPTER 5: CLASSIFICATION

    1. A BRIEF GUIDE TO WRITING A CLASSIFICATION ESSAY
    2. EVERYDAY CLASSIFICATION: UNITED STATES OF OBESITY MAP
    3. Amy Tan, Mother Tongue
    4. *Nora Ephron, The Six Stages of E-mail
    5. Eric A. Watts, The Color of Success
    6. Isaac Asimov, What Do You Call a Platypus?
    7. *David Brooks, Harmony and the Dream

    CHAPTER 6: PROCESS ANALYSIS

    1. A BRIEF GUIDE TO WRITING PROCESS ANALYSIS
    2. EVERYDAY PROCESS ANALYSIS: ROZ CHAST RECIPES
    3. *Will Shortz, How to Solve Sudoku
    4. Jon Katz, How Boys Become Men
    5. *Allegra Goodman, So You Want to Be a Writer? Here’s How.
    6. Alexander Petrunkevitch, The Spider and the Wasp
    7. Philip Weiss, How to Get Out of a Locked Trunk

    CHAPTER 7: COMPARISON AND CONTRAST

    1. A BRIEF GUIDE TO WRITING COMPARISON
    2. EVERYDAY COMPARISON: A COFFEE MUG
    3. *Jeff Jacoby: Watching Oprah from Behind the Veil
    4. Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts
    5. *Michael Powell, Two Churches, Black and White
    6. Gary Soto, Like Mexicans
    7. Deborah Tannen, Gender in the Classroom
    8. David Sedaris, Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa

    CHAPTER 8: DEFINITION

    1. A BRIEF GUIDE TO WRITING A DEFINITION ESSAY
    2. EVERYDAY DEFINITION: A SIGN ON A BALCONY
    3. Dave Barry, Guys Vs. Men
    4. *Tanya Barrientos, Se Habla Español
    5. *Sally Satel, Addiction Doesn’t Discriminate
    6. *Sean B. Carroll, The Evo Devo Revolution
    7. Geeta Kothari, If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?

    CHAPTER 9: CAUSE AND EFFECT

    1. A BRIEF GUIDE TO WRITING A CAUSE AND EFFECT ESSAY
    2. EVERYDAY CAUSE AND EFFECT ANALYSIS: A POSTER
    3. *Richard Bernstein, The Growing Cowardice of Online Anonymity
    4. Henry Louis Gates Jr., A Giant Step
    5. *Malindi Corbel, The Deadly Allure of Smoke
    6. Marissa Nuñez, Climbing the Golden Arches
    7. *Marjorie Agosín, Always Living in Spanish

    CHAPTER 10: ARGUMENT

    1. A BRIEF GUIDE TO WRITING AN ARGUMENT
    2. EVERYDAY ARGUMENT: A SIGN ON AN OLD HOUSE
    3. Barack Obama, Inaugural Address
    4. Johnson C. Montgomery, The Island of Plenty
    5. What’s Wrong With Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sports?
      1. William Moller, Those Who Live in Glass Houses
      2. Brian Alexander, Tour de Farce
      3. Michael Shermer, The Doping Dilemma
      4. Andy Borowitz, Angry Cleveland Indian Fans Demand Team Take Steroids
    6. How Do We Speak American?
      1. Myriam Marquez, Why and When We Speak Spanish in Public
      2. Chang-Rae Lee, Mute in an English-Only World
      3. Greg Lewis, An Open Letter to Diversity’s Victims
      4. Dennis Baron, Don’t Make English Official—Ban It Instead

    CHAPTER 11: CLASSIC ESSAYS AND SPEECHES

    1. Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
    2. Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
    3. *Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address
    4. Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth
    5. E. B. White,Once More to the Lake
    6. *Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream

    Appendix: Using Sources in Your Writing

    Glossary

    Index