Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide [With CDROM]

ISBN: 0312456123
ISBN 13: 9780312456122
By: Laurie G. Kirszner Stephen R. Mandell Patrick Clauss

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Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell, best-selling authors with more than twenty-five years' experience teaching college writing, know what works in the classroom. In Patterns for College Writing, they offer a balance of classic and contemporary essays by writers like Sandra Cisneros, Deborah Tannen, E. B.White, and Henry Louis Gates Jr., providing students with exemplary models for their writing--and instructors with excellent, class-tested selections. With extensive headnotes before each reading, abundant apparatus after, and more examples of student writing than any other reader, Patterns has always been an exceptional resource for students. In the tenth edition, a new chapter on editing and proofreading in Part One, "The Writing Process," gives students more help recognizing and correcting errors common in their writing, while Part Two, "Readings for Writers," offers a greater number of informative and argumentative essays, preparing students better than ever for the demands of college writing.

Reader's Thoughts


Not a bad text for a Comp I class. The selected readings are varied and the chapters are short and to the point. Good for someone who wants/needs the structure of a text book for their class but does not want to necessarily teach from a book.

Rey Walker

A good source for writing in academic modes. Professionally written essays demonstrate concepts.

Lauren Titus

Not bad for a English Comp text book.

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