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The Norton Sampler: Short Essays for Composition, 9th Edition

  • ISBN-10: 0393602915
  • ISBN-13: 9780393602913
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  • COPYRIGHT: 2018 Published
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Short essays with just enough writing instruction.

A trusted and engaging collection of 65 short essays, both classic and contemporary. All are arranged by rhetorical pattern, with practical instruction on how to write an essay. The Ninth Edition has a brand-new design, 22 NEW readings, a NEW chapter on the elements of the essay, and the most easy-to-use organization of any reader of its kind.

Table of Contents

*new to this edition
^appearing in an anthology for the first time

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1: READING AS A WRITER
E. B. White, Once More to the Lake

CHAPTER 2: TOPIC, THESIS, AND OTHER ELEMENTS OF THE ESSAY

CHAPTER 3: THE WRITING PROCESS

CHAPTER 4: WRITING PARAGRAPHS

CHAPTER 5: DESCRIPTION
A Brief Guide to Writing a Description
*Everyday Description, A Cheesy Label
^*Joseph Krivda, The Wall [student essay, documented MLA style]
^*Sam Quinones, Dreamland (from Dreamland)
Cherokee Paul McDonald, A View from the Bridge
Alice Steinbach, The Miss Dennis School of Writing
Ann Hodgman, No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch
*Judith Ortiz Cofer, More Room

CHAPTER 6: NARRATION
A Brief Guide to Writing a Narrative
Everyday Narration, A Book Cover
^*Melissa Unbankes, The King and I [student essay]
*Steve Hendrix, F-16 Pilot Was Ready to Give Her Life on Sept. 11
*Junot Díaz, The Money
Yiyun Li, Orange Crush
Mary Mebane, The Back of the Bus
Lynda Barry, The Sanctuary of School

CHAPTER 7: EXAMPLE
A Brief Guide to Writing with Examples
Everyday Example, A Lighted Billboard
Monica Wunderlich, My Technologically Challenged Life [student essay]
The Onion, All Seven Deadly Sins Committed at Church Bake Sale
Janet Wu, Homeward Bound
Richard Lederer, English Is a Crazy Language
*Matthew Desmond, Cold City (from Evicted)
Ann Hood, Long, Beautiful Hair

CHAPTER 8: CLASSIFICATION
A Brief Guide to Writing a Classification Essay
*Everyday Classification, Potato Proverb
Eric Watts: The Color of Success [student essay]
Amy Tan, Mother Tongue
Jack Hitt, The Dollar-Store Economy
Warren Buffett, Stop Coddling the Super-Rich
*Julio M. Ottino and Gary Saul Morson, Building a Bridge Between Engineering and the
Humanities
^*Robert Wald Sussman, The Myth of Race (from The Myth of Race) (documented)

CHAPTER 9: PROCESS ANALYSIS
A Brief Guide to Writing a Process Analysis
*Everyday Process Analysis, Three Steps
^*Pegah Moradi, Splitting Hairs [student essay]
^*Edward O. Wilson, First Passion, Then Training (from Letters to a Young Scientist)
Jon Katz, How Boys Become Men
Allegra Goodman, So, You Want to Be a Writer? Here’s How.
Philip Weiss, How to Get Out of a Locked Trunk
*David Brooks, What Suffering Does

CHAPTER 10: COMPARISON AND CONTRAST
A Brief Guide to Writing a Comparison
*Everyday Comparison, Buses vs. Cars
Dan Treadway, Football vs. Asian Studies [student essay]
Jeff Jacoby: Watching Oprah from Behind the Veil
*Jennine Capó Crucet, Taking My Parents to College
Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts
Gary Soto, Like Mexicans
Deborah Tannen, Gender in the Classroom

CHAPTER 11: DEFINITION
A Brief Guide to Writing a Definition Essay
Everyday Definition, Social Media Explained
*Matthew Treacy, She [student essay]
Dave Barry, Guys vs. Men
Tanya Barrientos, Se Habla Español
Geeta Kothari, If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?
Jack Horner, The Extraordinary Characteristics of Dyslexia
Mike Rose, Blue-Collar Brilliance

CHAPTER 12: CAUSE AND EFFECT
A Brief Guide to Writing a Cause-and-Effect Essay
Everyday Cause and Effect, Polar Bear Blues
Elisa Gonzales, Family History [student essay]
Tim Wendel, The Power of Words
Marissa Nuñez, Climbing the Golden Arches
Myriam Marquez, Why and When We Speak Spanish in Public
*Molly Ivins, Get a Knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of Guns
^*Sonia Sotomayor, My Beloved World

CHAPTER 13: ARGUMENT
A Brief Guide to Writing an Argument
Everyday Argument, Mysterious Warning Signs
Liz Addison, Two Years Are Better Than Four [student essay]
Mark D. White and Robert Arp, Should Batman Kill the Joker?
^*Diane Guerrero, My Parents Were Deported
^*John McWhorter, Why “Redskins” Is a Bad Word

Mind and Media: How Is Technology Influencing Our Minds—and Our Hearts?

^*Sherry Turkle, Romance (from Reclaiming Conversation)
Andrea Lunsford, Our Semi-Literate Youth? Not So Fast (documented MLA style)
*Jane McGonigal, Be a Gamer, Save the World

Moneyball: Are College Sports Worth the Price?

Michael Rosenberg, Let Stars Get Paid
Joe Posnanski, College Athletes Should Not Be Paid
Laura Pappano, How Big-Time Sports Ate College Life

CHAPTER 14: CLASSIC ESSAYS AND SPEECHES
Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
Sojourner Truth, Ain’t I a Woman?
Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address
*Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me
Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream

APPENDIX: USING SOURCES IN YOUR WRITING
Finding and evaluating sources
Incorporating source materials into your text
Acknowledging sources and avoiding plagiarism
MLA in-text documentation
MLA list of works cited
Sample student research paper (documented MLA style)
GLOSSARY / INDEX