The Compact Reader with 2016 MLA Update
Tenth Edition   ©2016

The Compact Reader with 2016 MLA Update

Short Essays by Method and Theme

Jane E. Aaron , Ellen Kuhl Repetto

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-12678-2; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-12678-0; Format: Paper Text

35 short essays provide solid, realistic, and engaging models, including these:
  • David Sedaris uses humor to explore the difficulties in learning a second language in “Me Talk Pretty One Day.” 
  • In “The Company Man,” Ellen Goodman shows how competitive office culture can destroy lives.
  • Roberto Rodriguez insists that calls for immigration reform are racist and unnecessary in “The Border on Our Backs”
Annotated paragraphs begin each chapter, illustrating key rhetorical moves and offering an accessible introduction to each new rhetorical method.
A model student essay in each chapter (12 in total) provides a realistic example to encourage and inspire students.
A brief guide to reading and writing, detailed chapter introductions, and an appendix on working with sources serve as a mini-rhetoric, providing students with all the support they need. The four introductory chapters include a sample essay followed by a thorough analysis to illustrate critical reading; a student's response to the essay in multiple drafts; and ample coverage of the elements of effective writing, from thesis to word choice.
Helpful reading apparatus includes informative headnotes, provocative warm-up quotations, and journal prompts, priming students to read more actively. Checklists, revised with instructor input, remind students to consider each key element in their process. Four kinds of questions -- on meaning, purpose and audience, method and structure, and language -- guide students through critical analysis. Writing topics at the end of each chapter encourage them to explore questions and ideas generated by their reading.