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The Prose Reader contains twenty new essays, including an interesting and provocative photo essay. The eighth edition has updated some of the essays, added new authors, and introduced many new topics, such as committing to a place, language acquisition, learning to read, the theory of evolution, girl-fighting, bingeing on college campuses, violence in the United States, gay marriage, graffiti, DNA testing, the Patriot Act, insomnia, and the American Civil War.
Effective writing through critical thinking. Above all others, this rhetorical patterns reader provides a comprehensive grounding in critical thinking as the foundation for close reading and effective writing. Just as important, by exposing the reader to interesting and insightful prose by a diversity of top writers, the reader is motivated to respond in writing and discussions. By thinking, reading, and writing on three increasingly difficult levels - literally, interpretively, and critically - readers can better learn the processes and skills necessary to be successful in all their writing experiences.
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