40 Model Essays
Second Edition   ©2013

40 Model Essays

A Portable Anthology

Jane E. Aaron , Ellen Kuhl Repetto

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-1024-8; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-1024-0; Format: Paper Text, 416 pages

14 fresh contemporary selections complement reliable classroom favorites. With at least one new selection per chapter, this value reader continues to offer a diverse and engaging mix of authors and selections — both new and old — at a bargain price.

  • "Shacks" — a new essay by Edward P. Jones — will draw students in with its evocative reflection on an experience he had as a college freshman. Used as a model in the book's first chapter, Jones's piece illustrates the writing process for students, from organizing to drafting to revising.
  • Thomas de Zengotita's "American Idol Worship" examines the "revolutionary" change in the relationship between performer and audience wrought by this popular reality series.
  • In "Sweet, Sour, and Resentful," Firoozeh Dumas reveals her Iranian family's strange weekly ritual of preparing food to welcome new immigrants to America.

A revamped Argument and Persuasion chapter offers four fresh essays, including a new debate asking if simpler living really does affect the environment, and a piece by Sherry Turkle on the complacency with which we resign our privacy online.

New advice on crafting a thesis statement is featured in the Introduction as well as in each chapter introduction, offering students helpful guidelines for organizing their essays around a particular argument and for providing evidence in support.

Updated and streamlined Writing with the Method sections feature two new writing examples per chapter, giving students a fresh crop of ideas to consider.