The Compact Reader
Eleventh Edition   ©2019

The Compact Reader

Short Essays by Method and Theme

Jane E. Aaron , Ellen Kuhl Repetto

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-05635-0; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-05635-3; Format: Paper Text, 480 pages

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.”
  • Ken Chen provides a dizzying exploration of Hong Kong in “City Out of Breath.”
  • In “Funny Business,” cartoonist Scott Adams offers a hilarious tutorial on how to get laughs.

Annotated paragraphs begin each chapter, illustrating key rhetorical moves and offering an accessible introduction to each rhetorical method.

Each chapter (12 in total) provides a model student essay to encourage and inspire students.

A brief guide to reading and writing, detailed chapter introductions, and Part Three 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.