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on October 8, 2013
I purchased this book as a tool to teach college level writing. It is somewhat difficult for the students to navigate.
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VINE VOICEon September 27, 2012
This book has many facets. It is a guide to understanding the writing process-- how a writer can think about crafting an essay, or argument, or speech, or any other piece of writing. As much about the entire process of writing and reading as it is about thinking, 40 Model Essays explores how rhetoric is an effective tool. The essay models serve as a way to teach how reading and writing are interlinked and connected, how style and form can be tools for success . We become better writers through critical reading, thinking deeply about how a writer constructs a passage and builds to their purpose. These essays serve as examples to improving one's own skill.

40 Model Essays is also a brilliant resource for any high school students who are, or plan to be, in any type of Advanced Placement class, as the focus is on specific forms of essays that they will surely encounter once in college. The essays included are from a wide collection of respected authors from various time periods--David Sedaris, E.B. White, Amy Tan, George Orwell, Virginia Woolf, Martin Luther King, Jr, Jonathan Swift, to name a few. The essays are divided into various modes--such as description, narrative, classification, process analysis, cause and effective, etc--with specific focus questions on meaning, purpose and audience, method and language. There are also tips for writing essays in these various forms, as well as sample topics for practice. A glossary with definitions of various rhetorical terms is in the back of the book.

Sometimes we read, but we don't really "read" read. This is a book that gets anyone who is interested at all in the writing process to think about how argument is developed, and to dig deeper into the reading process. As much as it is a helpful resource for students, it is equally helpful for instructors who are teaching AP level classes.

One other beauty of this book is simply that it helps you think about writing and reading in a new, insightful way.
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on October 10, 2011
I ordered this book for my oldest daughter so that she could finish working on an online course for her schooling. She is having to get her high school diploma online due to being unable to attend public schools due to health issues. The book arrived before the date of when it was scheduled to arrive. I looked all over the Internet to find it and at a reasonable price. Amazon had the book AND at the lowest price too. I paid less than $25.00! Including shipping! Other websites wanted $35.00 BEFORE shipping. That was just the price of the book alone.
Thank you, Amazon.com.!
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on July 9, 2013
A lot of great essays I would read even without having to read them for class. Great collection of literature.
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on February 22, 2013
book was in perfect condition. it was used for homeschooling my son. thank you for great product just as discribed
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on October 1, 2011
So far I have really enjoyed reading the essays in this book. I like the variety of essays and the tips about different writing styles is helpful.
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on August 8, 2009
Essays are arranged into nine writing styles, and discussion about each writing style is extremely useful. I learned a lot from this book.
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on July 23, 2016
Not my cup of tea, but needed for my sons summer reading at school. The 2nd edition they stipulated is about $38 but all the essays he had to read where in this 1st edition at 1 cent. Deal !!!
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on September 28, 2011
I purchased this book just for a class, it was in good condition and it was used. No writing in it, slightly bent but it's been used so it's expected. Overall I'm completely satisfied with this purchase
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on February 26, 2013
I haven't used it for class yet, but there is some water damage. Not severly, more at the ends but I mean, whatever, it's not bugging or harming me in any way.
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