Part IV

Writing Assignments

The assignments and student writing samples in Chapters 1321 come from a class I taught at New York University. The samples are useful for illustration and discussion, but are not meant as models for you to emulate. If they look quite polished, it is because I have silently edited the typos and other mistakes that everyone makes during first, rapid drafts.

Most of the student writing makes lively reading, so gather your own responses together before you read my critique. See how you and I agree or differ, because there are no right or wrong reactions. Your response and mine each come from particular lives sensitized by particular experiences. Anyone attentive to the original, however, should be able to reveal and ...

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