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File Authentic Voices File The Writing Process The four stages of the writing process File Writing Descriptions Written descriptions often follow a specific direction: near to far, top to bottom, bottom to top and vice versa. File Introductions and Conclusions Multiple strategies to introduce and conclude your essays File On Natural Death An article that illustrates the importance of organization and emphasis File Roseanne Paragraph development and support File Model Essay: Comparison and Contrast File My English Grandmother File Why Small Businesses Fail File Mindfulness, Self-Compassion and Resilience File Model Essay: Cause and Effect File Model Essay: Argument (PDF) File Virginia Woolf, Professions for Women File The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin Link Youtube: The Story of an Hour File Langston Hughes, "Salvation" Link Joseph M. Williams, Style: Toward Clarity and Grace File My Wood Link Mary Rowlanson's Capitivity Narrative Link James Baldwin, "Stranger in the Village" Link Charlotte Perkins Stetson, "The Yellow Wall-paper" Link Plato, The Allegory of the Cave Link Scott Russell Sanders, "Under the Influence" Link N. Scott Momaday, "Way to Rainy Mountain" Link Nancy Mairs, "On Being a Cripple" Link Michael Pollan, "An Animal's Place" Link Eudora Welty, "One Writer's Beginning" File Bouncing Back File They Say I Say File Short Process Essay Link Toni Morrison's Nobel Lecture in Literature (1993) Read and listen to Morrison's speech. File 'Idiot,' 'Yahoo,' 'Original Gorilla': How Lincoln Was Dissed in His Day Link Anaphora and Epistrophe: Two Rhetorical Devices You See Everywhere File Benjamin Franklin, "Learning to Write" File Summary of "My Wood" Link "The Yellow Wall-paper" The Rest Cure Silas Weir Mitchel, inventor of the rest cure. Credits:Wellcome Library, London Influential American neurologist Silas Weir Mitchell developed the rest cure in the late 1800s for the treatment of hysteria, neurasthenia and other nervous illnesses. It became widely used in the US and UK, but was prescribed more often for women than men. It was frequently used to treat anorexia nervosa. The treatment kept some patients alive and others out of asylums, though some patients and doctors considered the cure worse than the disease. Link More on "The Rest Cure" Both Virginia Woolf and Charlotte Perkins Gilman were prescribed the rest cure. Link George Orwell, Politics and the English Language Link Listen to Orwell's "Politics and the English Language" Link Shakespeare's Sister Link Anaphora: A Definition with Examples Link Epistrophe: A Definition with Examples Link George Orwell, "Shooting an Elephant" File MLK's Letter from a Birmingham Jail Link Rhetorical Appeals in Letter from a Birmingham Jail (Color Coded) Link Bruce Catton, "Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts" Link Toni Morrison, "Strangers" Link Interrogating Texts From Harvard Library: Reading Critically File Francis Bacon, "Of Studies" Link The Essays of Francis Bacon These essays are searchable for key words. Link Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed File Helen Keller, The Story of My Life File PDF of Toni Morrison, Nobel Lecture on Literature, 1993 Use this file for your annotation. File PDF of George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," 1946 Use this PDF for your annotation. File Shakespearw's Sister PDF Use this copy for annotation assignment. Link George Moore, Esther Waters Link Notes on George Moore's Ester Waters The Victorian Web File Letter from a Birmingham Jail Link The Death of Socrates Why and How Socrates Died Link The Trial and Death of Socrates File PDF of The Trial and Death of Socrates Link Rhetorical Analysis of The Declaration of Independence Link College Composition Elizabeth Johnston, OER Link Rhetoric and Composition This book is written as a practical guide for students struggling to improve their writing to meet the standards expected of them by their professors, instructors, employers and co-workers. We have avoided complicated "textbook language" and jargon in favor of plain, easily understood language. Instead of complex theories of composition or linguistics, we have simply passed on what has worked well for us in our own experiences as college writers and instructors. This book is largely written by real college writers who know what it takes to earn an A on their writing projects.'