Second Person

The authors of these pieces are directly addressing you, the reader, with second-person pronouns such as you and your.

All writers in this collection speak for themselves—and themselves alone.


Five Ways to Write a Damn Good Sentence

Demian Farnworth, a contributor to CopyBlogger, gives advice on composing effective sentences.

Process AnalysisLanguage & Writing • Second Person • Discussion Questions & Writing PromptsConnect with Author


Neither a Wallflower Nor a Paris Geller Be: The Use and Abuse of Class Participation in the College Classroom

Rebecca Schuman, education columnist for Slate, explains how to participate in class successfully.

Process AnalysisSchool Life • Second Person • Discussion Questions & Writing PromptsConnect with Author


Think Rich: Six Money Mistakes Millionaires Don't Make

Most people want the secret to making a ton of money. Instead, argues freelance writer Molly Triffin, avoid the mistakes that keep that fortune out of reach.

Process AnalysisModern Challenges • Second Person • Discussion Questions & Writing PromptsConnect with Author


What You Learn in College

Writer Karen Donley-Hayes shares her regrets during her college experience.

NarrationSchool Life • Second Person • Discussion Questions & Writing Prompts