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Building Better Essays



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Learn to write clear and concise essays with this easy, step by step text. Your writing skills and confidence will build from chapter to chapter as you become a better writer. The book is inexpensive and has everything you need to know!

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Building the Foundation The Writing Process
Why Write?p. 1
The Writing Processp. 2
Prewriting and Planning Ideasp. 4
Understanding Your Assignment, Purpose, and Audiencep. 5
Focusing on Point of Viewp. 8
What Is Prewriting?p. 9
Exploring and Generating Ideasp. 10
Free Writingp. 10
Questioning ("Big Six" Questions)p. 13
Visual Mapping: Lists, Outlines, and Cluster Mapsp. 14
Reading, Journaling, and Discussingp. 19
Narrowing the Subject and Planning the Ideasp. 20
Writing Essaysp. 25
Drafting an Essayp. 25
Introduction Paragraphp. 29
The Hookp. 39
Thesis Statementp. 31
Body: Supporting Paragraphsp. 39
Conclusion Paragraphp. 44
Titlep. 46
Example of an Essayp. 47
Rewriting Essaysp. 53
Why Rewrite?p. 53
Revisingp. 54
Unity in Essaysp. 55
Coherence in Essaysp. 56
Editingp. 59
Preparing Your Final Essay for Submissionp. 62
Building Tightly Structured Essays
Illustration Building Essays with Examplesp. 66
Writing an Illustration Essayp. 66
Introduction Paragraphp. 68
Thesis Statementp. 68
Supporting Paragraphsp. 69
Development Sentencesp. 71
Conclusion Paragraphp. 72
Example of an Illustration Essayp. 72
Cause or Effect Building Essays with Reasons or Resultsp. 79
Writing a Cause or Effect Essayp. 80
Introduction Paragraphp. 83
Thesis Statementp. 83
Supporting Paragraphsp. 84
Development Sentencesp. 85
Conclusion Paragraphp. 85
Example of a Cause or Effect Essayp. 86
Analysis by Division Building Essays with Partsp. 92
Writing an Analysis by Division Essayp. 92
Introduction Paragraphp. 93
Thesis Statementp. 94
Supporting Paragraphsp. 95
Development Sentencesp. 96
Conclusion Paragraphp. 96
Example of an Analysis by Division Essayp. 97
Comparison or Contrast Building Essays with Similarities or Differencesp. 103
Writing a Comparison or Contrast Essayp. 103
Introduction Paragraphp. 106
Thesis Statementp. 106
Supporting Paragraphsp. 108
Development Sentencesp. 109
Conclusion Paragraphp. 109
Example of a Comparison or Contrast Essayp. 110
Building Loosely Structured Essays
Description Building Essays with Imageryp. 118
Writing a Description Essayp. 118
Introduction Paragraphp. 121
Thesis Statementp. 121
Supporting Paragraphsp. 122
Conclusion Paragraphp. 125
Example of a Description Essayp. 126
Narration Building Essays with Storiesp. 133
Writing a Narration Essayp. 134
Introduction Paragraphp. 137
Thesis Statementp. 137
Supporting Paragraphsp. 139
Conclusion Paragraphp. 142
Example of a Narration Essayp. 143
Definition Building Essays with Clarificationsp. 150
Writing a Definition Essayp. 151
Introduction Paragraphp. 153
Thesis Statementp. 153
Supporting Paragraphsp. 156
Conclusion Paragraphp. 157
Example of a Definition Essayp. 157
Literary Analysis Building Essays about Literaturep. 164
Writing a Literary Analysis Essayp. 164
Introduction Paragraphp. 166
Thesis Statementp. 167
Supporting Paragraphsp. 168
Development Sentencesp. 169
Conclusion Paragraphp. 171
Titlep. 172
Example of a Literary Analysis Essayp. 172
Building Essays with Research
Argumentation Building Essays with Researchp. 178
Understanding the Research Processp. 179
Step 1: Find Your Topic and Positionp. 179
Step 2: Document Your Sourcesp. 181
Evaluating Sourcesp. 181
Taking Notesp. 184
Bibliography and Works Cited Pagep. 189
Writing an Argumentation Essayp. 190
Using Persuasive Appealsp. 191
Introduction Paragraphp. 193
Thesis Statementp. 194
Supporting Paragraphsp. 195
Development Sentencesp. 195
Refutation Paragraphp. 196
Conclusion Paragraphp. 197
Titlep. 198
Bibliography and Works Citedp. 198
Rules for In-Text Citations or Parenthetical Notationsp. 199
Rules for the Works Cited Listp. 199
Example of an Argumentation Essayp. 204
Basic Grammarp. 220
Commonly Used Transitionsp. 248
Quotations Protocolp. 251
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