The Essentials of Academic Writing

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 6/2/2009
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning

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THE ESSENTIALS OF ACADEMIC WRITING, 2nd Edition, offers a complete overview of the process of writing academic essays for college courses. This text covers the writing process, including concise, nuts-and-bolts coverage of researching, planning, drafting, documenting, revising, and proofreading academic papers. A sample student essay serves as a case study throughout the text, illustrating each step of the writing process. An anthology of 13 academic essays, covering a variety of disciplines and topics, provides good models for student writing. This affordable and accessible text is a valuable rhetoric for freshman composition and is an important reference guide to students in all college disciplines.

Table of Contents

Alternative Rhetorical Contents
Introduction: The Writing Process
Writing as a Recursive Process
Reading Academic Writing
The Process Of Writing An Academic Essay
What Is an Academic Essay?
Writing for the Social Sciences
Writing for the Sciences
Writing for the Humanities
Writing for Business
Writing for Technology
Writing Assignment
Collaborative Activity
Journal Prompt
Getting Started: Consider Topic, Audience, Purpose
Reflect Upon Your Topic
W5 + 1H Questions
Consider Your Reader
Readers Influence Content
Readers Influence Style
Readers Judge Quality
Establish Your Purpose
Expository Mode
Persuasive Mode
Compose Your Thesis Statement
Placement of the Thesis
Writing Assignment
Collaborative Activity
Journal Prompt
Research Your Topic
The Internet
Incorporating Research
Direct Quotes
Citing Sources
Sample Essay with Sources Cited Using MLA Style
"The Qualities of a Grade A Essay"
Writing Assignment
Research Exercises
Paraphrasing and Summarizing Exercise
Collaborative Activity
Journal Prompt
Make a Plan
Planning an Expository Essay
Planning a Compare/Contrast Essay
Planning an Argument
Aristotle: Logos, Ethos, Pathos
Toulmin: Claim, Support, Warrant
Rogerian Argument
Audience and Purpose in Argument
Writing Assignment
Journal Prompt
Collaborative Activity
Write a Draft
Write a Clear and Specific Opening
Sample Introductory Paragraphs
Write Complete Body Paragraphs
Compose a Topic Sentence
Develop Your Topic Sentence
Maintain Paragraph Unity
Sample Body Paragraphs
Write An Explicit Conclusion
Sample Concluding Paragraphs
Writing Assignments
Collaborative Activity
Journal Prompt
Revise Your Essay
Cohesive Ties
Academic Voice
Peer Review
Writing Assignment
Collaborative Activity
Journal Prompt
Edit Your Essay
Edit for Grammar
Subject-Verb Agreement
Pronoun Reference
Pronoun Case
Verb Tense and Mood
Edit for Sentence Structure
Sentence Fragments
Run-On Sentences
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Faulty Parallelism
Edit for Punctuation
Punctuation at the End of Sentences
Punctuation Within Sentences
Punctuation Within Words
Edit for Diction
Writing Assignments
Collaborative Activity
Journal Prompt
Acknowledge Your Sources
MLA Method of Parenthetical Citation
Parenthetical Citations Within the Text of the Essay
Works Cited List
Sample MLA Works Cited Entries
APA Method of Parenthetical Citation
Parenthetical Citations Within the Text of the Essay
References List at the End of the Essay
Sample APA Reference List Entries
Chicago Manual of Style Method of Citing Sources
Source List at the End of the Essay
Sample CMS Bibliography Entries
Writing Assignments
Collaborative Activity
Journal Prompt
Sample Academic Essays With Instructional Notes And Commentary
"What Predicts Adjustment Among College Students?
A Longitudinal Panel Study."
"Meeting Her Maker: Emily Dickinson's God."
"Saving the Vancouver Island Marmot."
"Is the United States Losing Its Productivity Advantage?"
"Getting Inked: Tattoos and College Students.?
An Anthology Of Academic Writing
Reading Actively and Critically
Visuals in Academic Writing
Joel Grossbard, et al., "Are Drinking Games Sports?
College Athlete Participation in Drinking Games and Alcohol-Related Problems."
"Faculty and College Student Beliefs about the Frequency of Student Academic Misconduct."
"From Sex to Sexuality: Exposing the Heterosexual Script on Primetime Network Television."
"Resurrecting and Updating the Teen Slasher: The Case of Scream."
"9/11 Conspiracy Theories: The 9/11 Truth Movement in Perspective."
"Global Anti-Americanism and the Lessons of the "French Exception."
"Fixing the Borders (Without a Wall)."
"The Shrinking Glaciers of Kilimanjaro: Can Global Warming Be Blamed?"
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