9780495802112

From Idea to Essay 2009 : A Rhetoric, Reader, and Handbook

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    9780495802112

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  • Edition: 12th
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  • Copyright: 11/9/2009
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

From Idea to Essay is a rhetorically arranged rhetoric/reader/research paper guide/handbook that systematically leads students through the complex process of writing an essay. Part I covers the fundamentals of essay writing. The heart of the book, Part II, teaches the nine rhetorical modes in nine identically structured chapters. Part III addresses writing research papers and using documentation. Part IV presents a handbook of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. From Idea to Essay features appealing readings with literary, professional, and student examples presented together with vocabulary words for study. The text includes a wealth of writing activities, including visual-based and internet-research assignments. The Twelfth Edition is briefer and more concise than previous editions, making it more functional and accessible for students.

Table of Contents

Fundamentals
The Writing Process
Prewriting
Writing
Rewriting
Generating Ideas with Journal Writing
Assembling a Portfolio
Critical Thinking, Reading, and Seeing
Critical Thinking
Critical Reading
Critical Seeing
Responding to a Work of Art
Elements of the Essay
Purpose
Audience
Strategy
Comparison/Contrast
Blending Rhetorical Patterns
The Paragraph
Uses of the Paragraph
The Shape of the Paragraph
Characteristics of the Paragraph
Journalistic Paragraphs
Transitions between Paragraphs
Paragraphs without Transitions
Using Varied Paragraph Transitions
Beginning and Ending Paragraphs
Rewriting Assignment
Planning and Organizing the Essay Finding a Topic
Prewriting Activities
Writer's Block
Finding the Thesis
The Informal Outline
The Formal Outline
Use of the Outline
Rewriting Assignment
Drafting, Revising, and Style
Pointers on Drafting
The First Draft
Revising the First Draft
Achieving Style
Editing the Second Draft
Rewriting Assignment
Writing the Essay
Narration
Reading for Ideas
Story: "The Code"
Poem: "Richard Cory"
How to Write a Narration
Professional Model: "A Gift of Laughter"
Student Model: "My Uncle Thom"
Alternate Readings: Excerpt from Night
"The Tell-tale Heart"
Description
Reading for Ideas
Story: "The Lament"
Poem: "Coats"
How to Write a Description
Professional Model: "Mma Ramotswe Thinks about the Land"
Student Model: "Children and Guns"
Alternate Readings: "My Father"
"Sister Flowers"
Example
Reading for Ideas
Story: "We're Poor"
Poem: "Eleanor Rigby"
How to Write with Examples
Professional Model: "Are You All Right?"
Student Model: "Poverty in Atlanta"
Alternate Readings: "What I've Learned from Men"
"The Word as Person: Eponyms"
Definition
Reading for Ideas
Story: "Arrangement in Black and White"
Poem: "Incident"
How to Write a Definition
Professional Model: "People Aren't Born Prejudiced"
Student Model: "Prejudice: Child of Ignorance"
Alternate Readings: "Will Someone Please Hiccup My Pat?"
"Jim Crow Days"
Comparison/Contrast
Reading for Ideas
Story: "Dream House"
Poem: "The Twins"
How to Write a Comparison/Contrast Paper
Professional Model: "Diogenes and Alexander"
Student Model: "Aben and James"
Alternate Readings: "Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts"
"The Richer, The Poorer"
Process
Reading for Ideas
Story: "How Mr. Hogan Robbed a Bank"
Poem: "Tract"
How to Write a Process Paper
Professional Model: "Coming into Language"
Student Model: "Driving to Preserve Your Car"
Alternate Readings: "How My Grandmother Became a Concubine"
"How to Say Nothing in 500 Words"
Classification/Division
Reading for Ideas
Story: "Harrison Bergeron"
Poem: "All the World's a Stage"
How to Write a Classification/Division Paper
Professional Model: "The Plot against People"
Student Essay: "Handicaps" by David Beckham
Alternate Readings: "Three Types of Resistance to Oppression"
"College Pressures"
Causal Analysis
Reading for Ideas
Story: "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses"
Poem: "Money"
How to Write an Analysis of Cause
Professional Model: "The Catastrophe of Success"
Student Model: "The Coffee Virgin"
Alternate Readings: "Why We Crave Horror Movies"
"Nearing Ninety"
Argumentation
Reading for Ideas
Story: "War"
Poem: "Doolie is a Traitor"
How to Write an Argument
Professional Model: "The Case against Man"
Student Model: "Online Role Playing: Waste of Time or Valuable Tool?"
Alternate Readings: "I Want a Wife"
"Playing God on No Sleep"
The Essay Examination
Preparing for the Essay examination
How to Do Well on Essay Examinations
Using Rhetorical Strategies in Essay Examinations
The Research Paper
Doing the Research
Choosing a Topic
Doing the Research
Using the Internet to Research a Topic
Compile a Bibliography
Take Notes
Formulating the Thesis, Outlining the Paper, and Writing the Abstract
Writing and Documenting the Paper
Plagiarism
Documenting the Humanities Paper (MLA)
Documenting the Social Sciences Paper (APA)
Preparing the Final Copy (MLA)
Preparing the Final Copy (APA)
Handbook
Grammar Fundamentals
The Sentence
The Clause and Phrase
Sentence Types
Parts of Speech
Correcting Common Errors
Errors with Sentences
Errors in Agreement
Errors in Point of View
Errors in Reference
Errors with Modifiers
Errors in Parallelism
Errors in Diction
Combining Sentences
Errors in Punctuation
Errors in Capitalization
Errors in Spelling
Appendix: Answers to Self-Grading Exercises
Credits
Index
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