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Longman Writer, The, MLA Update Edition: Rhetoric, Reader, Research Guide, Handbook,9780205739974

Longman Writer, The, MLA Update Edition: Rhetoric, Reader, Research Guide, Handbook

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Summary

Clear, step-by-step writing instruction, ample annotated student essays, and extensive practice opportunities for writing have madeThe Longman Writerone of the most successful methods-of-development guides for college writing.

Table of Contents

Preface
The Reading Process
Becoming a Strong Reader
Stage 1: Get an Overview of the Selection
Stage 2: Deepen Your Sense of the Selection
Stage 3: Evaluate the Selection
Ellen Goodman, "Family Counterculture"
The Writing Process
Getting Started Through Prewriting
Observations About the Writing Process
Use Prewriting to Get Started
Keep a Journal
The Pre-Reading Journal Entry
Understand the Boundaries of the Assignment
Determine Your Purpose, Audience, Tone, and Point of View
Discover Your Essay's Limited Subject
Generate Raw Material About Your Limited Subject
Organize the Raw Material
Activities: Getting Started Through Prewriting
Identifying a Thesis
What Is a Thesis?
Finding a Thesis
Writing an Effective Thesis
Tone and Point of View
Implied Pattern of Development
Including a Plan of Development
Don't Write a Highly Opinionated Statement
Don't Make an Announcement
Don't Make a Factual Statement
Don't Make a Broad Statement
Arriving at an Effective Thesis
Placing the Thesis in an Essay
Activities: Identifying a Thesis
Supporting the Thesis with Evidence
What Is Evidence?
How Do You Find Evidence?
How the Patterns of Development Help Generate Evidence
Characteristics of Evidence
The Evidence Is Relevant and Unified
The Evidence Is Specific
The Evidence Is Adequate
The Evidence Is Dramatic
The Evidence Is Accurate
The Evidence Is Representative
Borrowed Evidence Is Documented
Activities: Supporting the Thesis with Evidence
Organizing the Evidence
Use the Patterns of Development
Select an Organizational Approach
Chronological Approach
Spatial Approach
Emphatic Approach
Simple-to-Complex Approach
Prepare an Outline
Activities: Organizing the Evidence
Writing the Paragraphs in the First Draft
How to Move from Outline to First Draft
General Suggestions on How to Proceed
If You Get Bogged Down
A Suggested Sequence for Writing the First Draft
Write the Supporting Paragraphs
Write Other Paragraphs in the Essay's Body
Write the Introduction
Write the Conclusion
Write the Title
Pulling It All Together
Sample First Draft
"Challenges for Today's Parents"
Commentary
Activities: Writing the Paragraphs in the First Draft
Revising Overall Meaning, Structure, and Paragraph Development
Five Strategies to Make Revision Easier
Set Your First Draft Aside for a While
Work from Printed Text
Read the Draft Aloud
View Revision as a Series of Steps
Evaluate and Respond to Instructor Feedback
Peer Review: An Additional Revision Strategy
Evaluate and Respond to Peer Review
Revising Overall Meaning and Structure
Revising Paragraph Development
Sample Student Revision of Overall Meaning, Structure, and Paragraph Development
Activities: Revising Overall Meaning, Structure, and Paragraph Development
Revising Sentences and Words
Revising Sentences
Make Sentences Consistent with Your Tone
Make Sentences Economical
Vary Sentence Type
Vary Sentence Length
Make Sentences Emphatic
Revising Words
Make Words Consistent with Your Tone
Use an Appropriate Level of Diction
Avoid Words That Overstate or Understate
Select Words with Appropriate Connotations
Use Specific Rather Than General Words
Use Strong Verbs
Delete Unnecessary Adverbs
Use Original Figures of Speech
Avoid Sexist Language
Sample Student Revision of Sentences and Words
Activities: Revising Sentences and Words
Editing and Proofreading
Edit Carefully
Use the Appropriate Manuscript Format
Proofread Closely
Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Proofreading
"Challenges for Today's Parents"
Commentary
Activities: Editing and Proofreading
The Patterns Of Development
Description
What Is Description?
How Description Fits Your Purpose and Audience
Prewriting Strategies
Strategies for Using Description in an Essay
Revision Strategies
Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Revision
"Salt Marsh"
Commentary
Activities: Description
Prewriting Activities
Revising Activities
Professional Selections: Description
"Sister Flowers"
"The Storm this Time"
"Flavio's Home"
Additional Writing Topics: Description
Narration
What Is Narration?
How Narration Fits Your Purpose and Audience
Prewriting Strategies
Strategies for Using Narration in an Essay
Revision Strategies
Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Revision
"If Only"
Commentary
Activities: Narration
Prewriting Activities
Revising Activities
Professional Selections: Narration
"The Fourth of July"
"Shooting an Elephant"
"Charity Display?"
Additional Writing Topics: Narration
Illustration
What Is Illustration?
How Illustration Fits Your Purpose and Audience
Prewriting Strategies
Strategies for Using Illustration in an Essay
Revision Strategies
Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Revision
"Pursuit of Possessions"
Commentary
Activities: Illustration
Prewriting Activities
Revising Activities
Professional Selections: Illustration
"Tweens: Ten Going on Sixteen"
"Bombs Bursting in Air"
"Black Talk and Pop Culture"
Additional Writing Topics: Illustration
Division-Classification
What Is Division-Classification?
How Division-Classification Fits Your Purpose and Audience
Prewriting Strategies
Strategies for Using Division-Classification in an Essay
Revision Strategies
Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Revision
"The Truth about College Teachers"
Commentary
Activities: Division-Classification
Prewriting Activities
Revising Activities
Professional Selections: Division-Classification
"Double Speak"
"The Men We Carry in Our Minds"
"Psst! 'Human Capital'"
Additional Writing Topics: Division-Classification
Process Analysis
What Is Process Analysis?
How Process Analysis Fits Your Purpose and Audience
Prewriting Strategies
Strategies for Using Process Analysis in an Essay
Revision Strategies
Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Revision
"Becoming a Recordoholic"
Commentary
Activities: Process Analysis
Prewriting Activities
Revising Activities
Professional Selections: Process Analysis
"Cyberschool"
"Don't Just Stand There"
"Talk About Editing"
Additional Writing Topics: Process Analysis
Comparison-Contrast
What Is Comparison-Contrast?
How Comparison-Contrast Fits Your Purpose and Audience
Prewriting Strategies
Strategies for Using Comparison-Contrast in an Essay
Revision Strategies
Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Revision
"The Virtues of Growing Older"
Commentary
Activities: Comparison-Contrast
Prewriting Activities
Revising Activities
Professional Selections: Comparison-Contrast
"A Slow Walk of Trees"
"Reality TV: Surprising Throwback to the Past?"
"Euromail and Amerimail"
Additional Writing Topics: Comparison-Contrast
Cause-Effect
What Is Cause-Effect?
How Cause-Effect Fits Your Purpose and Audience
Prewriting Strategies
Strategies for Using Cause-Effect in an Essay
Revision Strategies
Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Revision
"Americans and Food"
Commentary
Activities: Cause-Effect
Prewriting Activities
Revising Activities
Professional Selections: Cause-Effect
"Why We Crave Horror Movies"
"Innocents Afield"
"Black Men and Public Space"
Additional Writing Topics: Cause-Effect
Definition
What Is Definition?
How Definition Fits Your Purpose and Audience
Prewriting Strategies
Strategies for Using Definition in an Essay
Revision Strategies
Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Revision
"Physics in Everyday Life"
Commentary
Activities: Definition
Prewriting Activities
Revising Activities
Professional Selections: Definition
"Entropy"
"Life as Type A"
"The Cute Factor"
Additional Writing Topics: Definition
Argumentation-Persuasion
What Is Argumentation-Persuasion?
How Argumentation-Persuasion Fits Your Purpose and Audience
Prewriting Strategies
Strategies for Using Argumentation-Persuasion in an Essay
Revision Strategies
Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Revision
"Compulsory National Service"
Commentary
Activities: Argumentation-Persuasion
Prewriting Activities
Revising Activities
Professional Selections: Argumentation-Persuasion
"Free Speech Follies"
"In Praise of the 'F' Word"
Debating the Issues: Date Rape
"A Bigger Danger than Feminists Know"
"Common Decency"
Debating the Issues: Immigration
"The Border On Our Backs"
"Se Habla Entitlement"
Additional Writing Topics: Argumentation-Persuasion
The Research Paper
Locating, Evaluating, and Integrating Online and Print Sources
Plan the Research
Understand the Paper's Boundaries
Understand Primary versus Secondary Research
Choose a General Subject
Prewrite to Limit the General Subject
Conduct Preliminary Research
Identify a Working Thesis
Make a Schedule
Find Sources in the Library
The Computerized Catalog
The Reference Section
Periodicals
Use the Internet
The Internet and the World Wide Web
What the Web Offers
The Advantages and Limitations of the Library and the Web
Using Online Time Efficiently
Using the Net to Find Materials on Your Topic
Using Discussion Groups and Blogs
Using Wikis
Evaluating Online Materials
Using Other Online Tools
Prepare a Working Bibliography
Take Notes to Support the Thesis with Evidence
Before Note-Taking: Evaluate Sources
Before Note-Taking: Refine Your Working Bibliography
Before Note-Taking: Read Your Sources
When Note-Taking: What to Select
When Note-Taking: How to Record Statistics
When Note-Taking: Recording Information
When Note-Taking: Photocopies and Printouts
Kinds of Notes
Plagiarism
Combining Notes
Activities: Locating, Evaluating, and Integrating Research Sources
Writing the Research Paper
Refine Your Working Thesis
Sort Your Notes
Organize the Evidence by Outlining
Write the First Draft
Presenting the Results of Primary Research
Document Borrowed Material to Avoid Plagiarism: MLA Format
Indicate Author and Page
Special Cases of Authorship
Special Cases of Pagination
Blending Quotations into Your Text
Presenting Statistics
Revise, Edit, and Proofread the First Draft
Prepare the Works Cited List: MLA Format
Citing Book Sources
Citing Periodical Sources
Citing Electronic Sources
Citing Other Nonprint Sources
Document Borrowed Material to Avoid Plagiarism: APA Format
Parenthetic Citations
References List
Citing Book Sources
Citing Periodical Sources
Citing Electronic Sources
Citing Other Nonprint Sources
A Note About Other Documentation Systems
Student Research Paper: MLA-Style Documentation
"America's Homeless: How the Government Can Help"
Commentary
Activities: Writing the Research Paper
The Literary Paper And Exam Essay
Writing About Literature
Elements of Literary Works
Literary Terms
How to Read a Literary Work
Read to Form a General Impression
Ask Questions About the Work
Reread and Annotate
Modify Your Annotations
Write the Literary Analysis
Prewrite
Identify Your Thesis
Support the Thesis with Evidence
Organize the Evidence
Write the First Draft
Revise Overall Meaning, Structure, and Paragraph Development
Edit and Proofread
Pulling It All Together
Read to Form a General Impression
"Early Autumn"
Ask Questions about the Work
Reread and Annotate
Student Essay
"Stopping to Talk"
Commentary
Additional Selections and Writing Assignments
"Out, Out-"
"The Story of an Hour"
Writing Exam Essays
Three Forms of Written Answers
Short Answers
Paragraph-Length Answers
Essay-Length Answers
How to Prepare for Exam Essays
At the Examination
Survey of the Entire Test
Understand the Essay Question
Write the Essay
Prewrite
Identify Your Thesis
Support the Thesis with Evidence
Organize the Evidence
Write the Draft
Revise, Edit, and Proofread
Sample Essay Answer
Commentary
Activity: Writing Exam Essays
A Concise Handbook
Opening Comments
Sentence Faults
Fragments
Phrase Fragments
Dependent Clause Fragments
Comma Splices and Run-On Sentences
Three Comma Pitfalls
Faulty Parallelism
Verbs
Problems with Subject-Verb Agreement
How to Correct Faulty Subject-Verb Agreement
Problems with Verb Tense
How to Correct Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Tense
How to Correct Faulty Use of Past Tense
Pronouns
Problems with Pronoun Use
Pronoun Case
How to Correct Faulty Pronoun Case
Pronoun Agreement
Pronoun Reference
Modifiers
Problems with Modification
Misplaced and Ambiguous Modifiers
Dangling Modifiers
Punctuation
Period
Question Mark
Exclamation Point
Comma
Semicolon
Colon
Quotation Marks
Ellipsis
Apostrophe
Parenthesis
Brackets
Hyphen
Dash
Mechanics
Capitalization
Underlining and Italics
Numbers
Abbreviations
Spelling
Acknowledgements
Index
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