Table of Contents
I. DRAFTING AND REVISING.
1. Developing Ideas.
How to Write: Writing as a Physical Act.
Some Ideas About Ideas: Strategies for Invention.
What to Write About: Subject, Topic, Thesis.
Developing a Thesis.
Thinking About Audience and Purpose.
Writing the Draft.
2. Drafting and Revising.
Imagining Your Audience and Asking Questions.
Notes, Drafts, Revisions: An Historian Revises Her Work.
Frances FitzGerald, Prospero's Army.
3. Shaping Paragraphs.
Paragraph Form and Substance.
Paragraph Unity: Topic Sentences, Topic Ideas.
Examples of Topic Sentences at Beginning and at End, and of Topic Ideas.
Unifying Ideas into Paragraphs.
Organization in Paragraphs.
Coherence in Paragraphs.
Linking Paragraphs Together. Cheryl Lee, The Story Behind the Gestures (student essay).
The Use and Abuse of Short Paragraphs.
Checklist for Revising Paragraphs.
4. Revising for Conciseness.
How to Avoid Instant Prose.
Extra Words and Empty Words.
Wordy Uses of the Verbs To Be, To Have, and To Make.
Extra Sentences, Extra Clauses: Subordination.
Who, Which, That.
It Is, This Is, There Are.
Some Concluding Remarks About Conciseness.
A Checklist for Revising for Conciseness.
5. Revising for Clarity.
Clarity and Exactness: Using the Right Word.
Avoiding Sexist Language.
Quotation Marks as Apologies.
Jargon and Technical Language.
Metaphors and Mixed Metaphors.
Passive or Active Voice?
The Writer's “I.”
Clarity and Coherence.
Cats Are Dogs.
Items in a Series.
Reference of Pronouns.
Vague Reference of Pronouns.
Shift in Pronouns.
Ambiguous Reference of Pronouns.
Noun and Pronoun.
Subject and Verb.
Three Additional Points.
Repetition and Variation.
Clarity and Sentence Structure: Parallelism.
A Checklist for Revising for Clarity.
6. Writing with Style.
Academic Styles, Academic Audiences.
Style and Tone.
Clarity and Texture.
A Repertory of Styles.
Originality and Imitation.
Practice in Acquiring Style.
Benjamin Franklin's Exercise.
Imitating the Cumulative Sentence.
II. COLLEGE WRITING.
7. Analyzing Texts.
Analyzing a Drawing.
Analysis at Work: A Student Analyzes a Short Story.
Kate Chopin, Ripe Figs.
Marilyn Brown, Images of Ripening in Kate Chopin's “Ripe Figs” (Student Essay).
A Brief Analysis of the Student's Analysis.
A Note on the Use of Summary in the Analytic Essay.
Classifying and Thinking.
Examples of Classifying.
Cause and Effect.
Dolores Hayden, Advertising, Pornography, and Public Space.
Analysis and Description.
Description at Work in the Analytic Essay.
Organizing Short Comparisons.
Ways of Organizing an Essay Devoted to a Comparison.
A Checklist for Revising Comparisons.
Analyzing a Process.
Anne Hebald Mandelbaum, It's the Portly Penguin That Gets the Girl, French Biologist Claims.
Explaining an Analysis.
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Science of Deduction.
8. Persuading Readers.
Making Reasonable Arguments.
Claims and Evidence.
Three Kinds of Claims.
Claims of Fact.
Claims of Value.
Claims of Policy.
Three Kinds of Evidence: Examples, Testimony, Statistics.
A Note on Definition in the Persuasive Essay.
Definition at Work in the Persuasive Essay.
Lena Flora, The Plight of the Politically Correct (Student Essay).
How Much Evidence Is Enough?
Organizing an Argument.
A Checklist for Revising Drafts of Persuasive Essays.
Persuasion at Work: Two Writers Consider the Death Penalty.
Edward Koch, Death and Justice: How Capital Punishment Affirms Life.
A Brief Analysis of Koch's Argument.
David Bruck, The Death Penalty.
A Brief Analysis of Bruck's Response to Koch.
9. Using Sources.
Why Use Sources?
What is a Source? Primary and Secondary Materials.
Developing a Research Topic.
The Library's Central Information System.
Using the Internet.
A Checklist for Evaluating Websites.
Reading and Taking Notes on Secondary Sources.
A Guide to Note Taking.
Using Sources Without Plagiarizing.
Acknowledging a Direct Quotation.
Acknowledging a Paraphrase or Summary.
Acknowledging an Idea.
Fair Use of Common Knowledge.
“But How Else Can I Put It?” .
Writing the Research Essay.
A Checklist for Reading Drafts of Research Essays.
A Sample Research Essay (MLA Format).
Beatrice Cody, Politics and Psychology in the Awakening (Student Essay).
A Brief Analysis of Beatrice Cody's Use of Sources.
III. A COLLEGE WRITER'S HANDBOOK.
A Word on Computer Grammar and Punctuation Checks.
Three Common Errors: Fragments, Comma Splices, and Run-on Sentences.
Fragments and How to Correct Them.
Comma Splices and Run-On Sentences, and How to Correct Them.
The Question Mark.
A Note on Idioms.
Citations Within the Text.
A Note on Footnotes in an Essay Using Parenthetic Citations.
The List of Works Cited.
An Overview of the APA Format.
Citations Within the Text.
The List of References.
A Note on Other Systems of Documentation.
A Sample Research Essay in APA Format.
Jacob Alexander, Nitrite: Preservative or Carcinogen? (student essay).
13. Manuscript Preparation.
Basic Manuscript Form.
Using Quotations (and Punctuating Quotations Correctly).
Corrections in the Final Copy.