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Steps To Writing Well

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1/1/2010
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Summary

Reliable and straightforward, this text has helped thousands of students learn to write well. Jean Wyrick's rhetorically organized STEPS TO WRITING WELL, Eleventh Edition, is known for its friendly tone and the clear way it presents the basics of essay writing in an easy-to-follow progression of useful lessons and activities. Through straightforward advice and thoughtful assignments, the text gives students the practice they need to approach writing well-constructed essays with confidence. With Wyrick's precise instruction and the book's professional samples by both well-known classic and contemporary writers, STEPS TO WRITING WELL, Eleventh Edition, sets students on a solid path to writing success. Everything students need to begin, organize, and revise writing--from choosing a topic to developing the essay to polishing prose--is right here! In the eleventh edition, Wyrick updates and refines the book's successful approach, adding useful new discussions, readings, exercises, essay assignments, and visual images for analysis.

Table of Contents

The Basics of the Short Essay
Prewriting
Getting Started (or Soup-Can Labels Can Be Fascinating)
Selecting a Subject
Finding Your Essay's Purpose and Focus
Pump-Primer Techniques
After You've Found Your Focus
Practicing What You've Learned
Discovering Your Audience
How to Identify Your Readers
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Keeping a Journal (Talking to Yourself Does Help)
Summary
The Thesis Statement
What Is a Thesis
What Does a "Working Thesis" Do
Can a "Working Thesis" Change
Guidelines for Writing a Good Thesis
Avoiding Common Errors in Thesis Statements
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Using the Essay Map
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Summary
The Body Paragraphs
Planning the Body of Your Essay Composing the Body Paragraphs
The Topic Sentence
Focusing Your Topic Sentence
Placing Your Topic Sentence
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Applying What You've Learned to Your Writing
Paragraph Development
Paragraph Length
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Applying What You've Learned to Your Writing
Paragraph Unity
Practicing What You've Learned
Applying What You've Learned to Your Writing
Paragraph Coherence
Practicing What You've Learned
Paragraph Sequence
Transitions between Paragraphs
Applying What You've Learned to Your Writing
Summary
Beginnings and Endings
How to Write a Good Lead-in
Avoiding Errors in Lead-ins
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
How to Write a Good Concluding Paragraph
Avoiding Errors in Conclusions
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
How to Write a Good Title
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Applying What You've Learned to Your Writing
Summary
Drafting and Revising: Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking
What Is Revision
When Does Revision Occur
Myths about Revision
Can I Learn to Improve My Revision Skills
Preparing to Draft: Some Time-Saving Hints
Writing with Computers
Writing Centers, Computer Classrooms, and Electronic Networks
A Revision Process for Your Drafts
Revisingfor Purpose, Thesis, and Audience
Revising for Ideas and Evidence
Revising for Organization
Revising for Clarity and Style
Editingfor Errors
Proofreading
A Final Checklist for Your Essay
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Applying What You've Learned to Your Writing
Collaborative Activities: Group Work, Peer Revision Workshops, and Team Projects
Benefiting from Collaborative Activities Guidelines for Peer Revision Workshops Guidelines for Small-Group Work
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Some Last Advice: How to Play with Your Mental Blocks
Summary
Effective Sentences
Developing a Clear Style
Practicing What You've Learned
Developing a Concise Style
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Developing a Lively Style
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Developing an Emphatic Style
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Applying What You've Learned to Your Writing
Summary
Word Logic
Selecting the Correct Words
Practicing What You've Learned
Selecting the Best Words
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Applying What You've Learned to Your Writing
Summary
The Reading-Writing Connection
How Can Reading Well Help Me to Become a Better Writer
How Can I Become an Analytical Reader
Steps to Reading Well
Sample Annotated Essay: "Our Youth Should Serve." Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Writing a Summary
Practicing What You've Learned
Benefiting from Class Discussions
Summary
Part One Summary: The Basics of the Short Essay
Purposes, Modes, and Strategies
Exposition
The Strategies of Exposition
Strategy One: Development by Example
Developing Your Essay
Problems to Avoid
Essay Topics
A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
Sample Student Essay
Professional Essay: "So What's So Bad about Being So-So?"
The drive for perfection is preventing too many people from enjoying sports and hobbies, says author Lisa Wilson Strick (who proudly plays the piano badly but with great pleasure)
A Revision Worksheet
Reviewing Your Progress
Strategy Two: Development by Process Analysis
Developing Your Essay
Problems to Avoid
Essay Topics
A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
Sample Student Essay
Professional Essay (Informative Process): "To Bid the World Farewell."
By describing the embalming process in vivid, step-by-step detail, social critic and author Jessica Mitford questions the value--and necessity--of the entire procedure
Professional Essay (Directional Process): "Preparing for the Job Interview: Know Thyself." Career-search consultant Katy Piotrowski offers a thoughtful six-step procedure to help job-seekers plan for successful interviews
A Revision Worksheet
Reviewing Your Progress
Strategy Three: Development by Comparison and Contrast
Developing Your Essay
Which Pattern Should You Use
Problems to Avoid
Essay Topics
A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
Sample Student Essay (Point-by-Point Pattern)
Sample Student Essay (Block Pattern)
Professional Essay (Point-by-Point Pattern): "Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts."
Noted historian Bruce Catton compares and contrasts the two great generals of the Civil War, concluding that their roles at Appomattox made possible "a peace of reconciliation."
Professional Essay (Block Pattern): "Two Ways of Viewing the River."
A Revision Worksheet
A Special Kind of Comparison: The Analogy
Reviewing Your Progress
Strategy Four: Development by Definition
Why Do We Define
Developing Your Essay
Problems to Avoid
Essay Topics
A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
Sample Student Essay
Professional Essay: "The Munchausen Mystery."
A Revision Worksheet Reviewing Your Progress
Strategy Five: Development by Division and Classification
Division
Classification
Developing Your Essay
Problems to Avoid
Essay Topics A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
Sample Student Essay
Professional Essay (Classification): "The Plot against People."
Professional Essay (Division): "What is REALLY in a Hotdog And How Unhealthy are They?" A Revision Worksheet Reviewing Your Progress
Strategy Six: Development
Developing Your Essay
Problems to Avoid
Essay Topics A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
Sample Student Essay
Professional Essay: "Some Lessons from the Assembly Line."
A Revision Worksheet Reviewing Your Progress
Argumentation
Developing Your Essay
Problems to Avoid
Common Logical Fallacies
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Essay Topics
A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
Sample Student Essay
Professional Essays (Pro/Con): "Four is Not Enough" and "We Like the Four-day Week."
Analyzing Advertisements
Conflicting Positions: Gun Control
Competing Products: Sources of Energy
Popular Appeals: Spending Our Money
A Revision Worksheet
Reviewing Your Progress
Description
How to Write Effective Description
Problems to Avoid
Practicing What You've Learned: "Snake"
Assignment: "Birthday"
Essay Topics
A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
Sample Student Essay
Professional Essay: "Still Learning from My Mother."
A Revision Worksheet
Reviewing Your Progress
Narration
Writing the Effective Narrative Essay
Problems to Avoid
Practicing What You've Learned: "Tornado over Kansas"
Essay Topics
A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
Sample Student Essay
Professional Essay: "Salvation"
A Revision Worksheet
Reviewing Your Progress
Writing Essays Using Multiple Strategies
Choosing the Best Strategies
Problems to Avoid
Sample Student Essay
Professional Essay: "Don't Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgments."
A Revision Worksheet Reviewing Your Progress
Special Assignments
Writing a Paper Using Research
Focusing Your Topic
Beginning Your Library Research
General Reference Works
Online Catalogs
Indexes
Databases
The Internet
Special Collections
Conducting Primary Research
The Personal Interview
The Questionnaire
Preparing a Working Bibliography
Choosing and Evaluating Your Sources
Preparing an Annotated Bibliography
Taking Notes
Distinguishing Paraphrase from Summary
Incorporating Your Source Material
Avoiding Plagiarism
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Choosing the Documentation Style for Your Essay
MLA Style
APA Style
Footnote and Bibliography Form
Practicing What You've Learned
Using Supplementary Notes
Sample Student Paper Using MLA Style
Student Sample Using APA Style
Writing in Class: Exams and "Response" Essays
Steps to Writing Well under Pressure
Problems to Avoid
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Writing the Summary-and-Response Essay
Sample Student Essay
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Writing about Literature
Using Literature in the Composition Classroom
Suggestions for Close Reading of Literature
Steps to Reading a Story
Annotated Story: "The Story of an Hour."
Sample Student Essay
Steps to Reading a Poem
Annotated Poem: "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer."
Sample Student Essay
Guidelines for Writing about Literature
Problems to Avoid
Practicing What You've Learned (Stories): "Geraldo No Last Name"
"The Cask of Amontillado"
Practicing What You've Learned (Poems): "Those Winter Sundays"
"The Road Not Taken"
Suggestions for Writing
Writing about Visual Arts
Using Visual Arts in the Composition Classroom
Suggestions for Analyzing Paintings
Additional Advice about Sculpture and Photography
Practicing What You've Learned
Guidelines for Writing about Artworks
Problems to Avoid
Annotated Painting: Nighthawks
Sample Student Essay
Suggestions for Writing
Writing about Film
Using Film in the Composition Classroom
Guidelines for Writing about Film
Problems to Avoid
Sample Student Essay
Practicing What You've Learned: "Cinematic Riches in Millionaire"
Suggestions for Writing
Glossary of Film Terms
Writing in the World of Work
Composing Business Letters
Business Letter Format
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Sample Business Letter
Creating Memos
Sending Professional E-Mail
Problems to Avoid
Designing Cover Letters and R?sum?s
Critique Your Page Appeal
Problems to Avoid
Sample R?sum?s
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Preparing Interview Notes and Post-Interview Letters
A Concise Handbook
Parts of Speech
Sentence Parts and Classifications
Major Errors in Grammar
Errors with Verbs
Practicing What You've Learned
Practicing What You've Learned
Errors with Nouns
Errors with Pronouns
Practicing What You've Learned
Errors with Adverbs and Adjectives
Practicing What You've Learned
Errors in Modifying Phrases
Practicing What You've Learned
Errors in Sentences
Practicing What You've Learned
Practicing What You've Learned
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Practicing What You've Learned
Practicing What You've Learned
A Concise Guide to Punctuation
The Period
The Question Mark
The Exclamation Point
Practicing What You've Learned
The Comma
Practicing What You've Learned
The Semicolon
Practicing What You've Learned
The Colon
Practicing What You've Learned
The Apostrophe
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Quotation Marks
Practicing What You've Learned
Parentheses
Brackets
The Dash
Practicing What You've Learned
The Hyphen
Practicing What You've Learned
Italics and Underlining
Practicing What You've Learned
Ellipsis Points
The Slash
Practicing What You've Learned
A Concise Guide to Mechanics
Capitalization
Practicing What You've Learned
Abbreviations
Numbers
Practicing What You've Learned
Assignment
Spelling
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