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Steps to Writing Well: With Additional Readings,9780155050983

Steps to Writing Well: With Additional Readings

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Summary

Writing well is just a step away! Join the thousands of students who have learned to write well with Jean Wyrick's helpful instruction. STEPS TO WRITING WELL WITH ADDITIONAL READINGS, Seventh Edition, is the ultimate step-by-step guide to writing effective essays. With Wyrick's clear, practical advice and student-friendly tone, you'll find it easy to begin, organize, and revise your writing-from choosing a topic to developing your essay to polishing your prose. Interesting readings in a variety of styles offer useful examples of the types of essays you'll most often be assigned in your composition and other college classes.

Table of Contents

To the Teacher iii
To the Student ix
PART ONE THE BASICS OF THE SHORT ESSAY 1(186)
Prewriting
3(28)
Getting Started (or Soup-Can Labels Can Be Fascinating)
3(1)
Selecting a Subject
4(2)
Finding Your Essay's Purpose and Focus
6(1)
Pump-Primer Techniques
7(11)
After You've Found Your Focus
18(1)
Practicing What You've Learned
18(1)
Discovering Your Audience
19(1)
How to Identify Your Readers
20(5)
Practicing What You've Learned
23(1)
Assignment
23(2)
Keeping a Journal (Talking to Yourself Does Help)
25(6)
Summary
29(2)
The Thesis Statement
31(16)
What Is a Thesis? What Does a ``Working Thesis'' Do?
31(1)
Can a ``Working Thesis'' Change?
32(1)
Guidelines for Writing a Good Thesis
33(4)
Avoiding Common Errors in Thesis Statements
37(4)
Practicing What You've Learned
40(1)
Assignment
41(1)
Using the Essay Map
41(6)
Practicing What You've Learned
43(1)
Assignment
44(2)
Summary
46(1)
The Body Paragraphs
47(36)
Planning the Body of Your Essay
47(3)
Composing the Body Paragraphs
50(1)
The Topic Sentence
50(9)
Practicing What You've Learned
56(3)
Assignment
59(1)
Applying What You've Learned to Your Writing
59(1)
Paragraph Development
59(5)
Paragraph Length
64(2)
Practicing What You've Learned
65(1)
Assignment
65(1)
Applying What You've Learned to Your Writing
66(1)
Paragraph Unity
66(4)
Practicing What You've Learned
68(2)
Applying What You've Learned to Your Writing
70(1)
Paragraph Coherence
70(9)
Practicing What You've Learned
76(3)
Paragraph Sequence
79(1)
Transitions between Paragraphs
80(3)
Applying What You've Learned to Your Writing
81(1)
Summary
81(2)
Beginnings and Endings
83(10)
How to Write a Good Lead-In
83(3)
Avoiding Errors in Lead-Ins
86(1)
Practicing What You've Learned
87(1)
How to Write a Good Concluding Paragraph
87(2)
Avoiding Errors in Conclusions
89(1)
Practicing What You've Learned
90(1)
How to Write a Good Title
90(3)
Assignment
91(1)
Applying What You've Learned to Your Writing
91(1)
Summary
92(1)
Drafting and Revising: Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking
93(28)
What Is Revision?
93(1)
When Does Revision Occur?
94(1)
Myths about Revision
94(1)
Preparing to Draft: Some Time-Saving Hints
95(5)
Additional Suggestions for Writers with Word Processors
97(2)
Computer Labs and Classrooms
99(1)
A Revision Process for Your Drafts
100(2)
What Is Critical Thinking?
102(1)
Thinking Critically as a Writer
103(6)
A Final Checklist for Your Essay
109(1)
Benefiting from Revision Workshops
110(6)
Practicing What You've Learned
113(3)
Assignment
116(1)
Some Last Advice: How to Play with Your Mental Blocks
116(5)
Summary
119(2)
Effective Sentences
121(28)
Developing a Clear Style
122(6)
Developing a Concise Style
128(8)
Practicing What You've Learned
133(2)
Assignment
135(1)
Developing a Lively Style
136(4)
Practicing What You've Learned
140(1)
Assignment
140(1)
Developing an Emphatic Style
140(9)
Practicing What You've Learned
145(1)
Assignment
146(1)
Applying What You've Learned to Your Writing
147(1)
Summary
148(1)
Word Logic
149(26)
Selecting the Correct Words
149(8)
Practicing What You've Learned
155(2)
Selecting the Best Words
157(18)
Practicing What You've Learned
169(2)
Assignment
171(1)
Applying What You've Learned to Your Writing
172(1)
Summary
173(2)
The Reading-Writing Connection
175(12)
How Can Reading Well Help Me Become a Better Writer?
175(1)
How Can I Become an Analytical Reader?
176(6)
Sample Annotated Essay: ``Our Youth Should Serve''
179(3)
Practicing What You've Learned
182(1)
Assignment
182(1)
Writing a Summary
182(3)
Practicing What You've Learned
184(1)
Summary
184(1)
The Basics of the Short Essay: Part One Summary
185(2)
PART TWO PURPOSES, MODES, AND STRATEGIES 187(182)
Exposition
189(98)
The Strategies of Exposition
189(1)
Strategy One: Development by Example
190(14)
Essay Topics
195(1)
A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
196(1)
Sample Student Essay
197(3)
Professional Essay: ``So What's So Bad about Being So-So?''
200(3)
A Revision Worksheet
203(1)
Reviewing Your Progress
204(1)
Strategy Two: Development by Process Analysis
204(22)
Essay Topics
207(1)
A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
208(2)
Sample Student Essay
210(5)
Professional Essays: ``To Bid the World Farewell''
215(6)
``How to Write a Personal Letter''
221(4)
A Revision Worksheet
225(1)
Reviewing Your Progress
225(1)
Strategy Three: Development by Comparison and Contrast
226(21)
Essay Topics
230(1)
A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
231(2)
Sample Student Essay: Point-by-Point Method
233(4)
Sample Student Essay: Block Method
237(3)
Professional Essays: ``Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts''
240(4)
``Two Ways of Viewing the River''
244(2)
A Revision Worksheet
246(1)
Reviewing Your Progress
247(1)
Strategy Four: Development by Definition
247(14)
Essay Topics
251(1)
A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
252(1)
Sample Student Essay
253(4)
Professional Essay: ``The Munchausen Mystery''
257(3)
A Revision Worksheet
260(1)
Reviewing Your Progress
260(1)
Strategy Five: Development by Division and Classification
261(12)
Essay Topics
264(1)
A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
265(1)
Sample Student Essay
266(3)
Professional Essay: ``The Plot Against People''
269(3)
A Revision Worksheet
272(1)
Reviewing Your Progress
272(1)
Strategy Six: Development by Causal Analysis
273(14)
Essay Topics
276(1)
A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
277(1)
Sample Student Essay
278(4)
Professional Essay: ``Mystery!''
282(3)
A Revision Worksheet
285(1)
Reviewing Your Progress
286(1)
Argumentation
287(34)
Developing Your Essay
287(10)
Common Logical Fallacies
297(24)
Practicing What You've Learned
300(2)
Assignment
302(1)
Essay Topics
302(1)
A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
303(2)
Sample Student Essay
305(4)
Pro/Con Professional Essays: ``Grandparents' Rights''
309(4)
Analyzing Advertisements
313(6)
A Revision Worksheet
319(1)
Reviewing Your Progress
319(2)
Description
321(18)
How to Write Effective Description
321(18)
Essay Topics
326(1)
A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
327(2)
Sample Student Essay
329(5)
Professional Essay: ``Still Learning from My Mother''
334(3)
A Revision Worksheet
337(1)
Reviewing Your Progress
337(2)
Narration
339(16)
Writing the Effective Narrative Essay
339(16)
Essay Topics
342(1)
A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
343(1)
Sample Student Essay
344(4)
Professional Essay: ``Sister Flowers''
348(5)
A Revision Worksheet
353(1)
Reviewing Your Progress
354(1)
Writing Essays Using Multiple Strategies
355(14)
Sample Student Essay
358(4)
Professional Essay: ``Don't Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgments''
362(4)
A Revision Worksheet
366(1)
Reviewing Your Progress
367(2)
PART THREE SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS 369(108)
Writing a Paper Using Research
371(50)
Focusing Your Topic
371(1)
Beginning Your Library Research
372(6)
General Reference Works
372(1)
Computer/Card Catalogs
373(1)
Indexes
374(1)
CD-ROMs and Databases
375(1)
The Internet
376(2)
Preparing a Working Bibliography
378(3)
Choosing and Evaluating Your Sources
381(2)
Preparing an Annotated Bibliography
383(1)
Taking Notes
384(3)
Incorporating Your Source Material
387(2)
Avoiding Plagiarism
389(5)
Practicing What You've Learned
392(1)
Assignment
393(1)
Choosing the Documentation Style for Your Essay
394(16)
MLA Style
394(11)
APA Style
405(4)
Footnote/Bibliography Form
409(1)
Using Supplementary Notes
410(11)
Sample Student Paper Using MLA Style
411(10)
Writing about Literature
421(22)
Using Literature in the Composition Classroom
421(1)
Suggestions for Close Reading of Literature
422(1)
Steps to Reading a Story
423(1)
Annotated Story: ``The Story of an Hour''
424(8)
Sample Student Essay
429(3)
Steps to Reading a Poem
432(3)
Annotated Poem: ``When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer''
435(4)
Sample Student Essay
436(3)
Guidelines for Writing about Literature
439(4)
Practicing What You've Learned: ``Those Winter Sundays''
441(2)
Writing In-Class: Exams and ``Response'' Essays
443(16)
Steps to Writing Well Under Pressure
443(7)
Practicing What You've Learned
450(1)
Assignment
450(1)
Writing the Summary-and-Response Essay
450(9)
Sample Student Essay
454(3)
Practicing What You've Learned
457(1)
Assignment
457(2)
Writing in the World of Work
459(18)
Composing Business Letters
460(5)
Practicing What You've Learned
464(1)
Assignment
464(1)
Sample Business Letter
465(1)
Creating Memos
466(1)
Sending Professional E-Mail
467(3)
Designing Resumes
470(5)
Practicing What You've Learned
474(1)
Assignment
474(1)
Sample Resume
475(2)
PART FOUR A CONCISE HANDBOOK 477(50)
Major Errors in Grammar
479(20)
Errors with Verbs
479(6)
Practicing What You've Learned
483(2)
Errors with Nouns
485(1)
Errors with Pronouns
485(4)
Practicing What You've Learned
489(1)
Errors with Adverbs and Adjectives
489(2)
Errors in Modifying Phrases
491(1)
Practicing What You've Learned
491(1)
Errors in Sentences
492(7)
Practicing What You've Learned
493(1)
Practicing What You've Learned
494(3)
Practicing What You've Learned
497(2)
A Concise Guide to Punctuation
499(20)
The Period
499(1)
The Question Mark
500(1)
The Exclamation Point
500(1)
The Comma
500(6)
Practicing What You've Learned
505(1)
The Semicolon
506(1)
The Colon
507(1)
Practicing What You've Learned
507(1)
The Apostrophe
508(1)
Quotation Marks
509(3)
Practicing What You've Learned
511(1)
Parentheses
512(1)
Brackets
513(1)
The Dash
513(1)
The Hyphen
514(1)
Underlining
515(1)
The Ellipsis Mark
516(3)
Practicing What You've Learned
517(2)
A Concise Guide to Mechanics
519(8)
Capitalization
519(1)
Abbreviations
520(1)
Numbers
521(2)
Practicing What You've Learned
522(1)
Spelling
523(4)
PART FIVE ADDITIONAL READINGS 527(108)
Exposition: Development by Example
529(8)
``Darkness at Noon''
529(2)
Harold Krents
``Black Men and Public Space''
531(2)
Brent Staples
``Rambos of the Road''
533(4)
Martin Gottfried
Exposition: Process Analysis
537(8)
``Ditch Diving''
537(2)
Tom Bodett
``The Jeaning of America''
539(2)
Carin C. Quinn
``Autumn Leaves''
541(4)
Diane Ackerman
Exposition: Comparison/Contrast
545(8)
``Columbus and the Moon''
545(2)
Tom Wolfe
``My Real Car''
547(2)
Bailey White
``Still Connected to the Border''
549(4)
Pat Mora
Exposition: Definition
553(8)
``The Heroes Among Us''
553(1)
Stephen M. Wolf
``Insulting the French: `Bistro-Style' Airplane Food''
554(2)
Dave Barry
``What Is Poverty?''
556(5)
Jo Goodwin Parker
Exposition: Division/Classification
561(12)
``A Brush with Reality: Surprises in the Tube''
561(2)
David Bodanis
``Party Manners''
563(3)
Richard Grossman
``College Pressures''
566(7)
William Zinsser
Exposition: Causal Analysis
573(10)
``Kids in the Mall''
573(4)
William Severini Kowinski
``The Violence Is Fake, The Impact Is Real''
577(1)
Ellen Goodman
``The Teacher Who Changed My Life''
578(5)
Nicholas Gage
Argumentation
583(8)
Pro/Con Argument: The Extended School Year
``U.S. Kids Need More School Time''
583(1)
Ellen Goodman
``The School Year Needs to Be Better, Not Longer''
584(2)
Colman McCarthy
``A Scientist: `I Am the Enemy'''
586(2)
Ron Kline
``Sack Athletic Scholarships''
588(3)
Allen Barra
Description
591(8)
``A Day at the Theme Park''
591(1)
W. Bruce Cameron
``Hush, Timmy---This Is Like a Church''
592(3)
Kurt Anderson
``The Man in the Water''
595(4)
Roger Rosenblatt
Narration
599(10)
``38 Who Saw Murder Didn't Call the Police''
599(3)
Martin Gansberg
``Take the Plunge...''
602(2)
Gloria Emerson
``The Talkies''
604(5)
James Lileks
Essays for Further Analysis: Multiple Strategies and Styles
609(16)
``I Have a Dream''
609(3)
Martin Luther King, Jr.
``Once More to the Lake (August 1941)''
612(5)
E. B. White
``Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self''
617(8)
Alice Walker
Literature
625(10)
``We Real Cool''
625(1)
Gwendolyn Brooks
``Ozymandias''
625(1)
Percy Bysshe Shelley
``A Mystery of Heroism''
626(9)
Stephen Crane
Copyright Acknowledgments 635(4)
Index 639


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