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The Write Stuff: Thinking through Essays equips developing writers with the critical thinking skills they need to interpret and analyze information and express their ideas clearly and logically in writing.
Table of Contents
Part I Critical Thinking Skills 1
Introduction to Part I 1
Critical Thinking in Reading and Writing 2
Critical Thinking and Reading Techniques 22
Paraphrase, Summary, and Analysis 44
Part II Writing Expository Paragraphs and Essays 58
Introduction to Part II 58
Writing Expository Paragraphs 59
The Building Blocks of Essays 82
The Process of Drafting an Essay 103
Part III Writing and Critical Thinking in the Modes 142
Introduction to Part III 142
Narration and Description 145
Example and Illustration 241
Cause and Effect 263
Comparison and Contrast 287
Argument and Persuasion 308
Timed In-Class Essays and Essay Exams 335
Part IV Using Sources 345
Introduction to Part IV 345
Using Sources with Integrity 346
Writing Essays about Visuals 384
Writing Essays about Readings 402
Part V Sentence Constructions and Common Sentence Errors 463
Introduction to Part V 463
Sentence Parts 464
Sentence Variety 501
Correcting Major Sentence Errors 515
Part VI handbook of grammar, Mechanics, and Style 534
Introduction to Part VI 534
Comma, Semicolon, and Colon 535
Other Punctuation 558
Correcting Common Shift and Construction Errors 582
Spelling and Mechanics 607
Tone, Style, and Word Choice 649
Vocabulary in Context 665