Literature and the Writing Process

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Writing process covered inEVERYchapter. Focus on the writing process throughout the book, not just as an added element but as an integral part of the literary study. This allows students to improve their writing while enjoying the study of literature. Chapter 4: Researched Writinghas been revised and moved to the front of the book. The chapter now follows the initial chapters on the writing process and provides easy-to-follow instruction for planning, researching, and documenting a paper using secondary sources, including a detailed description of the MLA Style for citing and crediting these sources. The chapter also contains a new documented student essay and is generously supplemented by Ideas for Researched Writing throughout the book Seven sample student papers, some with drafts, instructor or peer comments and prewriting materials, that illustrate how to write about each genre and how to do researched writing. Students can see and understand how to go about devising and drafting their essays; they profit from seeing the writing process illustrated at every stage. Three kinds of writing prompts included in each chapter allow instructors to choose among them flexibly depending on his or her goals and philosophy. The single text for class saves them money and is convenient.

Table of Contents

Literature and the Writing Process, 8th Edition
Contents by Genre Thematic
Composing: An Overview
The Prewriting Process Reading for Writing James Joyce, Eveline Who Are My Readers? Analyze the Audience Prewriting Exercise Why Am I Writing? Reasons for Writing Prewriting Exercise What Ideas Should I Use? Reading and Thinking Critically Discovering and Developing Ideas Self-Questioning Directed Freewriting Problem Solving Figure 1-1 Directed Freewriting Clustering What Point Should I Make? Figure 1-2 Clustering Relate a Part to the Whole How Do I Find the Theme? Stating the Thesis
The Writing Process How Should I Organize My Ideas? Arguing Your Interpretation The Elements of Good Argument Building an Effective Argument Arranging the Ideas
Checklist for Arguing an Interpretation Developing with Details Questions for Consideration Maintaining a Critical Focus Distinguishing Critical Comments from Plot Details How Should I Begin? Postpone If Nothing Comes Write an Appealing Opening State the Thesis How Should I End? Relate the Discussion to Theme Postpone or Write Ahead Write an Emphatic Final Sentence Composing the First Draft Pausing to Rescan Quoting from Your Sources Sample Student Paper: First Draft Suggestions for Writing Ideas for Writing Ideas for Responsive Writing Ideas for Critical Writing
The Rewriting Process What Is Revision? Getting Feedback: Peer Review Revising in Peer Groups
Peer Evaluation Checklist for Revision What Should I Add or Take Out? Outlining After the First Draft Making the Outline Checking the Outline Sample After-Writing Outline Examining the Sample Outline Outlining Exercise What Should I Rearrange? Does It Flow? What Is Editing? What Sentences Should I Combine?
Transitional Terms for All Occasions
Revising Checklist Combining for Conciseness Sentence Combining Exercise Rearranging for Emphasis and Variety Varying the Pattern Exercise on Style Which Words Should I Change? Check Your Verbs Exercise on Word Choice Use Active Voice Most of the Time Use Passive If Appropriate Exercise on Passive Voice Feel the Words Attend to Tone Use Formal Language What Is Proofreading? Try Reading It Backward Look for Your Typical Errors
Proofreading Checklist Read the Paper Aloud Find a Friend to Help Sample Student Paper: Final Draft
Researched Writing Using Library Source in Your Writing Conducting Your Research Locating Sources The Online Catalog Indexes and Databases
Selected Online Indexes and Databases Using the Internet
Internet Sources for Literature Evaluating Online Sources Reference Works in Print
Selected Reference Works in Literature Working with Sources Taking Notes The Printout/Photocopy Option Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting Devising a Working Outline Writing a First Draft Organizing Your Notes Using Quotations and Paraphrases Integrating Sources Quoting from Primary Sources Avoiding Plagiarism Rewriting and Editing Documenting Your Sources Revising the Draft
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