The Longman Writer with MLA Guide

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Package
  • Copyright: 2003-07-16
  • Publisher: Longman
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One of the most successful writing texts on the market, this "all-in-one" rhetoric, reader, and handbook contains everything students need for courses in freshman composition.Created by the authors of the best-selling The Longman Reader, the text draws on more than 60 years of combined teaching experience to integrate the best of the "product" and "process" approaches to writing. Its particular strengths include an emphasis on the reading-writing connection, a focus on invention and revision, more attention to the fact that patterns blend in actual writing, and an abundance of class-tested activities and assignments over 300 in all.

Table of Contents

Denotes selections new to this edition
The Reading Process
Becoming a Strong Reader
Get an Overview of the Selection
Deepen Your Sense of the Selection
Evaluate the Selection
Ellen Goodman, Family Counterculture
The Writing Process
Getting Started Through Prewriting
Observations About the Writing Process
Use Prewriting to Get Started
Keep a Journal
Understand the Boundaries of the Assignment
Determine Your Purpose, Audience, Tone, and Point of View
Analyzing Your Audience: A Checklist
Discover Your Essay's Limited Subject
Generate Raw Material About Your Limited Subject
Organize the Raw Material
Activities: Getting Started Through Prewriting
Identifying a Thesis.What Is a Thesis?
Finding a Thesis.Writing an Effective Thesis
Tone and Point of View
Implied Pattern of Development
Including a Plan of Development
Don't Write a Highly Opinionated Statement
Don't Make an Announcement
Don't Make a Factual Statement
Don't Make a Broad Statement
Arriving at an Effective Thesis
Placing the Thesis in an Essay
Activities: Identifying a Thesis
Supporting the Thesis with Evidence
What Is Evidence?
How Do You Find Evidence?
How the Patterns of Development Help Generate Evidence
Characteristics of Evidence
The Evidence Is Relevant and Unified
The Evidence Is Specific
The Evidence Is Adequate
The Evidence Is Dramatic
The Evidence Is Accurate
The Evidence Is Representative
The Evidence Is Documented
Activities: Supporting the Thesis with Evidence
Organizing the Evidence
Use the Patterns of Development
Select an Organizational Approach
Chronological Approach
Spatial Approach
Emphatic Approach
Simple-to-Complex Approach
Prepare an Outline
Guidelines for Outlining: A Checklist
Activities: Organizing the Evidence
Writing the Paragraphs in the First Draft
How to Move from Outline to First Draft
General Suggestions on How to Proceed
If You Get Bogged Down
A Suggested Sequence for Writing the First Draft
Write the Supporting Paragraphs
Write Other Paragraphs in the Essay's Body
Write the Introduction
Write the Conclusion
Write the Title
Pulling It All Together
Sample First Draft
Harriet Davids, Challenges for Today's Parents
Activities: Writing the Paragraphs in the First Draft
Revising Overall Meaning, Structure, and Paragraph Development
Strategies to Make Revision Easier
Set Your First Draft Aside for a While
Work from Typed or Printed Text
Read the Draft Aloud
Participate in Peer Review
Evaluate and Respond to Peer Review
Evaluate and Respond to Your Instructor's Comments
View Revision as a Series of Steps
Revising Overall Meaning and Structure
Revise Overall Meaning and Structure: A Checklist
Revising Paragraph Development
Sample Student Revision of Overall Meaning, Structure, and Paragraph Development
Activities: Revising Overall Meaning, Structur
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