Real Essays with Readings with 2009 MLA Update : Writing Projects for College, Work, and Everyday Life

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2009-06-23
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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Real Essays with Readingsis the essay-level book in Susan Anker's highly successful series of writing texts that motivate students with their message that writing is an essential skill in college and in real life and that this skill is achievable. Anker's advice, examples, and assignments show the relevance of writing to all aspects of students' lives, and profiles of former students prove that success is attainable. Like all the books in the Anker series,Real Essayspresents writing in logical, manageable increments: step-by-step writing guides and a focus on the "four basics" of each mode of writing keep students from becoming overwhelmed.Real Essaysmaintains its emphasis on what really matters by focusing on the four most serious errors (fragments, run-ons, subject-verb agreement problems, and verb form problems).Real Essaysgives students what they need to succeed in college and become stronger academic writers.

Author Biography

SUSAN ANKER (B.A., M.Ed, Boston University) taught English and developmental writing for several years before entering college publishing, where she worked for 18 years: as a sales representative and English/ESL editor at Macmillan Publishing Company; as developmental English/ESL editor, executive editor, and editor in chief at St. Martin’s Press; and as editor in chief for humanities at Houghton Mifflin. Anker’s many years of experience talking and working with hundreds of developmental writing instructors across the country, and developing textbooks that meet the needs of these instructors and their students, have culminated in Real Writing, Real Skills, and Real Essays.

Table of Contents

Brief Contents
Thematic Contents
Preface for Instructors
Writing Essays
Part One: Reading and Writing in College
1. Succeeding in College: What You Need to Know
      Advice from Those Who’ve Been There
      Four Strategies for Success
2. Reading and Writing in College and Beyond: What You Need to Know
      How to Read in College
      Reading College Textbooks
      Reading Course Syllabi
      Moving from Reading to Writing
      Reading and Writing beyond College
3. Writing Basics: Audience, Purpose, and Process
      Understand Audience and Purpose
      Understand Paragraph and Essay Form
      Understand the Writing Process
      How to Analyze a Writing Assignment
      Grading Criteria
      How to Create a Writing Portfolio
4. Finding and Exploring Your Topic: Choosing Something to Write About
      Understand What a Good Topic Is
      Narrow Your Topic
      Explore Your Topic
5. Making a Point: Writing Your Thesis Statement
      Understand What a Good Thesis Statement Is
      Practice Developing a Good Thesis Statement
      Write Your Own Thesis Statement
6. Supporting Your Point: Finding Details, Examples, and Facts
      Understand What Support for a Thesis Is
      Practice Supporting a Thesis Statement
      Write Your Own Support
7. Making a Plan: Arranging Your Ideas
      Understand Ways of Ordering Ideas
      Practice Making a Plan
      Write Your Own Plan
8. Writing a Draft: Putting Your Ideas Together
      Understand What a Draft Is
      Practice Writing a Draft
      Write Your Own Draft
9. Revising Your Draft: Improving Your Essay
      Understand What Revision Is
      Understand What Peer Review Is
      Practice Revising for Unity
      Practice Revising for Support and Detail
      Practice Revising for Coherence
      Revise Your Own Essay
Part Two: Writing Different Kinds of Essays
10. Narration; Writing That Tells Stories
      Understand What Narration Is
      Read and Analyze Narration
      Critical Reading and Writing: Key College Skills
      Write a Narration Essay
      WRITING GUIDE: Narration
11. Illustration: Writing That Shows Examples
      Understand What Illustration Is
      Read and Analyze Illustration
      Critical Reading and Writing: Key College Skills
      Write an Illustration Essay
      WRITING GUIDE: Illustration
12. Description: Writing that Creates Pictures in Words
      Understand What Description Is
      Read and Analyze Description
      Critical Reading and Writing: Key College Skills
      Write a Description Essay
      WRITING GUIDE: Description
13. Process Analysis: Writing that Explains How Things Happen
      Understand What Process Analysis Is
      Read and Analyze Process Analysis
      Critical Reading and Writing: Key College Skills
      Write a Process Analysis Essay
      WRITING GUIDE: Process Analysis
14. Classification: Writing That Puts Things Into Groups
      Understand What Classification Is
      Read and Analyze Classification
      Critical Reading and Writing: Key College Skills
      Write a Classification Essay
      WRITING GUIDE: Classification
15. Definition: Writing That Tells What Something Means
      Understand What Definition Is
      Read and Analyze Definition
      Critical Reading and Writing: Key College Skills
      Write a Definition Essay
      WRITING GUIDE: Definition
16. Comparison and Contrast: Writing that Shows Similarities and Differences
      Understand What Comparison and Contrast Is
      Read and Analyze Comparison and Contrast
      Critical Reading and Writing: Key College Skills
      Write a Comparison and Contrast Essay
      WRITING GUIDE: Comparison and Contrast
17. Cause and Effect: Writing that Explains Reasons or Results
      Understand What Cause and Effect Is
      Read and Analyze Cause and Effect
      Critical Reading and Writing: Key College Skills
      Write a Cause and Effect Essay
      WRITING GUIDE: Cause and Effect
18. Argument: Writing That Persuades
      Understand What Argument Is
      Read and Analyze Argument
      Critical Reading and Writing: Key College Skills
      Write an Argument Essay
      WRITING GUIDE: Argument
Part Three: Special College Writing Projects
19. Writing under Pressure: Tests, Essay Exams, and Timed Writing
      Studying for Tests
      Test-Taking Strategies
      Answering an Essay Question
20. Writing Summaries and Reports: Important College Writing Tasks
      Writing a Summary
      WRITING GUIDE: Summary
      Writing a Report
      WRITING GUIDE: Report
21. Writing the Research Essay: Using Outside Sources
      Make a Schedule
      Choose a Topic
      Find Sources
      Evaluate Sources
      Avoid Plagiarism
      Write a Thesis Statement
      Make an Outline
      Write Your Essay
      Cite and Document Your Sources
      Revise and Edit Your Essay
      Sample Student Research Essay
Editing Essays
Part Four: The Four Most Serious Errors
22. The Basic Sentence: An Overview
      The Four Most Serious Errors
      The Parts of Speech
      The Basic Sentence
      Six Basic Sentence Patterns
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
23. Fragments: Incomplete Sentences
      Understand What Fragments Are
      Find and Correct Fragments
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
24. Run-Ons: Two Sentences Joined Incorrectly
      Understand What Run-ons Are
      Find and Correct Run-ons
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
25. Problems with Subject-Verb Agreement: When Subjects and Verbs Don’t Match
      Understand What Subject-Verb Agreement Is
      Find and Correct Errors in Subject-Verb Agreement
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
26. Verb Problems: Avoiding Mistakes in Verb Tense
      Understanding What Verb Tense Is
      Use Correct Verbs
      Verb Tense Reference Charts
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
Part Five: Other Grammar Concerns
27. Pronouns: Using Substitutes for Nouns
      Understand What Pronouns Are
      Practice Using Pronouns Correctly
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
28. Adjectives and Adverbs: Describing Which One? or How?
      Understand What Adjectives and Adverbs Are
      Practice Using Adjectives and Adverbs Correctly
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
29. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers: Avoiding Confusing Descriptions
      Understand What Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers Are
      Practice Correcting Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
30. Coordination and Subordination: Joining Ideas
      Understand Coordination and Subordination
      Practice Using Coordination and Subordination
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
31. Parallelism: Balancing Ideas
      Understand What Parallelism Is
      Practice Writing Parallel Sentences
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
32. Sentence Variety: Putting Rhythm in Your Writing
      Understand What Sentence Variety Is
      Practice Creating Sentence Variety
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
33. Formal English and ESL: Grammar Trouble Spots for Multilingual Students
      Basic Sentence Patterns
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
Part Six: Word Use
34. Word Choice: Avoiding Language Pitfalls
      Understand the Importance of Choosing Words Carefully
      Practice Avoiding Four Common Word-Choice Problems
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
35. Commonly Confused Words: Avoiding Mistakes with Sound-Alikes
      Understand Why Certain Words Are Commonly Confused
      Practice Using Commonly Confused Words Correctly
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
36. Spelling: Using the Right Letters
      Understand the Importance of Spelling Correctly
      Practice Spelling Correctly
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
Part Seven: Punctuation and Capitalization
37. Commas
      Understand What Commas Do
      Practice Using Commas Correctly
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
38. Apostrophes
      Understanding What Apostrophes Do
      Practice Using Apostrophes Correctly
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
39. Quotation Marks
      Understand What Quotation Marks Do
      Practice Using Quotation Marks Correctly
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
40. Other Punctuation
      Understand What Punctuation Does
      Practice Using Punctuation Correctly
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
41. Capitalization
      Understand Capitalization
      Practice Capitalization
      Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
Part Eight: Readings for Writers
42. Introduction to the readings
43. Narration
Langston Hughes, "Salvation"
Uzodinma Iweala, "A Close Encounter"
44. Illustration
Ellen Goodman, "Nightmare of Feature Creep"
Kathleen Vail, "Words That Wound"
45. Description
Alex Espinoza, "An American in Mexico"
Debra Marquart, "Chores"
46. Process Analysis
Malcolm X, "My First Conk"
Daniel Goleman, "For Man and Beast, Language Shares Many Traits"
47. Classification
Scott Russell Sanders, "The Men We Carry In Our Minds"
Amy Tan, "Mother Tongue"
48. Definition
Nancy Mairs, "On Being a Cripple"
Juliet B. Schor, "Age Compression"
49. Comparison/Contrast
Dave Barry, "The Ugly Truth about Beauty"
Bharati Mukherjee, "Two Ways to Belong in America"
50. Cause/Effect
Amy Beck, "Struggling for Perfection"
Brent Staples, "Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space"
51. Argument Casebook: Physician-Assisted Suicide
Barbara Huttman, "A Crime of Compassion"
Mark Siegel, "Treating the Pain by Ending a Life"
Jerry Fensterman, "I See Why Others Choose To Die"
Marilyn Golden, "Why Progressives Should Oppose the Legalization of Assisted-Suicide"
Herbert Hendin, "Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia"
Appendix: Problem-Solving in Writing

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