Steps to Writing Well with Readings (with MLA Updates)

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  • Copyright: 2003-06-09
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Table of Contents

1. Prewriting
Getting Started
Selecting a Subject
Finding Your Essay's Purpose and Focus
Pump-Primer Techniques
After You've Found Your Focus
Discovering your Audience
How to Identify Your Readers
Keeping a Journal (Talking to Yourself Does Help)
Chapter 1 Summary
2. The Thesis Statement
What Is a Thesis? What Does a "Working Thesis" Do? Can a "Working Thesis" Change? Guidelines for Writing a Good Thesis
Avoiding Common Errors in Thesis Statements
Using the Essay Map
Chapter 2 Summary
3. The Body Paragraphs
Planning the Body of Your Essay
Composing the Body Paragraphs
The Topic Sentence
Paragraph Development
Paragraph Length
Paragraph Unity
Paragraph Coherence
Paragraph Sequence
Transitions between Paragraphs
Chapter 3 Summary
4. Beginnings and Endings
How to Write a Good Lead-In
Avoiding Errors in Lead-Ins
How to Write a Good Concluding Paragraph
Avoiding Errors in Conclusions
How to Write a Good Title
Chapter 4 Summary
5. Drafting and Revising: Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking
What Is Revision? When Does Revision Occur? Myths about Revision
Preparing to Draft: Some Time-Saving Hints
A Revision Process for Your Drafts
What is Critical Thinking? Thinking Critically as a Writer
A Final Checklist for Your Essay
Benefiting from Revision Workshops
Some Last Advise: How to Play with Your Mental Blocks
Chapter 5 Summary
6. Effective Sentences
Developing a Clear Style
Developing a Concise Style
Developing a Lively Style
Developing an Emphatic Style
Chapter 6 Summary
7. Word Logic
Selecting the Correct Words
Selecting the Best Words
Chapter 7 Summary
8. The Reading-Writing Connection
How Can Reading Well Help Me Become a Better Writer? How Can I Become an Analytical Reader? Writing a Summary
Chapter 8 Summary
The Basics of the Short Essay: Part One Summary
9. Exposition
The Strategies of Exposition
Strategy One: Development by Example
Professional Essay: "So What's So Bad about Being So-So?" Strategy 2: Development by Process Analysis
Professional Essays: "To Bid the World Farewell" and "How to Write a Personal Letter"
Strategy Three: Development by Comparison and Contrast
Essay Topics
A Topic Proposal for Your Essay
Professional Essays: "Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts" and "Two Ways of Viewing the River"
Strategy Four: Development by Definition
Professional Essay: "The Munchausen Mystery"
Strategy Five: Development by Division and Classification
Professional Essay: "Mystery!" 10. Argumentation
Developing Your Essay
Pro/Con Professional Essays: "Grandparents' Rights"
Analyzing Advertisements
11. Description
How to Write Effective Description
Professional Essay: "Still Learning from My Mother"
12. Narration
Writing the Effective Narrative Essay
Professional Essay: "Sister Flowers"
13. Writing Essays Using Multiple Strategies
Professional Essay: "Don't Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgements"
14. Writing a Paper Using Research
Focusing Your Topic
Beginning Your Library Research
Preparing a Working Bibliography
Choosing and Evaluating Your Sources
Preparing an Annotated Bibliography
Taking Notes
Incorporating Your Source Material
Avoiding Plagiarism
Choosing the Documentation Style for Your Essay
MLA / APA Styles
Using Supplementary Notes
15. Writing about Literature
Using Literature in the Composition Classroom
Suggestions for Close Reading of Literature
Steps to Reading a Story
Annotated Story: "The Story of an Hour"
Steps to Reading a Poem
Annotated Poem "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer"
Guidelines for Writing about Literature
16. Writing In-Class: Exams and "Response" Essays
Steps to Writing Well Under Pressure
Writing the Summary-and-Response Essay
17. Writing in the World of Work
Composing Business Letters
Sample Business Letter
Creating Memos
Sending Professional E-Mail
Designing Résumés
Sample Résumé
18. Major Errors in Grammar
Errors with Verbs
Errors with Nouns
Errors with Pronouns
Errors with Adverbs and Adjectives
Errors in Modifying Phrases
Errors in Sentences
19. A Concise Guide to Punctuation
The Period
The Question Mark
The Exclamation Point
The Comma
The Semicolon
The Colon
The Apostrophe
Quotation Marks
The Dash
The Hyphen
The Ellipsis Mark
20. A Concise Guide to Mechanics
21. Exposition: Development by Example
"Darkness at Noon" by Harold Krents
"Black Men and Public Space" by Brent Staples
"Rambos of the Road" by Martin Gottfied
22. Exposition: Process Analysis
"Ditch Diving" by Tom Bodett
"The Jeaning of America" by Carin C
"Autumn Leaves" by Diane Ackerman
23. Exposition: Comparison/Contrast
"Columbus and the Moon" by Tom Wolfe
" My Real Car" by Bailey White
"Still Connected to the Border" by Pat Mora
24. Exposition: Definition
"The Heroes Among Us" by Stephen M
"Insulting the French: 'Bistro-Style' Airplane Food" by Dave Barry
" What Is Poverty?" by Jo Goodwin Parker
25. Exposition: Division/Classification
"A Brush with Reality: Surprises in the Tube" by David Bodanis
"Party Manners" by Richard Grossman
"College Pressures" by William Zinsser
26. Exposition: Causal Analysis
"Kids in the Mall" by William Severini Kowinski
"The Violence Is Fake, The Impact Is Real" by Ellen Goodman
"The Teacher Who Changed My Life" by Nicholas Gage
27. Argumentation
Pro/Con Argument: The Extended School Year
Kids Need More School Time" by Ellen Goodman
"The School Year Needs to Be Better, Not Longer" by Colman McCarthy
"A Scientist: 'I Am the Enemy'" by Ron Kline
"Sack Athletic Scholarships" by Roger Rosenblatt
28. Description
"A Day at the Theme Park" by W
Bruce Cameron
"Hush, Timmy-This Is Like a Church" by Kurt Anderson
"The Man in the Water" by Roger Rosenblatt
29. Narration
"38 Who Saw Murder Didn't Call the Police" by Martin Gansberg
"Take the Plunge…" by Gloria Emerson
"The Talkies" by James Lileks
30. Essays for Further Analysis: Multiple Strategies and Styles
" I Have a Dream" by Martin Luther King, Jr
" Once More to the Lake (August 1941)" by E
"Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self" by Alice Walker
31. Literature
"We Real Cool" by Gwendolyn Brooks
"Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
"A Mystery of Heroism" by Stephen Crane

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