Strategies for Successful Writing : A Rhetoric, Research Guide, Reader and Handbook

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  • Copyright: 2005-01-01
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For Freshman Composition courses. This best-selling rhetorically-organized writing guide combines four booksa rhetoric, a research guide, reader, and handbookinto one convenient and flexible teaching tool while offering students an exceptional value. Also available in an alternate version without a Handbook section.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
To the Studentp. xx
Rhetoricp. 1
Writing: A First Lookp. 3
The Purposes of Writingp. 4
The Audience for Your Writingp. 6
The Qualities of Good Writingp. 10
Writing and Ethicsp. 10
Strategies for Successful Readingp. 13
Orienting Your Readingp. 13
A First Readingp. 14
Additional Readingsp. 15
Mastering Reading Problemsp. 17
Reading to Critiquep. 18
Reading As a Writerp. 18
The Appeal of the Androgynous Manp. 20
Writing About What You Readp. 22
Planning and Drafting Your Paperp. 26
Understanding the Assignmentp. 27
Zeroing In on a Topicp. 27
Gathering Informationp. 34
Organizing the Informationp. 36
Developing a Thesis Statementp. 39
Writing the First Draftp. 42
Planning and Drafting with a Word Processorp. 45
Revising and Editing Your Paperp. 47
Preparing to Revisep. 48
Considering the Whole Essayp. 48
Strengthening Paragraph Structure and Developmentp. 54
Sharpening Sentences and Wordsp. 55
Proofreading Your Draftp. 57
Writing the Introduction and Conclusionp. 57
Selecting a Titlep. 57
Revising with a Computerp. 60
Peer Evaluation of Draftsp. 61
Collaborative Writingp. 67
Maintaining and Reviewing a Portfoliop. 68
Narration: Relating Eventsp. 70
Purposep. 71
Actionp. 71
Conflictp. 72
Point of Viewp. 73
Key Eventsp. 74
Dialoguep. 75
Ethical Issuesp. 76
Writing a Narrativep. 77
Sample Student Essay of Narration: The Beach Bump. 78
CriticalEdgep. 82
Description: Presenting Impressionsp. 84
Purposep. 85
Sensory Impressionsp. 85
Dominant Impressionp. 87
Vantage Pointp. 87
Selection of Detailsp. 89
Arrangement of Detailsp. 90
Ethical Issuesp. 90
Writing a Descriptionp. 91
Sample Student Essay of Description: The Big Onep. 93
Critical Edgep. 95
Process Analysis: Explaining Howp. 97
Kinds of Process Analysis Papersp. 98
Ethical Issuesp. 100
Writing a Process Analysisp. 100
Sample Student Essay of Process Analysis: The ABCs of CPRp. 104
Critical Edgep. 107
Illustration: Making Yourself Clearp. 109
Selecting Appropriate Examplesp. 110
Number of Examplesp. 110
Organizing the Examplesp. 111
Ethical Issuesp. 112
Writing an Illustrationp. 112
Sample Student Essay of Illustration: If It Is Worth Doingp. 114
Critical Edgep. 117
Classification: Grouping into Categoriesp. 119
Selecting Categoriesp. 120
Number of Categoriesp. 122
Developing Categoriesp. 122
Ethical Issuesp. 123
Writing a Classificationp. 124
Sample Student Essay of Classification: Undesirable Produce Market Customersp. 125
Critical Edgep. 127
Comparison: Showing Relationshipsp. 129
Selecting Items for Comparisonp. 130
Developing a Comparisonp. 131
Organizing a Comparisonp. 132
Using Analogyp. 133
Ethical Issuesp. 134
Writing a Comparisonp. 135
Sample Student Essay of Comparison: Different Shifts, Different Actionsp. 136
Critical Edgep. 139
Cause and Effect: Explaining Whyp. 141
Patterns in Causal Analysisp. 141
Reasoning Errors in Causal Analysisp. 144
Ethical Issuesp. 146
Writing a Causal Analysisp. 146
Sample Student Essay of Cause and Effect: Why Students Drop Out of College
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The seventh edition ofStrategies for Successful Writing: A Rhetoric, Research Guide, Reader, and Handbookis a comprehensive textbook that offers ample material for a full-year composition course. Instructors teaching a one-term course can make selections from Chapters 1-17, from whatever types of specialized writing suit the needs of their students, and from appropriate essays in the Reader. Because we strongly believe that an effective composition textbook should address the student directly, we have aimed for a style that is conversational yet clear and concise. We believe that our style invites students into the book, lessens their apprehensions about writing, and provides a model for their own prose. This style complements our strong student-based approach to writing, and together they help create a text that genuinely meets student needs. Changes in the Seventh Edition The enthusiastic response to the six previous editions both by teachers and students has been most gratifying. The seventh edition retains the many popular features of the previous ones and incorporates a number of improvements suggested by users and reviewers, that should considerably enhance the utility of the text. Among these changes the following are noteworthy. There is a new chapter on strategies for successful writing to help students master college writing. The chapter includes pointers on writing summaries and critiques. The argument chapter has been updated and expanded to include new information on exploratory arguments and more suggestions on organizing arguments. The chapter on effective sentences has been revised to stress the basic strategies students can use to write more powerful sentences. The chapter on the research paper includes more information on using online catalogs and databases, material on using visuals in reports, and a very handy checklist that can be used for students writing research papers. The text features the most recent versions of APA (2001) and MLA (2003) guidelines. Two new sample student essays provide a more contemporary flavor. Eleven of the essays in the Reader, one-fourth of the total, are new. These additions increase its coverage of contemporary subjects and expand its discussion potential. The Sentence Elements section of the handbook has been revised to make it clearer. The individual-sentence exercises in the section are also new. Assorted updates and additions throughout the text, too numerous to mention individually, should help make the text even more effective. The Rhetoric In addition to these improvements, the text offers many other noteworthy features. The Rhetoric consists of nineteen chapters, grouped into four parts. The first part includes three chapters. Chapter 1 introduces students to the purposes of writing; the need for audience awareness, which includes a discussion of discourse communities; and the qualities of good writing. Chapter 2 offers suggestions for effective reading. Chapter 3 looks at the planning and drafting stages. Chapter 4 takes students through the various revision stages, starting with a systematic procedure for revising the whole essay and then moving to pointers for revising its component parts. Sets of checklists pose key questions for students to consider. Chapters 3 and 4 are unified by an unfolding case history that includes the first draft of a student paper, the initial revision marked with changes, and the final version. Notes in the margin highlight key features of the finished paper. Students can relate the sequence of events to their own projects as they work through the various stages. Both chapters offer suggestions for using word-processing programs, and Chapter 4 explains peer evaluation of drafts, collaborative writing, and maintaining and reviewing a portfolio. The ten cha

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