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

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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OFFERING TEACHERS EXCEPTIONAL FLEXIBILITY; OFFERING STUDENTS EXCEPTIONAL VALUE! Written in a clear, engaging style, "Strategies for Successful Writing" combines four books -- a rhetoric, a research guide, a reader, and a handbook -- into one convenient, flexible, and economically priced text. Moreover, our Free Words Upon Request program allows you to package a free dictionary or thesaurus with "Strategies for Successful Writing," making it the best value available to students.

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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