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

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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The authors ofStrategies for Successful Writing: a Rhetoric, Research Guide, and Reader have strived to achieve the same steadfast goals that have motivated them from the beginning: create a rhetorically-organized writing guide that combines three books into one convenient and flexible teaching tool while offering students an exceptional value. By having at their disposal a comprehensive textbook that offers ample material for a full-year composition course, instructors teaching aone-termcourse can make various selections from Chapters 1-17, from whatever types of specialized writing suits the needs of their students, and from the appropriate essays in the reader. As well, because the authors believe strongly that an effective composition textbook should address students directly, they've aimed for a conversational yet clear style that invites students into the book, lessens their apprehensions about writing, and provides a model for their own prose. This style complements the authors'strong student-based approach to writing, and together they help create a text that genuinely meets student needs.

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 Man by Amy Grossp. 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 Bum by Gail Bartlettp. 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 One by Rebecca Mutchp. 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 A<$$$>
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