Writing Process : A Concise Rhetoric

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1995-03-01
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers, Inc.
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This practical and accessible writing guide unravels the complexities of writing by presenting the writing process as a series of critical thinking decisions. In addition to coverage of the traditional modes, the text offers practice in analyzing the unique rhetorical requirements of any writing situation by showing how audience and purpose influence writing. Student and professional readings throughout the text- including fiction, poetry, advertisements, memoirs and cartoons -illustrate various writing strategies. This book presents the writing process as a series of deliberate and recursive decisions with an emphasis on audience and purpose, taking readers step-by-step through the writing process, demystifying it along the way. Concise case studies have now been added to every chapter in Section 3. Here and throughout the text these case studies show writers at work as they read, plan, draft, and revise. This edition includes more than 20 new readings and examples, with new topics range from America's obsession with cars to online education. The new pieces reflect the interests of today's readers. Our integrated coverage of electronic and online composition strategies now includes computer exercises and access to our Companion Website. Revised section on research includes an improved sample research paper, and the most recent MLA and APA documentation guidelines. For anyone interested in practical and accessible writing guides.

Table of Contents

The Process-Decisions In Planning, Drafting, And Revising
Decisions in the Writing Process
Decisions in Planning
Decisions in Drafting
Decisions in Revising
Specific Revision Strategies
Revising the Content: Writing Something Worthwhile
Revising the Paragraphs: Shaping for Readers' Access
Revising the Sentences: Writing with Style
Revising the Words and Phrases: Fine-Tuning
Essays For Various Goals
Decisions about Reading for Writing
Helping Others See and Share an Experience: Description and Narration
Illustrating for Readers: Examples
Explaining Parts and Categories: Division and Classification
Explaining Steps and Stages: Process Analysis
Explaining Why It Happened or What Will Happen: Cause- and-Effect Analysis
Explaining Similarities or Differences: Comparison and Contrast
Explaining the Exact Meaning: Definition
Using Multiple Strategies in a Persuasive Argument
Special Issues in Persuasion
The Research Process
Asking Questions and Finding Answers
Recording, Evaluating, and Interpreting Your Findings
Documenting Your Sources
Composing the Research Paper
Case Study: A Sample Research Paper
Editing for Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics
Format Guidelines for Submitting Your Manuscript
Useful Web Sites and Electronic Library Resources
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