Practical Guide to Writing with Readings and Handbook

ISBN-10: 0321023919
ISBN-13: 9780321023919
Edition: 8th 2000
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List price: $130.60
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/13/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 588
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Preface
An Overview Of The Writing Process
Discovering Ideas
Starting
How to Write: Writing as a Physical Act
Why Write? Writing as Thinking
Some Ideas about Ideas: Invention
An Exercise in Critical Reading
Reflections on the Death of a Library Philip Roth
An Essay by a Student: On Philip Roth's Reflections
Keeping a Journal
Focusing
What to Write About: Subject, Topic, Thesis
Developing Ideas
Thinking About Audience and Purpose
Writing from Experience: Two Essays by Students
An Overview: from Subject to Essay
Exercises
Suggestions for Writing
Drafting and Revising
Reading Drafts
Imagining Your Audience and Asking Questions
Peer Review: The Benefits of Having a Real Audience
From Assignment to Essay: A Case History
Two Sides of a Story (student essay)
Notes, Drafts, Revisions: An Historian Revises Her Work
Prospero's Army
Suggestions for Writing
Shaping Paragraphs
Paragraph Form and Substance
Paragraph Unity: Topic Sentences, Topic Ideas
Examples of Topic Sentences at Beginning and at End, and of Topic Ideas
Unifying Ideas into Paragraphs
Organization in Paragraphs
Coherence in Paragraphs
Transitions
Repetition
Linking Paragraphs Together
The Story Behind the Gestures (student essay)
Paragraph Length
The Use and Abuse of Short Paragraphs
Introductory Paragraphs
Concluding Paragraphs
A Checklist for Revising Paragraphs
Exercises
Revising Sentences for Conciseness
Instant Prose (Zonkers)
How to Avoid Instant Prose
Extra Words and Empty Words
Weak Intensifiers and Qualifiers
Circumlocutions
Wordy Beginnings
Empty Conclusions
Wordy Uses of the Verbs To Be, To Have, and To Make
Redundancy
Negative Constructions
Extra Sentences, Extra Clauses: Subordination
Some Concluding Remarks About Conciseness
Exercises
Revising Sentences for Clarity
Clarity
Clarity and Exactness: Using the Right Word
Denotation
Connotation
Quotation Marks as Apologies
Being Specific
Using Examples
Jargon and Technical Language
Clich�s
Metaphors and Mixed Metaphors
Euphemisms
A Digression on Public Lying
Passive or Active Voice?
The Writer's "I"
Clarity and Coherence
Cats Are Dogs
Items in a Series
Modifiers
Reference of Pronouns
Agreement
Three Additional Points
Repetition and Variation
Euphony
Transitions
Clarity and Sentence Structure: Parallelism
Love Poem
Exercises
Revising Sentences for Emphasis
Emphasis by Position
Emphasis by Brevity and Length: Short and Long Sentences
Emphasis by Repetition
Emphasis by Subordination
Five Kinds of Sentences
Subordination
Exercises
The Writer's Voice
Defining Style
Style and Tone
Acquiring Style
Clarity and Texture
Originality and Imitation
Practice in Acquiring Style
Academic Styles, Academic Audiences
The Writer's Voice: Six Examples
Camille Paglia, William F. Buckley, Alfred North Whitehead, Terry Castle, Thomas R. Edwards, Patricia J. Williams
The Writer's Materials And Strategies
Analytical Thinking and Writing
Analyzing a Drawing
Analyzing Texts
Classifying and Thinking
Examples of Classifying
Cause and Effect
Advertising, Pornography, and Public Space
Analysis and Description
Description at Work in the Analytic Essay
A Note on the Use of Summary in the Analytic Essay
Comparing
Organizing Short Comparisons
Longer Comparisons
Ways of Organizing an Essay Devoted to a Comparison
A Checklist for Revising Comparisons
Analyzing a Process
Two Essays Analyzing a Process
Tennis Tips to a Beginning Player (student essay)
It's the Portly Penguin That Gets the Girl, French Biologist Claims
Explaining an Analysis
The Science of Deduction
Analysis at Work
My Father's Photograph
Columbo Knows the Butler Didn't Do It
The Endless Autumn
The Word and the Web
Narrating
The Uses of Narrative
Narrative Introductions
Narratives in Other Positions in an Essay
Inventing Stories
Narrative Pace: Scene and Summary
Organizing a Narrative
A Letter to the Editor (student writing)
Topics for Critical Thinking and Writing
Narration at Work
A Conflict of Interest
The Girls' Room
Anorexia: The Cheating Disorder
Zen and the Art of Burglary
Describing
Observing Details
Organizing a Description
Establishing the Observer's Position
Establishing the Observer's Point of View
Describing an Action
Description at Work
Observing Mrs. Taylor
(student essay), Gina Men
Los Angeles Notebook
Education
From At the Buffalo Bill Museum-June 1988
Defining
The Need for Definition
Kinds of Definitions
Inclusive/Exclusive Definitions
Stipulative Definitions
Definition by Origin or History
The Limits of Definition by Synonym
A Note on Using the Dictionary
A Checklist for Revising Definitions
Definition at Work
The Plight of the Politically Correct (student essay)
Country Just Ain't What It Used to Be
A Question of Language
Four-Letter Words Can Hurt You
Darwin's Disgust
Persuading
Making Reasonable Arguments
Making Reasonable Claims
Claims of Fact
Claims of Value
Claims of Policy
Three Kinds of Evidence: Examples, Testimony, Statistics
Examples
Testimony
Statistics
How Much Evidence Is Enough?
Avoiding Fallacies
Wit
Avoiding Sarcasm
Organizing an Argument
A Checklist for Revising Drafts of Persuasive Essays
Persuasion at Work
Death and Justice: How Capital Punishment Affirms Life
The Death Penalty
The True Terror is in the Card
Radio Hoods
Some Forms Of Academic Writing
Outlining and Summarizing
Outlining
Scratch Outline
Paragraph Outline
Formal Outline
Summarizing
What a Summary Is
How to Write a Summary
How Much Summary Is Enough?
Exercises
Reviewing
Writing a Book Review
Review of The Hidden Writer: Diaries and the Creative Life
Writing Other Reviews
Deconstructing Pop: The Halo Benders (student essay)
Interviewing
Writing an Essay Based on an Interview
The Einstein of Happiness
Ethnobotanists Race Against Time to Save Useful Plants
Guidelines for Conducting the Interview and Writing the Essay
The Research Essay
What Research Is
Primary and Secondary Materials
Developing a Research Topic
Getting Started
The Library's Central Information System
The Online Catalog
Scanning Books and Book Reviews
Finding Articles in Periodicals
Finding Bibliographies
A Word on the Internet
Reading and Taking Notes on Secondary Sources
A Guide to Note Taking
Acknowledging Sources
Borrowing Without Plagiarizing
Fair Use of Common Knowledge
"But How Else Can I Put It?"
Writing the Essay
A Checklist for Reading Drafts
Documentation
MLA Format
APA Format
A Note on Other Systems of Documentation
Two Sample Research Essays
MLA Style
Politics and Psychology in the Awakening (student essay)
APA Style
Nitrite: Preservative or Carcinogen? (student essay)
Exercises
Writing About Literature
Responding to Literary Texts
Reading Fiction
Anonymous
The Yellow Wallpaper
A Student's Response to "The Yellow Wallpaper": Aviva Geiger's Preliminary Exercises and Final Draft
Getting Ideas for Writing about Fiction
Checklist: Asking Questions about Fiction
Reading Poetry
Harlem
A Student Thinks About "Harlem": Richard Taub's Annotations, Journal Entries, Notes, and Final Draft
Getting Ideas for Writing about Poetry
Checklist: Asking Questions about Poems
A Range of Critical Approaches
Three Short Works of Fiction
Cat in the Rain
Girl
If You Touched My Heart
Three Poems
Sonnet 73
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Immigrants
Writing Essay Examinations
What Examinations Are
Writing Essay Answers
Questions on Literature
Questions on the Social Sciences
Questions on the Physical Sciences and Mathematics
A Writer's Handbook
Punctuation
A Word on Computer Grammar and Punctuation Checks
Three Common Errors: Fragments, Comma Splices, and Run-on Sentences
Fragments and How to Correct Them
Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences, and How to Correct Them
The Period
The Question Mark
The Colon
The Semicolon
The Comma
The Dash
Parentheses
Italics
Capital Letters
The Hyphen
The Apostrophe
Abbreviations
Numbers
Exercises
Usage
A Note on Idioms
Glossary
Manuscript Form
Basic Manuscript Form
Using Quotations (and Punctuating Quotations Correctly)
Corrections in the Final Copy
Readings
Graduation
Nine Beginnings
High Horse's Courting
To Lie or Not to Lie?-The Doctor's Dilemma
Who Shot Johnny?
Debra Dickerson
On Keeping a Notebook
Malcolm, the Aardvark and Me
Women's Brains
Talking Back
Texas, 1961
Nonviolent Resistance
Why We Crave Horror Movies
Vivisection
Studies in the New Causality
Being Asynchronous
Total Effect and the Eighth Grade
Shooting an Elephant
Rape and the Modern Sex War
Why Boys Don't Play with Dolls
The Future of Work
Conversational Ballgames
Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space
A Modest Proposal
Stephen Cruz
Professions for Women
Last Words
Literary Credits
Photo Credits
Index

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