From Idea to Essay

ISBN-10: 0495912123
ISBN-13: 9780495912125
Edition: 13th 2012
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Book details

List price: $201.95
Edition: 13th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.486
Language: English

Born in Belgium, the daughter of an American minister, Jo Ray had moved from Brussels to Paris to Bern, Switzerland, by the time she was seven years old. In Bern, she attended the Freies Gymnasium and spoke not only fluent French and German but also English, which was the language spoken to her by her American parents. The snow-covered alps and the Swiss penchant for sports were the natural incentive for Jo Ray's love of ice skating, skiing, swimming, and tennis. After enduring World War II, with its ignominious holocaust and heroic feats by the Allies, Jo Ray's parents sent her and her brother to Pacific Union College (in the Napa Valley), where Jo Ray received a B. A. in English. After teaching English and French in high school for several years, Jo Ray started to take night classes at the University of Southern California in order to earn an M.A. and Ph.D., which would allow her to teach in college. While working on her doctorate, she was first hired to teach English at Glendale Community College and later to serve as Dean of the Evening College. A chance meeting in 1973 with Anthony Winkler, a successful novelist whose stories are usually set in Jamaica, led to a literary partnership that has produced fifteen coauthored textbooks used at colleges and universities across the United States.

Preface
Fundamentals
The Writing Process
What is Good Writing
The Process and Structure of Writing
Personal Versus Objective Writing
Generating Ideas with Journal Writing
Assembling a Portfolio
Writing Assignments
Critical Thinking, Reading, and Seeing
Critical Thinking
Critical Reading
Poem: "Richard Cory"
Critical Seeing
Writing Assignments
Elements of Writing
Purpose
Audience
Pattern
Blending Rhetorical Patterns
Practical Applications of the Rhetorical Strategies
Writing Assignments
Planning and Organizing the Essay
Finding a Topic
The Controlling Idea
Prewriting Activities
Writer's Block
The Informal Outline
The Formal Outline
Writing Assignments
The Paragraph
The Topic Sentence
Sentences that Back Up the Topic Sentence
Sentences Used in Transitions between Concepts and Ideas
More about the Topic Sentence
Characteristics of the Paragraph
Transitions Between Paragraphs
Beginning and Ending Paragraphs
Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Drafting, Revising, and Style
Pointers on Drafting
The First Draft
Revising the First Draft
Achieving Style
Editing the Second Draft
Writing Assignments
Peer Review Assignment
Writing the Essay
Narration
Story: "The Code"
Poem: "Richard Cory"
How to Write a Narration
Professional Model: "A Gift of Laughter"
Further Reading: Exerpt from Night
Further Reading: "The Tell-Tale Heart"
Writing Assignments
Internet Research Assignment
Additional Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Photo Writing Assignment
Digging for Gold and for a Story Line
Description
Story: "The Lament"
Poem: "Coats"
How to Write a Description
Professional Model: "Mma Ramotswe Thinks About the Land"
World"
World"
Further Reading: "Bonobo Momma"
Further Reading: "Sister Flowers"
Writing Assignments
Internet Research Assignment
Additional Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Photo Writing Assignment
Digging for Gold or for a Dominant Impression (Description)
Examples
Story: "We're Poor"
Poem: "Eleanor Rigby"
How to Write with Examples
Professional Model: "Are You All Right?"
Further Reading: "The Keypad Solution"
Further Reading: "The Word as Person: Eponymns"
Internet Research Assignment
Additional Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Photo Writing Assignment
Digging for Gold or for Cases (Examples)
Definition
Story: "Arrangement in Black and White"
Poem: "Incident"
How to Write a Definition
Professional Model: "Fundamentalism"
Further Reading: "Will Someone Please Hiccup My Pat?"
Writing Assignments
Internet Research Assignment
Additional Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Photo Writing Assignment
Digging for Gold (Definitions)
Comparison/Contrast
Story: "Dream House"
Poem: "The Twins"
How to Write a Comparison/Contrast Paper
Professional Model: "Diogenes and Alexander"
Further Reading: "Grant and Lee: a Study in Contrasts"
Further Reading: "The Richer, the Poorer" Dorothy West Writing Assignments
Internet Research Assignment
Additional Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Photo Writing Assignment
Digging for Gold or Likenesses and Differences (comparison/contrast)
Process
Story: "How Mr. Hogan Robbed a Bank?
Poem: "Tract"
How to Write a Process Paper
Professional Model: "Coming into Language"
Further Reading: "Battle of the Big Box"
Further Reading: "How to Say Nothing in 50 Words"
Writing Assignments
Internet Research Assignment
Additional Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Photo Writing Assignment
Digging for Gold and for Steps (Process)
Classification/Division
Story: "Harrison Bergeron"
Poem: "All the World's a Stage"
How to Write a Classification/Division Paper
Professional Model: "The Plot Against People"
Further Reading: "Three Types of Resistance to Oppression"
Further Reading: "On Dumpster Diving"
Writing Assignments
Internet Research Assignment
Additional Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Photo Writing Assignment
Digging for Gold or Related Types
Causal Analysis
Story: "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses"
Poem: "Money"
How to Write an Analysis of Cause
Professional Model: "The Catastrophe of Success"
Further Reading: "Why We Crave Horror Movies"
Further Reading: "Nearing Ninety"
Writing Assignments
Internet Research Assignment
Additional Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Photo Writing Assignment
Digging for Gold or for Reasons and Consequences
Argumentation
Story: "War"
Poem: "Dooley Is a Traitor"
How to Write an Argument
Professional Model: "The Case Against Man"
Prejudice in Modern America"
Prejudice in Modern America"
Further Reading: "I Want a Wife"
Further Reading: "Playing God on No Sleep"
Cluster Discussion: Understanding Diversity
Understanding Diversity in Religion
"Soap and Ambergris"
Understanding Diversity in Skin Color
"Mixed-Blood Stew"
Understanding Diversity in Sexual Orientation
"First"
Writing Assignments
Internet Research Assignment
Additional Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Photo Writing Assignment
Digging for Gold or for Points and Counterpoints
The Essay Examination
Preparing for the Essay Examination
How to Do Well on Essay Examinations
Using Rhetorical Strategies in Essay Examinations
Sample Essay Exams
The Research Paper
Doing the Research
Choosing a Topic
Doing the Research
Using the Personal Interview to Research a Topic
Using the Internet to Research a Topic
Compiling a Bibliography
Taking Notes
Formulating the Thesis, Outlining the Paper, and Writing the Abstract
Writing and Documenting the Paper
Plagiarism
Documenting the Humanities Paper (MLA)
Documenting the Social Sciences Paper (APA)
Preparing the Final Copy (MLA)
Preparing the Final Copy (APA)
Sample Student Papers
Suicides Go Up"
Suicides Go Up"
Handbook
Grammar Fundamentals
The Sentence
The Clause and Phrase
Sentence Types
Parts of Speech
Correcting Common Errors
Errors with Sentences
Errors in Agreement
Errors in Point of View
Errors in Reference
Errors with Modifiers
Errors in Parallelism
Errors in Diction
Wordiness
Combining Sentences
Errors in Punctuation
Errors in Capitalization
Errors in Spelling
Appendix: Answers to Self-Grading Exercises Credits
Index

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