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From Idea to Essay A Rhetoric, Reader, and Handbook

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ISBN-10: 0618917853

ISBN-13: 9780618917853

Edition: 11th 2006 (Handbook (Instructor's))

Authors: Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell, Anthony Winkler

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One of the most successful, all-inclusive rhetorics on the market, this classic text covers nine rhetorical modes and includes a complete unit on the research paper and a comprehensive handbook. By providing numerous sample readings--imaginative literature as well as essays--and specific guidelines for understanding and using each rhetorical mode, From Idea to Essay leads students through the complex process of essay writing. This rhetoric distinguishes itself from others of its kind with a comprehensive apparatus, including story, poem, and photo writing assignments for each mode of development introduced. The Eleventh Edition features a new chapter--"Critical Thinking, Reading, and Seeing"--that teaches students how to evaluate ideas and images they encounter in everyday life.
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Book details

List price: $182.95
Edition: 11th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 11/28/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 752
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.750
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.

Fundamentals
The Writing Process Prewriting
Writing Rewriting Personal versus Objective Writing
Generating Ideas with Journal Writing
Assembling a Portfolio Writing Assignments
Critical Thinking, Reading, and Seeing Critical Thinking
Critical Reading Critical Seeing
Responding to a Work of Art
Responding to a Photo
Responding to an Advertisement
Responding to a Cartoon Writing Assignments
Elements of the Essay Purpose
Audience Strategy Blending
Rhetorical Patterns
Practical Applications of the Rhetorical Strategies
Essay Examinations and the Rhetorical Strategies
The Controlling Idea Writing Assignments
The Sentence: Combining, Generating, and Judging Sentence
Combining Sentence Generating Judging the Sentence
The Paragraph Uses of the Paragraph
The Shape of the Paragraph
Characteristics of the Paragraph
Journalistic Paragraphs
Transitions between Paragraphs
Paragraphs without Transitions
Using Varied Paragraph
Transitions Beginning and Ending Paragraphs
Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Planning and Organizing the Essay
Finding a Topic Prewriting Activities
Writer's Block Finding the Thesis
The Informal Outline
The Formal Outline
Use of the Outline
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
Rewriting Assignment
Writing the Essay
Narration Reading for Ideas
Story: "The Code,"
Reading for Ideas
Poem: "Richard Cory,"
How to Write a Narration Reading for Ideas
Professional Model: "A Gift of Laughter,"
Student Essay: "Preserving the Species,"
Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: Excerpt from Night
Writing Assignments Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "In Another Country,"
Writing Assignments Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "The Tell-Tale Heart,"
Writing Assignments
Internet Research Assignment
Additional Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Photo Writing Assignment
Description Reading for Ideas
Story: "The Lament,"
Reading for Ideas
Poem: "Coats,"
How to Write a Description Reading for Ideas
Professional Model: "Mma Ramotswe Thinks about the Land,"
Student Essay: "Parting,"
Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "The Monster,"
Writing Assignments Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "Sister Flowers,"
Writing Assignments Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "Laundromat,"
Writing Assignments
Internet Research Assignment
Additional Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Photo Writing Assignment
Example Reading for Ideas
Story: "We're Poor,"
Reading for Ideas
Poem: "Eleanor Rigby,"
How to Write with Examples Reading for Ideas
Professional Model: "How Near Death Is a Near Death Experience?"
Student Essay: "Poverty in Atlanta,"
Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "What I've Learned from Men,"
Writing Assignments Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "Suing for Fun and Profit,"
Writing Assignments Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "The Word as Person: Eponyms,"
Internet Research Assignment
Additional Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Photo Writing Assignment
Definition Reading for Ideas
Story: "Arrangement in Black and White,"
Reading for Ideas
Poem: "Incident,"
How to Write a Definition Reading for Ideas
Professional Model: "We Aren't Born Prejudiced,"
Student Essay: "Prejudice: Child of Ignorance,"
Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "Will Someone Please Hiccup My Pat?"
Writing Assignments Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "Jim Crow Days,"
Writing Assignments Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "Black English Has Its Place,"
Writing Assignments
Internet Research Assignment
Additional Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Photo Writing Assignment
Comparison/Contrast Reading for Ideas
Story: "Dream House,"
Reading for Ideas
Poem: "The Twins,"
How to Write a Comparison/Contrast paper Reading for Ideas
Professional Model: "Diogenes and Alexander,"
Student Essay: "Aben and James,"
Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "Grant and Lee: A study in Contrasts,"
Writing Assignments Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "Priest and Pagan,"
Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder, along with Everything Else,"
Writing Assignments
Internet Research Assignment
Additional Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Photo Writing Assignment
Process Reading for Ideas
Story: "How Mr. Hogan Robbed a Bank,"
Reading for Ideas
Poem: "Tract,"
How to Write a Process Paper Reading for Ideas
Professional Model: "In the Garden of Childish Delights,"
Student Essay: "Driving to Preserve Your Car,"
Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "In the Valley of the Shadow,"
Writing Assignments Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "Coming into Language,"
Writing Assignments Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "How to Say Nothing in 500 Words,"
Writing Assignments
Internet Research Assignment
Additional Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Photo Writing Assignment
Classification/Division Reading for Ideas
Story: "Harrison Bergeron,"
Reading for Ideas
Poem: "All the World's a Stage,"
How to Write a Classification/Division Paper Reading for Ideas
Professional Model: "The Plot against People,"
Student Essay: "Handicaps," by David Beckham Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "Three Types of Resistance to Oppression,"
Writing Assignments Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "College Pressures,"
Writing Assignments Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "Mother Tongue,"
Writing Assignments
Internet Research Assignment
Additional Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Photo Writing Assignment
Causal Analysis Reading for Ideas
Story: "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses,"
Reading for Ideas
Poem: "Money,"
How to Write an Analysis of Cause Reading for Ideas
Professional Model: "Mary Todd Lincoln: Second Thoughts on Our Most Vilified First Lady,"
Student Essay: "Crooks, Fools, and Congressmen,"
Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "Why We Crave Horror Movies,"
Writing Assignments Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "Grow Up?
Not So Fast," by Lev Grossman Writing Assignments Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "Black Men and Public Space,"
Writing Assignments
Internet Research Assignment
Additional Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Photo Writing Assignment
Argumentation Reading for Ideas
Story: "War," by Luigi Pirandello Reading for Ideas
Poem: "Dooley Is a Traitor,"
How to Write an Argument Reading for Ideas
Professional Model: "The Case against Man,"
Student Essay: "Against Fraternities,"
Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "I Want a Wife,"
Writing Assignments Reading for Ideas
Alternate Reading: "The 'Don't Impose Your Values' Argument Is Bigotry in Disguise,"
Writing Assignments Cluster Argument: Three Positions on Same-Sex Marriage
Reading for Ideas
Pro: "What Would Happen If We Legalized Gay Marriage,"
Reading for Ideas
Con: "The Marriage Buffet,"
Reading for Ideas
Neutral: "A More Perfect Union: How the Founding Fathers Would Have Handled Gay Marriage,"
Writing Assignments
Internet Research Assignment
Additional Writing Assignments
Rewriting Assignment
Photo Writing Assignment
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 Internet to Research a Topic
Compile a Bibliography
Take 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) v. 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 Combining Sentences
Errors in Punctuation
Errors in Capitalization
Errors in Spelling
Appendix: Answers to Self-Grading Exercises