Steps to Writing Well with Additional Readings by Jean Wyrick

Steps to Writing Well with Additional Readings

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Steps to Writing Well with Additional Readings by Jean Wyrick

Writing well is just a step away! Join the thousands of students who have learned to write well with Jean Wyrick's helpful instruction. STEPS TO WRITING WELL WITH ADDITIONAL READINGS, International Edition, is the ultimate step-by-step guide to writing effective essays. With Wyrick's clear, practical advice and student-friendly tone, you'll find it easy to begin, organize, and revise your writing-from choosing a topic to developing your essay to polishing your prose. Interesting readings in a variety of styles offer useful examples of the types of essays you'll most often be assigned in your composition and other college classes.


PART I: THE BASICS OF THE SHORT ESSAY. 1. Prewriting. Getting Started (or Soup-Can Labels Can Be Fascinating). Selecting a Subject. Finding Your Essay's Purpose and Focus. Pump Primer Techniques. After You've Found Your Focus. Discovering Your Audience. How to Identify Your Readers. Keeping a Journal (Talking to Yourself Does Help). Chapter Summary. 2. The Thesis Statement. What Is a Thesis? What Does a Working Thesis Do? Can a Working Thesis Change? Guidelines for Writing a Good Thesis. Avoiding Common Errors in Thesis Statements. Using the Essay Map. Chapter Summary. 3. The Body Paragraphs. Planning the Body of Your Essay. Composing the Body Paragraphs. The Topic Sentence. Paragraph Development. Paragraph Length. Paragraph Unity. Paragraph Coherence. Paragraph Sequence. Transitions between Paragraphs. Chapter Summary. 4. Beginnings and Endings. How to Write a Good Lead-in. Avoiding Errors in Lead-ins. How to Write a Good Concluding Paragraph. Avoiding Errors in Conclusions. How to Write a Good Title. Chapter Summary. 5. Drafting and Revision: Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking. What Is Revision? When Does Revision Occur? Myths about Revision. Can I Learn to Improve My Revision Skills? Preparing to Draft: Some Time-Saving Hints. Writing Centers, Computer Labs, and Computer Classrooms. A Revision Process for Your Drafts. What Is Critical Thinking? Thinking Critically as a Writer. Benefiting from Revision Workshops. Some Last Advice: How to Play with Your Mental Blocks. Chapter Summary. 6. Effective Sentences. Developing a Clear Style. Developing a Concise Style. Developing a Lively Style. Developing an Emphatic Style. Chapter Summary. 7. Word Logic. Selecting the Correct Words. Selecting the Best Words. Chapter Summary. 8. The Reading-Writing Connection. How Can Reading Well Help Me Become a Better Writer? How Can I Become an Analytical Reader? Sample Annotated Essay: Our Youth Should Serve by Steven Muller. Writing a Summary. Benefiting from Class Discussions. Chapter Summary. PART I SUMMARY: THE BASICS OF THE SHORT ESSAY. PART II: PURPOSES, MODES, AND STRATEGIES. 9. Exposition. The Strategies of Exposition. Strategy One: Development by Example. Developing Your Essay. Problems to Avoid. Student Essay: River Rafting Teaches Worthwhile Lessons. Professional Essay: What's So Bad about Being So-So? by Lisa Wilson Strick. Strategy Two: Development by Process Analysis. Developing Your Essay. Problems to Avoid. Student Essay: Catching Garage Sale Fever. Professional Essay: To Bid the World Farewell by Jessica Mitford. Professional Essay: Preparing for the Job Interview: Know Thyself by Katy Piotrowski. Strategy Three: Development by Comparison and Contrast. Developing Your Essay. Problems to Avoid. Student Essay: Point-by-Point Pattern: Bringing Back the Joy of Market Day. Student Essay: Block Pattern: Backyard: Old and New. Professional Essay: Point-by-Point Pattern: Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts by Bruce Catton. Professional Essay: Block Pattern: Two Ways of Viewing the River by Mark Twain. Strategy Four: Development by Definition. Developing Your Essay. Problems to Avoid. Student Essay: Blind Paces. Professional Essay: The Munchausen Mystery by Don R. Lipsitt. Strategy Five: Development by Division and Classification. Developing Your Essay. Problems to Avoid. Student Essay: The Native American Era at Mesa Verde. Professional Essay: The Plot against People by Russell Baker. Professional Essay: Division: A Brush with Reality: Surprises in the Tube by David Bodanis. Strategy Six: Development by Causal Analysis. Developing Your Essay. Problems to Avoid. Student Essay: It's Simply Not Worth It. Professional Essay: Some Lessons from the Assembly Line by Andrew Braaksma. 10. Argumentation. Developing Your Essay. Problems to Avoid. Common Logical Fallacies. Student Essay: Students, Take Note! Professional Pro/Con Essays: School Schedules. High Schools, Wake Up! from USA Today. Reform No Child's Play by Paul D. Houston. Conflicting Positions: Gun Control (ads). Competing Products: Energy Sources (ads). Popular Appeals: Spending Our Money (ads). 11. Description. How to write Effective Description. Problems to Avoid. Student Essay: Treeclimbing. Professional Essay: Describing a Person: Still Learning from My Mother by Cliff Schneider. 12. Narration. Writing the Effective Narrative Essay. Problems to Avoid. Student Essay: Never Underestimate the Little Things. Professional Essay: Sister Flowers by Maya Angelou. 13. Writing Essays Using Multiple Strategies. Choosing the Best Strategies. Problems to Avoid. Student Essay: Pass the Broccoli-Please! Professional Essay: Don't Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgments by Robert L Heinbroner. PART III: SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS. 14. Writing a Paper Using Research. Focusing Your Topic. Beginning Your Library Research. Conducting Primary Research. The Personal Interview. The Questionnaire. Preparing a Working Bibliography. Choosing and Evaluating Your Sources. Preparing an Annotated Bibliography. Taking Notes. Avoiding Plagiarism. Choosing the Documentation Style for Your Essay. MLA Style. APA Style. Using Supplementary Notes. Student Paper Using MLA Style: A Possibility of Survival: The Mysterious Fate of Anastasia and Alexei. Student Sample Using APA Style. 15. Writing in Class: Exams and 'Response

-and-Response Essay. Student Essay Youth Service: An Idea Whose Time Has Come. 16. Writing about Literature. Using Literature in the Composition Classroom. Suggestions for Close Reading of Literature. Steps to Reading a Story. Annotated Fiction: The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin. Student Essay: A Breath of Fresh Air. Steps to Reading a Poem. Annotated Poetry: When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer by Walt Whitman. Student Essay: Two Ways of Knowing. Fiction: Gerald No Last Name by Sandra Cisneros. Fiction: The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe. Poetry: Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden. Poetry: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. 17. Writing about Visual Arts. Using Visual Arts in the Composition Classroom. Suggestions for Analyzing Paintings. Additional Advice about Sculpture and Photography. Guidelines for Writing about Art Works. Problems to Avoid. Annotated painting: Nighthawks by Edward Hopper. Student Essay Night in the City and Psyche. 18. Writing about Film. Using Film in the Composition Classroom. Guidelines for Writing about Film. Problems to Avoid. Student Essay: Catch the Black Bird. Professional Film Review: Cat in the Hat Coughs Up Mayhem by David Germain. Glossary of Film Terms. 19. Writing in the World of Work. Composing Business Letters. Sample Student Business Letter. Creating Memos. Sending Professional E-Mail. Designing Resumes. Sample Resume # 1. Sample Resume #2. Preparing Interview Notes and Post-Interview Letters. PART IV: A CONCISE HANDBOOK. 20. Major Errors in Grammar. Verbs. Nouns. Pronouns. Adverbs and Adjectives. Modifying Phrases. Sentences. 21. A Concise Guide to Punctuation. Period. Question Mark. Exclamation Point. Comma. Semicolon. Colon. Apostrophe. Quotation Marks. Parentheses. Brackets. Dash. Hyphen. Underlining. Ellipsis Points. 22. A Concise Guide to Mechanics. Capitalization. Abbreviations. Numbers. Spelling. Grammar's Gremlins from On Language by William Safire. PART V: ADDITIONAL READINGS. 23. Exposition: Development by Example. Darkness at Noon by Harold Krents. Black Men and Public Space by Brent Staples. Why Don't We Complain? by William F. Buckley, Jr. 24. Exposition: Process Analysis. The Jeaning of America by Carin C. Quinn. Skiing Lessons: The Cold, Hard Facts by Dave Barry. Beauty and the Beef by Joey Green. 25. Exposition: Comparison/Contrast. My Real Car by Bailey White. Say Farewell to Pin Curls by Anna Quindlen. Once More to the Lake by E. B. White. 26. Exposition: Definition. Celebrating Nerdiness by Tom Rogers. O the Porch by Garrison Keillor. What Is Poverty? by Jo Goodwin Parker. 27. Exposition: Division/Classification. Party Manners by Richard Grossman. The Extendable Fork by Calvin Trillin. College Pressures by William Zinsser. 28. Exposition: Causal Analysis. The Teacher Who Changed My Life by Nicholas Gage. Spudding Out by Barbara Ehrenreich. You Call This Progress? by Seth Shostak. 29. Argumentation. A Scientist: 'I Am the Enemy

-This Is Like a Church by Kurt Anderson. The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday. 31. Narration. 38 Who Saw Murder Didn't Call the Police by Martin Gansberg. Crossing the Great Divide by Peter Fish. The Talkies by James Lileks. 32. Essays for Further Analysis: Multiple Strategies and Styles. I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr. Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self by Alice Walker. A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift. 33. Literature. Perhaps the World Ends Here by Joy Harjo. Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen. The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane. * A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell. 34. Writing and Language. How Mr. Dewey Decimal Saved My Life by Barbara Kingsolver. Notes on Punctuation by Lewis Thomas. Mother Tongue by Amy Tan.

About the Author

Jean Wyrick is Professor Emerita of English at Colorado State University, where she was Director of Composition for 11 years. She has more than 25 years of experience teaching writing, training writing teachers, and designing writing/writing-across-the-curriculum programs. Her other textbooks include THE RINEHART READER and DISCOVERING IDEAS. She has presented over a hundred workshops and papers on the teaching of writing, American literature, American Studies, and Women's Studies.

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Heinle & Heinle Publishers Inc.,U.S. an imprint of Cengage Learning, Inc

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30th May 2009



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