At a Glance: Essays / Edition 5

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Fresh, vibrant, concise, and affordable, the Fifth Edition of AT A GLANCE: ESSAYS focuses on writing correct, effective essays in specific and combined rhetorical patterns, and features the writing process with emphasis on revision; twenty-one integrated professional and student essays verified by classroom testing to compel reading, provoke discussion, and inspire writing; a handbook chapter supported by a strong Student Companion Site; documented writing (two chapters) with the 2009 MLA Update and an illustrated ten-step approach; optional reading-based writing of summaries, reactions, and two-part responses (to promote critical thinking by linking reading to writing); and optional career-related writing to accommodate career-minded students and career-conscious programs.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"At a Glance "is easy to follow and understand and because of this, some of the fear of writing can be eliminated."

"The writing exercises and the suggested topics are a strength of this series. The exercises concerning the identification of types of sentences were most helpful for my students. My students find the suggested topics most helpful as they are generic enough to allow individual interpretation."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495906308
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Basic Writing Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 370,190
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Brandon is the author of twelve college English textbooks with Cengage Learning, including the best-selling series, Sentences, Paragraphs, and Beyond with Integrated Readings, and Paragraphs and Essays with Integrated Readings and the highly successful At a Glance series. He has served as chair of the English Department at Mt. San Antonio College, where he taught for more than thirty years and occasionally still teaches. Few authors are as active in the promotion of their books as Lee Brandon, who regularly visits schools across the country and presents at professional conferences. Lee also has to his credit poems and short stories in magazines; songs recorded and in sheet music; a best-selling musical play for elementary school students (in print with Lorenz Music); a play produced by a college drama department; a published Ford Foundation grant project; a chapbook of ballads about his youth, Oklahoma, My Sweet Sorrow; a chapbook of ballads about his experience teaching for ten years in a high-security California women's prison, Butterflies on Barbwire; and newspaper articles about travel, adventures, and whimsical experiences.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Student Overview. 1. THE ESSAY AND ITS PARTS. The Essay Defined. Student Writing: A Sample Essay. "Razor Wire Sweat Lodge," Leah. The Thesis Defined. Sources for the Thesis. Writing the Thesis. Patterns of Support for the Thesis. Special Paragraphs Within the Essay. Introductions. Support Paragraphs. Basic Frames. Conclusions. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: The Essay and Its Parts. 2. THE WRITING PROCESS: PREWRITING. The Writing Process Defined. Prewriting Strategies. Freewriting. Brainstorming and Listing. Clustering. Composing the Thesis. Outlining. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Prewriting. 3. THE WRITING PROCESS: WRITING, REVISING AND EDITING. Writing Your First Draft. The Recursive Factor. Your Audience. Revising Your Writing. Coherence. Language. Unity. Emphasis. Support. Sentences. Adding Editing to Revision. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Writing, Revising, and Editing. 4. READING FOR THINKING, DISCUSSION AND WRITING. Reading-Based Writing. The Writing Component. The Reading Component. Reading-Based Writing and Other Approaches in Writing. Reading Techniques. Underlining. Annotating. Outlining. Taking Notes. Reading-Based Writing Forms. Writing a Summary. Writing a Reaction. Writing a Two-Part Response. Kinds of Support for Reading-Based Writing. Basic Formal Documentation in Reading-Based Writing. Citations. Works Cited. An Example of Student Reading-Based Writing. Student Essay with Documentation. "Struggling Against Silence," Lydia Hsiao. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Reading for Thinking, Discussion, and Writing. 5. DESCRIPTIVE NARRATION: MOVING THROUGH TIME AND SPACE. A Natural Combination of Narration and Description. The Narrative Pattern. Situation. Conflict. Struggle. Outcome. Meaning. The Descriptive Pattern. Types of Description. Imagery. Dominant Impression. Useful Procedure for Writing Description. Order for Descriptive Narration: Time and Space. Career-Related Writing: Workplace Reports. Practicing Patterns of Descriptive Narration. Examining Essays of Descriptive Narration. Student Writing. "Not Invulnerable," Charles C. Ortiz. Professional Writing. "No Tears for Frankie," Gina Greenlee. "The Jacket," Gary Soto. Student Career-Related Writing. "Incident Report of the Falling Shoppers," Douglas Ross. Topics for Essays of Descriptive Narration. Reading-Based Writing Topics. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. General Topics. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Descriptive Narration. 6. EXEMPLIFICATION: WRITING WITH EXAMPLES. Writing Essays of Exemplification. Characteristics of Good Examples. Techniques for Finding Examples. Practicing Patterns of Exemplification. Examining Essays of Exemplification. Student Reading-Based Writing. "Hungering for Sounds of Silence," Eileen Baylor. Professional Writing. "Who's Cheap?" Adair Lara. Topics for Essays of Exemplification. Reading-Based Writing Topics. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. General Topics. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Exemplification. 7. ANALYSIS BY DIVISION: EXAMINING THE PARTS. Writing Essays of Analysis by Division. Organization. Sequence of Parts. Two Uses of Analysis by Division. Restaurant Review. Short Story Review. Practicing Patterns of Analysis by Division. Examining Essays of Analysis by Division. Student Reading-Based Writing. "Elvis Presley: King of the Twentieth Century," Emmett Davis. Professional Writing. "Food, Service Hit and Miss at Gianno's," John Batchelor. Student Career-Related Writing. "Air Traffic Control as a Career," Roger Myers. Topics for Essays of Analysis by Division. Reading-Based Writing Topics. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. General Topics. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Analysis by Division. 8. PROCESS ANALYSIS: WRITING ABOUT DOING. Writing Essays of Process Analysis. Two Types of Process Analysis: Directive and Informative. Working with Stages. Basic Forms. Career-Related Writing as Process Analysis. Practicing Patterns of Process Analysis. Examining Essays of Process Analysis. Student Career-Related Writing. "The Skinny on Working for a Dermatologist," J. Kim Birdine. Professional Writing. "Binding Decisions," Joan Gould. Topics for Essays of Process Analysis. Reading-Based Writing Topics. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topics. General Topics. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Process Analysis. 9. CAUSE AND EFFECT: DETERMINIG REASONS AND RESULTS. Writing Essays of Cause and Effect. Organizing Cause and Effect. Composing the Thesis. Considering Kinds of Causes and Effects. Evaluating the Importance of Sequence. Introducing Ideas and Working with Patterns. Cause and Effect in a Short Story Review. Practicing Patterns of Cause and Effect. Examining a Summary and an Essay on the Causes of Violence. Student Reading-Based Writing. "A Summary of 'Enough Is Enough,'" Andrew Cossey. Professional Writing. "The Ghetto Made Me Do It," Francis Flaherty. Topics for Essays of Cause and Effect. Reading-Based Writing Topics. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. General Topics. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Cause and Effect. 10. Comparison and Contrast: Showing Similarities and Differences. Writing Essays of Comparison and Contrast. Generating Topics and Working with the 4 _P_'s. Career-Related Writing as Comparison and Contrast. Practicing Patterns of Comparison and Contrast. Examining Essays of Comparison and Contrast. Student Career-Related Writing. "The Piper Cherokee and the Cessna 172," Brittany Markovic. Professional Writing. "From B'wood to the "Hood," Ryan J. Smith. "A Mixed Tex-Cal Marriage," Jose Antonio Burciaga. Topics for Essays of Comparison and Contrast. Reading-Based Writing Topics. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topics. General Topics. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Comparison and Contrast. 11. DEFINITION: CLARIFYING TERMS. Writing Essays of Definition. Techniques for Development. Order. Introduction and Development. Practicing Patterns of Definition. Examining Essays of Definition. Student Writing. "Modern Mother," Marie Maxwell. Professional Writing. "Graffiti: Taking a Closer Look," Christopher Grant. Topics for Essays of Definition. Reading-Based Writing Topics. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topic. General Topics. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Definition. 12. ARGUMENT: WRITING TO INFLUENCE. Writing Essays of Argument. Persuasion and Argument Defined. Techniques for Developing Essays of Argument. Components of Your Essay. Kinds of Evidence. Career-Related Writing: Proposals for the Workplace. Practicing Patterns of Argument. Examining Essays of Argument. Student Reading-Based Writing. "Teaching Our Kids to Shoot 'Em Up," Tina Sergio. Professional Writing. "Shouldn't Men Have 'Choice' Too?" Meghan Daum. Student Career-Related Writing as a Proposal. "Abolish Homework in Elementary School," Emily Lucero. Topics for Essays of Argument. Reading-Based Writing Topics. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. General Topics. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Argument. 13. THE RESEARCH PAPER. The Research Paper Defined. Ten Steps to Writing a Research Paper. 1. Select a Topic. 2. Find Sources. 3. List Sources. 4. Take Notes. 5. Refine Your Thesis and Outline. 6. Write Your First Draft. 7. Revise Your First Draft. 8. Prepare Your Works Cited Section. 9. Write Your Final Draft. 10. Submit Required Materials. Student Research Paper. "Zoos—An Endangered Species?" Michael Chung. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: The Research Paper. 14. HANDBOOK. Subjects and Verbs. Kinds of Sentences. Sentence Problems. Sentence Combining. Variety in Sentences. Parallel Structure. Omissions: When Parts Are Missing. Verbs. Pronouns. Adjectives and Adverbs. Avoiding Wordy Phrases. Punctuation. Capitalization. Index.

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