Basics: A Rhetoric and Handbook / Edition 1

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The Basics offers beginning college writers on introduction to important writing techniques and strategies as well as an accessible handbook of grammar and usage. This text is designed both as a classroom tool and as a reference guide that students find easy to use independently. The Basics includes the following among its many features: comprehensive, step-by-step coverage of the writing process; an accessible and inviting writing style that avoids technical jargon when giving advice or explaining rules or techniques; a complete student research paper, developed from the pre-research stage through the drafting and documentation process to the creation of the final draft of a fully documented paper; helpful "Guides for ESL Students" in many chapters; and practical "What You Have Learned" boxes that summarize important points at the end of each chapter and make excellent guides for editing as well as for reviewing and studying.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070094055
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 399

Table of Contents

To the Instructor
To the Student
Ch. 1 Learning the Writing Process 5
Ch. 2 Gathering Information 10
Ch. 3 Focusing on the Central Idea 20
Ch. 4 Outlining and Drafting an Essay 29
Ch. 5 Rewriting Drafts 37
Ch. 6 Preparing a Final Copy 43
Ch. 7 Writing Focused, Unified, and Coherent Paragraphs 51
Ch. 8 Developing Ideas and Arranging Details in a Paragraph 69
Ch. 9 Writing Introductions and Conclusions 86
Ch. 10 Writing Paragraphs and Essays That Persuade 99
Ch. 11 Learning about the Library 113
Ch. 12 Writing the Library Paper 124
Ch. 13 Sentence Building Blocks 159
Ch. 14 Sentence Structure 181
Ch. 15 Sentence Logic and Effectiveness 198
Ch. 16 Agreement 213
Ch. 17 Verb Forms and Tenses 229
Ch. 18 Pronouns 251
Ch. 19 Adjectives and Adverbs 266
Ch. 20 Word Choice 282
Ch. 21 Wordiness 302
Ch. 22 End Punctuation 315
Ch. 23 Commas 320
Ch. 24 Semicolons and Colons 332
Ch. 25 Other Punctuation Marks 341
Ch. 26 Spelling 350
Ch. 27 Mechanics 364
Appendix Writing a Library Paper Using the American Psychological Association (APA) Format 373
Credits 384
Index 385
1995 MLA Documentation Style Update of Electronic Databases 400
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