Keys to Successful Writing : Unlocking the Writer Within / Edition 4by Marilyn Anderson
Pub. Date: 05/04/2007
Focusing on five "keys" to successful essay writing-purpose, focus, material, structure, and style, Keys to Successful Writing helps readers become better writers by presenting simple, consistently applicable tools and techniques. Engaging professional readings represent a variety of genres. Critical thinking questions after the selections ask readers to make connections between the readings. A diagnostic test helps the reader identify his strengths and weaknesses in grammar and mechanics. Sections of the book include: "Using the Computer," "Options for Writing," "Journal Writing," "Responding to Writing," and "Using Outside Sources." Additional features include Editing Exercises, Service Learning writing options, public speaking and public writing guidance, and ESL coverage. "A Writer's Toolkit" in Part 3 discusses risumis, letters, and writing portfolios. For those interested in developing their writing skills.
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Table of Contents
Preface for Instructors.
Preface for Students.
I. EXPLORING THE REALM OF COLLEGE READING AND WRITING.
1. Reading, Thinking, and Writing for College.
2. Defining the Essay and the Composing Process.
3. Discovering through Prewriting.
4. Finding a Thesis and Drafting.
5. Using Body Paragraphs to Develop Essays.
6. Creating Effective Introductions and Conclusions.
7. Revising and Polishing the Essay.
8. Writing with Sources
II. EXPLORING DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS: CHOOSING PATTERNS TO FIT PURPOSE.
9. Writing about Events: Narration and Illustration.
10. Observing the World: Description and Definition.
11. Making Connections: Process and Cause/Effect.
12. Showing Relationships: Comparison/Contrast and Division/Classification.
13. Taking a Stand: Argument.
III. EXPLORING OTHER OPTIONS: A WRITER'S TOOLKIT.
Unit 1: Timed Writing
Unit 2: Portfolios
Unit 3: Application Letters and Résumés
Unit 4: Public Writing
IV. EXPLORING OTHER WRITERS: A COLLECTION OF READINGS
“For Equality's Sake, the SAT Should Be Abolished” Julian Weissglass.
“We're Lying: Safe Sex and White Lies in the Time of Aids” Megan Daum.
“The Path of Books and Bootstraps” Jill Leovy.
“Ambition” Perri Klass.
“Zipped Lips” Barbara Ehrenreich.
“Delivering the Goods” Bonnie Jo Campbell.
“The Turning Point” Craig Swanson.
“McDonald's Is Not Our Kind of Place” Amitai Etzioni.
“Darkness at Noon” Harold Krents.
“Facing Down Abusers” Im Jung Kwuon.
“The Declaration of Independence” Thomas Jefferson.
“Gravity's Rainbow” Guy Trebay.
“Offering Euthanasia Can be an Act of Love” Derek Humphry.
“Who Gets to Choose?” Jean Nandi.
“The Character Question” Jason Silverman.
“American Health, Then and Now” Bryan Williams and Sharon Knight.
“A List of Topics for Writing Practice” Natalie Goldberg.
“We Are, Like, Poets” Jim Frederick.
“Normal Life Too Often Isn't Part of the News” Susan Benesch.
“Diary of a Child Anorexic” Lori Gottlieb.
“The Meanings of a World” Gloria Naylor.
“And Then I Went to School” Joseph H. Suina.
“Whose Eyes Are Those, Whose Nose?” Margaret Brown.
“The Salsa Zone” Richard Rodriguez.
“The Knife” Richard Selzer.
“When You're Meant to be Together, True Love Conquers All” Kathleen Kelleher.
“How to Produce a Trashy TV Talk Show: The Four Secret Ingredients” Kimberly Smith.
“In a Chat Room, You Can Be NE1" Camille Sweeney.
“Normal Life Took Often Isn't Part of the News” Susan Benesch.
V. EDITING ESSAYS: A CONCISE HANDBOOK.
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