From Idea to Essay: A Rhetoric, Reader, and Handbook / Edition 12

From Idea to Essay: A Rhetoric, Reader, and Handbook / Edition 12

by Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell, Anthony Winkler
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0618981209

ISBN-13: 9780618981205

Pub. Date: 10/01/2008

Publisher: Cengage Learning


From Idea to Essay is a rhetorically arranged rhetoric/reader/research paper guide/handbook that systematically leads students through the complex process of writing an essay. Part I covers the fundamentals of essay writing. The heart of the book, Part II, teaches the nine rhetorical modes in nine identically structured chapters. Part III addresses writing

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From Idea to Essay is a rhetorically arranged rhetoric/reader/research paper guide/handbook that systematically leads students through the complex process of writing an essay. Part I covers the fundamentals of essay writing. The heart of the book, Part II, teaches the nine rhetorical modes in nine identically structured chapters. Part III addresses writing research papers and using documentation. Part IV presents a handbook of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. From Idea to Essay features appealing readings with literary, professional, and student examples presented together with vocabulary words for study. The text includes a wealth of writing activities, including visual-based and internet-research assignments. The Twelfth Edition is briefer and more concise than previous editions, making it more functional and accessible for students.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618981205
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Edition description:
Older Edition
Product dimensions:
7.59(w) x 8.97(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents


Note: Each chapter in Part I concludes with Writing Assignments. Each chapter in Part II concludes with Writing Assignments, an Internet Research Assignment, Additional Writing Assignments, a Rewriting Assignment, and a Photo Writing Assignment. I. Fundamentals 1. The Writing Process Prewriting Writing Rewriting Generating Ideas with Journal Writing Assembling a Portfolio 2. Critical Thinking, Reading, and Seeing Critical Thinking Critical Reading Critical Seeing Responding to a Work of Art 3. Elements of the Essay Purpose Audience Strategy Comparison/Contrast Blending Rhetorical Patterns 4. 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 Rewriting Assignment 5. 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 Rewriting Assignment 6. Drafting, Revising, and Style Pointers on Drafting The First Draft Revising the First Draft Achieving Style Editing the Second Draft Rewriting Assignment II. Writing the Essay 7. Narration Reading for Ideas Story: "The Code" by Richard T. Gill Poem: "Richard Cory" by Edwin Arlington Robinson How to Write a Narration Professional Model: "A Gift of Laughter" by Allan Sherman Student Model: "My Uncle Thom" Kindra Neuman Alternate Readings: Excerpt from Night, by Elie Wiesel; "The Tell-tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe 8. Description Reading for Ideas Story: "The Lament" by Anton Chekhov Poem: "Coats" by Jane Kenyon How to Write a Description Professional Model: "Mma Ramotswe Thinks about the Land" by Alexander McCall Smith Student Model: "Children and Guns" by Shjena Erazo Alternate Readings: "My Father" by Naomi Wolf; "Sister Flowers" by Maya Angelou 9. Example Reading for Ideas Story: "We're Poor" by Floyd Dell Poem: "Eleanor Rigby" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney How to Write with Examples Professional Model: "Are You All Right?" Wendell Berry Student Model: "Poverty in Atlanta" by Tom Meade Alternate Readings: "What I've Learned from Men" by Barbara Ehrenreich; "The Word as Person: Eponyms" by Don Farrant 10. Definition Reading for Ideas Story: "Arrangement in Black and White" by Dorothy Parker Poem: "Incident" by Countee Cullen How to Write a Definition Professional Model: "People Aren't Born Prejudiced" by Ian Stevenson Student Model: "Prejudice: Child of Ignorance" by Cole Ollinger Alternate Readings: "Will Someone Please Hiccup My Pat?" by William Spooner Donald; "Jim Crow Days" by Sarah I. and A. Elizabeth Delany 11. Comparison/Contrast Reading for Ideas Story: "Dream House" by Anthony C. Winkler Poem: "The Twins" by Charles Bukowski How to Write a Comparison/Contrast Paper Professional Model: "Diogenes and Alexander" by Gilbert Highet Student Model: "Aben and James" by Randy Varney Alternate Readings: "Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts" by Bruce Catton; "The Richer, The Poorer" by Dorothy West 12. Process Reading for Ideas Story: "How Mr. Hogan Robbed a Bank" by John Steinbeck Poem: "Tract" by William Carlos Williams How to Write a Process Paper Professional Model: "Coming into Language" by Jimmy Santiago Baca Student Model: "Driving to Preserve Your Car" by Monica Esparza Alternate Readings: "How My Grandmother Became a Concubine" by Jung Chang; "How to Say Nothing in 500 Words" by Paul Roberts 13. Classification/Division Reading for Ideas Story: "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Poem: "All the World's a Stage" by William Shakespeare How to Write a Classification/Division Paper Professional Model: "The Plot against People" by Russell Baker Student Essay: "Handicaps" by David Beckham Alternate Readings: "Three Types of Resistance to Oppression" by Martin Luther King, Jr.; "College Pressures" by William Zinsser 14. Causal Analysis Reading for Ideas Story: "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses" by Irwin Shaw Poem: "Money" by Victor Contoski How to Write an Analysis of Cause Professional Model: "The Catastrophe of Success" Tennessee Williams Student Model: "The Coffee Virgin" by Ryyan Joye Alternate Readings: "Why We Crave Horror Movies" by Stephen King; "Nearing Ninety" William Maxwell 15. Argumentation Reading for Ideas Story: "War" by Luigi Pirandello Poem: "Doolie is a Traitor" James Michie How to Write an Argument Professional Model: "The Case against Man" by Isaac Asimov Student Model: "Online Role Playing: Waste of Time or Valuable Tool?" Meghan Boehmer Alternate Readings: "I Want a Wife" by Judy Syfers; "Playing God on No Sleep" by Anna Quindlen III The Essay Examination 16. Preparing for the Essay examination How to Do Well on Essay Examinations Using Rhetorical Strategies in Essay Examinations IV. The Research Paper 17. 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 18. 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 19. Grammar Fundamentals The Sentence The Clause and Phrase Sentence Types Parts of Speech 20. 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 Credits Index

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