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

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This systematic rhetoric-reader- handbook carefully directs the process of essay writing. It provides numerous samples of writing through readings, specific guidelines on how to approach each rhetorical mode, writing assignments for each mode, and student and professional models of completed assignments. The book covers nine rhetorical modes and includes a complete unit on the research paper and a comprehensive handbook section. Prereading, prewriting, and writing exercises offer guidance in the fundamentals of reading and writing. All chapters in Part II, "Writing the Essay," follow the same pedagogical structure: Readings for Ideas: story and poem; How to Write: writing assignment, specific instructions, professional model, student model, and alternate readings; Additional Writing Assignments; Rewriting Assignment; Photo Writing Assignment. Photo Writing Assignments give students practice in writing about what they see, rather than only about what they've read. Part III, "The Research Paper," includes two research papers written in MLA and APA documentation styles. Part IV, "A Handbook," includes exercises with answers at the back to provide immediate feedback for self-grading. For anyone interested in composition.
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Editorial Reviews

Both a textbook and anthology, this book illustrates its instruction with samples of professional and student writing. The reader is also presented with writing assignments organized around the same theme as the examples. Chapters focus on the writing process, the elements of the essay, organization, revision, narration, description, definition, comparisons, classification, causal analysis, argumentation, the essay exam, the research paper, and grammar. McCuen teaches at Glendale Community College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618981205
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Product dimensions: 7.59 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Belgium, the daughter of an American minister, Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell had moved from Brussels to Paris to Bern, Switzerland, by the time she was seven years old. In Bern, she attended the Freies Gymnasium and spoke not only fluent French and German but also English, which was the language spoken to her by her American parents. The snow-covered Alps and the Swiss penchant for sports were the natural incentive for Jo Ray's love of ice skating, skiing, swimming, and tennis. After enduring World War II, with its ignominious Holocaust and heroic feats by the Allies, Jo Ray's parents sent her and her brother to Pacific Union College (in the Napa Valley), where Jo Ray received a B. A. in English. After teaching English and French in high school for several years, Jo Ray started to take night classes at the University of Southern California in order to earn an M.A. and Ph.D., which would allow her to teach in college. While working on her doctorate, she was first hired to teach English at Glendale Community College and later to serve as Dean of the Evening College. A chance meeting in 1973 with Anthony C. Winkler, a successful novelist whose stories are usually set in Jamaica, led to a literary partnership that has produced 15 coauthored textbooks used at colleges and universities across the United States.

Born February 25, 1942, in Kingston, Jamaica West Indies. Educated in Jamaica at Excelsior College, Mount Alvernia Academy and Cornwall College, the last two being in Montego Bay. Educated in the United States at Citrus Community College, Glendora California (AA degree 1965). Taught briefly at Pasadena City College and for a year Moneague Teachers College in Saint Anne, Jamaica, an experience chronicled in Going Home to Teach (1995.) From 1968 to 1975 Winkler had a sales territory as a bookman, covering Southern California, Las Vegas and Utah for Appleton Century Crofts textbook publishers, and later Southern California and Arizona for Scots Foresman. In 1969 he decided he could write textbooks as well as anyone and through a chance meeting with the sales representative of another company, he submitted the manuscript POETRY AS SYSTEM and was offered a contract for its publication. Eventually, he met Jo Ray McCuen and the two became textbook writers and collaborators. Over the years they have produced more than a dozen textbooks, most on rhetoric and writing, which have survived through multiple editions. In 1975, Winkler quit his job as a bookman and became a full-time freelance writer. In addition to his textbooks, his body of work include the following: "The Painted Canoe" (novel 1983), "The Lunatic" (novel 1987), "The Great Yacht Race" (novel 1992), "Going Home to Teach" (autobiography 1995), "The Duppy" (novel 1997), "The Annihilation of Fish and other stories" (short story collection 2004), "Dog War" (novel 2006), "Trust the Darkness: My Life As a Writer" (autobiography 2008); Plays: "The Hippopotamus Card" (produced by WDR German radio network), "The Burglary" (premiered in Toronto July 7, 2005); Movies: "The Lunatic" (1991), "The Annihilation of Fish" (1999), "Biography Bob Marley, an Intimate Portrait by His Mother" (1996, with Cedella Booker, Marley's mother)

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Table of Contents

1 The Writing Process 3
2 Elements of the Essay 10
3 The Sentence: Combining, Generating, Judging 28
4 The Paragraph 45
5 Planning and Organizing the Essay 78
6 Drafting, Revising, and Style 101
7 Narration 127
8 Description 164
9 Example 195
10 Definition 233
11 Comparison/Contrast 268
12 Process 306
13 Classification/Division 349
14 Causal Analysis 389
15 Argumentation 429
16 Preparing for the Essay Examination 477
17 The Research Paper 491
18 Grammar Fundamentals 589
19 Correcting Common Errors 608
Appendix: Answers to Self-Grading Exercises 681
Index 695
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