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Strategies for Successful Writing keeps instruction brief and to-the-point so that students spend less time reading about writing and more time writing. Instruction delivered through extensive examples helps students see what different strategies look like when applied in real texts.

0321890140 / 9780321890146 Strategies for Successful Writing: A Rhetoric, Research Guide, Reader and Handbook Plus NEW MyCompLab with eText -- Access Card Package

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205884681
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 8/15/2013
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


To The Student


Chapter 1 Writing: A First Look

The Purposes of Writing

The Audience for Your Writing

The Qualities of Good Writing

Writing and Changing Media

Writing and Ethics

Chapter 2 Strategies for Successful Reading

Orienting Your Reading

A First Reading

Additional Readings

Mastering Reading Problems

Reading to CritiqueReading Assignments Carefully

Reading as a Writer

“The Appeal of the Androgynous Man” by Amy Gross

Writing About What You Read

Chapter 3 Planning and Drafting Your Paper

Understanding the Assignment

Zeroing In on a Topic

Gathering Information

Organizing the Information

Creating an Outline

Developing a Thesis Statement

Writing the First Draft

Case History: Cell Phone Use Rough Draft

Chapter 4 Revising and Editing Your Paper: Courageous Transformations

Preparing to Revise

Considering the Whole Essay

Case Study: Cell Phone Use Rough Draft Marked Up

Case Study: Cell Phone Use Second Draft

Strengthening Paragraph Structure and Development

Sharpening Sentences and Words

Writing the Introduction and Conclusion

Selecting a Title

Peer Evaluation of Drafts

Case History: The Reasons for College Cell Phone Fever Final Draft

Proofreading Your Draft

Collaborative Writing

Maintaining and Reviewing a Portfolio

Chapter 5 Paragraphs

Characteristics of Effective Paragraphs

Paragraphs with Special Functions

Chapter 6 Effective Sentences

Sentence Strategies

Chapter 7 Achieving Effective Style and Tone through Word Choice

Selecting the Right Words

Achieving the Desired Rhetorical Effect

Special Stylistic Techniques

Eliminating Flawed Diction

Chapter 8 Narration: Relating Events




Point of View

Key Events


Ethical Issues

Writing a Narrative

Sample Student Essay of Narration: “Joy Through the Tears” by Brittany Coggin

Stepping Up to Synthesis

Chapter 9 Description: Presenting Impressions


Sensory Impressions

Dominant Impression

Vantage Point

Selection of Details

Arrangement of Details

Ethical Issues

Writing a Description

Sample Student Essay of Description: “My Serenity” by Rachel Harvey

Stepping Up to Synthesis

Chapter 10 Process Analysis: Explaining How

Kinds of Process Analysis Papers

Ethical Issues

Writing a Process Analysis

Sample Student Essay of Process Analysis: “Basic Song Writing Techniques” by Hannah Hill

Stepping Up to Synthesis

Chapter 11 Illustration: Making Yourself Clear

Selecting Appropriate Examples

Number of Examples

Organizing the Examples

Ethical Issues

Writing an Illustration

Sample Student Essay of Illustration: “If It Is Worth Doing” by Janice Carlton

Stepping Up to Synthesis

Chapter 12 Classification: Grouping into Categories

Selecting Categories

Number of Categories

Developing Categories

Ethical Issues

Writing a Classification

Sample Student Essay of Classification: “Types of Video Games for Children” by Kyra Glass

Stepping Up to Synthesis

Chapter 13 Comparison: Showing Relationships

Selecting Items for Comparison

Developing a Comparison

Organizing a Comparison

Using Analogy

Ethical Issues

Writing a Comparison

Sample Student Essay of Comparison: “Differences Between Korean and English” by Sunho Lee

Stepping Up to Synthesis

Chapter 14 Cause and Effect: Explaining Why

Patterns in Causal Analysis

Reasoning Errors in Causal Analysis

Ethical Issues

Writing a Causal Analysis

Sample Student Essay of Cause and Effect: “Why Students Drop Out of College” by Diann Fisher

Stepping Up to Synthesis

Chapter 15 Definition: Establishing Boundaries

Types of Definitions

Ethical Issues

Writing an Extended Definition

Sample Student Essay of Definition: “Rediscovering Patriotism” by Peter Wing

Stepping Up to Synthesis

Chapter 16 Argument: Convincing Others

The Rational Appeal

Reasoning Strategies

The Emotional Appeal

The Ethical Appeal

Ferreting Out Fallacies

Ethical Issues

Writing an Argument

Sample Student Essay of Argument: “Bottled Troubled Water” by Scott Lemanski

Stepping Up to Synthesis

Chapter 17 Mixing the Writing Strategies

Why and How to Mix Strategies

Ethical Issues

Problem/Solution Report

Evaluation Report

Sample Essay Using Several Writing Strategies “Eating Alone in Restaurants” by Bruce Jay Friedman

Stepping Up to Synthesis

Chapter 18 The Essay Examination

Studying for the Examination

Types of Test Questions

Preparing to Write

Writing the Examination Answer

Chapter 19 Writing About Literature

The Elements of Literature

Ethical Issues

Writing a Paper on Literature

The Writing Procedure

Sample Student Essay on Literature: “Scratchy Wilson: No Cardboard Character” by Wendell Stone

Stepping Up to Synthesis

Electronic Chapter: Business Letters and Résumés

This chapter, enhanced with fourteen case-based business writing scenarios, appears after the index in the e-Book version of MyWritingLab for this text. If your book did not come packaged with access to MyWritingLab and you wish to gain access, please visit and be sure to specify “e-Book Version.”

Research Guide

Chapter 20 The Research Paper

Learning About Your Library

Choosing a Topic

Discovering Your Sources

Taking Notes

Organizing and Outlining

Ethical Issues

Writing Your Research Paper

Avoiding Plagiarism

Preparing Your Finished Copy

Chapter 21 Documenting Sources: MLA

MLA System for Preparing Papers

Preparing Proper MLA Bibliographic References

Handling In-Text Citations

Citing Quotations

Sample MLA Student Research Paper: “House Arrest: An Attractive Alternative to Incarceration” by Keith Jacque

Chapter 22 Documenting Sources: APA

APA System for Preparing Papers

Preparing Proper APA Bibliographic References

Handling In-Text Citations

Citing Quotations

SAMPLE APA STUDENT RESEARCH PAPER: “Instant Communication does not Ensure Good Communication”

Chapter 23 Additional Research Strategies: Interviews, Questionnaires, Direct Observations

The Value of Primary Research

General Principles for Primary Research

Ethical Issues


Sample Student Interview Report: “Budget Cuts Affect State Police: An Interview Report with Officer Robert Timmons” by Holly Swain


Sample Student Questionnaire: “Survey on Public Smoking”

Sample Student Questionnaire Report: “Findings from Smoking Questionnaire Distributed to Bartram College Students”

Direct Observations

Sample Student Observation Report: “Observations of an Inner-City Apartment Building” by Caleb Thomas


Rhetorical Table of Contents


“The Perfect Picture” by James Alexander Thom

“Sound and Fury” by Dan Greenburg

“Momma’s Encounter” by Maya Angelou

“The Scholarship Jacket” by Marta Salinas


“When the Full Moon Shines Its Magic over Monument Valley” by John V. Young

*“Seaside Safari” by Kessler Burnett

*”Las Menias” by Michel Foucault

Process Analysis

*”Ground-Source_Heat_Pumps: Mother Earth Will Wrap You in Warmth” by perfect home hvac design

“Let’s Get Vertical!” by Beth Wald

“Can Generation Xers Be Trained? by Shari Caudron


“Binge Drinking: A Campus Killer” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely

*“Pulling Off the Ultimate Career Makeover” by Douglas Alden Warshaw

*“If You’re Happy and You Know It, Must I Know, Too?” by Judith Newman


“What Are Friends For?” by Marion Winik

“The Men We Carry in Our Minds” by Scott Russell Sanders

“A Tale of Four Learners” by Bernice McCarthy


“Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts” by Bruce Catton

* “Invasion of the Bodybuilders” by Chris Lee

“Private Language, Public Language” by Richard Rodriguez

“Art Form for the Digital Age” by Henry Jenkins

Cause and Effect

*“For Cops, Citizen Videos Bring Increased Scrutiny” by Kevin Johnson

“Why We Keep Stuff” by Caroline Knapp

* “The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science” by Chris Mooney

“Why We Flirt” by Belinda Luscombe and Kate Stinchfield


*“Going Graphic” by James Bucky Carter

“The Blended Economy” by Marc Zwelling

“Krumping” by Marti Bercaw

*“What Thoreau Knew” by John Shepler


*“Going Nuclear” by Patrick Moore

*“Ten Reasons Why New Nuclear was a Mistake - Even before Fukushima” By Alexis Rowell

*“Teacher Natalie Munroe has a Right to Call Kids Lazy and Rude” by Maressa Brown

*“When Teachers Talk Out of School” by Jonathan Zimmerman

*“A Carefully Crafted Immigration Law in Arizona” by Byron York

*“Immigration Policy Gone Loco” by Conor Friedersdor

“I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mixing the Writing Strategies

“Supermarket Pastoral” by Michael Pollan

*“Back to the Future” by John Phillips Santos

*“Rushdie Runs Afoul of Web’s Real-Name Police” by Somini Sengupta


Sentence Elements

Subjects and Predicates



Parts of Speech

Phrases and Clauses

Editing to Correct Sentence Errors

Revising Sentence Fragments

Revising Run-On Sentences and Comma Splices

Creating Subject—Verb Agreement

Achieving Pronoun—Antecedent Agreement

Using Effective Pronoun Reference

Managing Shifts in Person

Using the Right Pronoun Case

Creating Consistency in Showing Time

Using Adjectives and Adverbs Effectively

Placing Modifiers Correctly

Revising Dangling Modifiers

Maintaining Parallelism

Revising Faulty Comparisons

Editing to Correct Faulty Punctuation and Mechanics




Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Points

Colons, Dashes, Parentheses, and Brackets

Quotation Marks






Spelling and Word Usage

Spelling Rules

Helpful Spelling Tips

Common Troublesome Words and Expressions



*new to this edition

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