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Real Essays with Readings is the essay-level book in Susan Anker’s highly successful series of writing texts that motivate students with their message that writing is an essential skill in college and in real life — and that this skill is achievable. Anker’s advice, examples, and assignments show the relevance of writing to all aspects of students’ lives, and profiles of former students prove that success is attainable. Like all the books in the Anker series, Real Essays presents writing in logical, manageable increments: step-by-step writing guides and a focus on the "four basics" of each mode of writing keep students from becoming overwhelmed. Real Essays maintains its emphasis on what really matters by focusing on the four most serious errors (fragments, run-ons, subject-verb agreement problems, and verb form problems). Real Essays gives students what they need to succeed in college and become stronger academic writers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312607555
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 944
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

SUSAN ANKER (B.A., M.Ed, Boston University) taught English and developmental writing for several years before entering college publishing, where she worked for 18 years: as a sales representative and English/ESL editor at Macmillan Publishing Company; as developmental English/ESL editor, executive editor, and editor in chief at St. Martin’s Press; and as editor in chief for humanities at Houghton Mifflin. Anker’s many years of experience talking and working with hundreds of developmental writing instructors across the country, and developing textbooks that meet the needs of these instructors and their students, have culminated in Real Writing, Real Skills, and Real Essays.

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Table of Contents

Brief Contents
Thematic Contents
Preface for Instructors

Writing Essays
Part One: Reading and Writing in College

1. Succeeding in College: What You Need to Know
Advice from Those Who’ve Been There
Four Strategies for Success
2. Reading and Writing in College and Beyond: What You Need to Know
How to Read in College
Reading College Textbooks
Reading Course Syllabi
Moving from Reading to Writing
Reading and Writing beyond College
3. Writing Basics: Audience, Purpose, and Process
Understand Audience and Purpose
Understand Paragraph and Essay Form
Understand the Writing Process
How to Analyze a Writing Assignment
Grading Criteria
How to Create a Writing Portfolio
4. Finding and Exploring Your Topic: Choosing Something to Write About
Understand What a Good Topic Is
Narrow Your Topic
Explore Your Topic
5. Making a Point: Writing Your Thesis Statement
Understand What a Good Thesis Statement Is
Practice Developing a Good Thesis Statement
Write Your Own Thesis Statement
6. Supporting Your Point: Finding Details, Examples, and Facts
Understand What Support for a Thesis Is
Practice Supporting a Thesis Statement
Write Your Own Support
7. Making a Plan: Arranging Your Ideas
Understand Ways of Ordering Ideas
Practice Making a Plan
Write Your Own Plan
8. Writing a Draft: Putting Your Ideas Together
Understand What a Draft Is
Practice Writing a Draft
Write Your Own Draft
9. Revising Your Draft: Improving Your Essay
Understand What Revision Is
Understand What Peer Review Is
Practice Revising for Unity
Practice Revising for Support and Detail
Practice Revising for Coherence
Revise Your Own Essay

Part Two: Writing Different Kinds of Essays

10. Narration; Writing That Tells Stories
Understand What Narration Is
Read and Analyze Narration
Critical Reading and Writing: Key College Skills
Write a Narration Essay
11. Illustration: Writing That Shows Examples
Understand What Illustration Is
Read and Analyze Illustration
Critical Reading and Writing: Key College Skills
Write an Illustration Essay
WRITING GUIDE: Illustration
12. Description: Writing that Creates Pictures in Words
Understand What Description Is
Read and Analyze Description
Critical Reading and Writing: Key College Skills
Write a Description Essay
WRITING GUIDE: Description
13. Process Analysis: Writing that Explains How Things Happen
Understand What Process Analysis Is
Read and Analyze Process Analysis
Critical Reading and Writing: Key College Skills
Write a Process Analysis Essay
WRITING GUIDE: Process Analysis
14. Classification: Writing That Puts Things Into Groups
Understand What Classification Is
Read and Analyze Classification
Critical Reading and Writing: Key College Skills
Write a Classification Essay
WRITING GUIDE: Classification
15. Definition: Writing That Tells What Something Means
Understand What Definition Is
Read and Analyze Definition
Critical Reading and Writing: Key College Skills
Write a Definition Essay
16. Comparison and Contrast: Writing that Shows Similarities and Differences
Understand What Comparison and Contrast Is
Read and Analyze Comparison and Contrast
Critical Reading and Writing: Key College Skills
Write a Comparison and Contrast Essay
WRITING GUIDE: Comparison and Contrast
17. Cause and Effect: Writing that Explains Reasons or Results
Understand What Cause and Effect Is
Read and Analyze Cause and Effect
Critical Reading and Writing: Key College Skills
Write a Cause and Effect Essay
WRITING GUIDE: Cause and Effect
18. Argument: Writing That Persuades
Understand What Argument Is
Read and Analyze Argument
Critical Reading and Writing: Key College Skills
Write an Argument Essay

Part Three: Special College Writing Projects
19. Writing under Pressure: Tests, Essay Exams, and Timed Writing

Studying for Tests

Test-Taking Strategies

Answering an Essay Question
20. Writing Summaries and Reports: Important College Writing Tasks

Writing a Summary


Writing a Report

21. Writing the Research Essay: Using Outside Sources

Make a Schedule
Choose a Topic

Find Sources

Evaluate Sources

Avoid Plagiarism

Write a Thesis Statement

Make an Outline

Write Your Essay
Cite and Document Your Sources

Revise and Edit Your Essay

Sample Student Research Essay

Editing Essays
Part Four: The Four Most Serious Errors

22. The Basic Sentence: An Overview

The Four Most Serious Errors
The Parts of Speech

The Basic Sentence

Six Basic Sentence Patterns

Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing

23. Fragments: Incomplete Sentences

Understand What Fragments Are

Find and Correct Fragments

Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing

24. Run-Ons: Two Sentences Joined Incorrectly

Understand What Run-ons Are

Find and Correct Run-ons
Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing

25. Problems with Subject-Verb Agreement: When Subjects and Verbs Don’t Match

Understand What Subject-Verb Agreement Is

Find and Correct Errors in Subject-Verb Agreement

Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing

26. Verb Problems: Avoiding Mistakes in Verb Tense

Understanding What Verb Tense Is

Use Correct Verbs

Verb Tense Reference Charts
Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing

Part Five: Other Grammar Concerns

27. Pronouns: Using Substitutes for Nouns

Understand What Pronouns Are

Practice Using Pronouns Correctly

Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
28. Adjectives and Adverbs: Describing Which One? or How?

Understand What Adjectives and Adverbs Are

Practice Using Adjectives and Adverbs Correctly

Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
29. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers: Avoiding Confusing Descriptions

Understand What Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers Are

Practice Correcting Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
30. Coordination and Subordination: Joining Ideas

Understand Coordination and Subordination

Practice Using Coordination and Subordination

Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
31. Parallelism: Balancing Ideas

Understand What Parallelism Is

Practice Writing Parallel Sentences

Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
32. Sentence Variety: Putting Rhythm in Your Writing

Understand What Sentence Variety Is

Practice Creating Sentence Variety

Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
33. Formal English and ESL: Grammar Trouble Spots for Multilingual Students

Basic Sentence Patterns




Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing

Part Six: Word Use

34. Word Choice: Avoiding Language Pitfalls

Understand the Importance of Choosing Words Carefully

Practice Avoiding Four Common Word-Choice Problems

Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
35. Commonly Confused Words: Avoiding Mistakes with Sound-Alikes

Understand Why Certain Words Are Commonly Confused

Practice Using Commonly Confused Words Correctly

Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
36. Spelling: Using the Right Letters

Understand the Importance of Spelling Correctly

Practice Spelling Correctly

Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing

Part Seven: Punctuation and Capitalization

37. Commas

Understand What Commas Do

Practice Using Commas Correctly
Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
38. Apostrophes

Understanding What Apostrophes Do

Practice Using Apostrophes Correctly

Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
39. Quotation Marks

Understand What Quotation Marks Do

Practice Using Quotation Marks Correctly

Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
40. Other Punctuation

Understand What Punctuation Does

Practice Using Punctuation Correctly

Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
41. Capitalization
Understand Capitalization

Practice Capitalization

Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing

Part Eight: Readings for Writers
42. Introduction to the readings

43. Narration
Langston Hughes, "Salvation"
Uzodinma Iweala, "A Close Encounter"

44. Illustration
Ellen Goodman, "Nightmare of Feature Creep"
Kathleen Vail, "Words That Wound"

45. Description
Alex Espinoza, "An American in Mexico"
Debra Marquart, "Chores"

46. Process Analysis
Malcolm X, "My First Conk"
Daniel Goleman, "For Man and Beast, Language Shares Many Traits"

47. Classification
Scott Russell Sanders, "The Men We Carry In Our Minds"
Amy Tan, "Mother Tongue"

48. Definition
Nancy Mairs, "On Being a Cripple"
Juliet B. Schor, "Age Compression"

49. Comparison/Contrast
Dave Barry, "The Ugly Truth about Beauty"
Bharati Mukherjee, "Two Ways to Belong in America"

50. Cause/Effect
Amy Beck, "Struggling for Perfection"
Brent Staples, "Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space"

51. Argument Casebook: Physician-Assisted Suicide
Barbara Huttman, "A Crime of Compassion"
Mark Siegel, "Treating the Pain by Ending a Life"
Jerry Fensterman, "I See Why Others Choose To Die"
Marilyn Golden, "Why Progressives Should Oppose the Legalization of Assisted-Suicide"
Herbert Hendin, "Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia"

Appendix: Problem-Solving in Writing

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