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Steps to Writing Well with Additional Readings is for teachers of composition who have had trouble finding a textbooks that students can easily understand. Written in an informal style addressed to the student, this textbook offers a step-by-step guide to writing a variety of 500 - 800 word essays. The combination of concise, practical advice, a number of student and professional samples, and a brief handbook provides helpful information for students enrolled in a composition course without intimidating them with vast amounts of material.
"This is the best book I know of its kind. Far too many developmental-level text books are dumbed down, and are rather patronizing, I often feel, towards students. Steps to Writing Well does an excellent all-round job of helping students improve in all areas of their writing. I have used it exclusively and continuously for fifteen years, and will certainly continue to do so."
"Steps to Writing Well is a comprehensive text for the first year writing student and includes the details of instruction which address several academic venues. The writing is clear, concise and readily understood by students and provides essential instruction in the many formats of writing instruction from the compare and contrast essay to writing an essay using research. Additionally, the sections regarding grammar usage and the essential appendix containing up to date changes in MLA format enhance the work's accuracy."
Jean Wyrick is Professor Emerita of English at Colorado State University, where she was Director of Composition for 11 years. She has more than 25 years of experience teaching writing, training writing teachers, and designing writing/writing-across-the-curriculum programs. Her other textbooks include THE RINEHART READER and DISCOVERING IDEAS. She has presented over a hundred workshops and papers on the teaching of writing, American literature, American Studies, and Women's Studies.
2.The Thesis Statement
3.The Body Paragraphs
4.Beginnings and Endings
5.Drafting and Revising: Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking
8.The Reading-Writing Connection
13.Writing Essays Using Multiple Strategies
14.Writing a Paper Using Research
15.Writing about Literature
16.Writing In-Class: Exams and ôResponseö Essays
17.Writing in the World of Work
18.Major Errors in Grammar
19.A Concise Guide to Punctuation
20.A Concise Guide to Mechanics
21.Exposition: Development by Example
22.Exposition: Process Analysis
26.Exposition: Causal Analysis
27.Argumentation. 28. Description. 29. Narration. 30. Essays for Further Analysis: Multiple Strategies and Styles. 31. Literature.