Strategies for Successful Writing, Concise / Edition 9

Strategies for Successful Writing, Concise / Edition 9

by James A. Reinking, Robert A. von der Osten

ISBN-10: 0205801943

ISBN-13: 9780205801947

Pub. Date: 02/04/2010

Publisher: Longman

The authors of Strategies for Successful Writing:, Concise strived to achieve the same steadfast goals that have motivated from the first edition of their Strategies for Successful Writing texts: create a rhetorically-organized writing guide that combines two books into one convenient and flexible teaching tool while offering students an exceptional value.


The authors of Strategies for Successful Writing:, Concise strived to achieve the same steadfast goals that have motivated from the first edition of their Strategies for Successful Writing texts: create a rhetorically-organized writing guide that combines two books into one convenient and flexible teaching tool while offering students an exceptional value. Thorough coverage of the writing process is accessible, and paired with an anthology of readings, the Concise version is priced lower to accomdate all readers.

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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 Ethics 1

Chapter 2 Strategies for Successful Reading

Orienting Your Reading

A First Reading

Additional Readings

Mastering Reading Problems

Reading to Critique

Reading 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

Planning and Drafting with a Computer

Chapter 4 Revising and Editing Your Paper

Preparing to Revise

Considering the Whole Essay

Strengthening Paragraph Structure and Development

Sharpening Sentences and Words

Writing the Introduction and Conclusion

Selecting a Title

Peer Evaluation of Drafts

Proofreading Your Draft

Revising with a computer

Collaborative Writing

Maintaining and Reviewing a Portfolio

Chapter 5 Paragraphs

Characteristics of Effective Paragraphs

Paragraphs with Special Functions

Chapter6 Effective Sentences

Sentence Strategies

Chapter 7 Diction, Tone, Style

Toward Clear Diction

Toward 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

Critical Edge

Chapter 9 Description: Presenting Impressions


Sensory Impressions

Dominant Impression

Vantage Point

Selection of Details

Arrangement of Details

Ethical Issues

Writing a Description


Critical Edge

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 Technique” by Hannah Hill

Critical Edge

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

Critical Edge

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

Critical Edge

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

Critical Edge

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

Critical Edge

Chapter 15 Definition: Establishing Boundaries

Types of Definitions

Ethical Issues

Writing an Extended Definition

SAMPLE STUDENT ESSAY OF DEFINITION: “Rediscovering Patriotism” by Peter Wing

Critical Edge

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

Critical Edge

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

Critical Edge

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

SAMPLE STUDENT ESSAY ON LITERATURE: “Scratchy Wilson: No Cardboard Character” by Wendell Stone


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

“Assembly Line Adventure” by Lesley Hazleton

“Once More to the Lake” by E. B. White

Process Analysis

“Fast Track to Perfection” by Ian Dunbar

*“Taking Carbon Down” by Caroline Golman

“Let’s Get Vertical!” by Beth Wald

“Can Generation Xers Be Trained? by Shari Caudron


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

“Rambos of the Road” by Martin Gottfried

“Going for Broke” by Matea Gold and David Ferrell

“The Company Man” by Ellen Goodman


“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

“Which Stooge Are You?” by Ron Geraci


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

“Conversational Ballgames” by Nancy Masterson Sakamoto

“Barbie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” by Mariflo Stephens

“Private Language, Public Language” by Richard Rodriguez

“Art Form for the Digital Age” by Henry Jenkins

Cause and Effect

“Old Father Time Becomes a Terror” by Richard Tomkins

“Why We Keep Stuff” by Caroline Knapp

“Why Marriages Fail” by Anne Roiphe

*“Why We Flirt” by Belinda Luscombe and Kate Stinchfield


“The Sweet Smell of Success Isn’t All That Sweet” by Laurence Shames

“The Blended Economy” by Marc Zwelling

*“Krumping” by Marc Zwelling


*“The Problem with Single-Payer Plans” by Ezekiel J. Emanuel

*“Has Canada Got the Cure?” by Holly Dressel

“The Misguided Zeal of the Privacy Lobby” by Alan Ehrenhalt

“Halt and Show Your Papers!” by Barbara Dority

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

“A Journalist’s View of Black Economics” by William Rasberry

*“The Case for Amnesty” by Nathan Thornburgh

*“Not Amnesty but Attrition” by Mark Krikorian

Mixing the Writing Strategies

*“Supermarket Pastoral” by Michael Pollan

From “Social Bodies: Tightening the Bonds of Beauty” by Deborah A. Sullivan

“Gender Gap in Cyberspace” by Deborah Tannen

* new to this edition

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