Strategies for Successful Writing: Research Guide, Reader, and Handbook / Edition 9

Strategies for Successful Writing: Research Guide, Reader, and Handbook / Edition 9

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

ISBN-10: 020576925X

ISBN-13: 9780205769254

Pub. Date: 01/28/2010

Publisher: Longman

Strategies for Successful Writing, 9e, offers a rhetoric, reader, reasearch guide and handbook, all in one convenient tool. Providing thorough coverage of the writing process and the research process, as well as strategies using the rhetorical patterns, this text also includes coverage of writing about literature and essay exams.  See more details below


Strategies for Successful Writing, 9e, offers a rhetoric, reader, reasearch guide and handbook, all in one convenient tool. Providing thorough coverage of the writing process and the research process, as well as strategies using the rhetorical patterns, this text also includes coverage of writing about literature and essay exams.

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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

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 MyCompLab for this text. If your book did not come packaged

with access to MyCompLab 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

Assembling a Working Bibliography

Taking Notes

Organizing and Outlining

Ethical Issues

Writing Your Research Paper

SAMPLE MLA STUDENT RESEARCH PAPER: “House Arrest: An Attractive Alternative to Incarceration” by Keith Jacque

Using a Computer

Chapter 21 Documenting Sources

Preparing Proper MLA Bibliographic References

Preparing Proper APA Bibliographic References

Handling In-Text Citations

Handling Quotations

Avoiding Plagiarism

Chapter 22 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 REPORT: “Findings from Smoking Questionnaire Distributed to Bartram College Students” by Kelly Reetz

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

“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


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


Using Effective Pronoun Reference

Managing Shifts in Person

Using the Right Pronoun Case

Creating Consistency in Showing Time

Using Adjectives and Adverbs


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 Rules

Helpful Spelling Tips

List of Troublesome Words

Glossary of Word Usage



*new to this edition

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