Strategies for Successful Writing: A Rhetoric, Research Guide, Reader, and Handbook / Edition 6

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Written in a clear, engaging style, this 4-in-1 volume combines four books—a rhetoric, a research guide, a reader, and a handbook—into one convenient learning/reference tool. The Rhetoric section presents a full range of writing strategies, along with chapters on paragraphs, sentences, style, and three specialized types of writing, and in-depth chapters on planning and drafting, as well as revising and editing a paper. The Research Guide section includes three comprehensive chapters on the research process. The Reader section contains forty-four essays that illustrate the different writing strategies and display a wide variety of styles, tones, and themes. The Handbook section offers easy access to the major elements of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics, and includes a unit on spelling and a glossary of word usage. (The book is available in an alternate version—without the Handbook section.) For anyone wanting an all-in-one resource for learning or reviewing rhetorical writing strategies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130406736
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 6/29/2001
  • Edition description: 6TH
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 768

Table of Contents


1. Writing: A First Look.
2. Planning and Drafting Your Paper.
3. Revising and Editing Your Paper.
4. Narration: Relating Events.
5. Description: Presenting Impressions.
6. Process Analysis: Explaining How.
7. Illustration: Making Yourself Clear.
8. Classification: Grouping into Categories.
9. Comparison: Showing Relationships.
10. Cause and Effect: Explaining Why.
11. Definition: Establishing Boundaries.
12. Argument: Convincing Others.
13. Mixing the Writing Strategies.
14. Paragraphs.
15. Effective Sentences.
16. Diction, Tone, Style.
17. The Essay Examination.
18. Writing About Literature.
19. Business Letters and Résumés.


20. The Library Research Paper.
21. Documenting Sources.
22. Additional Research Strategies: Interviews, Questionnaires, Direct Observations.


Strategies for Successful Reading.

Rhetorical Table of Contents.


“The Perfect Picture,” James Alexander Thom. “Sound and Fury, ” Dan Greenburg. “Momma's Encounter,” Maya Angelou. “For My Indian Daughter,” Lewis Sawaquat.

DESCRIPTION. “When the Full Moon Shines Its Magic over Monument Valley,” John V. Young. “In the Jungle,” Annie Dillard. “Assembly Line Adventure,” Lesley Hazleton. “Once More to the Lake,” E.B. White.


“Fast Track to Perfection,” Ian Dunbar. From “The Spider and the Wasp,” Alexander Petrunkevitch. “Let's Get Vertical!,” Beth Wald. “The Knife,” Richard Selzer.


“Binge Drinking, A Campus Killer,” Sabrina Rubin Erdely. “Rambos of the Road,” Martin Gottfried. “Going for Broke,” Matea Gold and David Ferrell. “The Company Man,” Ellen Goodman.


“What Are Friends For?,” Marion Winik. “The Men We Carry in Our Minds,” Scott Russell Sanders. “The Myth of the Latin Woman,” Judith Ortiz Cofer. “Which Stooge Are You?,” Ron Geraci.


“Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts,” Bruce Catton. “Conversational Ballgames,” Nancy Masterson Sakamoto. “Then and Now,” Mary Pipher. “Private Language, Public Language,” Richard Rodriguez. “Coming Home,” Marjorie Waters.


“Old Father Time Becomes a Terror,” Richard Tomkins. “Gender Gap in Cyberspace,” Deborah Tannen. “Why Marriages Fail,” Anne Roiphe. “Black Men and Public Space,” Brent Staples.


“The Sweet Smell of Success Isn't All That Sweet,” Laurence Shames. “The Power of Play,” Hara Estroff Marano. “The Insufficiency of Honesty,” Stephen L. Carter. “When Is It Rape?,” Nancy Gibbs.


“Death and Justice,” Edward I. Koch. “Execution,” Anna Quindlen. “Sexual Harassment Is a Serious Problem at Universities,” Marilyn Gaye Piety. “Sexual Harassment Is Overestimated,” Gretchen Morgenson. “I Have a Dream,” Martin Luther King Jr. “A Journalist's View of Black Economics,” William Raspberry. “Close the Borders to All Newcomers,” Daniel James. “Give Us Your Best, Your Brightest,” Stephen Moore.


“Blur: Cheetahs. Ranchers. Hope,” Susan Zimmerman. “She's Your Basic L.O.L. in N.A.D.,” Perri Klass. “The Uses of a Word,” Gloria Naylor.

Thematic Table of Contents.


Sentence Elements.
Editing to Correct Sentence Errors.
Editing to Correct Faulty Punctuation and Mechanics.
Glossary of Word Usage.
Subject Index.

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