The Writing Process: A Concise Rhetoric, Reader, and Handbook / Edition 10

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This writing guide/reader/handbook demystifies writing by presenting the writing process as a series of critical thinking decisions about audience and purpose.

Widely admired for its clear, readable style, The Writing Process focuses on writing as decision-making, with a wealth of student samples in various draft stages and a strong selection of professional readings to illustrate writing strategies. New chapters on workplace writing and writing essay exams are included in the Tenth Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205642892
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 616
  • Sales rank: 1,257,977
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. 1 The Process - Planning, Drafting, Revising 1
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 Decisions in the Writing Process 9
Ch. 2 Planning the Essay 26
Ch. 3 Drafting the Essay 61
Ch. 4 Revising the Essay 79
Ch. 5 Writing About Reading 89
Sect. 2 The Product - Substance, Shape, Style 103
Ch. 6 Achieving Worthwhile Content 105
Ch. 7 Shaping the Paragraphs 123
Ch. 8 Writing Effective Sentences 158
Ch. 9 Choosing the Right Words 193
Sect. 3 Essays for Various Goals 219
Introduction 221
Ch. 10 Developing a Description 226
Ch. 11 Developing a Narrative 240
Ch. 12 Explaining Through Examples: Illustration 256
Ch. 13 Explaining Parts and Categories: Division and Classification 268
Ch. 14 Explaining Each Step or Stage: Process Analysis 282
Ch. 15 Explaining Why It Happened or What Will Happen: Cause-and-Effect Analysis 294
Ch. 16 Explaining Similarities or Differences: Comparison and Contrast 313
Ch. 17 Explaining the Exact Meaning: Definition 329
Ch. 18 Developing a Persuasive Argument 344
Ch. 19 Composing Various Arguments 383
Sect. 4 Research and Correspondence 411
Ch. 20 Developing a Research Report 413
Ch. 21 Composing Business Letters and Memos 490
Appendix: Review of Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics 528
Credits 573
Index 575
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

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    I have taught from this book for three years (two different editions). It has plain, straightforward advice for writers and interesting exercises. Most of the writing samples are relevant for students and the length makes them appealing as well. It's a quick read and students can easily flip to a section for reference. I like the fact that it is easy to quickly find help on what you're looking for in this book. The research information is current.

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