Writing Process: A Concise Rhetoric / Edition 7

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Overview

This practical and accessible writing guide unravels the complexities of writing by presenting the writing process as a series of critical thinking decisions. In addition to coverage of the traditional modes, the text offers practice in analyzing the unique rhetorical requirements of any writing situation by showing how audience and purpose influence writing. Student and professional readings throughout the text- including fiction, poetry, advertisements, memoirs and cartoons -illustrate various writing strategies. This book presents the writing process as a series of deliberate and recursive decisions with an emphasis on audience and purpose, taking readers step-by-step through the writing process, demystifying it along the way. Concise case studies have now been added to every chapter in Section 3. Here and throughout the text these case studies show writers at work as they read, plan, draft, and revise. This edition includes more than 20 new readings and examples, with new topics range from America's obsession with cars to online education. The new pieces reflect the interests of today's readers. Our integrated coverage of electronic and online composition strategies now includes computer exercises and access to our Companion Website. Revised section on research includes an improved sample research paper, and the most recent MLA and APA documentation guidelines. For anyone interested in practical and accessible writing guides.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321076632
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/9/2000
  • Series: Special Edition Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.77 (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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