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Overview

WRITING WITH A THESIS: A RHETORIC AND READER is based on the persuasive principle-the development and support of a thesis in order to persuade a reader, which is exactly the skill beginning writers in freshman composition just like you need to develop. The book dispenses clear and practical writing advice in a clear and practical way. Leavened with lots of good humor-in both its advice and in its examples of good professional writing-WRITING WITH A THESIS is renowned for being useful and enjoyable to read. Nineteen of the book's 50 professional essays are new to this edition and 3 of 10 student essays are also new, providing fresh voices, variety, and relevance. Almost all of the essays are short and easy to read so that class time can be devoted not to what the readings mean, but to what they mean for your writing. Students receive the most up-to-date information on MLA documentation with the enclosed tri-fold card providing NEW 2009 MLA Handbook formats.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495899570
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 5/13/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 327
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Skwire attended Wesleyan University, where she received a BA (with honors) in English and was a member of the coed literary fraternity Alpha Delta Phi. She later received both her MA and PhD in English Literature from the University of Chicago. In addition to coauthoring WRITING WITH A THESIS (with her father, David Skwire), she has published a variety of creative work as well as articles on subjects such as chronically ill seventeenth-century women poets, medicine in "All's Well That Ends Well," the

David Skwire taught for 25 years at Cuyahoga Community College and has degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University. In addition to being the author or coauthor of all editions of WRITING WITH A THESIS, he also has coauthored STUDENTS BOOK OF COLLEGE ENGLISH (Longman), now in its tenth edition.

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Table of Contents

**DENOTES NEW ESSAY. 1. THE PERSUASIVE PRINCIPLE. General Subject. Limited Subject. Thesis. What a Thesis Isn't. A Thesis Is Not a Title. A Thesis Is Not an Announcement of the Subject. A Thesis Is Not a Statement of Absolute Fact. A Thesis Is Not the Whole Essay. What a Good Thesis Is. A Good Thesis Is Restricted. A Good Thesis Is Unified. A Good Thesis Is Specific. The Thesis at Work in the Paper. Two Ads on the Community Bulletin Board. Two "Personals." Two Sets of Directions. Two Thank-You Notes. Two Letters of Complaint. Two Replies to the Second Letter of Complaint. Two "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" Essays. Two Freshman English Essays on a Literary Subject. "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson. Chapter 1-1/2: Office Hours: Basic Tools for Writers. 2. NARRATION. Stress the Story. Remember That a Good Story Has Conflict. Use Plenty of Convincing Realistic Details. Play Fair. Writing Suggestions for Narration Themes. Student Essay: "Big Bully" by Elizabeth Hiestand. "Computer Games Anonymous" by Joanna Connors. What About Your Writing? (Paragraph Length). "Foul Shots" by Rogelio R. Gomez. What About Your Writing? (Getting Even, Settling Scores). **"Perfect Picture" by James Alexander Thom. What About Your Writing? (Overwriting). "Salvation" by Langston Hughes. What About Your Writing? (Nostalgia). "A Cultural Divorce" by Elizabeth Wong. What About Your Writing? (Specific Details). **"Sitting Duck" by Thomas Froncek. What About Your Writing? (Sentence Fragments). Chapter 2-1/2: Office Hours: Reading Around. 3. DESCRIPTION. Emotional Appeal. Try a Deliberately Unconventional Thesis. Show Your Powers of Observation by Stressing Specific. Details. Use Specific Language. Stress the Psychological Impact of What You Describe. Organization. Persuasive Principle. Writing Suggestions for Description Themes. **Student Essay: "Master of Bad Management" by Robynn Patrick. "Winstead's Best Burgers" by Sarah Bryan Miller. What About Your Writing? (Allusion). **"I Was a Member of the Kung Fu Crew" by Henry Han Xi Lau. What About Your Writing? (Pronoun Agreement). "A Promise in a Lunch Pail" by Connie Schultz. What About Your Writing? (Finding a Subject: Family Life). **"All by Myself" by Tom Reynolds. What About Your Writing? (Comparisons). **"The Loneliness of Rose" by Jon Katz. What About Your Writing? (Unstated Thesis). "Good Used Cars" by John Steinbeck. What About Your Writing? (Stream-of-consciousness Writing). Chapter 3-1/2: Office Hours: Notebooks: The Writer's Savings Account. 4. EXAMPLES. Are There Enough Examples to Support Your Thesis? Are the Examples Fairly Chosen? Have You Stuck to Your Thesis? Have You Arranged Your Examples to Produce the Greatest Impact? Writing Suggestions for Example Essays. Student Essay: "Commuter Rail" by Sadie Van Buren. "Couple Lies" by Adair Lara. What About Your Writing? ("Why didn't I say that?"). "Fruitful Questions" by James Sollisch. What About Your Writing? (Rhetorical Questions). **"Why Don't We Complain" by William F. Buckley. What About Your Writing? ("And" at the Start of a Sentence). "How to Speak of Animals" by Umberto Eco. What About Your Writing? (Parallelism). **"As Google Goes, So Goes the Nation" by Geoffrey Nunberg. What About Your Writing? (Preposition at End of Sentence). Chapter 4-1/2: Office Hours: Of Course They Count. 5. PROCESS. Be Sure You Are Writing About a Process. Follow Strict Chronological Order. Before Describing the First Step of the Process, Indicate Any Special Ingredients or Equipment That Will Be Needed. Be Sure the Process Is Complete. Try to Anticipate Difficulties. If You Need to Handle Many Separate Steps, Arrange Them into Groups When Possible. Define Unfamiliar Terms. Avoid Highly Technical Processes. Avoid Subjects for Which Pictures Work Better Than Words. Writing Suggestions for Process Essays. Student Essay: "No Bows on the Butt: Choosing Your Wedding Gown" by Jennifer Simms-Collins. "Corn Bread with Character" by Ronni Lundy. What About Your Writing? (Introductions: How Do I Get My Reader's Attention?). "How to Write a Personal Letter" by Garrison Keillor. What About Your Writing? (Using "You"). **"It" by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. What About Your Writing? (Repetition). **"My Crowd" by Bill Wasik. What About Your Writing? (Elegant Variation). "The Spider and the Wasp" by Alexander Petrunkevitch. What About Your Writing? (Announcement of Subject). Chapter 5-1/2: Office Hours: Uses and Abuses of the Computer. 6. COMPARISON AND CONTRAST. Patterns. Block Patterns. Alternating Pattern. Which Pattern? Writing Suggestions for Comparison-and-Contrast Themes. **Student Essay: "Coming in Last" by Annette P. Grossman. Student Essay: "Chick Movies and Guy Movies" by Edith Renaldo. "Lassie Never Chases Rabbits" by Kevin Cowherd. What About Your Writing? (Conclusions). "My Real Car" by Bailey White. What About Your Writing? (Onomatopoeia). **"A Good Scythe" by Wendell Berry. What About Your Writing? (Intensifiers: Really, Very). "Speaking of Writing" by William Zinsser. What About Your Writing? (Thesis at End of Essay). **"Love thy PlayStation, Love Thyself" by Reihan Salam and Will Wilkinson. What About Your Writing? (Humor). Chapter 6-1/2: Office Hours: Revision: An Overview. 7. CAUSE AND EFFECT. Do Not Oversimplify Causes. Do Not Oversimplify Effects. Distinguish Between Direct and Indirect Causes and Effects. Distinguish Between Major and Minor Causes and Effects. Do Not Omit Links in a Chain of Causes and Effects. Play Fair. Writing Suggestions for Cause-and-Effect Papers. Student Essay: "A Few Short Words" by Matthew Monroe. "Why We Crave Horror Movies" by Stephen King. What About Your Writing? (Sexism: He). **"Why I Quit the Company" by Tomoyuki Iwashita. What About Your Writing? (Qualifiers, Rational Tone). **"Bring Back Stinks and Bangs" by Robin McKie. What About Your Writing? (Hyperbole). "The Best Years of My Life" by Betty Rollin. What About Your Writing? (Comma Splice). "Thinking Like a Mountain" by Aldo Leopold. What About Your Writing? (Levels of Usage). Chapter 7-1/2: Office Hours: Revision: Help from the Audience. 8. DIVISION AND CLASSIFICATION. Division. Classification. Use Only One Principle of Classification. Be Consistent. Make the Classifications as Complete as Possible. Acknowledge Any Complications. Follow the Persuasive Principle. Writing Suggestions for Classification Themes. **Student Essay: "Earthquakers" by Lucy Johnson. "Mother-in-Law" by Charlotte Latvala. What About Your Writing? (Finding a Subject: Romantic Highs and Lows). "Take a Left Turn onto Nowhere Street" by Anne Bernays. What About Your Writing? (Titles). **"What, Me? Showing Off?" by Judith Viorst. What About Your Writing? (Puns). **"A Brush with Reality: Surprises in the Tube" by David Bodanis. What About Your Writing? (Specialities of the Author). "Three Kinds of Discipline" by John Holt. What About Your Writing? (Alliteration). Chapter 8-1/2: Office Hours: Revision: The Psychology of It All. 9. DEFINITION. A Definition Paper Can Compare and Contrast. A Definition Paper Can Classify. A Definition Paper Can Give Examples. A Definition Paper Can Trace a Process. A Definition Paper Can Study Cause-and-Effect Relationships. A Definition Paper Can Use Narration. Writing Suggestions for Definition Essays. Student Essay: "Growing Up" by Anonymous. "The Real Thing" by Frankie Germany. What About Your Writing? (Comic Book Punctuation, Exclamation Points, etc.). **"What Is Intelligence, Anyway?" by Isaac Asimov. What About Your Writing? (Simple Thesis). "Feast for the Soul" by Ronald E. Kotzsch. What About Your Writing? (Citation of Authority). **"Cheap Thrills" by Patricia Volk. What About Your Writing? (Dialogue). "Gross Domestic Nonsense" by Wayne Muller. What About Your Writing? (Topicality). Chapter 9-1/2: Office Hours: Deadlines. 10. ARGUMENTATION. Go Easy on Universals—Qualify When Appropriate. Give Consideration to Differing Opinions. Be Cautious with Abuse and Ridicule. Devote Most of Your Attention Toward Supporting Your View, Not Advocating It. Some Common Logical Fallacies. Writing Suggestions for Argumentation Essays. Student Essay: "Sing It When It Counts" by Ben Ruggiero. "Thanksgiving's No Turkey" by Robert W. Gardner. What About Your Writing? (Taking Sides for Fun, Mental Exercise). "Dear Mom, Clear My Calendar" by Cathy Rindner Tempelsman. What About Your Writing? (Ironic Quotation Marks). "The Smiley-Face Approach" by Albert Shanker. What About Your Writing? (Passive Voice). "Old Folks at Home" by Bernard Sloan. What About Your Writing? (Sentence Length). **"Working at McDonalds" by Amitai Etzioni. What About Your Writing? (Attack on an Orthodox View). **"Black Athletes on Parade" by Adolph Reed Jr. What About Your Writing? (Turning Tables, Beating Opponents to the Punch). "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift. What About Your Writing? (Irony). Chapter 10-1/2: Office Hours: What About the Rest of Your Writing?

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