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EasyWriter / Edition 6

EasyWriter / Edition 6

by Andrea A. Lunsford
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When your students need reliable, easy-to-find writing advice for college and beyond, EasyWriter gives them what they need in a format that’s easy to afford. Andrea Lunsford meets students where they are with friendly advice, research-based tips for solving the Top Twenty writing problems, and an emphasis on making effective rhetorical choices. The seventh edition puts even more emphasis on empowering students to become critical thinkers and ethical communicators with new advice about fact checking and evaluating sources and more advice about choosing language that builds common ground. In addition, the seventh edition offers more support for writing in a variety of disciplines and genres and more models of student writing to help students make effective choices in any context.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901319050763
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date: 10/20/2016
Edition description: Sixth Edition
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Andrea A. Lunsford is the former director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University and teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English. A past chair of CCCC, she has won the major publication awards in both the CCCC and MLA. For Bedford/St. Martin's, she is also the author of The St. Martin's Handbook, The Everyday Writer, and Writing in Action; Everything's an Argument with John Ruszkiewicz; and Everything's an Argument with Readings with John Ruszkiewicz and Keith Walters. She has never met a student she didn’t like—and she is excited about the possibilities for writers in the “literacy revolution” brought about by today’s technology. She posts regularly on the Macmillan Community site about her teaching, reading, and traveling, and her “Multimodal Mondays” posts offer ideas for introducing low-stakes multimodal assignments to the composition classroom. You can also follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Table of Contents

*New to this edition

Brief Table of Contents
*Quick Start Menu
*How This Book Can Help You
1 A Writer’s Choices

*1a Understanding expectations for academic writing
1b Moving between informal and formal writing
1c Email and other “in-between” writing
1d Considering the assignment and purpose
1e Choosing a topic
1f Considering audiences
1g Considering stance and tone
1h Considering time, genre, medium, and format
1i Collaborating

2 Exploring, Planning, and Drafting

2a Exploring a topic
2b Developing a working thesis
2c Gathering evidence and doing research
2d Planning and drafting
2e Developing paragraphs

3 Making Design Decisions

3a Design principles
3b Appropriate formats
3c Visuals and media
3d Ethical use of visuals and media

4 Reviewing, Revising, and Editing

4a Reviewing
4b Revising
4c Editing and proofreading

Top Twenty Tips for Editing Your Writing
5 Sharing and Reflecting on Your Writing

5a Sharing with audiences
*5b Creating a portfolio
5c Reflecting on your own work
*5d Student writing: Reflection

6 Learning from Low-Stakes Writing

6a The value of low-stakes writing
6b Types of low-stakes assignments

7 Reading and Listening Analytically, Critically, and Respectfully

7a Previewing
7b Annotating
7c Summarizing
7d Analyzing
7e Student writing: Rhetorical analysis

8 Arguing Ethically and Persuasively

*8a Listening (and reading) purposefully and openly
8b Identifying basic appeals in an argument
8c Analyzing the elements of an argument
8d Arguing purposefully
8e Making an argument
8f Organizing an argument
*8g Student writing: Argument essay

*9 Writing in a Variety of Disciplines and Genres

*9a Recognizing expectations of academic disciplines
*9b Understanding and using genres
*9c Adapting genre structures
*9d Choosing genres for public writing
*9e Student writing: Samples in a variety of disciplines and genres

10 Creating Presentations

10a Considering task, purpose, and audience
10b Writing a memorable introduction and conclusion
10c Using explicit structure and signpost language
10d Preparing a script for ease of presentation
10e Planning visuals
10f Practicing
10g Delivering the presentation
*10h Student writing: Excerpts from a presentation

11 Conducting Research

*11a Understanding challenges to research today
11b Beginning the research process
11c Choosing among types of sources
11d Using library resources
11e Finding credible Internet sources
11f Doing field research

12 Evaluating Sources and Taking Notes

*12a Checking facts
12b Evaluating the usefulness and credibility of potential sources
12c Reading and analyzing sources
12d Synthesizing sources
*12e Keeping track of sources
12f Working with quotations, summaries, and paraphrases
*12g Creating an annotated bibliography
*12h Student writing: Annotated bibliography entries

13 Integrating Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

*13a Using sources ethically
13b Integrating quotations, paraphrases, and summaries
13c Integrating visuals and media
13d Knowing which sources to acknowledge
13e Avoiding plagiarism

14 Writing a Research Project

14a Drafting your text, including illustrations
14b Reviewing and revising a research project
14c Preparing a list of sources
14d Editing and proofreading
*14e Student writing: Outline of a research project

15 MLA Style

15a Understanding MLA citation style
15b Considering the context of your sources
15c Following MLA manuscript format
15d Creating MLA in-text citations
List of examples: In-text citations in MLA style
15e Creating an MLA list of works cited
List of examples: Works cited in MLA style
15f Student writing: Research-based argument, MLA style

16 APA Style

16a Understanding APA citation style
16b Following APA manuscript format
16c Creating APA in-text citations
List of examples: In-text citations in APA style
16d Creating an APA list of references
List of examples: References in APA style
16e Student writing: Causal analysis essay with abstract, APA style

17 Chicago Style

17a Understanding Chicago citation style
17b Following Chicago manuscript format
17c Creating Chicago notes and bibliographic entries
List of examples: Notes and bibliographic entries in Chicago style
17d Student writing: Research-based history essay (excerpts), Chicago style

18 CSE Style

18a Following CSE manuscript format
18b Creating CSE in-text citations
18c Creating a CSE list of references
List of examples: References in CSE style
18d Student writing: Biology literature review (excerpts), CSE style

*19 Writing across Cultures and Communities

19a Thinking about what seems “normal”
19b Clarifying meaning
19c Meeting audience expectations

20 Language That Builds Common Ground

20a Examining assumptions and avoiding stereotypes
*20b Examining assumptions about gender and pronouns
20c Examining assumptions about race and ethnicity
*20d Considering abilities and disabilities

21 Varieties of Language

21a Using “standard” English appropriately
*21b Using varieties of English

22 Word Choice

22a Using appropriate formality
22b Considering denotation and connotation
22c Using general and specific language effectively
22d Using figurative language effectively
22e Making spell checkers work for you

*23 Varying Sentences

*23a Varying sentence length
*23b Varying sentence openings

24 Consistency, Completeness, and Effectiveness

24a Revising confusing sentence structure
24b Matching subjects and predicates
24c Using consistent compound structures
24d Making complete comparisons

25 Coordination and Subordination

25a Relating equal ideas
25b Distinguishing main ideas

26 Conciseness

26a Eliminating redundant words
26b Eliminating empty words
26c Replacing wordy phrases
26d Simplifying sentence structure

27 Parallelism

27a Making items in a series or list parallel
27b Making paired ideas parallel
27c Using words necessary for clarity

28 Shifts

28a Revising shifts in tense
28b Revising shifts in voice
28c Revising shifts in point of view
28d Revising shifts between direct and indirect discourse

29 Verbs and Verb Phrases

29a Using regular and irregular verb forms
29b Building verb phrases
29c Using infinitives and gerunds
29d Using lie and lay, sit and set, rise and raise
29e Using verb tenses
29g Using active and passive voice
29h Using mood appropriately
29i Using conditional sentences appropriately

30 Nouns and Noun Phrases

30a Understanding count and noncount nouns
30b Using determiners
30c Using articles

31 Subject-Verb Agreement

31a Checking for words between subject and verb
31b Checking agreement with compound subjects
31c Making verbs agree with collective nouns
31d Making verbs agree with indefinite pronouns
31e Making verbs agree with who, which, and that
31f Making linking verbs agree with subjects
31g Making verbs agree with subjects that end in –s
31h Checking for subjects that follow the verb
31i Making verbs agree with titles and words used as words
31j Considering spoken forms of be in varieties of English

32 Adjectives and Adverbs

32a Using adjectives after linking verbs
32b Using comparatives and superlatives

33 Modifier Placement
33a Revising misplaced modifiers
33b Revising disruptive modifiers
33c Revising dangling modifiers

34 Pronouns
34a Considering a pronoun’s role in the sentence
34b Making pronouns agree with antecedents
34c Making pronouns refer to clear antecedents

35 Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases

35a Choosing the right preposition
35b Using two-word verbs idiomatically

36 Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
36a Separating the clauses into two sentences
36b Linking the clauses with a comma and a coordinating conjunction
36c Linking the clauses with a semicolon
36d Rewriting the two clauses as one independent clause
36e Rewriting one independent clause as a dependent clause
36f Linking the two clauses with a dash

37 Sentence Fragments

37a Revising phrase fragments
37b Revising compound-predicate fragments
37c Revising clause fragments

38 Commas

38a Setting off introductory elements
38b Separating clauses in compound sentences
38c Setting off nonrestrictive elements
38d Separating items in a series
38e Setting off parenthetical and transitional expressions
38f Setting off contrasting elements, interjections, direct address, and tag questions
38g Setting off parts of dates and addresses
38h Setting off quotations
38i Avoiding unnecessary commas

39 Semicolons

39a Linking independent clauses
39b Separating items in a series containing other punctuation
39c Avoiding misused semicolons

40 End Punctuation

40a Using periods
40b Using question marks
40c Using exclamation points
40d Using end punctuation in informal writing

41 Apostrophes

41a Signaling possessive case
41b Signaling contractions
41c Understanding apostrophes and plural forms

42 Quotation Marks

42a Signaling direct quotation
42b Identifying titles of short works and definitions
42c Using quotation marks with other punctuation
42d Avoiding misused quotation marks

43 Other Punctuation

43a Using parentheses
43b Using brackets
43c Using dashes
43d Using colons
43e Using slashes
43f Using ellipses

44 Capital Letters

44a Capitalizing the first word of a sentence
44b Capitalizing proper nouns and proper adjectives
44c Capitalizing titles before proper names
44d Capitalizing titles of works
44e Revising unnecessary capitalization

45 Abbreviations and Numbers

45a Using abbreviations
45b Using numbers

46 Italics

46a Italicizing titles
46b Italicizing words, letters, and numbers used as terms
46c Italicizing non-English words
46d Italicizing names of aircraft, ships, and trains
46e Using italics for emphasis

47 Hyphens

47a Using hyphens with compound words
47b Using hyphens with prefixes and suffixes
47c Avoiding unnecessary hyphens

Glossary of Usage
Index/Glossary of Terms
Revision Symbols
For Multilingual Writers

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