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The Longwood Guide to Writing: Brief Edition / Edition 2

The Longwood Guide to Writing: Brief Edition / Edition 2

by Ronald F. Lunsford, Bill BridgesRonald F. Lunsford


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Reflecting Ron Lunsford and Bill Bridges' fifty years of combined teaching experience, The Longwood Guide to Writing is among the most accessible, up-to-date, and authoritative rhetorical guides to writing. A three-chapter sequence at the beginning of the text details strategies for the writing process, from generating ideas to shaping those ideas to rewriting. The invention chapter provides an extraordinary variety of prewriting strategies-some of them unique to this book-while the revision chapter addresses both paragraph-level and global revision. A chapter on responding to readings strengthens reading skills both as a means of generating ideas for writing and as a way to become more critical readers of their own writing and that of their peers. Research and writing with resources, essay writing and writing portfolios are each covered in their own comprehensive chapters. The Second Edition features an expanded emphasis on the Internet, and twelve new professional essays. For those interested in developing their reading, writing and critical thinking skills.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321091130
Publisher: Longman
Publication date: 07/28/2001
Edition description: 2ND BRIEF
Pages: 800
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents


Why Write?
How Does Writing Happen?
Stages in the Writing Process?
Writing and Reading.
Computers and Writing.

1. Invention: Finding Something to Say.
Finding Topics.
Writing about an Assigned Topic.
Exploring Topics.
Finding Information.
Sample Student Process-Prewriting.
From Inventing to Drafting.

2. Shaping an Essay.
Initial Shaping Strategies.
Sample Student Process-Discovery Draft.
Developing an Essay's Structure.
Elements of an Essay.

Rebecca Thomas Kirkendall, “Who's a Hillbilly?” .
Writing Strategy: Beating the Dreaded Writer's Block.

3. Revising.
Computer Tip: Adding, Deleting, and Moving Text Around.
Revising Strategies.
Editing Strategies.
Sample Student Process-Revision.

Marisol Vargas, “Mirror Image” .
Writing Strategy: Revision Tips.

4. Responding to Readings.
Sample Readings.

Denise K. Knight, “No Hunting Here, Please” .

Lee K. Abbott, “The True Story of Why I Do What I Do” .

Lorna Dee Cervantes, “Freeway 280” .
Reading Strategies.
Sample Reading Response.
Writer's Notebook: Dialogue Notes.
Geoffrey Cowley, “Vaccine Revolution” .
Dialogue Notes/Computer Tip.
Writing a Response.
Dialogue Notes.

Shelby Steele, “A Negative Vote on Affirmative Action” .


Aims of Discourse.
Modes of Discourse.
Wedding Aim and Mode.
Classifying Occasions.

5. Personal Essays.
Sample Essays.

Datus Proper, “Dark Hollow” .

Judith Ortiz Cofer “Quinceanera” .

Charles McNair, “My Father's Cabin” .

Arlene Yusnukis, “Purple Mountains' Majesty” .

Daniel Kinken, “At the MAC” .

Ali Duffy, “The Dance” .
The Rhetorical Triangle.
Distinguishing Features of Personal Essays.
Assignment and Guidelines for Writing.
Sample Student Process.

Chris Miller, “Gringos on Safari” .
Checklist: Critiquing a Personal Essay.

6. Information Essays.
Sample Essays.

Elizabethan Kubler-Ross, “On the Fear of Dying” .

Deborah Tannen, “Gender Gap in Cyberspace” .

Martin Gardner, “The Great Samoan Hoax” .

Gloria Naylor, “Mommy, What Does 'Nigger' Mean?” .

Michael Marriot, “Rap's Embrace of 'Nigger' Fires Bitter Debate?” .

Kelly McGinley, “Investing in Your Future” .

Joshua Morris, “The Middleton Inn: An Architectural Triumph” .
The Rhetorical Triangle.
Distinguishing Features of Informative Essays.
Assignment and Guidelines for Writing.
Sample Student Process.

Michael Graham, “All in a Day's Work: Generalizing, Profiling, and Stereotyping” .
Checklist: Critiquing an Information Essay.

7. Essays About and From Literature.
Sample Stories, Poems, and Non-Fiction Prose.

Joyce Carol Oates, “Shopping” .

John Cheever, “Reunion” .

Antonya Nelson, “In the Land of Men” .

Sandra Cisneros, “Eleven” .

Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour” .

Robert Frost, “For Once, Then, Something” .

Sherman Alexie, “That Place Where Ghosts of Salmon Jump” .

Sherman Alexie, “The Powwow at the End of the World” .

Paul Ruffin, “Through with Putting in the Seed” .
Sample Student Essays.

Kelly McGinley, “The Shopping Ritual” .

Jessica Lynn Edwards, “The Price of Freedom” .

Kendra Stead, “No Exceptions” .

Kacey Atwood, “One Road Taken” .
The Rhetorical Triangle.
Distinguishing Features of Interpretive Essays.
Assignment and Guidelines for Writing.
Writing About Literature.
Writing From Literature.
Sample Student Process.

Kristina Geray, “'How Exhausting It Is' To Keep Up Appearances” .
Checklist: Critiquing an Essay About Literature.
Checklist: Critiquing an Essay From Literature.

8. Evaluation Essays.
Sample Essays.

Mark Twain, “Fenimore Cooper's Literacy Offenses” .

Ellen Goodman, “Beauty Industry on Rampage” .

Abraham Lincoln, “Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg” .

Glibert Highet, “The Gettysburg Address” .

Bill Bridges, “No Thanks'-A Step Beyond 'Just Say No'” .

Stacy Birch, “What a Child Deserves” .

Michelle Lebsock, “Gillian Welch: Music's 'Next Big Thing'” .
The Rhetorical Triangle.
Distinguishing Features of Evaluation Essays.

Lou Jacobs, Jr., “What Qualities Does a Good Photograph Have?” .
Assignment and Guidelines for Writing.
Evaluation and the Internet.
Sample Student Process.

Bridget McCollam, “Adult Audiences Only” .
Checklist: Critiquing an Evaluation Essay.

9. Position Essays.
Sample Essays.

Julie Townsend, “'Legal' Adults” .

Janice Rieman, “Drinking Under Twenty-One: It's Time to End the Debate” .

Jerry Z. Muller, “The Conservative Case for Abortion” .

Susan Jacoby, “Common Decency” .

Heather Cully, “The Age Requirement for Teen Drivers” .
The Rhetorical Triangle.
Distinguishing Features of Position Essays.
Assignment and Guidelines for Writing.
Sample Student Process.

Emily Weast, “Learning about Sex” .
Checklist: Critiquing a Position Essay.

10. Persuasion Essays.
Sample Essays.

Michael R. Heaphy, “Dismemberment and Choice” .

Camille Paglia, “Rape and Modern Sex War” .

Anna Quindlen, “Welcome to Animal House” .

Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter From Birmingham Jail” .

Jaime Sherrill, “Zero Tolerance for Abuse” .

Tiffany Adkins, “Television: A Very Expensive Babysitter” .

Jaclyn Talbert, “Justice for Those Who Have Shown Us No Mercy” .
The Rhetorical Triangle.
Distinguishing Features of Persuasion Essays.
Assignment and Guidelines for Writing.
Sample Student Process.

Alysia Tucker, “No More” .
Checklist: Critiquing a Persuasion Essay.

11. Problem/Solution Essays.
Sample Essays.

Robert Heilbroner, “Don't Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgement” .

Louis Barbash, “Clean Up or Pay Up” .

Julie Titone, “Balance of Power: Can Endangered Salmon and Hydroelectric.
“Plants Share the Same Rivers?” .

Andrew Overton, “Change” .
The Rhetorical Triangle.
Distinguishing Features of Problem/Solution Essays.
Assignment and Guidelines for Writing.
Sample Student Process.

Kristina Geray, “The Pet Overpopulation Problem” .
Checklist: Critiquing a Problem/Solution Essay.


12. Researching and Writing .
Writing Strategy: Research Notebook.
Topic Selection.
Searching a Topic.
Sources of Information/Library Incorporating Material from Sources.
Documenting Information.
Initial Bibliography/Final Bibliography.
Writing Assignment.
Sample Student Essay.

Clarita Brown, “The American Indian Movement as a Counterculture” .
Sample Student Process.

Gardiner Rhoderick, “Yes, It's Graffiti. But Is It Art?” .
Checklist: Critiquing a Research Essay.


Henry Louis Gates, Jr., “Change of Life” .

Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue” .

Joan Beck, “The Government Cannot Protect You” .

13. Working with Words.
What Is a Word?
The Symbolic Nature of Words.
A Rhetorical Perspective.

14. Shaping Sentences.
Sentence Structure.
A Rhetorical Perspective.

Writing and Speaking.
Writing and Accessing.
Writing and Speaking: Beyond This Course.
15. Oral Presentations.
Using Writing to Support Public Speaking.
Organizing and Constructing Your Speech.
Speech Delivery.
Communication Apprehension.
Evaluating Criteria.

16. Essay Examinations.
Packaging the Process.
Planning Your Essay's Content.
Planning Your Essay's Structure.
Essays That Ask for Practical Applications.
Planning Sample Essays.
Writing Strategy: Planning Essay-Exam Answers.
Additional Sample Essays.

17. Portfolios.
Types and Purposes of Writing Portfolios.
Putting the Reflection in Your Reflective Essay.
Sample Portfolio Assignments.
Sample Reflective Essays.

Ali Duffy, “Reflective Essay” .

Kara Edewaard, “Aggie Magic Tricks” .

Katie Warnock, “The Voyage of My 'Clicky' Pen” .

Jacqueline Cotter, “Getting it Right: Fitting Message to Audience” .

Kelly Christenbury, “My New Approach to Writing” .

Steve Duran, “Steve Wants an A” .

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