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Great Essays : An Introduction to Writing Essays

Great Essays : An Introduction to Writing Essays - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0395904251

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Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 1999
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Great Essays : An Introduction to Writing Essays - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0395904251

Keith S. Folse, April Muchmore-Vokoun and Solomon

ISBN13: 978-0395904251
ISBN10: 0395904250
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

Great Essays is the second volume of a new two-book series designed to introduce students to the process of writing. This high-intermediate to advanced level ESL writing text covers how to create, organize, and support ideas to produce a great essay. Major units cover essay structure, four rhetorical modes of essay writing (compare-contrast, cause-effect, argumentative, and narrative), activities for additional practice, grammar editing, transition words, an eight-step approach to essay writing, and special peer editing worksheets.

The text contains abundant model essays to demonstrate organization and cohesion, each accompanied by short pre- and post-reading questions. Each unit features at least five original writing assignments, along with a variety of activities which provide relevant practice of reading, writing, grammar, and language usage.

  • Writer's Notes and Language Focus sections present brief strategies for proofreading, editing, selecting accurate words, and using devices such as transition words and modals.
  • Peer editing worksheets direct students to make suggestions on classmates' outlines and essays.
  • Completing an Outline sections develop students' ability to organize and use supporting details with practice exercises for outline formats correlated with the units' rhetorical modes.
  • Completing a Sample Essay activities ask students to finish a sample essay using their own ideas; they later see how other writers finish the same essay.
  • Guided questions help students analyze the elements of an essay, from recognizing a topic sentence to discovering a writer's reason for including specific information.

Table of Contents

I. Essays

1. What Is an Essay?

The First Part of an Essay: The Introduction
The Components of the Introduction
Writing the Body
Writing the Conclusion

2. Compare-Contrast Essays

Two Outline Methods
Essay Completion
Language Focus: Comparison Words and Phrases
Brainstorming
Outlining
Peer Editing
Original Essay Writing

3. Cause-Effect Essays

Cause Outline and Effect Outline
Essay Completion
Language Focus: Transition Words and Phrases
Brainstorming
Writing an Outline
Peer Editing
Original Essay Writing

4. Argumentative Essays

Filing in an Argumentative Outline
Essay Completion
Language Focus: Modals
Writing Pro and Con Arguments
Counter-Argument and Refutation Practice
Essay Outline
Peer Editing
Original Essay Writing

5. Narrative Essays

Filling in a Narrative Outline
Essay Completion
Language Focus: Transitions and Time Relationships
Sentence Variety
Narrative Hooks
Brainstorming
Writing an Outline
Peer Editing
Original Essay Writing

II. Additional Writing Practice Material

Appendix 1 Understanding the Writing Process: The Eight Steps
Appendix 2 Practicing Grammar in Essays
Appendix 3 Choosing Words Carefully
Appendix 4 Choosing Ideas Carefully
Appendix 5 Peer Editing Sheets

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