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Summary: The informal, student-friendly tone of this rhetorically-organized rhetoric/reader/handbooks provides step-by-step instructions on writing a variety of short, 500-800-word essays. This is a text that both students and instructors can use easily.Edition/Copyright: 9TH 05
Part I: THE BASICS OF THE SHORT ESSAY.
2. The Thesis Statement.
3. The Body Paragraphs.
4. Beginnings and Endings.
5. Drafting and Revision: Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking.
6. Effective Sentences.
7. Word Logic.
8. The Reading-Writing Connection.
Part II: PURPOSES, MODES, AND STRATEGIES.
Strategy One: Development by Example. Student Essay: "River Rafting Teaches Worthwhile Lessons." Professional Essay: Lisa Wilson Strick, "What's So Bad about Being So-So?" Strategy Two: Development by Process Analysis. Student Essay: "Catching Garage Sale Fever." Professional Essay: Jessica Mitford, "To Bid the World Farewell." Professional Essay: Tom Bodett, "Ditch Diving." Strategy Three: Development by Comparison and Contrast. Student Essay: Point-by-Point Method: "Bringing Back the Joy of Market Day." Student Essay: Block Method: "Backyards: Old and New." Professional Essay: Bruce Catton, "Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts." Professional Essay: Mark Twain, "Two Ways of Viewing the River." Strategy Four: Development by Definition. Student Essay: "Blind Paces." Professional Essay: Don R. Lipsitt, "The Munchausen Mystery." Strategy Five: Development by Division and Classification. Student Essay: "The Indian Era at Mesa Verde." Professional Essay: Division: David Bodanis, "A Brush with Reality: Surprises in the Tube." Professional Essay: Classification: Russell Baker, "The Plot against People." Strategy Six: Development by Causal Analysis. Student Essay: "It's Simply Not Worth It." Professional Essay: Nicholas Meyer, "Mystery!"
Student Essay: "Students, Take Note!" Pro/Con Professional Essays: Robert J. Scott, "Free Speech ''Zones''" from USA Today.
Student Essay: "Treeclimbing." Professional Essay: Describing a Person: Cliff Schneider, "Still Learning from My Mother." Professional Essay: Describing a Place: Verlyn Klinkenborg, "Aboard the Sleeper."
Student Essay: "Never Underestimate the Little Things." Professional Essay: Maya Angelou, "Sister Flowers."
13. Writing Essays Using Multiple Strategies.
Student Essay: "Pass the Broccoli--Please!" Professional Essay: Robert L Heinbroner, "Don't Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgments."
Part III: SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS.
14. Writing a Paper Using Research.
Student Paper Using MLA Style: "A Possibility of Survival: The Mysterious Fate of Anastasia and Alexei."
15. Writing in Class: Exams and "Response" Essays.
Student Essay: "Youth Service: An Idea Whose Time Has Come."
16. Writing about Literature.
Fiction: Kate Chopin, "The Story of an Hour." Student Essay: "A Breath of Fresh Air." Poetry: Walt Whitman, "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer." Student Essay: "Two Ways of Knowing." Poetry: Robert Hayden, "Those Winter Sundays." Fiction: Julia Alvarez, "Snow."
17. Writing About Film.
Student Essay: "Catch the Black Bird." Glossary of Film Terms.
18. Writing in the World of Work.
Sample Student Business Letter. Sample Student Resume.
Part IV: A CONCISE HANDBOOK.
19. Major Errors in Grammar.
Verbs. Nouns. Adverbs and Adjectives. Modifying Phrases. Sentences.
20. A Concise Guide to Punctuation.
Period. Question Mark. Exclamation Point. Comma. Semicolon. Colon. Apostrophe. Quotation Marks. Parentheses. Brackets. Dash. Hyphen. Underlining. Ellipses.
21. A Concise Guide to Mechanics.
Capitalization. Abbreviations. Numbers. Spelling. Professional Essay: William Safire, from On Language.
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