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The Longman Writer: Rhetoric, Reader, Research Guide, and Handbook, 7e (Mycomplab)

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Clear, step-by-step writing instruction, ample annotated student essays, and extensive practice opportunities for writing have made The Longman Writer one of the most successful methods-of-development guides for college writing.

 

Created by the authors of the best-selling Longman Reader, the text draws on decades of teaching experience to integrate the best of the "product" and "process" approaches to writing.  Its particular strengths include an emphasis on the reading-writing connection, a focus on invention and revision, attention to the fact that patterns blend in actual writing, and an abundance of class-tested activities and assignments–more than 350 in all.

Synopsis:

Clear, step-by-step writing instruction, ample annotated student essays, and extensive practice opportunities for writing have made The Longman Writer one of the most successful methods-of-development guides for college writing.

Table of Contents

Preface

 

I. THE READING PROCESS

 

1. Becoming a Strong Reader

Stage 1: Get an Overview of the Selection

Stage 2: Deepen Your Sense of the Selection

Stage 3: Evaluate the Selection

        Ellen Goodman, "Family Counterculture"

 

II. THE WRITING PROCESS

 

2. Getting Started Through Prewriting

Observations About the Writing Process

Use Prewriting to Get Started

    Keep a Journal

    The Pre-Reading Journal Entry

    Understand the Boundaries of the Assignment

    Determine Your Purpose, Audience, Tone, and Point of View

    Discover Your Essay's Limited Subject

    Generate Raw Material About Your Limited Subject

    Organize the Raw Material

Activities: Getting Started Through Prewriting

 

3. Identifying a Thesis

What Is a Thesis?

Finding a Thesis

Writing an Effective Thesis

    Tone and Point of View

    Implied Pattern of Development

    Including a Plan of Development

    Don't Write a Highly Opinionated Statement

    Don't Make an Announcement

    Don't Make a Factual Statement

    Don't Make a Broad Statement

Arriving at an Effective Thesis

Placing the Thesis in an Essay

Activities: Identifying a Thesis

 

4. Supporting the Thesis with Evidence

What Is Evidence?

How Do You Find Evidence?

    How the Patterns of Development Help Generate Evidence

Characteristics of Evidence

    The Evidence Is Relevant and Unified

    The Evidence Is Specific

    The Evidence Is Adequate

    The Evidence Is Dramatic

    The Evidence Is Accurate

    The Evidence Is Representative

    Borrowed Evidence Is Documented

Activities: Supporting the Thesis with Evidence

 

5. Organizing the Evidence

Use the Patterns of Development

Select an Organizational Approach

    Chronological Approach

    Spatial Approach

    Emphatic Approach

    Simple-to-Complex Approach

Prepare an Outline

Activities: Organizing the Evidence

 

6. Writing the Paragraphs in the First Draft

How to Move from Outline to First Draft

General Suggestions on How to Proceed

If You Get Bogged Down

A Suggested Sequence for Writing the First Draft

    Write the Supporting Paragraphs

    Write Other Paragraphs in the Essay's Body

    Write the Introduction

    Write the Conclusion

    Write the Title

Pulling It All Together

Sample First Draft

        Harriet Davids, "Challenges for Today's Parents"

    Commentary

Activities: Writing the Paragraphs in the First Draft

 

7. Revising Overall Meaning, Structure, and Paragraph Development

Five Strategies to Make Revision Easier

    Set Your First Draft Aside for a While

    Work from Printed Text

    Read the Draft Aloud

    View Revision as a Series of Steps

    Evaluate and Respond to Instructor Feedback

    Peer Review: An Additional Revision Strategy

    Evaluate and Respond to Peer Review

Revising Overall Meaning and Structure

Revising Paragraph Development

Sample Student Revision of Overall Meaning, Structure, and Paragraph Development

Activities: Revising Overall Meaning, Structure, and Paragraph Development

 

8. Revising Sentences and Words

Revising Sentences.

    Make Sentences Consistent with Your Tone

    Make Sentences Economical

    Vary Sentence Type

    Vary Sentence Length

    Make Sentences Emphatic

Revising Words

    Make Words Consistent with Your Tone

    Use an Appropriate Level of Diction

    Avoid Words That Overstate or Understate

    Select Words with Appropriate Connotations

    Use Specific Rather Than General Words

    Use Strong Verbs

    Delete Unnecessary Adverbs

    Use Original Figures of Speech

    Avoid Sexist Language

Sample Student Revision of Sentences and Words

Activities: Revising Sentences and Words

 

9. Editing and Proofreading

Edit Carefully

Use the Appropriate Manuscript Format

Proofread Closely

Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Proofreading

        Harriet Davids, "Challenges for Today's Parents"

    Commentary

Activities: Editing and Proofreading

 

III. THE PATTERNS OF DEVELOPMENT

 

10. Description

What Is Description?

How Description Fits Your Purpose and Audience

Prewriting Strategies

Strategies for Using Description in an Essay

Revision Strategies

Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Revision

        Marie Martinez, "Salt Marsh"

    Commentary

Activities: Description

    Prewriting Activities

    Revising Activities

Professional Selections: Description

        Maya Angelou, "Sister Flowers"

        *David Helvarg, "The Storm this Time"

        Gordon Parks, "Flavio's Home"

Additional Writing Topics: Description

 

11. Narration

What Is Narration?

How Narration Fits Your Purpose and Audience

Prewriting Strategies

Strategies for Using Narration in an Essay

Revision Strategies

Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Revision

        Paul Monahan, "If Only"

    Commentary

Activities: Narration

    Prewriting Activities

    Revising Activities

Professional Selections: Narration

        Audre Lorde, "The Fourth of July"

        George Orwell, "Shooting an Elephant"

        *Charmie Gholson, "Charity Display?"

Additional Writing Topics: Narration

 

12. Illustration

What Is Illustration?

How Illustration Fits Your Purpose and Audience

Prewriting Strategies

Strategies for Using Illustration in an Essay

Revision Strategies

Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Revision

        Michael Pagano, "Pursuit of Possessions"

    Commentary

Activities: Illustration

    Prewriting Activities

    Revising Activities

Professional Selections: Illustration 

        Kay S. Hymowitz, "Tweens: Ten Going on Sixteen"

        Beth Johnson, "Bombs Bursting in Air"

        *Leslie Savan, "Black Talk and Pop Culture"

Additional Writing Topics: Illustration

 

13. Division-Classification

What Is Division-Classification?

How Division-Classification Fits Your Purpose and Audience

Prewriting Strategies

Strategies for Using Division-Classification in an Essay

Revision Strategies

Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Revision

        Gail Oremland, "The Truth about College Teachers"

    Commentary

Activities: Division-Classification

    Prewriting Activities

    Revising Activities

Professional Selections: Division-Classification

        William Lutz, "Double Speak"

        Scott Russell Sanders, "The Men We Carry in Our Minds"

        *David Brooks, "Psst! 'Human Capital'"

Additional Writing Topics: Division-Classification

 

14. Process Analysis

What Is Process Analysis?

How Process Analysis Fits Your Purpose and Audience

Prewriting Strategies

Strategies for Using Process Analysis in an Essay

Revision Strategies

Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Revision

        Robert Barry, "Becoming a Recordoholic"

    Commentary

Activities: Process Analysis

    Prewriting Activities

    Revising Activities

Professional Selections: Process Analysis

        Clifford Stoll, "Cyberschool"

        Diane Cole, "Don't Just Stand There"

        *David Shipley, "Talk About Editing"

Additional Writing Topics: Process Analysis

 

15. Comparison-Contrast

What Is Comparison-Contrast?

How Comparison-Contrast Fits Your Purpose and Audience

Prewriting Strategies

Strategies for Using Comparison-Contrast in an Essay

Revision Strategies

Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Revision

        Carol Siskin, "The Virtues of Growing Older"

    Commentary

Activities: Comparison-Contrast

    Prewriting Activities

    Revising Activities

Professional Selections: Comparison-Contrast

        Toni Morrison, "A Slow Walk of Trees"

        Patricia Cohen, "Reality TV: Surprising Throwback to the Past?"

        *Eric Weiner, "Euromail and Amerimail"

Additional Writing Topics: Comparison-Contrast

 

16. Cause-Effect

What Is Cause-Effect?

How Cause-Effect Fits Your Purpose and Audience

Prewriting Strategies

Strategies for Using Cause-Effect in an Essay

Revision Strategies

Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Revision

        Carl Novack, "Americans and Food"

    Commentary

Activities: Cause-Effect

    Prewriting Activities

    Revising Activities

Professional Selections: Cause-Effect

        Stephen King, "Why We Crave Horror Movies"

        *Buzz Bissinger, "Innocents Afield"

        Brent Staples, "Black Men and Public Space"

Additional Writing Topics: Cause-Effect

 

17. Definition

What Is Definition?

How Definition Fits Your Purpose and Audience

Prewriting Strategies

Strategies for Using Definition in an Essay

Revision Strategies

Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Revision

        Laura Chen, "Physics in Everyday Life"

    Commentary

Activities: Definition

    Prewriting Activities

    Revising Activities

Professional Selections: Definition

        K. C. Cole, "Entropy"

        James Gleick, "Life as Type A"

        *Natalie Angier, "The Cute Factor"

Additional Writing Topics: Definition

 

18. Argumentation-Persuasion

What Is Argumentation-Persuasion?

How Argumentation-Persuasion Fits Your Purpose and Audience

Prewriting Strategies

Strategies for Using Argumentation-Persuasion in an Essay

Revision Strategies

Student Essay: From Prewriting Through Revision

        Mark Simmons, "Compulsory National Service"

    Commentary

Activities: Argumentation-Persuasion

    Prewriting Activities

    Revising Activities

Professional Selections: Argumentation-Persuasion

        * Stanley Fish, "Free Speech Follies"

        Mary Sherry, "In Praise of the 'F' Word"

Debating the Issues: Date Rape

        Camille Paglia, "A Bigger Danger than Feminists Know"

        Susan Jacoby, "Common Decency"

*Debating the Issues: Immigration

        *Roberto Rodriguez, "The Border On Our Backs"

        *Star Parker, "Se Habla Entitlement"

Additional Writing Topics: Argumentation-Persuasion

 

IV. THE RESEARCH PAPER

 

19. Locating, Evaluating, and Integrating Online and Print Sources

Plan the Research

    Understand the Paper's Boundaries

    Understand Primary versus Secondary Research

Choose a General Subject

    Prewrite to Limit the General Subject

    Conduct Preliminary Research

    Identify a Working Thesis

    Make a Schedule

Find Sources in the Library

    The Computerized Catalog

    The Reference Section

    Periodicals

Use the Internet

    The Internet and the World Wide Web

    What the Web Offers

    The Advantages and Limitations of the Library and the Web

    Using Online Time Efficiently

    Using the Net to Find Materials on Your Topic

    Using Discussion Groups and Blogs

    Using Wikis

    Evaluating Online Materials

    Using Other Online Tools

    Prepare a Working Bibliography

Take Notes to Support the Thesis with Evidence

    Before Note-Taking: Evaluate Sources

    Before Note-Taking: Refine Your Working Bibliography

    Before Note-Taking: Read Your Sources

    When Note-Taking: What to Select

    When Note-Taking: How to Record Statistics

    When Note-Taking: Recording Information

    When Note-Taking: Photocopies and Printouts

    Kinds of Notes

    Plagiarism

    Combining Notes

Activities: Locating, Evaluating, and Integrating Research Sources

 

20. Writing the Research Paper

Refine Your Working Thesis

Sort Your Notes

Organize the Evidence by Outlining

Write the First Draft

    Presenting the Results of Primary Research

Document Borrowed Material to Avoid Plagiarism: MLA Format

    Indicate Author and Page

    Special Cases of Authorship

    Special Cases of Pagination

    Blending Quotations into Your Text

    Presenting Statistics

Revise, Edit, and Proofread the First Draft

Prepare the Works Cited List: MLA Format

    Citing Book Sources

    Citing Periodical Sources

    Citing Electronic Sources

    Citing Other Nonprint Sources

Document Borrowed Material to Avoid Plagiarism: APA Format

    Parenthetic Citations

    References List

    Citing Book Sources

    Citing Periodical Sources

    Citing Electronic Sources

    Citing Other Nonprint Sources

A Note About Other Documentation Systems

Student Research Paper: MLA-Style Documentation

        Brian Courtney, "America's Homeless: How the Government Can Help"

    Commentary

Activities: Writing the Research Paper

 

V. THE LITERARY PAPER AND EXAM ESSAY

 

21. Writing About Literature

Elements of Literary Works

    Literary Terms

How to Read a Literary Work

    Read to Form a General Impression

    Ask Questions About the Work

    Reread and Annotate

    Modify Your Annotations

Write the Literary Analysis

    Prewrite

    Identify Your Thesis

    Support the Thesis with Evidence

    Organize the Evidence

    Write the First Draft

    Revise Overall Meaning, Structure, and Paragraph Development

    Edit and Proofread

Pulling It All Together

    Read to Form a General Impression

        Langston Hughes, "Early Autumn"

    Ask Questions about the Work

    Reread and Annotate

Student Essay

        Karen Vais, "Stopping to Talk"

    Commentary

Additional Selections and Writing Assignments

        Robert Frost, "Out, Out-"

        Kate Chopin, "The Story of an Hour"

 

22. Writing Exam Essays

Three Forms of Written Answers

    Short Answers

    Paragraph-Length Answers

    Essay-Length Answers

How to Prepare for Exam Essays

At the Examination

    Survey of the Entire Test

    Understand the Essay Question

Write the Essay

    Prewrite

    Identify Your Thesis

    Support the Thesis with Evidence

    Organize the Evidence

    Write the Draft

    Revise, Edit, and Proofread

Sample Essay Answer

    Commentary

Activity: Writing Exam Essays

 

VI. A CONCISE HANDBOOK

Opening Comments

Sentence Faults

    Fragments

        Phrase Fragments

        Dependent Clause Fragments

    Comma Splices and Run-On Sentences

        Three Comma Pitfalls

    Faulty Parallelism

Verbs

    Problems with Subject-Verb Agreement

        How to Correct Faulty Subject-Verb Agreement

    Problems with Verb Tense

        How to Correct Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Tense

        How to Correct Faulty Use of Past Tense

Pronouns

    Problems with Pronoun Use

        Pronoun Case

        How to Correct Faulty Pronoun Case

        Pronoun Agreement

        Pronoun Reference

Modifiers

    Problems with Modification

        Misplaced and Ambiguous Modifiers

        Dangling Modifiers

Punctuation

    Period

    Question Mark

    Exclamation Point

    Comma

    Semicolon

    Colon

    Quotation Marks

    Ellipsis

    Apostrophe

    Parenthesis

    Brackets

    Hyphen

    Dash

Mechanics

    Capitalization

    Underlining and Italics

    Numbers

    Abbreviations

Spelling

 

Appendix: A Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism

Acknowledgements

Index

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780205598717
Subtitle:
Rhetoric, Reader, Research Guide, Handbook
Author:
Nadell, Judith
Author:
Langan, John
Author:
Nadell, Judith A.
Author:
Langan, John A
Author:
Comodromos, Eliza A.
Publisher:
Longman
Subject:
English language
Subject:
College readers
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Report writing
Subject:
English language -- Grammar.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
MyCompLab Series
Publication Date:
January 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
768
Dimensions:
9 x 7.48 x 1.16 in 1098 gr

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