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Subjects/Strategies: A Writer's Reader [Paperback]

Paul A. Escholz , Alfred F. Rosa
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Table of Contents

Thematic Contents
Reading for Understanding and Meaning
Reading as a Writer
Getting the Most out of Your Reading
An Example: Reading Laurence Perrine's ``Paradox''
Using Reading in the Writing Process
Writing Essays
The Writing Process
Writing Your First Draft
Editing and Proofreading
Writing An Expository Essay
A Student Essay in Progress
Secular Mantras Keith Eldred
Combining Strategies
How Writers Combine Strategies
Some Thoughts on Combining Strategies
An Annotated Student Essay Using a
Combination of Strategies
Kids, You Can't Read That Book! Tara Ketch
Writing Documented Essays
Print Sources
Previewing Print Sources
Developing a Working Bibliography
Evaluating Print Sources
Internet Sources
Previewing Internet Sources
Developing a Working Bibliography
Evaluating Internet Sources
About the Web Exercises in This Book
Note Taking
Direct Quotation
Taking Notes on Internet Sources
Integrating Quotations into Your Text
Documenting Sources
In-Text Citations
List of Works Cited
A Note on Plagiarism
A Documented Student Essay
The Absence Of Television In My Family
Melanie Milks
What is Exemplification?
Why Do Writers Use Exemplification?
An Annotated Student Essay Using Exemplification
Wheel Chair Hell
Shannon Long
Suggestions for Writing an Essay of Exemplification
Gather Your Examples
Test Your Examples
Be Sure Your Examples Are Representative
Organize Your Examples
Use Transitions
Share Your Work with Others
Be Specific Natalie Goldberg
A Crime of Compassion Barbara Huttmann
How to Give Orders Like a Man
Deborah Tannen
In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens Alice Walker
Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit
Leslie Marmon Silko Fiction: Happy Endings (fiction)
Margaret Atwood
Writing Suggestions for Exemplification
What is Description?
Why Do Writers Use Description?
An Annotated Student Essay Using Description
The ``Shaw'' Blake Wilson
Suggestions for Writing a Descriptive Essay
Select Descriptive Details with Your
Purpose in Mind
Identify Your Audience
Collect Sensory Details about Your Subject
Create a Dominant Impression
Organize Your Details to Create a Vivid Picture
Use Specific, Concrete Nouns and Strong
Action Verbs
Use Figurative Language to Add Freshness
and Clarity
On the Ball Roger Angell
Aravaipa Canyon Edward Abbey
My Father, the Prince Phyllis Theroux
A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican
Judith Ortiz Cofer
A View from the Bridge
Cherokee Paul Mcdonald
Once More to the Lake E. B. White
Writing Suggestions for Description
What is Narration?
Why Do Writers Use Narration?
An Annotated Student Essay Using Narration
Challenging My Fears Andrew Kauser
Suggestions for Writing a Narrative Essay
Select a Topic That Has Meaning for You
Determine Your Point and Purpose
Establish a Context
Choose the Most Appropriate Point of View
Select Details of the Event
Organize Your Narrative
Keep Your Verb Tense Consistent
Use Narrative Time for Emphasis
Use Transitional Words to Clarify Narrative Sequence
Use Dialogue to Bring Your Narrative to
Coming to an Awareness of Language
Getting Caught
Annie Dillard
Stranger Than True Barry Winston
Langston Hughes
A Hanging George Orwell
Snow (fiction) Julia Alvarez
Writing Suggestions for Narration
Process Analysis
What is Process Analysis?
Why Do Writers Use Process Analysis?
Directional Process Analysis
Informational Process Analysis
Evaluative Process Analysis
An Annotated Student Essay Using Process Analysis:
I Bet You Can William Peterson
Suggestions for Writing a Process Analysis Essay
Know the Process You Are Writing About
Have a Clear Purpose
Divide the Process into Steps
Use Transitions to Link the Steps
Consider Your Audience and Choose
Appropriate Diction
Test the Effectiveness of Your Process Analysis
How to Mark a Book
Mortimer Adler
How to Say Nothing in 500 Words Paul Roberts
In the Toils of the Law Edward Hoagland
Why Leaves Turn Color in the Fall
Diane Ackerman
On Dumpster Diving
Lars Eighner
Writing Suggestions for Process Analysis
Comparison and Contrast
What Is Comparison and Contrast?
Point-by-Point and Block Comparison
Analogy: A Special Form of Comparison and
Why Do Writers Use Comparison and Contrast?
An Annotated Student Essay Using Comparison
and Contrast
Guns And Cameras Barbara Bowman
Suggestions for Writing a Comparison and
Contrast Essay
Ensure That Subjects Share Basic
Determine Your Purpose and Focus on It
Formulate a Thesis Statement
Choose the Points of Comparison
Organize the Points of Comparison
Draw a Conclusion from the Comparison
Two Ways of Seeing a River
Mark Twain
Neat People vs. Sloppy People Suzanne Britt
Scrambled Eggs and Cross-Purposes
Frank S. Croce
FDR and Truman
David Mccullough
Sex, Lies, and Conversation
Deborah Tannen
The Men We Carry in Our Minds Scott Russel Sanders
Writing Suggestions for Comparison and
Division And Classification
What Are Division and Classification?
Why Do Writers Use Division and
An Annotated Student Essay Using Division
and Classification
How Loud? How Good? How Much? How Pretty!
Gerald Cleary
Suggestions for Writing a Division and
Classification Essay
Determine Your Purpose and Focus on It
Make Sure That Categories Share
Formulate a Thesis Statement
Organize the Points of Your Essay
State Your Conclusion
Use Other Rhetorical Strategies
The Plot against People Russell Baker
Types of Doublespeak
William Lutz
The Truth about Lying
Judith Viorst
The Ways of Meeting Oppression
Martin Luther King Jr.
The Streak of Streaks Stephen Jay Gould
Girl (fiction) Jamaica Kincaid
Writing Suggestions for Division and
What Is Definition?
Why Do Writers Use Definition?
An Annotated Student Essay Using Definition
Best Friends Howard Solomon Jr.
Suggestions for Writing a Definition Essay
Choose a Sufficiently Broad Subject
Formulate a Thesis Statement
Consider Your Audience
Choose a Technique of Definition
Develop Your Strategy
Use Other Rhetorical Strategies
The Company Man Ellen Goodman
What Is Poverty? Jo Goodwin Parker
Americanization Is Tough on
Rose Del Castillo Guilbault ``Macho''
Manhood: The Elusive Goal
Mark Gerzon
On Being a Cripple
Nancy Mairs
A Respectable Woman (fiction)
Kate Chopin
Writing Suggestions for Definition
Cause And Effect Analysis
What Is Cause and Effect Analysis?
Why Do Writers Use Cause and Effect Analysis?
An Annotated Student Essay Using Cause and Effect Analysis
Kevin Cunningham
Suggestions for Writing a Cause and Effect Analysis
Establish Your Focus
Determine Your Purpose
Formulate a Thesis Statement
Avoid Oversimplification and Errors of
Strike a Balanced Tone
Use Other Rhetorical Strategies
How Boys Become Men Jon Katz
The Great Kern County Mouse War
Kennedy P. Maize
The Face of Beauty
Diane Ackerman
Television and Family Life
Marie Winn
I show a Child What Is Possible
Jacques D'Amboise
Writing Suggestions for Cause and Effect Analysis
What Is Argument?
Informational or Exploratory Argument
Focused Argument
Action-Oriented Argument
Quiet or Subtle Argument
Reconciliation Argument
Why Do Writers Use Argument?
An Annotated Student Essay Using Argumentation
The Liberal Arts: A Practical View
Mark Jackson
Suggestions for Writing an Argumentation Essay
Determine Your Thesis or Proposition
Consider Your Audience
Gather Supporting Evidence
Choose an Organizational Pattern
Consider Refutations to Your Argument
Avoid Faulty Reasoning
Conclude Forcefully
Use Other Rhetorical Strategies
The Case for

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