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|Description:||xxiv, 504 pages ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||Part 1 The basics of the short essay: prewriting; the thesis statement; the body paragraphs; beginnings and endings; drafting and revision - creative thinking, critical thinking; effective sentences; word logic; the reading-writing connection; television and the American family, Marie Winn. Part 2 Purposes, modes and strategies: exposition; example; what's so bad about being so-so?, Lisa Wilson Strick; process analysis, to bid the world farewell, Jessica Mitford; comparison and contrast; two ways of viewing the river, Mark Twain; Grant and Lee, Bruce Catton; definition; the Munchausen mystery, Don R. Lipsitt; division and classification; the plot against people, Russell Baker; causal analysis; mystery!, Nicholas Meyer; argumentation; get smoker bans in focus, USA Today; make stadiums smoke free, Joseph W. Cherner; I'm the NRA, National Rifle Association; is this the "well-regulated" militia?, Centre to Prevent Handgun Violence; some arguments for nuclear energy, US Council for Energy Awareness; gas heat makes me nervous, Metropolitan Energy Council; animals don't have rights, USA Today; stop animal use, abuse, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; description; the discus thrower, Richard Selzer; narration; sister flowers, Maya Angelou; putting it all together - multiple strategies; don't let stereotypes warp your judgements, Robert L. Heilbroner. Part 3 Special assignments: writing a paper using research; student paper - the mysterious fate of the Romanovs; writing an essay about literature; Richard Cory, Edwin Arlington Robinson; when I heard the learn'd astronomer, Walt Whitman; the story of an hour, Kate Chopin; writing in-class assignments; short answer exams; essay exams; personal response essays; summary-and-response essays. Part 4 A concise handbook: major errors in grammar; a concise guide to punctuation; a concise guide to mechanics.|