The Essentials of Academic Writing

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THE ESSENTIALS OF ACADEMIC WRITING, International Edition, offers a complete overview of the process of writing academic essays for college courses. This text covers the writing process, including concise, nuts-and-bolts coverage of researching, planning, drafting, documenting, revising, and proofreading academic papers. A sample student essay serves as a case study throughout the text, illustrating each step of the writing process. An anthology of 12 academic essays, covering a variety of disciplines and topics, provides good models for student writing. This affordable and accessible text is a valuable rhetoric for freshman composition and is an important reference guide to students in all college disciplines.

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  • Paperback | 456 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 17mm | 540g
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • Heinle & Heinle Publishers Inc.,U.S.
  • Florence, United States
  • English
  • 2nd International edition
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 049580049X
  • 9780495800491
  • 795,915

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Alternative Rhetorical Contents. Preface. Introduction: The Writing Process. Writing as a Recursive Process. Reading Academic Writing. Part I: THE PROCESS OF WRITING AN ACADEMIC ESSAY 1. What Is an Academic Essay? Writing for the Social Sciences. Writing for the Sciences. Writing for the Humanities. Writing for Business. Writing for Technology. Conclusion. Writing Assignment. Collaborative Activity. Exercises. Journal Prompt. 2. Getting Started: Consider Topic, Audience, Purpose. Reflect Upon Your Topic. Freewriting. W5 + 1H Questions. Webbing. Consider Your Reader. Readers Influence Content. Readers Influence Style. Readers Judge Quality. Establish Your Purpose. Expository Mode. Persuasive Mode. Compose Your Thesis Statement. Placement of the Thesis. Conclusion. Writing Assignment. Exercises. Collaborative Activity. Journal Prompt. 3. Research Your Topic. Books. Periodicals. The Internet. Interviews. Questionnaires. Incorporating Research. Direct Quotes. Summarizing. Paraphrasing. Plagiarism. Citing Sources. Sample Essay with Sources Cited Using MLA Style: "The Qualities of a Grade A Essay" by Edna Bell. Conclusion. Writing Assignment. Research Exercises. Paraphrasing and Summarizing Exercise. Collaborative Activity. Journal Prompt. 4. Make a Plan. Planning an Expository Essay. Planning a Compare/Contrast Essay. Planning an Argument. Aristotle: Logos, Ethos, Pathos. Toulmin: Claim, Support, Warrant. Rogerian Argument. Audience and Purpose in Argument. Conclusion. Writing Assignment. Exercises. Journal Prompt. Collaborative Activity. 5. Write a Draft. Write a Clear and Specific Opening. Sample Introductory Paragraphs. Write Complete Body Paragraphs. Compose a Topic Sentence. Develop Your Topic Sentence. Maintain Paragraph Unity. Sample Body Paragraphs. Write An Explicit Conclusion. Sample Concluding Paragraphs. Conclusion. Writing Assignments. Exercises. Collaborative Activity. Journal Prompt. 6. Revise Your Essay. Structure. Content. Cohesive Ties. Transition. Repetition. Substitution. Style. Subordination. Parallelism. Order. Academic Voice. Peer Review. Conclusion. Writing Assignment. Exercises. Collaborative Activity. Journal Prompt. 7. Edit Your Essay. Edit for Grammar. Subject-Verb Agreement. Pronoun Reference. Pronoun Case. Verb Tense and Mood. Edit for Sentence Structure. Sentence Fragments. Run-On Sentences. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers. Faulty Parallelism. Wordiness. Edit for Punctuation. Punctuation at the End of Sentences. Punctuation Within Sentences. Punctuation Within Words. Edit for Diction. Context. Meaning. Conclusion. Writing Assignments. Exercises. Collaborative Activity. Journal Prompt. 8. Acknowledge Your Sources. MLA Method of Parenthetical Citation. Parenthetical Citations Within the Text of the Essay. Works Cited List. Sample MLA Works Cited Entries. APA Method of Parenthetical Citation. Parenthetical Citations Within the Text of the Essay. References List at the End of the Essay. Sample APA Reference List Entries. Chicago Manual of Style Method of Citing Sources. Footnotes/Endnotes. Source List at the End of the Essay. Sample CMS Bibliography Entries. Conclusion. Writing Assignments. Exercises. Collaborative Activity. Journal Prompt. Part II: SAMPLE ACADEMIC ESSAYS WITH INSTRUCTIONAL NOTES AND COMMENTARY. Mary E. Pritchard, Gregory S. Wilson, and Ben Yamnitz, "What Predicts Adjustment Among College Students? A Longitudinal Panel Study." Jay Ladin, "Meeting Her Maker: Emily Dickinson's God." Adam Black, "Saving the Vancouver Island Marmot." Mary Amati and Kevin Stirob, "Is the United States Losing Its Productivity Advantage?" Laura Manuel and Eugene P. Sheehan, "Getting Inked: Tattoos and College Students." Part III: AN ANTHOLOGY OF ACADEMIC WRITING. Reading Actively and Critically. Visuals in Academic Writing. Joel Grossbard, et al., "Are Drinking Games Sports? College Athlete Participation in Drinking Games and Alcohol-Related Problems." Stephen F. Hard, James M. Conway, and Antonia C. Moran, "Faculty and College Student Beliefs about the Frequency of Student Academic Misconduct." Janna L. Kim et al., "From Sex to Sexuality: Exposing the Heterosexual Script on Primetime Network Television." Valerie Wee, "Resurrecting and Updating the Teen Slasher: The Case of Scream." Phil Mole, "9/11 Conspiracy Theories: The 9/11 Truth Movement in Perspective." Phillipe Roger, "Global Anti-Americanism and the Lessons of the "French Exception." Michele Wucker, "Fixing the Borders (Without a Wall)." Philip W. Mote and Georg Kaser, "The Shrinking Glaciers of Kilimanjaro: Can Global Warming Be Blamed?"

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About Dr. Derek Soles

Derek Soles received his Ph.D. from the University of Victoria in 1988. He has taught at several colleges and universities in Canada and the U.S. He currently teaches at The University of British Columbia. In addition to Essentials of Academic Writing, he has written text books and many articles on composition theory and pedagogy and literary analysis.

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