The Fourth Edition of AT A GLANCE: ESSAYS, International Edition guides students through the process of prewriting and writing essays in specific and combined rhetorical modes. This text features new readings, optional text-based writing instruction, a research paper unit, a brief handbook, and an emphasis on critical thinking.
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1. READING FOR WRITING. Text-Based Writing and Reading Related Writing. Types of Writing. Kinds of Support for Text-Based Writing. Basic Documentation in Text-Based Writing. Documentation in Action. riter's Guidelines at a Glance: Reading for Writing. 2. THE ESSAY AND ITS PARTS. The Essay Defined. A Sample Essay: Razor Wire Sweat Lodge, Leah. The Thesis Defined. Sources for the Thesis. Writing the Thesis. Patterns of Support for the Thesis. Special Paragraphs Within the Essay. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: The Essay and Its Parts. 3. THE WRITING PROCESS: PREWRITING. The Writing Process Defined. Prewriting Strategies. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Prewriting. 4. THE WRITING PROCESS: WRITING, REVISING, AND EDITING. Writing Your First Draft. Revising Your Writing. Adding Editing to Revision. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Writing, Revising, and Editing. 5. DESCRIPTIVE NARRATION: MOVING THROUGH TIME AND SPACE. A Natural Combination of Narration and Description. The Narrative Pattern. The Descriptive Pattern. Order for Descriptive Narration: Time and Space. Practicing Patterns of Descriptive Narration. Examining Essays of Descriptive Narration. Student Writer: My First Real Fire, Tyson M. Burns. Professional Writer: The Jacket, Gary Soto. Topics for Essays of Descriptive Narration. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Descriptive Narration. 6. EXEMPLIFICATION: WRITING WITH EXAMPLES. Writing Essays of Exemplification. Practicing Patterns of Exemplification. Examining Essays of Exemplification. Student Writer: Hungering for Sounds of Silence, Eileen Baylor. Professional Writer: Who's Cheap? Adair Lara. Topics for Essays of Exemplification. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Exemplification. 7. ANALYSIS BY DIVISION: EXAMINING THE PARTS. Writing Essays of Analysis by Division. Practicing Patterns of Analysis by Division. Examining Essays of Analysis by Division. Student Writer: Prison as a Community, Tanya. Professional Writer: Food, Service Hit and Miss at Gianno's, John Batchelor. Topics for Essays of Analysis by Division. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Analysis by Division. 8. PROCESS ANALYSIS: WRITING ABOUT DOING. Writing Essays of Process Analysis. Practicing Patterns of Process Analysis. Examining Essays of Process Analysis. Student Writer: The Skinny on Working for a Dermatologist, J. Kim Birdine. Professional Writer: Fast, Sleek, and Shiny: Using the Internet to Help Buy New Cars, Preston Gralla. Topics for Essays of Process Analysis. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Process Analysis. 9. CAUSE AND EFFECT: DETERMINING REASONS AND RESULTS. Writing Essays of Cause and Effect. Practicing Patterns of Cause and Effect. Examining Essays of Cause and Effect. Student Writer: Getting High and Living Low, Sergio Ramos. Professional Writer: The Ghetto Made Me Do It, Francis Flaherty. Topics for Essays of Cause and Effect. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Cause and Effect. 10. COMPARISON AND CONTRAST: SHOWING SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES. Writing Essays of Comparison and Contrast. Practicing Patterns of Comparison and Contrast. Examining Essays of Comparison and Contrast. Student Writer: The Piper Cherokee and the Cessna 172, Brittany Markovic. Professional Writer: From B'Wood to the 'Hood, Ryan J. Smith. Topics for Essays of Comparison and Contrast. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Comparison and Contrast. 11. DEFINITION: CLARIFYING TERMS. Writing Essays of Definition. Practicing Patterns of Definition. Examining Essays of Definition. Student Writer: Modern Mother, Marie Maxwell. Professional Writer: Whose Values, Janet Pearson. Topics for Essays of Definition. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Definition. 12. ARGUMENT: WRITING TO INFLUENCE. Writing Essays of Argument. Practicing Patterns of Argument. Examining Essays of Argument. Student Writer: Teaching Our Kids to Shoot 'Em Up, Tina Sergio. Professional Writer: Graffiti: Taking a Closer Look? Christopher Grant. Topics for Essays of Argument. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Argument. 13. THE RESEARCH PAPER. The Research Paper Defined. Ten Steps to Writing a Research Paper. Student Example: ZoosuAn Endangered Species? Michael Chung. Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: The Research Paper. 14. HANDBOOK. Subjects and Verbs. Kinds of Sentences. Sentence Problems. Sentence Combining. Variety in Sentences. Parallel Structure. Omissions: When Parts Are Missing. Verbs. Pronouns. Adjectives and Adverbs. Avoiding Wordy Phrases. Punctuations. Capitalization. Index.