Anthem Guide to Essay Writing

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Anthem Press, 2011 - Reference - 208 pages
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If you have difficulty getting started on an essay, or if once started, you find yourself frustrated about what to say, how much detail to provide, how to structure your paragraphs with pertinent evidence and compelling arguments, or how to express your ideas boldly, then this book is for you. It takes you through each step of the process of writing, offering wisdom about the key purpose of each essay type (which is the basis upon which your work will be assessed) and suggesting ways to tackle each phase of writing. There are specific guidelines for many essays types: persuasive, reflective, descriptive, analytical, comparison-contrast, cause-effect, classification, research, explication, definition, precis, and even exam essays, with helpful examples of each. You will learn how to prepare by reading closely and yet efficiently, how to generate insights about your topic, how to put together a well-structured draft, with sufficient evidence to support your claims, and how to revise to express your ideas in concise, clear, and eloquent language. There is also a section on how to avoid plagiarism and cite your sources in MLA, APA, or CMS format. The book is structured to allow you to tackle the steps in any order you like, as needed. Let this guide help you find confidence and success on your next essay!

 

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Contents

Generating Ideas
7
Preparing to Write
37
Structuring the Essay
57
Getting Out the First Draft
111
Documenting Sources
125
Developing Style
143
An Overview of the Writing Process
159
Sample Essays
165
Index
203
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Carole L. Hamilton teaches English at Cary Academy, an innovative private school in North Carolina, USA. Her students have won many awards for creative and analytical writing. A prolific author as well as educator, she has co-authored ‘Classroom Practice Exercises for the Advanced Placement Program to Accompany Kirschner and Mandell’s Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing 7th ed.’ (Wadsworth Cengage, 2010) and ‘Classroom Practice Exercises for Advanced Placement to Accompany Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound & Sense’ (Wadsworth Cengage, 2010). She has also contributed to the publication ‘Classroom Practice Exercises for Advanced Placement to Accompany The Riverside Reader’ (Holt McDougal, 2009), and contributed numerous articles for the Gale Group references series ‘Contemporary Authors’, ‘Literature from Developing Nations’, ‘Literary Movements for Students’, ‘Short Stories for Students’, ‘Novels for Students’, and ‘Drama for Students’. Hamilton received her MA in English at the University of Virginia and her AB with highest honors in Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. She is a recipient of the 2006 United States Department of Education Distinguished Teaching Award.

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