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At a Glance: Writing Paragraphs and Beyond, with Integrated Readings, 6th Edition

  • Lee Brandon Mt. San Antonio College
  • Kelly Brandon Santa Ana College
  • ISBN-10: 128544468X  |  ISBN-13: 9781285444680
  • 240 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2006
  • © 2015 | Published
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Overview

AT A GLANCE: WRITING PARAGRAPHS AND BEYOND, WITH INTEGRATED READINGS, 6e includes a handbook for help with fundamentals, forty integrated readings by student and professional writers, instruction in writing paragraphs and short essays, an introduction to reading-based writing, and practice with reading techniques, all in a concise, affordable book.

Features and Benefits

  • The book focuses on writing the paragraph, but offers the option for instructors to include the short essay in a course, either occasionally or pervasively.
  • The APA Guide for Writing Research Papers appears on the Student and Instructor Companion Sites, and an abundance of printable quizzes, which can be used for classwork, are on the Instructor Companion Site.
  • Chapter 3 helps students write with more substance and become better prepared for all college writing assignments through optional reading-based writing.
  • Chapter 4 shows students the basic similarity between well-developed paragraphs and well-developed essays.
  • A Self-Evaluation Chart helps students track their needs and goals and promotes self-reliance.

Table of Contents

1. The Paragraph and Prewriting.
The Paragraph Defined. A Sample Paragraph. The Writing Process. Prewriting: Using the Blank Sheet of Opportunity. Freewriting. Brainstorming. Clustering. Writing the Topic Sentence. Writing the Outline. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: The Paragraph and Prewriting.
2. Writing, Revising, and Editing the Paragraph.
Writing Your First Draft. The Recursive Factor. Revising Your Writing. Coherence. Language. Unity. Emphasis. Support. Sentences. Adding Editing to Your Revision. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Writing, Revising, and Editing.
3. Paragraphs and Essays.
Writing the Short Essay. Introductory Paragraph. Middle Paragraphs. Concluding Paragraph. Examining a Paragraph and an Essay. Student Writing. “Superman and Batman” (paragraph), Judy Urbina. “Superman and Batman” (essay), Judy Urbina. Topics for Short Essays. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Paragraphs and Essays.
4. Reading Techniques.
Underlining (Highlighting). Annotating. Taking Notes.SQ3R.Writer’s Guidelines.
5. Reading-Based Writing.
Reading-Based Writing Forms. Writing a Summary. Writing a Reaction. Writing a Two-Part Response. Kinds of Support for Reading-Based Writing. Basic Formal Documentation in Reading-Based Writing. Citations. Works Cited. Example of Reading-Based Writing. Student Reading-Based Paragraph (extracted from an essay). Essay for Discussion and Writing. “Everyone Pays the Price,” Hadley McGraw. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Reading-Based Writing.
6. Narration: Moving Through Time.
Writing Paragraphs of Narration. Situation; Conflict; Struggle; Outcome; Meaning. Practicing Patterns of Narration. Examining Paragraphs of Narration. Student Writing. “King of Klutziness,” Joel Bailey. “Yearning for Love,” Chantra Shastri. Professional Writing. “Dark Day in the Dust Bowl,” John Steinbeck. Topics for Paragraphs of Narration. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topics. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Narration.
7. Description: Moving Through Space and Time.
Writing Paragraphs of Description. Types of Description. Imagery. Dominant Impression.
Order: Time and Space. Practicing Patterns of Description. Examining Paragraphs of Description. Student Writing. “My Burning Scarf,” Julie Lee. Professional Writing. “The Road to Cedar City,” William Least Heat-Moon. Topics for Paragraphs of Description. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Description.
8. Exemplification: Writing with Examples.
Writing Paragraphs of Exemplification. Characteristics of Good Examples. Techniques for Finding Examples. Connecting Examples with Purpose. Practicing Patterns of Exemplification.
Examining Paragraphs of Exemplification. Student Writing. “Street Cop,” Justin Downey. “Sweet and Sour Workplace,” Sarah Betrue. Professional Writing. “Colorado Springs—Every Which Way,” Eric Schlosser. Topics for Paragraphs of Exemplification. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topic. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Exemplification.
9. Analysis by Division: Examining the Parts.
Writing Paragraphs of Analysis by Division. Procedure. Organization. Sequence of Parts. Practicing Patterns of Analysis by Division. Examining Paragraphs of Analysis by Division. Student Writing. “More Than Ordinary,” Nancy Samuels. “Ben Franklin, Renaissance Person,” Allison Udell. Professional Writing. “Zones of the Sea,” Leonard Engel et al. Topics for Paragraphs of Analysis by Division. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Analysis by Division.
10. Process Analysis: Writing About Doing.
Writing Paragraphs of Process Analysis.Two Types of Process Analysis: Directive and Informative. Working with Stages. Basic Forms. Practicing Patterns of Process Analysis.
Examining Paragraphs of Process Analysis. Student Writing. “Pupusas: Salvadoran Delight,” Patty Serrano. “Enhancing Faces,” Susan Hammel. “Protecting Yourself Against Zombies,” Jerzy Kovac. Professional Writing. “Surviving from Nature on the Rampage” Ann Sutton and Myron Sutton. Topics for Paragraphs of Process Analysis. Reading-Based Writing Topic. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topics. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Process Analysis.
11. Cause and Effect: Determining Reasons and Outcomes.
Writing Paragraphs of Cause and Effect. Researching and Organizing Cause and Effect. Order. Practicing Patterns of Cause and Effect. Examining Paragraphs of Cause and Effect. Student Writing. “A Divorce with Reasons,” Sarah Bailey. “More Than the Classroom,” Richard Blaylock. Professional Writing. “Consumer Culture Rocks ‘n’ Rolls on the Scene,” David M. Kennedy and Lizabeth Cohen. Topics for Paragraphs of Cause of Effect. Reading-Based Writing Topic. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Cause and Effect.
12. Cause and Effect: Determining Reasons and Outcomes.
Writing Paragraphs of Cause and Effect. Organizing Cause and Effect. Order. Practicing Patterns of Cause and Effect. Examining Paragraphs of Cause and Effect. Student Writing. “More Than the Classroom,” Richard Blaylock. Professional Writing. “Consumer Culture Rocks ‘n’ Rolls on the Scene,” David M. Kennedy and Lizabeth Cohen. “Results of Underage Drinking,” Wayne D. Hoyer and Deborah J. MacInnis. Topics for Paragraphs of Cause and Effect. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Cause and Effect.
13. Classification: Establishing Groups.
Writing Paragraphs of Classification. Practicing Patterns of Classification. Examining Paragraphs of Classification. Student Writing.” Doctors Have Their Symptoms, Too,” Boris Belkinsky. Professional Writing. “Styles of Leadership,” William M. Pride, Robert J. Hughes, and Jack R. Kapoor. Topics for Paragraphs of Classification. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Classification.
14. Comparison and Contrast: Showing Similarities and Differences.
Writing Paragraphs of Comparison and Contrast. Generating Topics and Working with the 4 P’s. Practicing Patterns of Comparison and Contrast. Examining Paragraphs of Comparison and Contrast. Student Writing. “Two Loves: Puppy and True,” Jennifer Jeffries. Reading-Based Writing “A Summary of ‘The Messy Are in Denial’” Bill Walker. Professional Writing.
“Public and Private,” Richard Rodriguez. “Blue as in Boy, Pink as in Girl,” Sharon S. Brehm.
Topics for Paragraphs of Comparison and Contrast. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topic. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topics. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Comparison and Contrast.
15. Definition: Clarifying Terms.
Writing Paragraphs of Definition. Techniques for Development. Patterns and Sources. Order.
Introduction and Development. Practicing Patterns of Definition. Examining Paragraphs of Definition. Student Writing. “Is Extremism Going Too Far,” Linda Wong. “Prison Slang,” Ruby Red. Professional Writing. “Burnout,” Gregory Moorhead and Ricky W. Griffin. Topics for Paragraphs of Definition. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topic. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Definition.
16. Argument: Writing to Influence.
Writing Paragraphs of Argument. Persuasion and Argument Defined. Components of Your Paragraph. Kinds of Evidence. Practicing Patterns of Argument. Examining Paragraphs of Argument. Student Writing. “My Life to Live—or Not,” Angela DeSarro. “Summary of ‘Bully, Bully,’” by John Leo,” Susan Aragon. Professional Writing. “A Modest Proposal: Guys Shouldn’t Drive til 25,” Joyce Gallagher. Topics for Paragraphs of Argument. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topic. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topic. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Argument.
17. Handbook.
Identifying Parts of Speech. Locating Subjects and Verbs. Writing Different Kinds of Sentences. Combining Sentences. Variety in Sentences: Types, Order, Length, Beginnings.
Correcting Fragments, Comma Splices, and Run-Ons. Omissions: When Parts Are Missing. Working with Verb Forms. Giving Verbs Voice. Selecting Pronoun Case. Matching Pronouns and Antecedents. Using Adjectives and Adverbs. Eliminating Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers. Balancing Sentence Parts. Avoiding Wordy Phrases. Mastering Punctuation. Conquering Capitalization.
Index.

What's New

  • Twelve of this edition’s 40 provocative, integrated readings are new to this edition.
  • A new chapter on classification has been added to this text's best-selling instruction in the process of prewriting, organizing, writing, and revising the paragraph and, optionally, the short essay.
  • New examples of documented student writing have been added to all the modes chapters.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Lee Brandon

Lee Brandon is the author of twelve college English textbooks with Cengage Learning, including the best-selling series, Sentences, Paragraphs, and Beyond with Integrated Readings, and Paragraphs and Essays with Integrated Readings and the highly successful At a Glance series. He has served as chair of the English Department at Mt. San Antonio College, where he taught for more than thirty years and occasionally still teaches. Few authors are as active in the promotion of their books as Lee Brandon, who regularly visits schools across the country and presents at professional conferences. Lee also has to his credit poems and short stories in magazines; songs recorded and in sheet music; a best-selling musical play for elementary school students (in print with Lorenz Music); a play produced by a college drama department; a published Ford Foundation grant project; a chapbook of ballads about his youth, Oklahoma, My Sweet Sorrow; a chapbook of ballads about his experience teaching for ten years in a high-security California women's prison, Butterflies on Barbwire; and newspaper articles about travel, adventures, and whimsical experiences.

Kelly Brandon

Kelly Brandon is a partner in the father-son writing team for two best-selling series, Sentences, Paragraphs, and Beyond with Integrated Readings and Paragraphs and Essays with Integrated Readings, as well as the At a Glance books. He is a tenured professor of English at Santa Ana College, where he has taught for twenty-four years. His B.A. is from the University of California at Los Angeles and his M.A. is from the University of California at Santa Barbara. For recreation he does bodybuilding, backpacks, plays the clarinet, drives his fully restored 1953 yellow and white Chevrolet Bel Air, listens to music, and reads eclectically and voraciously.