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At a Glance: Writing Essays and Beyond, 6th Edition

  • Lee Brandon Mt. San Antonio College
  • Kelly Brandon Santa Ana College
  • ISBN-10: 1285444647  |  ISBN-13: 9781285444642
  • 334 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2006
  • © 2015 | Published
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Overview

Fresh, vibrant, concise, and affordable, the Sixth Edition of AT A GLANCE: WRITING ESSAYS AND BEYOND, WITH INTEGRATED READINGS, will help your students master the recursive flow of writing by revising and editing systematically. Linking reading and writing, this book's tell-show-engage writing instructions, demonstrations, and exercises involve students in all stages of the writing process as they move from simple to more complex parts of assignments. With emphasis on the summary, reaction, and two-part response, reading-based writing provides experience in critical thinking, enabling students to write with substance across the disciplines and transition smoothly to the next tier of their English program. The Sixth Edition features a handbook chapter covering fundamentals; fourteen new readings; additional writing prompts; short-story review instruction; optional career-related writing units for your career-minded students; an updated ten-step research paper chapter; a new chapter on writing classification; complimentary student and instructor companion websites; a streamlined Self-Evaluation Chart; and a Writing Process Worksheet with a checklist based on the new Brandon Guide for Revising and Editing.

Features and Benefits

  • In Chapter 3 and throughout the book, new applications of the acronym CGPS (capitalization, grammar, punctuation, and spelling) help students revise and edit their individual work, their peer cooperative assignments, and peer evaluations.
  • Lists of Reading-Based, Cross-Curricular, Career-Related, and General writing topics appear in Chapters 5–12, appealing to a diverse range of students and providing opportunity for practicing new skills.
  • Career-related writing instruction, topics, and exemplary student writing selections are included in Chapters 5, 7, 8, 10, and 12 to accommodate the interests and needs of career-minded students.
  • A reproducible Writing Process Worksheet (at the end of the Student Overview and on the Student and Instructor Companion Websites) provides guidance for students and saves time and effort for instructors by providing documentation on the progression or completion of an assignment.
  • Reading-based writing helps students read, think, and write critically so they will write with more objectivity and substance as they move smoothly through developmental English-and smoothly into freshman composition.
  • The Self-Evaluation Chart helps students track their needs and goals and promotes self-reliance.

Table of Contents

1. THE ESSAY AND ITS PARTS.
The Essay Defined. Student Writing: 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. Introductions. Support Paragraphs. Basic Frames. Conclusions. Writer''s Guidelines at a Glance: The Essay and Its Parts.
2. THE WRITING PROCESS: PREWRITING.
The Writing Process Defined. Prewriting Strategies. Freewriting. Brainstorming and Listing. Clustering. Composing the Thesis. Outlining. Writer''s Guidelines at a Glance: Prewriting.
3 THE WRITING PROCESS: WRITING, REVISING, AND EDITING.
Writing Your First Draft. The Recursive Factor. Your Audience. Revising Your Writing: CLUESS. Coherence. Language. Unity. Emphasis. Support. Sentences. Adding Editing to Revision: CGPS. Writer''s Guidelines at a Glance: Writing, Revising, and Editing.
4. READING FOR THINKING, DISCUSSION, AND WRITING.
Reading-Based Writing. The Writing Component. The Reading Component. Reading-Based Writing and Other Approaches in Writing. Reading Techniques. SQ3R. Underlining. Annotating. Outlining. Taking Notes. Reading-Based Writing Forms. Summary. Reaction. Two-Part Response. Kinds of Support for Reading-Based Writing. Basic Formal Documentation in Reading-Based Writing. Citations. Works Cited. An Example of Student Reading-Based Writing. Student Essay with Documentation. “Struggling Against Silence,” Lydia Hsiao. Writer''s Guidelines at a Glance: Reading for Thinking, Discussion, and Writing.
5. DESCRIPTIVE NARRATION: MOVING THROUGH TIME AND SPACE.
A Natural Combination of Narration and Description. The Narrative Pattern. Situation. Conflict. Struggle. Outcome. Meaning. The Descriptive Pattern. Types of Description. Imagery. Dominant Impression. Useful Procedure for Writing Description. Order for Descriptive Narration: Time and Space. Career-Related Writing: Workplace Reports.
Practicing Patterns of Descriptive Narration. Examining Essays of Descriptive Narration. Student Writing. “My First-and Best-Car,” Justin Downey. Professional Writing. “An American in Mexico,” Alex Espinoza. “No Tears for Frankie,” Gina Greenlee. Career-Related Writing. “Incident Report of the Falling Shoppers,” Douglas Ross. Topics for Essays of Descriptive Narration. Reading-Based Writing Topics. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. General Topics. Writer''s Guidelines at a Glance: Descriptive Narration.
6. EXEMPLIFICATION: WRITING WITH EXAMPLES.
Writing Essays of Exemplification. Characteristics of Good Examples. Techniques for Finding Examples. Practicing Patterns of Exemplification. Examining Essays of Exemplification. Student Reading-Based Writing. “Hungering for Sounds of Silence,” Eileen Baylor. Professional Writing. “Who''s Cheap?” Adair Lara. “The Jacket,” Gary Soto. Topics for Essays of Exemplification. Reading-Based Writing Topics. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. General Topics. Writer''s Guidelines at a Glance: Exemplification.
7. ANALYSIS BY DIVISION: EXAMINING THE PARTS.
Writing Essays of Analysis by Division. Organization. Sequence of Parts. Restaurant Review. Career Review. Practicing Patterns of Analysis by Division. Examining Essays of Analysis by Division. Student Writing. “More Than Book ''Em,” Jerry Price. Professional Writing. “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus,” John Gray. Restaurant Review. “Johnny''s Wiener Wagon on a Roll,” Floyd Garrison. Student Reading-Based Writing. “Elvis Presley: King of the Twentieth Century,” Emmett Davis. Student Career-Related Writing. “My Chosen Career: Respiratory Therapy,” Jolene Hawkins. Topics for Essays of Analysis by Division. Reading-Based Writing Topics. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. General Topics. Writer''s Guidelines at a Glance: Analysis by Division.
8. PROCESS ANALYSIS: WRITING ABOUT DOING.
Writing Essays of Process Analysis. Two Types of Process Analysis: Directive and Informative. Working with Stages. Basic Forms. Practicing Patterns of Process Analysis. Career-Related Writing as Process Analysis. Examining Essays of Process Analysis. Student: “The Ultimate Omelette,” Eileen Miles. Professional Writing: “A Successful Interview,” C. Edward Goods and William Fitzpatrick. Student Career-Related Writing: “Doing a Flame Hair Tattoo,” Tina Sergio. Topics for Essays of Process Analysis. Reading-Based Writing Topics. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topics. General Topics. Writer''s Guidelines at a Glance: Process Analysis.
9. CAUSE AND EFFECT: DETERMINING REASONS AND RESULTS.
Writing Essays of Cause and Effect. Organizing Cause and Effect. Composing the Thesis. Considering Kinds of Causes and Effects. Evaluating the Importance of Sequence. Introducing Ideas and Working with Patterns. Cause and Effect in a Short-Story Review. Practicing Patterns of Cause and Effect. Examining a Summary and an Essay on the Causes of Violence. Student Reading-Based Writing. “A Summary of ''Enough Is Enough''“, Andrew Cossey. Professional Writing. “The Ghetto Made Me Do It,” Francis Flaherty. Short Story. “The Story of an Hour,” Kate Chopin. Student Reading-Based Writing in a Short Story Review. “The Use of Self-Analysis,” Gloria Mendez. Topics for Essays of Cause and Effect. Reading-Based Writing Topics. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topics. General Topics. Writer''s Guidelines at a Glance: Cause and Effect.
10. CLASSIFICATION.
Writing Essays of Classification. Practicing Patterns of Classification. Examining Essays of Classification. Student Writing. “Sorting Them Out,” Jose Morales. Student Reading-Based Writing. “Community College Pressures,” Joel Follette. Professional Writing. “Living Environments,” Avi Friedman. Topics for Essays of Classification. Reading-Based Writing Topics. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topics. General Topics. Writer''s Guidelines at a Glance.
11. COMPARISON AND CONTRAST: SHOWING SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES.
Writing Essays of Comparison and Contrast. Generating Topics and Working with the 4 P''s. Career-Related Writing as Comparison and Contrast. Practicing Patterns of Comparison and Contrast. Examining Essays of Comparison and Contrast. Student Career-Related Writing.
“Is Nursing or Physical Therapy the Better Career for Me?” LaDonna Stallard. Professional Writing. “From B''wood to the ''Hood,” Ryan J. Smith. “A Mixed Tex-Cal Marriage,” José Antonio Burciaga. Topics for Essays of Comparison and Contrast. Reading-Based Writing Topics. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topics. General Topics. Writer''s Guidelines at a Glance: Comparison and Contrast.
12. DEFINITION: CLARIFYING TERMS.
Writing Essays of Definition. Techniques for Development. Order. Introduction and Development. Practicing Patterns of Definition. Examining Essays of Definition. Student Writing. “Modern Mother,” Marie Maxwell. Professional Writing. “Soul Food at a Black American Family Reunion,” Sheilla Ferguson. “Graffiti: Taking a Closer Look,” Christopher Grant. Topics for Essays of Definition. Reading-Based Writing Topics. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topic. General Topics. Writer''s Guidelines at a Glance: Definition.
13. ARGUMENT: WRITING TO INFLUENCE.
Writing Essays of Argument. Persuasion and Argument Defined. Techniques for Developing Essays of Argument. Components of Your Essay. Kinds of Evidence. Career-Related Writing: Proposals for the Workplace. Practicing Patterns of Argument. Examining Essays of Argument.
Student Reading-Based Writing. “Analysis of ''Educators Declare War on Traditional Values''“, Eric Horner. Professional Writing. “Pro/Con: Should the Legal Drinking Age Be Lowered to 18?” Jessica Pauline Ogilvie. “Shouldn''t Men Have ''Choice'' Too?” Meghan Daum. Student Career-Related Writing as a Proposal. “Abolish Homework in Elementary School,” Emily Lucer. Topics for Essays of Argument. Reading-Based Writing Topics. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topics. General Topics. Writer''s Guidelines at a Glance: Argument.
14. THE RESEARCH PAPER.
The Research Paper Defined. Ten Steps to Writing a Research Paper. 1. Select a Topic. 2. Find Source. 3. List Sources. 4. Take Notes. 5. Refine Your Thesis and Outline. 6. Write Your First Draft. 7. Revise Your First Draft. 8. Prepare Your Works Cited Section. 9. Write Your Final Draft. 10. Submit Required Materials. Student Research Paper. “Zoos-An Endangered Species?” Michael Chung. Writer''s Guidelines at a Glance: The Research Paper.
15. 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. Punctuation. Capitalization.
Index.

What's New

  • This edition features fourteen new readings, an expanded list of diverse topics and writing prompts, an updated research paper unit, and a new chapter on writing classification.
  • A streamlined Self-Evaluation Chart-based on the new Brandon Guide for Revising and Editing-helps students track their needs and goals and promotes self-reliance.

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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.