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The Dolphin Writer Book 3: Crafting Essays, 1st Edition

  • Houghton Mifflin Company
  • ISBN-10: 061837910X  |  ISBN-13: 9780618379101
  • 640 Pages
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $56.25



The Dolphin Writer is a three-volume series focusing on writing--from sentences to paragraphs to essays--in an easy-to-understand format and at an affordable price. Each volume of the The Dolphin Writer presents students with comprehensive yet approachable coverage of the writing process, from prewriting through peer evaluation, revision, and preparation of the final paper, and each also includes a section of numerous level-appropriate readings. A focus on student success in all areas of reading, writing, and studying helps students organize, manage, and implement techniques, including how to use a computer to assist in the writing process. Book Three includes complete coverage of essay skills.

Features and Benefits

  • The Dolphin Writer features the same topics and content as other comparable textbooks--but for a third of the price.
  • Step-by-step explanations of the writing process, including many student models, give students a clear understanding of how good writing actually works.
  • The text features a multitude of practice exercises, including self-tests that help students hone their writing skills. Suggested answers appear in the back of the book.
  • Web Work boxes at the end of each chapter provide suggestions for web sites with additional help, exercises, or suggestions for further exploration.
  • Chapter pedagogy, including goals for each chapter and a chapter review self-test, supports students in anticipating, learning, and reviewing key concepts.
  • Book Three includes Focus on Research boxes to help students begin to think about how to find sources of information, how to keep track of their information, and ultimately how to appropriately incorporate sources into their own writing.

Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter begins with Goals, includes a Review, and concludes with Web Work. Each of the Reading Selections in Part IV is followed by Mode and Skill Check questions and Questions for Writing and Discussion.
I. Writing, Reading, and Thinking
1. Improving Writing and Thinking
Writing as Opportunity
The Opportunities Before You Now
2. More on the Reading/Writing Connection
Active Reading
Critical Reading
Reading Visuals Critically
Keeping a Reading Journal
Writing Opportunities
II. The Writing Process
3. Prewriting
The Writing Process
Writing for Success: More Prewriting Techniques
Topic to Thesis
Considering Your Topic, Audience, and Purpose
Prewriting to Thesis: A Student Demonstration
4. Organizing and Outlining
Writing for Success: The Many Uses of Outlines
Organizing and Outlining: A Student Demonstration
5. Writing the Essay
The Thesis Statement
The Introduction
The Body of the Essay
The Conclusion
Some Helpful Tips for Composition
Writing for Success: Tips for Successful Collaborative Writing
Writing an Essay: A Student Demonstration
6. Revising
Revising Versus Editing
Revising for Completeness
Revising for Cohesiveness
Revising for Coherence
Two Important Revision Tips
Writing for Success: Tips for Collaborative Revision
Revising an Essay: A Student Demonstration
7. Proofreading, Editing, and Preparing a Final Draft
Editing to Improve Style
Editing to Correct Major Sentence Errors
Editing Errors in Grammar and Mechanics
Editing Spelling Errors
Preparing the Final Draft
Writing for Success: The Importance of Error-Free Professional and Personal Writing
Editing an Essay: A Student Demonstration
II. Developing Essays with the Rhetorical Modes
8. Narration
Writing a Narrative Essay
Using Vivid Language
Using Figurative Language
In Summary: Steps in Writing Narrative Essays
Topic Ideas for Narrative Essays
9. Description
Writing a Descriptive Essay
Using Vivid and Figurative Language
The Narrative/Descriptive Essay
In Summary: Steps in Writing Descriptive Essays
Topic Ideas for Descriptive Essays
10. Process
Writing a Process Essay
In Summary: Steps in Writing Process Essays
Topic Ideas for Process Essays
11. Illustration
Writing an Illustration Essay
In Summary: Steps in Writing Illustration Essays
Topic Ideas for Illustration Essays
12. Classification
Writing a Classification Essay
In Summary: Steps in Writing Classification Essays
Topic Ideas for Classification Essays
13. Division
Writing a Division Essay
In Summary: Steps in Writing Division Essays
Topic Ideas for Division Essays
14. Comparison/Contrast
Writing a Comparison/Contrast Essay
In Summary: Steps in Writing Comparison/Contrast Essays
Topic Ideas for Comparison/Contrast Essays
15. Cause/Effect
Writing a Cause/Effect Essay
In Summary: Steps in Writing Cause/Effect Essays
Topic Ideas for Cause/Effect Essays
16. Definition
Writing a Definition Essay
In Summary: Steps in Writing Definition Essays
Topic Ideas for Definition Essays
17. Argument
Writing an Argumentative Essay
In Summary: Steps in Writing Argumentive Essays
Topic Ideas for Argumentive Essays
18. Combining Modes of Development
Some Common Combinations
Writing an Essay Using a Combination of Modes
In Summary: Steps in Combining Modes
Topic Ideas for Combining Modes
19. Using Source Material to Improve Essays
Determining the Need for Source Material
Types of Sources
Evaluating the Credibility of Sources
Writing a Summary
Note-Taking Methods
Writing a First Draft Using Outline and Notes
What Is Plagiarism?
Integrating Source Material
Sample Documented Essay
Topic Ideas for Essays That Include Source Material
III. Reading Selections
Lillian Diaz-Imbelli, "El Viejo"
Reggie Jones as told to Liz Welch, "The Guardian"
Dave Barry, "Motivate! Then Fail! New Year''s Resolutions"
Christine Rosen, "Bad Connections"
Robert Lipsyte, "Experts Shmexperts"
Brent Staples, "Just Walk on By"
Yuki Noguchi, "Life and Romance in 160 Characters or Less"
Dinesh D''Souza, "Becoming American"
Constance Faye Mudore, "Working with Difficult People"
Dana Gioia, "Why Literature Matters"
IV. Handbook
Parts of Speech
The Basic Sentence
Combining Sentences


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