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At a Glance: Paragraphs, 5th Edition

  • Lee Brandon Mt. San Antonio College
  • ISBN-10: 0495906298  |  ISBN-13: 9780495906292
  • 240 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006, 2003
  • © 2012 | Published
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Overview

The Fifth Edition of AT A GLANCE: PARAGRAPHS guides students through the process of prewriting and writing paragraphs and optional short essays in specific and combined rhetorical modes. This text features forty integrated reading selections (with accompanying quizzes on the Student Companion Site), optional reading-based writing instruction (summary, reaction, and two-part response), a chapter introducing the short essay, a chapter that includes basic documentation with the 2009 MLA Update, and a brief handbook (supported by exercises and quizzes on the Student Companion Site).

Features and Benefits

  • The Self-Evaluation Chart helps students track their needs and goals and promotes self-reliance.

Table of Contents

Preface.
Student Overview.
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. FROM READING TO WRITING.
Reading-Based Writing. The Writing Component. The Reading Component. Reading-Based Writing and Other Approaches in Writing. Reading Techniques and Reading-Based Writing Forms. Reading Techniques. Underlining. Annotating. Outlining. Taking Notes. 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. Student Essay. “Everyone Pays the Price,” Hadley McGraw. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: From Reading to Writing.
4. 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.
5. NARRATION: MOVING THROUG 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. “Voice Like Twigs Underfoot,” Maxine Hong Kingston. Topics for Paragraphs of Narration. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topics. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Narration.
6. 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. “The Drag,” Mike Kavanagh. 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.
7. 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. “Sweet and Sour Workplace,” Sarah Betrue. Professional Writing. “When Those Tattoos Really Get Under the Skin,” Peter Carlson. “Dropping Way Out,” David Levine. “Georgia on My Mind,” Ray Jenkins. Topics for Paragraphs of Exemplification. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topic. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Exemplification.
8. ANALYSIS BY DIVISION: EXAMINING THE PARTS.
Writing Paragraphs of Analysis by Division. Organization. Sequence of Parts. Practicing Patterns of Analysis by Division. Examining Paragraphs of Analysis by Division. Student Writing. “More Than Ordinary,” Nancy Samuels. Professional Writing. “Golden Oldies,” Jerry Bratcher. “Who Are Our Heroes?” Ponchitta Pierce. 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.
9. 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. “Making Faces,” Seham Hemmat. “A Summary of ‘How Low-Balling Works on Your Mind,’” Larry Gardner. Professional Writing. “How to Sharpen a Knife,” Florence H. Pettit. Topics for Paragraphs of Process Analysis. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topics. Cross-Curricular Topics. Career-Related Topics. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Process Analysis.
10. 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. “A Divorce with Reasons,” Sarah Bailey. “More Than the Classroom,” Richard Blaylock. Professional Writing. “Neighbors from Hell,” Les Christie. “Why Marriages Fail,” Anne Roiphe. “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.
11. 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. “A Summary of ‘The Messy Are in Denial,’” Bill Walker. “Chinese Parents and American Parents,” Charles Yang. Professional Writing. “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.
12. DEFINITEION: CLARIFYING TERMS.
Writing Paragraphs of Definition. Techniques for Development. Order. Introduction and Development. Practicing Patterns of Definition. Examining Paragraphs of Definition. Student Writing. “Summary of ‘Bully, Bully’ by John Leo,” Susan Aragon. “Prison Slang,” Ruby Red. “Going Too Far,” Linda Wong. “Festival of the Dead,” Teresita Castellanos. Professional Writing. “Defining the Black American Family Reunion,” Sheila Ferguson. “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.
13. 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. “Get Them Off the Road,” Wilma E. Miles. “My Life to Live--or Not,” Angela DeSarro. Professional Writing. “The Most Underrated Candy Bar,” Patricia Volk. “The High Price of Steroid Studliness,” Anastasia Toufexis. Topics for Paragraphs of Argument. Reading-Based Writing Topics. General Topic. Cross-Curricular Topic. Career-Related Topic. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Argument.
14. 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

  • An expanded scope focuses on writing the paragraph but offers the option for instructors to include the short essay in a course, either occasionally or pervasively.
  • Additional instruction, writing topics, and writing prompts on reading-based writing as the summary, reaction, and two-part response appear in the Fifth Edition.
  • The Fifth Edition includes sixteen new reading selections and more third-person, objective reading selections.
  • A revised Chapter 3 shows how students can write with more substance and become better prepared for all college writing assignments with optional reading-based writing.
  • A revised Chapter 4 shows the basic similarity of well-developed paragraphs and well-developed essays.
  • New mode-specific boxed transitional words appear in Chapters 5-13.
  • New examples of documented student writing appear in the modes chapters.
  • A new APA Guide for Writing Research Papers now appears on the Student and Instructor Companion Sites.
  • An abundance of printable quizzes, which can be used for classwork, now appear on the Instructor Companion Site.

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Instructor's Guide  (ISBN-10: 1111349290 | ISBN-13: 9781111349295)

The Instructor’s Guide (IG), available both in print and online, provides helpful hints for the teaching of AT A GLANCE 5e in the classroom. The IG includes sample syllabi, teaching tips, an answer key, and more.

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.