Higher Education

From Idea to Essay, 13th Edition

  • Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell Glendale Community College, Emeritus
  • Anthony Winkler
  • ISBN-10: 0495912123  |  ISBN-13: 9780495912125
  • 704 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2009, 2009
  • © 2012 | Published
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Overview

Respected and relied upon, FROM IDEA TO ESSAY is a rhetorically arranged rhetoric/ reader/research paper guide/handbook that systematically leads students through the complex process of writing an essay. Part I covers the fundamentals of essay writing. The heart of the book, Part II, teaches the nine rhetorical modes in nine identically structured chapters. Part III discusses essay examinations and how to use rhetorical strategies. Part IV addresses writing research papers and using documentation. Part V is a handbook of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. FROM IDEA TO ESSAY features appealing readings with literary, professional, and student examples presented together with vocabulary words for study. The text includes a wealth of writing activities, including visually-based and internet-research assignments.

Features and Benefits

  • Numerous sample readings, imaginative literature as well as essays, and specific guidelines for understanding and using each rhetorical mode lead students through the complex process of essay writing.
  • Professional and student essays function as examples for student writing.
  • “Writing Tip” boxes offer guidance from the authors on the writing process.
  • The MLA and APA documentation in Part IV reflects significant changes in the latest “MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers” and “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association”.

Table of Contents

Preface.
PART I: FUNDAMENTALS.
1. The Writing Process.
What is Good Writing. The Process and Structure of Writing. Personal Versus Objective Writing. Generating Ideas with Journal Writing. Assembling a Portfolio. Writing Assignments.
2. Critical Thinking, Reading, and Seeing.
Critical Thinking. Critical Reading. POEM: “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson. Critical Seeing. Writing Assignments.
3. Elements of Writing.
Purpose. Audience. Pattern. Blending Rhetorical Patterns. Practical Applications of the Rhetorical Strategies. Writing Assignments.
4. Planning and Organizing the Essay.
Finding a Topic. The Controlling Idea. Prewriting Activities. Writer’s Block. The Informal Outline. The Formal Outline. Writing Assignments.
5. The Paragraph.
The Topic Sentence. Sentences That Back Up the Topic Sentence. Sentences Used in Transitions between Concepts and Ideas. More about the Topic Sentence. Characteristics of the Paragraph. Transitions Between Paragraphs. Beginning and Ending Paragraphs. Writing Assignments. Rewriting Assignment.
6. Drafting, Revising, and Style.
Pointers on Drafting. The First Draft. Revising the First Draft. Achieving Style. Editing the Second Draft. Writing Assignments. Peer Review Assignment.
PART II: WRITING THE ESSAY.
7. Narration.
STORY: “The Code” by Richard T. Gill. POEM: “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson. How to Write a Narration. PROFESSIONAL MODEL: “A Gift of Laughter” by Allan Sherman. FURTHER READING: Exerpt from Night, by Elie Wiesel. FURTHER READING: “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe. Writing Assignments. Internet Research Assignment. Additional Writing Assignments. Rewriting Assignment. Photo Writing Assignment. Digging for Gold and for a Story Line.
8.Description.
STORY: “The Lament” by Anton Chekhov. POEM: “Coats” by Jane Kenyon. How to Write a Description. PROFESSIONAL MODEL: “Mma Ramotswe Thinks About the Land” by Alexander McCall Smith. World” by Shjena Erazo. World” by Shjena Erazo. FURTHER READING: “Bonobo Momma” by Joyce Carol Oates. FURTHER READING: “Sister Flowers” by Maya Angelou. Writing Assignments. Internet Research Assignment. Additional Writing Assignments. Rewriting Assignment. Photo Writing Assignment.
Digging for Gold or for a Dominant Impression (Description).
9. Examples.
STORY: “We’re Poor” by Floyd Dell. POEM: “Eleanor Rigby” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. How to Write with Examples. PROFESSIONAL MODEL: “Are You All Right?” by Wendell Berry. FURTHER READING: “The Keypad Solution” by Ammon Shea. FURTHER READING: “The Word as Person: Eponymns” by Don Farrant. Internet Research Assignment. Additional Writing Assignments. Rewriting Assignment. Photo Writing Assignment. Digging for Gold or for Cases (Examples).
10. Definition.
STORY: “Arrangement in Black and White” by Dorothy Parker. POEM: “Incident” by Countee Cullen. How to Write a Definition. PROFESSIONAL MODEL: “Fundamentalism” by Bert B. Beach. FURTHER READING: “Will Someone Please Hiccup My Pat?” by William Spooner Donald. Writing Assignments. Internet Research Assignment. Additional Writing Assignments. Rewriting Assignment. Photo Writing Assignment. Digging for Gold (Definitions).
11. Comparison/Contrast.
STORY: “Dream House” by Anthony C. Winkler. POEM: “The Twins” by Charles Bukowski. How to Write a Comparison/Contrast Paper. PROFESSIONAL MODEL: “Diogenes and Alexander” by Gilbert Highet. FURTHER READING: “Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts” by Bruce Catton. FURTHER READING: “The Richer, the Poorer” by Dorothy West. Writing Assignments. Internet Research Assignment. Additional Writing Assignments. Rewriting Assignment. Photo Writing Assignment. Digging for Gold or Likenesses and Differences (comparison/contrast).
12. Process.
STORY: “How Mr. Hogan Robbed a Bank? by John Steinbeck. POEM: “Tract” by William Carlos Williams. How to Write a Process Paper. PROFESSIONAL MODEL: “Coming into Language” by Jimmy Santiago Baca. FURTHER READING: “Battle of the Big Box” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. FURTHER READING: “How to Say Nothing in 50 Words” by Paul Roberts. Writing Assignments. Internet Research Assignment. Additional Writing Assignments. Rewriting Assignment. Photo Writing Assignment. Digging for Gold and for Steps (Process).
13. Classification/Division.
STORY: “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. POEM: “All the World’s a Stage” by William Shakespeare. How to Write a Classification/Division Paper. PROFESSIONAL MODEL: “The Plot Against People” by Russell Baker. FURTHER READING: “Three Types of Resistance to Oppression” by Martin Luther King, Jr. FURTHER READING: “On Dumpster Diving” by Lars Eichner. Writing Assignments. Internet Research Assignment. Additional Writing Assignments. Rewriting Assignment. Photo Writing Assignment. Digging for Gold or Related Types.
14. Causal Analysis.
STORY: “The Girls in Their Summer Dresses” by Irwin Shaw. POEM: “Money” by Victor Contoski. How to Write an Analysis of Cause. PROFESSIONAL MODEL: “The Catastrophe of Success” by Tennessee Williams. FURTHER READING: “Why We Crave Horror Movies” by Stephen King. FURTHER READING: “Nearing Ninety” by William Maxwell. Writing Assignments. Internet Research Assignment. Additional Writing Assignments. Rewriting Assignment. Photo Writing Assignment. Digging for Gold or for Reasons and Consequences.
15. Argumentation.
STORY: “War” by Luigi Pirandello. POEM: “Dooley Is a Traitor” by James Michie. How to Write an Argument. PROFESSIONAL MODEL: “The Case Against Man” by Isaac Asimov. Prejudice in Modern America” by Benjamin Goldberg. Prejudice in Modern America” by Benjamin Goldberg. FURTHER READING: “I Want a Wife” by Judy Syfers. FURTHER READING: “Playing God on No Sleep” by Anna Quindlen. Cluster Discussion: Understanding Diversity. Understanding Diversity in Religion. “Soap and Ambergris” by Yousef Al-Mohaimeed. Understanding Diversity in Skin Color. “Mixed-Blood Stew” by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Understanding Diversity in Sexual Orientation. “First” by Ryan van Meter. Writing Assignments. Internet Research Assignment. Additional Writing Assignments. Rewriting Assignment. Photo Writing Assignment. Digging for Gold or for Points and Counterpoints.
PART III: THE ESSAY EXAMINATION.
16. Preparing For the Essay Examination. How to Do Well on Essay Examinations. Using Rhetorical Strategies in Essay Examinations. Sample Essay Exams.
PART IV: THE RESEARCH PAPER.
17. Doing the Research.
Choosing a Topic. Doing the Research. Using the Personal Interview to Research a Topic. Using the Internet to Research a Topic. Compiling a Bibliography. Taking Notes. Formulating the Thesis, Outlining the Paper, and Writing the Abstract.
18. Writing and Documenting the Paper.
Plagiarism. Documenting the Humanities Paper (MLA). Documenting the Social Sciences Paper (APA). Preparing the Final Copy (MLA). Preparing the Final Copy (APA). Sample Student Papers. Suicides Go Up” by Cesare Polenghi. Suicides Go Up” by Cesare Polenghi.
PART V: HANDBOOK.
19. Grammar Fundamentals.
The Sentence. The Clause and Phrase. Sentence Types. Parts of Speech.
20. Correcting Common Errors.
Errors with Sentences. Errors in Agreement. Errors in Point of View. Errors in Reference. Errors with Modifiers. Errors in Parallelism. Errors in Diction. Wordiness. Combining Sentences. Errors in Punctuation. Errors in Capitalization. Errors in Spelling.
Appendix: Answers to Self-Grading Exercises
Credits.
Index.

What's New

  • Part I has been significantly updated. Chapters 1 and 2 have been rewritten, with relevance and precision in mind. Chapter 3 now has a greater emphasis on audience and purpose. Chapter 4 has been condensed, focusing on “finding a topic” and “prewriting.” Chapters 5 and 6 have been refreshed with updated examples.
  • Part II has been retitled “Patterns for Writing” and features new readings throughout the chapters.
  • An image of a miner, “Digging for Gold...”, now appears at the end of each chapter in Part II, following Photo Assignments. The miner is accompanied by text that summarizes the chapter and provides an extra writing assignment.
  • Chapter 15 features updated cluster arguments concerning national diversity, addressing the topics of religion (“Soap and Ambergris”), race (“Mixed Blood Stew”), and sexual identity (“First”).

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell

Born in Belgium, the daughter of an American minister, Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell had moved from Brussels to Paris to Bern, Switzerland, by the time she was seven years old. In Bern, she attended the Freies Gymnasium and spoke not only fluent French and German but also English, which was the language spoken to her by her American parents. After enduring World War II, Jo Ray's parents sent her and her brother to Pacific Union College (in the Napa Valley), where Jo Ray received a B. A. in English. After teaching English and French in high school for several years, Jo Ray started to take night classes at the University of Southern California in order to earn an M.A. and Ph.D., which would allow her to teach in college. While working on her doctorate, she was first hired to teach English at Glendale Community College and later to serve as Dean of the Evening College. A chance meeting in 1973 with Anthony C. Winkler, a successful novelist, led to a literary partnership that has produced 15 coauthored textbooks used at colleges and universities across the United States.

Anthony Winkler

Born February 25, 1942, in Kingston, Jamaica West Indies. Educated in Jamaica at Excelsior College, Mount Alvernia Academy and Cornwall College, the last two being in Montego Bay. Educated in the United States at Citrus Community College, Glendora California (AA degree 1965). Taught briefly at Pasadena City College and for a year Moneague Teachers College in Saint Anne, Jamaica, an experience chronicled in Going Home to Teach (1995.) From 1968 to 1975 Winkler had a sales territory as a bookman, covering Southern California, Las Vegas and Utah for Appleton Century Crofts textbook publishers, and later Southern California and Arizona for Scots Foresman. In 1969 he decided he could write textbooks as well as anyone and through a chance meeting with the sales representative of another company, he submitted the manuscript POETRY AS SYSTEM and was offered a contract for its publication. Eventually, he met Jo Ray McCuen and the two became textbook writers and collaborators. Over the years they have produced more than a dozen textbooks, most on rhetoric and writing, which have survived through multiple editions. In 1975, Winkler quit his job as a bookman and became a full-time freelance writer. In addition to his textbooks, his body of work include the following: “The Painted Canoe” (novel 1983), “The Lunatic” (novel 1987), “The Great Yacht Race” (novel 1992), “Going Home to Teach” (autobiography 1995), “The Duppy” (novel 1997), “The Annihilation of Fish and other stories” (short story collection 2004), “Dog War” (novel 2006), “Trust the Darkness: My Life As a Writer” (autobiography 2008); Plays: “The Hippopotamus Card” (produced by WDR German radio network), “The Burglary” (premiered in Toronto July 7, 2005); Movies: “The Lunatic” (1991), “The Annihilation of Fish” (1999), “Biography Bob Marley, an Intimate Portrait by His Mother” (1996, with Cedella Booker, Marley’s mother)