Handbook for Writers: Excellence in Literature

Handbook for Writers: Excellence in Literature


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This two-part writer's handbook is designed for instruction, reference, and evaluation, and can be used for high school, college, and professional writing. Part 1 is a course in essays and arguments with topic-sentence outline models and much more. Part 2 is a traditional reference guide to grammar, style, and usage. Presented with a detailed table of contents that allows the reader to pinpoint issues and find solutions to writing questions.

A few highlights:

— How to construct a logical, interesting argument for an essay, debate, or research paper

— How to structure different types of essays, paragraph by paragraph

— How to use inductive and deductive reasoning

— How read thoughtfully and write about literature, including short stories, full-length classics, and poetry

— Topic sentence outline examples for papers in literature, social studies, public policy, and more

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613220450
Publisher: Everyday Education, LLC09
Publication date: 08/20/2017
Series: Excellence in Literature
Edition description: Second
Pages: 422
Sales rank: 699,459
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Handbook
Part 1: Introduction to Essays and Arguments
Arguments: Some Simple First Principles

Setting Up The Argument: Definition (1)
3.1 Defining the Argument: Some General Points

Definition (2): Defining Key Terms
4.1 The Importance of Certain Key Terms in the Argument
4.2 Organizing Definitions
4.3 Self-Serving Definitions
4.5 Exercise 4: Definitions
4.6 Descriptive and Narrative Definitions
4.7 Extended Definitions
4.8 Some Summary Points on Definition
4.9 Defining the Scope of the Essay

Deduction And Induction

Organizing The Main Body Of An Argument (I)
6.1 General Remarks
6.2 The Length of the Argument: Approximate Paragraph Count
6.3 Selecting the Topics for the Argument
6.4 Rethinking the Focus and Thesis of the Argument
6.5 Developing an Outline: Topic Sentences
6.6 The Commonest Error in Topic Sentences
6.7 Exercise in Topic Sentences
6.8 Drawing Up a Simple Outline (for a Short Essay)
Essay 1: On Hamlet
Essay 2: On Intellectual Property Violations
6.9 Checking the Outline
6.10 Some Sample Formats for Topic Sentences
6.11 Topic Sentences to Avoid
Organizing The Main Body Of The Argument (II)

7.1 Simple Additive Structure
7.2 Acknowledging the Opposition
7.3 The Structure of a Comparative Argument
General Observations on Comparative Arguments
Sample Openings to a Comparative Essay
The Structure of a Comparative Argument
7.4 Additional Samples of Outlines for Comparative Essays

Paragraph Structure
8.1 Paragraphs in the Main Body of the Argument
Sample Paragraph A: Deductive Structure
Sample Paragraph B: Inductive Structure
8.2 Paragraphs Making Inductive Argument
Sources of Evidence
Interpreting Evidence
8.3 Some Important Symptoms of Poor Argumentative Paragraphs
8.4 Paragraph Unity
8.5 Paragraph Coherence
A Useful Blueprint for Achieving Paragraph Coherence
Transition Words as Logical Indicators
A Catalogue of Transition Words
An Exercise in Transition Words
8.6 Concluding Paragraphs
Conclusion A (from an essay arguing that Hamlet's character is not that of the ideal prince but is badly flawed)
Conclusion B (from an essay arguing that the failure of the Meech Lake Accord was a direct result of the ineptitude of the federal government)
Conclusion C (from an essay arguing that the only rational solution to our narcotics problem is to legalize all drugs)
8.7 Recommendations
Sample Conclusion and Recommendation Ending to a Paper

Paragraph Functions

Writing Arguments About Literary Works
A. Short Book Review
B. Short Essay Reviewing a Live Drama Production
D. Short Essay on a Long Fiction
E. Short Essay Evaluating an Argument in Another Text
F. Longer Essay or Research Paper on a Social Issue
G. Longer Essay or Research Paper on the Historical Significance of an Idea, Book, Person, Event, or Discovery
H. Research Paper on a Cultural Movement

Critical Approaches to Shakespeare

Part 2: Introduction to Usage and Style
Phrases, Clauses, Sentences


Basic Punctuation


Parallelism Or Parallel Structure

Modifiers, Gerunds, Infinitives

Clarity, Logic, and Structure

References And Bibliographies

Additional Notes on Citations

Basic Format for Essays and Research Papers

Keyhole Essay Graphic
The Six Sections of an Approach Paper
11 Things a Paragraph Can Do
Rubric for Writing Evaluation

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