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Quick, comprehensive writing guidance at a low cost--the At a Glance series can be paired with any developmental title or used independently. This flexible series includes a separate textbook for sentences, paragraphs, essays, and a reader. Each book features clear, concise instruction reinforced by extensive practice, exercises, and examples. At a Glance: Paragraphs guides students through the basics of prewriting, paragraph structure, and developing a paragraph in various rhetorical modes. The Third Edition includes a handbook section with units on diction, sentence variety, and omissions.
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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.Review:
1. Reading Effectively and Writing Summaries Reading for Writing Types of Reading-Related Writing Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Reading Effectively and Writing Summaries 2. The Paragraph and Prewriting The Paragraph Defined A Sample Paragraph The Writing Process Prewriting: Using the Blank Sheet of Opportunity Writing the Topic Sentence Writing the Outline Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: The Paragraph and Prewriting 3. Writing, Revising, and Editing the Paragraph Writing Your First Draft Revising Your Writing Adding Editing to Your Revision Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Writing, Revising, and Editing 4. Narration: Moving Through Time Writing Paragraphs of Narration Examining Paragraphs of Narration Student Writers: "King of Klutziness," Joel Bailey; "A Moment in the Sun," Karen Bradley Professional Writer: "Voice Like Twigs Underfoot," Maxine Hong Kingston Practicing Patterns of Narration Topics for Paragraphs of Narration Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Narration 5. Description: Moving Through Space and Time Writing Paragraphs of Description Examining Paragraphs of Description Student Writers: "The Santa Anas," Juanita Rivera; "My Burning Scarf," Julie Lee; "The Drag," Mike Kavanagh Professional Writer: "The Mousetrap," Craig Finley Practicing Patterns of Description Topics for Paragraphs of Description Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Description 6. Exemplification: Writing with Examples Writing Paragraphs of Exemplification Examining Paragraphs of Exemplification Student Writer: "Sweet and Sour Workplace," Sarah Betrue Professional Writers: "When Cupid Aims at the Workplace," Harvey R. Meyer; "Colorado Springs--Every Which Way," Eric Schlosser Practicing Patterns of Exemplification Topics for Paragraphs of Exemplification Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Exemplification 7. Analysis by Division: Examining the Parts Writing Paragraphs of Analysis by Division Examining Paragraphs of Analysis by Division Student Writer: "More Than Ordinary," Nancy Samuels Professional Writers: "Golden Oldies," Jerry Bratcher; "The Zones of the Sea," Leonard Engel et al. Practicing Patterns of Analysis by Division Topics for Paragraphs of Analysis by Division Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Analysis by Division 8. Process Analysis: Writing About Doing Writing Paragraphs of Process Analysis Basic Forms Examining Paragraphs of Process Analysis Student Writers: "Pupusas, Salvadorian Delight," Patty Serrano; "Making Faces," Seham Hemmat Professional Writers: "The Birth of an Island," Rachel Carson; "How to Sharpen a Knife," Florence H. Pettit Practicing Patterns of Process Analysis Topics for Paragraphs of Process Analysis Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Process Analysis 9. Cause and Effect: Determining Reasons and Outcomes Writing Paragraphs of Cause and Effect Examining Paragraphs of Cause and Effect Student Writers: "A Divorce with Reasons," Sarah Bailey; "More Than the Classroom," Richard Blaylock Professional Writers: "Results of Underage Drinking," Wayne D. Hoyer and Deborah J. MacInnis Practicing Patterns of Cause and Effect Topics for Paragraphs of Cause and Effect Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Cause and Effect 10. Classification: Establishing Groups Writing Paragraphs of Classification Examining Paragraphs of Classification Student Writer: "Doctors Have Their Symptoms Too," Boris Belinsky Professional Writers: "Behavioral, Psychological, and Medical Effects of Workplace Stress," Gregory Moorhead and Ricky W. Griffin; "Styles of Leadership," William M. Pride, Robert J. Hughes, and Jack R. Kapoor Practicing Patterns of Classification Topics for Paragraphs of Classification Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Classification 11. Comparison and Contrast: Showing Similarities and Differences Writing Paragraphs of Comparison and Contrast Examining Paragraphs of Comparison and Contrast Student Writers: "Two Loves: Puppy and True," Jennifer Jeffries; "Wives and Mothers in Vietnam and in America," Thung Tran Professional Writer: "Pink Kittens and Blue Spaceships," Alison Lurie Practicing Patterns of Comparison and Contrast Topics for Paragraphs of Comparison and Contrast Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Comparison and Contrast 12. Definition: Clarifying Terms Writing Paragraphs of Definition Examining Paragraphs of Definition Student Writers: "Going Too Far," Linda Wong; "Street Cop," Jerry Price Professional Writers: "Tornado," Morris Tepper; "Burnout," Gregory Moorhead and Ricky W. Griffin Practicing Patterns of Definition Topics for Paragraphs of Definition Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Definition 13. Argument: Writing to Influence Writing Paragraphs of Argument Examining Paragraphs of Argument Student Writer: "My Life To Live--or Not," Angela DeSarro Professional Writer: "The High Price of Steroid Studliness," Anastasia Toufexis Practicing Patterns of Argument Topics for Paragraphs of Argument Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: Argument 14. From Paragraph to Essay Writing the Short Essay Examining a Paragraph and an Essay Student Writer: "Get Them Off the Road," (paragraph) Daniel Humphreys; "Get Them Off the Road," (essay) Daniel Humphreys Topics for Short Essays Writer's Guidelines at a Glance: From Paragraph to Essay 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
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