Introduction: What, Why, and How to Learn to Write
Part One: Planning Chapter 1: Your Audience and You Chapter 2: Selecting a Subject Chapter 3: Managing the Main Points Chapter 4: Writing the Thesis Statement Chapter 5: Preparing an Outline
Part Two: Drafting Chapter 6: Understanding Paragraph Form and Function Chapter 7: Writing Introductions and Conclusions Chapter 8: Keeping Your Readers with You Chapter 9: Choosing the Right Words
Part Three: Revising Chapter 10: The Three Steps to Revision
Part Four: Patterns of Essay Development Chapter 11: Researching Your Subject Chapter 12: Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting Chapter 13: Documenting Your Sources Chapter 14: Formatting a Research Paper
Part five: The Research Paper Chapter 15: Three Basic Strategies Chapter 16: Process Analysis Chapter 17: Classification and Division Chapter 18: Comparison and Contrast Chapter 19: Causal Analysis Chapter 20: Argumentation
Part Six: Readings Joseph Sheppach, "Thinking Unbound" Will Ferguson, "Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw Richard Lederer, "How I Write" Malcolm Gladwell, "How to Be a Success" Geoffrey Rowan, "Getting Pancake Sauce from Trees" Rick Groen, "The Magic of Moviegoing" Matt Carmichael, "Get Radical, Get Some Rest" Dennis Dermody, "Sit Down, Shut Up, or Don't Sit by Me" Nick Matamis, "The Term Paper Artist" David Bodanis, "Toothpaste" Sara R. Howerth, "The Gas-Electric Hybrid Demystified" Victor Chen, "Justice and Journalism" Olive Skene Johnson, "For Minorities, Timing is Everything" Deenu Parmar, "Labouring the Walmart Way" Gabor Mate, "Embraced by the Needle" Anwar F. Accawi, "The Telephone" Livio Di Matteo, "Arts Education Does Pay Off" Carmen Joy King, "Quit Facebook" Kevin Myers, "The Country the World Forgot" Rubi Galafalakis, "No Sweat?" Max Fawcett, "Google Never Forgets" Hal Niedzviecki, "Stupid Jobs are Good to Relax With" Maria Amuchastegui, "Farming it Out"
Part Seven: The Essentials Workbook: A Review of the Basics Sentence Structure A: Cracking the Sentence Code B: Solving Sentence-Fragment Problems C: Solving Run-On Problems D: Solving Modifier Problems E: The Parallelism Principle F: Refining by Combining Grammar A: Mastering Subject-Verb Agreement B: Using Verbs Effectively C: Solving Pronoun Problems Punctuation A: The Comma B: The Semicolon C: The Colon D: Quotation Marks E: Question and Exclamation Marks F: Dashes and Parentheses Spelling A: Hazardous Homonyms B: The Apostrophe C: The Hyphen D: Capital Letters E: Numbers