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Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing, The (5th Edition) 5th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0205598748
ISBN-10: 0205598749
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The most successful rhetoric published in over a decade, The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing offers the most progressive and teachable introduction now available to academic and personal writing. The guide offers engaging instruction in rhetoric and composition, a flexible sequence of comprehensive writing assignments, numerous examples of student and professional writing, and thorough guides to research and editing. Solidly grounded in current theory and research, yet eminently practical and teachable, The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing has set the new standard for freshman composition courses in writing, reading, and critical thinking and inquiry. Part One, A Rhetoric for College Writer, provides a conceptual framework by showing how inquiring writers pose problems, pursue them through discussion and exploratory writing, and solve them as they compose and revise. Part Two, Writing Projects, contains twelve self-contained assignment chapters arranged according to the purposes for writing. Each chapter guides the reader through the process of generating and exploring ideas, composing and drafting, revising and editing. Part Three, A Guide to Composing and Revising, comprises five self-contained chapters of nuts-and-bolts strategies for composing and revising. A Guide to Research, Part Four, instructs how to conduct research and incorporate sources into their own writing, and includes a state-of-the-art chapter on electronic writing and research. Part Five, A Guide to Special Writing Occasions, gives helpful advice on writing reflective self-evaluations and on writing essay exams. Part Six, A Guide to Editing, is a concise handbook of grammar, usage, mechanics, punctuation, style, and editing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 5 edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205598749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205598748
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Mefford on July 23, 2012
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For many years I have dreaded returning to college, primarily because it meant I would have to take College writing. However, this year I finally made that jump and tackled College Writing first.

I expected nothing of a college writing text beyond taking significant amounts of my time reading dry material. This book however, was anything but that. I now consider it an indispensable tool to anyone struggling with writing, or wanting to improve their writing skills.

I told my Dad about the book and how much I enjoyed it. He is an aspiring writer and working to improve his skills. He let me know he would like to borrow the book when I am done with my course. Well now I am done and not sure how to tell him that I won't be giving up the book.

The exercises in this book are presented in such a way that they are very meaningful and the purpose is clear, such that it never feels like busy work. Not much of what was presented was truly original to me, but was all presented in a way that its purpose was made much more clear. Additionally, some of those things that I have found very challenging in the past were made simple. When writing my papers for the course, instead of struggling to reach the word count, I was working to edit down to the word count. This allowed selecting from the best of my content instead of trying to inject word count.

I received an A in the course for which I give all of the credit to this book. It allowed me to find joy in writing, something that have never had before.
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The university where I teach allows us to choose our own composition text. After much research and personal experience with several composition texts, I use this guide. While I agree that the selected essays do have a liberal slant I do not agree that the writing is too difficult for a freshman to understand.

There is no way that I would assign the entire textbook, cover to cover, for one semester. Even the authors do not suggest this. I use the chapters on reading and writing rhetoric, research, critical data analysis, and writer conferencing with all of my composition classes. Then I pick and choose which specific writing projects/chapters I will use for different levels.

I highly recommend this textbook. It has a lot of acurate and useful information and is a great source for a composition course.

To counterbalance the liberal essays, I add in several others from many different perspectives and fields to allow students to have a wider understanding of the world.
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I have been required to use this text at one school where I teach, and it is a dismal experience. Most of the other instructors feel the same way, but we are overruled by a minority opinion.

The authors do not have a clue that they are writing this book for a freshman college audience. You need advanced reading skills in order to be able to understand some of the chapters in this book. For example, they overly complicate the chapter on writing evaluations.

The readings are also dry and have a noticeably liberal slant. Although, there are a couple of interesting ones, such as the essay about Sesame Street being sexist. However, there are not enough readings to provide good examples for students to use as models.

If I was not forced to use the book, I would not. This is too much money to spend on a book that is not especially useful.
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By Goody on November 27, 2009
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I will have to admit I would have never bought this book other than is being for a school text book. It's one hell of an English book that covers just about everything, written, that you could imagine. I'm glad that I have it for future reference.
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Castro would love this textbook.

While this book does indeed have helpful writing tips and a handy grammar section in the back with academic composition rules, it also has a load of liberal biases and a few blatant myths. Liberal ideological premises soak this book like a sponge in water, and parts of the book could easily be called outright propaganda. The photographic montage on page 287 is a classic example. The wording of the captions equates legal immigration with illegal aliens by referring to both as "immigration" when they are not, neither by definition nor by law. The arrangement of the photos on this page are in story-like form, showing a man wanting to be here, then coming over, then marching for "his rights" (behind the women pushing their anchor babies) and then getting sworn in as a citizen. If that isn't blatant pro-amnesty drum beating, I'd like to know what is. It is clearly an attempt to positively cast illegal migration in a positive light and make it palatable to the reader. The photos are all of different people, however the message is clear: the authors of this textbook are pro-amnesty.

Also disturbing about this book are the endless references to "race, gender, and class" which smack of something out of a Marxist pamphlet. Students are encouraged to write about a "social problem" and how to fix it. This was a real issue for me since most of what are defined (by the political left) as "social problems" are nothing but poor personal behaviors practiced by a number of people. "Social problem" tends to be a political catchphrase right along with "social justice." I'm a former leftist, I know the spiel all too well. I don't think I can count the number of between-the-lines liberal messages this book has.
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