At a Glance Essays (Fourth Edition) by Lee Brandon

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Shaw, Irwin. ” Paragraphs and Essays: A Copyright © Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. Copyright 2009 Cengage Learning, Inc. All Rights Reserved. May not be copied, scanned, or duplicated, in whole or in part. Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Reading for Writing 17 Worktext with Readings. 8th ed. Ed. Lee Brandon. Boston: Houghton, 2001. 310–15. ✺ Writer’s Guidelines at a Glance: Reading for Writing 1. Underlining helps you to read with discrimination. ■ ■ ■ ■ Underline the main ideas in paragraphs.

19 20 Chapter 2 The Essay and Its Parts ✺ A Sample Essay The following essay was written by Leah, an inmate at a women’s prison in California who enrolled in a small, low-cost college program. The parts of her essay are marked to show the organization of the paragraphs. Although only the final draft appears here, Leah’s essay also provides the examples for the stages and techniques of the writing process discussed in Chapters 3 and 4. Razor Wire Sweat Lodge Leah Introductory paragraph My Indian tribe is Pomo, one of twentyone represented at this prison.

It is discovery, invention, and exploration. If you are at a loss for words on your subject, write down a comment such as “I don’t know what is coming next” or “blah, blah, blah,” and continue when relevant words come. It is important to continue writing. Freewriting immediately eliminates the blank page and thereby helps you break through an emotional barrier, but that is not the only benefit. The words that you sort through in that fashion will include some you can use. You can then underline or circle those words and even add notes on the side so that the freewriting continues to grow even after its initial, spontaneous expression.

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