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Successful College Writing with 2021 MLA Update
Eighth EditionKathleen McWhorter©2021
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The Guide You Need to Become a Successful College Writer
This ebook has been updated to provide you with the latest guidance on documenting sources in MLA style and follows the guidelines set forth in the MLA Handbook, 9th edition (April 2021).
Successful College Writing’s graphic organizers, annotated readings, and revision flowcharts all help you see at a glance how writing works. The Guided Writing Assignments, with hands-on writing activities, offer practical, step-by-step guidance for drafting and revising. Join these with extra support to help you meet college-level expectations for reading and writing, and you have the text you need to succeed in college.
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Table of Contents
Part 1 An Introduction to Reading, Writing and Learning in College
1 Reading and Writing for College Success
2 Active Reading and Responding
3 Thinking, Reading, and Writing Critically
Just-in-Time Guide to Reading and Responding
Part 2 Strategies for Writing Essays
4 Prewriting: How to Find and Focus Ideas
5 Developing and Supporting a Thesis
6 Writing Effective Paragraphs
7 Drafting an Essay
8 Revising Content and Organization
9 Editing Sentences and Words
Part 3 Patterns of Development
10 An Introduction to Patterns of Development
11 Narration: Recounting Events
12 Description: Portraying People, Places, and Things
13 Illustration: Explaining with Examples
14 Process Analysis: Explaining How Something Works or Is Done
15 Comparison and Contrast: Showing Similarities and Differences
16 Classification and Division: Explaining Categories and Parts
17 Definition: Explaining What You Mean
18 Cause and Effect: Using Reasons and Results to Explain
Part 4 Reading and Writing Arguments
19 Reading Arguments
20 Writing Arguments
Part 5 Writing with Sources
21 Planning a Research Project and Evaluating Sources
22 Finding Sources, Taking Notes, and Synthesizing Ideas
23 Drafting, Revising, and Formatting a Research Project
Part 6 Academic and Business Applications
24 Reading and Writing about Literature
25 Essay Examinations and Portfolios
26 Multimedia Presentations and Business Writing
Part 7 Handbook: Writing Problems and How to Correct Them