A Writer's Reference, 7th Edition by Diana Hacker

By Diana Hacker

A Writer's Reference, the main extensively followed guide within the usa, is still groundbreaking in its simplicity, providing the appropriate content material in an available structure. New coauthor Nancy Sommers's personal examine, campus commute, and school room adventure hold the guide in song with the desires of educational writers. In a relied on quick-reference structure, the 7th version supplies suggestion on all of the correct subject matters: operating with assets, revising with reviews, getting ready a portfolio, and extra. A Writer's Reference bargains exceptional flexibility with numerous models to select from — a guide that is really at your provider.

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STRATEGIES FOR REVISING • Reread your introduction and ask questions. Are the sentences leading to your thesis specific enough to engage readers and communicate your purpose? Do these sentences lead logically to your thesis? Do they spark your readers’ curiosity and offer them a reason to continue reading? ) • Try engaging readers with a “hook” in your introduction — a question, quotation, paradoxical statement, vivid example, or an image. (See p. ) THE COMMENT: Develop more SIMILAR COMMENTS: Undeveloped • Give examples • Explain UNDERSTANDING THE COMMENT When readers suggest that you “develop more,” the comment often signals that you stopped short of providing a full and detailed discussion of your idea.

C1-c Draft a working thesis. As you explore your topic and identify questions to investigate, you will begin to see possible ways to focus your material. At this point, try to settle on a tentative central idea. The more complex your topic, the more your focus will change as your drafts evolve. For many types of writing, you will be able to assert your central idea in a sentence or two. Such a statement, which ordinarily appears in the opening paragraph of your finished essay, is called a thesis statement (see also C2-a).

PROBLEM The thesis is too factual. A reader could not disagree with it or debate it; no further development of this idea is required. STRATEGY Enter a debate by posing a question about your topic that has more than one possible answer. For example: Should the polygraph be used by private employers? Your thesis should be your answer to the question. REVISED THESIS Because the polygraph has not been proved reliable, even under controlled conditions, its use by employers should be banned. A thesis should be an answer to a question, not a question itself.

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