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At a Glance 2e

ISBN-13: 9780618542291 / ISBN-10: 0618542299

Lee Brandon, Mt. San Antonio College
Published by Cengage Learning, ©2006
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Quick, comprehensive writing guidance at a low cost--the At a Glance series can be paired with any developmental title or used independently. This flexible series includes a separate textbook for sentences, paragraphs, essays, and a reader. Each book features clear, concise instruction reinforced by extensive practice, exercises, and examples.At a Glance: Readings features thirty paired readings covering different patterns of writing, including definition, compare and contrast, and cause an effect. Useful tools include guide questions for discussion and critical thinking, suggested topics for writing in response to individual reading selections and thematic groups, and a discussion of the writing process, including a student writing demonstration.


  • A clear, concise discussion of writing strategies includes examples from student writing to illustrate all stages of the writing process.
  • Classroom-tested exercises help students with sentence, paragraph and essay organization.
  • Career-related and reading-related writing assignments capture students'' interest, and questions on the readings stimulate discussion, writing, and critical thinking.
  • A self-evaluation chart helps students measure their own writing progress and identify their difficulties.
  • A writer''s checklist at the end of every chapter outlines the stages of the writing process.
  • Discussion of the writing process, including a student writing demonstration with all stages.
  • Instruction on documented writing and plagiarism control.
  • Thirty readings thematically grouped, with an alternate table of contents for modes.
  • A description and explanation of writing patterns and combined patterns, with suggested writing topics.
  • A handbook covering sentence-level issues, including sentence types, sentence combining, sentence problems (fragments, comma splices, run-ons), sentence variety, omissions, wordiness, punctuation, and capitalization.
  • A reproducible Writing Process Worksheet that guides students through the stages of composition.
  • An instructor website with quizzes on readings. quizzes on sentence writing, additional readings, and syllabus.

Note: Chapters 3-13 conclude with Reading-Related Writing.
1. Writing Paragraphs and Essays
The Writing Process: Prewriting
The Writing Process: Writing, Revising, and Editing
The Paragraph and Its Parts
The Essay and Its Parts
Reading-Related Writing
Informal Documentation
Formal Documentation
Demonstration: Student Essay, "My-graines," Vincent Sheahan
2. Combined and Specific Patterns of Writing
Combined Patterns of Writing
Specific Patterns of Writing
3. Chapters from the Book of Love
"How Do I Love Thee?" Robert J. Trotter
"Romantic Love, Courtship, and Marriage," Ian Robertson
"Why Marriages Fail," Anne Roiphe
"The Story of an Hour," Kate Chopin
"The Ballad of Anna Banana," John Cordell
4. Your Cheatin' Heart
"The Roots of Temptation," Benedict Carey
"The Girls in Their Summer Dresses," Irvin Shaw
"Frankie and Johnny," Anonymous
5. Drivers: Youngsters--Oldsters/Speedsters--Slowsters
"Let Granny Drive If She Can," Suzanne Fields
"A Modest Proposal: Guys Shouldn't Drive Till 25," Joyce Gallagher
6. Neat-Freaks and Foes
"Neat People vs. Sloppy People," Suzanne Britt
"The Messy Are in Denial," Joyce Gallagher
7. Writing on the Wall
"Graffiti: Taking a Closer Look," Christopher Grant
"Creepin' While You're Sleepin,'" Stephen Lemons
8. Workplaces from Hell
"How to Deal with a Difficult Boss," Donna Brown Hogarty
"Coworkers from Hell and How to Cope," Erica Monfred
9. Guns to Go
"Letting Teachers Pack Guns Will Make America's Schools Safer," John R. Lott, Jr.
"Get a Knife, Get a Dog, But Get Rid of Guns," Molly Ivins
10. Rocking Chair Rhapsodies and Blues
"Ultimate Recycling: Adopt an Elder," Heather Cash
"Tamales, a Family Production," Lvette Lohayza
"Though Blindness Came to Grandpa, He Could See," John Cordell
11. Changing (Gender) Places
"Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus," John Gray
"The Opposite Sex," Steven Doloff
12. Fast Food Workers--Robots or Thinkers?
"Behind the Counter," Eric Schlosser
"Low Wages, High Skills," Katherine S. Newman
13. Bullies 'R' Us?
"Bully, Bully," John Leo
"No Tears for Frankie," Gina Greenlee
"Walk in My Full-Figure Shoes," Karen Peterson
"Someone Is Listening," Michael Holguin
Appendix: Handbook
Subjects and Verbs
Kinds of Sentences
Sentence Problems
Sentence Combining
Variety in Sentences: Types, Order, Length, Beginnings
Parallel Structure
Omissions: When Parts Are Missing
Adjectives and Adverbs
Avoiding Wordy Phrases
Lee Brandon
Lee Brandon is the author of twelve college English textbooks with Cengage Learning, including the best-selling series, Sentences, Paragraphs, and Beyond with Integrated Readings, and Paragraphs and Essays with Integrated Readings and the highly successful At a Glance series. He has served as chair of the English Department at Mt. San Antonio College, where he taught for more than thirty years and occasionally still teaches. Few authors are as active in the promotion of their books as Lee Brandon, who regularly visits schools across the country and presents at professional conferences. Lee also has to his credit poems and short stories in magazines; songs recorded and in sheet music; a best-selling musical play for elementary school students (in print with Lorenz Music); a play produced by a college drama department; a published Ford Foundation grant project; a chapbook of ballads about his youth, Oklahoma, My Sweet Sorrow; a chapbook of ballads about his experience teaching for ten years in a high-security California women's prison, Butterflies on Barbwire; and newspaper articles about travel, adventures, and whimsical experiences.