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Essay Essentials with Readings, 7th Edition

By Dynes/Norton/Green
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ISBN-10: 0176721282
ISBN-13: 9780176721282
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 7th

Over six editions, Essay Essentials with Readings has developed a loyal following because of its reputation for being straightforward and practical, providing students with the guidance and support they need to develop their written communication skills. With a clean layout, clear explanations, and opportunities to practise, Essay Essentials helps students to be better writers in their post-secondary studies and equips them with the skills they need to be successful in their career.


  • *NEW* A new part has been added: "Presenting Your Work" includes information about presentations, posters, and academic and workplace portfolios.
  • *NEW* Six new published readings have been included.
  • *NEW* Four student essays are included, providing students with a model of what they can create themselves.
  • *NEW* 25% of the exercises in the Workbook section are new to this edition.
  • *NEW* Chapter 1 has a new section, "The Academic Audience," which addresses common expectations and writing guidelines in an academic setting.
  • *NEW* Chapter 2 has a new section, "Annotating Sources," which introduces students to recording their understanding and interpretation of what they are reading.
  • *NEW* In Chapter 3 a new section provides an opportunity for students to practise writing a response to a reading. We include a new reading on child poverty and two sample student responses.
  • *NEW* The MLA documentation style, along with associated examples, has been updated.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part One: Understanding the Elements of Effective Writing
  • Part Two: Beginning the Writing Process
  • Part Three: Drafting Your Work
  • Part Four: Academic and Workplace Writing Styles
  • Part Five: Writing Research Papers
  • Part Six: Understanding the Revision Process
  • Part Seven: Presenting Your Work
  • Part Eight: Readings
  • Part Nine: Workbook
  • Appendix A: A List of Terms: A Vocabulary of Writing
  • Appendix B: Answers for Selected Exercises

Author Information

Rhonda Dynes

Rhonda Dynes is a professor in the language studies department at Mohawk, where she has taught writing for 12 years. She holds an MA in literature and a MEd in technology-enabled teaching. She writes a blog for the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Mohawk called BlendR, about her experience moving the communications course to a blended learning delivery model.

Brian Green

In addition to teaching English at Niagara College, Brian also headed up a pioneering computer-assisted-learning unit, and for many years taught Broadcasting before taking early retirement to concentrate on writing… both in the academic market and freelance articles for magazines and newspapers.