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The Canadian Oxford Guide to Writing

A Rhetoric and Handbook, Second Edition

Thomas S. Kane, Karen C. Ogden and Heather Pyrcz

The Canadian Oxford Guide to Writing is a complete handbook and rhetoric, useful to beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of composition. The book starts with an overview of the writing process, before moving on to explore essays, paragraphs, and sentences. It discusses types of writing organized by rhetorical mode. The book also includes a short section on the mechanics of writing and concludes with the handbook section, covering the basics of grammar. This text is the fully updated, second Canadian edition. In the new edition, more than one third of the examples are now by Canadian writers writing across the disciplines. Extensive revisions have streamlined the information and have brought the text up-to-date with recent changes in library sciences, word-processing software, and the Internet

Readership : A core textbook for first- and second-year courses in composition and rhetoric.

Part One: The Writing Process
1. Invention
2. Outlining
3. Drafting and Revising
Part Two: The Essay
4. Structure of the Essay
Part Three: The Persuasive essay
5. Rational Modes: Argument
6. Nonrational Modes
Part Four: The Literary essay
7. Creative Non-Fiction
8. The Literary Essay
Part Five: The Research essay and The Exam essay
9. Gathering, Quoting, and Citing Information
10. The Exam Essay
Part Six: The Paragraph
11. Basic Structure
12. Methods of Development
13. Paragraph patterns
14. Sentence patterns in the paragraph
Part Seven: The Sentence
15. The Grammatical Types of Sentences
16. Sentence style
17. Concision in the sentence
18. The Emphatic Sentence
19. Emphasis within the Sentence
Part Eight: Diction
20. The Question of Meaning
21. Problems of Diction
22. Unnecessary Words
23. Figurative Language
24. Unusual Words and Collocations
25. Dictionaries and Thesauri
Part Nine: Punctuation
26. Stops
27. The Other Marks
Grammar Reference 99.1: Parts of Speech
Grammar Reference 99.2: Grammar of the sentence
Appendix Revised
Part 1: In-text citation
Part 2: Reference listing at end of essay

Instructor's Resources

Thomas S. Kane, former professor in the Department of English at the University of Connecticut, Waterbury, wrote the original Oxford Guide to Writing, which was then adapted for Canadians by Karen C. Ogden, who is Vice-Provost (Staff Development), Office of the President, The University of Manitoba. Heather Pyrcz, who teaches writing and composition at Acadia University, has taken-over responsibility for Canadian content and updating for the second edition. In addition to teaching, Pyrcz is also the author of several books and collections of poetry.

Making Sense - Margot Northey and Joan McKibbin
The Canadian Writer's Handbook - William E. Messenger, Jan de Bruyn, Judy Brown and Ramona Montagnes
Writing by Choice - Eric Henderson
Communicating for Results - Carolyn Meyer
The Canadian Oxford Guide to Writing - Thomas S. Kane, Karen C. Ogden and Heather Pyrcz
Practical Grammar - Maxine Ruvinsky

Special Features

  • Innovative top-down approach - Beginning with the topics of concept development and research and moving through to sentence structure and proper punctuation, the text explains the elements of academic writing in an order that mirrors the process of writing itself.
  • Excellent chapter on writing arguments - The text has extensive coverage of rhetorical strategy examining both rational and nonrational modes of argument with advice on how to identify and avoid their related fallacies.
  • Extensive Canadian content - Numerous examples, excerpts, and quotes from Canadian authors writing in varied genres are mixed with important non-Canadian ones.
  • Extensive figures and diagrams - well-designed and clear figures and diagrams help illustrate key concepts. Thoroughly updated - The new edition contains expanded coverage on libraries which discusses digital and internet resources and material.
  • Exciting new design - The text has been completely redesigned to maximize clarity and readability.