ESL 273 Introduction to the Essay



Title: Longman Academic Writing Series Book 4: Essays, 5th ed.

Author: Oshima, Alice and Ann Hogue

ISBN-13: 978-0-13-291569-4

Publisher: Pearson Longman

Must supplement readings.

Title: Refining Composition Skills: Rhetoric and Grammar

Author: Smalley, Regina, Mary Ruetten and Joann Rishel Kozyrey

ISBN-13: 9781111221195

Publisher: Heinle ELT


Title: A Writer’s Workbook

Author: Smoke, Trudy

ISBN-13: 9780521544894

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Title: Engaging Writing 2, 2nd ed.

Author: Fitzpatrick, Mary

ISBN-13: 978-0-13-248354-4

Publisher: Pearson, 2011

Susan Cooper, Linda Yee, Craig Norman and Michele DuBarry feel this is very appropriate for 273 for these reasons:

-Part I teaches the most important rhetorical modes (logical division, cause/effect, comparison/contrast, argumentative) with an emphasis on process. It also provides lots of models and exercises.

-Part II covers quoting, paraphrasing, citing sources and summarizing

-Readings that students can respond to 

-Highlights words from Academic Word List (AWL)

-An appendix with a comprehensive review of grammar (including clauses) and mechanics and an editing practice for each point. 

-An online teacher's manual

Title: Final Draft 4

Author: Asplin, Jacobe, Kennedy

ISBN-13: 978-1-107-49558-6

Publisher: Cambridge, 2016

 Recommended by Ann Thistlethwaite:

  • interesting topics
  • lots of scaffolding support
  • has an online component that reinforces writing skills

However, instructors MUST SUPPLEMENT with additional reading material that is authentic (not adapted). In addition, instructors should SKIP UNIT 2, which is about narrative essays.



Title: They Say, I Say

Author: Graff, Gerald and Cathy Birkenstein

ISBN: 9780393933611

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co

Pati loves this little book. It clearly explains various rhetorical moves and tricks that are done in academic writing.

Title: Keys for Writers

Author: Raimes, Ann and Maria Jerskey

ISBN: 9780495799825

Publisher: Cengage


Title: Writing Clearly: An Editing Guide

Author: Lane, Janet and Ellen Lange

ISBN: 9780838409497

Publisher: Heinle ELT



Academic Writing - too dense

Blueprints 2 – too simple

Gateways to Academic Writing – out of print

New Directions - more appropriate for 272; not enough writing skills

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