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Essay Essentials with Readings, 7th Edition

  • Rhonda Dynes
  • Sarah Norton
  • Brian Green
  • ISBN-10: 0176721282
  • ISBN-13: 9780176721282
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2016, 2015, 2011
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

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. Available to be bundled with the textbook, our online MindTap digital platform provides additional practice activities that are not found in the text, for those who want to provide their students with even more review opportunities. With Essay Essentials and MindTap, you can provide your students with an engaging and interactive learning experience and support their development of critical lifelong skills.


  • Offering personalized paths of dynamic assignments and applications, MindTap enables students to analyze and apply chapter concepts within relevant assignments, and allows instructors to measure skills and promote better outcomes with ease. A fully online learning solution, MindTap combines all student learning tools—readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments—into a single Learning Path that guides the student through the curriculum. Instructors personalize the experience by customizing the presentation of these learning tools to their students, even seamlessly introducing their own content into the Learning Path.

About the Author

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. 

Table of Contents

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

New to this edition

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


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

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eBook: Essay Essentials with Readings, 7e  (ISBN-10: 0176831363 | ISBN-13: 9780176831363)
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