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Detailed information on how to write different types of essays (narrative, descriptive, persuasive, cause and effect, comparison/contrast, etc. -- also includes information on letter and speech writing, as well as mechanics, usage and style.
"All steps of the research process [are] illustrated by examples that follow the creation of a research paper exploring Toni Morrison's novel Beloved. . .track the development of a thesis from initial questions asked during the reading of Beloved to the documentation of material researched to develop that thesis. "