Discovery: From Sentence to Paragraph (book alone)

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2007
  • Publisher: Longman
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The first in a series of two full-color worktexts for the developmental writing market,Discovery focuses on helping students build better sentence and paragraph writing skills. With its encouraging tone, careful explanations, and abundance of precisely sequenced and incrementally challenging exercise sets,Discovery enables students to view writing as a means of discovering more about themselves and their surroundings. The book starts with an overview of the writing process, and special attention is given to prewriting and the development of topic and supporting sentences. Parts 2 through 5 provide lucid and well-illustrated explanations of basic sentence elements, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. Part 6 is a section of student and professional reading selections, which include an introduction on critical reading and comprehension and contain numerous writing exercises. An appendix provides practical advice for ESL writers studying English grammar and writing. For anyone interested in improving basic writing skills.

Table of Contents

The Elements of Effective Writing
Understanding the Writing Process
Overview: Seeing Writing as a Process of Discovery
Understanding the Stages of the Writing Process
Examining the Dynamics of Writing
Recognizing the Purpose behind Your Writing
Developing Ideas
Overview: Understanding Prewriting
Idea Mapping
Keeping a Journal
Creating Topic Sentences and Supporting Sentences
Overview: Understanding Composing
Defining the Paragraph
Focusing on a Topic
Developing the Topic Sentence
Keeping Your Topic Sentence Clear and Specific
Placing the Topic Sentence Effectively
Developing Supporting Ideas
Arranging Selected Details and Examples Effectively
Changing Writer-Centered Words into Reader-Centered Sentences
Drafting a Complete Paragraph
Refining Your Draft
Overview: Understanding Revision
Effective Sentences: Constructing Meaning
Subjects and Verbs
Overview: Understanding Elements of a Complete Sentence
Identifying Action Verbs
Identifying Linking Verbs
Identifying Subjects
Finding the Simple Subject within the Complete Subject
Recognizing Verb Phrases and Compound Verbs
Recognizing Compound Subjects
Sentence Fragments
Overview: Recognizing and Writing Complete Sentences
Recognizing and Correcting Fragments with Missing Verbs
Recognizing and Correcting Fragments with Missing Subjects
Recognizing and Correcting Phrase Fragments
Recognizing and Correcting Appositive Phrase Fragments
Recognizing and Correcting Subordinate Clause Fragments
Overview: Creating Complex Sentences with Supporting Clauses
Distinguishing between Simple and Complex Sentences
Understanding and Using Subordinating Conjunctions
Understanding and Using Relative Pronouns
Punctuating Subordinate Clauses Introduced by Relative Pronouns
Overview: Creating Compound Sentences by Joining Ideas
Using Coordinating Conjunctions
Using Semicolons
Using Conjunctive Adverbs
Avoiding Comma Splices and Run-On Sentences
Overview: Avoiding Sentence-Combining Errors
Recognizing Comma Splices and Run-On Sentences
Using Coordinating Conjunctions to Correct Comma Splices and Run-Ons
Using Semicolons to Correct Comma Splices and Run-Ons
Using Periods to Correct Comma Splices and Run-Ons
Using Subordinating Conjunctions to Correct Comma Splices and Run-Ons
Verbs: Conveying Action and Time
Maintaining Subject-Verb Agreement
Overview: Understanding Subject-Verb Agreement
Maintaining Agreement When the Subject Follows the Verb
Correcting Errors in Sentences Beginning with There and Here
Maintaining Agreement When Subjects and Verbs Are Separated by Other Words
Avoiding Problems With Compound Subjects
Maintaining Agreement with Indefinite Pronouns
Maintaining Agreement with Collective Nouns, Singular Nouns Ending in -s, and Words Indicating Amounts
Forming Basic Tenses for Regular Verbs
Overview: Understanding the Basic Tenses
Using th
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