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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|
|Overview: Understanding Prewriting|
|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|
|Finding the Simple Subject within the Complete Subject|
|Recognizing Verb Phrases and Compound Verbs|
|Recognizing Compound Subjects|
|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 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|
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