9781413033502

Get Writing Sentences and Paragraphs

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  • Copyright: 1/20/2009
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Summary

GET WRITING: SENTENCES AND PARAGRAPHS is a flexible textbook that meets the needs of a variety of developmental writers including recent high school graduates, working adults, and those for whom English is a second language. GET WRITING gives students the opportunity to acquire skills and develop confidence through their own writing. It encourages students to write about their own goals, families, jobs, college-life, personal interests, and the world around them. Throughout the book students have the opportunity to express themselves on a range of issues, then examine and improve their words, sentences, and paragraphs. Above all, GET WRITING asks students to think critically and sharpen their editing skills by asking them two basic questions: "What are you trying to say?" and "What have you written?"

Table of Contents

Getting Started
Why Write?
Responding to Images
Writing Activity
Goals of This Book
Using Get Writing
Working Together
What is Good Writing?
The Writing Context
Strategies for Succeeding in Writing Courses
Critical Thinking
Responding to Images
Writing on the Web
Points to Remember
The Writing Process
Responding to Images
The Writing Process
Step One: Prewrite
Strategies for Increasing Critical Thinking
Prewriting Techniques
Step Two: Plan
Moving from Topic to Thesis
Working Together
Organizing Support
Creating an Outline
Writing Activity
Step Three: Write
Writing Activity
Step Four: Cool
Step Five: Revise
Using Peer Review
Peer Review Guidelines
Revising Activity
Step Six: Edit
Editing Activity
Avoiding Plagiarism
Critical Thinking
Responding to Images
Writing on the Web
Points to Remember
Developing Paragraphs
Developing Topic Sentences and Controlling Ideas
Responding to Images
What is a Paragraph?
What Do You Know?
What Are You Trying to Say?
What Have You Written?
Topic Sentences and Controlling Ideas
Reading Topic Sentences
Writing Topic Sentences
Paragraphs Without Topic Sentences
Revising Paragraphs
Working Together
Using Paragraph Breaks in Dialogue
Critical Thinking
What Have You Written?
What Have You Learned?
Responding to Images
Writing on the Web
Points to Remember
Supporting Topic Sentences with Details
Responding to Images
What Are Supporting Details?
What Do You Know?
What Are You Trying to Say?
What Have You Written?
Steps to Building Effective Paragraphs
Types of Support.
Observations and Personal Experience
Examples
Facts
Statistics
Testimony (Quotations).Blending Support
Working Together
Critical Thinking
What Have You Written?
Responding to Images
What Have You Learned?
Writing on the Web
Points to Remember
Developing Paragraphs Using Description
Responding to Images
What is Description?
What Are You Trying to Say?
What Have You Written?
Using Objective and Subjective Description
Creating Dominant Impressions
Exam Skills
Improving Dominant Impressions and Supporting Detail
Student Paragraphs
Putting Paragraphs Together
Readings:"American Muslims," Critical Thinking and Discussion
Paul M. Barrett
"My Ecumenical Father," Jose Antonio Burciaga
Critical Thinking and Discussion
Writing at Work
Critical Thinking and Discussion
Steps to Writing a Descriptive Paragraph
Selecting Topics
Working Together
Critical Thinking
What Have You Written?
Responding to Images
Writing on the Web
Points to Remember
Developing Paragraphs Using Narration
Responding to Images
What is Narration?
What Are You Trying to Say?
What Have You Written?
Writing Narration: Making a Point
Exam Skills
Writing Narrative: Using Transitions
Writing Narrative: Using Dialogue
Student Paragraphs
Putting Paragraphs Together
Readings:"What's in a Name," Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Critical Thinking and Discussion
"The Fender Bender," Ramon "Tianguis" Perez
Critical Thinking and Discussion
Writing at Work
Critical Thinking and Discussion
Steps to Writing a Narrative Paragraph
Selecting Topics
Working Together
Critical Thinking
What Have You Written?
Responding to Images
Writing on the Web
Points to Remember
Developing Paragraphs Using Example
Responding to Images
What Is an Example?
What Are You Trying to Say?
What Have You Written?
Writing Example Paragraphs
Types of Examples
Using Hypothetical
Examples
Writing Examples: Using Transitions
Key Transition Words
Exam Skills
Student Paragraphs
Putting Paragraphs Together
Readings: "The Company Man," Ellen Goodman
Critical Thinking and Discussion
"Mexicans Deserve More Than La Mordida," Joe Rodriguez
Critical Thinking and Discussion
Writing at Work
Critical Thinking and Discussion
Steps to Writing an Example Paragraph
Selecting Topics
Working Together
Critical Thinking
What Have You Written?
Responding to Images
Writing on the Web
Points to Remember
Developing Paragraphs Using Comparison and ContraSt. Responding to Images
What Are Comparison and Contrast?
What Are You Trying to Say?
What Have You Written?
The Purposes of Comparison and ContraSt. Writing to Explain
Writing to Convince
Organizing Comparison and Contrast Paragraphs
Subject-by-Subject
Point-by-Point
Exam Skills
Student Paragraphs
Putting Paragraphs Together
Readings: "Chinese Space, American Space," Yi-Fu Tuan
Critical Thinking and Discussion
"Of My Friend Hector and My Achilles Heel," Michael T. Kaufman
Critical Thinking and Discussion
Writing at Work
Critical Thinking and Discussion
Steps to Writing a Comparison and Contrast Paragraph
Selecting Topics
Working Together
Responding to Images
Writing on the Web
Points to Remember
Developing Paragraphs Using Cause and Effect
Responding to Images
What Is Cause and Effect?
What Are You Trying to Say?
What Have You Written?
Cause and Effect: Critical Thinking
Exam Skills
Student Paragraphs
Putting Paragraphs Together
Readings: "Why Boys Don't Play With Dolls," Katha Pollitt
Critical Thinking and Discussion
"I Refuse to Live in Fear," Diana Bletter
Critical Thinking and Discussion
Writing at Work
Focus Consulting
Critical Thinking and Discussion
Steps to Writing a Cause and Effect Paragraph
Selecting Topics
Working Together
Critical Thinking
What Have You Written?
Responding to Images
Writing on the Web
Points to Remember
Toward the Essay
Responding to Images
What Is an Essay?
The Introduction
The Body
The Conclusion
Developing Topic Sentences in Outlines
Working Together
Critical Thinking
What Have You Written?
Responding to Images
Writing on the Web
Points to Remember
Writing at Work
Responding to Images
E-mail
Strategies for Writing E-mail
Reports
Strategies for Writing Reports
R?sum?s
Strategies for Writing R?sum?s
Cover Letters
Strategies for Writing Cover Letters
Working Together
Critical Thinking
Responding to Images
Writing on the Web
Points to Remember
Writing Sentences
Recognizing the Power of Words
Responding to Images
The Power of Words
What Do You Know?
What Are You Trying to Say?
What Have You Written?
Use Correct Words
Use Effective Words
Use Concrete Nouns
Use Strong Verbs
Avoid Clich?s
Use Appropriate Words
Use Appropriate Level of Diction
Use Appropriate Idioms
Be Aware of Connotations
Working Together
Critical Thinking
What Have You Learned?
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