Mosaics Reading and Writing Paragraphs

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 1/20/2016
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For courses in Developmental Writing.


Helps students discover and refine their own writing processes

The Mosaics series illustrates how reading and writing are part of an interrelated process, and builds students’ confidence as it transitions them from personal writing to more academic writing. Acclaimed author Kim Flachmann demonstrates how these skills are integrated at every stage of communication, and encourages students to discover how the “mosaics” of their own reading and writing processes work together to form a coherent whole. By exploring the relationship among thinking, reading, and writing on progressively more difficult levels, the series helps prepare students for success in college throughout the curriculum and in their lives after graduation.


Each of the three books of the Mosaics series has a different emphasis: Sentences, Paragraphs, and Essays. Mosaics: Reading and Writing Paragraphs highlights sentence development–helping students move from personal to more academic writing and become gradually more sophisticated in the length and level of their reading selections, the complexity of their writing assignments, the degree of difficulty of their revising and editing strategies, and the content and structure of their student writing samples.


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Author Biography

Kim Flachmann teaches at the California State University, Bakersfield, where she also administers the Composition Program—from remedial English through the Graduate Teaching Assistants. She was chosen Outstanding Professor at CSUB in 1998-99. She also was Rhetorician of the Year for the Young Rhetoricians’ Conference in 2007 and was the recipient of the California Association of Teachers of English Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009. She has published numerous articles on rhetoric and American literature and has written seven textbooks—among them a college reader ( The Prose Reader (Pearson) in its eleventh edition), a series of three books for developmental English called Mosaics: Reading and Writing Sentences , Mosaics: Reading and Writing Paragraphs , and Mosaics: Reading and Writing Essays ,

(Pearson), and Nexus: A Rhetorical Reader for Writers (Pearson), which combines traditional rhetorical modes with students’ interest in



Kim has dedicated her career to helping students achieve their goals in life through communication.  Her mission has always been to teach others how to write well, which she believes is one of the most important gifts we can give our students.  She believes that reading and writing are the gateways to each student’s full potential and success in life.

Table of Contents

1. Reading and Writing as Critical Thinking

2. Reading Critically

3. Writing Critically

4. Revising and Editing

5. Describing

6. Narrating

7. Illustrating

8. Analyzing a Process

9. Comparing and Contrasting

10. Dividing and Classifying

11. Defining

12. Analyzing Causes and Effects

13. Arguing

14. How to Read an Essay

15. How to Write an Essay

16. Writing Workshop



17. Parts of Speech

18. Phrases and Clauses



19. Subjects and Verbs

20. Fragments

21. Fused Sentences and Comma Splices



22. Regular and Irregular Verbs

23. Verb Tense

24. Subject–Verb Agreement

25. More on Verbs



26. Pronoun Problems

27. Pronoun Reference and Point of View

28. Pronoun Agreement



29. Adjectives

30. Adverbs

31. Modifier Errors



32. End Punctuation

33. Commas

34. Apostrophes

35. Quotation Marks

36. Other Punctuation Marks



37. Capitalization

38. Abbreviations and Numbers



39. Varying Sentence Structure

40. Parallelism

41. Combining Sentences



42. Standard and Nonstandard English

43. Easily Confused Words

44. Spelling




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