9780321096265

Odyssey: A Guide to Better Writing

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  • ISBN13:

    9780321096265

  • ISBN10:

    0321096266

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2003
  • Publisher: Longman
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Summary

With its encouraging tone, careful explanations, and abundance of carefully sequenced and incrementally challenging exercise sets,Odyssey enables readers to view writing as a means of discovering more about themselves and their surroundings. The text's organization and self-contained chapters within each part ensure cumulative skill development and allow flexibility in course design. In every chapter, the book offers a progression of exercises that begin with comprehension and practice of fundamental concepts. Some exercise sets focus on invention and the writing of short pieces. Readers can then proceed to exercises that call for critical thinking, drafting, and revision. Grammar, mechanics, and punctuation chapters conclude with summary editing exercises that call upon readers to use all the grammar and sentence skills learned in the chapter. Many chapters contain a pair of Discovering Connections exercises. The first, which falls early in the chapter, is a prewriting assignment with an array of topic possibilities. The second is a drafting and revision exercise based upon the prewriting and calls for peer review. For those interested in developing their writing skills at the paragraph to essay level.

Table of Contents

Detailed Contents xv
Preface xxvi
About the Authors xxxix
Part One Starting Out 1(92)
Ensuring Success in Writing
2(14)
Generating Ideas through Prewriting
16(19)
Composing: Creating a Draft
35(26)
Refining and Polishing Your Draft
61(32)
Part Two Using the Patterns of Paragraph Development 93(88)
Narration
94(9)
Description
103(9)
Example
112(8)
Process
120(9)
Definition
129(9)
Comparison and Contrast
138(9)
Cause and Effect
147(8)
Division and Classification
155(10)
Argument
165(16)
Part Three Moving On to the Essays 181(82)
Developing an Essay
182(32)
Examining Types of Essays
214(26)
Adjusting Your Process: Timed Writing and Summaries
240(23)
Part Four Developing Sentence Sense 263(60)
The Sentence
264(12)
Fragments
276(15)
Subordination and Coordination
291(13)
Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences
304(19)
Part Five Understanding Subjects and Verbs 323(62)
Subject--Verb Agreement
324(17)
Basic Tenses for Regular Verbs
341(12)
Irregular Verbs and Frequently Confused Verbs
353(17)
Passive Voice, Additional Tenses, and Maintaining Consistency in Tense
370(15)
Part Six Keeping Your Writing Correct 385(140)
Nouns: Working Effectively with Words That Name
386(12)
Pronouns: Understanding Case, Clear Pronoun--Antecedent Agreement, and Nonsexist Pronoun Usage
398(28)
Adjectives, Adverbs, and Other Modifiers: Using Describing and Modifying Words Effectively
426(20)
Parallelism: Presenting Related Items in a Similar Form
446(14)
Spelling: Focusing on Correctness
460(26)
Commas
486(15)
Other Punctuation and Capitalization
501(24)
Part Seven Connecting: Responding to Reading 525(42)
Appendix A: Writing with a Computer 567(5)
Appendix B: Tips for ESL Writers 572(15)
Appendix C: Exploring the Dictionary 587(6)
Rhetorical Index 593(8)
Credits 601(2)
Index 603

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