The Write Start Sentences to Paragraphs with Professional and Student Readings

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2/2/2009
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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With its flexible and effective organization, varied and focused practices, and interesting writing assignments, THE WRITE START: SENTENCES TO PARAGRAPHS WITH PROFESSIONAL AND STUDENT READINGS, 4TH EDITION combines writing and grammar instruction to help students build the core skills necessary for becoming effective writers. English as a Second Language pedagogy, from which all developing writers can benefit, informs the entire text. This new edition has been reorganized to better reflect the way that instructors teach the material; combining chapters was a logical and sensible strategy and will enhance the texts navigability. Exercises on sentence fragments and sentence combining have been added, as have new timely and thought-provoking professional and student readings, self-assessment questionnaires, and end-of-chapter "Writing Opportunities" that encourage students to see themselves as experts who will use writing in their careers.

Table of Contents

Detailed Content
To the student
Getting Started
The Import Elements of Good Writing
Avoiding the Two Major Problems of Poor Writing
Writing as a Life Skill
Understanding Good versus Poor Writing
Good Writing: Four Misconceptions
Good Writing Doesn''t Have to Be Complicated
Good Writing Doesn''t Have to Be Long
Good Writing Is More Formal than Talking
Good Writing Needs Proper Punctuation
The Computer, Writing, and You
Chapter Self-Assessment Test
Writing Effective Sentences
The Simple Sentence and the Independent Clause
[ESL] The Subject
Using Pronouns to Eliminate Repetition
Identifying Subjects
[ESL] Subjects and Prepositional Phrases
[ESL] The Verb. Action Verbs
Linking Verbs. Helping Verbs
[ESL] Verb Tense (Time)
Compound Subjects
Compound Verbs
Correcting Sentence Fragments
Chapter Self-Assessment Test
Linking Independent Clauses Using the Comma and Coordinators
Coordinating Conjunctions
Correcting Run-on and Comma Splice Sentences
Comma Splice
Chapter Self-Assessment Test
Combining Independent Clauses Using the Semicolon
Chapter Self-Assessment Test
Combining Independent Clauses Using the Adverbial Conjunction
Chapter Self-Assessment Test
Adding a List
Punctuating and Placing the List
Parallelism in a Series
Adding a Colon for Variety Chapter Self-Assessment Test
The Dependent Clause
Independent versus Dependent Clauses
Punctuating Dependent Clauses
Chapter Self-Assessment Test
Adding Information to Sentences
Introductory Phrase Variety
Punctuating the Introductory Word When to Use Introductory Words
Adding Interrupters to the Sentence
Chapter Self-Assessment Test
Writing Effective Paragraphs
Prewriting Activities
Clustering (Mind Mapping)
The Paragraph
The Topic Sentence
Support Sentences
Six Important Support Questions
Creating the Working Outline of a Paragraph
Writing the First Draft
Revising the First Draft
Proofreading: The Final Step
Chapter Self-Assessment Test
Topic Bank
Writing Opportunities
Types of Description
Dominant Impressions
Sensory Images
A Ten-Step Process for Writing the Descriptive
Writing the Descriptive Paragraph
Example of the Ten-Step Process at Work
Chapter Self-Assessment Test
Topic Bank
Writing Opportunities
The Point of the Story
Developing the Narrative Paragraph
Model Narrative Paragraphs
Transitional Expressions: Showing Time Sequence
Chapter Self-Assessment Test
Topic Bank. Writing Opportunities
Using Examples
The Topic Sentence
Transitional Expressions: Introducing Examples
Using One Extended Example
Chapter Self-Assessment Test
Topic Bank
Writing Opportunities
Breaking Down a Topic
The Topic Sentence
Transitional Expressions: Showing Time Your Classifications
Chapter Self-Assessment Test
Topic Bank
Writing Opportunities
Types of Process
Organizing the Process Paragraph
Transitional Expressions: Connecting the Steps
The Topic Sentence
Chapter Self-Assessment Test
Topic Bank
Writing Opportunities
Comparison and Contrast
Deciding to Compare or Contrast
The Topic Sentence
Organizing Comparisons and Contrasts
Block Method
Point-by-Point Method
Transitional Expressions: Connecting Your Comparisons and Contrasts
Chapter Self-Assessment Test
Topic Bank
Writing Opportunities
Simple Definitions
Extended Definition
The Topic Sentence of an Extended Definition
Chapter Self-Assessment Test
Topic Bank
Writing Opportunities
Persuasion (Including Cause and Effect)
Building the Persuasive Paragraph
The Pro/Con List
Support in Persuasion Paragraphs
Organization Patterns
Transitional Expressions for Persuasion
Persuasive Logic: Cause-and-Effect Reasoning
Causal Chains
Problems to Avoid
Transitional Expressions
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