Writing for Life Sentences and Paragraphs

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/5/2016
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For courses in Writing.


Shows students “What’s the point?” of improving writing skills

Writing for Life: Sentences and Paragraphs is part of a two-book series that helps students understand the importance of strong writing skills and motivates them to become better writers. Students are encouraged to take charge of their own learning, and to transfer the strategies they currently apply to reading visuals to reading and writing text. The Third Edition offers high-interest topics, meaningful visuals, clear learning objectives, a wealth of examples, and ample opportunities for students to exercise their own writing skills.   


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Author Biography

Acclaimed textbook author D.J. Henry is a veteran teacher with over 25 years of community college experience and is a former developmental education student herself.

Over the course of her teaching career, she has served on several federally funded grants designed to infuse teaching and learning with sound pedagogies and technological support. Her extensive experience in the standardized testing of literacy competencies includes working with the State of Florida from 1982 to 2002 as an item writer, rubric writer, and reader for the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) and the State Developmental Reading and Writing Exit Exam. For more than 15 years, she served as a reader for the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE). In addition, her expertise has led her to work with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as a Lead Evaluator for the Quality Enhancement Plans of several colleges and as a co-presenter of workshops on assessment at SACS’ annual conferences in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

A passionate educator and dedicated colleague, Henry continues to share her expertise in reading, writing and authentic assessment through numerous presentations and workshops at national, regional and local conferences and at individual colleges.

Have a question or comment to share with D.J. Henry? Please email her. She would love to hear from you!


Table of Contents


1. Preparing to Learn about Writing



2. Nouns and Pronouns

3. Adjectives and Adverbs

4. Verbs

5. Subjects, Verbs, and Simple Sentences

6. Compound and Complex Sentences



7. Run-ons: Comma Splices and Fused Sentences

8 Fragments

9. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

10. Subject-Verb Agreement: Present Tense



11. The Comma

12. The Apostrophe

13 Quotation Marks

14. End Punctuation: Period, Question Mark, and Exclamation Point

15. Capitalization

16. Improving Your Spelling

17. Mastering Often-Confused Words



18. Thinking through the Writing Process

19. Understanding the Paragraph

20. Using the Patterns of Organization to Develop Your Paragraphs



21. Sentence Variety

22. Sentence Clarity: Person Point of View, Number, and Tense

23. Dialects and Standard English

24. Revising for Effective Expression




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