Mosaics Reading and Writing Paragraphs

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2019-02-01
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For courses in Developmental Writing.

Helps students discover and develop their own writing processes

The first in a two-book series on reading and writing comprehension, Mosaics: Reading and Writing Paragraphs seeks to help students build confidence in their personal and academic writing by exploring the relationship among thinking, reading, and writing on progressively more difficult levels. 

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. The 8th Edition features intuitive reorganization of content, a new design that better supports the material, and a number of new reading selections–helping students prepare for success in college and in their lives after graduation.

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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 in its 11th 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 , and Nexus: A Rhetorical Reader for Writers , which combines traditional rhetorical modes with students’ interest in technology.


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

PART I: Reading and Writing for Success in College

1. Reading and Writing as Critical Thinking

2. Reading Critically

3. Writing Critically

4. Revising and Editing

PART II: Essays: Paragraphs in Context

5. How to Read an Essay

6. How to Write an Essay

7. Writing Workshop

PART III: Reading and Writing Effective Paragraphs

8. Describing

9. Narrating

10. Illustrating

11. Analyzing a Process

12. Comparing and Contrasting

13. Dividing and Classifying

14. Defining

15. Analyzing Causes and Effects

16. Arguing

PART IV: The Handbook

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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