A Writer's Workshop: Crafting Paragraphs, Building Essays

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  • Copyright: 2002-02-04
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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From paragraph to essay, no text builds better writing with such an active and collaborative approach. A Writer's Workshop helps hone writing through the detailed instruction - explanation, examples, student models, and activities - that students need.

Table of Contents

Unit I: Getting Our Feet Wet

1. Practicing the Writing Process

2. Making the Most of Reading

Unit II: Working with the Paragraph

3. Introducing the Paragraph

4. Revising Paragraphs

5. Picturing A Place

6. Telling Your Own Story

7. Illustrating through Examples

8. Creating and Explaining Groups

9. Recognizing Causes, Explaining Effects

10. Explaining Activities: Doing Them, Understanding Them

11. Explaining Similarities and Differences

Unit III: Working with the Essay

12. Introducing the Essay

13. Revising Essays

14. Expanding Paragraphs into Essays

15. Defining Terms, Clarifying Ideas - Combining Patterns of Development

16. Writing Persuasively - Combining Patterns of Development

17. Taking Essay Exams - Combining Patterns of Development

Unit IV: Polishing Style

18. Creating Sentence Variety

19. Choosing the Most Effective Word

Unit V: Practicing Sentence Sense

20. Working with Sentence Parts

21. Coordination, Subordination, and Parallelism

22. Run-Ons, Comma Splices, and Sentence Fragments

23. Verbs: Form and Agreement

24. Pronouns: Reference, Agreement, and Form

25. Adjectives and Adverbs: Words that Describe

26. Commas, Other Punctuation, and Mechanics

27. Spelling and Sound-Alike Words

28. ESL Concerns

Unit VI: Additional Readings

"The Great Tide Pool,"excerpt from Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck

"The Dare,"by Roger Hoffman

"Rambos of the Road,"by Martin Gottfried

"The Ways of Meeting Oppression,"by Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The Ten Most Memorable Bores"by Margot Mifflin

"Two by Two, We'll Fill the Planet" by Benjamin Zuckerman

"Black Men and Public Spaces"by Brent Staples

"How to Write a Letter,"by Garrison Keillor

"Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts,"by Bruce Catton

"A Nice Place to Visit"by Russell Baker

"Opposing Principles Help Balance Society"by Sydney J. Harris

"What Is a Dad?"by Bob Brannan

"Abortion, Right and Wrong,"by Rachel Richardson Smith

"What Is Biodiversity and Why Should We Care about It?" by Donella Meadows

Appendix 1: Working with Your Computer

Appendix 2: Improvement Chart

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