The Writer's World Essays

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2011-02-15
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The Writer#x19;s World series was written to address the diverse needs of today#x19;s students: students whose first language is not English, students who respond favorably to visuals, and students who have varying skill levels. #xA0; Understanding that learning to write is not a #x1C;one for all#x1D; formula, authors Lynne Gaetz and Suneeti Phadke wrote The Writer#x19;s Worldto help instructors reach as many students as possible by meeting their needs and addressing their individual interests and abilities.#xA0; The authors#x19; innovative instruction seamlessly infuses material(s) for native and nonnative speakers, and their exercises and activities encourage active participation in the learning. #xA0;The inviting design of The Writer#x19;s Worldgrabs students#x19; attention and illustrates concepts.

Table of Contents


Part I       The Writing Process

Chapter 1   Exploring                                                                              

Visualizing the Paragraph and the Essay

Key Steps in Exploring




Exploring Strategies

Journal and Portfolio Writing

Chapter 2   Developing the Main Idea                                                  

Key Steps in Developing the Main Idea

Writing a Thesis Statement

Developing the Supporting Ideas

Chapter 3   Developing the Essay Plan                                               

Key Steps in Developing the Essay Plan

Organizing Supporting Ideas

Developing an Essay Plan

Chapter 4   Developing the First Draft                         

Key Steps in Developing the First Draft

Writing an Introduction

Writing Complete Body Paragraphs

Writing a Conclusion

Choosing an Essay Title

Writing the First Draft

Chapter 5   Revising and Editing                                                          

Key Steps in Revising and Editing

Revising For Unity

Revising for Adequate Support

Revising for Coherence

Revising for Style

Editing for Errors

Writing the Final Draft

Part II       Essay Patterns

Chapter 6       Illustration                                                    

What is Illustration?

The Illustration Essay

Explore Topics

The Thesis Statement

The Supporting Ideas

The Essay Plan

The First Draft     

Revise and Edit an Illustration Essay

A Professional Essay:  “Little Brother is Watching” by Eric Gall

Chapter 7   Narration                                                                   

What is Narration?

The Narrative Essay

Explore Topics

The Thesis Statement

The Supporting Ideas

The Essay Plan

The First Draft

Revise and Edit a Narrative Essay

A Professional Essay:  “Out of Sight” by Ryan Knighton

Chapter 8       Description                                                   

What is Description?

The Descriptive Essay

Explore Topics

The Thesis Statement

The Supporting Ideas

The Essay Plan

The First Draft

Revise and Edit a Descriptive Essay

A Professional Essay:  “Living Among the Bees” by Lucie L. Snodgrass

Chapter 9               Process                                                                     

What is a Process?

The Process Essay

Explore Topics

The Thesis Statement

The Supporting Ideas

The Essay Plan

The First Draft

Revise and Edit a Process Essay

A Professional Essay:  “Do You Have What It Takes to Be Happy?” by Stacey Colino

Chapter 10 Definition                                                                  

What is Definition?

The Definition Essay

Explore Topics

The Thesis Statement

The Supporting Ideas

The Essay Plan

The First Draft

Revise and Edit a Definition Essay

A Professional Essay:  “On Genius” by Dorothy Nixon

Chapter 11     Classification                                                           

What is Classification?

The Classification Essay

Explore Topics

The Thesis Statement

The Supporting Ideas

The Essay Plan

The First Draft

Revise and Edit a Classification Essay

A Professional Essay:  “Types of Correctional Officers” by Frank Schmalleger

Chapter 12     Comparison and Contrast                          

What is Comparison and Contrast?

The Comparison and Contrast Essay

Explore Topics

The Thesis Statement

The Supporting Ideas

The Essay Plan

The First Draft

Revise and Edit a Comparison and Contrast Essay

A Professional Essay:  “The Dating World” by Naomi Louder

Chapter 13     Cause and Effect                                         

What is Cause and Effect?

The Cause and Effect Essay

Explore Topics

The Thesis Statement

The Supporting Ideas

The Essay Plan

The First Draft

Revise and Edit a Cause and Effect Essay

A Professional Essay:  “Friendless in North America” by Ellen Goodman

Chapter 14     Argument                                                                                          

What is Argument?

The Argument Essay

Explore Topics

The Thesis Statement

The Supporting Ideas

The Essay Plan

The First Draft

Revise and Edit an Argument Essay

A Professional Essay:  “Keep Your Roses” by Melonyce McAfee

Part III      More College and Workplace Writing

Chapter 15     Paraphrasing and Summarizing

Integrating Borrowed Information



Chapter 16     The Research Essay                                               

Planning a Research Paper

Gathering Information

Evaluating Sources

Taking Notes

Organizing Your First Draft

Incorporating Visuals

Citing Sources

Using MLA Style

Sample Research Essay

Using APA Style

Chapter 17     The Résumé and Letter Application         

Preparing a Résumé

Writing a Letter of Application

Chapter 18     Responding to Film and Literature

Responding to Film and Literature

Structuring Your Written Response

Chapter 19     Becoming a Successful Student                           

Preparing for Exams

Writing Essay Exams

Part IV     The Editing Handbook

Section 1      Effective Sentences ª Section Theme  CONFLICT
Chapter 20 Identify Subjects and Verbs

Identifying Subjects

Identifying Verbs

Chapter 21 Sentence Combining                                  

Understanding Key Words

Making Compound Sentences

Making Complex Sentences

Chapter 22     Sentence Variety                                         

What is Sentence Variety?

Varying the Opening Words

Combine Sentences with an Appositive

Combining Sentences with Relative Clauses

Writing Embedded Questions

Section 2      Common Sentence Errors ª Section Theme  URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 23 Fragments                            

What Are Fragments?

Phrase Fragments

Fragments with —ing and to

Explanatory Fragments

Dependent-Clause Fragments

Chapter 24 Run-Ons                               

What Are Run-Ons?

Correcting Run-Ons

Chapter 25 Faulty Parallel Structure                 

What is Parallel Structure?

Correcting Faulty Parallel Structure

Chapter 26     Mistakes With Modifiers                             

Misplaced Modifiers

Dangling Modifiers

Section 3      Verbs ª Section Theme  INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Chapter 27     Subject-Verb Agreement                            

Basic Subject —Verb Agreement Rules

More Than One Subject

Special Subject Forms

Verb Before the Subject

Interrupting Words and Phrases

Chapter 28     Verb Tenses                                                 

What is Verb Tense?

Past and Present Tenses

Past Participles

Present Perfect Tense

Past Perfect Tense

Passive Voice

Progressive Forms

Chapter 29     Problems with Verbs                                   

Verb Consistency

Avoiding Double Negatives

Non-Standard Forms — Gonna, Gotta, Wanna

Problems in Conditional Forms

Non-Standard Forms —Would of, Could of, Should of

Recognizing Gerunds and Inifinitives

Section 4      More Parts of Speech ª Section Theme  FORCES OF NATURE      

Chapter 30     Nouns, Determiners, and Prepositions    

Count Nouns and Non-Count Nouns



Chapter 31     Pronouns                                                      

Pronoun and Antecedent Agreement

Indefinite Pronouns

Vague Pronouns

Pronoun Shifts

Pronoun Case

Relative Pronouns

Chapter 32     Adjectives and Adverbs                             



Comparative and Superlative Forms

Section 5      Word Use and Spelling ª Section Theme  PLANTS AND INSECTS

Chapter 33     Exact Language                                                                   

Use Specific and Detailed Vocabulary

Avoiding Wordiness and Redundancy

Avoiding Clichés

Using Standard English

Chapter 34     Spelling and Commonly Confused Words                       

Spelling Rules

120 Commonly Misspelled Words

Look-Alike and Sound-Alike Words

Section 6      Punctuation and Mechanics ª Section Theme  HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Chapter 35     Commas                                                                                

What is a Comma?

Commas in a Series

Commas after Introductory Words or Phrases

Commas around Interrupting Words and Phrases

Commas in Compound Sentences

Commas in Complex Sentences

Chapter 36     Apostrophes                                                 

What is an Apostrophe?

Apostrophes in Contractions

Apostrophes to Show Ownership

Apostrophes in Expressions of Time

Chapter 37     Quotation Marks, Capitalization, and Titles                    

Quotation marks

Using Quotations in Research Essays



Chapter 38     Numbers and Additional Punctuation


Additional Punctuation

Section 7      Editing

Chapter 39    Editing Practice

Part V      Reading Strategies and Selections

Chapter 40    From Reading to Writing

Reading Strategies

Reading Selections


“The CSI Effect” by Richard Willing (Cause and Effect)

“Types of Rioters” by David Locher (Classification)

“Naming Good Path Elk” by Kenneth M. Kline (Narration)


“My African Childhood” by David Sedaris (Comparison and Contrast)

“Living Environments” by Avi Friedman (Classification)


“I, Telemarketer” by Eugene Henry (Narration)

“The Rich Resonance of Small Talk” by Roxanne Roberts (Process)

“Google’s China Web” by Frida Ghitis (Argument)


“Weird Weather” by Pamela D. Jacobsen (Illustration)

“The Rules of Survival” by Laurence Gonzales (Process)

“Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer (Description)

“Monsoon Time” by Rahul Goswani (Description)


Songs of Insects” by Sy Montgomery (Illustration)

Nature Returns to the Cities” by John Roach (Cause and Effect)


“Raunch Culture” by Ariel Levy (Definition)

“Twixters” by Betsy Hart (Definition)

“The Untranslatable Word ‘Macho;” by Rose del Castillo Guilbalt (Comparison and Contrast)

“Medicating Ourselves” by Robyn Sarah

Appendix 1:  The Basic Parts of a Sentence

Appendix 2:  Irregular Verb List

Appendix 3:  Verb Tenses

Appendix 4:  Combining Ideas in Sentences

Appendix 5:  Spelling, Grammar, and Vocabulary Logs



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