Writing First with Readings : Practice in Context

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-12-15
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
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Writing First: Practice in Contexthelps students master basic writing skills by providing them with clear instruction, engaging models, interesting and abundant exercises, and plenty of guidance for self-checking and revising their work. In addition, the unique "practice-in-context" method gets students writing immediately in every chapter and has them consistently applying what they learn to their own writing. The fourth edition goes further in helping students make important connections between paragraph and essay writing skills, and between following step-by-step models of writing and composing their own work. Revised in consultation with an ESL specialist, this edition is a strong choice for classrooms with non-native speakers. With additional chapters on study skills and research,Writing Firstis an invaluable tool for students learning the essential skills of college reading and writing.Writing First: Practice in ContextandFoundations First: Sentences and Paragraphsare part of a two-book workbook series from experienced teachers and authors Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell. Both books teach students basic writing and grammar skills in the context of their own writing where students learn best.

Author Biography

Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell have taught college composition and basic writing for more than 25 years and have authored many widely adopted textbooks including Patterns for College Writing (2009), Foundations First: Sentences and Paragraphs (2008), and the new text Focus on Writing: Paragraphs and Essays (2008).  Laurie Kirszner teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Stephen Mandell is the founder and former director of the basic writing program at Drexel University, where he teaches composition, literature, and technical and business writing.

Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors
A Student's Guide to Using
Writing First
Self-Assessment Checklists for Writing Paragraphs and Essays
Writing Paragraphs And Essays
Focus on Paragraphs
Writing a Paragraph
Understanding Paragraph Structure
Focusing on Your Assignment, Purpose, and Audience
Finding Ideas
Identifying Your Main Idea and Writing a Topic Sentence
Choosing and Arranging Supporting Points
Drafting Your Paragraph
Revising and Editing Your Paragraph
Self-Assessment Checklist: Revising Your Paragraph
Review Checklist: Writing a Paragraph
Fine-Tuning Your Paragraph
Writing Unified Paragraphs
Writing Well-Developed Paragraphs
Writing Coherent Paragraphs
Chapter Review
Review Checklist: Fine-Tuning Your Paragraph
Patterns of Paragraph Developmen
What is Exemplification?
Writing an Exemplification Paragraph
Self-Assessment Checklist: Writing an Exemplification Paragraph
Moving from Paragraph to Essay: Exemplification
Cause and Effect
Comparison and Contrast
ArgumentNote: Chapters 4 – 11 follow the same format as chapter 3 but details have been omitted to save space
Focus on Essays
Writing an Essay
Thinking about Paragraphs and Essays
Deciding on a Topic
Finding Ideas
Stating Your Thesis
Choosing Supporting Points
Arranging Supporting Points
Drafting Your Essay
Revising Your Essay
Self-Assessment Checklist: Revising Your Essay
I Editing Your Essay
Self-Assessment Checklist: Editing Your Essay
Chapter Review
Review Checklist: Writing an Essay
Introductions and Conclusions
Chapter Review
Review Checklist: Introductions and Conclusions
Patterns of Essay Development
Self-Assessment Checklist: Writing an Exemplification Essay
Cause and Effect
Comparison and Contrast
DefinitionI Argument
Review Checklist: Patterns of Essay Development
Note: Sections B - I follow the same format as section A but details have been omitted to save space
Revising And Editing Your Writingunit 4
Writing Effective Sentences
Writing Simple Sentences
Prepositional Phrases
Chapter Review
Review Checklist: Writing Simple Sentences
Writing Compound Sentences
Using Coordinating Conjunctions
Using Semicolons
Using Transitional Words and Phrases
Chapter Review
Review Checklist: Writing Compound Sentences
Writing Complex Sentences
Identifying Complex Sentences
Using Subordinating Conjunctions
Using Relative Pronouns
Punctuating with Relative Pronouns
Chapter Review
Review Checklist: Writing Complex Sentences
Achieving Sentence Variety
Varying Sentence Types
Varying Sentence Openings
Combining Sentences
Mixing Long and Short Sentences
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