Writing for Life Paragraphs and Essays

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2016-01-05
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Skills for writing–process and strategy

Writing for Life: Paragraphs and Essays 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 Fourth 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 at djhenry@cfl.rr.com. She would love to hear from you!


Table of Contents

Part I: Getting Ready to Write

1. Preparing to Learn About Writing

2. Thinking Through the Writing Process


Part II: Using Patterns of Organization to Develop Paragraphs

3. Understanding the Paragraph

4. The Descriptive Paragraph

5. The Narrative Paragraph

6. The Process Paragraph

7. The Example Paragraph

8. The Classification Paragraph

9. The Comparison and Contrast Paragraph

10. The Definition Paragraph

11. The Cause and Effect Paragraph

12. The Persuasive Paragraph


Part III: How to Write an Essay

13. Understanding the Essay

14. Effective Titles, Introductions, and Conclusions

15. Using Patterns of Organization to Develop Essays

16. Research Strategies and Resources


Part IV: The Basic Sentence

17. Nouns and Pronouns

18. Adjectives and Adverbs

19. Verbs

20. Subjects, Verbs, and Simple Sentences

21. Compound and Complex Sentences


Part V: Editing the Basic Sentence

22. Editing Run-ons: Comma Splices and Fused Sentences

23. Editing Fragments into Sentences

24. Editing Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

25. Editing for Subject-Verb Agreement: Present Tense


Part VI: Revising to Improve Expression

26. Revising for Sentence Variety

27. Revising for Sentence Clarity: Person, Point of View, Number, and Tense

28. Revising for Parallelism

29. Revising for Effective Expression


Part VII: Punctuation and Mechanics

30. The Comma

31. The Apostrophe

32. Quotation Marks

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

34. Capitalization

35. Improving Your Spelling

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