Focus on Writing Paragraphs and Essays

ISBN-10: 031260341X

ISBN-13: 9780312603410

Edition: 2nd

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Focus on Writing: Paragraphs and Essaysis a clear, inviting text that engages students visually, demonstrates concepts with color and highlighting, and offers students the support and coverage they need to write well in college.Focus on Writingoffers the unique self-assessment tool T.E.S.T. (Topic sentence,Evidence,Summary statement, andTransitions), which works clearly and simply to motivate students and empowers them to become capable writers and self-editors. In this revision, best-selling authors Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell provide more support for moving from paragraph to essay, more step-by-step coverage of the writing process, and more diverse examples, exercises, and models, making the text both student-friendly and thorough.
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Book details

List price: $87.99
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 9/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 816
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.662
Language: English

Writing Paragraphs
Understanding the Writing Process
Planning
Understanding Paragraph Structure
Focusing on Your Assignment, Purpose, and Audience
Finding Ideas
Freewriting
Brainstorming
Clustering
Journal Writing
Identifying Your Main Idea and Writing a Topic Sentence
Organizing
Choosing Supporting Points
Arranging Supporting Points
Drafting
Drafting Your Paragraph
Testing Your Paragraph
Revising and Editing
Revising Your Paragraph
Editing Your Paragraph
TESTing Your Paragraphs
Using a Topic Sentence to Unify Your Paragraph
Using Evidence to Support Your Paragraph's Main Idea
Using a Summary Statement to Reinforce Your Paragraph's Unity
Using Transitions to Add Coherence to Your Paragraph
Patterns of Paragraph Development
Using Exemplification
What Is Exemplification?
Writing an Exemplification Paragraph
Using Narration
What Is Narration?
Writing a Narrative Paragraph
Using Description
What Is Description?
Writing a Descriptive Paragraph
Using Process
What Is Process?
Process Explanations
Instructions
Writing a Process Paragraph
Using Cause and Effect
What Is Cause and Effect?
Causes
Effects
Writing a Cause-and-Effect Paragraph
Using Comparison and Contrast
What Is Comparison and Contrast?
Subject-by-Subject Comparisons
Point-by-Point Comparisons
Writing a Comparison-and-Contrast Paragraph
Classification
What Is Classification?
Writing a Classification Paragraph
Definition
What Is Definition?
Writing a Definition Paragraph
Using Argument
What Is Argument?
Writing an Argument Paragraph
Writing Essays
Writing an Essay
Planning
Understanding Essay Structure
Focusing on Your Assignment, Purpose, and Audience
Finding Ideas
Freewriting
Brainstorming
Identifying Your Main Idea and State Your Thesis
Organizing
Choosing Supporting Points
Arranging Your Supporting Points
Drafting
Drafting Your Essay
Testing Your Essay
Revising and Editing
Revising Your Essay
Editing Your Essay
Checking Your Essay's Format
Writing Introductions and Conclusions
Introductions
Beginning with a Narrative
Beginning with a Question (or a Series of Questions)
Beginning with a Definition
Beginning with a Quotation
Beginning with a Surprising Statement
Conclusions
Concluding with a Narrative
Concluding with a Prediction
Concluding with a Recommendation
Concluding with a Quotation
Patterns of Essay Development
Exemplification
Model Exemplification Essay
Narration
Model Narrative Essay
Description
Model Descriptive Essay
Process
Model Process Essay
Cause and Effect
Model-and-Effect Essay
Comparison and Contrast
Model Comparison-and Contrast Essay
Classification
Model Classification Essay
Definition
Model Definition Essay
Argument
Model Argument Essay
Writing Sentences
Writing Simple Sentences
Subjects
Prepositional Phrases
Verbs
Action Verbs
Linking Verbs
Helping Verbs
Writing Compound Sentences
Using Coordinating Conjunctions
Using Semicolons
Using Transitional Words and Phrases
Writing Complex Sentences
Identifying Complex Sentences
Using Subordinating Conjunctions
Using Relative Pronouns
Writing Varied Sentences
Varying Sentence Types
Varying Sentence Openings
Beginning with Adverbs
Beginning with Prepositional Phrases
Combining Sentences
Using Present Participles
Using Past Participles
Using a Series of Words
Using Appositives
Varying Sentence Length
Using Parallelism
Recognizing Parallel Structure
Using Parallel Structure
Paired Items
Items in a Series
Items in a List or in an Outline
Using Words Effectively
Using Specific Words
Using Concise Language
Avoiding Slang
Avoiding Clich�s
Using Similes and Metaphors
Avoiding Sexist Language
Solving Common Sentence Problems
Run-Ons
Recognizing Run-Ons
Correcting Run-Ons
Sentence Fragments
Recognizing Fragments
Missing-Subject Fragments
Phrase Fragments Appositive Fragments
Prepositional Phrase Fragments
Incomplete-Verb Fragments
- ing Fragments
Infinitive Fragments
Dependent Clause Fragments
Subject-Verb Agreement
Understanding Subject-Verb Agreement
Compound Subjects
Be, Have, and Do
Words between Subject and Verb
Collective Noun Subjects
Indefinite Pronoun Subjects
Verbs before Subjects
Illogical Shifts
Shifts in Tense
Shifts in Person
Shifts in Voice
Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers
Correcting Dangling Modifiers
Correcting Misplaced Modifiers
Understanding Basic Grammar
Verbs: Past Tense
Regular Verbs
Irregular Verbs
Problem Verbs: Be
Problem Verbs: Can/Could and Will/Would
Can/Could
Will/Would
Verbs: Past Participles
Regular Past Participles
Irregular Past Participles
The Present Perfect Tense
The Past Perfect Tense
Past Participles as Adjectives
Nouns and Pronouns
Identifying Nouns
Forming Plural Nouns
Identifying Pronouns
Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
Special Problems with Agreement
Compound Antecedents
Indefinite Pronoun Antecedents
Collective Noun Antecedents
Pronoun Case
Subjective Case
Objective Case
Possessive Case
Special Problems with Case
Pronouns in Compounds
Pronouns in Comparisons
Who and Whom
Reflexive Pronouns
Adjectives and Adverbs
Identifying Adjectives and Adverbs
Comparatives and Superlatives
Forming Comparatives and Superlatives
Solving Special Problems with Comparatives and Superlatives
Grammar and Usage for ESL Writers
Subjects in Sentences
Plural Nouns
Count and Noncount Nouns
Determiners with Count and Noncount Nouns
Articles
The Definite Article
Indefinite Articles
No Article
Articles with Proper Nouns
Negative Statements and Questions
Negative Statements
Questions
Verb Tense
Stative Verbs
Modal Auxiliaries
Gerunds
Placing Modifiers in Order
Required Order
Preferred Order
Choosing Prepositions
Prepositions in Familiar Expressions
Prepositions in Phrasal Verbs
Separable Phrasal Verbs
Inseparable Phrasal Verbs
Understanding Punctuation, Mechanics, and Spelling
Using Commas
Commas in a Series
Commas with Introductory Phrases and Transitional Words and Phrases
Introductory Phrases
Transitional Words and Phrases
Commas with Appositives
Commas with Nonrestrictive Clauses
Commas in Dates and Addresses
Dates
Addresses
Unnecessary Commas
Using Apostrophes
Apostrophes in Contractions
Apostrophes in Possessives
Singular Nouns and Indefinite Pronouns
Plural Nouns
Incorrect Use of Apostrophes
Using Other Punctuation Marks
Semicolons
Colons
Dashes and Parentheses
Understanding Mechanics
Capitalizing Proper Nouns
Punctuating Quotations
Setting Off Titles
Hyphens
Abbreviations
Numbers
Understanding Spelling
Becoming a Better Speller
ie and ei
Prefixes
Suffixes
Words Ending in Silent e
Words Ending in -y
Doubling the Final Consonant
Commonly Confused Words
Reading Essays
Reading Critically
Previewing
Highlighting
Annotating
Outlining
Summarizing
Writing a Response Paragraph
Readings for Writers
Exemplification
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