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Composing with Confidence Writing Effective Paragraphs and Essays

ISBN-10: 0321276469
ISBN-13: 9780321276469
Edition: 7th 2006
Authors: Alan Meyers
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List price: $80.00
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 3/10/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.332

This reader-friendly sixth edition of Composing with Confidence focuses on the writing of paragraphs and essays within the composing process. Readers are guided step by step through the process, but are provided with options in prewriting, discovery, outlining, and predicting. Each chapter in the unit on the rhetorical modes offers academic and professional model paragraphs and essays, along with a well-wrought paragraph assignment, an optional essay writing assignment, and at least five alternative assignments. A new chapter, Writing on the Job, offers instruction in and models of a job application letter, a risumi, and two memos. A repeated feature offers practice in summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting, and arranging material from outside sources. And two new features, Blueprints for Writing and Unit Summaries, offer quick visual summaries of the most important points of the chapter or unit. A full unit on sentence-level issues of grammar and mechanics offers instruction in only those skills that are needed to make writing clear and grammatically correct. Each chapter in the unit ends with two "Editing for Mastery" exercises. "Tips" boxes and "If Your First Language Is Not English" boxes also provide short, specific, and practical advice. The book retains its most popular feature: fast-paced, high-interest, continuous discourse materials that makes it fun to read and work with. For those interested in developing their writing skills at the paragraph to essay level.

Rhetorical Contents
The Writing Process
Hints and Help for Writers
Preface
The Writing--and Composing--Process
The Reasons for Writing
Writing as Communication
Writing as a Process
Composing with Confidence
Discovering the Right Way to Write
Writing for Every Reason
Getting a Head Start
The Composing Process
Composing as a Process
Exploring Your Ideas
Prewriting
Organizing Your Ideas
Writing the First Draft
Revising the Draft
Preparing a Second Draft
Producing the Final Copy
Composing a Powerful Paragraph
What Is a Paragraph?
The Topic
The Topic Sentence
The Body
The Conclusion
Revising for Unity
Additional Topics for Writing
Composing an Effective Essay
What Is an Essay?
A Closer Look at the Essay
Composing an Essay
Revising for Coherence
A Student Model Essay
Additional Topics for Writing
Strengthening Writing
Developing Ideas
Support for General Statements
Two Ways to Develop Ideas
Facts and Figures
Additional Topics for Writing
Achieving Coherence
What Is Coherence?
Parallelism
Repeated Words and Ideas
Transitions
Additional Topics for Writing
Writing Directly and Vividly
What Is Strong Writing?
Eliminating Weak Verbs
Eliminating Vague Expressions
Eliminating Wordiness
Eliminating Unnecessary Repetition
Eliminating Tired Comparisons
Additional Topics for Writing
Creating Sentence Variety
Why Work for Sentence Variety?
Varying Sentence Length
Varying Sentence Beginnings
Using Special Types of Sentences
Joining Sentences
Additional Topics for Writing
Composing Types of Paragraphs and Essays
Composing a Description
A Model Paragraph: Description
Getting Ready to Write
Paragraph Writing Assignment
More Topics for Paragraphs
From Paragraph to Essay
A Model Essay: Description
A Student Model Essay: Description
Topics for Essays
Composing Narratives
A Model Paragraph: Narration
Getting Ready to Write
Paragraph Writing Assignment
More Topics for Paragraphs
From Paragraph to Essay
A Student Model Essay: Narration
An Additional Student Model: Narration
Topics for Essays
Explaining a Process
Model Paragraphs: Process Analysis
Getting Ready to Write
Paragraph Writing Assignment
More Topics for Paragraphs
From Paragraph to Essay
A Model Essay: Process Analysis
A Student Model Essay: Process Analysis
Topics for Essays
Drawing Comparisons and Contrasts
Model Paragraphs: Comparison and Contrast
Getting Ready to Write
Paragraph Writing Assignment
More Topics for Paragraphs
From Paragraph to Essay
A Model Essay: Comparison-Contrast
A Student Model Essay: Comparison-Contrast
Topics for Essays
Making Classifications
A Model Paragraph: Classification
Getting Ready to Write
Paragraph Writing Assignment
More Topics for Paragraphs
From Paragraph to Essay
A Model Essay: Classification
A Student Model Essay: Classification
Topics for Essays
Composing Definitions
Model Paragraphs: Definition
Getting Ready to Write
Paragraph Writing Assignments
More Topics for Paragraphs
From Paragraph to Essay
A Model Essay: Definition
A Student Model Essay: Definition
Topics for Essays
Examining Causes or Effects
Model Paragraphs: Causes or Effects
Getting Ready to Write
Paragraph Writing Assignment
More Topics for Paragraphs
From Paragraph to Essay
A Student Model Essay: Examining Causes
A Student Model Essay: Examining Effects
Topics for Essays
Persuading an Audience
Models of Persuasion
Getting Ready to Write
Paragraph Writing Assignment
More Topics for Paragraphs
From Paragraph to Essay
A Model Essay: Persuasion
A Student Model Essay: Persuasion
Topics for Essays
Writing Essay Exams
A Model Essay: An Essay Exam
Preparing for an Essay Examination
Writing the Essay Answer
Getting Ready to Write an Exam
Essay Writing Assignment
Additional Topics for Practicing Essays
Troubleshooting
Writing Complete Sentences
What Is a Sentence?
Simple Fragments
Complex Fragments
Joining Sentences Through Coordination and Subordination
Combining Equals
Combining Unequals
Checking Subject-Verb Agreement and Noun Plurals
What Is Subject-Verb Agreement?
Agreement with Noun Subjects
Agreement with Pronoun Subjects
Subjects Joined with and
Irregular Present-Tense Verbs
Special Problems with Subject-Verb Agreement
Checking Past-Tense and Past-Participle Forms
The Past Tense of Regular Verbs
The Past Tense of Irregular Verbs
The Perfect Tenses
The Other Roles of the Past Participle
Achieving Consistency
Pronouns
Tense
Sentence Structure
Quotations and Reported Speech
Using Pronouns
Choosing the Right Pronoun
Special Pronouns
Strengthening Modifiers
What Is a Modifier?
Condensing Clauses to Phrases
Placing Modifiers with Precision
Using Apostrophes, Hyphens, and Capital Letters
Apostrophes
Hyphens
Capitalization
Checking Punctuation
The Comma
The Period
The Question Mark
The Exclamation Point
The Semicolon
The Colon
The Dash
Parentheses
Quotation Marks
Checking Soundalike and Lookalike Words
Contraction Confusion
The -D Dilemma
The of Offense
Other Commonly Confused Words
Reading Selections
"Buzzard"
from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
"Baby Birds"
"Whose Eyes Are These, Whose Nose?"
"What Is Poverty?"
"The Real War on Drugs"
"Why I Want a Wife"
"The Deer at Providencia"
"The Myth of the Latin Woman"
from The Way to Rainy Mountain
"Friends, Good Friends--and Such Good Friends"
"A Tale of Two Gravies"
"Mother Tongue"
Glossary
Credits
Index

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