Open Handbook Keys for Writers

ISBN-10: 0618607153
ISBN-13: 9780618607150
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $68.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 2/8/2006
Binding: Comb Bound 
Pages: 624
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

This mid-sized reference combines in-depth coverage of good writing, research, and grammar skills with an abundance of exercisesall at an affordable price. Written in the accessible style that made Keys for Writers a success, this engaging text addresses such current topics as ESL learning, visual literacy, and writing beyond college, encouraging students to keep this handbook open. Four-color coverage of visual rhetoric and document designunique in this marketsets this handbook apart. Students learn how to visually convey ideas through a variety of media such as tables, web sites, and PowerPoint slides. In addition, they benefit from Raimes' signature "differences, not deficits" coverage of multilingual perspectives. Two four-color chapters on document design and visual literacy feature examples of web sites, PowerPoint slides, academic essay design, and tables and charts, along with coverage of visual rhetoric, such as using visuals to make an argument. The author's popular language transfer guidesmore practical than everfocus on multilingual transfer errors. A practical, context-based discussion of plagiarism appears in Chapters 37 and 40 and includes key strategies for avoiding different types of plagiarism. Distinctive Language and Culture boxes examine cross-cultural and multicultural aspects of writing. Chapter 8, a full chapter on style, includes the exceptional and memorable "5 C's of Style" (cut, check for action, connect, commit, and choose the right words), unique to the Raimes handbooks. The grammar section focuses on common errors students make; the author's tone is clear, direct, and coaching. Exercises based on diverse and engaging readings allow students to practice new writing skills. Coverage of writing across the curriculum, at work, and in the community appears in Part Nine, "Writing Throughout CollegeAnd Beyond." This section addresses a full spectrum of writing needs, including writing online in many contexts, writing in the disciplines, writing in the community, and writing reacute;sumeacute;s and personal statements.

Nancy Summers is a professor at Harrisburg Area Community College, where she has served as department chair. Summers was the director of public education for a mental health system and has worked with numerous agencies to provide training, improve services, and assist with an internal reorganization. She remains actively in touch with numerous professionals in a wide variety of programs and recently published work on the supervision of the less experienced human services worker.Ann Raimes, a respected authority on writing, research, grammar, and ESL, created the KEYS FOR WRITERS family of handbooks (Cengage Learning) to be the most accessible, user-friendly handbooks available.

The Writing Process
Define the Writing Task
Purpose
Audience
Requirements, assignments, and schedules
Tone
Standard English and other Englishes
In your own words: Resisting the lure of copy and paste
Think Critically about Reading and Writing
How to read critically
Annotating a reading
Critical reading of your own writing
Generate Ideas
Finding a topic
Journals, blogs, and online conversations
Freewriting
Brainstorming, listing, and mapping
Journalists' questions
Find a Focus and a Structure
From topic to thesis
Formulating a working thesis--and why you need one
Developing support
Planning and structuring your essay: Road maps, purpose statements, and outlines
The power of a title
Develop Paragraphs
Paragraph basics
Focus and topic sentence
Unity
Strategies for developing paragraphs
Coherence with links, parallel structures, and transitions
Construct an Argument
What makes a good argument?
Topic
An arguable claim (thesis), reasons, and evidence
Argument structures
Appeals, common ground, and opposing views
Logic and flaws in logic
A student's argument essay
Draft, Revise, and Edit
Tips for writing and managing drafts
Writing collaboratively
Giving and getting feedback
Beginning and ending well
Tools for content revision
Tools for editing and proofreading
A student's drafts
Pay attention to the 5 C's of Style
The first C: Cut
The second C: Check for action
The third C: Connect
The fourth C: Commit
The fifth C: Choose the right words
Put it all together: Delight your readers
Document Design, Visual Power
Academic Documents: Page and Screen
Formats for academic essays
Title and identification
Title page
Formatting with MS Word
Academic writing online
Visual Presentation of Text and Data
Typefaces
Color
Headings, columns
Lists
Tables, charts
Visuals: Analysis and Preparation
How to read images critically
Visuals and argument
Multimedia presentations
PowerPoint
Sample PowerPoint slides
Editing for Common Sentence Problems
How a Sentence Works (Review)
What a sentence is
Subject and verb
Parts of speech
Phrases
Clauses
Top Sentence Troublespots
Students' FAQs
Top sentence troublespots
The Boundaries of a Sentence: Fragments, Run-ons, and Comma Splices
What is a fragment?
Dependent clause fragments
Phrase fragments
Missing subject, verb
Fragments missing subject afterand, but, or
Intentionally use/frag
Run-on, comma splice
Correcting run-on, splices
Sentence Snarls
Tangles: Mixed constructions, faulty comparisons, convoluted syntax
Misplaced modifiers
Dangling modifiers
Shifts
Logical sequence
Necessary / unnecessary words
Faulty parallelism
Verbs
Verb forms
Verbs commonly confused
Verb Tenses
-edendings
Indirect quotations
Conditional sentences
Active / passive voice
Subject-Verb Agreement
The -sending
Subject separated from verb
Subject after verb
After linking verb
Tricky subjects
Collective nouns
Subects withand, or, nor
Indefinite pronouns
Quantity words
Pronouns
Personal pronouns
Possessive forms
Clear reference
Agreement wit

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