Grassroots with Readings

ISBN-10: 0618955216
ISBN-13: 9780618955213
Edition: 9th 2008
Authors: Susan Fawcett
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List price: $168.95
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 11/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.508
Language: English

Motivating students with high-interest content and guiding them with a clear, functional approach, Susan Fawcett's Grassroots inspires students to succeed. With its excellent writing instruction, well-crafted exercises, and engaging writing activities, Grassroots teaches students how to write correct sentences and effective paragraphs. Fawcett introduces each topic with a boxed example and follows it up with clear, easy to read explanations. After the boxed example, Grassroots engages students with bulleted points and questions before defining the rule. Then, Grassroots inspires students and reinforces concepts with a wealth of interesting examples and practice that lead students from carefully controlled practice toward creating their own successful sentences and paragraphs.

Susan Fawcett started teaching English at Bronx Community College right after she finished college. The idea for the books grew out of her frustration that adults needed remediation but the only material available had a tone more appropriate for middle school students. She occasionally teaches a class in Miami, where she lives in the winter and writes full time.

WritingForceful Paragraphs
Exploring the Writing Process
The Writing Process
Subject, Audience, Purpose
Guidelines for Submitting Written Work
Prewriting to Generate Ideas
Freewriting
Brainstorming
Clustering
Keeping a Journal
Developing Effective Paragraphs
Defining the Paragraph and the Topic Sentence
Narrowing the Topic and Writing the Topic Sentence
Generating Ideas for the Body of the Paragraph
Selecting and Dropping Ideas
Arranging Ideas in a Plan or an Outline
Writing and Revising the Paragraph
Writing the Final Paragraph
Improving Your Paragraphs
More Work on Support: Examples
More Work on Arranging Ideas: Coherence
More Work on Revising: Exact and Concise Language
Turning Assignments into Paragraphs
Moving from Paragraph to Essay
Defining the Essay and the Thesis Statement
The Process of Writing an Essay
Unit 1 Writing Assignments
Unit 1 Review
Unit 1 Writer's Workshop--Discuss Your Name
Writing Complete Sentences
Subjects and Verbs
Defining and Spotting Subjects
Spotting Singular and Plural Subjects
Spotting Prepositional Phrases
Defining and Spotting Action Verbs
Defining and Spotting Linking Verbs
Spotting Verbs of More Than One Word
Avoiding Sentence Fragments
Writing Sentences with Subjects and Verbs
Writing Sentences with Complete Verbs
Completing the Thought
Unit 2 Writing Assignments
Unit 2 Review
Unit 2 Writers' Workshop--Discuss an Event That Influenced You
Using Verbs Effectively
Present Tense (Agreement)
Defining Agreement
Troublesome Verb in the Present Tense: TO BE
Troublesome Verb in the Present Tense: TO HAVE
Troublesome Verb in the Present Tense: TO DO (+ NOT)
Changing Subjects to Pronouns
Practice in Agreement
Special Problems in Agreement
Past Tense
Regular Verbs in the Past Tense
Irregular Verbs in the Past Tense
Troublesome Verb in the Past Tense: TO BE
Review
The Past Participle in Action
Defining the Past Participle
Past Participles of Regular Verbs
Past Participles of Irregular Verbs
Using the Present Perfect Tense
Using the Past Perfect Tense
Using the Passive Voice
Using Past Participles as Adjectives
Progressive Tenses (TO BE + -ING Verb Form)
Defining and Writing the Present Progressive Tense
Defining and Writing the Past Progressive Tense
Using the Progressive Tenses
Avoiding Incomplete Progressives
Fixed-Form Helping Verbs and Verb Problems
Defining and Spotting the Fixed-Form Helping Verbs
Using the Fixed-Form Helping Verbs
Using CAN and COULD
Using WILL and WOULD
Writing Infinitives
Revising Double Negatives
Unit 3 Writing Assignments
Unit 3 Review
Unit 3 Writers' Workshop--Tell a Family Story
Joining Ideas Together
Coordination
Subordination
Defining and Using Subordinating Conjunctions
Punctuating Subordinating Conjunctions
Avoiding Run-Ons and Comma Splices
Semicolons and Conjunctive Adverbs
Defining and Using Semicolons
Defining and Using Conjunctive Adverbs
Punctuating Conjunctive Adverbs
Relative Pronouns
Defining and Using Relative Pronouns
Punctuating Ideas Introduced by WHO, WHICH, or THAT
-ING Modifiers
Using -ING Modifiers
Avoiding Confusing Modifiers
Unit 4 Writing Assignments
Unit 4 Review
Unit 4 Writers' Workshop--Describe a Detour off the Main Highway
Choosingthe Right Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb, or Preposition
Nouns
Defining Singular and Plural
Signal Words: Singular and Plural
Signal Words with OF
Pronouns
Defining Pronouns and Antecedents
Referring to Indefinite Pronouns
Referring to Collective Nouns
Referring to Special Singular Constructions
Avoiding Vague and Repetitious Pronouns
Using Pronouns as Subjects, Objects, and Possessives
Choosing the Correct Case after AND or OR
Choosing the Correct Case in Comparisons
UsingPronouns with -SELF and -SELVES
Adjectives and Adverbs
Defining and Writing Adjectives and Adverbs
A Troublesome Pair: GOOD/WELL
Writing Comparatives
Writing Superlatives
Troublesome Comparatives and Superlatives
Demonstrative Adjectives: THIS/THAT and THESE/THOSE
Prepositions
Defining and Working with Prepositional Phrases
Troublesome Prepositions: IN, ON, and LIKE
Prepositions in Common Expressions
Unit 5 Writing Assignments
Unit 5 Review
Unit 5 Writers' Workshop--Tell How Someone Changed Your Life
Revising for Consistency and Parallelism
Consistent Tense
Consistent Person
Parallelism
Writing Parallel Constructions
Using Parallelism for Special Effects
Unit 6 Writing Assignments
Unit 6 Review
Unit 6 Writers' Workshop--Shift Your Audience and Purpose
Mastering Mechanics
Capitalization
Commas
Commas after Items in a Series
Commas after Introductory Phrases
Commas for Direct Address
Commas to Set Off Appositives
Commas for Parenthetical Expressions
Commas for Dates
Commas for Addresses
Commas for Coordination and Subordination
Apostrophes
Using the Apostrophe for Contractions
Defining the Possessive
Using the Apostrophe to Show Possession (in Words That Do Not AlreadyEnd in -S)
Using the Apostrophe to Show Possession (in Words That Already End in-S)
Direct and Indirect Quotations
Defining Direct and Indirect Quotations
Punctuating Simple Direct Quotations
Punctuation Split Quotations
Ending Direct Quotations
Putting Your Proofreading Skills to Work
Unit 7 Writing Assignments
Unit 7 Review
Unit 7 Writers' Workshop--Explain a Cause or an Effect
Improving Your Spelling
Spelling
Suggestions for Improving Your Spelling
Computer Spell Checkers
Spotting Vowels and Consonants
Doubling the Final Consonant (in Words of One Syllable)
Doubling the Final Consonant (in Words of More Than One Syllable)
Dropping or Keeping the Final E
Changing or Keeping the Final Y
Choosing IE or EI
CommonlyMisspelled Words
Look-Alikes/Sound-Alikes
Unit 8 Writing Assignments
Unit 8 Review
Unit 8 Writers' Workshop--Examine Positive (or Negative) Values
Reading Selections and Quotation Bank
Reading Selections
Effective Reading Strategies for the Writer
Daring to Dream
A Homemade Education
Don't Share Your Life with Me
Mrs. Flowers Leonard Pitts Jr., Beauty Is Not Just Smaller Than Life
Hot Dogs and Wild Geese
My English Courtland
The Gift
Montgomery, Alabama, 1955
Quitting Hip-Hop
You Can Take This Job and... Well, It Might Surprise You
Papa, the Teacher
Another Road Hog with Too Much Oink
Stuff
In This Arranged Marriage, Love Came Later
Playing a Violin with Three Strings
One Man's Kids
The Hidden Life of Bottled Water
Four Directions
Emotional Intelligence
Quotation Bank
Parts of Speech Review
Some Guidelines for Students of English as a Second Language
Acknowledgments
Index
Index of Rhetorical
Modes Index to the Readings
Rhetorical Index to the Readings

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