Exploring Writing Paragraphs and Essays

ISBN-10: 0073371858

ISBN-13: 9780073371856

Edition: 2nd 2010

Authors: John Langan

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This work serves as a guidebook for every step of the writing process. Emphasizing both process and practice, with a focus on revision, the second edition helps to apply and advance writing skills using John Langan's proven techniques.
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Book details

List price: $121.67
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 10/5/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 736
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.542
Language: English

Preface
Writing: Skills and Process
An Introduction to Writing
Point and Support
An Important Difference between Writing and Talking
Point and Support in a Paragraph
Knowing Your Purpose and Audience
Benefits of Paragraph Writing
Writing as a Skill
Writing as a Process of Discovery
Keeping a Journal
Tips on Using a Computer
Ways to Use a Computer at Each Stage of the Writing Process
Review Activities
The Writing Process
Prewriting
Technique 1: Freewriting
Technique 2: Questioning
Technique 3: Making a List
Technique 4: Clustering
Technique 5: Preparing a Scratch Outline
Writing a First Draft
Writing a First Draft: A Student Model
Revising
Revising Content
Revising Sentences
Editing
An Illustration of the Revising and Editing Processes
Using Peer Review
Identification
Scratch Outline
Comments
Review Activities
Taking a Writing Inventory
Prewriting
Outlining
Revising
A Writer's Template: Across Disciplines
Basic Principles of Effective Writing
The First and Second Steps in Writing
Begin with a Point
Identifying Common Errors in Topic Sentences
Understanding the Two Parts of a Topic Sentence
Selecting a Topic Sentence
Writing a Topic Sentence I
Writing a Topic Sentence II
Support the Point with Specific Evidence
The Point as an "Umbrella" Idea
Reinforcing Point and Support
The Importance of Specific Details
Recognizing Specific Details I
Recognizing Specific Details II
Providing Supporting Evidence
The Importance of Adequate Details
Identifying Adequate Supporting Evidence
Adding Details to Complete a Paragraph
Writing a Simple Paragraph
The Third Step and Fourth Steps in Writing
Organize and Connect the Specific Evidence
Common Methods of Organization: Time Order and Emphatic Order
Transitions
Other Connecting Words
Write Clear, Error-Free Sentences
Revising Sentences
Use Parallelism
Use a Consistent Point of View
Use Specific Words
Use Concise Wording
Vary Your Sentences
Editing Sentences
Hints for Editing
A Note on Proofreading
Four Bases for Revising Writing
Base 1: Unity
Understanding Unity
Checking for Unity
Base 2: Support
Understanding Support
Checking for Support
Base 3: Coherence
Understanding Coherence
Checking for Coherence
Base 4: Sentence Skills
Understanding Sentence Skills
Checking for Sentence Skills
Evaluating Paragraphs for All Four Bases: Unity, Support, Coherence, and Sentence
Skills
A Writer's Template: Across Disciplines
Paragraph Development
Exemplification
Paragraphs to Consider
Questions
Developing an Exemplification Paragraph
Development through Prewriting
Development through Revising
Writing an Exemplification Paragraph
Narration
Paragraphs to Consider
Questions
Developing a Narrative Paragraph
Development through Prewriting
Development through Revising
Writing a Narrative Paragraph
Description
Paragraphs to Consider
Questions
Developing a Descriptive Paragraph
Development through Prewriting
Development through Revising
Writing a Descriptive Paragraph
Process
Paragraphs to Consider
Questions
Developing a Process Paragraph
Development through Prewriting
Development through Revising
Writing a Process Paragraph
Cause and Effect
Paragraphs to Consider
Questions
Developing a Cause-and-Effect Paragraph
Development through Prewriting
Development through Revising
Writing a Cause-and-Effect Paragraph
Comparison or Contrast
Paragraphs to Consider
Methods of Development
One Side at a Time
Point by Point
Additional Paragraph to Consider
Questions
Developing a Comparison or Contrast Paragraph
Development through Prewriting
Development through Revising
Writing a Comparison or Contrast Paragraph
Definition
Paragraphs to Consider
Questions
Developing a Definition Paragraph
Development through Prewriting
Development through Revising
Writing a Definition Paragraph
Division-Classification
Paragraphs to Consider
Questions
Developing a Division-Classification Paragraph
Development through Prewriting
Development through Revising
Writing a Division-Classification Paragraph
Argument
Strategies for Arguments
Paragraphs to Consider
Questions
Developing an Argument Paragraph
Development through Prewriting
Development through Revising
Writing an Argument Paragraph
A Writer's Template: Across Disciplines
Essay Development
Introduction to Essay Development
What Is an Essay?
Differences Between an Essay and Paragraph
Structure of the Traditional Essay
A Model Essay
Parts of an Essay
Diagram of an Essay
Identifying the Parts of an Essay
Important Considerations in Essay Development
Determining Your Point of View
Doing a Personal Review
Writing the Essay
Begin with a Point, or Thesis
Understanding Thesis Statements
Writing a Good Thesis I
Writing a Good Thesis II
Support the Thesis with Specific Evidence
The Importance of Specific Details
The Importance of Adequate Details
Adding Details to Complete an Essay
Organize and Connect the Specific Evidence
Common Methods of Organization
Transitions
Other Connecting Words
Identifying Transitions and Other Connecting Words
Write Clear, Error-Free Sentences
Use Active Verbs
Practice in Revising Sentences
Revising Essays for All Four Bases: Unity, Support, Coherence, and Sentence Skills
Introductions, Conclusions, and Titles
Introductory Paragraph
Functions of the Introduction
Common Methods of Introduction
Concluding Paragraph
Common Methods of Conclusion
Identifying Introductions and Conclusions
Titles
Essay Writing Assignments
Patterns of Essay Development
Developing an Exemplification Essay
Developing a Process Essay
Developing a Cause-and-Effect Essay
Developing a Comparison or Contrast Essay
Developing a Definition Essay
Developing a Division-Classification Essay
Developing a Descriptive Essay
Developing a Narrative Essay
Developing an Argument Essay
Special College Skills
Taking Essay Exams
Step 1: Anticipate Ten Probable Questions
Step 2: Prepare and Memorize an Informal Outline Answer for Each Question
Step 3: Look at the Exam Carefully and Do Several Things
Step 4: Prepare a Brief, Informal Outline before Writing Your Essay Answer
Step 5: Write a Clear, Well-Organized Essay
Writing a Summary
How to Summarize an Article
How to Summarize a Book
Writing a Report
of a Report: A Summary of the Work
of a Report: Your Reaction to the Work
Points to Keep in Mind When Writing a Report
A Model Report
Writing a Research Paper
Select a Topic That You Can Readily Research
Researching at a Local Library
Researching on the Internet
Limit Your Topic and Make the Purpose of Your Paper Clear
Gather Information on Your Limited Topic
Plan Your Paper and Take Notes on Your Limited Topic
Preparing a Scratch Outline
Note-Taking
A Caution about Plagiarism
Write the Paper
Use an Acceptable Format and Method of Documentation
Model Paper
A Writer's Template: Across Disciplines
Handbook of Sentence Skills
Grammar
Subjects and Verbs
Sentence Sense
Fragments
Run-Ons
Regular and Irregular Verbs
Subject-Verb Agreement
Additional Information about Verbs
Pronoun Agreement and Reference
Pronoun Types
Adjectives and Adverbs
Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers
Grammar Editing Tests
Mechanics
Manuscript Form
Capital Letters
Numbers and Abbreviations
Mechanics Editing Tests
Punctuation
Apostrophe
Quotation Marks
Comma
Other Punctuation Marks
Punctuation Editing Tests
Word Use
Spelling Improvement
Commonly Confused Words
Effective Word Choice
Combined Editing Tests
ESL Pointers
Readings for Writing
Introduction to the Readings
Looking Inward
Thank You, Alex Haley
Shame, Dick Gregory
The Professor is a Dropout, Beth Johnson
I Became Her Target, Roger Wilkins
Prison Studies, Malcom X (personal essay) *NEW*
When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge, Chanrithy Him (personal essay) *NEW*
Address by Cesar Chavez, President United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO Before Building Industry
*NEW*
Association of Northern California, 11/21/91, San Jose (historical doc) *NEW*
Observing Others
Propaganda Techniques in Today's
Advertising Ann McClintock
This is How We Live, Ellen DeGeneres (book excerpt) *NEW*
Kanye West World, Lola Ogunnaike (magazine article) *NEW*
Start By Sitting Together, Randy Pausch (book excerpt) *NEW*
Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy (historical doc) *NEW*
Neat People vs. Sloppy People, Suzanne Brit (book excerpt) *NEW*
Petophila, Jon Katz (Web article) *NEW*
Confronting Problems
How to Make It in College, Now That You're Here, Brian O'Keeney
In Praise of the F Word, Mary Sherry
Is Sex All That Matters?, Joyce Garity
Cyberbullying, Thomas J. Billitteri (information/reports) *NEW*
Why Profiling Won't Work, William Raspberry (newspaper article) *NEW*
9/11 Commission Report, "Heroism and Horror: Preparedness as of September 11" (information/reports)
*NEW*
Appendix: Writing a Resume and Cover Letter
Index
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