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Exploring Writing Sentences and Paragraphs

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ISBN-10: 0073371866

ISBN-13: 9780073371863

Edition: 2nd 2010

Authors: John Langan

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Exploring Writing: Sentences and Paragraphsserves as a guidebook for every step of the writing process. Emphasizing both process and practice, with a focus on revision, the new second edition helps to apply and advance writing skills using John Langan's proven techniques. Mastering essential sentence skills, learning to write effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays, and becoming a critical reader are turning points for every writer, and they will prepare the students for writing situations in college and beyond.
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Book details

List price: $121.67
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 10/9/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.684

Writing: Skills and Process
An Introduction to Writing
Understanding Point and Support
An Important Difference Between Writing and Talking
Point and Support in Two Cartoons
Point and Support in a Paragraph
Writing as a Skill
Why Does Your Attitude toward Writing Matter?
Writing as a Process of Discovery
Keeping a Journal
The Writing Process
How Do You Reach the Goals of Effective Writing?
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: A Student Model
Editing and Proofreading
Editing Tips
Proofreading Tips
Editing and Proofreading: A Student Model
Tips on Using a Computer
Using a Computer at Each Stage of the Writing Process
Using Peer Review
Scratch Outline
Review Activities
Outlining, Drafting, and Revising
Taking a Writing Inventory
Chapter Review
Writing Effective Paragraphs
Four Steps for Writing, Four Bases for Revising
What Are The Steps to Writing Effective Paragraphs?
Step 1: Make a Point
Step 2: Support Your Point
Step 3: Organize the Support
Step 4: Write Clear, Error-Free Sentences
Four Bases for Revising Writing
Base 1: Unity
Base 2: Support
Base 3: Coherence
Base 4: Sentence Skills
Nine Patterns of Paragraph Development
Important Considerations in Paragraph Development
Knowing Your Subject
Knowing Your Purpose and Audience
Patterns of Development
A Paragraph to Consider
Writing an Exemplification Paragraph
A Paragraph to Consider
Writing a Narrative Paragraph
A Paragraph to Consider
Writing a Description Paragraph
A Paragraph to Consider
Writing a Process Paragraph
Cause and Effect
A Paragraph to Consider
Writing a Cause-and-Effect Paragraph
Comparison or Contrast
A Paragraph to Consider
Writing a Comparison or Contrast Paragraph
A Paragraph to Consider
Writing a Definition Paragraph
A Paragraph to Consider
Writing a Division-Classification Paragraph
A Paragraph to Consider
Writing an Argument Paragraph
Moving From Paragraph to Essay
What Is an Essay?
Differences between an Essay and a Paragraph
The Form of an Essay
A Model Essay
Important Points about the Essay
Introductory Paragraph
Common Methods of Introduction
Supporting Paragraphs
Transitional Sentences
Concluding Paragraph
Essays to Consider
Planning the Essay
Outlining the Essay
Form for Planning the Essay
Practice in Writing the Essay
Understanding the Two Parts of a Thesis Statement
Supporting the Thesis with Specific Evidence
Identifying Introductions
Revising an Essay for All Four Bases: Unity, Support, Coherence, and Sentence Skills
Essay Assignments
Additional Writing Assignments
Sentence Skills
Subjects and Verbs
Sentence Variety I
Verbs, Pronouns, and Agreement
Standard English Verbs
Irregular Verbs
Subject-Verb Agreement
Consistent Verb Tense
Additional Information about Verbs
Pronoun Reference, Agreement, and Point of View
Pronoun Types
Modifiers and Parallelism
Adjectives and Adverbs
Misplaced Modifiers
Dangling Modifiers
Faulty Parallelism
Sentence Variety II
Punctuation and Mechanics
Paper Format
Capital Letters
Numbers and Abbreviations
End Marks
Quotation Marks
Other Punctuation Marks
Dictionary Use
Spelling Improvement
Omitted Words and Letters
Commonly Confused Words
Effective Word Choice
Readings for Writers
Goals and Values
Sister Helen Mrosla, "All the Good Things"
All She Has, $150,000, Is Going to a University, Rick Bragg (newspaper article) *NEW*
Bowling to Find a Lost Father, Mee Her (personal essay) *NEW*
The Conveyor Belt Ladies, Rose Del Castillo Guilbault (personal essay) *NEW*
The F Word, Firoozah Dumas (personal essay) *NEW*
Education and Self-Improvement
Ben Carson, "Do It Better!"
Janny Scott, "How They Get You to Do That"
Grant Berry, "A Change of Attitude"
Beth Johnson, "Let's Get Specific!"
Stance, B.J. Penn (book excerpt) *NEW*
Baking a Cake, Natalie Goldberg (practical advice for students) *NEW*
How to Start: Yearning to Learn, Tiger Woods (book excerpt) *NEW*
Why Go to College, Robert Feldman (practical advice for students) *NEW*
Human Groups and Society
Katherine Barrett, "Old Before Her Time"
Amy Tan, "The Most Hateful Words"
Bill Wine, "Rudeness at the Movies"
Turning Youth Gangs Around, Luis J. Rodriguez (magazine article) *NEW*
Reclaiming Our Home Place, Maya Angelou (personal essay) *NEW*
So Here's What You Personally Can Do to Help Solve the Climate Crisis, Al Gore (book excerpt) *NEW*
A Grand Unified Theory of YouTube and MySpace, Paul Botin (Web article) *NEW*
Parts of Speech
ESL Pointers
Sentence Skills Diagnostic Test
Sentence Skills Achievement Test
Answers to Exercises in Part III