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Focus on Writing Paragraphs and Essays

ISBN-10: 0312434235

ISBN-13: 9780312434236

Edition: 2008

Authors: Laurie G. Kirszner, Stephen R. Mandell

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"Focus on Writing: Paragraphs and Essays," new from best-selling authors Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell, is their most accessible writing text yet. "Focus on Writing" engages students visually, demonstrates concepts with color and highlighting, and offers students more grammar support than any comparable text on the market. This text provides the same excellent coverage that Kirszner and Mandell's popular workbook series, "Foundations First: Sentences and Paragraphs" and "Writing First: Practice in Context" are known for, while also responding to students' changing needs and realities. It offers more step-by-step coverage of the writing process and more diverse examples, exercises, and models, making it both student-friendly and thorough. Working clearly and simply to engage and motivate students, "Focus on Writing" empowers students to become capable writers and self-editors who are prepared for college composition.
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Book details

List price: $75.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 1/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 720
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.420
Language: English

Preface for Instructors
A Student's Guide to Using Focus on Writing
Checklists for Writing Paragraphs and Essays
Writing Paragraphs
Understanding the Writing Process
Planning
Understanding Paragraph Structure
Focusing on Your Assignment, Purpose, and Audience
Finding Ideas
Identifying Your Main Idea and Writing a Topic Sentence
Organizing
Choosing Your Supporting Points
Arranging Your Supporting Points
Drafting
Drafting Your Paragraph
TESTing Your Paragraph
Revising and Editing
Revising Your Paragraph
Editing Your Paragraph
TESTing Your Paragraphs
Using a Topic Sentence to Unify Your Paragraph
Using Evidence to Support Your Paragraph's Main Idea
Using a Summary Statement to Reinforce Your Paragraph's Unity
Using Transitions to Add Coherence
Using Patterns of Paragraph Development
Exemplification
What is Exemplification?
Writing an Exemplification Paragraph
Chapter Review
Checklist: TESTing an Exemplification Paragraph
Narration
What is Narration?
Writing a Narrative Paragraph
Chapter Review
Checklist: TESTing a Narration Paragraph
Description
What is Description?
Writing a Descriptive Paragraph
Chapter Review
Checklist: TESTing a Description Paragraph
Using Process
What is Process?
Writing a Process Paragraph
Chapter Review
Checklist: TESTing a Process Paragraph
Cause and Effect
What is Cause and Effect?
Writing a Cause-and-Effect Paragraph
Chapter Review
Checklist: TESTing a Cause and Effect Paragraph
Comparison and Contrast
What is Comparison and Contrast?
Writing a Comparison-and-Contrast Paragraph
Chapter Review
Checklist: TESTing a Comparison and Contrast Paragraph
Classification
What is Classification?
Writing a Classification Paragraph
Chapter Review
Checklist: TESTing a Classification Paragraph
Definition
What is Definition?
Writing a Definition Paragraph
Chapter Review
Checklist: TESTing a Definition Paragraph
Argument
What is Argument?
Writing an Argument Paragraph
Chapter Review
Checklist: TESTing an Argument Paragraph
Writing Essays
Writing an Essay
Planning
Understand Essay Structure
Focus on Your Assignment, Purpose, and Audience
Find Ideas
Identify Your Main Idea and State Your Thesis
Organizing
Choose Supporting Points
Arrange Your Supporting Points
Drafting
Draft Your Essay
Test Your Essay
Revising and Editing
Revise Your Essay
Self-Assessment Checklist: Revising Your Essay
Edit Your Essay
Self-Assessment Checklist: Editing Your Essay
Check Your Essay's Format
Review Checklist: Writing an Essay
Introductions and Conclusions
Introductions
Conclusions
Review Checklist: Introductions and Conclusions
Writing Sentences
Writing Simple Sentences
Subjects
Prepositional Phrases
Verbs
Chapter Review
Review Checklist: Writing Simple Sentences
Writing Compound Sentences
A
B
C
Chapter Review
Review Checklist: Writing Compound Sentences
Writing Complex Sentences
Identifying Complex Sentences
Complex Sentences with Subordinating Conjunctions
Complex Sentences with Relative Pronouns
Chapter Review
Review Checklist: Writing Complex Sentences
Writing Varied Sentences
Varying Sentence Types
Varying Sentence Openings
Combining Sentences
Varying Sentence Length
Chapter Review
Review Checklist: Writing Varied Sentences
Using Parallelism
Recognizing Parallel Structure
Using Parallel Structure
Chapter Review
Review Checklist: Using Parallelism
Using Words Effectively
Using Specific Words
Using Concise Language
Avoiding Slang
Avoiding ClichŽs