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Real Writing with Readings Paragraphs and Essays for College, Work, and Everyday Life

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ISBN-10: 0312539045

ISBN-13: 9780312539047

Edition: 5th 2010

Authors: Susan Anker

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In 1998 Susan Anker set out to write a book that would help developmental students to see writing as vitally relevant to their lives beyond required English courses. The phenomenal success ofReal Writingand testimonials from many adopters confirm this core belief. Students are motivated to learn and improve when they connect the ability to write well with their larger goals with what they want to do in life and who they want to become. A range of features in the book shows writing to be an essential and achievable skill. In Profiles of Success, former students, now employed in a variety of professions, describe the academic, financial, and personal challenges they have overcome and the…    
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List price: $87.99
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 12/9/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 800
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.146
Language: English

How to Write Paragraphs and Essays
Course and College Basics: What You Need to Know to Get Started
Course Basics
Take the Course Seriously
Do the Assignments
Make Sure You Understand, and Get Help if You Don't
Manage Your Time
Get to Class (on Time) and Stay until the End
Make a Calendar
Connect to the Class
Make a Friend
Get to Know Your Instructor
Sit Near the Front
Speak Up
Identify Your Course Goals and Needs
Hang in There
College Basics
Know Your Resources
Make A Plan
What Do I Want To Be?
Talk with Your Academic Advisor and Plan Out Later Semesters/Terms
Connect to the College
Know Your Learning Style
Use Your Learning Style in College
Writing Assignments
Chapter Review
Reading Basics: How to Understand What You Read
Understand How To Read Actively and Critically
Preview the Reading
Read Actively
Find the Main Point
Find the Support for the Main Point
Read Critically
Review and Reflect
Understand Your Syllabus
Understand Textbook Features
Highlighting a Textbook Chapter
Reviewing for a Test on a Textbook Chapter
Chapter Review
Writing Basics: Audience, Purpose, and Process
Understand Audience and Purpose
Understand Paragraph and Essay Form
Paragraph Form
Essay Form
Understand the Writing Process
Note: Avoiding Plagiarism
Understand Grading Criteria
Chapter Review
Finding, Narrowing, and Exploring Your Topic: Choosing Something to Write About
Understand What a Topic Is
Practice Narrowing a Topic
Practice Exploring Your Topic
Clustering and Mapping
Using the Internet
Keeping a Journal
Write Your Own Topic and Ideas
Chapter Review
Writing Your Topic Sentence and Thesis Statement: Making Your Point
Understand What a Topic Sentence and a Thesis Statement Are
Practice Developing a Good Topic Sentence or Thesis Statement
It Fits the Size of the Assignment
It Contains a Single Main Point
It Is Specific
It Is an Idea That You Can Show, Explain, or Prove
It is Forceful
Write Your Own Topic Sentence or Thesis Statement
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review
Supporting Your Point: Finding Details, Examples, and Facts
Understand What Support Is
Practice Supporting a Main Point
Generate Support
Select the Best Primary Support
Add Secondary Support
Write Your Own Support
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review
Making a Plan: Arranging Your Ideas
Understand What a Logical Order Is
Use Time Order to Write about Events
Use Space Order to Describe Objects, Places, or People
Use Order of Importance to Emphasize a Particular Point
Practice Arranging Ideas in a Logical Order
Choose an Order
Make a Written Plan
Outlining Paragraphs
Outlining Essays
Make Your Own Plan
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review
Drafting: Putting Your Ideas Together
Understand What a Draft Is
Practice Writing a Draft Paragraph
Write a Draft Using Complete Sentences
Write a Concluding Sentence
Title Your Paragraph
Write Your Own Draft Paragraph
Writing Assignment: Paragraph
Practice Writing a Draft Essay
Write Topic Sentences and Draft the Body of the Essay
Write an Introduction
Open with a Quote
Give an Example or Tell a Story
Start with a Surprising Fact or Idea
Offer a Strong Opinion or Position
Ask a Question
Write a Conclusion
Title Your Essay
Write Your Own Draft Essay
Writing Assignment: Essay
Chapter Review
Revising: Improving Your Paragraph or Essay
Understand What Revision Is
Understand What Peer Review Is
Practice Revising for Unity, Detail, and Coherence
Revise for Unity
Revise for Detail and Support
Revise for Coherence
Revise Your Own Paragraph
Writing Assignment: Paragraph
Revise Your Own Essay
Writing Assignment: Essay
Chapter Review
Writing Different Kinds of Paragraphs and Essays
Narration: Telling Important Stories
Understand What Narration Is
Four Basics of Good Narration
Main Point in Narration
Support in Narration
Choosing Major Events
Giving Details about the Events
Organization in Narration
Read and Analyze Narration Profile of Success: Narration in the Real World
Narration Paragraph: "My Turnaround"
Narration Essay: "How Community College Changed My Life"
Write Your Own Narration
Checklist: Tips for Tackling Narration
Community Matters
Checklist: How to Write Narration
Chapter Review
Illustration: Writing That Gives Examples
Understand What Illustration Is
Four Basics of Good Illustration
Main Point in Illustration
Support in Illustration
Organization in Narration
Read and Analyze Illustration
Profile of Success: Illustration in the Real World
Illustration Paragraph: "Gifts from the Heart"
Illustration Essay: "Does Anyone Want Some More Calories
With That?"
Write Your Own Illustration
Checklist: Tips for Tackling Illustration
Community Matters
Checklist: How to Write Illustration
Chapter Review
Description: Writing That Creates Pictures in Words
Understand What Description Is
Four Basics of Good Description
Main Point in Description
Support in Description
Organization in Description
Read and Analyze Description
Profile of Success: Description in the Real World
Description Paragraph: "The Peach Tree"
Description Essay: "The Peach Tree"
Write Your Own Description
Checklist: Tips for Tackling Description
Community Matters
Checklist: How to Write Description
Chapter Review
Process Analysis: Writing That Explains How Things Happen
Understand What Process Analysis Is
Four Basics of Good Process Analysis
Main Point in Process Analysis
Support in Process Analysis
Organization in Process Analysis
Read and Analyze Process Analysis
Profile of Success: Process Analysis in the Real World
Process Analysis Paragraph: "Buying a Car at an Auction"
Process Analysis Essay: "My Home-Exercise Program"
Write Your Own Process Analysis
Checklist: Tips for Tackling Process Analysis
Community Matters
Checklist: How to Write Process Analysis
Chapter Review
Classification: Writing That Puts Things into Groups
Understand What Classification Is
Four Basics of Good Classification
Main Point in Classification
Support in Classification
Organization in Classification
Read and Analyze Classification
Profile of Success: Classification in the Real World
Classification Paragraph: "All My Music"
Classification Essay: "Blood Type and Personality"
Write Your Own Classification
Checklist: Tips for Tackling Classification
Community Matters
Checklist: How to Write Classification
Chapter Review
Definition: Writing That Tells What Something Means
Understand What Definition Is
Four Basics of Good Definition
Main Point in Definition
Support in Definition
Organization in Definition
Read and Analyze Definition
Profile of Success: Definiton in the Real World
Definition Paragraph: "Not All CAM Is a Scam"
Definition Essay: "Oh, You're a College Student"
Write Your Own Definition
Checklist: Tips for Tackling Definition
Community Matters
Checklist: How to Write Definition
Chapter Review
Comparison and Contrast: Writing That Shows Similarities and Differences
Understand What Comparison and Contrast Is
Four Basics of Good Comparison and Contrast
Main Point in Comparison and Contrast
Support in Comparison and Contrast
Organization in Comparison and Contrast
Read and Analyze Comparison and Contrast
Profile of Success: Comparison and Contrast in the Real World
Comparison and Contrast Paragraph: "Men and Women Getting Lost"
Comparison and Contrast Essay: "Target and Wal-Mart: Not As Different As You Think"
Write Your Own Comparison and Contrast
Checklist: Tips for Tackling Comparison and Contrast
Community Matters
Checklist: How to Write Comparison and Contrast
Chapter Review
Cause and Effect: Writing That Explains Reasons or Results
Understand What Cause and Effect Is
Four Basics of Good Cause and Effect
Main Point in Cause and Effect
Support in Cause and Effect
Organization in Cause and Effect
Read and Analyze Cause and Effect
Profile of Success: Cause and Effect in the Real World
Cause and Effect Paragraph: "A Difficult Decision with a Positive Outcome"
Cause and Effect Essay: "Graduation Day: A Life-Changing Experience"
Write Your Own Cause and Effect
Checklist: Tips for Tackling Cause and Effect
Community Matters
Checklist: How to Write Cause and Effect
Chapter Review
Argument: Writing That Persuades
Understand What Argument Is
Four Basics of Good Argument
Main Point in Argument
Support in Argument Reasons and Evidence
The Conclusion
Organization in Argument
Read and Analyze Argument
Profile of Success: Argument in the Real World
Argument Essay: "The Gas Tax Is Fair"
Argument Essay: "Unequal Taxation"
Write Your Own Argument
Checklist: Tips for Tackling Argument
Community Matters
Checklist: How to Write Argument
Chapter Review
Special College Writing Projects
Writing Summaries and Reports: Condensing Important Information
Write a Summary
The Reading Process for Summaries
The Writing Process for Summaries: A Checklist
Summary Assignments
Write a Report
"A Brother's Murder": A Painful Story That Is as True As Ever
The Reading Process for Reports
The Writing Process for Reports: A Checklist
Report Assignments
Chapter Review
Writing the Research Essay: Using Outside Sources in Your Writing
Make a Schedule
Choose a Topic
Find Sources
Consult a Reference Librarian
Use the Online Catalog
Look at Your Library's Web Site
Use Your Library's Online Databases
Use the Internet
Uniform Resource Locator (URL)
Search Engines and Searching with Key Words
Online Research Sites
Interview People
Evaluate Sources
Avoid Plagiarism
Keep a Running Bibliography
Indirect Quotation: Summary
Indirect Quotation: Paraphrase
Direct Quotation
Cite and Document Your Sources
Use In-Text Citations Within Your Essay
Use a Works Cited List at the End of Your Essay
Electronic Sources
Other Sources
Sample Student Research Essay
Checklist: How to Write A Research Essay
The Four Most Serious Errors
The Basic Sentence: An Overview
The Four Most Serious Errors
The Parts of Speech
The Basic Sentence
Action Verbs
Linking Verbs
Helping Verbs
Complete Thoughts
Chapter Review
Chapter Test
Fragments: Incomplete Sentences
Understand What Fragments Are
In the Real World, Why Is It Important to Correct Fragments?
Find and Correct Fragments
Fragments That Start with Prepositions
Fragments That Start with Dependent Words
Fragments That Start with -ing Verb Forms
Fragments That Start with to and a Verb
Fragments That Start with Examples or Explanations
Edit for Fragments
Chapter Review
Chapter Test
Run-Ons: Two Sentences Joined Incorrectly
Understand What Run-Ons Are
In the Real World, Why Is It Important to Correct Run-Ons and Comma Splices?
Find and Correct Run-Ons
Add a Period
Add a Semicolon
Add a Semicolon and a Conjunctive Adverb
Add a Comma and a Coordinating Conjunction
Add a Dependent Word
A Word That Can Cause Run-Ons and Comma Splices: Then
Edit Run-Ons
Chapter Review
Chapter Test
Problems with Subject-Verb Agreement: When Subjects and Verbs Don't Match
Understand What Subject-Verb Agreement Is
In the Real World, Why Is It Important to Correct Errors in Subject-Verb Agreement?
Practice Finding and Correcting Errors in Subject-Verb Agreement
The Verb is a Form of Be, Have, or Do
Words Come between the Subject and the Verb
Prepositional Phrase between the Subject and the Verb
Dependent Clause between the Subject and the Verb
The Sentence Has a Compound Subject
The Subject Is an Indefinite Pronoun
The Verb Comes before the Subject
Sentences That Begin with Here or There
Edit for Subject-Verb Agreement
Chapter Review
Chapter Test
Verb Tense: Using Verbs to Express Different Times
Understand What Verb Tense Is
In the Real World, Why Is It Important to Use the Correct Verb Tense?
Practice Using Correct Verbs
Regular Verbs
Present-Tense Endings: -s and No Ending
One Regular Past-Tense Ending: -ed
One Regular Past Participle Ending: -ed
Irregular Verbs
Present Tense, Be and Have
Past Tense, Be
Past Participles
Have/Has + Past Participle = Present Perfect Tense Had + Past Participle = Past Perfect Tense Be + Past Participle = Passive Voice
Consistency of Verb Tense
Edit for Verb Problems
Chapter Review
Chapter Test
Other Grammar Concerns
Pronouns: Using Substitutes for Nouns
Understand What Pronouns Are
Practice Using Pronouns Correctly
Identify Pronouns
Check for Pronoun Agreement
Indefinite Pronouns
Collective Nouns
Make Pronoun References Clear
Use the Right Type of Pronoun
Subject Pronouns
Object Pronouns
Possessive Pronouns
Pronouns Used with Compound Subjects and Objects
Pronouns Used in Comparisons
Choosing between Who and Whom
Make Pronouns Consistent in Person
Edit for Pronoun Use
Chapter Review
Chapter Test
Adjectives and Adverbs: Using Descriptive Words
Understand What Adjectives and Adverbs Are
Practice Using Adjectives and Adverbs Correctly
Choosing between Adjectives and Adverbs
Using Adjectives and Adverbs in Comparisons
Using Good, Well, Bad, and Badly
Edit for Adjectives and Adverbs
Chapter Review
Chapter Test
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers: Avoiding Confusing Descriptions
Understand What Misplaced Modifiers Are
Practice Correcting Misplaced Modifiers
Understand What Dangling Modifiers Are
Practice Correcting Dangling Modifiers
Edit for Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Chapter Review
Chapter Test
Coordination: Joining Sentences with Related Ideas
Understand What Coordination Is Practice Using Coordination
Using Coordinating Conjunctions
Using Semicolons
Edit for Coordination
Chapter Review
Chapter Test
Subordination: Joining Sentences with Related Ideas
Understand What Subordination Is
Practice Using Subordination
Edit for Subordination
Chapter Review
Chapter Test
Parallelism: Balancing Ideas
Understand What Parallelism Is
Practice Writing Parallel Sentences
Parallelism in Pairs and Lists
Parallelism in Comparisons
Parallelism with Certain Paired Words
Edit for Parallelism
Chapter Review
Chapter Test
Sentence Variety: Putting Rhythm in Your Writing
Understand What Sentence Variety Is
Practice Creating Sentence Variety
Start Some Sentences with Adverbs
Join Ideas Using an -ing Verb
Join Ideas with a Past Participle
Join Ideas Using an Appositive
Join Ideas Using an Adjective Clause
Edit for Sentence Variety
Chapter Review
Chapter Test
Formal English and ESL Concerns: Grammar Trouble Spots for Multilingual Students
Basic Sentence Patterns
There Is and There Are
Confusing Subject and Object Pronouns
Confusing Gender
Leaving Out a Pronoun
Using a Pronoun to Repeat a Subject
Using Relative Pronouns
The Simple Tenses
Simple Present
Simple Past
Simple Future
The Perfect Tenses
The Present Perfect
The Past Perfect
The Future Perfect
The Progressive Tenses
Modal Auxiliaries/Helping Verbs
Gerunds and Infinitives
Using Definite and Indefinite Articles
Prepositions after Adjectives
Prepositions after Verbs
Chapter Review
Chapter Test
Word Use
Word Choice: Using the Right Words
Understand the Importance of Choosing Words Carefully
Practice Avoiding Four Common Word-Choice Problems
Vague and Abstract Words
Wordy Language