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Checkpoints Developing College English Skills

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ISBN-10: 0321103858

ISBN-13: 9780321103857

Edition: 5th 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Jack Page, Leslie Taggart

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This concise best–selling worktext provides concise instruction that guides students through the acquisition of the sentence, paragraph, and essay skills they need to be successful in their academic courses. With an emphasis on expressing ideas and presenting information in clear, well–organized paragraphs and essays,Checkpoints effectively integrates instruction on writing and reading skills with grammar coverage throughout.For anyone interested in improving basic writing skills.
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Book details

List price: $162.60
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 5/8/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Jake Page has been editor of Natural History magazine and science editor of Smithsonian magazine. He lives in Corrales, New Mexico.

Leslie Taggart has developed more than one hundred college textbooks in the disciplines of college reading, developmental writing, first-year composition, linguistics, literature, and study skills, mostly as a freelance editor. She has contributed chapters to college textbooks in the fields of English as a Second Language, literature, and rhetoric, co-authored an edition of a developmental writing text, and revised several texts, including two handbooks and a fivebook composition series. Leslie has taught English as a second language at the high school level, and English as a foreign language at an agricultural college in China. She has been a volunteer literacy tutor and spent two years tutoring in the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. Leslie earned the Master Practitioner certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming from the New England Institute of NLP.

The Writing Process
Reading: The Art of Eating Spaghetti
Writing as Process
Prewriting: Brainstorming
Writing Assignment: A Job Application Letter
Spelling Troublemakers
Wordcheck: Definitions
Paragraphs with Topic Sentences
Reading: Lessons Learned During Ramadan
Writing Paragraphs With Topic Sentences
Analyzing Paragraphs with Topic Sentences
Prewriting: Keeping a Journal
Writing Assignment: A Paragraph with a Topic Sentence
Manuscript Preparation
Sentence Sense: Identifying Subjects and Verbs
Finding the Subject: More Tips
Finding the Verb: More Tips
Wordcheck: Pronunciation
Paragraphs With Specific Details
Reading: Nonnie
Analysis Writing with Specific Details
Prewriting: Clustering
Writing Assignment: A Portrait of a Person
Writing Process: Revising the Paper
Sentence Sense: Avoiding Fragments
Joining Sentence Parts
Wordcheck: Spelling
The Description Paragraph
Reading: Selling Off Pieces of Their Bodies
Analyzing Descriptive Writing
Writing Assignment: A Descriptive Paragraph
Writing Process: Writing a Summary
Sentence Sense: Avoiding Clause Fragments
Joining Fragments
Wordcheck: Spelling Compound Words
The Narrative Paragraph
Reading: Down with the Forests
Analyzing Narrative Writing
Prewriting: Nonstop Writing
Writing Assignment: A Narrative Paragraph
Sentence Sense: Avoiding Run-Together Sentences
Wordcheck: Word Origins
The Process Paragraph
Reading: The Jeaning of America-and the World
Analyzing Process Writing
Prewriting: Asking How and Why
Writing Assignment: A Process Paragraph
Sentence Sense: Using Verbs Correctly
Past Participles as Adjectives
Three Verbs to Watch Out for
Verb Endings
Wordcheck: Verb Forms
The Cause and Effect Paragraph
Reading: Road Warriors of the Freeways
Analyzing Cause and Effect Writing
Writing Assignment: A Cause and Effect Paragraph
Affect and Effect
Sentence Sense: Making Subjects and Verbs Agree
Wordcheck: Plurals
Example Paragraph
Reading: Addicted to Luck
Analyzing Writing That Uses Examples
Writing Assignment: An Example Paragraph
Sentence Sense: Using the Right Pronoun
Pronoun Case Who and Whom
Self Pronouns
Wordcheck: Synonyms
The Comparison Paragraph
Reading: North Marries South
Analyzing Comparison Writing
Comparison vs. Contrast
Writing Assignment: Comparison Paragraph
Sentence Sense: Achieving Pronoun Agreement and Clear Reference
Avoiding Sex Bias
Group Noun Antecedents
Clear Pronoun Reference
Wordcheck: Usage Tips
The Definition Paragraph
Reading: Tough on Macho
Analyzing Definition Writing: Denotation and Connotation
Writing Assignment: A Definition Paragraph
Sentence Sense: Using Commas Correctly
Unnecessary Commas
Wordcheck: Biographical Names
The Opinion Paragraph
Reading: A Lesson Taught on a Subway
Analyzing Opinion Writing
Opinions and Facts
Writing Assignment: An Opinion Paragraph
Diction: Choosing the Right Word
Sentence Sense: Using Other Punctuation Marks
Ending the Sentence
Questions: Direct and Indirect
Using Quotation Marks
Using Quotation Marks with Titles
Apostrophes to Show Possession
Using Semicolons
Using Colons
Using Dashes and Paretheses
Wordcheck: Word Choice
Writing the Essay
Reading: Fatherhood-It Has Its Moments
Analyzing an Essay
Writing an Essay
Writing Assignment: An Essay
Sentence Sense: Being Consistent
Consistent Time (Tense) Consistent “Person”
Consistent Tone
Wordcheck: Places and Things
The Classification Essay
Reading: Ad It Up, Break It Down
Analyzing an Ad
Analyzing Writing That Uses Classification
Writing Assignment: Classification Essay
Sentence Sense: Achieving Variety
Sentence Patterns
Building Effective Sentences
Wordcheck: Foreign Words
The Persuasion Essay
Reading: What Should be Done About Drugs?
Analyzing Persuasion Writing
Writing Assignment: A Persuasion Essay
Sentence Sense: Solving Sentence Problems
Misplaced Modifiers
Dangling Modifiers
Parallel Construction
Mixed Constructions
Faulty Comparisons
Active vs. Passive Voice
Wordcheck: Abbreviations
An Essay Using Mixed Modes
Reading: The Billionth Baby
Analyzing An Essay With Mixed Modes
Writing Assignment: An Essay of Life
Sentence Sense: Adding Polish
Wordiness
Adjectives and Adverbs
Adverbs
Faulty Logic
Wordcheck: Miscellaneous Facts
Writing Resources
Dictionary Overview
Reading in College
Words Often Misused
Spelling Tips and List
Capitals, Numbers, Abbreviations
English as a Second Language
Writing Prompts
Using the Computer and Internet
Grammar Terms: The Parts of Speech
Answer Key
Credits
Index