Open Handbook Keys for Writers

ISBN-10: 0495899542

ISBN-13: 9780495899549

Edition: 2007

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List price: $109.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 5/13/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Nancy Summers is a professor at Harrisburg Area Community College, where she has served as department chair. Summers was the director of public education for a mental health system and has worked with numerous agencies to provide training, improve services, and assist with an internal reorganization. She remains actively in touch with numerous professionals in a wide variety of programs and recently published work on the supervision of the less experienced human services worker.Ann Raimes, a respected authority on writing, research, grammar, and ESL, created the KEYS FOR WRITERS family of handbooks (Cengage Learning) to be the most accessible, user-friendly handbooks available.

The Writing Process
Define the Writing Task
Requirements, assignments, and schedules
Standard English and other Englishes
In your own words: Resisting the lure of copy and paste
Think Critically about Reading and Writing
How to read critically
Annotating a reading
Critical reading of your own writing
Generate Ideas
Finding a topic
Journals, blogs, and online conversations
Brainstorming, listing, and mapping
Journalists' questions
Find a Focus and a Structure
From topic to thesis
Formulating a working thesis--and why you need one
Developing support
Planning and structuring your essay: Road maps, purpose statements, and outlines
The power of a title
Develop Paragraphs
Paragraph basics
Focus and topic sentence
Strategies for developing paragraphs
Coherence with links, parallel structures, and transitions
Construct an Argument
What makes a good argument?
An arguable claim (thesis), reasons, and evidence
Argument structures
Appeals, common ground, and opposing views
Logic and flaws in logic
A student's argument essay
Draft, Revise, and Edit
Tips for writing and managing drafts
Writing collaboratively
Giving and getting feedback
Beginning and ending well
Tools for content revision
Tools for editing and proofreading
A student's drafts
Pay attention to the 5 C's of Style
The first C: Cut
The second C: Check for action
The third C: Connect
The fourth C: Commit
The fifth C: Choose the right words
Put it all together: Delight your readers
Document Design, Visual Power
Academic Documents: Page and Screen
Formats for academic essays
Title and identification
Title page
Formatting with MS Word
Academic writing online
Visual Presentation of Text and Data
Headings, columns
Tables, charts
Visuals: Analysis and Preparation
How to read images critically
Visuals and argument
Multimedia presentations
Sample PowerPoint slides
Editing for Common Sentence Problems
How a Sentence Works (Review)
What a sentence is
Subject and verb
Parts of speech
Top Sentence Troublespots
Students' FAQs
Top sentence troublespots
The Boundaries of a Sentence: Fragments, Run-ons, and Comma Splices
What is a fragment?
Dependent clause fragments
Phrase fragments
Missing subject, verb
Fragments missing subject after and, but, or
Intentionally use/frag
Run-on, comma splice
Correcting run-on, splices
Sentence Snarls
Tangles: Mixed constructions, faulty comparisons, convoluted syntax
Misplaced modifiers
Dangling modifiers
Logical sequence
Necessary / unnecessary words
Faulty parallelism
Verb forms
Verbs commonly confused
Verb Tenses
-ed endings
Indirect quotations
Conditional sentences
Active / passive voice
Subject-Verb Agreement
The -s ending
Subject separated from verb
Subject after verb
After linking verb
Tricky subjects
Collective nouns
Subects with and, or, nor
Indefinite pronouns
Quantity words
Personal pronouns
Possessive forms
Clear reference
Agreement with antecedent
Gender bias
Consistent point of view
Intensive, reflexive pronouns
Who/whom, whoever/whomever
Adjectives and Adverbs
Correct Forms
After linking verbs
Compound adjectives 19d.
Position of adverbs
Double negatives
Comparative and superlative forms
Faulty comparisons
Relative Clauses and Relative Pronouns
Who, whom, whose, which, or that
Agreement of verbs
Restrictive, nonrestrictive clauses
With prepositions
Editing for Punctuation, Mechanics, and Spelling
Punctuation and Meaning
End Punctuation
Question mark
Exclamation point
Two checklists--comma: yes, comma: no
Comma before and, but, etc., between independent clauses
Comma after an introductory word, phrase, or dependent clause
Commas to set off an extra (nonrestrictive) phrase or clause
Commas with transitional expressions and explanatory insertions
Commas separating three or more items in a series
Commas between coordinate adjectives
Comma with a direct quotation
Special uses of commas
When not to use commas: Nine rules of thumb
Semicolons and Colons
Two checklists--semicolon: yes, semicolon: no
Two checklists--colon: yes, colon: no
Two checklists--apostrophe: yes, apostrophe: no
Apostrophe to signal possession
Apostrophe in contractions
Apostrophes with plurals: Special cases
It's versus its
Quotation Marks
Guidelines for using quotation marks
Punctuation introducing and ending a quotation
Quotation marks in dialogue
Double and single quotation marks
Quotation marks with titles, definitions, and translations
When not to use quotation marks
Other Punctuation Marks
Ellipsis dots
Italics and Underlining
Titles of long works
Letters, numerals, and words referring to the words themselves
Words from other languages
When not to use italics
Capital Letters, Abbreviations, and Numbers
Capital letters
Abbreviations and acronyms
Spelling and Hyphenation
Checking spelling
Plurals of nouns
Doubling consonants
Spelling with -y or -i
Internal ie or ei
Adding a suffix
Accents, umlauts, tildes, cedillas
Online Punctuation
Editingfor Writers with Other Languages (ESL), Other Englishes
Culture, Language, and Writing
Englishes around the world
Difference, not deficit
Learning from errors
Editing guide to vernacular Englishes
Editing guide to multilingual transfer errors
Nouns and Articles
Categories of nouns
Uncountable nouns
Rules for articles (a, an, the)
The for specific reference
Which article?
Four basic questions
Proper nouns and articles
Verbs and Verb Forms
Forms that cannot function as a main verb
Do, have, and be
Modal auxiliary verbs
Infinitive after verbs and adjectives
Verbs followed by -ing form used as a noun
Verbs followed by an infinitive or -ing form
-ing and -ed verb forms used as adjectives
Word Order and Sentence Structure
Inclusion of a subject
Order of sentence elements
Direct and indirect objects
Direct and indirect quotations and questions
Dependent clauses with although, because
Unnecessary pronouns
Order of adjectives
Prepositions and Idioms
Idioms with prepositions
Adjective + preposition
Verb + preposition
Phrasal verbs
Preposition + -ing verb form
Get used to and used to VI
Writing a Documented Research Paper
Research and the Dangers of Plagiarism
Research today: The plusses
Research today: The minuses
Consequences of Plagiarism
Avoid plagiarism
Planning the Project
Organizing research
Primary, secondary sources
Topic, question, thesis
Research proposal
Finding and Evaluating Sources
Searching online for print and online sources
Basic reference works
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