Grassroots with Readings The Writer's Workbook

ISBN-10: 0618508538

ISBN-13: 9780618508532

Edition: 8th 2006

Authors: Susan Fawcett

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A long-standing bestseller, "Grassroots" remains the preeminent worktext for developmental writers. With its excellent writing instruction, well-crafted and evenly paced exercises, and engaging writing activities, "Grassroots" has taught several generations of students how to write correct sentences and effective paragraphs. The four-color Eighth Edition offers proofreading practice, a focus on critical thinking, and practice exercises linked to high-interest topics. WriteSpace, an interactive online writing program and course management system, accompanies "Grassroots" to motivate students with carefully developed writing modules and exercises, innovative writing assignments, and online tutoring.A four-color design and images--including photos of Frank Gehry's Disney Concert Hall and of Galapagos tortoises--engage students and prompt them to think critically about the readings.High-interest models and exercises--focusing on topics such as Latina crossover stars, Habitat for Humanity, and online dating--engage students as they practice grammar skills and promote cultural literacy, spark discussion, and model good writing and rhetorical modes.Collaborative problem-solving and revising exercises all foster college-level thinking and writing skills.Chapter 30, "Putting Your Proofreading Skills to Work," provides high-interest paragraphs and essays for proofreading and grammar review, each containing a random mix of errors."Exploring Online" in-text references to relevant web sites extend text learning to online study, practice, and discovery."ESL Tips and Teaching Tips" in the Instructor's Annotated Edition provide suggestions for how to tailor chapter material to meet students'needs."Writer's Workshop" activities at the end of each unit feature a sample student paragraph or essay followed by discussion, peer-editing questions, and writing and revising assignments. These workshops reinforce grammar and sentence skills in context and highlight the writing process.
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Book details

List price: $181.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 1/4/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Susan Fawcett started teaching English at Bronx Community College right after she finished college. The idea for the books grew out of her frustration that adults needed remediation but the only material available had a tone more appropriate for middle school students. She occasionally teaches a class in Miami, where she lives in the winter and writes full time.

Chapters 612 also include a Writing Assignment and a Chapter Review
8 include Unit Writing Assignments and a Unit Review
Writing Forceful Paragraphs
Exploring the Writing Process
The Writing Process
Subject, Audience, and Purpose
Guidelines for Submitting Written Work
Prewriting to Generate Ideas
Freewriting
Brainstorming
Clustering
Keeping a Journal
Developing Effective Paragraphs
Defining the Paragraph and the Topic Sentence
Narrowing the Topic and Writing the Topic Sentence
Generating Ideas for the Body of the Paragraph
Selecting and Dropping Ideas
Arranging Ideas in a Plan or an Outline
Writing and Revising the Paragraph
Writing the Final Draft
Improving Your Paragraphs
More Work on Support: Examples
More Work on Arranging Ideas: Coherence
More Work on Revising: Exact and Concise Language
Turning Assignments into Paragraphs
Moving from Paragraph to Essay
Defining the Essay and the Thesis Statement
The Process of Writing an Essay Writers' Workshop: Discuss Your Name
Writing Complete Sentences
Subjects and Verbs
Defining and Spotting Subjects
Spotting Singular and Plural Subjects
Spotting Prepositional Phrases
Defining and Spotting Action Verbs
Defining and Spotting Linking Verbs
Spotting Verbs of More Than One Word
Avoiding Sentence Fragments
Writing Sentences with Subjects and Verbs
Writing Sentences with Complete Verbs
Completing the Thought Writers' Workshop: Discuss an Event That Influenced You
Using Verbs Effectively
Present Tense (Agreement)
Defining Agreement
Troublesome Verb in the Present Tense: TO BE
Troublesome Verb in the Present Tense: TO HAVE
Troublesome Verb in the Present Tense: TO DO (+ NOT)
Changing Subjects to Pronouns
Practice in Agreement
Special Problems in Agreement
Past Tense
Regular Verbs in the Past Tense
Irregular Verbs in the Past Tense
Troublesome Verb in the Past Tense: TO BE
Review
The Past Participle in Action
Defining the Past Participle
Past Participles of Regular Verbs
Past Participles of Irregular Verbs
Using the Present Perfect Tense
Using the Past Perfect Tense
Using the Passive Voice
Using Past Participles as Adjectives
Progressive Tenses (TO BE + -ING Verb Form)
Defining and Writing the Present Progressive Tense
Defining and Writing the Past Progressive Tense
Using the Progressive Tenses
Avoiding Incomplete Progressives
Fixed-Form Helping Verbs and Verb Problems
Defining and Spotting the Fixed-Form Helping Verbs
Using the Fixed-Form Helping Verbs
Using CAN and COULD
Using WILL and WOULD
Writing Infinitives
Revising Double Negatives Writers' Workshop: Tell a Lively Story
Joining Ideas Together
Coordination
Subordination
Defining and Using Subordinating Conjunctions
Punctuating Subordinating Conjunctions
Avoiding Run-Ons and Comma Splices
Semicolons and Conjunctive Adverbs
Defining and Using Semicolons
Defining and Using Conjunctive Adverbs
Punctuating Conjunctive Adverbs
Relative Pronouns
Defining and Using Relative Pronouns
Punctuating Ideas Introduced by WHO, WHICH, or THAT
-ING Modifiers
Using -ING Modifiers
Avoiding Confusing Modifiers Writers' Workshop: Describe a Detour off the Main Highway
Choosing the Right Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb, or Preposition
Nouns
Defining Singular and Plural
Signal Words: Singular and Plural
Signal Words with OF
Pronouns
Defining Pronouns and Antecedents
Referring to Indefinite Pronouns
Referring to Collective Nouns
Referring to Special Singular Constructions
Avoiding Vague and Repetitious Pronouns
Using Pronouns as Subjects, Objects, and Possessives
Choosing the Correct Case after AND or OR
Choosing the Correct Case in Comparisons
Using Pronouns with -SELF and �SELVES
Adjectives and Adverbs
Defining and Writing Adjectives and Adverbs
A Troublesome Pair: GOOD/WELL
Writing Comparatives
Writing Superlatives
Troublesome Comparatives and Superlatives
Demonstrative Adjectives: THIS/THAT and THESE/THOSE
Prepositions
Defining and Working with Prepositional Phrases
Troublesome Prepositions: IN, ON, and LIKE
Prepositions in Common Expressions Writers' Workshop: Tell How Someone Changed Your Life
Revising for Consistency and Parallelism
Consistent Tense
Consistent Person
Parallelism
Writing Parallel Constructions
Using Parallelism for Special Effects Writers' Workshop: Shift Your Audience and Purpose
Mastering Mechanics
Capitalization
Commas
Commas after Items in a Series
Commas after Introductory Phrases
Commas for Direct Address
Commas to Set Off Appositives
Commas for Parenthetical Expressions
Commas for Dates
Commas for Addresses
Commas for Coordination and Subordination
Apostrophes
Using the Apostrophe for Contractions
Defining the Possessive
Using the Apostrophe to Show Possession (in Words That Do Not Already End in -S)
Using the Apostrophe to Show Possession (in Words That Already End in -S)
Direct and Indirect Quotations
Defining Direct and Indirect Quotations
Punctuating Simple Direct Quotations
Punctuating Split Quotations
Ending Direct Quotations
Putting Your Proofreading Skills to Work Writers' Workshop: Explain a Cause or an Effect
Improving Your Spelling
Spelling
Suggestions for Improving Your Spelling
Computer Spell Checkers
Spotting Vowels and Consonants
Doubling the Final Consonant (in Words of One Syllable)
Doubling the Final Consonant (in Words of More Than One Syllable)
Dropping or Keeping the Final E
Dropping or Keeping the Final Y
Choosing IE or EI
Commonly Misspelled Words
Look-Alikes/Sound-Alikes Writers' Workshop: Examine Positive (or Negative) Values
Reading Selections and Quotation Bank Reading Selections
Effective Reading: Strategies for the Writer
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