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Write Start with Readings Sentences to Paragraphs

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ISBN-10: 0618918876

ISBN-13: 9780618918874

Edition: 3rd 2006

Authors: Lawrence Checkett, Gayle Feng-Checkett

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With its flexible and effective organization, varied and focused practices, and interesting writing assignments, the Third Edition of The Write Start: Sentences to Paragraphs combines writing and grammar instruction to help students build the core skills necessary for becoming effective writers. English as a Second Language pedagogy, from which all developing writers can benefit, informs the entire text. In each chapter, "You Need to Know" boxes preview the key concepts. Prewriting techniques in early chapters give way to photo-prompted prewriting exercises in later chapters. End-of-chapter "Writing Opportunities" offer workplace exercises that encourage students to see themselves as…    
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List price: $123.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 12/30/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

Lawrence Checkett is originally from St. Louis and received his undergraduate degree in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. While an undergraduate, Checkett helped publish the first student art magazine containing original stories, poems, art, and photography by fellow students. He did graduate work at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Webster University where he received his M.A. degree in Literature. While at Webster University, he was the first assistant editor on the newly created Webster Review, now in its 30th year of production. He has completed post-graduate work through California State University, studying literature, music, architecture, history, and film.

Gayle Feng-Checkett is originally from California and received her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Spanish from the University of Redlands in 1974. She received her M.A. in English with a minor in Spanish from the University of North Dakota and continued her graduate work with studies in Teaching English as a Second Language. Feng-Checkett's special interests in teaching are in Composition, Comparative Literature, and Teaching English as a Second Language.

The Importance of Writing
Avoiding the Two Major Problems of Poor Writing
Writing as a Life Skill
Elements of Good Writing
Good Writing: Four Misconceptions
Good Writing Doesn't Have to Be Complicated
Good Writing Doesn't Have to Be Long
Good Writing Is More Formal Than Talking
Good Writing Needs Proper Punctuation
The Computer, Writing, and You
Writing Effective Sentences
The Simple Sentence and the Independent Clause
The Subject
Subjects and Prepositional Phrases
The Verb
Verb Tense (Time)
Compound Subjects
Compound Verbs
Correcting Sentence
Linking Independent Clauses Using the Comma and Coordinators
Coordinating Conjunctions
Correcting Run-on and Comma
Splice Sentences
Combining Independent Clauses Using the Semicolon
Combining Independent Clauses Using the Adverbial Conjunction
Adding a List
Punctuating and Placing the List
Parallelism in a Series
Adding a Colon for Variety
The Dependent Clause
Independent versus Dependent Clauses
Punctuating Dependent Clauses
The Introductory Phrase
Introductory Phrase Variety
Starting a Sentence with an Introductory Word
Punctuating the Introductory Word
When to Use Introductory Words
Adding Interrupters to the Sentence
Writing Effective Paragraphs Prewriting Activities
The Paragraph
The Topic Sentence
Support Sentences
Creating the Working Outline of a Paragraph
Writing the First Draft
Revising the First Draft
Proofreading: The Final Step
Types of Description
Dominant Impressions
Sensory Images
A Ten-Step Process for Writing the Descriptive Paragraph
The Point of the Story
Developing the Narrative
Paragraph Model
Narrative Paragraphs
Transitional Expressions: Showing Time Sequence
Using Examples
The Topic Sentence
Transitional Expressions: Introducing Examples Using One Extended Example
Breaking Down a Topic
The Topic Sentence
Transitional Expressions: Linking Your Classifications
Types of Process
Organizing the Process
Transitional Expressions: Connecting the Steps The Topic Sentence
Comparison and Contrast
Deciding to Compare or Contrast
The Topic Sentence
Organizing Comparisons and Contrasts
Transitional Expressions: Connecting Your Comparisons and Contrasts
Simple Definitions
Extended Definition
The Topic Sentence of an Extended Definition
Persuasion (Including Cause and Effect)
Building the Persuasive Paragraph
The Pro/Con
List Support in Persuasion Paragraphs
Organization Patterns
Transitional Expressions for Persuasion
Persuasive Logic: Cause and Effect
Reasoning Transitional Expressions for Cause/Effect Writing
The Topic Sentence in a Cause/Effect Paragraph
Writing Effective Essays
The Essay
The Five-Paragraph Essay
The Introductory Paragraph
The Thesis Sentence
Putting It All Together
Introductory Sentences
The Body Paragraphs
The Concluding Paragraph
Sample Student Essay
The Writer's Resources
Clauses and Phrases
Types of Sentences
Additional Practice with Sentences
Preposition Combinations
Articles Capitalization and Numbers Capitalization
Numbers Additional
Punctuation Rules
The Apostroph
Quotation Marks
The Dash
The Hyphen
Underlining or Italics
Interrupters: Restricive and Nonrestrictive
Clauses and Phrases (Modifiers)
Words and Meanings
Commonly Misspelled Words
Words That Sound Alike
Contractions That Sound Like Other Words
Words That Sound or Look Almost Alike
Confusing Verbs That Sound Alike: Lie/Lay; Rise/Raise; Sit/Set
tTwo- and Three-Word Verb Phrases
Readings Description
The Mute Sense
The Ice Cream Truck
Rodriguez Halloween Havoc
Narration The Roommate's Death
The Eye of the Beholder, Grace Suh Shattered Sanctuary
Example Extremely Cool
The Culture of Violence, Myriam Miedzian Virtual Violence
Classification Why We Carp and Harp
The Plot Against People, Russell Baker Michelangelo Madness
Process Conversational Ballgames
Strive to Be Fit, Not Fanatical
How to Become a Successful Student
Comparison and Contrast Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts, Bruce Catton Hasta la Vista, Arnold
The Family Sedan Versus Dad's Sports Car
Definition Discrimination Is a Virtue
The Handicap of Definition
What Is Success?
Persuasion The Recoloring of Campus Life
Indistinguishable from Magic
Unconditional Support
The Family Collective