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Writing first : practice in context : with readings

Author: Laurie G Kirszner; Stephen R Mandell
Publisher: New York : Bedford/St. Martin's, ©2003.
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Genre/Form: Problems and exercises
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurie G Kirszner; Stephen R Mandell
ISBN: 0312398026 9780312398026 031239974X 9780312399740 0312398018 9780312398019
OCLC Number: 58478945
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxx, 668 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents: Writing paragraphs and essays --
unit 1. Focus on paragraphs --
1. Writing a paragraph --
A. Understanding paragraph structure --
B. Focusing on your assignment, purpose, and audience --
C. Using invention strategies --
D. Identifying your main idea and choosing supporting points --
E. Drafting your paragraph --
F. Revising and editing your paragraph --
2. Fine-tuning your paragraph --
A. Writing effective topic sentences --
B. Writing unified paragraphs --
C. Writing well-developed paragraphs --
D. Writing coherent paragraphs. unit 2. Patterns of paragraph development --
3. Exemplification --
A. Understanding exemplification --
B. Writing an exemplification paragraph --
4. Narration --
A. Understanding narration --
B. Writing a narrative paragraph --
5. Description --
A. Understanding description --
B. Writing a descriptive paragraph --
6. Process --
A. Understanding process --
B. Writing a process paragraph --
7. Cause and effect --
A. Understanding cause and effect --
B. Writing a cause-and-effect paragraph --
8. Comparison and contrast --
A. Understanding comparison and contrast --
B. Writing a comparison-and-contrast paragraph --
9. Classification --
A. Understanding classification --
B. Writing a classification paragraph --
10. Definition --
A. Understanding definition --
B. Writing a definition paragraph --
11. Argument --
A. Understanding argument --
B. Writing an argument paragraph. unit 3. Focus on essays --
12. Writing an essay --
A. Understanding essay structure --
B. Deciding on a topic --
C. Using invention strategies --
D. Stating your thesis --
E. Arranging ideas --
F. Drafting your essay --
G. Revising and editing your essay --
13. Introductions and conclusions --
A. Introductions --
B. Conclusions --
14. Patterns of essay development --
A. Exemplification --
B. Narration --
C. Description --
D. Process --
E. Cause and effect --
F. Comparison and contrast --
G. Classification --
H. Definition --
I. Argument. Revising and editing your writing --
unit 4. Writing effective sentences --
15. Writing simple sentences --
A. Identifying subjects --
B. Identifying prepositional phrases --
C. Identifying verbs --
16. Writing compound sentences --
A. Forming compound sentences with coordinating conjunctions --
B. Forming compound sentences with semicolons --
C. Forming compound sentences with conjunctive adverbs --
17. Writing complex sentences --
A. Identifying independent and dependent clauses --
B. Forming complex sentences with subordinating conjunctions --
C. Forming complex sentences with relative pronouns --
18. Achieving sentence variety --
A. Varying sentence types --
B. Varying sentence openings --
C. Combining sentences --
D. Varying sentence length --
19. Using parallelism --
A. Recognizing parallel structure --
B. Using parallel structure --
20. Using words effectively --
A. Using specific words --
B. Using concise language --
C. Avoiding clichés --
D. Using similes and metaphors --
E. Avoiding sexist language. unit 5. Solving common sentence problems --
21. Run-ons and comma splices --
A. Recognizing run-ons and comma splices --
B. Correcting run-ons and comma splices --
22. Sentence fragments --
A. Recognizing sentence fragments --
B. Correcting phrase fragments --
C. Correcting incomplete verbs --
D. Correcting dependent clause fragments --
23. Subject-verb agreement --
A. Understanding subject-verb agreement --
B. Avoiding agreement problems with be, have, and do --
C. Avoiding agreement problems when a prepositional phrase comes between the subject and the verb --
D. Avoiding agreement problems with indefinite pronouns as subjects --
E. Avoiding agreement problems when the verb comes before the subject --
F. Avoiding agreement problems with the dependent clauses --
24. Illogical shifts --
A. Avoiding illogical shifts in tense --
B. Avoiding illogical shifts in person --
C. Avoiding illogical shifts in number --
D. Avoiding illogical shifts in voice --
25. Dangling and misplaced modifiers --
A. Identifying present participle modifiers --
B. Identifying past participle modifiers --
C. Correcting dangling modifiers --
D. Correcting misplaced modifiers. unit 6. Understanding basic grammar --
26. Verbs : past tense --
A. Understanding regular verbs in the past tense --
B. Understanding irregular verbs in the past tense --
C. Problem verbs in the past tense : be --
D. Problem verbs in the past tense : can/could and will/would --
27. Verbs : past participles --
A. Identifying regular past participles --
B. Identifying irregular past participles --
C. Using the present perfect tense --
D. Using the past perfect tense --
E. Using past participles as adjectives --
28. Nouns and pronouns --
A. Identifying nouns --
B. Forming plural nouns --
C. Identifying pronouns --
D. Understanding pronoun-antecedent agreement --
E. Solving special problems with pronoun-antecedent agreement --
F. Understanding pronoun case --
G. Solving special problems with pronoun case --
H. Identifying reflexive and intensive pronouns --
29. Adjectives and adverbs --
A. Identifying adjectives and adverbs --
B. Understanding comparatives and superlatives --
30. Grammar and usage for ESL writers --
A. Including subjects in sentences --
B. Avoiding special problems with subjects --
C. Identifying plural nouns --
D. Understanding count and noncount nouns --
E. Using determiners with count and noncount nouns --
F. Understanding articles --
G. Forming negative statements and questions --
H. Indicating verb tense --
I. Recognizing stative verbs --
J. Placing modifiers in order --
K. Choosing correct prepositions --
L. Using prepositions in familiar expressions --
M. Using prepositions in two-word verbs. unit 7. Understanding punctuation, mechanics, and spelling --
31. Using commas --
A. Using commas in a series --
B. Using commas to set off introductory phrases, conjunctive adverbs, and transitional expressions --
C. Using commas with appositives --
D. Using commas to set off nonrestrictive clauses --
E. Using commas in dates and addresses --
F. Avoiding unnecessary commas --
32. Using apostrophes --
A. Using apostrophes to form contractions --
B. Using apostrophes to form possessives --
C. Revising incorrect use of apostrophes --
33. Understanding mechanics --
A. Capitalizing proper nouns --
B. Punctuating direct quotations --
C. Setting off titles of books, stories, and other works --
D. Using minor punctuation marks --
34. Understanding spelling --
A. Becoming a better speller --
B. Deciding between ie and ei --
C. Understanding prefixes --
D. Understanding suffixes --
E. Learning commonly confused words. Becoming a critical reader --
unit 8. Reading essays --
35. Reading for college --
A. Previewing a reading selection --
B. Highlighting a reading selection --
C. Annotating a reading selection --
D. Outlining a reading selection --
E. Writing a response paragraph --
36. Readings for writers --
A. Exemplification --
B. Narration --
C. Description --
D. Process --
E. Cause and effect --
F. Comparison and contrast --
G. Classification --
H. Definition --
I. Argument. Appendix A. Strategies for college success --
1. Learning orientation strategies --
2. Learning first-week strategies --
3. Learning day-to-day strategies --
4. Learning note-taking strategies --
5. Learning homework strategies --
6. Learning exam-taking strategies --
7. Learning time-management strategies --
8. Learning Internet strategies --
Appendix B. Writing a research paper --
1. Choosing a topic --
2. Looking for sources --
3. Zeroing in on your topic --
4. Doing research --
5. Taking notes --
6. Watching out for plagiarism --
7. Drafting a thesis statement --
8. Making an outline --
9. Writing your paper --
10. Documenting your sources --
Answers to odd-numbered exercise items.
Responsibility: Laurie G. Kirszner, Stephen R. Mandell.

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