A Brief Handbook: Conventions and Expectations for Writing

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Pearson Longman, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 350 pages
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A basic skills handbook for the developmental writing course, A Brief Handbook: Conventions and Expectations for Writing, presents grammar, usage, and essay characteristics as conventions that facilitate communication. The logic--and occasional illogic--behind the grammar and usage principles is presented, along with common departures from convention and the contexts within which the departures are acceptable. A Brief Handbook goes beyond the traditional handbook to explain the WHY behind the rules, and in that way it engages students and helps them commit to learning the ways of experienced writers. This handbook is particularly appealing to developmental students because of its supportive tone, accessible language, and clear explanations. Innovative apparatus helps students understand the role of writing conventions and conventions in general beyond the writing class. A generous number of activities give students abundant writing opportunities.

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part one A Practical Guide to Writing Essays
Structuring the College Essay

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About the author (2004)

Barbara Fine Clouse is a frequent conference presenter and seasoned writing instructor who has taught all levels of college composition, first at Youngstown State University in northeastern Ohio and then at Slippery Rock University in western Pennsylvania. In addition to this new edition of THE STUDENT WRITER: Editor and Critic, Barbara has written a number of composition texts for McGraw-Hill, including WRITING: FROM INNER TO OUTER WORLD, PATTERNS FOR A PURPOSE: A Rhetorical Reader, JUMPSTART! A Workbook for Writers WORKING IT OUT: A Troubleshooting Guide for Writers, a short prose reader for developmental students, which is avialable on Primis, McGraw's electronic database. Barbara's publications also include the fourth edition of PROGRESSIONS for Allyn & Bacon.

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