College Writing Skills

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Rowman & Littlefield, Oct 1, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 453 pages
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College Writing Skills uses explanation, demonstration, and practice to teach skills essential to success in college writing. For this course Peder Jones and Jay Farness have constructed a framework of rhetoric work in composing paragraphs and essays around disciplined study of sentences and words. The authors have sought in each section of the book to combine the most useful features of contemporary and traditional approaches to college English. Their overall aim is to enable the beginning college writer to compose clear and effective sentences, paragraphs, and compositions. This new edition of College Writing Skills is a refinement of the four previous editions; it has been shaped by helpful comments from students and instructors who have used the course. Exercises have been updated, and many minor changes for clarity have been made. Basic features of this text have not changed, however. As a hybrid of textbook and workbook, it continues to stress focused practice leading to directed independent composing activities; it emphasizes student writing rather than students reading about writing. This emphasis translates into more than 500 sets of exercises, more than 100 optional workshop activities, and an Appendix covering special problems in the acquisition of English. The exercises in this textbook embody our belief that practice is crucial to improving one's writing skills. Accordingly, this text provides practice in forming ideas, in getting ideas our one's head and onto paper, in experimenting with various sentence structures in order to achieve clarity, in following models of correct grammar and effective style, and in making the writing process pay off through effective revision and editing. A Collegiate Press book"
 

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Contents

Putting Your Thoughts to Work A THINKING POSITIVELY TO WRITE PRODUCTIVELY
2
B PLAYING GAMES TO MAKE WORDS FLOW
3
FROM INSULTS TO INSIGHTS
5
D FINDING SOMETHING TO ARGUE ABOUT
7
E RETHINKING AND REWRITING
8
F WRITING WITH A PURPOSE IN MIND
11
G USING FACTS TO ACHIEVE A PURPOSE
14
H SEPARATING FACTS FROM FALSEHOODS AND OPINIONS
15
Working with Pronouns A IDENTIFYING PRONOUNS
232
B IDENTIFYING PERSONAL PRONOUNS
234
C WRITING POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS
244
D USING COMPOUND PERSONAL PRONOUNS
249
E WORKING WITH DEMONSTRATIVE PRONOUNS
250
F WRITING INTERROGATIVE AND RELATIVE PRONOUNS
251
G USING INDEFINITE PRONOUNS
257
H PRACTICING CORRECT USAGE OF PROBLEM PRONOUNS
258

I USING THE FIVE Ws AND H AS GUIDES
16
WORKSHOP
19
Building Paragraphs Key Concepts and Skills A KEEPING YOUR BALANCE WHILE WRITING B DEVELOPING A PARAGRAPH FROM AN IDEA
21
C WORKING WITH TOPIC SENTENCES
24
D DEVELOPING A PARAGRAPH FROM A TOPIC SENTENCE
26
E SUPPORTING A TOPIC SENTENCE WITH SPECIFICS
28
F WRITING EFFECTIVE GENERAL STATEMENTS
29
G KEEPING THE PARAGRAPH FOCUSED
31
H MAKING SENTENCES AND PARAGRAPHS FLOW
32
I USING TRANSITIONS TO ORDER EVENTS
36
WORKSHOP
37
Choosing Methods of Paragraph Development Part One A CONSIDERING STRATEGIES B DEVELOPING A PARAGRAPH BY LISTING SPECIFI...
39
D WRITING A PARAGRAPH OF DEFINITION
42
E RECOGNIZING DENOTATION AND CONNOTATION
46
F WRITING A PARAGRAPH OF DESCRIPTION
48
G WRITING A PARAGRAPH OF CLASSIFICATION OR DIVISION
49
WORKSHOP
52
Choosing Methods of Paragraph Development Part Two A DEVELOPING A NARRATIVE PARAGRAPH
54
B MAKING A POINT THROUGH NARRATION
55
C DEVELOPING A PARAGRAPH THAT EXPLAINS A PROCESS
57
D DEVELOPING A PARAGRAPH THROUGH COMPARISON AND CONTRAST
59
E EMPHASIZING POINTS OF DIFFERENCE
61
F DEVELOPING A PARAGRAPH BY ANALOGY
63
G PRESENTING AN INTERPRETATION BASED ON CAUSE AND EFFECT
64
H PRESENTING INTERPRETATIONS OF TEXTS AND QUOTATIONS
66
WORKSHOP
67
Composing Simple and Compound Sentences A RECOGNIZING SENTENCES AND FRAGMENTS
70
B RECOGNIZING COMPLETE SUBJECTS AND PREDICATES
73
C IDENTIFYING SIMPLE SUBJECTS AND PREDICATES
76
D WRITING COMPOUND SUBJECTS
78
E WRITING COMPOUND PREDICATES
81
F WRITING COMPOUND SENTENCES
83
G CORRECTING RUNONS
86
H IDENTIFYING KINDS OF SENTENCES
89
I REVIEWING SKILLS AND CONCEPTS
92
WORKSHOP
95
Working with Sentence Patterns A IDENTIFYING SENTENCE PATTERNS
97
B FINDING DIRECT OBJECTS
99
C FINDING INDIRECT OBJECTS
101
D WORKING WITH LINKING VERBS AND SUBJECTIVE COMPLEMENTS
102
E REVIEWING SIMPLE SENTENCE PATTERNS
104
F WORKING WITH INVERTED SENTENCES
105
G WORKING WITH COMPOUND DIRECT OBJECTS INDIRECT OBJECTS AND SUBJECTIVE COMPLEMENTS
107
H WORKING WITH VERBS IN ACTIVE VOICE AND PASSIVE VOICE
112
I REVIEWING SKILLS AND CONCEPTS
114
WORKSHOP
116
Using Phrases to Expand Sentences A WRITING NOUN PHRASES
118
B WRITING APPOSITIVES
120
C IDENTIFYING VERB PHRASES
122
D WRITING PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES
124
E WRITING INFINITIVE PHRASES
130
F WRITING PARTICIPIAL PHRASES
133
G IDENTIFYING GERUNDS
139
H WRITING SENTENCES WITH PARALLEL PHRASES
141
I REVIEWING CHAPTER CONCEPTS
143
WORKSHOP
146
Using Clauses to Expand Sentences A RECOGNIZING INDEPENDENT AND DEPENDENT CLAUSES
148
B IDENTIFYING COMPLEX SENTENCES
151
C WRITING ADJECTIVE CLAUSES
153
D WRITING ADVERBIAL CLAUSES
160
E WRITING NOUN CLAUSES
164
F WRITING CLAUSES THAT STATE COMPARISONS
166
G REVISING SENTENCES THAT HAVE UNNECESSARY CLAUSES
168
H SELECTING APPROPRIATE STRUCTURES FOR EXPRESSING IDEAS
169
I REVIEWING CHAPTER CONCEPTS
172
WORKSHOP
175
Punctuating Sentences A PUNCTUATING THE END OF A SENTENCE PUNCTUATING ABBREVIATIONS
177
B PUNCTUATING WITH COMMAS
178
C USING THE SEMICOLON
188
D USING THE DASH
190
E USING THE COLON
193
F PUNCTUATING WITH QUOTATION MARKS
194
G USING MISCELLANEOUS PUNCTUATION
196
H REVIEWING CHAPTER CONCEPTS
199
WORKSHOP
200
Working with Nouns A CHOOSING WORDS
204
B IDENTIFYING NOUNS
205
C WRITING PROPER AND COMMON NOUNS
207
D WRITING PLURAL FORMS OF NOUNS
210
E WRITING POSSESSIVE FORMS OF NOUNS
213
F WORKING WITH GENERAL AND SPECIFIC NOUNS
218
G RECOGNIZING CONCRETE AND ABSTRACT NOUNS
221
H EXAMINING WORD ORIGINS
222
J REVIEWING CHAPTER CONCEPTS
226
WORKSHOP
230
I REVIEWING CHAPTER CONCEPTS
260
WORKSHOP
264
Working with Verbs A IDENTIFYING VERBS
265
B STUDYING PRINCIPAL PARTS OF VERBS
271
C WORKING WITH VERB TENSES
275
D RECOGNIZING MOOD OF VERBS
281
E MAKING VERBS AGREE WITH SUBJECTS
282
F WRITING CONTRACTIONS
287
H PRACTICING CORRECT USAGE OF PROBLEM VERBS
293
I REVIEWING CHAPTER CONCEPTS
296
WORKSHOP
301
Working with Modifiers and Connecting Words A SELECTING ADJECTIVES
303
B WRITING COMPARISONS USING ADJECTIVES
310
C SELECTING ADVERBS
312
D WRITING COMPARISONS USING ADVERBS
315
E WRITING NEGATIVE COMPARISONS
317
G USING PREPOSITIONS
321
H CHOOSING CONJUNCTIONS AND INTERJECTIONS
326
I REVIEWING CHAPTER CONCEPTS
328
WORKSHOP
331
Developing and Composing the Essay A FINDING A SUBJECT
334
B NARROWING THE SUBJECT
336
C FINDING THE QUESTION
337
D EXPLORING THE TOPIC
338
E OUTLING WITH TOPIC SENTENCES
340
F DRAFTING THE BODY OF THE COMPOSITION
342
G EXPANDING A PARAGRAPH INTO A COMPOSITION
343
I WRITING THE THESIS STATEMENT
346
J INTRODUCING THE THESIS
349
K CONCLUDING A COMPOSITION
351
L ARRANGING PARAGRAPHS
352
M WRITING TRANSITIONS BETWEEN PARAGRAPHS
354
N TITLING YOUR ESSAY
356
O DEVELOPING ANSWERS TO COMPOUND ESSAY QUESTIONS
357
P REVIEWING THE STEPS IN WRITING A COMPOSITION
361
WORKSHOP
362
Revising Your Writing A SIZING UP REVISION B SETTING PRIORITIES
364
C CONSIDERING MAJOR CHANGES IN STANCE
366
D CONSIDERING MAJOR CHANGES IN PLAN SEQUENCE OR CONTENT
368
E USING SOME REVISION STRATEGIES
370
F EDITING THE DRAFT
375
G PROOFREADING
378
A CHECKLIST
379
WORKSHOP
380
Getting More from Your Composing Skills A CARRYING OUT RESEARCH
381
B NOTING QUOTING SUMMARIZING AND PARAPHRASING SOURCES
383
AVOIDING PLAGIARISM
386
CITING AUTHORITIES
388
PREPARING A BIBLIOGRAPHY
391
F READING AND WRITING FOR LOGICAL CONSISTENCY
392
G WRITING ESSAY TESTS
395
WRITING A BUSINESS LETTER
397
PREPARING A RESUME
399
WRITING MEMOS AND REPORTS
401
WORKSHOP
402
Producing an Essay A UNDERSTANDING THE ASSIGNMENT
403
C NARROWING A TOPIC
404
D CRITIQUING THE PLAN AND FINDING THE QUESTION
405
E EXPLORING THE TOPIC IN THE LIBRARY
408
F READING SOURCES TAKING NOTES REVISING THE THESIS
409
G REWRITING THE DRAFT
413
H EDITING AND POLISHING THE PAPER
417
I PROOFREADING THE FINISHED COPY
421
J EVALUATING THE RESULTS AND TALKING WITH THE INSTRUCTOR
422
WORKSHOP
423
Extra Practice for Students Acquiring English EXTRA PRACTICE 1 USING PERSONAL PRONOUNS
425
EXTRA PRACTICE 3USING VERBS IN PAST TENSE AND IN PRESENT PERFECT TENSE
427
EXTRA PRACTICE 4ANSWERING QUESTIONS WITH VERBS IN PAST TENSE AND IN PRESENT PERFECT TENSE
429
EXTRA PRACTICE 6USING VERBS IN PRESENT PERFECT PROGRESSIVE TENSE AND IN PAST PERFECT PROGRESSIVE TENSE
430
EXTRA PRACTICE 7MAKING VERBS AGREE IN NUMBER WITH NOUN SUBJECTS
431
EXTRA PRACTICE 8 MAKING VERBS AGREE WITH PRONOUN SUBJECTS
432
EXTRA PRACTICE 9 MAKING FORMS OF THE VERB BE AGREE WITH SUBJECTS
433
EXTRA PRACTICE 10MAKING FORMS OF THE VERB HAVE AGREE WITH SUBJECTS
434
EXTRA PRACTICE 11USING ARTICLES
435
EXTRA PRACTICE 12BEGINNING SENTENCES WITH IT IS OR THERE IS
437
EXTRA PRACTICE 14USING PROPER WORD ORDER IN QUESTIONS
438
EXTRA PRACTICE 15USING PHRASAL VERBS
439
EXTRA PRACTICE 17USING NOUNS AND THEIR RELATED VERB FORMS
440
EXTRA PRACTICE 18USING NOUNS AND THEIR RELATED ADJECTIVE FORMS
441
EXTRA PRACTICE 20WRITING NOUNPREPOSITION COMBINATIONS EXTRA PRACTICE 21WORKING WITH ADJECTIVEPREPOSITION ...
443
EXTRA PRACTICE 23 WORKING WITH VERBPREPOSITION COMBINATIONS
444
EXTRA PRACTICE 25WORKING WITH PREPOSITIONAL EXPRESSIONS
445
EXTRA PRACTICE 26WRITING PREPOSITIONAL EXPRESSIONS
446
Index
447
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Peder Jones, Straight Line Editorial Development, San Francisco Jay Farness, Northern Arizona University

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