Steps in composition

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Prentice-Hall, 1986 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 486 pages
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This time-honored, comprehensive program for basic writers features a unique instructional format that combines the fundamentals of grammar, mechanics, rhetoric, vocabulary, and spelling, with contemporary topics of interest and participatory exercises that require users to get fully involved by creating, changing, rewriting, or correcting. Flexible in format, the chapters can be used in whatever sequence suits the individual. Vocabulary Building section consists of words clustered around the major topic of the chapter and a variety of exercises to help readers use these words comfortably and correctly. Presents Spelling Lessons that help readers to master useful spelling rules and patterns. Features a special Grammar and Rhetoric Skills section which presents important grammatical or rhetorical steps to writing successful compositions in small easy-to-understand steps . Uses Keypoint Checklist reference charts throughout to help users find the most important points as they write, revise, and edit writing pieces. Includes a new section on Verb Tense Consistency that provides clear explanations and many opportunities to practice the skill. Expands the section on The Essay to include more information and several essays that illustrate Explaining a Process, Constructing a Definition, and Arguing an Opinion

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SPRINGBOARDS TO THINKING
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SPELLING
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Copyright

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LYNN QUITMAN TROYKA, Professor of Writing, at the City University of New York (CUNY), has taught at Queensborough Community College and in the graduate Language and Literacy program at City College. Former editor of the "Journal of Basic Writing, "her writing and research appears in major journals and various scholarly collections. She conducts workshops in the teaching of writing. Lynn is co-author of "Quick Access Reference for Writers," Fifth Edition, Prentice Hall (2007), "QA Compact, "First Edition, Prentice Hall (2007), Canadian editions of her "Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers "and "Quick Access Reference for Writers, Structured Reading, "Seventh Edition, Prentice Hall (2007), and "Steps in Composition, "Eighth Edition, Prentice Hall (2004). Dr. Troyka received the 2001 CCCC Exemplar Award, the highest CCCC award for scholarship, teaching, and service; the Rhetorician of the Year Award; and the TYCA Pickett Award for Service. She is a past chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC); the Two-Year College Association (TYCA) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE); the College Section of NCTE; and the Writing Division of the Modern Language Association. "This information," says Dr. Troyka, "tells what I've done, not who I am. I am a teacher. Teaching is my life's work, and I love it." DOUG HESSE, Professor of English and Director of Writing at the University of Denver as of fall 2006, previously held several positions at Illinois State University, including Director of the Honors Program, Director of Writing Programs, and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Dr. Hesse earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Inaddition to teaching at Illinois State, he's also taught at the University of Findlay, Miami University (as Wiepking Distinguished Visiting Professor), and Michigan Tech. Dr. Hesse has had numerous national leadership roles in the teaching of writing. He is past Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the nation's largest professional association of college writing instructors. A past president, as well, of the Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA), Hesse edited that organization's journal, "Writing Program Administration. "He is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Executive Committee and the Modern Language Association (MLA) Division on Teaching as a Profession Executive Committee. He is the author of 45 articles and book chapters, in such journals as "College Composition and Communication, College English, JAC," "Rhetoric Review, "the "Journal of Teaching Writing, "and others, and in such books as "Essays on the Essay; Writing Theory and Critical Theory; The Writing Program Administrator's Sourcebook; Literary Nonfiction; The Private, the Public, and the Published; Passions, Pedagogies, and 21st Century Technologies; "and others. He is also co-author, with LynnTroyka, of the "Quick Access Reference for Writers, "Fifth Edition, Prentice Hall (2007) and "Quick Access Compact, "First Edition, Prentice Hall (2007). Illinois State University named him Outstanding University Researcher. "Of all these accomplishments," says Dr. Hesse, "the one that matters most to me is being named Distinguished Humanities Teacher at Illinois State. That one came from my students and suggests that, in however small a way, I've mattered intheir educations and lives.