Writing Clear Paragraphs

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Prentice Hall, Jan 1, 1995 - English language - 330 pages
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This classic book/workbook helps readers who feel underprepared for writing tasks move step-by-step toward writing competency. Using a clear, informal, light-hearted narrative and intensive practice, it guides readers assuredly through the process of organizing a paragraph, structuring its sentences, and choosing effective wording and punctuation. Explains how to apply the details and methods of arrangement required to compose unified, coherent, and well-developed paragraphs for all major modes of writing -- narrating, describing, explaining a process, explaining with examples, comparing or contrasting, classifying, defining, persuading. Intersperses grammar instruction between writing instruction and word instruction. Features anecdotes, student and professional examples, cartoons, and exercises throughout. Provides a "Do's and Don'ts" section in all chapters. Includes numerous boxed Guidelines for a convenient quick overview or review of important concepts in encapsulated form. For anyone needing to develop writing competency at the paragraph level.

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Contents

The Paragraph Organization
1
The Structure of the Paragraph
2
Sentences
19
Words
23
The Writing Process
27
Prewriting
28
Writing Your Paragraph
41
Choosing Appropriate Language for College Writing
46
Words
158
Comparing or Contrasting
167
Body
171
Sentences
181
Words
193
Dividing and Classifying
201
Sentences
212
Words
225

Narrating
49
Sentences
64
Words
73
Describing
80
Sentences
94
Words
107
Explaining a Process
114
Sentences
127
Words
133
Explaining with Examples
140
Controlling Idea
141
Sentences
153
Defining
233
Sentences
245
Words
252
From Paragraph to Essay
264
Persuading
280
Organization
281
Sentences
310
Words
318
Index of Exercises
324
Index
325
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