Templates: Models of Style and Usage for Writers

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Broadview Press, Dec 19, 2014 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 180 pages

Beginning with the simple two-word sentence and working up to multi-clause possibilities, Templates shows students how to manipulate syntactic patterns for maximum rhetorical effect. Although it teaches grammar, it does not do so with the goal of correcting mistakes. Rather, it encourages writers to make full use of the complexity and flexibility of English sentence structure. Combining an emphasis on the writing process with both an awareness of audience and a raised consciousness about English grammar, Templates takes a unique approach to sentence-level writing and revision.

Exercises throughout the book help students to move from simpler sentence structures to more complex multi-clause constructions.

Key features:

  • - Emphasizes the rhetorical possibilities of sentence structure
  • - Grammatical analysis is demonstrated in terms of syntactic “templates”
  • - Shows how the writer can play to audience awareness of these templates
  • - Promotes sentence-level editing as the fine-tuning stage of the writing process
  • - Usage issues are presented as choices based on level of formality, rather than as prescriptive rules
  • - Includes a glossary of grammatical terms
 

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Contents

Introduction
What Is a Template?
The Intransitive Template
The Linking Template
The Transitive Template I Direct Objects
The Transitive Template II Indirect
The Transitive Template III Objective
Compound Templates
Dependent Clause Templates I Adverb
Dependent Clause Templates II Adjective
Dependent Clause Templates III Noun
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About the author (2014)

Stephen Lewis is Professor Emeritus of English at Suffolk Community College, Long Island, New York.

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