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9th Edition
0077531280 · 9780077531287
College Writing Skills with Readings offers students a practical guide to becoming better writers. From mastering the traditional five-paragraph essay and its variations to learning about the finer points of grammar and punctuation, College Writing S… Read More
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Preface xxii

Part 1: Essay Writing 1

Chapter 1 An Introduction to Writing 2

Point and Support 3

Structure of the Traditional Essay 6

Benefits of Writing the Traditional Essay 11

Writing as a Skill 11

Writing as a Process of Discovery 12

Writing as a Way to Communicate with Others 13

Keeping a Journal 14

Tips on Using a Computer 15

Review Activities 17

Using This Text 20

Chapter 2 The Writing Process 22

Prewriting 23

Writing a First Draft 31

Revising 33

Editing 35

Review Activities 38

Chapter 3 The First and Second Steps in Essay Writing 50

Step 1: Begin with a Point, or Thesis 51

Step 2: Support the Thesis with Specific Evidence 60

Practice in Advancing and Supporting a Thesis 67

Chapter 4 The Third Step in Essay Writing 83

Step 3: Organize and Connect the Specific Evidence 84

Introductions, Conclusions, and Titles 94

Practice in Organizing and Connecting Specific Evidence 102

Chapter 5 The Fourth Step in Essay Writing 110

Revising Sentences 111

Editing Sentences 130

Practice in Revising Sentences 133

Chapter 6 Four Bases for Revising Essays 144

Base 1: Unity 145

Base 2: Support 148

Base 3: Coherence 152

Base 4: Sentence Skills 155

Practice in Using the Four Bases 159

Part 2: Patterns of Essay Development 173

Chapter 7 Introduction to Essay Development 174

Important Considerations in Essay Development 175

Patterns of Essay Development 180

Chapter 8 Description 182

READING: Lou's Place by Beth Johnson 192

Chapter 9 Narration 203

READING: The Yellow Ribbon by Pete Hamill 214

Chapter 10 Exemplification 222

READING: Dad by Andrew H. Malcolm 233

Chapter 11 Process 242

READING: How to Do Well on a Job Interview by Glenda Davis 251

Chapter 12 Cause and/or Effect 260

READING: Taming the Anger Monster by Anne Davidson 269

Chapter 13 Comparison and/or Contrast 281

READING: Born to Be Different? by Camille Lewis 293

Chapter 14 Definition 304

READING: Television Addiction by Marie Winn 313

Chapter 15 Division-Classification 325

READING: Wait Divisions by Tom Bodett 334

Chapter 16 Argument 343

READING: Ban the Things. Ban Them All. by Molly Ivins 356

Part 3: Special Skills 365

Chapter 17 Taking Essay Exams 366

Chapter 18 Writing a Summary 375

Chapter 19 Writing a Report 387

Chapter 20 Writing a Résumé and Cover Letter 392

Chapter 21 Using the Library and the Internet 399

Using the Library 400

Using the Internet 407

Practice in Using the Library and the Internet 411

Chapter 22 Writing a Research Paper 413

Model Paper 427

Part 4: Handbook of Sentence Skills 439

SECTION 1: Grammar 440

Chapter 23 Subjects and Verbs 441

Chapter 24 Fragments 447

Chapter 25 Run-Ons 460

Chapter 26 Regular and Irregular Verbs 473

Chapter 27 Subject-Verb Agreement 484

Words between Subject and Verb 485

Verb before Subject 485

Compound Subjects 486

Indefinite Pronouns 487

Chapter 28 Additional Information about Verbs 490

Verb Tense 490

Helping Verbs 491

Verbals 492

Chapter 29 Pronoun Agreement and Reference 494

Pronoun Agreement 495

Pronoun Reference 497

Chapter 30 Pronoun Types 500

Subject and Object Pronouns 500

Possessive Pronouns 504

College Writing Skills with Readings offers students a practical guide to becoming better writers. From mastering the traditional five-paragraph essay and its variations to learning about the finer points of grammar and punctuation, College Writing Skills with Readings empowers students to think more deeply about audience and purpose as they write for college and career. This new ninth edition provides a greater balance between focus on personal, academic and workplace writing and also emphasizes that most essays incorporate more than one mode of writing.

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ISBN10: 0077531280 | ISBN13: 9780077531287