The Dolphin Writer Book 1: Building Sentences and Composing Paragraphs / Edition 1

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The Dolphin Writer is a three-volume series focusing on writing--from sentences to paragraphs to essays--in an easy-to-understand format and at an affordable price. Each volume of The Dolphin Writer presents students with comprehensive yet approachable coverage of the writing process, from prewriting through peer evaluation, revision, and preparation of the final paper, and each also includes a section of numerous level-appropriate readings. A focus on student success in all areas of reading, writing, and studying helps students organize, manage, and implement techniques, including how to use a computer to assist in the writing process.Book One includes complete coverage of sentence-to-paragraph issues such as grammar, mechanics, and usage.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618379125
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 9/17/2007
  • Series: Dolphin Writer Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 609,043
  • Product dimensions: 7.41 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter begins with Goals, includes a Review, and concludes with Web Work. Each chapter in Part II includes an introductory "Test Yourself" exercise, numerous grammar exercises, Writing Review assignments, and two end-of-chapter tests. I. Reading, Writing, and Thinking 1. Improving Writing and Thinking Examining Your Feelings About Writing Reading About Writing Writing Opportunities II. Sentence Skills 2. Parts of Speech Nouns Pronouns Adjectives Verbs Adverbs Prepositions Conjunctions Interjections 3. The Basic Sentence Subjects Other Elements of Simple Sentences 4. Verbs Action Verbs and Linking Verbs Verb Tense Verbals Writing Better Sentences 5. Modifiers: Adjectives and Adverbs Adjectives Adverbs Writing Better Sentences 6. Subject-Verb Agreement The Basics of Subject-Verb Agreement Trickier Subject-Verb Agreement Situations 7. Pronouns and Pronoun Agreement Pronoun Case Pronoun Consistency Clear Pronoun Reference Pronoun Agreement 8. The Compound Sentence Compound Elements Three Kinds of Compound Sentences Avoiding Comma Splices and Run-ons in Compound Sentences 9. The Complex Sentence Dependent Clauses Relative Clauses Avoiding Sentence Fragments 10. Parallelism Parallel Words Parallel Phrases Parallel Clauses 11. Combining Sentences Use a Compound Subject or a Compound Verb Use a Dependent Clause Use a Relative (Who, Which, or That) Clause Use an Appositive Use a Prepositional Phrase Use a Participial (-ed or -ing) Phrase 12. Punctuation Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Points Commas Semicolons Apostrophes Colons Quotation Marks 13. Capitalization The Rules of Capitalization 14. Spelling The Importance of Correct Spelling Some Spelling Rules Commonly Confused Words Abbreviations Numbers Part II Review. Proofreading and Correcting Errors III. The Writing Process 15. Prewriting The Writing Process Prewriting Writing for Success: Talking to Generate Ideas Topic to Main Idea Prewriting to Main Idea: A Student Demonstration 16. Organizing and Outlining Organizing Writing for Success: Organizational Skills and Your Career Outlining Organizing and Outlining: A Student Demonstration 17. Writing a Paragraph The Paragraph and Its Purpose A Step-by-Step Guide to Composing a Paragraph Writing for Success: Offering Evidence for Ideas Writing a Paragraph: A Student Demonstration 18. Revising Revising Versus Editing Revising for Completeness Revising for Cohesiveness Revising for Coherence Writing for Success: The Importance of Feedback The Importance of Getting Feedback Revising a Paragraph: A Student Demonstration 19. Proofreading, Editing, and Preparing a Final Draft Editing to Improve Style Editing Errors in Grammar and Mechanics Editing Spelling Errors Writing for Success: The Harmful Effects of Errors Preparing the Final Draft Editing a Paragraph: A Student Demonstration IV. Common Strategies for Organizing Paragraphs 20. Time Order: Narration and Process Writing a Narrative Paragraph Using Vivid Language In Summary: Steps in Writing Narrative Paragraphs Writing a Process Paragraph In Summary: Steps in Writing Process Paragraphs Writing for Success: Time Order in Work-Related Writing Topic Ideas for Time Order Paragraphs 21. Space Order: Description Writing a Descriptive Paragraph In Summary: Steps in Writing Descriptive Paragraphs Writing for Success: Uses of Description Topic Ideas for Descriptions 22. Giving Examples: Illustration Writing an Illustration Paragraph Writing for Success: Use of Illustration In Summary: Steps in Writing Illustration Paragraphs Topic Ideas for Illustration 23. Comparison and Contrast Writing a Comparision/Contrast Paragraph Writing for Success: Using Comparison/Contrast for Problem Solving In Summary: Steps in Writing Conparison/Contrast Topic Ideas for Comparison/Contrast 24. Order of Importance: Argument Writing an Argumentative Paragraph In Summary: Steps in Writing Argumentative Paragraphs Writing for Success: Argumentation in Your Personal and Professional Life Topic Ideas for Argument IV. Reading Selections Stephen Juan, "An IQ Contest" Michelle Cottle, "My Roving Barcalounger" Candy Schulman, "E-mail: The Future of the Family Feud?" Kevin Sintumuang, "The Curly Cue" Carolyn Kepcher, "When the Boss Is the Problem" Dave Barry, "This Is Where the Rubber Meets the Road Rage" Christy Haubegger, "I'm Not Fat, I'm Latina" "Becoming a Creative Problem Solver," from Nevid, Psychology: Concepts and Applications Leo Harris, "Music This Beautiful Is Something to Share" Olga Polites, "I Want Constantine's Murderer to Die"
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