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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 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 Two includes complete coverage of paragraph-to-essay skills.
Note: Each chapter begins with Goals, includes a Review, and concludes with Web Work. Each of the Reading Selections in Part III is followed by Vocabulary, Checking Comprehension, Mode and Skill Check, and Questions for Discussion and Writing. I. The Writing Process 1. Improving Writing and Thinking Expectations and Attitudes Writing as Opportunity The Opportunities Before You Now Writing Opportunities 2. Prewriting The Writing Process Prewriting Writing for Success: Using Prewriting Techniques Topic to Main Idea Prewriting to Main Idea: A Student Demonstration 3. Organizing and Outlining Organizing Outlining Writing for Success: Outlining and PowerPoint Presentations Organizing and Outlining: A Student Demonstration 4. Writing a Paragraph The Paragraph and Its Purpose A Step-by-Step Guide to Composing a Paragraph Some Helpful Tips for Composition Writing for Success: Advantages and Disadvantages of Composing on a Computer Writing a Paragraph: A Student Demonstration 5. Revising Revising Versus Editing Revising for Completeness Revising for Cohesiveness Revising for Coherence Two Important Revision Tips Writing for Success: Qualities of a Good Peer Reviewer Revising a Paragraph: A Student Demonstration 6. Proofreading, Editing, and Preparing a Final Draft Editing to Improve Style Editing to Correct Major Sentence Errors Writing for Success: Careful Use of Computer Checks Editing Errors in Grammar and Mechanics Editing Spelling Errors Preparing the Final Draft Editing a Paragraph: A Student Demonstration 7. Writing the Essay The Essay and Its Parts Steps in Writing an Essay: A Student Demonstration Writing for Success: Beyond College Essays II. Developing Paragraphs and Essays with the Rhetorical Modes 8. The Reading/Writing Connection Reading for Ideas Reading for Learning and Critical Thinking Reading to Improve Writing Skills Active Reading Critical Reading Keeping a Reading Journal 9. Narration Writing a Narrative Paragraph Using Vivid Language Writing Longer Narratives and Narrative Essays In Summary: Steps in Writing Narratives Topic Ideas for Narratives 10. Description Writing a Descriptive Paragraph Using Vivid Language Writing Longer Descriptions and Descriptive Essays In Summary: Steps in Writing Descriptions Topic Ideas for Descriptions 11. Process Writing a Process Paragraph Writing Longer Process Passages and Process Essays In Summary: Steps in Writing Process Topic Ideas for Process 12. Illustration Writing an Illustration Paragraph Writing Longer Illustration Passages and Illustration Essays In Summary: Steps in Writing Illustration Topic Ideas for Illustration 13. Classification Writing a Classification Paragraph Writing Longer Classification Passages and Classification Essays In Summary: Steps in Writing Classification Topic Ideas for Classification 14. Division Writing a Division Paragraph Writing Longer Division Passages and Division Essays In Summary: Steps in Writing Division Topic Ideas for Division 15. Comparison/Contrast Writing a Comparison/Contrast Paragraph Writing Longer Comparison/Contrast Passages and Comparison/Contrast Essays In Summary: Steps in Writing Comparison/Contrast Topic Ideas for Comparison/Contrast 16. Cause/Effect Writing a Cause/Effect Paragraph Writing Longer Cause/Effect Passages and Cause/Effect Essays In Summary: Steps in Writing Cause and Effect Topic Ideas for Cause/Effect 17. Definition Writing a Definition Paragraph Writing Longer Definition Passages and Definition Essays In Summary: Steps in Writing Definition Topic Ideas for Definition 18. Argument Writing an Argument Paragraph Writing Longer Arguments and Argument Essays In Summary: Steps in Writing Argument Topic Ideas for Argument 19. Combining Modes of Development Some Common Combinations Writing a Paragraph Using a Combination of Modes Combining Modes in Longer Passages and Essays In Summary: Steps in Combining Modes Topic Ideas for Combining Modes III. Reading Selections Amy Tan, "Mother Tongue" Dave Barry, "Winning the War on Drugs" Whitney Matheson, "What's the Matter with Moviegoers?" Nancy Gibbs, "And on the Seventh Day We Rested?" Leonard Pitts Jr., "At Large: Giving Teachers Guns a Simple but Stupid Idea" Ida Urbina, "No Need to Stew: A Few Tips to Cope with Life's Annoyances" Lenore Skenazy, "'Like,' Like, Covers It All" Connie Schultz, "Most Divorced Dads Deserve to See Their Kids" Ana Veciana-Suarex, "Don't LOL, but Texting Turns Me Off" Marc Gellman, "The Deeper Truth of Good and Evil" IV. Handbook with Exercises Parts of Speech The Basic Sentence Coordination Subordination Parallelism Combining Sentences Mechanics Spelling