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The second edition of First Steps in Academic Writing , by Ann Hogue, provides high-beginning to low-intermediate students with essential tools to master basic academic writing. The text's time-proven approach integrates paragraph organization, sentence structure, grammar, mechanics, and the writing process. First Steps leads students to build strong academic writing skills that will last them throughout their writing careers.


  • A step-by-step approach guides students seamlessly through the writing process.
  • Clear, succinct explanations help students to understand and apply key conepts and rules.
  • Numerous models and varied practice support students at all stages of writing.
  • NEW Try It Out! exercises give students opportunities to assess mastery of new skills.
  • NEW journal writing activities help students build literacy.
  • NEW self-editing and peer editing worksheets motivate students to revise.

The Longman Academic Writing Series also consists of:

  • Level 1 Fundamentals of Academic Writing
  • Level 3 Introduction to Academic Writing, Third Edition
  • Level 4 Writing Academic English, Fourth Edition
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132414906
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 32

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introducing People

What Is Academic Writing?

Chapter Preview

Prewriting Activity: Asking Questions and Taking Notes

Part 1: Organization

What Is a Paragraph?

Model: What Is a Paragraph? Mrs. Robinson

Paragraph Form

Model: Handwritten Assignment My Classmate

Model: Computer-Written Assignment My Classmate

Part 2: Grammar and Capitalization

What Is a Sentence?

Command Sentences

Subjects, Verbs, and Objects

Capitalization: Six Rules

Journal Writing

Model: Journal Entry

Part 3: Sentence Structure

Simple Sentences

Connecting Words: and, or

Sentence Combining

Part 4: Writing

Review Questions

The Writing Process

Step 1: Prewrite to get ideas–freewriting

Step 2: Write the first draft

Step 3: Edit the first draft

Step 4: Write the final copy

Writing Assignment

Chapter 2 Listing-Order Paragraphs

Chapter Preview

Prewriting Activity: Clustering


Model: Clustering 1

Model: Clustering 2

Part 1: Organization

Listing-Order Paragraphs

Model: Listing-Order Paragraph Flight Attendants

The Three Parts of a Paragraph

The Topic Sentence

Listing-Order Transition Signals

Paragraph Unity

The Concluding Sentence


Model: Simple Outline Flight Attendants

Part 2: Sentence Structure

Compound Sentences

Coordinating Conjunctions: and, but, or, so

Two Sentence Errors: Run-ons and Comma Splices

Part 3: Writing

Review Questions

Writing Assignment

Chapter 3 Giving Instructions

Chapter Preview

Prewriting Activity: Listing

Part 1: Organization

"How To" Paragraphs

Model: "How To" Paragraph How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

Topic and Concluding Sentence for "How To" Paragraphs

Time-Order Signals

Listing and Outlining

Model: Listing

Model: Edited List

Model: Simple Outline

Part 2: Sentence Structure

Independent and Dependent Clauses

Adverb Subordinators

Complex Sentences

Sentence Errors: Fragments

Summary: Three Types of Sentences

Part 3: Capitalization and Punctuation

Capitalization: Four More Rules

Commas: Four Rules

Part 4: Writing

Review Questions

Writing Assignment

Chapter 4 Describing a Place

Chapter Preview

Prewriting Activity: Listing Descriptive Detail

Part 1: Organization


Space Order

Model: Space Order The Shared Refrigerator

Topic and Concluding Sentences for Descriptive Paragraphs

Specific Details

Planning a Space-Order Paragraph

Part 2: Grammar


Order of Adjectives

Part 3: Sentence Structure


Prepositional Phrases

Model: Prepositional Phrases of Place in a Description My Desk

Using Prepositional Phrases to Vary Sentence Openings

Part 4: Writing

Review Questions

Writing Assignment

Chapter 5 Stating Reasons and Using Examples

Chapter Preview

Prewriting Activity: Reasons and Examples

Part 1: Organization

Model: Reasons and Examples Costa Rica

Outlines with Details

Model: Detailed Outline Costa Rica

Reasons and Examples

Transition Signals with Reasons

Conclusion Signals with Reasons

Transition Signals with Examples

Part 2: Sentence Structure

More About Complex Sentences

Reason and Condition Subordinators

Part 3: Capitalization and Punctuation

Capitalization: Two More Rules

Commas: Four More Rules

Part 4: Writing

Review Questions

Writing Assignment

Chapter 6: Expressing Your Opinion

Chapter Preview

Prewriting Activity: Getting Ideas from Reading

Part 1: Organization

Opinion Paragraphs

Facts and Opinions

Model: Opinion Paragraph Video Games and Violence

Transition Signals for Opinions

Part 2: Sentence Structure

Model: Adjective Clauses School Uniforms

Adjective Clauses with who, which, and that

Punctuating Adjective Clauses

Complex Sentence with Adjective Clauses

More About Fragments

Part 3: Punctuation

Quotation Marks

Part 4: Writing

Review Questions

Writing Assignment

Appendix A Journal Writing

Appendix B Correction Symbols

Appendix C Grammar Words and Kinds of Sentences

Appendix D Conjunctions

Appendix E Transition Signals

Appendix F Business Letters

Appendix G Reader’s Response and Writer’s Self-Check Worksheets

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