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Overview

Foundations First combines engaging readings, concise yet thorough instruction, student-friendly examples, and practical exercises to get your students writing sentences and paragraphs immediately. While recognizing and respecting students’ abilities, best-selling authors and veteran college writing instructors Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell break down the steps necessary to excel in college writing, tackling ESL concerns, vocabulary development, critical thinking and reading skills, and the essentials of grammar.

The authors believe that students learn to write best when they use their own writing as a starting point. Each chapter starts with a visual writing prompt that students respond to right away. As students move through the book, their skills are reinforced by samples of exemplary writing, recursive writing process instruction, and practice exercises. Students are also encouraged to return to their own writing throughout the process as they learn the value of editing and revising. This new edition incorporates user feedback with the inclusion of TEST, the Kirszner-Mandell model emphasizing the significance of the topic sentence, evidence, summary statement, and transitions in student writing. Foundations First has been redesigned with a clean, bright, and clear layout.

This edition can be packaged with LaunchPad Solo for Foundations First, which includes LearningCurve, the adaptive online quizzing program with immediate feedback that 95% of students surveyed recommended to their peers. Additional online multiple-choice grammar exercises offer even more practice on the grammar concepts students find most challenging.

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"Foundations First is a strong text that is easily accessible to students from a wide variety of backgrounds."

— Debra Justice, Hopkinsville Community College, KY

"It's a great text that is suited for both ESL and native speaker populations. The language is both appropriate and challenging for students. It provides a nice range of exercises and the companion Web site is a great resource. It also has two workbooks with supplemental exercises."

— Michal Eskayo, St. Augustine College, IL

"This is an accessible, comprehensive, and interesting text."

— Dennielle True, Manatee Community College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312459895
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 11/14/2007
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

During their long collaboration, Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell have written a number of best-selling college texts for Bedford/St. Martin's, including Patterns for College Writing, Foundations First, Writing First, Focus on Writing, and, most recently, Practical Argument. Laurie Kirszner is a Professor of English, Emeritus at the University of the Sciences, where she has taught composition, literature, creative writing, and scientific writing, and served as coordinator of the first-year writing program. Stephen Mandell is a Professor of English at Drexel University, where he founded and directed the basic writing program and has taught composition, literature, speech, and technical and business writing.

 

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Table of Contents

Unit One
Strategies for College Success 

An Introduction to College Writing 
1 Reading for Academic Success 
  A Becoming an Active Reader 
  B Reading Written Texts 
  C Reading in College, in the Community, and in the Workplace 
Review Checklist: Reading for Academic Success 

UNIT TWO
Writing Effective Paragraphs 

 2 Writing a Paragraph 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Understanding Paragraph Structure 
  B Focusing on Your Assignment, Purpose, and Audience 
  C Finding Ideas to Write About 
  D Identifying Your Main Idea and Writing a Topic Sentence xx 
  E Choosing Supporting Points 
  F Arranging Your Supporting Points 
  G Drafting Your Paragraph 
  H TESTing Your Paragraph 
  I Revising Your Paragraph 
Self-Assessment Checklist: Revising Your Paragraph 
Review Checklist: Writing a Paragraph 

3 TESTing Your Paragraph 
  A TESTing for a Topic Sentence 
  B TESTing for Evidence 
  C TESTing for a Summary Statement 
  D TESTing for Transitions 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: TESTing Your Paragraphs 

4 Exemplification 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A What Is Exemplification? 
  B Reading an Exemplification Paragraph 
  C Writing an Exemplification Paragraph 
TESTing an Exemplification Paragraph
Chapter Review
 

 5 Narration 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A What Is Narration?
  B Reading a Narrative Paragraph 
  C Writing a Narrative Paragraph 
TESTing a Narrative Paragraph 
Chapter Review 

6 Description 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A What Is Description? 
  B Reading a Descriptive Paragraph 
  C Writing a Descriptive Paragraph
TESTing a Descriptive Paragraph 
Chapter Review 

7 Process 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A What Is Process? 
  B Reading a Process Paragraph 
  C Writing a Process Paragraph
TESTing a Process Paragraph 
Chapter Review 

8 Cause and Effect 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A What Is Cause and Effect? 
  B Reading a Cause-and-Effect Paragraph 
TESTing a Cause-and-Effect Paragraph 
Chapter Review 

9 Comparison and Contrast 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A What Is Comparison and Contrast? 
  B Reading a Comparison-and-Contrast Paragraph 
  C Writing a Comparison-and-Contrast Paragraph 
TESTing a Comparison-and-Contrast Paragraph 
Chapter Review 

10 Classification 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A What Is Classification?
  B Reading a Classification Paragraph 
  C Writing a Classification Paragraph 
TESTing a Classification Paragraph 
Chapter Review
 

11 Definition 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A What Is Definition? 
  B Reading a Definition Paragraph 
  C Writing a Definition Paragraph 
TESTing a Definition Paragraph 
Chapter Review 

12 Argument 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A What Is Argument? 
  B Reading an Argument Paragraph 
  C Writing an Argument Paragraph 
TESTing an Argument Paragraph 
Chapter Review 

13 Writing an Essay 
  A Understanding Essay Structure 
  B Focusing on Your Assignment, Purpose, and Audience 
  C Finding Ideas to Write About 
  D Identifying Your Main Idea and Stating Your Thesis 
  E Choosing and Arranging Your Supporting Points 
  F Drafting Your Essay 
  G TESTing Your Essay
  H Revising and Editing Your Essay 
Self-Assessment Checklist: Editing Your Essay 
Self-Assessment Checklist: Revising Your Essay 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Writing an Essay 

Unit Three
Writing Effective Sentences
 

14 Writing Simple Sentences 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Identifying Subjects 
  B Recognizing Singular and Plural Subjects 
  C Identifying Prepositional Phrases 
  D Identifying Action Verbs 
  E Identifying Linking Verbs 
  F Identifying Helping Verbs 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Writing Simple Sentences 

15 Writing Compound Sentences 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Using Coordinating Conjunctions 
  B Using Semicolons 
  C Using Transitional Words and Phrases 
  Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Writing Compound Sentences 

16 Writing Complex Sentences 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Using Subordinating Conjunctions 
  B Punctuating with Subordinating Conjunctions 
  C Using Relative Pronouns 
Chapter Review
Review Checklist: Writing Complex Sentences 

17 Fine-Tuning Your Sentences 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Varying Sentence Openings 
  B Combining Sentences 
  C Choosing Exact Words 
  D Using Concise Language 
  E Avoiding Clichés 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Fine-Tuning Your Sentences 

18 Using Parallelism 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
 A Recognizing Parallel Structure 
  B Using Parallel Structure 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Using Parallelism 
UNIT REVIEW 
UNIT FOUR
Solving Common Sentence Problems 

19 Run-Ons 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Recognizing Run-Ons 
  B Correcting Run-Ons 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Run-Ons

20  Fragments 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Recognizing Fragments 
  B Missing-Subject Fragments 
  C Phrase Fragments 
  D Incomplete-Verb Fragments 
  E Infinitive Fragments 
  F Dependent Clause Fragments 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Fragments 

21 Subject-Verb Agreement
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Understanding Subject-Verb Agreement 
  B Be, Have, and Do 
  C Compound Subjects 
  D Phrases between Subject and Verb 
  E Indefinite Pronoun Subjects 
  F Verbs before Subjects 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Subject-Verb Agreement 

22 Illogical Shifts 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Shifts in Tense 
  B Shifts in Person 
  C Shifts in Voice 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Illogical Shifts 

23 Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Correcting Dangling Modifiers 
  B Correcting Misplaced Modifiers 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers 
UNIT REVIEW 

UNIT FIVE
Understanding Basic Grammar
 

24 Verbs: Past Tense
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Regular Verbs 
  B Irregular Verbs 
  C Problem Verbs: Be 
  D Problem Verbs: Can/Could and Will/Would 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Verbs: Past Tense
 

25 Verbs: Past Participles 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Regular Past Participles 
  B Irregular Past Participles 
  C The Present Perfect Tense 
  D The Past Perfect Tense 
  E Past Participles as Adjectives 
Chapter Review
Review Checklist: Verbs: Past Participles 

26 Nouns 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Nouns 
  B Recognizing Singular and Plural Nouns 
  C Forming Plural Nouns 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Nouns 

27 Pronouns 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Identifying Pronouns 
  B Special Problems with Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement 
  C Vague and Unnecessary Pronouns 
  D Pronoun Case 
  E Special Problems with Pronoun Case 
  F Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Pronouns 

28 Adjectives and Adverbs 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Identifying Adjectives and Adverbs
  B Comparatives and Superlatives 
  C Demonstrative Adjectives 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Adjectives and Adverbs 

29 Grammar and Usage Issues for ESL Writers 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Subjects in Sentences 
  B Count and Noncount Nouns 
  C Determiners with Count and Noncount Nouns 
  D Articles 
  E Negative Statements and Questions 
  F Verb Tense 
  G Stative Verbs 
  H Gerunds 
  I Choosing Prepositions 
  J Prepositions in Phrasal Verbs 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Grammar and Usage Issues for ESL Writers 
UNIT REVIEW 

UNIT SIX
Understanding Punctuation, Mechanics, and Spelling

30 Using Commas
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Commas in a Series 
  B Commas with Introductory and Transitional Elements 
  C Commas with Appositives 
  D Commas with Nonrestrictive Clauses 
  E Commas in Compound and Complex Sentences 
  F Commas in Dates and Addresses 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Using Commas 

31 Using Apostrophes 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Apostrophes in Contractions 
  B Apostrophes in Possessives 
  C Incorrect Use of Apostrophes 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Using Apostrophes 

32 Using Other Punctuation Marks 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Semicolons 
  B Colons 
  C Dashes and Parentheses 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Using Other Punctuation Marks 

33 Understanding Mechanics 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Capitalizing Proper Nouns 
  B Punctuating Quotations 
  C Setting Off Titles 
Chapter Review 
Review Checklist: Understanding Mechanics
 

34 Understanding Spelling 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter
  A Becoming a Better Speller 
  B ie and ei 
  C Prefixes 
  D Suffixes

35 Learning Commonly Confused Words 
Note: LaunchPad Solo activities available for this chapter

UNIT SEVEN
Learning College Reading Skills
 

36 Readings for Writers 
Rebeckah Bell,
It’s Possible to Graduate Debt-Free.  Here’s How 
Bobbi Buchanan, Don’t Hang Up, That’s My Mom Calling 
José Antonio Burciaga, Tortillas 
Ruel Espejo (student), Learning Tagalog 
Henry Louis Gates Jr., A Giant Step 
Roxane Gay, The Importance of Feeling Seen: Why Interracial Families on Commercials Matter 
John Hartimire, At the Heart of a Historic Moment
Karen L Hudson, Getting a Tattoo 
Tony Hawk, Do What You Love 
Suki KimForced from Home, Yet Never Free of It 
Jeremy MacClancy, Eating Chilli Peppers 
Sara Price (student), The Little Pretzel Lady 
Mario Suarez, El Hoyo 
Marc Williams (student), The Online Alternative 
Marion Winik, What Are Friends For? 
William Zinsser, The Transaction 

Appendix: Building Word Power 
Index 
Index of Rhetorical Patterns 
Parts of Speech 
Constructing a Formal Outline

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