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Part of a three-level developmental series that integrates critical thinking, reading, writing, revising, and editing, this book teaches the processes and skills common to all good academic writing. It includes both professional and student writing samples as well as a multitude of exercises and activities that address the writing process, writing effective sentences, sentences in context, and readings. This is for anyone looking to develop effective reading comprehension and writing skills.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130163141
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 687
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

(NOTE: All chapters begin with Introduction and conclude with Chapter Review, Editing a Student Paragraph, and Editing Your Own Paragraph, except for chapters 1 through 7, and 33 through 47.)


1. Writing Successful Sentences.

Your Approach to Writing. Writing Assignments.

2.Understanding the Writing Process.

Picture the Process.

3. Prewriting.

Thinking. Planning.

4. Writing.

Writing the Topic Sentence. Developing. Organizing. Drafting.

5. Revising.

Revising Checklist.

6. Editing.

Editing Checklist. Your EQ (Editing Quotient). How to Edit.


Introduction: Parts of Speech, Phrases, and Clauses.

Parts of Speech. Phrases. Clauses.

Unit 1. Sentences.

7. Subjects and Verbs.

Subjects. Verbs.

8. Fragments.

About Fragments. Identifying and Correcting Fragments.

9. Fused Sentences and Comma Splices.

Identifying Fused Sentences and Comma Splices. Correcting Fused Sentences and Comma Splices.

Unit 1. Tests.

Unit Writing Assignments.

Unit 2. Verbs.

10. Regular and Irregular Verbs.

Regular Verbs. Irregular Verbs. Using Lie/Lay and Sit/Set Correctly.

11. Verb Tense.

Present Tense. Past Tense. Using Helping Words with Past Participles. Using -ing Verbs Correctly. Problems with be. Problems with do. Problems with have.

12. Subject-Verb Agreement.

Subject-Verb Agreement. Words Separating. Subjects and Verbs. More than One Subject. Verbs Before Subjects. Collective Nouns. Indefinite Pronouns.

13. More on Verbs.

Consistent Verb Tense. Using the Active Voice

Unit 2. Tests.

Unit Writing Assignments.

Unit 3. Pronouns.

14. Pronoun Problems.

Pronouns as Subjects. Pronouns as Objects. Possessive Pronouns. Pronouns in Comparisons. Demonstrative Pronouns.

15. Pronoun Reference and Point of View.

Pronoun Reference. Shifting Point of View.

16. Pronoun Agreement.

Indefinite Pronouns. Avoiding Sexism.

Unit 3. Tests.

Unit Writing Assignments.

Unit 4. Modifiers.

17. Adjectives.

Using Adjectives. Comparing with Adjectives. Common Adjective Errors. Using Good and Bad Correctly.

18. Adverbs.

Using Adverbs. Comparing with Adverbs. Adjective or Adverb?. Double Negatives. Using Good/Well and Bad/Badly Correctly.

19. Modifier Errors.

Misplaced Modifiers. Dangling Modifiers.

Unit 4. Tests.

Unit Writing Assignments.

Unit 5. Punctuation.

20. End Punctuation.

Period. Question Mark. Exclamation Point.

21. Commas.

Commas with Items in a Series. Commas with Introductory Words. Commas with Independent Clauses. Commas with Interrupters. Commas with Direct Quotations. Other Uses of Commas.

22. Apostrophes.

Marking Contractions. Showing Possession. Common Apostrophe Errors.

23. Quotation Marks.

Direct Quotations. Indirect Quotations. Capitalizing and Using Other Punctuation Marks with Quotation Marks. Quotation Marks Around Titles.

24. Other Punctuation Marks.

Semicolons. Colons. Dashes and Parentheses.

Unit 5. Tests.

Unit Writing Assignments.

Unit 6. Mechanics.

25. Capitalization.

26. Abbreviations and Numbers.

Abbreviations. Numbers.

Unit 6. Tests.

Unit Writing Assignments.

Unit 7. Effective Sentences.

27. Varying Sentence Structure.

28. Parallelism.

29. Combining Sentences.

Simple Sentences. Compound Sentences. Complex Sentences. Compound-Complex Sentences.

Unit 7. Tests.

Unit Writing Assignments.

Unit 8. Choosing the Right Word.

30. Standard and Nonstandard English.

Standard and Nonstandard English. Nonstandard English. Slang.

31. Easily Confused Words.

Easily Confused Words, Part I. Easily Confused Words, Part II. Easily Confused Words, Part III.

32. Spelling.

Spelling Hints. Spelling Rules. Commonly Misspelled Words.

Unit 8. Tests.

Unit Writing Assignments.


33. Recognizing a Paragraph.

34. How to Read a Paragraph.

35. How to Write a Successful Paragraph.

36. Revising and Editing a Student Paragraph.

37. Revising and Editing Your Own Paragraph.

38. Writing Workshop.


39. Describing.

Colette Russell, "A Day in the Homeless Life." Judith Ortiz Cofer, "Casa: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood."

40. Narrating.

Henry Louis Gates Jr., "A Giant Step." Elizabeth Wong, "The Struggle to be an All-American Girl."

41. Illustrating.

Sherry Hemman Hogan, "A Question of Trust." Bailey White, "Mortality."

42. Analyzing a Process

Tomás Robles, "Ferrying Dreamers to the Other Side." Peter Jaret, "Stress Free in 10 Minutes: 7 Ways to Chill Out and Recharge."

43. Comparing and Contrasting.

Lisen Stromberg, "My Son the Cross-Dresser." Dave Barry, "The Ugly Truth about Beauty."

44. Dividing and Classifying.

Annie Murphy Paul, "Dads." John Roger and Peter McWilliams, "Why Do We Resist Learning?"

45. Defining.

Monica Ramirez Basco, "The Perfect Trap." Roberto Santiago, "Black and Latino."

46. Analyzing Causes and Effects.

Bryan Johnson, "How the Navy Changed My Life." Lewis Sawaquat, "For My Indian Daughter."

47. Arguing.

Roger Sipher, "So That Nobody Has to Go to School If They Don't Want To." John Romano, "It's a Job for Parents, Not the Government."




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Experience tells us that students have the best chance of succeeding in college if they learn how to respond productively to the varying academic demands made on them throughout the curriculum. One extremely important part of this process is being able to analyze ideas and think critically about issues in many different subject areas. Mosaics: Focusing on Sentences in Context is the first in a series of three books that teach the basic skills essential to all good academic writing. This series illustrates how the companion skills of reading and writing are parts of a larger, interrelated process that moves back and forth through the tasks of prereading and reading, prewriting and writing, and revising and editing. In other words, the Mosaics series shows how these skills are integrated at every stage of the writing process.


This second edition of the Mosaics series consists of three books, each with a~ different emphasis: Focusing on Sentences in Context, Focusing on Paragraphs in Context, and Focusing on Essays. The first book highlights sentence structure, the second book paragraph development, and the third the composition of essays. Each book introduces the writing process as a unified whole and asks students to begin writing in the very first chapter. Each volume also moves from personal to more academic writing. The books differ in the length and level of their reading selections, the complexity of their writing assignments, the degree of difficulty of their revising and editing strategies, and the length and level of their student writing samples.

This entirethree-book series is based on the following fundamental assumptions:

  • Students build confidence in their ability to read and write by reading and writing.
  • Students learn best from discovery and experimentation rather than from instruction and abstract discussions.
  • Students need to discover their personal writing process.
  • Students learn both individually and collaboratively.
  • Students profit from studying both professional and student writing.
  • Students benefit most from assignments that actually integrate thinking, reading, and writing.
  • Students learn how to revise by following clear guidelines.
  • Students learn grammar and usage rules by editing their own writing.
  • Students must be able to transfer their writing skills to all their college courses.
  • Students must think critically and analytically to succeed in college.


Mosaics: Focusing on Sentences in Context teaches students how to write effective sentences. For flexibility and easy reference, this book is divided into four parts:

  • Part I: The Writing Process
  • Part II: Writing Effective Sentences
  • Part III: Paragraphs: Sentences in Context
  • Part IV: From Reading to Writing

Part I: The Writing Process. All six chapters in Part I demonstrate the cyclical nature of the writing process. They begin with the logistics of getting ready to write and then move systematically through the interlocking stages of the process by following a student essay from prewriting to revising and editing. Part I ends with a quiz that students can take to identify their "Editing Quotient"—their strengths and weaknesses in grammar and mechanics.

Part II: Writing Effective Sentences. Part II, the heart of the instruction in this text, is a complete handbook—including exercises—that covers eight main categories: Sentences, Verbs, Pronouns, Modifiers, Punctuation, Mechanics, Effective Sentences, and Choosing the Right Word. These categories are coordinated with the Editing Checklist that appears periodically throughout this text. The chapters provide at least four types of practice after each grammar concept, moving the students systematically from identifying exercises to writing their own sentences. Within each chapter, students read professional paragraphs, write their own paragraphs, edit another student's writing, and finally edit their own writing. Each unit ends with practical editing exercises that ask students to use the skills they just learned to edit a paragraph written by another student and then edit the paragraph they wrote earlier in the chapter.

Part III: Paragraphs: Sentences in Context. The next section of this text helps students move from writing effective sentences to writing effective paragraphs. It systematically explains how to recognize, write, revise, and edit a paragraph. Then it shows paragraphs at work in both professional and student examples. Part III ends with a series of writing assignments and workshops designed to encourage your students to write, revise, and edit a paragraph (or essay) and then reflect on their own writing process.

Part IV: From Reading to Writing. Part IV of this text is a collection of readings arranged by rhetorical mode. Multiple rhetorical strategies are at work in most of these essays, but each is classified according to its primary rhetorical purpose. Each professional essay is preceded by prereading activities that will help your students focus on the topic at hand and then is followed by 10 questions that move students from literal to analytical thinking skills as they consider the essay's content, purpose, audience, and paragraph structure.


The appendixes will help your students keep track of their progress in the various skills they are learning throughout this text. References to these appendixes are interspersed throughout the book so that students know when to use them as they study the concepts in each chapter:

  • Appendix l: Critical Thinking Log
  • Appendix 2: Revising and Editing Peer Evaluation Forms
  • Appendix 3: Editing Quotient Error Chart
  • Appendix 4: Error Log
  • Appendix 5: Spelling Log


Ultimately, each book in the Mosaics series portrays writing as a way of thinking and processing information. One by one, these books encourage students to discover how the "mosaics" of their own writing process work together to form a coherent whole. By demonstrating the interrelationship among thinking, reading, and writing on progressively more difficult levels, these books promise to help prepare your students for success in college throughout the curriculum.


Several unique and exciting features separate this book from other basic writing texts:

  • It moves students systematically from personal to academic writing.
  • It uses both student writing and professional writing as models.
  • It demonstrates all aspects of the writing process through student writing.
  • It integrates reading and writing throughout the text.
  • It teaches revising and editing through student writing.
  • It features culturally diverse reading selections that are of high interest to students.
  • It teaches rhetorical modes as patterns of thought.
  • It helps students discover their own writing process.
  • It includes a complete handbook with exercises.
  • It offers worksheets for students to chart their progress in reading and writing.


Annotated Instructor's Edition—ISBN 0-13-094213-8. For the first time, Mosaics has an Annotated Instructor's Edition. Written by Kim Flachmann and Cheryl Smith, the AIE contains in-text answers and marginal annotations to help instructors prepare thoroughly for class. The AIE gives both experienced and new instructors ideas about how to get the most out of the text, providing teaching tips, summaries of the readings, readability levels for the essays, additional writing activities, ideas for incorporating the Internet into class, and much more. This supplement is free to adopters.

Instructor's Resource Manual—ISBN 0-13-097522-2. Also written by Kim Flachmann and Cheryl Smith, the Instructor's Resource Manual contains sample syllabi, additional teaching strategies, sample quizzes, journal assignments, additional grammar and writing assignments, rubrics for marking paragraphs and essays, and much more. It is available in print or electronic format and is free to adopters.

Instructor's Resource CD. This CD contains video clips of the author discussing how to best use the Mosaics series in class. Designed with the new instructor in mind and organized around specific parts of each text in the series, this CD will provide instructors with concrete teaching strategies taken from Kim Flachmann's own classroom. It is free to adopters. Contact your local Prentice Hall representative for a copy.


Prentice Hall WORDS. An Internet-based assessment tool like no other in the Developmental English market, PH WORDS provides students with summary instruction and practice on each element of writing as presented in the Mosaics series. PH WORDS includes over 200 learning modules covering the writing process, paragraph and essay development, and grammar. For each module, students have access to the following online features:

  • Watch Screens that provide an audio and animated summary of the content,
  • Recall Questions that test their comprehension of the content,
  • Apply Questions that test their ability to apply the concepts to existing writing, and
  • Write Questions that prompt students to generate their own prose using the concepts.

This technology solution frees up class time by allowing students to work individually on their areas of weakness. The software measures and tracks students' progress through the course with an easy-to-use management system. PH WORDS is available at a discount when packaged with the text. Contact your local Prentice Hall representative for more information and a demonstration.

Companion Web Site: our site. The Companion Web Site allows students to gain a richer perspective and a deeper understanding of the concepts and issues discussed in Mosaics: Focusing on Sentences in Context. This site is free to all students. Features of this site include the following:

  • Chapter learning objectives that help students organize key concepts,
  • On-line quizzes which include instant scoring and coaching,
  • Essay questions that test students' critical thinking skills, and
  • Built-in routing that gives students the ability to forward essay responses and graded quizzes to their instructors.

The New American Webster Handy College Dictionary, Third Edition—ISBN 0-13-032870-7. With over 1.5 million Signet copies in print and over 115,000 definitions, this dictionary is available free to your students when packaged with the text.

The New American Roget's College Thesaurus—ISBN 0-13-045258-0. With over 17 million Signet copies in print, this latest edition of the classic paperback thesaurus contains over 20,000 new words and phrases and over 1,500 additional entries. This thesaurus is available free to your students when packaged with the text.

English on the Internet 2001: Evaluating On-line Resources—ISBN 0-13-019484-0. This completely revised guide helps students develop the critical thinking skills needed to evaluate on-line sources critically. This supplement is available free when packaged with the text.

The Prentice Hall ESL Workbook—ISBN 0-13-092323-0. This 138-page workbook is designed for use with a developmental English textbook to improve English grammar skills. Divided into seven major units, this workbook provides thorough explanations and exercises in the most challenging grammar topics for non-native speakers. With over 80 exercise sets, this guide provides ample instruction and practice in nouns, articles, verbs, modifiers, pronouns, prepositions, and sentence structure. The PH ESL Workbook also contains an annotated listing of key ESL Internet sites for further study and practice, an answer key to all the exercises so students can study at their own pace, and a glossary for students to look up difficult words and phrases. Contact your local Prentice Hall representative for a copy.

The Prentice Hall Grammar Workbook—ISBN 0-13-042188-X. This 2 chapter workbook is a comprehensive source of instruction for students who need additional grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. Covering topics like subject-verb agreement, conjunctions, modifiers, capital letters, and vocabulary, each chapter provides ample explanations, examples, and exercises. The exercises contain enough variety to ensure students' mastery of each concept. This supplement is available to students packaged by itself or with the text at a discount.

The Prentice Hall TASP Writing Study Guide—ISBN 0-13-041585-5. Designed for students studying for the Texas Academic Skills Program test, this guide prepares students for the TASP by familiarizing them with the elements of the test and giving them strategies for success. The authors, both from Prairie View A&M, provide practice exercises for each element of the writing and multiple-choice portions of the exam, and the guide ends with a full-length practice test with answer key so that students can evaluate their own progress. Contact your local Prentice Hall representative for a copy.

Ask your local Prentice Hall representative for information about our ever-growing list of supplements for both instructors and students.

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