The Practical Writer / Edition 9

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THE PRACTICAL WRITER provides you with a manageable and accessible step-by-step approach to writing, from the one-paragraph essay to the five-paragraph essay, and beyond it into the research-driven paper. This text clearly and succinctly presents everything you need know to master college-level writing. Students receive the most up-to-date information on MLA documentation with the enclosed tri-fold card providing NEW 2009 MLA Handbook formats.

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"THE PRACTICAL WRITER is an easy-to-understand text that students find very readable. It provides clear instruction for writing strategies that can be applied in a variety of situations. Additionally, the section on improving grammar and expression is a concise review of key Standard English rules and principles students must apply."

"Your text clearly and succinctly presents all that a student needs to know to be able to master college-level writing."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495899778
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 5/20/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 920,327
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward P. Bailey is an active consultant to business and government. He recently retired as Professor of Business Communication (with tenure) from Marymount University, Arlington, VA (1986-2006). While at Marymount University, he received Marymount's Outstanding Faculty award honoring the university's top professor. He received his B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy, his M.A. from the University of Florida, and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He is the author of eight books on writing and speaking: WRITING & SPEAKING AT WORK (Prentice Hall); PLAIN ENGLISH AT WORK (Oxford University Press); A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR BUSINESS SPEAKING (Oxford University Press); PLAIN ENGLISH APPROACH TO BUSINESS WRITING (Oxford University Press); WRITING CLEARLY (Charles E. Merrill); WRITING RESEARCH PAPERS (Holt, Rinehart & Winston); THE PRACTICAL WRITER WITH READINGS (Thomson Heinle, 2008); and THE PRACTICAL WRITER (Thomson Heinle, 2008).

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Table of Contents

SECTION ONE: A MODEL FOR WRITING. PART I: THE ONE-PARAGRAPH ESSAY (STAGE I). 1. Overview of the One-Paragraph Essay (Stage I). 2. Support: Examples, Statistics, Statements by Authorities. 3. Topic Sentence. 4. Unity. 5. Coherence. 6. Tips on the Writing Process. PART II: THE ONE-PARAGRAPH ESSAY (STAGE II). 7. Overview of the One-Paragraph Essay (Stage II). 8. Support: Subtopic Sentences Checklist for the One-Paragraph Essay. PART III: THE FIVE-PARAGRAPH ESSAY. 9. Overview of the Five-Paragraph Essay. 10. Alternative Techniques of Layout. 11. Thesis Statement with Blueprint. 12. Central Paragraphs. 13. Introduction. 14. Conclusion. Checklist for the Five-Paragraph Essay. SECTION TWO: BEYOND THE MODEL ESSAY. PART IV: MORE PATTERNS OF DEVELOPMENT. 15. Comparison and Contrast. 16. Cause and Effect. 17. Classification. 18. Process. PART V: THE RESEARCH PAPER. 19. Overview of the Research Paper. 20. Finding Support. 21. Taking and Organizing Notes. 22. Organizing Your Thoughts and Support. 23. Using Borrowed Material in Your Paper. 24. Parenthetical Documentation. 25. Works Cited. SECTION THREE: IMPROVING YOUR PUNCTUATION AND EXPRESSION. PART SIX: PUNCTUATION. 26. Definitions. 27. Sentence Fragment. 28. Comma Splice and Fused Sentence. 29. Comma. 30. Semicolon. 31. Colon. 32. Dash. 33. Apostrophe. 34. Quotation Marks. PART VII: EXPRESSION. 35. Subordination. 36. Sentence Variety. 37. Parallelism. 38. Misused Modifiers. 39. Subject-Verb Agreement. 40. Pronoun Agreement. 41. Passive Voice. 42. Word Choice. APPENDIXES. A. Theme Format. B. Commonly Confused Words. C. Glossary of Grammatical Terms. INDEX.

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