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Overview


With efficient and engaging instruction and a consistent focus on why writing matters in the real world, Real Writing delivers a powerful message to students: Good writing skills are both achievable and essential. Concise Four Basics boxes and engaging paragraph- and essay-writing chapters present writing instruction in clear, manageable increments. The Four Most Serious Errors and other sentence-level chapters cover grammar in a lively and supportive way, with abundant opportunities for practice and application. As always, Susan Anker encourages students to connect what they learn with their own goals and with the needs and expectations of the larger world. In Profiles of Success, former students, now employed in a variety of professions, speak frankly about their experiences in school and after graduation, with examples of the types of writing their current jobs require. In this edition, Anker does far more to build students' critical thinking, critical reading, and argument skills and adds innovative new assignments, readings, and visuals. Real Writing with Readings is now integrated with LearningCurve — online, adaptive quizzing activities that reinforce what students learn in the book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781457601996
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 11/26/2012
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 784
  • Sales rank: 78,972
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Susan Anker (BA, MEd, Boston University) brings a unique perspective to the teaching of the developmental writing course. She taught English and developmental writing before entering college publishing, where she worked for eighteen years: as a sales representative and English/ESL editor at Macmillan Publishing Company; as developmental English/ESL editor, executive editor, and editor in chief at St. Martin’s Press; and as vice president and editor in chief for humanities at Houghton Mifflin Company. In each of these positions, she worked with developmental writing instructors and students, maintaining her early interest in the field.  Since the publication of the first edition of Real Writing in 1998, Anker has traveled extensively to campuses across the country, continuing her conversations with instructors and students and giving workshops and presentations. She believes that the writing course is, for many students, their first, best opportunity to learn the skills they will need to succeed in college and achieve their goals.
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Table of Contents


Thematic Table of Contents

Preface

Real Support for Instructors and Students

A Note to Students from Susan Anker

Part 1

How to Write Paragraphs and Essays

1. Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing: Making Connections

What Is Critical Thinking?

FOUR BASICS OF CRITICAL THINKING

What Is Critical Reading?

       2PR: The Critical Reading Process

Amanda Jacobowitz, A Ban on Water Bottles: A Way to Bolster the University’s Image

What Is Writing Critically about Readings?

        Box: Reading and Writing Critically

What Is Writing Critically about Visuals?

What Is Problem Solving?

Chapter Review

2. Writing Basics: Audience, Purpose, and Process

FOUR BASICS OF GOOD WRITING

Understand Audience and Purpose

DIAGRAM: Relationship between Paragraphs and Essays

Understand the Writing Process

Understand Grading Criteria

Chapter Review

3. Finding, Narrowing, and Exploring Your Topic: Choosing Something to Write About

Understand What a Topic Is

Practice Narrowing a Topic

Practice Exploring Your Topic

Write Your Own Topic and Ideas

Chapter Review

4. Writing Your Topic Sentence or Thesis Statement: Making Your Point

Understand What a Topic Sentence and a Thesis Statement Are

Practice Developing a Good Topic Sentence or Thesis Statement

DIAGRAM: Relationship between Paragraphs and Essays

Write Your Own Topic Sentence or Thesis Statement

Chapter Review

5. Supporting Your Point: Finding Details, Examples, and Facts

Understand What Support Is

Practice Supporting a Main Point

Write Your Own Support

Chapter Review

6. Drafting: Putting Your Ideas Together

Understand What a Draft Is

Arrange Your Ideas

Make a Plan

Practice Writing a Draft Paragraph

Practice Writing a Draft Essay

Write Your Own Draft Paragraph or Essay

Chapter Review

7. Revising: Improving Your Paragraph or Essay

Understand What Revision Is

Understand What Peer Review Is

Practice Revising for Unity, Detail, and Coherence

Revise Your Own Paragraph

Revise Your Own Essay

Chapter Review

Part 2

Writing Different Kinds of Paragraphs and Essays

8. Narration: Writing That Tells Important Stories

Understand What Narration Is

FOUR BASICS OF GOOD NARRATION

      Main Point in Narration

       Support in Narration

       DIAGRAM: Paragraphs vs. Essays in Narration

       Organization in Narration

Read and Analyze Narration

       PROFILE OF SUCCESS: Kelly Layland, Registered Nurse

       Student Paragraph: Jelani Lynch: My Turnaround

       Professional Essay: Amy Tan, Fish Cheeks

Write Your Own Narration (Assignments)

       Writing about College, Work, and Everyday Life

       Reading and Writing Critically

              Writing Critically about Readings

              Writing about Images

              Writing to Solve a Problem

Checklist and Chapter Review

9. Illustration: Writing That Gives Examples

Understand What Illustration Is

FOUR BASICS OF GOOD ILLUSTRATION

       Main Point in Illustration

       Support in Illustration

       DIAGRAM: Paragraphs versus Essays in Illustration

       Organization in Illustration

Read and Analyze Illustration

       PROFILE OF SUCCESS: Karen Upright, Systems Manager

       Student Paragraph: Casandra Palmer, Gifts from the Heart

       Professional Essay: Susan Adams, The Weirdest Job Interview Questions and How to Handle Them

Write Your Own Illustration (Assignments)

       Writing about College, Work, and Everyday Life

       Reading and Writing Critically

              Writing Critically about Readings

              Writing about Images

              Writing to Solve a Problem

Checklist and Chapter Review

10. Description: Writing That Creates Pictures in Words

Understand What Description Is

FOUR BASICS OF GOOD DESCRIPTION

       Main Point in Description

       Support in Description

       DIAGRAM: Paragraphs versus Essays in Description

       Organization in Description

Read and Analyze Description

       PROFILE OF SUCCESS: Celia Hyde, Chief of Police

       Student Paragraph: Alessandra Cepeda, Bird Rescue

       Professional Essay: Oscar Hijuelos, Memories of New York City Snow

Write Your Own Description (Assignments)

       Writing about College, Work, and Everyday Life

       Reading and Writing Critically

              Writing Critically about Readings

              Writing about Images

              Writing to Solve a Problem

Checklist and Chapter Review

11. Process Analysis: Writing That Explains How Things Happen

Understand What Process Analysis Is

FOUR BASICS OF GOOD PROCESS ANALYSIS

       Main Point in Process Analysis

       Support in Process Analysis

       DIAGRAM: Paragraphs versus Essays in Process Analysis

       Organization in Process Analysis

Read and Analyze Process Analysis

       PROFILE OF SUCCESS: Jeremy Graham, Youth Pastor and Motivational Speaker

       Student Paragraph: Charlton Brown, Buying a Car at an Auction

       Professional Essay: Ian Frazier, How to Operate the Shower Curtain

Write Your Own Process Analysis (Assignments)

       Writing about College, Work, and Everyday Life

       Reading and Writing Critically

              Writing Critically about Readings

              Writing about Images

              Writing to Solve a Problem

Checklist and Chapter Review

12. Classification: Writing That Sorts Things into Groups

Understand What Classification Is

FOUR BASICS OF GOOD CLASSIFICATION

       Main Point in Classification

       Support in Classification

       DIAGRAM: Paragraphs versus Essays in Classification

       Organization in Classification

Read and Analyze Classification

       PROFILE OF SUCCESS: Leigh King, Fashion Writer / Blogger

       Student Paragraph: Lorenza Mattazi, All My Music

       Professional Essay: Frances Cole Jones, Don’t Work in a Goat’s Stomach

Write Your Own Classification (Assignments)

       Writing about College, Work, and Everyday Life

       Reading and Writing Critically

              Writing Critically about Readings

              Writing about Images

              Writing to Solve a Problem

Checklist and Chapter Review

13. Definition: Writing That Tells What Something Means

Understand What Definition Is

FOUR BASICS OF GOOD DEFINITION

       Main Point in Definition

       Support in Definition

       DIAGRAM: Paragraphs versus Essays in Definition

       Organization in Definition

Read and Analyze Definition

       PROFILE OF SUCCESS: Walter Scanlon, Program and Workplace Consultant

       Student Paragraph: Corin Costas, What Community Involvement Means to Me

       Professional Essay: Janice E. Castro with Dan Cook and Cristina Garcia, Spanglish

Write Your Own Definition (Assignments)

       Writing about College, Work, and Everyday Life

       Reading and Writing Critically

              Writing Critically about Readings

              Writing about Images

              Writing to Solve a Problem

Checklist and Chapter Review

14. Comparison and Contrast: Writing That Shows Similarities and Differences

Understand What Comparison and Contrast Are

FOUR BASICS OF GOOD COMPARISON AND CONTRAST

       Main Point in Comparison and Contrast

       Support in Comparison and Contrast

       DIAGRAM: Paragraphs versus Essays in Comparison and Contrast

       Organization in Comparison and Contrast

Read and Analyze Comparison and Contrast

       PROFILE OF SUCCESS: Brad Leibov, President, New Chicago Fund, Inc.

       Student Paragraph: Said Ibrahim, Eyeglasses vs. Laser Surgery: Benefits and Drawbacks

       Professional Essay: Mark Twain, Two Ways of Seeing a River

Write Your Own Comparison and Contrast (Assignments)

        Writing about College, Work, and Everyday Life

       Reading and Writing Critically

              Writing Critically about Readings

              Writing about Images

              Writing to Solve a Problem

Checklist and Chapter Review

15. Cause and Effect: Writing That Explains Reasons or Results

Understand What Cause and Effect Are

FOUR BASICS OF GOOD CAUSE AND EFFECT

       Main Point in Cause and Effect

       Support in Cause and Effect

       DIAGRAM: Paragraphs versus Essays in Cause and Effect

       Organization in Cause and Effect

Read and Analyze Cause and Effect

       PROFILE OF SUCCESS: Mary LaCue Booker, Singer, Actor

       Student Paragraph: Caitlin Prokop, A Difficult Decision with a Positive Outcome

       Professional Essay: Kristen Ziman, Bad Attitudes and Glowworms

Write Your Own Cause and Effect (Assignments)

       Writing about College, Work, and Everyday Life

       Reading and Writing Critically

              Writing Critically about Readings

              Writing about Images

              Writing to Solve a Problem

Checklist and Chapter Review

16. Argument: Writing That Persuades

Understand What Argument Is

FOUR BASICS OF GOOD ARGUMENT

       Main Point in Argument

       Support in Argument

       DIAGRAM: Paragraphs vs. Essays in Argument

       Organization in Argument

Read and Analyze Argument

       PROFILE OF SUCCESS: Diane Melancon, Oncologist

       Student Essay 1: "Yes" to Social Media in Education: Jason Yilmaz, A Learning Tool Whose Time Has Come

       Student Essay 2: "No" to Social Media in Education: Shari Beck, A Classroom Distraction—and Worse

Write Your Own Argument (Assignments)

       Writing about College, Work, and Everyday Life

       Reading and Writing Critically

              Writing Critically about Readings

              Writing about Images

              Writing to Solve a Problem

Checklist and Chapter Review

Part 3

Special College Writing Projects

17. Writing Summaries, Reports, and Essay Exams: Showing What You Have Learned

Write a Summary

FOUR BASICS OF A GOOD SUMMARY

Write a Report

FOUR BASICS OF A GOOD REPORT

Write a Response to an Essay Exam Question

FOUR BASICS OF A GOOD RESPONSE TO AN ESSAY QUESTION

18. Writing the Research Essay: Using Sources in Your Writing

Make a Schedule

Choose a Topic

Find Sources

Evaluate Sources

Avoid Plagiarism

Cite and Document Your Sources

DIRECTORY OF MLA IN-TEXT CITATIONS

DIRECTORY OF MLA WORKS CITED

STUDENT RESEARCH ESSAY: Dara Riesler, Service Dogs Help Heal the Mental Wounds of War

Part 4

The Four Most Serious Errors

19. The Basic Sentence: An Overview

Note: LearningCurve activities are available for this topic.

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The Four Most Serious Errors

The Parts of Speech

The Basic Sentence

Chapter Review and Test

20. Fragments: Incomplete Sentences

Note: LearningCurve activities are available for this topic.

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Understand What Fragments Are

Find and Correct Fragments

Edit for Fragments

Chapter Review and Test

21. Run-Ons: Two Sentences Joined Incorrectly

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Note: LearningCurve activities are available for this topic.

Understand What Run-Ons Are

Find and Correct Run-Ons

Edit for Run-Ons

Chapter Review and Test

22. Problems with Subject-Verb Agreement: When Subjects and Verbs Don’t Match

Note: LearningCurve activities are available for this topic.

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Understand What Subject-Verb Agreement Is

Find and Correct Errors in Subject-Verb Agreement

Edit for Subject-Verb Agreement

Chapter Review and Test

23. Verb Tense: Using Verbs to Express Different Times

Note: LearningCurve activities are available for this topic.

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Understand What Verb Tense Is

Practice Using Correct Verbs

Edit for Verb Problems

Chapter Review and Test

Part 5

Other Grammar Concerns

24. Pronouns: Using Substitutes for Nouns

Note: LearningCurve activities are available for this topic.

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Understand What Pronouns Are

Practice Using Pronouns Correctly

Edit for Pronoun Problems

Chapter Review and Test

25. Adjectives and Adverbs: Using Descriptive Words

Note: LearningCurve activities are available for this topic.

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Understand What Adjectives and Adverbs Are

Practice Using Adjectives and Adverbs Correctly

Edit for Adjective and Adverb Problems

Chapter Review and Test

26. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers: Avoiding Confusing Descriptions

Note: LearningCurve activities are available for this topic.

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Understand What Misplaced Modifiers Are

Practice Correcting Misplaced Modifiers

Understand What Dangling Modifiers Are

Practice Correcting Dangling Modifiers

Edit for Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

Chapter Review and Test

27. Coordination and Subordination: Joining Sentences with Related Ideas

Note: LearningCurve activities are available for this topic.

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Understand What Coordination Is

Practice Using Coordination

Understand What Subordination Is

Practice Using Subordination

Edit for Coordination and Subordination

Chapter Review and Test

28. Parallelism: Balancing Ideas

Note: LearningCurve activities are available for this topic.

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Understand What Parallelism Is

Practice Writing Parallel Sentences

Edit for Parallelism Problems

Chapter Review and Test

29. Sentence Variety: Putting Rhythm in Your Writing

Understand What Sentence Variety Is

Practice Creating Sentence Variety

Edit for Sentence Variety

Chapter Review and Test

30. Formal English and ESL Concerns: Grammar Trouble Spots for Multilingual Students

Basic Sentence Patterns

Pronouns

Verbs

Articles

Prepositions

Chapter Review and Test

Part 6

Word Use

31. Word Choice: Using the Right Words

Understand the Importance of Choosing Words Carefully

Practice Avoiding Four Common Word-Choice Problems

Edit for Word Choice

Chapter Review and Test

32. Commonly Confused Words: Avoiding Mistakes with Soundalike Words

Understand Why Certain Words Are Commonly Confused

Practice Using Commonly Confused Words Correctly

Edit for Commonly Confused Words

Chapter Review and Test

33. Spelling: Using the Right Letters

Finding and Correcting Mistakes

Three Strategies for Becoming a Better Speller

Chapter Review and Test

Part 7

Punctuation and Capitalization

34. Commas ( , )

Note: LearningCurve activities are available for this topic.

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Understand What Commas Do

Practice Using Commas Correctly

Edit for Commas

Chapter Review and Test

35. Apostrophes ( ’ )

Note: LearningCurve activities are available for this topic.

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Understand What Apostrophes Do

Practice Using Apostrophes Correctly

Edit for Apostrophes

Chapter Review and Test

36. Quotation Marks ( " " )

Note: LearningCurve activities are available for this topic.

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Understand What Quotation Marks Do

Practice Using Quotation Marks Correctly

Edit for Quotation Marks

Chapter Review and Test

37. Other Punctuation ( ; : ( ) -- - )

Note: LearningCurve activities are available for this topic.

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Understand What Punctuation Does

Practice Using Punctuation Correctly

Edit for Other Punctuation Marks

Chapter Review and Test

38. Capitalization: Using Capital Letters

Note: LearningCurve activities are available for this topic.

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Understand Three Rules of Capitalization

Practice Capitalization

Chapter Review and Test

EDITING REVIEW TESTS 1–10

Part 8

Readings for Writers

39. Narration

Lauren Mack, Gel Pens

Pat Conroy, Chili Cheese Dogs, My Father, and Me

40. Illustration

True Shields, To Stand in Giants’ Shadows

Dianne Hales, Why Are We So Angry?

41. Description

Brian Healy, First Day in Fallujah

Eric Liu, Po-Po in Chinatown

42. Process Analysis

Jasen Beverly, My Pilgrimage

Sherman Alexie, The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me

43. Classification

Kelly Hultgren, Pick Up the Phone to Call, Not Text

Stephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie

44. Definition

John Around Him, Free Money

Michael Thompson, Passage into Manhood

45. Comparison and Contrast

Courtney Stoker, The Great Debate: Essentialism vs. Dominance

Judith Ortiz Cofer, Don’t Misread My Signals

46. Cause and Effect

Holly Moeller, Say, Don’t Spray

John Tierney, Yes, Money Can Buy Happiness

47. Argument

Snitching

Robert Phansalkar, Stop Snitchin’ Won’t Stop Crime

Bill Maxwell, Start Snitching

Alexandra Natapoff, Bait and Snitch: The High Cost of Snitching for Law Enforcement

Rights for Illegal Immigrants

Heather Rushall, Dream Act Is Finance Fantasy

Dominic Deiro, I Have a DREAM

Index

Editing and Proofreading Marks

For Easy Reference: Selected Lists and Charts

Real Take-Away Points

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