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In 1998 Susan Anker set out to write a book that would help developmental students to see writing as vitally relevant to their lives beyond required English courses. The phenomenal success of Real Writing and testimonials from many adopters confirm this core belief. Students are motivated to learn and improve when they connect the ability to write well with their larger goals — with what they want to do in life and who they want to become. A range of features in the book shows writing to be an essential and achievable skill. In Profiles of Success, former students, now employed in a variety of professions, describe the academic, financial, and personal challenges they have overcome and the importance of good writing skills to their work. Presenting instruction in manageable increments, Real Writing features the "Four Basics" of each type of writing and begins its full grammar coverage with the "Four Most Serious Errors." With abundant and lively practices, assignments, and activities, Real Writing successfully motivates students to improve their writing as no other text does. In this edition Susan Anker continues to find new ways to help students, encouraging them to connect with their college communities and, as always, to connect their writing with their larger goals.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312539047
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 12/9/2009
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Anker (B.A., M.Ed., 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 18 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

Part One: How to Write Paragraphs and Essays

1. Course and College Basics: What You Need to Know to Get Started
Course Basics
Take the Course Seriously
Do the Assignments

Make Sure You Understand, and Get Help if You Don’t
Manage Your Time

Get to Class (on Time) and Stay until the End

Make a Calendar
Connect to the Class

Make a Friend

Get to Know Your Instructor

Sit Near the Front

Speak Up
Identify Your Course Goals and Needs
Hang in There
College Basics
Know Your Resources
Make A Plan

1. What Do I Want To Be?

2. Talk with Your Academic Advisor and Plan Out Later Semesters/Terms
Connect to the College
Know Your Learning Style
Use Your Learning Style in College
Writing Assignments
Chapter Review

2. Reading Basics: How to Understand What You Read
Understand How To Read Actively and Critically
Preview the Reading

Read Actively

Find the Main Point

Find the Support for the Main Point

Read Critically

Review and Reflect

Understand Your Syllabus

Understand Textbook Features

Highlighting a Textbook Chapter

Reviewing for a Test on a Textbook Chapter
Chapter Review

3. Writing Basics: Audience, Purpose, and Process
Understand Audience and Purpose

Understand Paragraph and Essay Form

Paragraph Form

Essay Form
Understand the Writing Process

Note: Avoiding Plagiarism
Understand Grading Criteria
Chapter Review

4. Finding, Narrowing, and Exploring Your Topic: Choosing Something to Write About
Understand What a Topic Is
Practice Narrowing a Topic
Practice Exploring Your Topic

Freewriting

Listing/Brainstorming

Discussing

Clustering and Mapping

Using the Internet

Keeping a Journal
Write Your Own Topic and Ideas
Chapter Review

5. Writing Your Topic Sentence and Thesis Statement: Making Your Point
Understand What a Topic Sentence and a Thesis Statement Are
Practice Developing a Good Topic Sentence or Thesis Statement

It Fits the Size of the Assignment

It Contains a Single Main Point

It Is Specific

It Is an Idea That You Can Show, Explain, or Prove

It is Forceful
Write Your Own Topic Sentence or Thesis Statement

Writing Assignment
Chapter Review

6. Supporting Your Point: Finding Details, Examples, and Facts
Understand What Support Is
Practice Supporting a Main Point

Generate Support

Select the Best Primary Support

Add Secondary Support
Write Your Own Support

Writing Assignment
Chapter Review

7. Making a Plan: Arranging Your Ideas
Understand What a Logical Order Is

Use Time Order to Write about Events

Use Space Order to Describe Objects, Places, or People

Use Order of Importance to Emphasize a Particular Point
Practice Arranging Ideas in a Logical Order

Choose an Order

Make a Written Plan

Outlining Paragraphs

Outlining Essays
Make Your Own Plan

Writing Assignment
Chapter Review

8. Drafting: Putting Your Ideas Together
Understand What a Draft Is
Practice Writing a Draft Paragraph

Write a Draft Using Complete Sentences

Write a Concluding Sentence

Title Your Paragraph
Write Your Own Draft Paragraph

Writing Assignment: Paragraph
Practice Writing a Draft Essay

Write Topic Sentences and Draft the Body of the Essay

Write an Introduction

Open with a Quote

Give an Example or Tell a Story

Start with a Surprising Fact or Idea

Offer a Strong Opinion or Position

Ask a Question

Write a Conclusion

Title Your Essay
Write Your Own Draft Essay

Writing Assignment: Essay
Chapter Review

9. Revising: Improving Your Paragraph or Essay
Understand What Revision Is
Understand What Peer Review Is
Practice Revising for Unity, Detail, and Coherence

Revise for Unity

Revise for Detail and Support

Revise for Coherence
Revise Your Own Paragraph

Writing Assignment: Paragraph
Revise Your Own Essay

Writing Assignment: Essay
Chapter Review

Part Two: Writing Different Kinds of Paragraphs and Essays

10. Narration: Telling Important Stories
Understand What Narration Is
FOUR BASICS OF GOOD NARRATION
Main Point in Narration

Support in Narration

Choosing Major Events

Giving Details about the Events

Organization in Narration
Read and Analyze Narration PROFILE OF SUCCESS: NARRATION IN THE REAL WORLD

*Narration Paragraph: Jelani Lynch, "My Turnaround"
Narration Essay: Dale Hill, "How Community College Changed My Life"
Write Your Own Narration
CHECKLIST: TIPS FOR TACKLING NARRATION
COMMUNITY MATTERS
CHECKLIST: HOW TO WRITE NARRATION
Chapter Review

11. Illustration: Writing That Gives Examples
Understand What Illustration Is
FOUR BASICS OF GOOD ILLUSTRATION

Main Point in Illustration

Support in Illustration

Organization in Narration
Read and Analyze Illustration

PROFILE OF SUCCESS: ILLUSTRATION IN THE REAL WORLD

* Illustration Paragraph: Casandra Palmer, "Gifts from the Heart"
*Illustration Essay: Kathleen Aharonian, "Does Anyone Want Some More Calories
With That?"
Write Your Own Illustration
CHECKLIST: TIPS FOR TACKLING ILLUSTRATION
COMMUNITY MATTERS
CHECKLIST: HOW TO WRITE ILLUSTRATION
Chapter Review

12. Description: Writing That Creates Pictures in Words
Understand What Description Is
FOUR BASICS OF GOOD DESCRIPTION

Main Point in Description

Support in Description

Organization in Description
Read and Analyze Description

PROFILE OF SUCCESS: DESCRIPTION IN THE REAL WORLD

Description Paragraph: Cathy Vittoria, "The Peach Tree"
Description Essay: Cathy Vittoria, "The Peach Tree"
Write Your Own Description
CHECKLIST: TIPS FOR TACKLING DESCRIPTION
COMMUNITY MATTERS
CHECKLIST: HOW TO WRITE DESCRIPTION
Chapter Review

13. 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

Organization in Process Analysis
Read and Analyze Process Analysis

PROFILE OF SUCCESS: PROCESS ANALYSIS IN THE REAL WORLD

*Process Analysis Paragraph: Carlton Brown, "Buying a Car at an Auction"
*Process Analysis Essay: Michele Wood, "My Home-Exercise Program"
Write Your Own Process Analysis
CHECKLIST: TIPS FOR TACKLING PROCESS ANALYSIS
COMMUNITY MATTERS
CHECKLIST: HOW TO WRITE PROCESS ANALYSIS
Chapter Review

14. Classification: Writing That Puts Things into Groups
Understand What Classification Is
FOUR BASICS OF GOOD CLASSIFICATION

Main Point in Classification

Support in Classification

Organization in Classification
Read and Analyze Classification

PROFILE OF SUCCESS: CLASSIFICATION IN THE REAL WORLD

*Classification Paragraph: Lorenza Mattazi, "All My Music"
Classification Essay: Danny Fitzgerald, "Blood Type and Personality"
Write Your Own Classification
CHECKLIST: TIPS FOR TACKLING CLASSIFICATION
COMMUNITY MATTERS
CHECKLIST: HOW TO WRITE CLASSIFICATION
Chapter Review

15. Definition: Writing That Tells What Something Means
Understand What Definition Is
FOUR BASICS OF GOOD DEFINITION

Main Point in Definition

Support in Definition

Organization in Definition
Read and Analyze Definition

PROFILE OF SUCCESS: DEFINITON IN THE REAL WORLD

*Definition Paragraph: Abigail Klatt, "Not All CAM Is a Scam"

*Definition Essay: Kelli Whitehead, "Oh, You're a College Student"
Write Your Own Definition
CHECKLIST: TIPS FOR TACKLING DEFINITION
COMMUNITY MATTERS
CHECKLIST: HOW TO WRITE DEFINITION
Chapter Review

16. Comparison and Contrast: Writing That Shows Similarities and Differences
Understand What Comparison and Contrast Is
FOUR BASICS OF GOOD COMPARISON AND CONTRAST

Main Point in Comparison and Contrast

Support in Comparison and Contrast

Organization in Comparison and Contrast
Read and Analyze Comparison and Contrast

PROFILE OF SUCCESS: COMPARISON AND CONTRAST IN THE REAL WORLD

Comparison and Contrast Paragraph: Samson Green, "Men and Women
Getting Lost"
Comparison and Contrast Essay: Lou Enrico, "Target and Wal-Mart: Not As
Different As You Think"
Write Your Own Comparison and Contrast

CHECKLIST: TIPS FOR TACKLING COMPARISON AND CONTRAST

COMMUNITY MATTERS

CHECKLIST: HOW TO WRITE COMPARISON AND CONTRAST

Chapter Review

17. Cause and Effect: Writing That Explains Reasons or Results
Understand What Cause and Effect Is
FOUR BASICS OF GOOD CAUSE AND EFFECT

Main Point in Cause and Effect

Support in Cause and Effect

Organization in Cause and Effect
Read and Analyze Cause and Effect

PROFILE OF SUCCESS: CAUSE AND EFFECT IN THE REAL WORLD

*Cause and Effect Paragraph: Caitlin Prokop, "A Difficult Decision with a Positive Outcome"

*Cause and Effect Essay: Kimberly Sharpe, "Graduation Day: A Life-Changing
Experience"
Write Your Own Cause and Effect
CHECKLIST: TIPS FOR TACKLING CAUSE AND EFFECT
COMMUNITY MATTERS
CHECKLIST: HOW TO WRITE CAUSE AND EFFECT
Chapter Review

18. Argument: Writing That Persuades
Understand What Argument Is
FOUR BASICS OF GOOD ARGUMENT

Main Point in Argument

Support in Argument

Reasons and Evidence

The Conclusion
Organization in Argument
Read and Analyze Argument

PROFILE OF SUCCESS: ARGUMENT IN THE REAL WORLD

*Argument Essay: Rollina Lowe, "The Gas Tax Is Fair"

*Argument Essay: Jim Green, "Unequal Taxation"
Write Your Own Argument
CHECKLIST: TIPS FOR TACKLING ARGUMENT
COMMUNITY MATTERS
CHECKLIST: HOW TO WRITE ARGUMENT
Chapter Review

Part Three: Special College Writing Projects

19. Writing Summaries and Reports: Condensing Important Information
Write a Summary

The Reading Process for Summaries

The Writing Process for Summaries: A Checklist

Summary Assignments
Write a Report

"A Brother’s Murder": A Painful Story That Is as True As Ever
The Reading Process for Reports

The Writing Process for Reports: A Checklist

Report Assignments
Chapter Review

20. Writing the Research Essay: Using Outside Sources in Your Writing
Make a Schedule
Choose a Topic
Find Sources

Consult a Reference Librarian

Use the Online Catalog

Look at Your Library’s Web Site

Use Your Library’s Online Databases

Use the Internet

Uniform Resource Locator (URL)

Search Engines and Searching with Key Words

Online Research Sites

Interview People
Evaluate Sources
Avoid Plagiarism

Keep a Running Bibliography

Indirect Quotation: Summary

Indirect Quotation: Paraphrase

Direct Quotation
Cite and Document Your Sources

Use In-Text Citations Within Your Essay

Use a Works Cited List at the End of Your Essay

Books

Electronic Sources

Other Sources
SAMPLE STUDENT RESEARCH ESSAY
CHECKLIST: HOW TO WRITE A RESEARCH ESSAY

Editing

Part Four: The Four Most Serious Errors

21. The Basic Sentence: An Overview
The Four Most Serious Errors
The Parts of Speech
The Basic Sentence

Subjects

Verbs

Action Verbs

Linking Verbs

Helping Verbs

Complete Thoughts
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

22. Fragments: Incomplete Sentences
Understand What Fragments Are

In the Real World, Why Is It Important to Correct Fragments?
Find and Correct Fragments

1. Fragments That Start with Prepositions

2. Fragments That Start with Dependent Words

3. Fragments That Start with –ing Verb Forms

4. Fragments That Start with to and a Verb

5. Fragments That Start with Examples or Explanations
Edit for Fragments
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

23. Run-Ons: Two Sentences Joined Incorrectly
Understand What Run-Ons Are

In the Real World, Why Is It Important to Correct Run-Ons and Comma Splices?
Find and Correct Run-Ons

Add a Period

Add a Semicolon

Add a Semicolon and a Conjunctive Adverb

Add a Comma and a Coordinating Conjunction

Add a Dependent Word

A Word That Can Cause Run-Ons and Comma Splices: Then
Edit Run-Ons
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

24. Problems with Subject-Verb Agreement: When Subjects and Verbs Don’t Match
Understand What Subject-Verb Agreement Is

In the Real World, Why Is It Important to Correct Errors in Subject-Verb Agreement?
Practice Finding and Correcting Errors in Subject-Verb Agreement

1. The Verb is a Form of Be, Have, or Do

2. Words Come between the Subject and the Verb

Prepositional Phrase between the Subject and the Verb

Dependent Clause between the Subject and the Verb

3. The Sentence Has a Compound Subject

4. The Subject Is an Indefinite Pronoun

5. The Verb Comes before the Subject

Questions

Sentences That Begin with Here or There
Edit for Subject-Verb Agreement
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

25. Verb Tense: Using Verbs to Express Different Times
Understand What Verb Tense Is

In the Real World, Why Is It Important to Use the Correct Verb Tense?
Practice Using Correct Verbs

Regular Verbs

Present-Tense Endings: -s and No Ending

One Regular Past-Tense Ending: -ed

One Regular Past Participle Ending: -ed

Irregular Verbs

Present Tense, Be and Have

Past Tense, Be

Past Participles

Have/Has
+ Past Participle = Present Perfect Tense

Had
+ Past Participle = Past Perfect Tense

Be
+ Past Participle = Passive Voice

Consistency of Verb Tense
Edit for Verb Problems
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

PART FOUR TEST

Part Five: Other Grammar Concerns

26. Pronouns: Using Substitutes for Nouns
Understand What Pronouns Are
Prctice Using Pronouns Correctly

Identify Pronouns

Check for Pronoun Agreement

Indefinite Pronouns

Collective Nouns

Make Pronoun References Clear

Use the Right Type of Pronoun

Subject Pronouns

Object Pronouns

Possessive Pronouns

Pronouns Used with Compound Subjects and Objects

Pronouns Used in Comparisons

Choosing between Who and Whom

Make Pronouns Consistent in Person
Edit for Pronoun Use
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

27. Adjectives and Adverbs: Using Descriptive Words
Understand What Adjectives and Adverbs Are
Practice Using Adjectives and Adverbs Correctly

Choosing between Adjectives and Adverbs

Using Adjectives and Adverbs in Comparisons

Using Good, Well, Bad, and Badly
Edit for Adjectives and Adverbs
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

28. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers: Avoiding Confusing Descriptions
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
Chapter Test

29. Coordination: Joining Sentences with Related Ideas
Understand What Coordination Is
Practice Using Coordination

Using Coordinating Conjunctions

Using Semicolons
Edit for Coordination
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

30. Subordination: Joining Sentences with Related Ideas
Understand What Subordination Is
Practice Using Subordination
Edit for Subordination
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

31. Parallelism: Balancing Ideas
Understand What Parallelism Is
Practice Writing Parallel Sentences

Parallelism in Pairs and Lists

Parallelism in Comparisons

Parallelism with Certain Paired Words
Edit for Parallelism
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

32. Sentence Variety: Putting Rhythm in Your Writing
Understand What Sentence Variety Is
Practice Creating Sentence Variety

Start Some Sentences with Adverbs

Join Ideas Using an –ing Verb

Join Ideas with a Past Participle

Join Ideas Using an Appositive

Join Ideas Using an Adjective Clause
Edit for Sentence Variety
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

33. Formal English and ESL Concerns: Grammar Trouble Spots for Multilingual Students
Basic Sentence Patterns

Statements

Negatives

Questions

There Is
and There Are
Pronouns

Confusing Subject and Object Pronouns

Confusing Gender

Leaving Out a Pronoun

Using a Pronoun to Repeat a Subject

Using Relative Pronouns
Verbs

The Simple Tenses

Simple Present

Simple Past

Simple Future

The Perfect Tenses

The Present Perfect

The Past Perfect

The Future Perfect

The Progressive Tenses

Modal Auxiliaries/Helping Verbs

Gerunds and Infinitives
Articles

Using Definite and Indefinite Articles
Prepositions

Prepositions after Adjectives

Prepositions after Verbs
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

PART FIVE TEST

Part Six: Word Use

34. Word Choice: Using the Right Words
Understand the Importance of Choosing Words Carefully

Dictionary

Thesaurus
Practice Avoiding Four Common Word-Choice Problems

Vague and Abstract Words

Slang

Wordy Language

Clichés
Edit for Word Choice
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

35. Commonly Confused Words: Avoiding Mistakes with Sound-Alike Words
Understanding Why Certain Words Are Commonly Confused
Practice Using Commonly Confused Words Correctly
Edit for Commonly Confused Words
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

36. Spelling: Using the Right Letters
Finding and Correcting Mistakes

Use a Spell Checker—with Caution

Use Proofreading Techniques

Make a Personal Spelling List

Becoming a Better Speller

Master Commonly Confused Words

Learn Six Spelling Rules

Edit for Spelling Errors

Chapter Review

Chapter Test

PART SIX TEST

Part Seven: Punctuation and Capitalization

37. Commas
Understand What Commas Do
Practice Using Commas Correctly

Commas between Items in a Series

Commas in Compound Sentences
Commas after Introductory Word Groups

Commas around Appositives and Interrupters

Commas around Adjective Clauses

Other Uses for Commas

Commas with Quotation Marks

Commas in Addresses

Commas in Dates

Commas with Names

Commas with Yes or No
Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

38. Apostrophes
Understand What Apostrophes Do
Practice Using Apostrophes Correctly

Apostrophes to Show Ownership

Apostrophes in Contractions

Apostrophes with Letters, Numbers, and Time
Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

39. Quotation Marks
Understand What Quotation Marks Do
Practice Using Quotation Marks Correctly

Quotation Marks for Direct Quotations

Setting Off a Quotation within Another Quotation

No Quotation Marks for Indirect Quotations

Quotation Marks for Certain Titles
Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

40. Other Punctuation
Understand What Punctuation Does
Practice Using Punctuation Correctly

Semicolon ;

Semicolons to Join Closely Related Sentences

Semicolons When Items in a List Contain Commas

Colon :

Colons before Lists

Colons before Explanations or Examples

Colons in Business Correspondence and in Subtitles

Parentheses ( )

Dash —

Hyphen -

Hyphens to Join Words That Form a Single Description

Hyphens to Divide a Word at the End of a Line
Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

41. Capitalization
Understand Three Rules of Capitalization
Practice Capitalization

Capitalization of Sentences

Capitalization of Names of Specific People, Places, Dates, and Things

People

Places

Dates

Organizations, Companies, and Groups

Languages, Nationalities, and Religions

Courses

Commercial Products

Capitalization of Titles
Edit Paragraphs and Your Own Writing
Chapter Review
Chapter Test

PART SEVEN TEST

EDITING REVIEW TEST 1: Part 4
EDITING REVIEW TEST 2: Part 4
EDITING REVIEW TEST 3: Parts 4-5
EDITING REVIEW TEST 4: Parts 4-5
EDITING REVIEW TEST 5: Parts 4-6
EDITING REVIEW TEST 6: Parts 4-6
EDITING REVIEW TEST 7: Parts 4-7
EDITING REVIEW TEST 8: Parts 4-7
EDITING REVIEW TEST 9: Parts 4-7
EDITING REVIEW TEST 10: Parts 4-7

Part Eight: Readings for Writers

42. Narration
*Monique Rizer (student), When Students are Parents
Walter Scanlon , It’s Time I Shed My Ex-Convict Status
Patrick Conroy, Chili Cheese Dogs, My Father, and Me

43. Illustration
*Rose Martinez (student), Reality TV
Dianne Hales, Why Are We So Angry?
James Verini, Supersize It

44. Description
*Brian Healy (student), First Day in Fallujah
*David Dosa, A Day in the Life of Oscar the Cat
*Eric Liu, Po-Po in Chinatown

45. Process Analysis
*Jasen Beverly (student), My Pilgrimage
*Tara Parker-Pope, How to Boost Your Willpower
*Noreen Malone, What Happens If You Fall Into A Black Hole?

46. Classification
*Vanessa Radzimski (student), Vanessa the Vegetarian
Stephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie
*Carolyn Foster Segal, The Dog Ate My Disk, and Other Tales of Woe

47. Definition
*John Around Him (student), Free Money
*Michael Thompson, Passage into Manhood
Janice E. Castro with Dan Cook and Cristina Garcia, Spanglish

48. Comparison and Contrast
*Jackie Davison (student), Happy Birthday, Sis
Judith Ortiz Cofer, Don’t Misread My Signals
Deborah Tannen, Gender Patterns Begin at the Beginning

49. Cause and Effect
*Ruth Russell (student), The Wounds That Can’t Be Stitched Up
Pat Wingert, Uniforms Rule
*John Tierney, Yes, Money Can Buy Happiness

50. Argument
*Robert Phansalkar (student), Stop Snitchin Won’t Stop Crime
*Bill Maxwell, Start Snitching
*Alexandra Natapoff, Bait and Snitch: The High Cost of Snitching for Law Enforcement

Useful Appendices
A. Succeeding on Tests
B. Solving Problems

Answers to Odd-Numbered Editing Exercises

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