Stepping Stones: A Guided Approach to Writing Sentences and Paragraphs / Edition 2

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With grants from the Hewlett Packard and Carnegie Foundations, Chris Juzwiak and a growing team of developmental instructors continue to uncover how basic writers learn best, pinpointing what encourages them, what discourages them, and how to serve their learning needs. Stepping Stones reflects the results of these studies with scaffolded exercises and instruction, color-coded parts of speech and writing concepts, and creative activities. With a strong visual appeal and clear explanations, this innovative textbook presents sentence and paragraph patterns so that all students can immediately grasp them, and offers carefully constructed guidance for developing and organizing ideas—-two of the most difficult tasks for developmental students
Award-winning educator, Chris Juzwiak, knows that many basic writing students have experienced failure in the past, but that with the right tools they can also become confident and successful learners.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312675998
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/11/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 359,954
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Juzwiak holds an M.A. in comparative literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has taught college-level English for more than twenty years and is currently chair of the Developmental Composition Program at Glendale Community College. In 2002, he received the John Craven Award for Innovative Pedagogy in Composition Instruction and in 2010 the Distinguished Faculty Award. He has presented at numerous educational conferences, and has received grants from the Carnegie Foundation, the Hewlett Packard Foundation, and the California Basic Skills initiative to support his research into developmental and digital pedagogies.

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Table of Contents

*indicates new to this edition
Visual Preface for Instructors
Visual Preface for Students

PART ONE  The Academic Paragraph
Chapter 1: Seeing the Big Picture:  Paragraph, Purpose, and Audience
What Do You Know?
Understanding Paragraphs
Understanding Your Purpose
Understanding Your Audience
Bringing It All Together

Chapter 2: Developing a Topic
What Do You Know?
Understanding Broad, Limited, and Narrow Topics
Narrowing a Topic
Selecting a Topic That Works for You
Gathering Ideas for Your Narrowed Topic
Bringing It All Together

Chapter 3: Organizing Basics
What Do You Know?
Organizing Basics
Bringing It All Together

*Chapter 4: Outlining Your Paragraph
What Do You Know?
Outlining Basics
Bringing It All Together

Chapter 5: Composing Your Paragraph
What Do You Know?
Moving From Outline to Paragraph: An Opening Example
Writing an Effective Topic Sentence
Avoiding Common Problems in Topic Sentences
Writing the First Support Point
Writing the Specific Examples
Completing the Paragraph
Bringing It All Together

Chapter 6: Revising
What Do You Know?
Understanding the Revision Process: An Overview
Revising for Unity
Proofreading for Grammar, Mechanics, and Word Choice
Bringing It All Together

PART TWO  Expanding Your Writing
Chapter 7: Developing Details
What Do You Know?
Recognizing Imprecise and Unclear Language
Adding Precise Details to Your Paragraph
Developing Colorful and Creative Details
Bringing It All Together

*Chapter 8: Patterns of Development
What Do You Know?
Basic Writing Patterns (Description, Exemplification, Narration, Process, Definition)
Advanced Writing Patterns (Cause and Effect, Comparison and Contrast, Argument)
Bringing It All Together

Chapter 9: Moving from Paragraphs to Essays
What Do You Know?
Understanding the Difference between Paragraphs and Essays
Adding an Introduction and Thesis
Adding a Conclusion
Revising and Proofreading
Bringing It All Together

PART THREE  Grammar for Academic Writing
Chapter 10: The Simple Sentence
What Do You Know?
The Building Blocks of Language
BUILD IT:  Short Simple Sentences
BUILD IT:  Longer Simple Sentences
BUILD IT:  Even Longer Simple Sentences
FIX IT: Solving Problems in Simple Sentences
Bringing It All Together
Chapter 11: The Compound Sentence
What Do You Know?
BUILD IT: Short Compound Sentences
BUILD IT: Longer Compound Sentences
FIX IT: Solving Problems in Compound Sentences
Bringing It All Together
Chapter 12: The Complex Sentence
What Do You Know?
BUILD IT: The Complex Sentence
FIX IT: Solving Problems in Complex Sentences
Bringing It All Together
Chapter 13: More Complex Sentences
What Do You Know?
BUILD IT: Complex Sentences with Clauses
BUILD IT: Longer Sentences with Clauses
FIX IT: Solving Problems in Complex Sentences with Clauses
Bringing It All Together
Chapter 14: Sentences with Modifiers
What Do You Know?
BUILD IT: Sentences with Modifiers
FIX IT: Solving Problems in Sentences with Modifiers
Bringing It All Together
Chapter 15: Using Verbs Correctly
What Do You Know?
BUILD IT: Sentences with Correct Verbs
BUILD IT: Basic Verb Usage: Present and Past Tense
FIX IT: Common Verb Problems
Bringing It All Together
Chapter 16: Using Pronouns Correctly
What Do You Know?
BUILD IT: Pronoun Usage
FIX IT: Common Pronoun Problems
Bringing It All Together

PART FOUR  A Writer’s Reader
Chapter 17: School and Learning
Sherman Alexie, “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me”
Lynda Barry, “The Sanctuary of School”
Chapter 18: Prejudice and Forgiveness
Pius Kamu, “A Duty to Heal”
*Sarah J. Lin, “Devotion”
Chapter 19: Parents and Parenting
Enrique Hank Lopez, “Why Couldn’t My Father Read?”
*Amy Tan, “Four Directions”
Chapter 20: Work and Career
*Yolanda O’Bannon, “Living What You Do Every Day”
*Daniel Meier, “One Man’s Kids”
Chapter 21: People and Pets
*Troy Chapman, “Caring Makes Us Human”
*Abigail Thomas, “Comfort”
Chapter 22: Deprivation and Privilege
*Gary Soto, “The Jacket”
*Yiyun Li, “Passing Through”
Chapter 23: Addiction and Risks
Laura Rowley, “As They Say, Drugs Kill”
Scott Russell Sanders, “Under the Influence”

Appendix A: Punctuation and Capitalization
Appendix B: ESL Guidelines

*Reference Material
Quick Guide: Run Ons
Quick Guide: Fragments
Quick Guide: Sentence Types
Quick Guide: Noun-Verb Agreement

Correction Symbols
Helpful Lists, Charts, and Visuals
Sentence Parts and Patters (inside back cover)

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