Stepping Stones: A Guided Approach to Writing Sentences and Paragraphs / Edition 1

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Overview

Recognizing that many students in the sentence-to-paragraph-level course have experienced repeated failure in the past, Stepping Stones takes a fresh approach to the core challenges of the course. The book clearly articulates — textually and visually — the sentence patterns that college writers need to master. Then, it patiently guides students through every step of building these sentences and recognizing common problems in them. Additionally, the book offers unusually thorough, carefully staged guidance in developing and organizing ideas — two of the most difficult tasks for developmental students.

Drawing on years of classroom experience, award-winning educator Chris Juzwiak recognizes that all students have the potential to become better writers and just need the right tools to succeed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312466572
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 2/12/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Juzwiak holds an M.A. in comparative literature from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is A.B.D. He has taught college-level literature and composition for 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 has presented at numerous educational conferences. He is also the director of a three-year Carnegie Foundation SPECC grant (Strengthening Pre-Collegiate Education in Community Colleges).

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Table of Contents

Part 1: The Academic Paragraph
1. Seeing the Big Picture

2. Understanding and Working with Writing Assignments

3. Gathering Support for Your Topic

4. Organizing and Outlining

5. Composing the Paragraph

6. Developing Details

7. Revising

8. Moving from Paragraphs to Essays

Part 2: Grammar for Academic Writing
9. Grammar for Academic Writing: An Introduction

10. The Building Blocks of Language

How We Construct Language

Foundation Words: Nouns

Foundation Words: Verbs

Descriptive Words: Adjectives and Adverbs

Connecting Words: Prepositions and Conjunctions

Bringing It All Together

11. The Simple Sentence

Building Simple Sentences

Recognizing Sentences

Solving Problems in Simple Sentences: Fragments

Bringing It All Together

12. The Compound Sentence

Building Compound Sentences

Recognizing Compound Sentences

Solving Problems in Compound Sentences: Run-Ons and Comma Splices

13. The Complex Sentence

Building Complex Sentences

Recognizing Complex Sentences

Solving Problems in Complex Sentences: More Fragments

Bringing It All Together

14. More Complex Sentences

Building Complex Sentences with Clauses

Recognizing Clauses

Solving Problems in Sentences with Clauses: Fragments and Misplaced Modifiers

15. Sentences with Modifiers

Building Sentences with Modifying Phrases

Recognizing Sentences with Modifying Phrases

Solving Problems in Sentences with Modifying Phrases: Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers

Bringing It All Together

16. Using Verbs Correctly

Introduction

Understanding Basic Verb Usage: Present and Past Tense

Avoiding Common Verb Problems: Subject-Verb Agreement Problems, Shifts, and More

Understanding Advanced Verb Usage: Perfect Tenses

Bringing It All Together

17. Using Pronouns Correctly

Understanding Pronoun Usage

Avoiding Common Pronoun Problems: Unclear Reference, Agreement Problems, and More

Bringing It All Together

Part 3: A Writer’s Reader
18. Kindness and Empathy

"Dr. Dana," Angela Adkins

"A Duty to Heal," Pius Kamau

"Be Cool to the Pizza Dude," Sarah Adams

19. School and Learning

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

"Unforgettable Miss Bessie," Carl T. Rowan

"The Sanctuary of School," Lynda Barry

20. Marriage

"Like Mexicans," Gary Soto

"The ‘M-Word’: Why It Matters to Me," Andrew Sullivan

"Marriage/What Makes Marriages Work," Kathleen Stassen Berger

21. Addiction

"As They Say, Drugs Kill," Laura Rowley

Excerpt from Don’t Eat This Book, Morgan Spurlock

"Under the Influence," Scott Russell Sanders

22. Making Mistakes

"Weighing Risks and Benefits," Kathleen Stassen Berger

"King of the Road," Brian Rickenbrode

"Nothing to Lose," Susan Gobin

"ACLU Fights the U.S. Government for Student Aid," Alyson Shepard

23. Religious Diversity

"We Are Each Other’s Business," Eboo Patel

"Our Religious Diversity," Sandy Sasso

"My Ecumenical Father," Jose Antonio Burciaga

24. Parents and Parenting

"Raising a Son—with Men on the Fringes," Robyn Marks

"Why Couldn’t My Father Read?" Enrique Lopez

"Fish Cheeks," Amy Tan

Appendices

Answers to Odd-Numbered Activities

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