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This time-honored, comprehensive program for basic writers features a unique instructional format that combines the fundamentals of grammar, mechanics, rhetoric, vocabulary, and spelling, with contemporary topics of interest and participatory exercises that require users to get fully involved by creating, changing, rewriting, or correcting. Flexible in format, the chapters can be used in whatever sequence suits the individual. Vocabulary Building section consists of words clustered around the major topic of the ...
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Overview

This time-honored, comprehensive program for basic writers features a unique instructional format that combines the fundamentals of grammar, mechanics, rhetoric, vocabulary, and spelling, with contemporary topics of interest and participatory exercises that require users to get fully involved by creating, changing, rewriting, or correcting. Flexible in format, the chapters can be used in whatever sequence suits the individual. Vocabulary Building section consists of words clustered around the major topic of the chapter and a variety of exercises to help readers use these words comfortably and correctly. Presents Spelling Lessons that help readers to master useful spelling rules and patterns. Features a special Grammar and Rhetoric Skills section which presents important grammatical or rhetorical steps to writing successful compositions in small easy-to-understand steps. Uses Keypoint Checklist reference charts throughout to help users find the most important points as they write, revise, and edit writing pieces. Includes a new section on Verb Tense Consistency that provides clear explanations and many opportunities to practice the skill. Expands the section on The Essay to include more information and several essays that illustrate Explaining a Process, Constructing a Definition, and Arguing an Opinion
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  • ISBN-13: 9780138465506
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 1/1/1979
  • Edition description: Alternate 2d ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 472

Table of Contents

1. Springboards to Thinking. Essay: "Pursuit of Happiness", by Dympna Ugwu-Oju. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of Women in a Traditional Culture. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of Women in Mainstream America. Spelling: Methods to Improve Your Spelling. The Writing Process. Prewriting Techniques. Purposes for Writing. Audience. The Topic Sentence. Paragraph Development, Part I. Refresher Exercise. Springboards to Writing.
2. Springboards to Thinking. Essay: "Fire, Hope, and Charity", by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of a Troubled Society. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of a Healthy Society. Spelling: Sound-Alikes. Paragraph Development, Part II. Ordering of Details in a Paragraph. Revising a Paragraph. Refresher Exercise. Springboards to Writing.
3. Springboards to Thinking. Essay: "My Daughter Smokes", by Alice Walker. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of Cigarette Addiction, Part I. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of Cigarette Addiction, Part II. Spelling: Spelling Rule — Changing y to i. The Sentence Fragment. Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences. Refresher Exercise. Springboards to Writing.
4. Springboards to Thinking. Essay: "Rapping Nasty", by James Earl Hardy. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of Censorship, Part I. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of Censorship, Part II. Spelling: Proofreading. Coordination. Subordination. A SpecialCase of Subordination. Refresher Exercise. Springboards to Writing.
5. Springboards to Thinking. Essay: "Teenagers in Dreamland", by Robert J. Samuelson. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of Today's Adolescent Subculture, Part I. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of Today's Adolescent Subculture, Part II. Spelling: Capitalization. The -s Verb Ending. Agreement of Subject and Verb. Irregular Verbs. The -ed Verb Ending. Verb Tense Consistency. Refresher Exercise. Springboards to Writing.
6. Springboards to Thinking. Essay: "Born Beautiful: Confessions of a Naturally Gorgeous Girl", by Ellen Paige. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of Personality Traits, Part I. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of Personality Traits, Part II. Spelling: Commonly Confused Words. Pronoun Choice. Pronoun Agreement. Pronoun Reference and Consistency. Refresher Exercise. Springboards to Writing.
7. Springboards to Thinking. Essay: "Money and Freedom", by Marshall Glickman. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of the Financial World. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of Avoiding Burnout. Spelling: Spelling Rule — ie and ei. From Paragraph Principles to Essay Writing (Finding a Writing Topic, Drafting a Thesis Statement, Forming Main Body Ideas). The Introductory Paragraph. The Concluding Paragraph. Revising an Essay. Refresher Exercise. Springboards to Writing.
8. Springboards to Thinking. Essay: "Abortion Is Too Complex to Feel All One Way About", by Anna Quindlen. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of the Pro-Choice Movement. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of the Right-to-Life Movement. Spelling: The Apostrophe. The Comma. Other Marks of Punctuation. Refresher Exercise. Springboards to Writing.
9. Springboards to Thinking. Essay: "Honesty: Is It Going Out of Style?", by Stacia Robbins. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of Dishonesty. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of Police Work. Spelling: Plurals. The Unified Essay. Words of Transition. Key Words: Deliberate Repetition. Refresher Exercise. Springboards to Writing.
10. Springboards to Thinking. Essay: "The Shadow of a Stranger", by Wally Lamb. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of a Violent Society, Part I. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of a Violent Society, Part II. Spelling: To Split or Not to Split. Using the Right Word. Informal Language. Refresher Exercise. Springboards to Writing.
11. Springboards to Thinking. Essay: "Old Before Her Time", by Katherine Barrett. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of Growing Old, Part I. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of Growing Old, Part II. Spelling: Spelling Rule — Dropping the Final e. Sentence Logic (Parallelism, Misplaced Modifiers, Dangling Modifiers). Refresher Exercise. Springboards to Writing.
12. Springboards to Thinking. Essay: "Why People Are Rude", by David A. Wiessler. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of Rudeness. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of Stress. Spelling: Spelling Rule — Doubling. The Essay: Explaining a Process. Constructing a Definition. Arguing an Opinion. Refresher Exercise. Springboards to Writing.
Appendix I: Critical Thinking — Logic.
Appendix II: Common Prefixes and Suffixes.
Appendix III: Spelling Demons.
Appendix IV: Topics for Writing.
Index.
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