Writing First with Readings: Practice in Context / Edition 5

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Overview

Best-selling authors and veteran college writing instructors Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell believe that students learn to write best when they use their own writing as a starting point. In Writing First with Readings: Practice in Context, designed for the paragraph to essay course, Kirszner and Mandell take seriously the ideas and expressive abilities of developmental students, as well as their need to learn the rules of writing and grammar. Visual writing prompts that open every chapter get students writing immediately. By moving frequently between their own writing, writing models and instruction, and workbook-style mastery exercises, students get constant reinforcement of the skills they are learning. Thoughtful chapters on college success, research, and critical reading, along with high-interest essays, round out the text, making it the perfect introduction to college writing. Read the preface.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312542566
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 12/28/2011
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 106,578
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell have taught college composition and basic writing for more than 25 years and have authored many widely adopted textbooks, including Foundations First: Sentences and Paragraphs, Focus on Writing: Paragraphs and Essays, Patterns for College Writing, and Practical Argument.
 
Laurie Kirszner teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at the University of the Sciences. Stephen Mandell is the founder and former director of the basic writing program at Drexel University, where he teaches composition, literature, and technical and business writing.

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Table of Contents

*New

 

*CHAPTER 1 Writing and College Success
HOW WRITING CAN HELP YOU SUCCEED STRATEGIES FOR COLLEGE SUCCESS a Orientation Strategies b First-Week Strategies c Day-to-Day Strategies d Time-Management Strategies e Note-Taking Strategies f Homework Strategies g Taking In-Class Essay Exams h Taking Standardized Assessment Tests i Strategies for Maintaining Academic Honesty j Strategies for Staying Safe on Campus

WRITING PARAGRAPHS AND ESSAYS

 

UNIT 1 Writing Paragraphs

 

CHAPTER 2 Writing a Paragraph 
a Understanding Paragraph Structure STEP 1: PLANNING b Focusing on Your Assignment, Purpose, and Audience c Finding Ideas to Write About d Identifying Your Main Idea and Writing a Topic Sentence STEP 2: ORGANIZING e Choosing Supporting Points f Making an Outline STEP 3: DRAFTING g Drafting Your Paragraph
*STEP 4: TESTING h TESTing Your Paragraph STEP 5: REVISING AND EDITING i Revising Your Paragraph
Self-Assessment Checklist: Revising Your Paragraph 
j Editing Your Paragraph
Self-Assessment Checklist: Editing Your Paragraph Review Checklist: Writing a Paragraph

 

*CHAPTER 3 TESTing Your Paragraphs
a TESTing for a Topic Sentence 
b TESTing for Evidence c TESTing for a Summary Statement d TESTing for Transitions
Chapter Review Review Checklist: TESTing Your Paragraphs

 

UNIT 2 Patterns of Paragraph Development

 

CHAPTER 4 Exemplification 
a Exemplification Paragraphs b Case Study: A Student Writes an Exemplification Paragraph c Step-by-Step Guide: Writing an Exemplification Paragraph
*TESTing an Exemplification Paragraph
*d Writing about Visuals

 

CHAPTER 5 Narration 
a Narrative Paragraphs b Case Study: A Student Writes a Narrative Paragraph c Step-by-Step Guide: Writing a Narrative Paragraph
*TESTing a Narrative Paragraph
*d Writing about Visuals

 

CHAPTER 6 Description 
a Descriptive Paragraphs b Case Study: A Student Writes a Descriptive Paragraph c Step-by-Step Guide: Writing a Descriptive Paragraph
*TESTing a Descriptive Paragraph
*d Writing about Visuals

 

CHAPTER 7 Process
a Process Paragraphs b Case Study: A Student Writes a Process Paragraph c Step-by-Step Guide: Writing a Process Paragraph
*TESTing a Process Paragraph
*d Writing about Visuals

 

CHAPTER 8 Cause and Effect
a Cause-and-Effect Paragraphs b Case Study: A Student Writes a Cause-and-Effect Paragraph c Step-by-Step Guide: Writing a Cause-and-Effect Paragraph
*TESTing a Cause-and-Effect Paragraph
*d Writing about Visuals

 

CHAPTER 9 Comparison and Contrast
a Comparison-and-Contrast Paragraphs b Case Study: A Student Writes a Comparison-and-Contrast Paragraph c Step-by-Step Guide: Writing a Comparison-and-Contrast Paragraph
*TESTing a Comparison-and-Contrast Paragraph
*d Writing about Visuals

 

CHAPTER 10  Classification 
a Classification Paragraphs b Case Study: A Student Writes a Classification Paragraph c Step-by-Step Guide: Writing a Classification Paragraph
*TESTing a Classification Paragraph
*d Writing about Visuals

 

CHAPTER 11 Definition
a Definition Paragraphs b Case Study: A Student Writes a Definition Paragraph c Step-by-Step Guide: Writing a Definition Paragraph
*TESTing a Definition Paragraph
*d Writing about Visuals

 

CHAPTER 12 Argument
a Argument Paragraphs b Case Study: A Student Writes an Argument Paragraph c Step-by-Step Guide: Writing an Argument Paragraph
*TESTing an Argument Paragraph
*d Writing about Visuals

 

UNIT 3 Writing Essays

 

CHAPTER 13 Writing an Essay
STEP 1: PLANNING a Understanding Essay Structure 
b Focusing on Your Assignment, Purpose, and Audience c Finding Ideas to Write About d Stating Your Thesis STEP 2: ORGANIZING e Choosing Supporting Points 
f Making an Outline STEP 3: DRAFTING g Drafting Your Essay
*STEP 4: TESTing h TESTingYour Essay STEP 5: REVISING AND EDITING i  Revising Your Essay
Self-Assessment Checklist: Revising Your Essay 
j Editing Your Essay
Self-Assessment Checklist: Editing Your Essay 
k Checking Your Essay’s Format
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Writing an Essay

 

*CHAPTER 14  TESTing Your Essays
a TESTing for a Thesis b TESTing for Evidence c TESTing for a Summary Statement d TESTing for Transitions e Putting It Together
Chapter Review Review Checklist: TESTing Your Essays

 

CHAPTER 15 Introductions and Conclusions
a Introductions b Conclusions
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Introductions and Conclusions

 

CHAPTER 16 Patterns of Essay Development
a Exemplification
*TESTing an Exemplification Essay
b Narration
*TESTing a Narrative Essay
c Description
*TESTing a Descriptive Essay
d Process
*TESTing a Process Essay
e Cause and Effect
*TESTing a Cause-and-Effect Essay
f Comparison and Contrast
*TESTing a Comparison-and-Contrast Essay
g Classification
*TESTing a Classification Essay
h Definition
*TESTing a Definition Essay
i Argument
*TESTing an Argument Essay
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Patterns of Essay Development

*UNIT 4 Research

 

*CHAPTER 17 Writing a Research Paper
a Choosing a Topic b Doing Research c Taking Notes d Watching Out for Plagiarism e Developing a Thesis f Making an Outline g Writing Your Paper h Documenting Your Sources
Chapter Review

 

REVISING AND EDITING YOUR WRITING

 

UNIT 5 Writing Effective Sentences

 

Chapter 18 Writing Simple Sentences
a Subjects b Prepositional Phrases c Verbs
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Writing Simple Sentences

 

Chapter 19 Writing Compound Sentences
a Using Coordinating Conjunctions b Using Semicolons c Using Transitional Words and Phrases
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Writing Compound Sentences

 

Chapter 20 Writing Complex Sentences
a Identifying Complex Sentences b Using Subordinating Conjunctions c Using Relative Pronouns
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Writing Complex Sentences

 

Chapter 21 Writing Varied Sentences
a Varying Sentence Types b Varying Sentence Openings c Combining Sentences d Mixing Long and Short Sentences
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Writing Varied Sentences

 

Chapter 22 Using Parallelism
a Recognizing Parallel Structure b Using Parallel Structure
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Using Parallelism

 

Chapter 23 Using Words Effectively
a Using Specific Words b Using Concise Language c Avoiding Slang d Avoiding Clichés e Using Similes and Metaphors f Avoiding Sexist Language
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Using Words Effectively Unit Review

UNIT 6 Solving Common Sentence Problems

 

Chapter 24 Run-Ons
a Recognizing Run-Ons b Correcting Run-Ons
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Run-Ons

 

Chapter 25 Fragments
a Recognizing Fragments b Missing-Subject Fragments c Phrase Fragments d -ing Fragments e Dependent Clause Fragments
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Sentence Fragments

 

Chapter 26 Subject-Verb Agreement
a Understanding Subject-Verb Agreement 
b Compound Subjects c Be, Have, and Do
d Words between Subject and Verb e Collective Noun Subjects f Indefinite Pronoun Subjects g Verbs before Subjects
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Subject-Verb Agreement

 

Chapter 27  Illogical Shifts
a Shifts in Tense b Shifts in Person c Shifts in Voice
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Illogical Shifts

 

Chapter 28 Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
a Correcting Misplaced Modifiers b Correcting Dangling Modifiers
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers Unit Review

UNIT 7 Understanding Basic Grammar

 

Chapter 29 Verbs: Past Tense
a Regular Verbs b Irregular Verbs c Problem Verbs: Be
d Problem Verbs: Can/Could and Will/Would Chapter Review Review Checklist: Verbs: Past Tense

 

Chapter 30 Verbs: Past Participles
a Regular Past Participles b Irregular Past Participles c The Present Perfect Tense d The Past Perfect Tense e Past Participles as Adjectives
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Verbs: Past Participles

 

Chapter 31 Nouns and Pronouns
a Identifying Nouns b Forming Plural Nouns c Identifying Pronouns d Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement e Special Problems with Agreement f Vague and Unnecessary Pronouns g Pronoun Case h Special Problems with Pronoun Case i  Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Nouns and Pronouns

 

Chapter 32 Adjectives and Adverbs
a Identifying Adjectives and Adverbs b Comparatives and Superlatives
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Adjectives and Adverbs

 

Chapter 33 Grammar and Usage for ESL Writers
a Subjects in Sentences b Plural Nouns c Count and Noncount Nouns d Determiners with Count and Noncount Nouns e Articles f Negative Statements and Questions 
g Verb Tense 
h Stative Verbs 
i Modal Auxiliaries 
j Gerunds 
k Placing Modifiers in Order 
l Choosing Prepositions 
m Prepositions in Familiar Expressions n Prepositions in Phrasal Verbs
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Grammar and Usage for ESL Writers Unit Review

UNIT 8 Understanding Punctuation, Mechanics, and Spelling

 

Chapter 34 Using Commas
a Commas in a Series b Commas with Introductory Phrases and Transitional Words and Phrases c Commas with Appositives d Commas with Nonrestrictive Clauses e Commas in Dates and Addresses f Unnecessary Commas
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Using Commas

 

Chapter 35 Using Apostrophes
a Apostrophes in Contractions b Apostrophes in Possessives 
c Incorrect Use of Apostrophes
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Using Apostrophes

 

Chapter 36 Understanding Mechanics
a Capitalizing Proper Nouns b Punctuating Direct Quotations c Setting Off Titles d Hyphens e Abbreviations f Numbers g Using Minor Punctuation Marks
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Understanding Mechanics

 

Chapter 37 Understanding Spelling
a Becoming a Better Speller b ie and ei
c Prefixes d Suffixes e Commonly Confused Words
Chapter Review Review Checklist: Understanding Spelling Unit Review

BECOMING A CRITICAL READER

 

Unit 9 Reading Essays

 

Chapter 38 Reading Critically
a Previewing b Highlighting c Annotating d Outlining e Summarizing f Writing a Response Paragraph g Reading in the Classroom, in the Community, and in the Workplace
Review Checklist: Reading Critically

 

Chapter 39 Readings for Writers
a Exemplification
Judith Ortiz Cofer, Don't Call Me a Hot Tamale
*Richard Rodriguez, Around the World, Women are on the Move
b Narration
Lynda Barry, The Sanctuary of School
*Joshuah Bearman, My Half-Baked Bubble 
c Description
Amy Tan, Fish Cheeks
*Jhumpa Lahiri, Rice 
d Process
Russell Baker, Slice of Life
Malcolm X, My First Conk
e Cause and Effect
*Julia Angwin, How Facebook is Making Friending Obsolete
*John Edgar Wideman, The Seat Not Taken
f Comparison and Contrast
*Steven Conn, The Twin Revolutions of Lincoln and Darwin
John Gray, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus 
g Classification
*Dave Barry, How Your Body Works
Scott Russell Sanders, The Men We Carry In Our Minds
h Definition
*Julia Alvarez, Quinceañera
Judy Brady, Why I Want a Wife
i Argument
*Mary Sherry, In Praise of the F Word
*Oprah Winfrey, Dnt Txt N Drv
*Steven Pinker, Mind Over Mass Media

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