Writing for the Real World / Edition 1

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A paragraph-to-essay level rhetoric, Writing for the Real World focuses on career-related writing since most developmental students are employed in full or part-time jobs. To assimilate key skills, students practice writing single or multi-paragraph letters, memos, summaries, reports, and other forms of workplace and community writing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618047970
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/5/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.91 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Marie McNeely serves as Dean of the Developmental Education Division of Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, North Carolina, where she teaches developmental writing and study skills courses. She has also worked as a freelance writer and editor in textbook publishing since 2000. Ann Marie has a BA and an MA, both in English, from the University of Central Florida. In addition, she earned her Developmental Education Specialist certification from the Kellogg Institute at Appalachian State University. Her passion is helping students develop the attitudes, knowledge, and skills they need to achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals. She loves to read, travel, learn, and spend time with her husband and children.

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Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter contains "Test Your Understanding" and " Group Project and Writing Activities." 1. Creativity and Originality Professional Profile: Philip D'Angelo, Graphics Designer Idea-Generation Strategies Web Activity: Career Exploration Readings: "The Power of Goal Setting," Bobbe Sommer "A Worn Path," Eudora Welty 2. Vivid Language Professional Profile: Buffie Buchanan, Registered Nurse Details Exact Adjectives Strong Verbs Figures of Speech Precise Word Choices Web Activity: Learning Styles Readings: "Time Flies!" Jerry White "How to Drive the Stakes Through the Hearts of Time Vampires," Dan S. Kennedy 3. Four Rules for Clear Sentences Professional Profile: Raul Romero, Construction Superintendent Rule 1: Use Strong Verbs Rule 2: Avoid Wordiness Rule 3: Vary Sentence Length Rule 4: Adhere to Rules for Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling Web Activity: Professional Organizations Readings: "Talk the Talk," T.J. Saftner "What Ever Happened to Customer Service?" Ralph Kinney Bennett 4. Complete Paragraphs Professional Profile: Jamie Johnson, Substance Abuse Counselor Anticipating the Reader's Questions Layers of Development Web Activity: Lifelong Learning Readings: "Higher Calling," Osborne Robinson, Jr. "Winning for Zora," Collin Perry 5. Coherent Paragraphs Professional Profile: L. Lynn Smith, Interior Designer Methods of Development Choosing a Method of Development Transitions Web Activity: The Job Search Readings: From "Career Intelligence: The Twelve New Rules for Success," Barbara Moses "Interview Tips and Bloopers," Jean Ann Cantore 6. Cohesive Paragraphs Professional Profile: Cindy Carswell, Certified Recreation Therapy Assistant Types of Noncohesive Paragraphs Writing Cohesive Paragraphs Web Activity: Online Writing Labs Readings: From "How Technology Will Change the Workplace," Samuel Greengard "Journey of an E-Mail," John Dyson 7. Organizing Logical Units Professional Profile: Phyllis Shuping, Buyer The Thesis Statement Discovering Categories for Ideas Using Organizational Markers Web Activity: Personality Quiz Readings: "Study Reveals Six Types of Workers," Cynthia G. Wagner "Tactics to Tame Tough People," Sandra Crowe 8. Interesting Openings Professional Profile: Mark Radaskiewicz, Engineering Maintenance Team Leader Purposes of the Opening Web Activity: Leadership Potential Readings: "What It Takes to Become a Successful Manager Today," William M. Pride, Robert J. Hughes, and Jack R. Kapoor "Finding Wisdom on Mount Potosi," Bruce Spotleson 9. Effective Closings Professional Profile: Russell Barnes, Division Commander Techniques for Concluding a Composition Web Activity: Online References Readings: "Using the Web to Advance Your Career," John J. Casson "Small Cubicle Is Closing in at the Office," Lenore Skenazy 10. Confidence and Assertiveness Professional Profile: Starla Hoke, Paralegal Communicating Confidently Web Activity: Grammar Readings: "Handle Stress Like an Expert," Megan Othersen Gorman "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff at Work," Richard Carlson 11. Sensitivity and Tact Professional Profile: John King, Systems Administrator Match Your Points to Your Reader Make Concessions Avoid Offending or Insulting Your Reader Web Activity: Resources for Business and Technical Writers Readings: "Personal Values and Ethical Choices," Barry L. Reece and Rhonda Brandt "Coping with a Crooked Boss," Anna Mulrine and Joannie M. Schrof Appendixes A. Conducting Successful Interviews B. Preparing Effective Oral Presentations C. Eleven Serious Errors in English

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