Writing Matters: Process and Practice (with MyWritingLab Student Access Code Card)

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Writing Matters offers robust writing instruction in Parts 1-3 but uses MyWritingLab as the vehicle for grammar and practice in the grammar overviews of Part 4. These overviews have been condensed down to two to three pages of instruction and examples with a link to MyWritingLab for better practice and more exercises. It is the only book of its kind and students will easily and efficiently master grammar.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205634194
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 11/15/2008
  • Series: Henry Writing Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Getting Reading to Write

Chapter 1: Preparing to Learn about Writing

Chapter 2: Thinking through the Writing Process

Part 2 Using Patterns of Organization to Develop Paragraphs

Chapter 3: Understanding the Paragraph

Chapter 4: The Descriptive Paragraph

Chapter 5: The Narrative Paragraph

Chapter 6: The Process Paragraph

Chapter 7: The Example Paragraph

Chapter 8: The Classification Paragraph

Chapter 9: The Comparison and Contrast Paragraph

Chapter 10: The Definition Paragraph

Chapter 11: The Cause and Effect Paragraph

Chapter 12: The Persuasive Paragraph

Part 3 Writing an Essay

Chapter 13: Understanding the Essay

Chapter 14: Effective Introductions, Conclusions, and Titles

Chapter 15: Using Patterns of Organization to Develop Essays

Part 4 Mastering Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics with MyWritingLab

Overview 16: Subjects, Verbs, and Simple Sentences

Overview 17: Compound and Complex Sentences

Overview 18: Sentence Variety

Overview 19: Sentence Clarity: Point of View, Number, and Tense

Overview 20: Parallelism

Overview 21: Comma Splices and Run-ons

Overview 22: Fragments

Overview 23: Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

Overview 24: Subject-Verb Agreement: Present Tense

Overview 25: The Past Tense of Verbs

Overview 26: The Past Participle

Overview 27: Nouns and Pronouns

Overview 28: Adjectives and Adverbs

Overview 29: The Comma

Overview 30: The Apostrophe

Overview 31: Quotation Marks

Overview 32: End Punctuation: Period, Question Mark, and Exclamation Point

Overview 33: Capitalization

Overview 34: Improving Your Spelling

Part 5 Reading Selections


• United States Park Services, “Maya Lin’s Design Submission to the Vietnam Memorial Competition”


• Sidney Poitier, from The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography


• Clifford Stoll, “Cyberschool”


• Robert Benchley, “Why I Am Pale”


• Martin Luther King, Jr., “Ways of Meeting Oppression”


• Rachel Carson, "A Fable for Tomorrow"


• Bernard Cooper, “The Fine Art of Sighing”


• Stephen King, “Why We Crave Horror Movies”


• Joe Lieberman, “Statement on Rating the Ratings System”

• Russell Simmons, “The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Statement for the Senate Committee

on Governmental Affairs Hearing on Entertainment Ratings July 25, 2001”


• Mary Sarton, “The Rewards of Living a Solitary Life”

• Gary Soto, “The Jacket”

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