Conventions & Expectations: A Brief Handbook and Guide to Writing

Conventions & Expectations: A Brief Handbook and Guide to Writing

by Barbara Fine Clouse

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Overview

Presenting grammar, usage, and essay characteristics as conventions that facilitate communication, Conventions and Expectations goes beyond the traditional grammar handbook to explain the WHY behind grammar rules, and in that way it engages readers and helps them commit to learning the ways of experienced writers. Introduction: The Why and The Way offers readers ten ways they can become better writers and ten reasons to do so. The book introduces readers to a shared understanding of communication. Eight succinct reference guides provide writing instruction on such topics as writing collaboratively, composing with the computer, patterns of development, etc. Offers readers a series of simple instructions that they must do to meet their expectations. "An Important Convention" and "Departing from the Convention" highlight the concerns and courtesies of written communication and offer frank advice about the situations in which writers may depart from the rules. A real-life analogy appears in every chapter opener and closer as well as every time a new major concept is introduced. Activities take readers out into the real-world, beginning with a convention or expectation in an arena of social interaction related to the focus of the chapter and serves as the basis for a critical thinking or writing activity. Additional features includes "Strategies for Writing," "Try It Out Exercises," and samples for editing practice For those interested in developing their writing skills at the basic grammar/sentence level.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321061225
Publisher: Longman
Publication date: 08/21/2000
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Detailed Contents ix
Preface xix
Introduction Ten Tips for Becoming a Better Writer-And Ten Reasons for Doing So 1(8)
PART ONE A Practical Guide to Writing an Essay 9(60)
Form and Function: How to Structure an Essay
11(14)
Filling the Blank Page: How to Generate Ideas and Write a First Draft
25(16)
Improving Your Draft: How to Revise
41(14)
Beginnings and Endings: How to Write Introductions. Conclusions, and Titles
55(10)
A Few Words About Editing
65(4)
PART TWO A Practical Guide to Improving Sentences 69(34)
Improving Sentence Style
71(12)
Improving Word Choice
83(20)
PART THREE A Practical Guide to Correctness 103(132)
Eliminating Sentence Fragments
105(12)
Eliminating Run-on Sentences and Comma Splices
117(12)
Using Verbs Correctly
129(18)
Using Pronouns Correctly
147(26)
Using Modifiers Correctly
173(16)
Spelling and Capitalizing Correctly
189(16)
Using Commas Correctly
205(12)
Using Other Forms of Punctuation Correctly
217(18)
PART FOUR Applications 235(12)
Editng Practice
236(7)
Ideas for Writing
243(4)
PART FIVE Reference Guides 247(52)
Using Patterns of Development
248(7)
Supporting Ideas with Source Material
255(6)
Composing at the Computer
261(4)
Writing and Working Collaboratively
265(5)
Writing Essay Examination Answers
270(4)
Writing and Speaking English as a Second Language
274(8)
The Parts of Speech
282(8)
Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms
290(9)
Index 299

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