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.