Strategies for Correct Writing / Edition 1

Strategies for Correct Writing / Edition 1

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Strategies for Correct Writing / Edition 1

Now students can tell at glance how to improve their essays, reports, and letters to meet real-world writing demands. Strategies for Correct Writing is a task-based program that breaks down the essentials of writing — context, coherence, and clarity — into easy-to-identify components. Through models, activities, and real-life writing samples, students learn to quickly recognize, edit, and correct errors in their own writing.
The text's unique Blueprint Boxes serve as templates, allowing students to see what is missing from their writing and ensuring a clear, coherent structure.

  • Text is useful as both a writing and editing guide.
  • Real-life tasks provide practice in defining, comparing, examining cause and effect, and explaining a process.
  • Models of appropriate writing — letters, essays, and reports — combine with real-life examples to provide meaningful contexts for learning.
  • Problem-probe activities contrast various writing models to help students identify areas for improvement.
  • Easy-to-use correction codes help students identify and correct common problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780131787421
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 01/28/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 153
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Strategies for Correct Writing


Contents   Part 1: Context Task   

Cover Every Element Required by the Task

Limit the Topic

· Blueprint for Task Format

Use Consistent Format

· Letter Format

  o   Letter Content

o   Blueprint for Letters  


· E-Mail Format

o   Short Subject Lines  


· Job Résumé

o   Blueprint for Job Résumé   


· Report Format

o   Features

Cover Page

Abstract or Summary

  Blueprint for Summary




  Blueprint for Business-Style Reports





· Essay Format

o   Literary Essays

Blueprint for Techniques and Devices

Blueprint for Literary Essays

o   Argumentative Essays

Part 2: Coherence CONTENT Relevance

Keep Only Ideas That Can Be Developed

Choose Ideas Related to Task, Purpose and Topic

   Blueprint: Ideas Relevant for Task, Purpose and Topic


Keep Your Focus

· Contradiction

· Lack of New Information

· DisconnectedComment

· Confusion in Cause and Effect Relationships

· Confusion between Correlation and Cause

· Jumping to Conclusions


Check Accuracy


Choose Effective Ideas

· Source Not Credible

· Opinion, Claim vs. Fact

· Insufficient Data

· Anecdote vs. Analysis

· Collage of Quotations with No Analysis

· Prejudice or Cliché

· Analogy Does Not Always Work

  STRUCTURE Blueprint for Structure   Introductory Elements

Give Background Information or Context   

State Task and Purpose

Give a General Idea of Text Content

   Blueprint for Introduction

    Thesis Statement

Work on Your Thesis Statement

· Characteristics of a Thesis Statement

· Developing a Thesis Statement


Start a New Paragraph

· Blueprint for Starting New Paragraphs

· Paragraph Length  

Check Paragraph Unity

· Blueprint for Paragraph Unity

  Topic Sentence

Identify the Topic and the Focus (Controlling Idea)

· Blueprint for Topic Sentence


Offer Credible Support

· Blueprint for Support in Paragraphs


Quote Properly

· Direct Quotation

· Indirect Quotation

· APA and MLA Models for Referencing

o   American Psychological Association

o   Modern Languages Association  



Use a Helpful Transition  

o   Transitions Between Clauses or Sentences

o   Transitions Between Paragraphs


End with a Conclusion

Confirm Your Thinking

Point Out What the Reader Should Remember

Limit or Expand  

· Limitations  

o   Limit

· Questions That Remain

o   Expand

· Blueprint for Conclusions  


Check Appropriateness to Task and Purpose

· Definitions

o   Blueprint for Definitions

· Comparison

· Getting Started on a Comparison

o   Blueprint for Comparison

· Process

o   Blueprint for Explaining a Process

· Cause and Effect

o   Blueprint for Cause and Effect

Part 3: Language Use and Expression Clarity

Check the Meaning of Key Terms

Choose Terminology Appropriate to the Situation or Context

The Situation or Context

· Context

· Ambiguity

· Collocation

o   Blueprint for Choosing Terms

Choose the Right Word

o   Blueprint for Constructing a Sentence

Reader Friendliness

Consider the Audience

Use Appropriate Tone

· Connotation

· E-Mail Tone vs. Letter Tone


Be as Short as Possible (and as Long as Necessary)

Use Varied Sentence Types

Appendix: Models

Model Letter

Model Cover Letter

Model Résumé

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