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Overview

Teaching writing as part of a building activity provides students with an easy to remember image that helps them understand and apply good writing construction. This building process helps them see how each writing block sets the foundation for the next block; as a result, their confidence in writing skills grows. The first foundational block is writing correct sentences, the second, writing effective paragraphs, and finally writing effective essays. Just as actual foundations require raw materials, so does each writing building block require specific elements. For example, in grammar, to build a correct sentence, you need nouns, verbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and other grammatical elements. As the third book of the Building Better series, _Building Better Essays_ builds on students' knowledge of effective paragraph construction, covered in Building Better Paragraphs, to get them to the next step of putting paragraphs together successfully for coherent essays. Many writing books present content in too complex a manner without enough opportunities for practice or present so many topics that simply overwhelm the student. The Building Better series evolved to be flexible enough that they can also be used as a quick reference guide by all college students or writing instructors. Any student who needs help writing concise and clear essays can benefit from the pedagogy of Building Better Essays. Instructors looking for a rich focus on essay construction, simple and brief explanations that are easy to remember, and variety of practice exercises will find it in Building Better Essays.

Gina Hogan, Citrus College

Gina Baaklini Hogan is a tenured professor in the English department at Citrus Community College in Glendora, California. She has developed and taught developmental English courses, trained and mentored faculty in teaching developmental writing, and helped create Citrus College's Writing Across-the-Curriculum Center. She is the Chair of the College Success Committee, a committee that advocates the core principles of Citrus' developmental program. Gina has an MS in Business Administration and an MA in English Composition and Literature and is currently working on a doctorate in Education (Ed.D). Gina is a naturalized citizen of the United States, and English is her third language. She understands the challenges inherent to learning effective communication skills, and her passion is helping others learn to write clearly and to appreciate the English language.
  • The "building" theme, patterns of writing are broken into two building units: a unit for formal or prescriptive essay structures and a unit for informal or loose essay structures with each chapter building on the skills discussed in previous chapters.
  • Value priced as part of Advantage Series.
  • Memory Tips and Building Tips give students easy-to-remember content to help them memorize writing skills and processes.
  • Varied writing practice at the paragrapg and essay writing level with Building Skills exercises. Encourages collaborative work with Building Skills Together exercises and Peer Feedback Worksheets.
UNIT I: BUILDING THE FOUNDATION: THE WRITING PROCESS.
Why Write?
The Writing Process.
1. Prewriting and Planning.
Understanding Your Assignment, Purpose, and Audience. Focusing on Point of View. What is Prewriting? Exploring and Generating Ideas. Free Writing. Questioning (Big Six Questions). Visual Mapping: Lists, Outlines, and Cluster Maps. Reading, Journaling, and Discussing. Narrowing the Subject and Planning the Ideas
2. Writing Essays.
Drafting an Essay. Introduction Paragraph. The Hook. Thesis Statement. Body: Supporting Paragraphs. Conclusion Paragraph. Title. Example of an Essay.
3. Rewriting Essays.
Why Rewrite?. Revising. Unity in Essays. Coherence in Essays. Editing. Essay Submission Guidelines.
UNIT II: BUILDING TIGHTLY STRUCTURED ESSAYS
4. Illustration: Building Essays with Examples.
Writing an Illustration Essay. Introduction Paragraph. Thesis Statement. Supporting Paragraphs. Development Sentences. Conclusion Paragraph. Example of an Illustration Essay.
5. Cause and Effect: Building Essays with Reasons and Results.
Writing a Cause and Effect Essay. Introduction Paragraph. Thesis Statement. Supporting Paragraphs. Development Sentences. Conclusion Paragraph. Example of a Cause and Effect Essay.
6. Analysis by Division: Building Essays with Parts.
Writing an Analysis by Division Essay. Introduction Paragraph. Thesis Statement. Supporting Paragraphs. Development Sentences. Conclusion Paragraph. Example of an Analysis by Division Essay.
7. Comparison and Contrast: Building Essays with Similarities or Differences.
Writing a Comparison and Contrast Essay. Introduction Paragraph. Thesis Statement. Supporting Paragraphs. Development Sentences. Conclusion Paragraph. Example of a Comparison and Contrast Essay.
UNIT III: BUILDING LOOSELY STRUCTURED ESSAYS.
8. Description: Building Essays with Imagery
Writing a Description Essay. Introduction Paragraph. Thesis Statement. Supporting Paragraphs. Conclusion Paragraph. Example of a Description Essay.
9. Narration: Building Essays with Stories. Writing a Narration Essay. Introduction Paragraph. Thesis Statement. Supporting Paragraphs. Conclusion Paragraph. Example of a Narration Essay.
10. Definition: Building Essays with Clarifications.
Writing a Definition Essay. Introduction Paragraph. Thesis Statement. Supporting Paragraphs. Conclusion Paragraph. Example of a Definition Essay
11. Literary Analysis: Building Essays about Literature.
Writing a Literary Analysis Essay. Introduction Paragraph. Thesis Statement. Supporting Paragraphs. Development Sentences. Conclusion Paragraph. Title. Example of a Literary Analysis Essay
UNIT IV: BUILDING ESSAYS WITH RESEARCH
12. Argumentation: Building Essays with Research
Understanding the Research Process. Step 1: Find Your Topic and Position. Step 2: Document Your Sources. Evaluating Sources. Taking Notes. Bibliography and Works Cited Page. Writing an Argumentation Essay. Using Persuasive Appeals. Introduction Paragraph. Thesis Statement. Supporting Paragraphs. Development Sentences. Refutation Paragraph. Conclusion Paragraph. Title. Bibliography and Works Cited. Rules for In-Text Citations or Parenthetical Notations. Rules for the Works Cited List. Example of an Argumentation Essay.
APPENDICES.
Appendix A: Common Sentence Errors.
Appendix B: Commonly Used Transitions.
Appendix C: Quotations Protocol.
How to Integrate Quotations.
MLA Conventions for Quoting Prose.

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"This text is excellent compared to what I have used in the past. This book somehow is easy yet challenging. I think it would be suitable for the beginner and the more proficient writer. Building Better Essays only uses the necessities. Too many books have a lot of "junk" in them. If I have students buy a text, I want to use the whole text and this is one where we could use the whole text."

"Building Better Essays offers a simple and straightforward approach to the aspects of writing essays in various patterns. Each step and consideration in the writing process is explained and outlined in an effective way. Similar terms like "summary" and "paraphrase" are clearly distinguished and exercises are given that increase the students' understanding of the concepts being presented."

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FOR INSTRUCTORS

Grammar, Paragraphs and Essays Instructor's Resource Manual

ISBN: 9780840028426
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