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The Dolphin Writer Book 2: Composing Paragraphs and Crafting Essays, 1st Edition

  • Houghton Mifflin Company
  • ISBN-10: 0618379118  |  ISBN-13: 9780618379118
  • 592 Pages
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $68.25



The Dolphin Writer is a three-volume series focusing on writing--from sentences to paragraphs to essays--in an easy-to-understand format and at an affordable price. Each volume of the The Dolphin Writer presents students with comprehensive yet approachable coverage of the writing process, from prewriting through peer evaluation, revision, and preparation of the final paper, and each also includes a section of numerous level-appropriate readings. A focus on student success in all areas of reading, writing, and studying helps students organize, manage, and implement techniques, including how to use a computer to assist in the writing process. Book Two includes complete coverage of paragraph-to-essay skills.

Features and Benefits

  • The The Dolphin Writer features the same topics and content as other comparable textbooks--but for a third of the price.
  • Step-by-step explanations of the writing process, including many student models, give students a clear understanding of how good writing actually works.
  • The text features a multitude of practice exercises, including self-tests that help students hone their writing skills. Suggested answers appear in the back of the book.
  • Web Work boxes at the end of each chapter provide suggestions for web sites with additional help, exercises, or suggestions for further exploration.
  • Chapter pedagogy, including goals for each chapter and a chapter review self-test, supports students in anticipating, learning, and reviewing key concepts.
  • Book Two includes coverage of critical thinking, as well as Focus on Research boxes to help students begin to think about how to find sources of information, how to keep track of their information, and ultimately how to appropriately incorporate sources into their own writing.

Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter begins with Goals, includes a Review, and concludes with Web Work. Each of the Reading Selections in Part III is followed by Vocabulary, Checking Comprehension, Mode and Skill Check, and Questions for Discussion and Writing.
I. The Writing Process
1. Improving Writing and Thinking
Expectations and Attitudes
Writing as Opportunity
The Opportunities Before You Now
Writing Opportunities
2. Prewriting
The Writing Process
Writing for Success: Using Prewriting Techniques
Topic to Main Idea
Prewriting to Main Idea: A Student Demonstration
3. Organizing and Outlining
Writing for Success: Outlining and PowerPoint Presentations
Organizing and Outlining: A Student Demonstration
4. Writing a Paragraph
The Paragraph and Its Purpose
A Step-by-Step Guide to Composing a Paragraph
Some Helpful Tips for Composition
Writing for Success: Advantages and Disadvantages of Composing on a Computer
Writing a Paragraph: A Student Demonstration
5. Revising
Revising Versus Editing
Revising for Completeness
Revising for Cohesiveness
Revising for Coherence
Two Important Revision Tips
Writing for Success: Qualities of a Good Peer Reviewer
Revising a Paragraph: A Student Demonstration
6. Proofreading, Editing, and Preparing a Final Draft
Editing to Improve Style
Editing to Correct Major Sentence Errors
Writing for Success: Careful Use of Computer Checks
Editing Errors in Grammar and Mechanics
Editing Spelling Errors
Preparing the Final Draft
Editing a Paragraph: A Student Demonstration
7. Writing the Essay
The Essay and Its Parts
Steps in Writing an Essay: A Student Demonstration
Writing for Success: Beyond College Essays
II. Developing Paragraphs and Essays with the Rhetorical Modes
8. The Reading/Writing Connection
Reading for Ideas
Reading for Learning and Critical Thinking
Reading to Improve Writing Skills
Active Reading
Critical Reading
Keeping a Reading Journal
9. Narration
Writing a Narrative Paragraph
Using Vivid Language
Writing Longer Narratives and Narrative Essays
In Summary: Steps in Writing Narratives
Topic Ideas for Narratives
10. Description
Writing a Descriptive Paragraph
Using Vivid Language
Writing Longer Descriptions and Descriptive Essays
In Summary: Steps in Writing Descriptions
Topic Ideas for Descriptions
11. Process
Writing a Process Paragraph
Writing Longer Process Passages and Process Essays
In Summary: Steps in Writing Process
Topic Ideas for Process
12. Illustration
Writing an Illustration Paragraph
Writing Longer Illustration Passages and Illustration Essays
In Summary: Steps in Writing Illustration
Topic Ideas for Illustration
13. Classification
Writing a Classification Paragraph
Writing Longer Classification Passages and Classification Essays
In Summary: Steps in Writing Classification
Topic Ideas for Classification
14. Division
Writing a Division Paragraph
Writing Longer Division Passages and Division Essays
In Summary: Steps in Writing Division
Topic Ideas for Division
15. Comparison/Contrast
Writing a Comparison/Contrast Paragraph
Writing Longer Comparison/Contrast Passages and Comparison/Contrast Essays
In Summary: Steps in Writing Comparison/Contrast
Topic Ideas for Comparison/Contrast
16. Cause/Effect
Writing a Cause/Effect Paragraph
Writing Longer Cause/Effect Passages and Cause/Effect Essays
In Summary: Steps in Writing Cause and Effect
Topic Ideas for Cause/Effect
17. Definition
Writing a Definition Paragraph
Writing Longer Definition Passages and Definition Essays
In Summary: Steps in Writing Definition
Topic Ideas for Definition
18. Argument
Writing an Argument Paragraph
Writing Longer Arguments and Argument Essays
In Summary: Steps in Writing Argument
Topic Ideas for Argument
19. Combining Modes of Development
Some Common Combinations
Writing a Paragraph Using a Combination of Modes
Combining Modes in Longer Passages and Essays
In Summary: Steps in Combining Modes
Topic Ideas for Combining Modes
III. Reading Selections
Amy Tan, "Mother Tongue"
Dave Barry, "Winning the War on Drugs"
Whitney Matheson, "What''s the Matter with Moviegoers?"
Nancy Gibbs, "And on the Seventh Day We Rested?"
Leonard Pitts Jr., "At Large: Giving Teachers Guns a Simple but Stupid Idea"
Ida Urbina, "No Need to Stew: A Few Tips to Cope with Life''s Annoyances"
Lenore Skenazy, "''Like,'' Like, Covers It All"
Connie Schultz, "Most Divorced Dads Deserve to See Their Kids"
Ana Veciana-Suarex, "Don''t LOL, but Texting Turns Me Off"
Marc Gellman, "The Deeper Truth of Good and Evil"
IV. Handbook with Exercises
Parts of Speech
The Basic Sentence
Combining Sentences


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