PART I: AN INVITATION TO WRITING.
1. Gathering Ideas for Writing.
2. Recognizing the Elements of Good Writing.
PART II: CREATING EFFECTIVE SENTENCES.
3. Finding Subjects and Verbs in Simple Sentences.
4. Making Subjects and Verbs Agree.
5. Understanding Fragments and Phrases.
6. Combining Sentences Using Three Options for Coordination.
7. Combining Sentences Using Subordination.
8. Correcting Fragments and Run-Ons.
9. Choosing Correct Pronouns.
10. Working with Adjectives, Adverbs, and Parallel Structure.
11. Practicing Irregular Verbs.
12. Mastering Verb Tenses.
13. Using Correct Capitalization and Punctuation.
PART III: UNDERSTANDING THE POWER OF WORDS.
14. Choosing Words That Work.
15. Paying Attention to Look-Alikes and Sound-Alikes.
PART IV: CREATING EFFECTIVE PARAGRAPHS.
16. Working with Paragraphs: Topic Sentences and Controlling Ideas.
17. Working with Paragraphs: Supporting Details.
18. Developing Paragraphs: Illustration.
19. Developing Paragraphs: Narration.
20. Developing Paragraphs: Description.
21. Developing Paragraphs: Process Analysis.
22. Developing Paragraphs: Comparison/Contrast.
23. Developing Paragraphs: Cause and Effect.
24. Developing Paragraphs: Deﬁnition and Analysis.
25. Developing Paragraphs: Classification.
PART V: STRUCTURING THE COLLEGE ESSAY.
26. Moving from the Paragraph to the Essay.
27. Following the Progress of a Student Essay.
28. Writing an Essay Using Examples, Illustrations, or Anecdotes.
29. Writing an Essay Using Narration.
30. Writing an Essay Using Process Analysis.
31. Writing an Essay Using Comparison/Contrast.
32. Writing an Essay Using Persuasion.
33. Other College Writing: The Research Paper and the Essay Exam.
PART VI: FURTHER READINGS FOR THE COLLEGE WRITER.
Narration. Visiting Rites, Susan Musgrave. Summer Reading, Michael Dorris. My Daughter Smokes, Alice Walker.Description. Unforgettable Miss Bessie, Carl T. Rowan. A Day at the Theme Park, W. Bruce Cameron. Example/IllustratioN. My Heroes, Elizabeth Berg. America's Gambling Craze, James Popkin with Katia Hetter.Process.Slice of Life, Russell Baker. How to Mark a Book, Mortimer Adler. Comparison and Contrast. Neat People vs. Sloppy People, Suzanne Britt. Dream Houses, Tenaya Darlington.Cause and Effect.Why Marriages Fail, Anne Roiphe. Requiem for the Champ, June Jordan Definition and Analysis. What Is This Thing Called Family? Lee Herrick. What Is Intelligence, Anyway? Isaac Asimov. Classification.The Ways of Meeting Oppression, Martin Luther King Jr. The Changing American Family, Alvin and Heidi Toffler. Argumentation/Persuasion. Get a Knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of Guns, Molly Ivins. My Body is My Own Business, Naheed Mustafa. Why Don't These Women Just Leave? Elaine Weiss.
APPENDIX A Reference Guide for the ESOL Student.
APPENDIX B Parts of Speech.
APPENDIX C Irregular Verbs.
APPENDIX D Spelling.
APPENDIX E Transitions.
Answer Key to Practices and Selected Exercises.