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The Writer's Workplace with Readings: Building College Writing Skills, 8th Edition

  • Sandra Scarry Formerly with the Office of Academic Affairs, City University of New York
  • John Scarry Hostos Community College, City University of New York
  • ISBN-10: 1285063848  |  ISBN-13: 9781285063843
  • 784 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2005
  • © 2014 | Published
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Covering concepts from grammar through essay writing, THE WRITER'S WORKPLACE WITH READINGS: BUILDING COLLEGE WRITING SKILLS is the most comprehensive and engaging text available for the beginning writing student. Based on many years of classroom teaching and research, this approachable text reflects the authors' goal of building and sustaining students' confidence in their writing by breaking down difficult writing concepts into easy-to-read, step-by-step explanations. Mastery Tests at the end of each grammar and mechanics chapter reinforce new concepts, and Working Together activities provide instructors with easy-to-incorporate lessons designed for group work and lively class discussions. Writing examples and exercises new to the Eighth Edition include high interest topics such as the increasing disparity between rich and poor, television programming, student debt, and being realistic when choosing career goals.

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  • All grammar concepts are presented with careful explanation and numerous illustrative examples, easing students into the material in a respectful and reassuring manner.
  • Extensive practice and exercise sets follow each concept so that students can practice mastering the material that was presented before moving on to the next topic. Each concept builds on what has been mastered in the previous section.
  • A wealth of new practices and exercises provide fresh content for this edition, most notably the inclusion of current topics such as the increasing disparity between rich and poor, television programming; student debt; being realistic when choosing career goals; zoos and animal rights. The exploration of these and many other human interest stories will spark classroom discussions that give students a springboard for their writing.
  • Mastery Tests at the end of each of the grammar and mechanics chapters reinforce all of the concepts taught in the chapter, while the editing tests offer a cumulative review of what was learned in previous chapters as well.
  • Many model paragraphs include fine writing from such well-known names as E. B. White, Colin Powell, and Deborah Tannen. Hundreds of writing topics are suggested to encourage the creative process.
  • The new Part 6, "Summarizing Short Texts" instructs students in the skill of summarizing, taking the student through a series of activities directly related to their other college courses. Ten short texts are excerpted from a variety of disciplines such as sociology, psychology, and anthropology. The need to summarize is becoming increasingly important in regional and national exit writing exams, all designed to demonstrate student competence in college level work.
  • The nine new readings in the Part 7 "Further Readings" section include the always relevant essay by Brent Staples, "Black Men and Public Space"; the growing debate on the future of books, Nicholas Carr's "Don't Bury the Books Just Yet"; the beautifully descriptive "Gardenland" by Michael Nava; and the critical analysis of a modern phenomenon, "Fraternities of Netheads," by Kimberly Young. These essays and others provide provocative ideas for classroom debate leading to challenging writing assignments.
  • An active reading section preceding Part 7's "Further Readings" reinforces expectations for how college students should read their texts. The 21 essays that follow have been carefully chosen to supplement the rhetorical models presented throughout the text. Their provocative and entertaining content will provide many opportunities for lively discussion, analysis, and writing.
  • A rhetorical table of contents enables instructors and students alike to locate particular paragraphs and essays with ease.
  • Chapter 32 has added a new pro and con debate on the importance of career counseling during the first of college. Other short model arguments include the use of cell phones while driving, and laptops in the classroom.
  • Chapter 33 has been improved to make the process of writing and documenting a research paper more accessible. Practicing the skills of quoting, summarizing, paraphrasing will teach students how to recognize plagiarism and how to avoid it.
  • The "Working Together" feature at the end of each chapter offers the instructor a lesson that is a change of pace. Intended to provoke lively classroom discussions, these one-class lesson plans often focus on skills that are conducive to collaborative work, such as brainstorming or editing. Many topics are purposely college focused (personalities in the classroom) or work-related (sexual harassment) thus providing students with issues that are of concern to them.
  • Five appendices offer students guidance and easy reference material on parts of speech, irregular verbs, spelling, transitions, and an ESOL guide--giving them the tools they need to produce grammatical essays.
  • The answer key provides answers to approximately one third of the exercises. This allows students to discover for themselves whether or not they need additional practice on a given topic.

Table of Contents

PART I: AN INVITATION TO WRITING.
1. Gathering Ideas for Writing.
Overview of the Writing Process. Journal Writing. Focused Freewriting. Conducting Interviews and Surveys. Working Together: Taking a Survey: Student Attitudes about Writing.
2. Recognizing the Elements of Good Writing.
The Subject: What the Writing Is about. Purpose: The Writer''s Intention. Audience: The Writer''s Intended Readers. Voice: How the Writer''s Attitude Is Revealed. Unity: All Parts Relating to the Central Theme. Coherence: Clear and Logical Progression of Thought. Working Together Knowing Your Audience.
PART II: CREATING EFFECTIVE SENTENCES.
3. Finding Subjects and Verbs in Simple Sentences.
What Is a Complete Sentence? How Do You Find the Subject of a Sentence? How Do You Find the Verb of a Sentence? How Do You Identify the Parts of Speech? Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Crossword Puzzle: Reviewing the Terms for Sentence Parts.
4. Making Subjects and Verbs Agree.
What Is Subject-Verb Agreement? Subject-Verb Agreement with Personal Pronouns. Subject-Verb Agreement with the Verbs Do and Be. Subject-Verb Agreement with Hard-to-Find Subjects. Subject-Verb Agreement with Collective Nouns. Subject-Verb Agreement with Indefinite Pronouns. Subject-Verb Agreement with Compound Subjects. Subject-Verb Agreement with Unusual Nouns. Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Focused Freewriting: Preserving Family History.
5. Understanding Fragments and Phrases.
What Is a Fragment? How Do You Correct a Fragment? What Is a Phrase and How Many Kinds of Phrases Are There? The Three Functions of the Present Participle. How Do You Make a Complete Sentence from a Fragment that Contains a Participle? Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Examining an Advertisement for Fragments.
6. Combining Sentences Using Three Options for Coordination.
What Is Coordination? First Option for Coordination: Using a Comma Plus a Coordinating Conjunction. Second Option for Coordination: Using a Semicolon, an Adverbial Conjunction, and a Comma. Third Option for Coordination: Using a Semicolon. Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Causes and Effects: Dropping Out of College.
7. Combining Sentences Using Subordination.
What Is Subordination? The Difference Between an Independent Clause and a Dependent Clause. Using Subordinating Conjunctions. Using Relative Pronouns. Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Narrowing the Topic through Group Discussion: A Person''s First Job.
8. Correcting Fragments and Run-Ons.
What Is a Fragment? What Is a Run-On? Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Discussion and Summary: Hazing on College Campuses.
9. Choosing Correct Pronouns.
Pronouns and Case. Pronoun Case with Comparisons. Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Discussion and Summary: The Big Business of College Sports.
10. Working with Adjectives, Adverbs, and Parallel Structure.
What Is the Difference between an Adjective and an Adverb? Adjectives and Adverbs Used in Comparisons. The Most Commonly Confused Adjectives and Adverbs. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers. Avoiding the Double Negative with the Adverb not and Other Negative Words. Parallel Structure: Making a Series of Words, Phrases, or Clauses Balanced within the Sentence. Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Preparing and Editing a Résumé.
11. Mastering Irregular Verb Forms.
What Are the Principal Parts of Irregular Verbs? Practicing Fifty Irregular Verbs. More Irregular Verbs. Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Preparing for a Job Interview.
12. Mastering Verb Tenses.
How Many Verb Tenses Are There in English? How Do You Use the Present Perfect and the Past Perfect Tenses? What Is the Sequence of Tenses? Avoiding Unnecessary Shifts in Verb Tense. What Is the Difference between the Passive Voice and the Active Voice? What Is the Subjunctive Mood? Knowing How to Use should/would; can/could; will/would; and used to/supposed to. Mastery and Editing Test. Working Together: Problem Solving: Integrity in the Workplace.
13. Using Correct Capitalization and Punctuation.
Ten Basic Rules of Capitalization. Ten Basic Uses of the Comma. Three Uses for the Apostrophe. Four Uses for Quotation Marks. Three Uses for the Semicolon. Four Uses for the Colon. Use of Dashes and Parentheses. Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Writing a Review: Eating Out.
PART III: UNDERSTANDING THE POWER OF WORDS.
14. Choosing Words That Work.
Using Words Rich in Meaning. Understanding Loaded Words: Denotation/Connotation. Wordiness: In Writing, Less Can Be More! Recognizing Language Appropriate for Formal Writing. Studying a Student Essay for Word Choices. Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Being Tactful in the Workplace.
15. Paying Attention to Look-Alikes and Sound-Alikes.
Group I: Words that Sound Alike. Group II: Words that Sound Alike. Group III: Contractions that Sound Like Other Words. Group IV: Words that Sound or Look Almost Alike. Group V: Words that Sound or Look Almost Alike. Group VI: lay/lie, raise/rise, and set/sit. Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Examining the Issue of Plagiarism.
PART IV: CREATING EFFECTIVE PARAGRAPHS.
16. Working with Paragraphs: Topic Sentences and Controlling Ideas.
What Is a Paragraph? What Is a Topic Sentence? What Is a Controlling Idea? Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Exploring Controlling Ideas: A Person''s Lifestyle.
17. Working with Paragraphs: Supporting Details.
What Is a Supporting Detail? How Do You Choose Supporting Details? Avoiding Restatement of the Topic Sentence. How Do You Make Supporting Details Specific? Working Together: Peer Editing: Recording Family, Community, or National Traditions.
18. Developing Paragraphs: Illustration.
What Is Illustration? Where Does the Writer Find Examples? Achieving Coherence. Writing a Paragraph Using a Step-by-Step Approach to Illustration. Studying Model Paragraphs to Create Paragraphs Using Illustration. Working Together: Researching Examples: Phobias.
19. Developing Paragraphs: Narration.
What Is Narration? Using Narration to Make a Point. Achieving Coherence. Writing a Narrative Paragraph Using a Step-by-Step Approach. Studying Model Paragraphs to Create Paragraphs Using Narration. Working Together: Telling Stories That Make a Point.
20. Developing Paragraphs: Description.
What Is Description? Working with Description. Achieving Coherence: Putting Details in Spatial Order. Writing a Descriptive Paragraph Using a Step-by-Step Approach. Studying Model Paragraphs to Create Descriptive Paragraphs. Working Together: Writing a Character Sketch.
21. Developing Paragraphs: Process Analysis.
What Is Process Analysis? Making Sure All the Steps Are Included. Achieving Coherence. Writing a Process Paragraph Using a Step-by-Step Approach. Studying Model Paragraphs to Create Process Paragraphs. Working Together: Building a Team.
22. Developing Paragraphs: Comparison/Contrast.
What Is Comparison/Contrast?. Choosing a Two-Part Topic. Achieving Coherence: Two Approaches to Ordering Material. Achieving Coherence: Using Transitions. Writing a Comparison/Contrast Paragraph Using a Step-by-Step Approach. Studying Model Paragraphs to Create Comparison or Contrast Paragraphs. Working Together: A Before and After Story.
23. Developing Paragraphs: Cause and Effect.
What Is Cause and Effect? Recognizing Terms that Signal Cause and Effect. Avoiding Errors in Logic. Achieving Coherence: Using Transitions. Writing a Cause and Effect Paragraph Using a Step-by-Step Approach. Studying Model Paragraphs to Create Cause and Effect Paragraphs. Working Together: Looking at Immediate and Long-Term Effects: The Story of Rosa Parks.
24. Developing Paragraphs: Definition and Analysis.
What Is Definition? Defining by Negation. Defining with Examples. Defining with Analysis or Extended Definition. Writing a Definition Paragraph Using a Step-by-Step Approach. Studying Model Paragraphs to Create Definition Paragraphs. Working Together: Who Is a Hero?
25. Developing Paragraphs: Classification.
What Is Classification? Finding the Basis for Classification. Making Distinct Categories. Making the Classification Complete. Making Sure the Classification Has a Useful Purpose. Achieving Coherence. Writing a Classification Paragraph Using a Step-by-Step Approach. Studying Model Paragraphs to Create Classification Paragraphs. Working Together: Classification: Personalities in the Classroom.
PART V: STRUCTURING THE COLLEGE ESSAY.
26. Moving From the Paragraph to the Essay.
What Is a College Essay? What Is a Thesis Statement? Creating an Effective Thesis Statement. Writing an Effective Introductory Paragraph. Achieving Coherence by Using Transitions. Writing an Effective Concluding Paragraph. A Note about Titles. Working Together: Planning the Parts of an Essay.
27. Following the Progress of a Student Essay.
The Assignment: Description of a School Experience. Step 1: Using Prewriting Techniques to Explore What You Know About the Topic. Step 2: Finding the Controlling Idea for the Thesis Statement. Step 3: Deciding on the Topic Sentences for Three or More Body Paragraphs. Step 4: Writing the Introductory Paragraph. Step 5: Studying the Student Essay for Paragraph Development. Step 6: Putting the Draft into Essay Form with a Concluding Paragraph. Step 7: Revising the Draft Using Peer Evaluation. Step 8: Proofreading the Final Essay for Errors and Omissions. Working Together: Peer Editing: The Revision Stage.
28. Writing an Essay Using Examples, Illustrations, or Anecdotes.
Exploring the Topic: Living with a Disability. Reading a Model Essay with Examples, Illustrations, or Anecdotes. Darkness at Noon, Harold Krents. Writing an Essay Using Examples, Illustrations, or Anecdotes. Working Together: Brainstorming for Examples: Job Advancement.
29. Writing an Essay Using Narration.
Exploring the Topic: A Lasting Childhood Memory. Reading a Model Essay with Narrative Elements. Salvation, Langston Hughes. Writing an Essay Using Narration. Working Together: Sharing Our Narratives.
30. Writing an Essay Using Process Analysis.
Exploring the Topic: Preparing for a Job Interview. Reading a Model Essay with Steps in a Process. How to Ace a Job Interview, Richard Koonce. Writing an Essay Using Process Analysis (How to…). Working Together: Deciding on Logical Order: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.
31. Writing an Essay Using Comparison/Contrast.
Exploring the Topic: Men and Women Look at Beauty. Reading a Model Essay That Uses Comparison/Contrast. The Ugly Truth About Beauty, Dave Barry. Writing an Essay Using Comparison/Contrast. Working Together: Contrasting Men and Women.
32. Writing an Essay Using Persuasion.
What Is Persuasion? Analysis of a Basic Persuasive Essay. Guidelines for Writing a Persuasive Essay. Opposing Viewpoints: Should Career Counseling Be Mandatory in the First Year of College? Achieving Coherence. Opposing Viewpoints: Should Laptops Be Allowed in the Classrooms? Suggested Topics for Writing a Persuasive Essay. Working Together: Analyzing a Newspaper Editorial.
33. Other College Writing: The Research Paper and The Essay Exam.
How to Write and Document a Research Paper. Sample entries. How to Take an Essay Exam: Writing Well under Pressure. Working Together: Incorporating Sources: Using Direct and Indirect Quotation, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing.
PART VI: SUMMARIZING SHORT TEXTS.
PART VII: FURTHER READINGS FOR THE COLLEGE WRITER.
Strategies for the Active Reader. Previewing. Annotating/Taking Notes. An Annotated Text. Rereading. Narration. Visiting Rites, Susan Musgrave. Summer Reading, Michael Dorris. Hunting Deer With My Flintlock, Seamus McGraw. Description. A Day at the Theme Park, W. Bruce Cameron. Gardenland, Michael Nava. Example/Illustration. Black Men and Public Space, Brent Staples. Friendless in North America, Ellen Goodman Fidelity, Scott Russell Sanders. Process. Slice of Life, Russell Baker. How to Mark a Book, Mortimer Adler. Comparison/Contrast. Neat People vs. Sloppy People, Suzanne Britt. Dream Houses, Tenaya Darlington. Cause and Effect. Why Marriages Fail, Anne Roiphe. Fraternities of Netheads: Internet Addiction on Campus, Kimberly Young. Definition and Analysis. What Is This Thing Called Family? Lee Herrick. Giving Students the Heroes They Need, Peter H. Gibbon. Classification. The Ways We Lie, Stephanie Ericsson. The Changing American Family, Alvin and Heidi Toffler. Argumentation/Persuasion. Don''t Bury the Books Just Yet, Nicholas Carr. Get a Knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of Guns, Molly Ivins. Why Don''t These Women Just Leave? Elaine Weiss.
APPENDIX A. REFERENCE GUIDE FOR THE ESOL STUDENT. Using the Articles a, an, and the. English Word Order. The Idiomatic Use of Prepositions. Special Problems with English Verbs. ESOL Word Confusions. Other ESOL Concerns Addressed in The Writer''s Workplace.
APPENDIX B. PARTS OF SPEECH. Nouns. Pronouns. Adjectives. Verbs. Adverbs. Prepositions. Conjunctions. Interjections. Studying the Context.
APPENDIX C. IRREGULAR VERBS.
APPENDIX D. SPELLING. Forming the Plurals of Nouns. Adding Endings to Words Ending in y. Learning to Spell ie or ei Words. When Should the Final Consonant of a Word Be Doubled?Is It One Word or Two? Spelling Commonly Mispronounced Words. Spelling Two Hundred Tough Words.
APPENDIX E. TRANSITIONS.
Answer Key to Practices and Selected Exercises

What's New

  • Focus on Engaging Students-- Because students often have difficulty understanding how the skills in this course will connect with their future courses, there is a new focus throughout the book on engaging students in the course.
  • Front Matter--A new section in the front matter attempts to help students answer: "Why am I here?" and "Why do I have to take this course? Part Openers--Part Openers now include an interesting image and writing prompt that helps students think about college success, problem solving, future success, etc.
  • Exercises--Where appropriate, more of the continuous discourse exercises will include questions that tie in to college success. This edition adds topics such as students volunteering in their communities; distractions that impede college success; student internships; giving an oral presentation; and procrastination.
  • New Practices and Exercises--A wealth of new practices and exercises provide fresh content for this edition, most notably the inclusion of current topics such as the increasing disparity between rich and poor; television programming; student debt; being realistic when choosing career goals; zoos and animal rights. The exploration of these and many other human interest stories will spark classroom discussions that give students a springboard for their writing.
  • New "Working Togethers"--There are several new "Working Together" topics relating to college concerns: hazing; college sports and salaries; responsibility to our veterans; the problem of college dropouts; and an inspiring story from the NPR Series, "This I Believe."
  • New "Write for Success" Feature-- A new feature has been added at the end of each chapter in Parts 1-5 that is designed to get students thinking about and writing about college and future success. Thirty-three topics include subjects such as the qualities of successful students; making use of college resources; assessing strengths and weaknesses; the difference between being sad and being depressed; the common college health hazards; and different learning styles.
  • New Part 6, "Summarizing Short Texts"--The new Part 6 instructs students in the skill of summarizing, taking the student through a series of activities directly related to their other college courses. Ten short texts are excerpted from a variety of disciplines such as sociology, psychology, and anthropology. The need to summarize is becoming increasingly important in regional and national exit writing exams, all designed to demonstrate student competence in college level work.
  • New Pro-Con Debate--Chapter 32 has added a new pro and con debate on the importance of career counseling during the first of college.
  • Nine New Readings--The nine new readings in the "Further Readings" section include the always relevant essay by Brent Staples, "Black Men and Public Space"; the growing debate on the future of books, Nicholas Carr's "Don't Bury the Books Just Yet"; the beautifully descriptive "Gardenland" by Michael Nava; and the critical analysis of a modern phenomenon, "Fraternities of Netheads," by Kimberly Young.

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Author Bio

Sandra Scarry

Sandra Scarry is the former Academic Coordinator of the COPE program (College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment) at The City University of New York. She came to that position after many years of classroom teaching in English and ESOL. She has published numerous textbooks in the areas of grammar and writing.

John Scarry

John Scarry holds a Ph.D. from New York University and was the senior professor in the English Department of Hostos Community College, The City University of New York. He has been publishing writing textbooks for thirty-five years and his scholarly articles have appeared in many journals here and abroad.