Higher Education

Building Better Paragraphs, 1st Edition

  • Gina Hogan Citrus College
  • ISBN-10: 0495905151  |  ISBN-13: 9780495905158
  • 224 Pages
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $36.00
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About

Overview

Organization and structure of thoughts and ideas is essential for strong writing. Hogan approaches writing as a building activity. Students learn the writing process and concise paragraph construction using clear, step by step building blocks. In keeping with the "building" theme, patterns of writing are broken into two units: formal or prescriptive paragraph structures and informal or loose paragraph structures. Each chapter builds on the skills discussed in previous chapters. The book is economically priced and offers comprehensive coverage of the paragraph. Part of the Advantage Series.

Features and Benefits

  • The "building" theme, patterns of writing are broken into two building units: a unit for formal or prescriptive paragraph structures and a unit for informal or loose paragraph 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 sentence and paragraph writing level with Building Skills exercises. Encourages collaborative work with Building Skills Together exercises and Peer Feedback Worksheets.

Table of Contents

UNIT I: BUILDING THE FOUNDATION: THE WRITING PROCESS
Why Write? The Writing Process. Place to Start.
1. Prewriting and Planning Ideas.
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. Assignment, Purpose, Audience. Point of View.
2. Writing Stand Alone Paragraphs.
Drafting a Stand Alone Paragraph. Topic Sentence. Supporting Sentences. Supporting Sentences and Unity. Supporting Sentences and Coherence. Development Sentences. Concluding Sentence. Titles.
3. Rewriting Stand Alone Paragraphs.
Why Rewrite? Revising. Editing. Preparing Your Final Paragraph.
UNIT II: BUILDING TIGHTLY STRUCTURED PARAGRAPHS.
4. Illustration: Building Paragraphs with Examples.
Writing an Illustration Paragraph. Topic Sentence. Supporting Sentences. Development Sentences: FRIEDs. Concluding Sentence. Example of an Illustration Paragraph.
5. Cause and Effect: Building Paragraphs with Reasons and Results.
Writing a Cause and Effect Paragraph. Topic Sentence. Supporting Sentences. Development Sentences: FRIEDs. Concluding Sentence. Example of a Cause and Effect Paragraph.
6. Classification: Building Paragraphs with Classes.
Writing a Classification Paragraph. Topic Sentence. Supporting Sentences. Development Sentences: FRIEDs. Concluding Sentence. Example of a Classification Paragraph.
7. Comparison/Contrast: Building Paragraphs with Similarities or Differences.
Writing a Comparison and Contrast Paragraph. Topic Sentence. Supporting Sentences. Development Sentences: FRIEDs. Concluding Sentence. Example of a Comparison and Contrast Paragraph.
UNIT III: BUILDING LOOSELY STRUCTURED PARAGRAPHS.
8. Description: Building Paragraphs with Imagery.
Writing a Description Paragraph. Topic Sentence. Supporting and Development Sentences: Sensory Details. Concluding Sentence. Example of Description Paragraph.
9. Narration: Building Paragraphs with Stories.
Writing a Narration Paragraph. Topic Sentence. Supporting Sentences and Development Sentences: BCOOL. Concluding Sentence. Example of a Narration Paragraph.
10. Definition: Building Paragraphs with Clarifications.
Writing a Definition Paragraph. Topic Sentence. Supporting Sentences and Development Sentences. Concluding Sentence. Example of a Definition Paragraph.
UNIT IV: BUILDING AN ESSAY FROM PARAGRAPHS.
11. Writing an Essay. The Three Parts of an Essay. Introduction. Body. Conclusion. Example Paragraph to Essay.
APPENDICES.
Appendix A: Common Sentence Errors. Appendix B: Commonly Used Transitions.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"This book does a nice job of introducing the concepts behind generating ideas and crafting basic texts from start to finish. The inclusion of a good number of sample texts help demonstrate target forms and give Ss something to model their forms after. I love having a variety of examples of different rhetorical forms, and I think the Ss really appreciate being given level-appropriate targets to aim for."

— Lara Messersmith-Glavin, Portland Community College

"I have truly been looking for a text just like this. It meets the needs of my paragraph to essay course."

— Karen Taylor, Belmont Technical College

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Instructor Supplements

Grammar, Paragraphs and Essays Instructor's Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 0840028423 | ISBN-13: 9780840028426)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Gina Hogan

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.