Higher Education

Get Writing: Sentences and Paragraphs, 3rd Edition

  • Mark Connelly Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • ISBN-10: 1111772169  |  ISBN-13: 9781111772161
  • 560 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2006
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $124.50
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GET WRITING: SENTENCES AND PARAGRAPHS is a flexible textbook that meets the needs of a variety of developmental writers including those in career and community as well as four-year schools, and those for whom English is a second language. GET WRITING gives students the opportunity to acquire skills and develop confidence in their own writing, by providing clear steps and strategies as well as practice opportunities. A colorful and engaging format helps students stay motivated and quickly grasp chapter content. Students can choose writing topics that relate to their own lives or chosen careers, with sample student, professional, and workplace models. GET WRITING promotes critical thinking skills by asking students to reflect on their choices throughout the writing process, and stresses the importance of evaluating, revising, and editing their writing.

Features and Benefits

  • "Strategies" and "Steps for Writing" boxes provide numbered lists to guide students in planning, writing, and revising their work.
  • "Writing at Work" documents and professional essays are used to illustrate how writers use patterns of development in the workplace.
  • "Chapter Goals" open each chapter to give students a quick overview of what they will be learning.
  • "Top Twenty" icons alert students to the most common writing problems. These problems were identified by a national survey of developmental writing instructors.
  • Exercises following each major topic enable students to practice what they have just learned, by writing or revising sentences, paragraphs, and short essays.
  • "Exam Skills" features provide instruction in how to read and interpret exam questions, with sample responses from different disciplines.
  • "Get Writing" prompts provide suggested writing topics; within every writing chapter, one "Get Writing" prompt focuses on a contemporary image, to encourage students to evaluate and write about what they see.
  • "Get Thinking and Writing" assignments provide challenging topics from everyday situations at work or school.
  • "Working Together" features encourage students to work together to analyze, revise, or respond to essays or writing topics.
  • Sample student essays from a variety of disciplines are followed by questions that prompt students to analyze the writing, evaluate the writer's strategy, and determine how specific language choices inform the writing.
  • A brief Handbook at the end of the text provides basic instruction on sentence structure, common sentence errors, and rules and strategies for correct grammar, mechanics, and spelling.

Table of Contents

1. Why Write?
2. The Writing Process.
3. Developing Topic Sentences and Controlling Ideas.
4. Supporting Topic Sentences with Details.
5. Developing Paragraphs Using Description.
6. Developing Paragraphs Using Narration.
7. Developing Paragraphs Using Example.
8. Developing Paragraphs Using Comparison and Contrast.
9. Developing Paragraphs Using Cause and Effect.
10. Toward the Essay.
11. Writing at Work.
12. Recognizing the Power of Words.
13. Writing Sentences.
14. Avoiding Fragments.
15. Building Sentences Using Coordination and Subordination.
16. Repairing Run-ons and Comma Splices.
17. Correcting Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers.
18. Understanding Parallelism.
19. Subject-Verb Agreement.
20. Verb Tense, Mood, and Voice.
21. Pronoun Reference, Agreement, and Case.
22. Adjectives and Adverbs.
23. Using Prepositions.
24. Using Commas and Semicolons.
25. Using Other Marks of Punctuation/
26. Using Capitalization.
27. Correcting Spelling Errors.

What's New

  • NEW focus on skills of critical thinking and revising is reflected in the features now called "Critical Thinking: What Are You Trying to Say?" and "Revising: What Have You Written?", which encourage students to evaluate and edit their own writing.
  • NEW "Exam Practice" exercises help students practice timed writing in preparation for essay exams.
  • NEW photographs provide contemporary images to be used as thinking and writing prompts.
  • Added material on The College Writing Context, including the need to think critically and evaluate sources, in Chapter 1, Why Write?
  • "Avoiding Plagiarism" is now addressed in Chapter 1, as well as in later chapters, to ensure that students understand how to obtain, incorporate, and document sources.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"This book is comprehensive and provides lots of guidance to me as a teacher. Although I usually can't cover all the material offered, I find plenty to choose from for each topic I wish to talk about. I especially like the chapters on writing different kinds of paragraphs. I also like the way the material is presented, with colored boxes, sidebars and photographs to make the pages more interesting."

— Laurie Watson, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

"[Chapters in Part I, Getting Started] provide an excellent overview of the writing process and the relation of writer to reader. . . The goal is to get these students into the transfer composition course, so the work on critical thinking and avoiding plagiarism are useful too."

— James Sodon, St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley


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Instructor Supplements

Get Writing: Sentences & Paragraphs, 3rd: PowerLecture CD-ROM with ExamView Test Generator  (ISBN-10: 1133433987 | ISBN-13: 9781133433989)

This easy-to-use CD-ROM provides a variety of teaching tools, including the Instructor's Resource Manual with Test Bank. PowerLecture also features ExamView® (Windows/Macintosh), an assessment and tutorial system that cover the skills and concepts presented allows you to create, deliver, and customize tests and study guides(both print and online) in the textbook minutes.

Get Writing: Sentences & Paragraphs, 3rd: Instructor’s Resource Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1133433995 | ISBN-13: 9781133433996)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Mark Connelly

Mark Connelly teaches at Milwaukee Area Technical College. He is the author of several books including THE SUNDANCE READER, THE SUNDANCE WRITER, and the developmental series GET WRITING.