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The Write Start, Paragraph to Essay: With Student and Professional Readings, 5th Edition

  • Lawrence Checkett St. Charles Community College
  • Gayle Feng-Checkett St. Charles Community College
  • ISBN-10: 128517514X  |  ISBN-13: 9781285175140
  • 480 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2005
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $108.00
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Overview

THE WRITE START: PARAGRAPHS TO ESSAYS introduces the developing writer to the basic elements necessary for writing effective essays in the academic environment. The Fifth Edition focuses first on writing paragraphs that express thoughts about a topic, and then on expanding the topic to the longer essay format. These skills help students communicate more effectively and prepare them for the rigors of their first college-level composition course. Extended material for teachers who have ESL students alongside native speakers in the developmental classroom includes highlighted material in the instructional chapters, as well as, extensive grammar practice in the Writer's Resources section, which is targeted toward non-native speakers needing supplemental instruction.

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Features and Benefits

  • Notable features include chapter warm-up exercises with photographs, end-of-chapter writing assignments that reinforce learning and help students apply what they have read, reading comprehension questions, and exercises in the Writer's Resources section that provide additional practice in the areas of grammar, punctuation, style, and word choice.
  • Readings are ranked according to the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Levels to address the challenge instructors and departments face in their classrooms with the variance in students' reading abilities. The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level score is indicated in a bracket following the title of the essay (essays will be marked with an "Accessible" for easy reading and comprehension, "Medium" for intermediate reading and comprehension, and "Challenging" for more advanced reading and comprehension).
  • This text has additional material for teachers who have ESL students alongside native speakers in the developmental classroom. This includes highlighted material in the instructional chapters and an extensive Writer's Resources section, which contains extensive grammar practice targeted toward non-native speakers needing supplemental instruction.
  • In The Writer's Resources section, "Read All about It" exercises are included. "Read All about It" exercises are taken from essays in the Additional Readings section, and they are easily identified by the "Read All About It" box in the margin next to each exercise. The page numbers refer to the essay in the Additional Readings section, so instructors can have students looks at the full essay and context from where the exercise was taken.
  • "Three-Item Essay Map" presents a five-paragraph essay structure with three body paragraphs to help students understand, incorporate, and master the writing process.

Table of Contents

1. To the Student.
2. Critical Thinking: The Connection between Reading and Writing.
Part I: GETTING STARTED: THE FUNDAMENTALS.
3. The Writing Process.
4. The Introductory Paragraph.
5. The Body Paragraphs.
6. The Concluding Paragraph.
Part II: MOVING FORWARD: STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPING ESSAYS. 7. The Descriptive Essay.
8. The Narrative Essay.
9. The Example Essay.
10. The Classification Essay.
11. The Process Essay.
12. The Comparison or Contrast Essay.
13. The Definition Essay.
14. The Cause or Effect Essay.
15. The Persuasive Essay.
Part III: SPECIAL WRITING SITUATIONS. 16. The Research Paper.
17. The Essay Exam.
Part IV: THE WRITER'S RESOURCES.
18. Nouns and Pronouns.
19. Verbs and Verbals.
20. Adjectives and Adverbs.
21. Basics of Sentence Structure.
22. Phrases.
23. Additional Practice with Prepositions.
24. Articles and Interjections.
25. Correcting Common Errors.
26. Sentence Combining Practice.
27. Punctuation and Other Rules of Style.
28. Capitalization and Numbers.
29. Words and Meaning.
30. Words That Sound Alike.
31. Contractions That Sound Like Other Words.
32. Words That Sound or Look Almost Alike.
33. Confusing Verbs That Sound Alike.
34. Two- and Three-Word Verb Phrases.
35. Editing Practice for Appropriate Word Choice.
Additional Readings.
Limited Answer Key.
Glossary.
Credits.
Index.

What's New

  • The Correcting Common Error section has been updated to highlight the grammar and sentence skills that most often trip up students.
  • New readings include "In the Shadow of Man" by Jane Goodall, "Children in the Woods" by Barry Lopez, and "Dumpster Diving" by Lars Eighner.
  • Icons have been added to the exercises to represent a building block approach to learning skills.
  • New material has been added that walks the students through the process of writing a summary paragraph.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"The Write Start takes great care when looking at paragraph structure, and clearly outlines the writing process. Paragraphs to Essays is an excellent resource to help students develop and build step-by-step writing skills."

— Brenda Mauldin, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

"The Write Start is a comprehensive text that includes sections on the writing process and genres, grammar and mechanics, and additional readings, all the while incorporating an appreciation of diversity and an array of multicultural perspectives."

— Andrea Neptune, Sierra College

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource Manual and Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285177770 | ISBN-13: 9781285177779)

The Instructor's Resource Manual and Test Bank features teaching tips (including syllabus preparation, information on using the text, ESL coverage, and more), transparency slides, a printed test bank, Writer's Resources Quizzes, a Mid-Term Exam and Final Exam, and an Answer Key.

Examview®  (ISBN-10: 1285415787 | ISBN-13: 9781285415789)

Featuring automatic grading, this text-specific ExamView® allows you to create, deliver, and customize tests and study guides (both print and online) in minutes. See assessments onscreen exactly as they will print or display online. Build tests and enter an unlimited number of new questions or edit existing questions.

Aplia™, 1 term Instant Access for Basic Writing 2  (ISBN-10: 1428274340 | ISBN-13: 9781428274341)

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Aplia™, 1 term Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1428275746 | ISBN-13: 9781428275744)

APLIA FOR BASIC WRITING: LEVEL II provides your students with engaging online practice, covering key writing concepts with interactive exercises. Your students unique needs will be addressed through Diagnostic Assessments, pinpointing their areas of strength and those where they need the most remediation, and allowing them to focus on the concepts that they most need to address. Your students will work through concepts step-by-step, first practicing the fundamentals of writing concepts, then moving up to critical thinking skills to show their knowledge of the rules of writing concepts. A large an randomized pool of questions provides your students multiple opportunities to master each concept. The terminology, definitions, and difficulty of the material in APLIA FOR BASIC WRITING: LEVEL II is consistent with the best-selling textbooks in the market. Finally, through APLIA's user-friendly grading and performance interface, you will be able to quickly and easily track both individual and class-wide student performance, as well as generate and download detailed reports about your students.

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Student Supplements

Aplia™, 1 term Instant Access for Basic Writing 2  (ISBN-10: 1428274340 | ISBN-13: 9781428274341)

Succeed in your course with Aplia’s interactive learning system--featuring practice problems with immediate feedback and tools developed specifically for BASIC WRITING 2, 1st Edition, including step-by-step explanations that help you improve your reasoning and skills, interactive assignments that help you understand difficult or counterintuitive concepts, and more. Aplia has already helped more than a million students succeed in college classes.

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Aplia™, 1 term Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1428275746 | ISBN-13: 9781428275744)

APLIA FOR BASIC WRITING: LEVEL II provides you with engaging online practice, covering key writing concepts with interactive exercises. Your unique needs will be addressed through Diagnostic Assessments, pinpointing your areas of strength and those where you need the most remediation, and allowing you to focus on the concepts that you most need to address. APLIA FOR BASIC WRITING: LEVEL II will take you through concepts step-by-step, first practicing the fundamentals of writing concepts, then moving up to critical thinking skills to understand the rules of writing concepts. A large an randomized pool of questions provides you multiple opportunities to master each concept.

List Price = $80.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $60.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Lawrence Checkett

Lawrence Checkett is originally from St. Louis and received his undergraduate degree in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. While an undergraduate, Checkett helped publish the first student art magazine containing original stories, poems, art, and photography by fellow students. He did graduate work at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Webster University where he received his M.A. degree in Literature. While at Webster University, he was the first assistant editor on the newly created Webster Review, now in its 30th year of production. He has completed post-graduate work through California State University, studying literature, music, architecture, history, and film.

Gayle Feng-Checkett

Gayle Feng-Checkett is originally from California and received her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Spanish from the University of Redlands in 1974. She received her M.A. in English with a minor in Spanish from the University of North Dakota and continued her graduate work with studies in Teaching English as a Second Language. Feng-Checkett's special interests in teaching are in Composition, Comparative Literature, and Teaching English as a Second Language.