Higher Education

Inside Writing: Form B, 7th Edition

  • William Salomone Palomar College
  • Stephen McDonald Palomar College
  • Martin Japtok Palomar College
  • ISBN-10: 1285445872  |  ISBN-13: 9781285445878
  • 480 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2005, 2001
  • © 2015 | Published
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Overview

Effectively integrating grammar instruction with writing practice, INSIDE WRITING: A WRITER'S WORKBOOK WITH READINGS, FORM B combines a thorough introduction to essential writing concepts with abundant examples and exercises to help students become more effective writers. INSIDE WRITING uses a clear and consistent structure to break down complex material into manageable segments and to facilitate student learning. In every chapter, dedicated sections cover the major principles of basic grammar, sentence construction, and paragraph writing. Newly updated and expanded, the sixth edition of this trusted text provides more extensive practice, new allusions, exercises, and examples.

Features and Benefits

  • One-third of the extensive practices and exercises included in the text are new to the sixth edition, providing greater currency and variety.
  • A new appendix, “Working with ESL Issues,” examines the common concerns of ESL students, including correct use of count and non-count nouns, articles, subjects, helping verbs and main verbs, two-word verbs, and adjective placement. The appendix includes practices to assist ESL students as they review this material.
  • The new edition features updated and expanded coverage of several essential topics, including an all-new discussion of comparative and superlative forms in Chapter 1. New sentence-combining exercises have been added in Section 4 of nearly every chapter.
  • The consistent use of five structured sections integrating the major principles of basic grammar, sentence construction, and paragraph writing within each chapter facilitates learning by breaking down the material into manageable segments.
  • Many practice exercises develop thematic ideas and contain a variety of cultural, mythological, literary, and historical allusions. This popular feature not only stimulates student interest but also reminds students that the educated writer has command of more than just correct mechanics, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Nineteen reading selections parallel and reinforce the writing assignments in each of the first six chapters.
  • The paragraph-writing practice section in each chapter teaches students to write in five different rhetorical modes while it reinforces the grammar sections through practical application of the rules of sentence structure.
  • Answers to all practice exercises are included at the back of the text, allowing students to receive immediate feedback on their comprehension and application of essential skills.

Table of Contents

Preface.
Acknowledgements.
1. NAMING THE PARTS.
Section I: Subjects and Verbs. Subjects: Nouns and Pronouns.
Verbs. Identifying Subjects and Verbs. Section I Review.
Section II: Modifiers.
Adjectives. Adverbs. Comparative and Superlative Forms. Using Adjectives and Adverbs Correctly. Section Two Review.
Section III: Connectors.
Conjunctions. Prepositions. Prepositional Phrases. Section Three Review.
Section IV: Sentence Practice: Embedding Adjectives, Adverbs, and Prepositional Phrases.
Sentence Combining Exercises.
Section V: Paragraph Practice: Narrating an Event.
Writing Assignment. Reading Assignment. Prewriting to Generate Ideas. Choosing and Narrowing the Topic. Writing a Topic Sentence. Organizing Details. Writing the Paragraph. Rewriting and Improving the Paragraph. Improving Supporting Details. Proofreading. Chapter One Practice Test.
2. UNDERSTANDING SENTENCE PATTERNS.
Section I: Clauses.
Main Clauses and Subordinate Clauses. Subordinators. Adverb and Adjective Subordinate Clauses. Section I Review.
Section II: Simple, Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex Sentences.
The Simple Sentence. The Compound Sentence. The Complex Sentence. The Compound-Complex Sentence. Section II Review.
Section III: Fragments, Fused Sentences, and Comma Splices.
Fragments. Fused Sentences and Comma Splices. Section III Review.
Section IV: Sentence Practice: Combining Main and Subordinate Clauses.
Sentence Combining Exercises.
Section V: Paragraph Practice: Describing a Place.
Writing Assignment. Reading Assignment. Prewriting to Generate Ideas. Choosing and Narrowing the Topic. Writing a Topic Sentence. Organizing Descriptive Details. Writing the Paragraph. Rewriting and Improving the Paragraph. Adding Specific and Concrete Details. Adding Subordinate Clauses. Proofreading. Chapter Two Practice Test.
3. IMPROVING SENTENCE PATTERNS.
Section I: Modifying with Participial and Infinitive Phrases.
Present Participial Phrases. Past Participial Phrases. Phrases. Section I Review.
Section II: Modifying with Adjective Clauses and Appositives.
Adjective Clauses. Appositives. Section Two Review.
Section III: Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers.
Misplaced Modifiers. Dangling Modifiers. Section Three Review.
Section IV: Sentence Practice: Using Participial and Infinitive Phrases, Appositives, and Adjective Clauses.
Sentence Combining Exercises.
Section V: Essay and Paragraph Practice: Using Examples.
Writing Assignment. Reading Assignment. Prewriting to Generate Ideas. Choosing and Narrowing the Topic. Writing a Topic Sentence. Organizing Examples. Writing the Paragraph. Using Transitions. Rewriting and Improving the Paragraph. Proofreading. Moving from Paragraph to Essay. Recognizing Essay Form. Choosing and Narrowing a Thesis Statement. Writing the Essay. Rewriting and Improving the Essay. Proofreading. Chapter Three Practice Test.
4. LINING UP THE PARTS OF A SENTENCE.
Section I: Subject–Verb Agreement.
Identifying Subjects: A Review. Subject–Verb Agreement: Points to Know. Section I Review.
Section II: Pronoun Agreement and Reference.
Pronoun–Antecedent Agreement. Sexist Language. Unclear Pronoun Reference. Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns. Section II Review.
Section III: Pronoun Case.
Subjective Pronouns. Objective Pronouns. Possessive Pronouns. Common Sources of Errors in Pronoun Case. Section III Review.
Section IV: Sentence Practice: Using Transitions.
Sentence Combining Exercises.
Section V: Essay and Paragraph Practice: Comparing and Contrasting.
Writing Assignment. Reading Assignment. Prewriting to Generate Ideas. Choosing and Narrowing the Topic. Writing a Thesis Statement or Topic Sentence. Organizing Similarities and Differences. Writing the Essay. Writing the Paragraph. Rewriting and Improving the Paper. Proofreading. Chapter Four Practice Test.
5. USING PUNCTUATION AND CAPITALIZATION.
Section I: Using Commas.
Commas in Compound Sentences. Commas with Elements in a Series. Commas with Introductory Elements. Section I Review.
Section II: Other Punctuation Marks.
End Punctuation. Internal Punctuation. Section II Review.
Section III: Titles, Capitalization, and Numbers.
Titles. Capitalization. Numbers. Section III Review.
Section IV: Sentence Practice: Sentence Variety.
Sentence Combining Exercises.
Section V: Essay and Paragraph Practice: Expressing an Opinion.
Writing Assignment. Reading Assignment. Prewriting to Generate Ideas. Choosing and Narrowing the Topic. Writing a Thesis Statement or Topic Sentence. Organizing Opinion Papers. Writing the Paper. Rewriting and Improving the Paper. Proofreading. Chapter Five Practice Test.
6. READINGS FOR WRITERS.
Strategies for Successful Reading.
Sample Reading Selection.
James A. Herrick, Kill Your Television.
Narrating an Event.
Langston Hughes, Salvation.
Roger Hoffman, The Dare.
Laura Rowley, As They Say, Drugs Kill.
Describing a Place.
Annie Dillard, Tinker Creek.
Luis Torres, Los Chinos Discover el Barrio.
William Least Heat-Moon, In the Land of Coke-Cola .
Using Examples.
Margo Kaufman, My Way!
Jon Katz, How Boys Become Men.
Perri Klass, She’s Your Basic L.O.L. in N.A.D.
Explaining Causes and Effects.
Brent Staples, Black Men and Public Space.
Diana Bletter, I Refuse to Live in Fear.
Stephen King, Why We Crave Horror Movies.
Comparing and Contrasting.
Rose del Castillo Guilbault, Americanization Is Tough on Macho.
Ellen Goodman, The Just-Right Wife.
Charles Krauthammer, The New Prohibitionism.
Expressing an Opinion .
Emma Teitel, Bullied to Death.
Andrew Sullivan, Let Gays Marry.
Jack C. Shaheen, The Media’s Image of Arabs.
Barbara Ehrenreich, In Defense of Splitting Up.
Practice Final Examination.
APPENDIX: WORKING WITH ESL ISSUES.
Count and Noncount Nouns. Articles with Count and Noncount Nouns. Subjects. Helping Verbs and Main Verbs. Two-Word Verbs. Adjectives in the Correct Order. Answers to Practices. Credits.
Index.

What's New

  • Half of the practices and exercises are entirely new.
  • Sections 1, 2, and 3 of each chapter end with a thematic exercise that not only tests the material in that section but also models the upcoming writing assignment of the chapter (which section 5 of the chapter covers).
  • Each chapter’s consistent use of five structured sections integrating the major principles of basic grammar, sentence construction, and paragraph writing facilitates students’ learning by breaking down the material into manageable segments.
  • The tests that conclude the chapters have been made more flexible in this edition so that each one may be used either as a chapter-specific test or as a cumulative test.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

William Salomone

William Salomone has a BA in English from Arizona State University and an MA in English from San Diego State U. From June, 1970 to June, 2005 he taught as an associate professor of English composition and literature at Palomar Community College at San Marcos, California, twice serving as chair of the English Department, several years on the Faculty Senate and one term as President of the Faculty. Along with Stephen McDonald, he published three English textbooks, beginning in 1986: INSIDE ENGLISH: A WRITER’S WORKBOOK, THE WRITER’S RESPONSE, and IN BRIEF, which is a handbook for developing writers.

Stephen McDonald

Stephen McDonald has been teaching English since 1975. For seven years, 1977-1984, he worked as an adjunct instructor in San Diego County, teaching at three community colleges (San Diego Mesa College, Grossmont College, and Southwestern College). In 1984 he was hired as a full-time instructor at Palomar Community College in San Marcos, California. While at Palomar, he helped to design and subsequently chaired and administered the college’s Writing-across-the-Curriculum program, also giving workshops to assist instructors from a variety of disciplines as they developed writing assignments and techniques that would work in their classrooms. He has served as Chair of the English Department at Palomar, as a member of the Faculty Senate, and as a participant on a variety of committees. He has also attended three Great Teachers Seminars hosted by Palomar College. In 1991 he was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2007 received the Palomar College Research Award for publications ranging from college textbooks to poetry. For the past two years he has served as Dean of Languages and Literature. In addition to THE WRITER’S RESPONSE, he is co-author with William Salomone of INSIDE WRITING: A WRITER’S WORKBOOK and IN BRIEF: A HANDBOOK FOR WRITERS. He has also published a chapbook of poetry titled WHERE THERE WAS NO PATTERN (Finishing Line Press, 2007) and many individual poems in a variety of literary journals.

Martin Japtok

Martin Japtok has an M.A. in American Studies from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis. He has been an English instructor since 1988 and has taught both English and African American Studies at UC Davis, West Virginia State University, and Palomar College. At Palomar College, where he has worked since 2004, he has served as Professional Development Coordinator and as a member of the Basic Skills Initiative. In 2006, he received the Palomar College Research Award. He is currently on the Executive Board of the Palomar Faculty Federation. While at West Virginia State University, he was elected Faculty of the Year by the students for three consecutive years (2000-2003). In addition to having published essays in scholarly journals and books, he is the author of Growing Up Ethnic: Nationalism, and the Bildungsroman in African American and Jewish American Fiction (2005), and the editor of Postcolonial Perspectives on Women Writers from Africa, the Caribbean, and the U.S. (2003), and, with Rafiki Jenkins, of Black Authenticity/”Real” Blackness: Essays on the Meaning of Blackness in Literature and Culture (2011). He also serves as associate editor at Nomos Review, a literary journal.