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The Write Start: Sentences to Paragraphs with Professional and Student Readings, 5th Edition

  • Gayle Feng-Checkett St. Charles Community College
  • Lawrence Checkett St. Charles Community College
  • ISBN-10: 1111350272  |  ISBN-13: 9781111350277
  • 512 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2006
  • © 2013 | Published
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Overview

With its flexible and effective organization, varied and focused practices, and interesting writing assignments, THE WRITE START: SENTENCES TO PARAGRAPHS WITH PROFESSIONAL AND STUDENT READINGS, 5TH EDITION combines writing and grammar instruction to help students build the core skills necessary for becoming effective writers. English as a Second Language pedagogy, from which all developing writers can benefit, informs the entire text. This new edition has been reorganized to better reflect the way that instructors teach the material; combining chapters was a logical and sensible strategy and will enhance the texts navigability. Exercises on sentence fragments and sentence combining have been added, as have new timely and thought-provoking professional and student readings, self-assessment questionnaires, and end-of-chapter "Writing Opportunities" that encourage students to see themselves as experts who will use writing in their careers. NEW! Icons to represent building block approach to learning sentence and paragraph skills NEW! Additional exercises which focus on the common English grammar errors NEW! Fleisch-Kincaid reading levels included in the Annotated Instruction Edition.

Features and Benefits

  • Fleish-Kincaid reading levels noted for each professional reading.
  • Fleish-Kincaid reading levels noted for each professional reading.

Table of Contents

Getting Started.
1. The Important Elements of Good Writing.
Avoiding the Two Major Problems of Poor Writing. Understanding Good Versus Poor Writing. Good Writing: Four Misconceptions. Good Writing Doesn''t Have to Be Complicated. Good Writing Doesn''t Have to Be Long. Good Writing Is More Formal than Talking. Good Writing Needs Proper Punctuation. The Computer and Its Place in Writing. Chapter Self-Assessment Test 8.
PART I: WRITING EFFECTIVE SENTENCES.
2. The Simple Sentence and the Independent Clause.
The Subject. Nouns. Pronouns. Using Pronouns to Eliminate Repetition. Identifying Subjects. Subjects and Prepositional Phrases. The Verb. Action Verbs. Linking Verbs. Helping Verbs. Verb Tense (Time). Compound Subjects. Compound Verbs. Correcting Sentence Fragments. Chapter Self-Assessment Test.
3. Linking Independent Clauses Using the Comma and Coordinators.
Coordinating Conjunctions. Correcting Run-on and Comma Splice Sentences. Run-on. Comma Splice. Chapter Self-Assessment Test.
4. Combining Independent Clauses Using the Semicolon.
Chapter Self-Assessment Test.
5. Combining Independent Clauses Using the Adverbial Conjunction.
Putting It All Together. Chapter Self-Assessment Test.
6. Adding a List.
Punctuating and Placing the List. Parallelism in a Series. Using a Colon to Add Sentence Variety. Chapter Self-Assessment Test.
7. The Dependent Clause.
Independent versus Dependent Clauses. Punctuating Dependent Clauses. Chapter Self-Assessment Test.
8. Adding Information to Sentences.
The Introductory Phrase. Introductory Phrase Variety. The Introductory Word. Punctuating the Introductory Word. When to Use Introductory Words. Adding Interrupters to the Sentence. Putting It All Together: Sentence Combining to Improve. Paragraph Style. Chapter Self-Assessment Test.
PART II: Writing Effective Paragraphs.
Prewriting Activities. Listing. Clustering (Mind Mapping). Cubing. Cross-Examining. Brainstorming 1.
9. The Paragraph.
The Topic Sentence. Support Sentences. Six Important Support Questions. Paragraph Unity. Paragraph Coherence. Logical Order of Events. Time Order. Space Order. Order of Ideas. Transitional Expressions. Key Concept Repetition. Substituting Pronouns for Key Nouns. Creating the Working Outline of a Paragraph. Writing the First Draft. Revising the First Draft. Proofreading: The Final Step. Topic Bank. Writing Opportunities. Home. School. Work. Chapter Self-Assessment Test.
10. Description.
Types of Description. Dominant Impressions. Sensory Images. Comparisons. Simile. Metaphor. Personification. Ten-Step Process for Writing the Descriptive Paragraph. Writing the Descriptive Paragraph. Example of the Ten-Step Process at Work. Topic Bank. Writing Opportunities. Home. School. Work. Chapter Self-Assessment Test.
11. Narration.
The Point of the Story. Developing the Narrative Paragraph. Model Narrative Paragraphs. Transitional Expressions: Showing Time Sequence. Topic Bank. Writing Opportunities. Home. School. Work. Chapter Self-Assessment Test.
12. Using Examples.
The Topic Sentence. Transitional Expressions: Introducing Examples. Using One Extended Example. Topic Bank. Writing Opportunities. Home. School. Work. Chapter Self-Assessment Test.
13. Classification.
Breaking Down a Topic. The Topic Sentence. Transitional Expressions: Linking Your Classifications. Topic Bank. Writing Opportunities. Home. School. Work. Chapter Self-Assessment Test.
14. Process.
Types of Process Organizing the Process Paragraph. Transitional Expressions: Connecting the Steps. The Topic Sentence. Topic Bank. Writing Opportunities. Home. School. Work. Chapter Self-Assessment Test.
15. Comparison and Contrast. Deciding to Compare or Contrast. The Topic Sentence. Organizing Comparisons and Contrasts. Block Method. Point-by-Point Method. Transitional Expressions: Connecting Your Comparisons and Contrasts. Topic Bank. Writing Opportunities. Home. School. Work. Chapter Self-Assessment Test.
16. Definition.
Simple Definitions. Extended Definition. The Topic Sentence of an Extended Definition. Topic Bank. Writing Opportunities. Home. School. Work. Chapter Self-Assessment Test.
17. Persuasion (Including Cause and Effect).
Building the Persuasive Paragraph. The Pro/Con List. Support in Persuasion Paragraphs. Organization Patterns. Transitional Expressions for Persuasion. Persuasive Logic: Cause-and-Effect Reasoning. Causal Chains. Problems to Avoid. Transitional Expressions for Cause/Effect Writing. The Topic Sentence in a Cause/Effect Paragraph. Topic Bank. Writing Opportunities. Home. School. Work. Chapter Self-Assessment Test.
PART III: Writing Effective Essays.
18. The Essay.
The Five-Paragraph Essay. The Introductory Paragraph. The Thesis Sentence. Expressing an Attitude in the Thesis Sentence. The Essay Map in the Thesis Sentence. Putting It All Together. Introductory Sentences. The Body Paragraphs. The Topic Sentence. Support Sentences. Six Important Support Questions. The Concluding Paragraph. How to Make and Use an Essay Outline. Sample Student Essay. Topic Bank. Writing Opportunities. Home. School. Work. Chapter Self-Assessment Test.
THE WRITER''S RESOURCES.
GRAMMAR: Nouns. Pronouns. Personal Pronouns. Relative Pronouns. Demonstrative Pronouns. Indefinite Pronouns. Reflexive Pronouns. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement. Verbs. Present Tense. Past Tense. The Verb Be. Additional Practice for Complex Verb Forms. Subject-Verb Agreement. Compound Subject-Verb Agreement. Adjectives. Adverbs. Conjunctions. Interjections. Clauses and Phrases. Independent and Dependent Clauses. Phrases. Types of Sentences. The Simple Sentence. The Compound Sentence. The Complex Sentence. The Compound-Complex Sentence. Additional Practice with Sentences. Correcting Comma Splices and Run-Ons. Correcting Comma Splices, Run-Ons and Fragments. Combining Sentences. Preposition Combinations. Articles.
CAPITALIZATION AND NUMBERS: Capitalization. Numbers.
ADDITIONAL PUNCTUATION RULES: The Apostrophe. Quotation Marks. Parentheses. Brackets. The Dash. The Hyphen. Underlining or Italics. Interrupters: Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Clauses and Phrases (Modifiers).
WORDS AND MEANING:. Commonly Misspelled Words. Words That Sound Alike. Contractions That Sound Like Other Words. Words That Sound or Look Almost Alike. Confusing Verbs That Sound Alike: Lie/Lay; Rise/Raise; Sit/Set. Two- and Three-Word Verb Phrases. Readings.
DESCRIPTION: ONE MAN''S KIDS, DANIEL MEIER. The Ice Cream Truck, LUIS J. RODRIGUEZ. Halloween Havoc, ERIN NELSON (STUDENT).
NARRATION: The Roommate''s Death, JAN HAROLD BRUNVAND. The Eye of the Beholder, GRACE SUH. Andriyivsky Descent, OKSANA TARANOVA (STUDENT).
EXAMPLE: Extremely Cool, A. J. JACOBS. Online Schools Provide New Education Options, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. Benefits of a Large Corporation, SHELLY NANNEY (STUDENT).
CLASSIFICATION: Why We Carp and Harp, MARY ANN HOGAN. The Plot Against People, RUSSELL BAKER. Michelangelo Madness, MARTIN BRINK (STUDENT).
PROCESS: Conversational Ballgames, NANCY MASTERSON SAKAMOTO. Strive to Be Fit, Not Fanatical, TIMOTHY GOWER. How to Become a Successful Student, AARON BREITE (STUDENT).
COMPARISON AND CONTRAST: THE PEOPLE IN ME, ROBIN D. G. KELLEY. Living on Tokyo Time LYNNIKA BUTLER. The Family Sedan Versus Dad''s Sports Car, YVONNE OLSON (STUDENT).
DEFINITION: Discrimination Is a Virtue, ROBERT KEITH MILLER. The Handicap of Definition, WILLIAM RASPBERRY. What Is Success?, HANNAH GLASCOCK (STUDENT).
PERSUASION: The Recoloring of Campus Life, SHELBY STEELE. Indistinguishable from Magic, ROBERT L. FORWARD. Unconditional Support, BETH GLENN (STUDENT). The Family Collective, DENISE HILLIS (STUDENT).
Limited Answer Key.
Glossary.
Credits.
Index.

What's New

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"I really like this approach. In fact, I could swear that you had a copy of my syllabus outline!"

— Carole Quine, Professor, Baltimore City Community College

"The table of contents is very strategically and effectively designed in an order that will focus on writing early in the course, which is significant.""The "Read All About It" feature is a very effective strategy. It is valuable for students to see examples drawn from real writing. Students can identify with the "real world" and express themselves more freely about experiences with which they can identify."

— Judy Covington, Department Chair Trident Technical College

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

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.

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.