Higher Education

Paragraph Essentials: A Writing Guide, 1st Edition

  • Linda Wong
  • ISBN-10: 0618000399  |  ISBN-13: 9780618000395
  • 528 Pages
  • © 2002 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $106.50

About

Overview

This worktext guides students through a seven-step writing process--from generating ideas to completing a paragraph--and repeatedly demonstrates each step while covering the structure of nine types of paragraphs, including narrative, descriptive, comparison/contrast, and summary paragraphs. Questions about each stage promote paragraph analysis and critical-thinking skills.

Table of Contents

1. The Writing Process
Writing Warm-Up 1
Becoming a Strong Writer
Seven Steps in the Writing Process
Grammar and Usage Tips
Internet Enrichment
Parts of Speech Review
2. Writing Effective Paragraphs
Writing Warm-Up 2
Writing Effective Paragraphs
The Structure of a Paragraph
Three Qualities of an Effective Paragraph
Kinds of Paragraphs
Writing a Cover Letter
Writing Assignment
Grammar and Usage Tips
Grammar and Usage Tips Summary
Proofreading and Editing Exercises
Internet Enrichment
Grammar and Usage Review
3. Narrative Paragraphs
Writing Warm-Up 3
The Narrative Paragraph
The Structure of a Narrative
The Writing Process for Narratives
Writing Assignment
Narrative Planning Sheet
Partner Feedback Form
Grammar and Usage Tips
Grammar and Usage Tips Summary
Proofreading and Editing Exercises
Internet Enrichment
Grammar and Usage Review
4. Descriptive Paragraphs
Writing Warm-Up 4
The Descriptive Paragraph
The Structure of a Descriptive Paragraph
The Writing Process for Descriptive Paragraphs
Writing Assignment
Descriptive Paragraph Planning Sheet
Partner Feedback Form
Grammar and Usage Tips
Grammar and Usage Tips Summary
Proofreading and Editing Exercises
Internet Enrichment
Grammar and Usage Review
5. Process Paragraphs
Writing Warm-Up 5
The Process Paragraph
The Structure of a Process Paragraph
The Writing Process for Process Paragraphs
Writing Assignment
Process Paragraph Planning Sheet
Partner Feedback Form
Grammar and Usage Tips
Grammar and Usage Tips Summary
Proofreading and Editing Exercises
Internet Enrichment
Grammar and Usage Review
6. Comparison or Contrast Paragraphs
Writing Warm-Up 6
The Comparison or Contrast Paragraph
The Structure of a Comparison or Contrast Paragraph
The Writing Process for Comparison or Contrast Paragraphs
Writing Assignment
Comparison or Contrast Paragraph Planning Sheet
Partner Feedback Form
Grammar and Usage Tips
Grammar and Usage Tips Summary
Proofreading and Editing Exercises
Internet Enrichment
Grammar and Usage Review
7. Exemplification and Classification Paragraphs
Writing Warm-Up 7
Exemplification and Classification Paragraphs
The Structure of Exemplification and Classification Paragraphs
The Writing Process for Exemplification and Classification Paragraphs
Writing Assignment
Exemplification/Classification Paragraph Planning Sheet
Partner Feedback Form
Grammar and Usage Tips
Grammar and Usage Tips Summary
Proofreading and Editing Exercises
Internet Enrichment
Grammar and Usage Review
8. Definition Paragraph
Writing Warm-Up 8
The Definition Paragraph
The Structure of a Definition Paragraph
The Writing Process for Definition Paragraphs
Writing Assignment
Definition Paragraph Planning Sheet
Partner Feedback Form
Grammar and Usage Tips
Grammar and Usage Tips Summary
Proofreading and Editing Exercises
Internet Enrichment
Grammar and Usage Review
9. Cause-Effect Paragraphs
Writing Warm-Up 9
The Cause-Effect Paragraph
The Structure of a Cause-Effect Paragraph
The Writing Process for Cause-Effect Paragraphs
Writing Assignment
Cause-Effect Paragraph Planning Sheet
Partner Feedback Form
Grammar and Usage Tips
Grammar and Usage Tips Summary
Proofreading and Editing Exercise
Internet Enrichment
Grammar and Usage Review
10. Summary Paragraphs
Writing Warm-Up 10
The Summary Paragraph
Writing Informal and Formal Summaries
The Writing Process for Summary Paragraphs
Writing Assignment
Summary Paragraph Planning Sheet
Partner Feedback Form
Proofreading and Editing Exercises
Internet Enrichment
11. Writing Paragraph Answers for Test Questions
Answering Definition and Short-Answer Questions
Understanding Direction Words
Using Key Words
Preparing for Tests
Using Prewriting Techniques
Writing Your Paragraph Answer
Practice Writing Test Answers
Paragraph Answers for Test Questions Planning Sheet
Partner Feedback Form
Learning from Your Tests
Internet Enrichment
12. Essays
From Paragraphs to Essays
The Structure of an Essay
Understanding Your Essay Assignment
The Writing Process for Essays
Learning from Model Essays
Writing Assignment
Writing Essay Answers on Tests
Additional Test-Taking Strategies for Essays
Enjoy the Process of Writing Essays
Internet Enrichment
Appendix A. Student Answer Key
Appendix B. Helpful Charts

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Instructor's Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 0618000402 | ISBN-13: 9780618000401)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Linda Wong

After receiving her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon in 1970, Linda Wong started her teaching career in the Springfield School District in Oregon. After six years, Linda left the classroom to start an educational consulting business, which included self-publishing classroom activity books, teaching adjunct courses in the Northwest, and operating a school supply store. In 1983, she returned to the classroom to begin a 22-year teaching career in the Academic Learning Skills Department at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. At Lane, Linda taught developmental education and college study skills courses and actively participated in curriculum development projects, the Women's Transition Program, programs for students with learning disabilities, and the campus Diversity Team. Linda retired and relocated to Las Vegas in 2001 where she explored teaching in a temporary position at a charter school, providing private tutoring for a family of five, and writing training video scripts for online business courses. Linda has continued her involvement in education as an educational consultant, a presenter at national conferences, and an author of several textbooks. After several years of freelancing as a writer of magazine articles and a reviewer for several college textbook publishers, Linda began her career as a textbook writer in 1994 with the first edition of ESSENTIAL STUDY SKILLS. She continues authoring textbooks and exploring other avenues of writing. Linda has one son, Kailee, and four beautiful grandchildren.