Higher Education

The Practical Writer, 9th Edition

  • includes 2009 MLA update Card
  • Edward P. Bailey Marymount University
  • Philip A. Powell
  • ISBN-10: 0495899771  |  ISBN-13: 9780495899778
  • 432 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2003, 1999
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $109.00

About

Overview

THE PRACTICAL WRITER provides you with a manageable and accessible step-by-step approach to writing, from the one-paragraph essay to the five-paragraph essay, and beyond it into the research-driven paper. This text clearly and succinctly presents everything you need know to master college-level writing. Students receive the most up-to-date information on MLA documentation with the enclosed tri-fold card providing NEW 2009 MLA Handbook formats.

Features and Benefits

  • Section 1, "A Model for Writing," takes students through a two-stage process of crafting the one-paragraph essay and concludes with techniques on how to write a sound five paragraph essay.
  • Section 2, "Beyond the Model Essay," provides students with the patterns of development and ends with methods for the 3,000- to 4,000-word research paper.
  • Section 3, "Improving Your Punctuation and Expression," offers the student several sets of exercises on everything from comma splices, dashes, and semicolon usage to parallelism and subject-verb agreement.
  • THE PRACTICAL WRITER includes more than 50 student-written paragraphs and essays that appear throughout the text, illustrating how some students approach the writing process.
  • Part 5, "The Research Paper," includes the use of the computer and the Internet, including finding and using online sources and citing electronic sources.
  • Appendix B, "Commonly Confused Words," helps students with troublesome words.
  • Students can look up unfamiliar words and definitions in Appendix C, "Glossary of Grammatical Terms."

Table of Contents

SECTION ONE: A MODEL FOR WRITING.
PART I: THE ONE-PARAGRAPH ESSAY (STAGE I).
1. Overview of the One-Paragraph Essay (Stage I).
2. Support: Examples, Statistics, Statements by Authorities.
3. Topic Sentence.
4. Unity.
5. Coherence.
6. Tips on the Writing Process.
PART II: THE ONE-PARAGRAPH ESSAY (STAGE II).
7. Overview of the One-Paragraph Essay (Stage II).
8. Support: Subtopic Sentences
Checklist for the One-Paragraph Essay.
PART III: THE FIVE-PARAGRAPH ESSAY.
9. Overview of the Five-Paragraph Essay.
10. Alternative Techniques of Layout.
11. Thesis Statement with Blueprint.
12. Central Paragraphs.
13. Introduction.
14. Conclusion.
Checklist for the Five-Paragraph Essay.
SECTION TWO: BEYOND THE MODEL ESSAY.
PART IV: MORE PATTERNS OF DEVELOPMENT.
15. Comparison and Contrast.
16. Cause and Effect.
17. Classification.
18. Process.
PART V: THE RESEARCH PAPER.
19. Overview of the Research Paper.
20. Finding Support.
21. Taking and Organizing Notes.
22. Organizing Your Thoughts and Support.
23. Using Borrowed Material in Your Paper.
24. Parenthetical Documentation.
25. Works Cited.
SECTION THREE: IMPROVING YOUR PUNCTUATION AND EXPRESSION.
PART SIX: PUNCTUATION.
26. Definitions.
27. Sentence Fragment.
28. Comma Splice and Fused Sentence.
29. Comma.
30. Semicolon.
31. Colon.
32. Dash.
33. Apostrophe.
34. Quotation Marks.
PART VII: EXPRESSION.
35. Subordination.
36. Sentence Variety.
37. Parallelism.
38. Misused Modifiers.
39. Subject-Verb Agreement.
40. Pronoun Agreement.
41. Passive Voice.
42. Word Choice.
APPENDIXES.
A. Theme Format.
B. Commonly Confused Words.
C. Glossary of Grammatical Terms.
INDEX.

What's New

  • When you adopt THE PRACTICAL WRITER and choose to package English21 with each new text at no additional cost, you give your students access to the largest compilation of online resources ever organized for composition courses. English21 is a complete online support system that weaves robust, self-paced instruction with interactive assignments to engage students as they become better prepared and successful writers. Visit academic.cengage.com/english21 to learn more.
  • THE PRACTICAL WRITER has long been praised for being a user-friendly text. The latest edition exhibits a new streamlined design to complement the ease with which the text invites the student to grasp and apply core concepts.
  • Exercise sets have been revised and updated for both currency and interest.
  • Chapter 6, "Tips on the Writing Process," features a new section on peer-review.
  • Chapter 40, "Pronoun Agreement," is enhanced with an increased focus on the use of first-, second-, and third-person pronouns.
  • The comprehensive research section of THE PRACTICAL WRITER (Part 5) is updated to reflect the most current MLA recommendations for format and documentation.
  • The Book Companion Website and its "Test Your Knowledge" sections have been updated. Correlations to the site are more consistently integrated into the text. New icons throughout the text prompt students to use the website as a tool to hone their skills as well as for further study and research.
  • Students receive the most up-to-date information on MLA documentation with the enclosed tri-fold card providing NEW 2009 MLA Handbook formats.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"THE PRACTICAL WRITER is an easy-to-understand text that students find very readable. It provides clear instruction for writing strategies that can be applied in a variety of situations. Additionally, the section on improving grammar and expression is a concise review of key Standard English rules and principles students must apply."

— Jo Anne Raiford Bryant, Troy University, Montgomery Campus

"Your text clearly and succinctly presents all that a student needs to know to be able to master college-level writing."

— Jeanette Lonia, Delaware Technical and Community College

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Edward P. Bailey

Edward P. Bailey is an active consultant to business and government. He recently retired as Professor of Business Communication (with tenure) from Marymount University, Arlington, VA (1986-2006). While at Marymount University, he received Marymount's Outstanding Faculty award honoring the university's top professor. He received his B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy, his M.A. from the University of Florida, and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He is the author of eight books on writing and speaking: WRITING & SPEAKING AT WORK (Prentice Hall); PLAIN ENGLISH AT WORK (Oxford University Press); A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR BUSINESS SPEAKING (Oxford University Press); PLAIN ENGLISH APPROACH TO BUSINESS WRITING (Oxford University Press); WRITING CLEARLY (Charles E. Merrill); WRITING RESEARCH PAPERS (Holt, Rinehart & Winston); THE PRACTICAL WRITER WITH READINGS (Thomson Heinle, 2008); and THE PRACTICAL WRITER (Thomson Heinle, 2008).