Higher Education

From Thought to Word, 1st Edition

  • Ann Kesslen El Camino College
  • Kate Collins El Camino College
  • ISBN-10: 0395899621  |  ISBN-13: 9780395899625
  • 336 Pages
  • © 2001 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $107.25



Praised by reviewers for its combination of academic writing and grammar, this paragraph-to-essay-level text offers a step-by-step, cumulative approach to writing an academic paper. Beginning with the paragraph and culminating in a multi-paragraph summary essay, From Thought to Word examines the language of assignments and the corresponding language of responses.

Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter concludes with Review Questions and Writing Exercises.
Preface. A "Starter" Essay. A Very Necessary Introduction
I. Understanding Assignments
1. Verbs and Assignments
The Role of Verbs in an Assignment
2. Nouns/Pronouns and Assignments
The Role of Nouns and Pronouns in an Assignment
3. Modifiers and Assignments
Groups of Words as Modifiers
The Role of Modifiers in Assignments
Section One Review: Understanding Assignments
II. Resonding to Assignments
4. Narrowing Subjects to Topics
Levels of Generality
Narrowing Topics by Asking Questions
Using Modifiers to Find a Topic
5. Creating Topic Sentences
Topic Sentences
6. Agreement and Structure in Paragraphs
Agreement in Grammar
Agreement in Structure
From Parts to Primary Details
7. Completing the Skeletal Paragraph
8. Developing Support
Secondary Details
9. Transitions
Relating Ideas with Transitions
Section Two Review: Responding to Assignments
III. Refining Style
10. Word Choices
11. Choosing Sentence Patterns
Section Three Review: Refining Style
IV. Editing
12. Errors in Structure
Editing Topic Sentences
Editing Primary Details
Editing Conclusions
13. Errors in Development
Editing Secondary Details
Section Four Review: Editing
V. Writing Essays
14. From Paragraph to Essay
Introductory Paragraphs
Main Body Paragraphs
Concluding Paragraphs
15. Expanding Secondary Details
Expanded Details
Additional Examples
16. Summary
Verb Tenses for Summary
Using Quotations in Summaries
Summarizing a Movie in an Essay
Summarizing a Movie in a Single Paragraph
Summarizing a Movie in a Single Sentence
Section Five Review: Writing Essays

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Ann Kesslen

Ann Kesslen has a B.A. in English Literature and Composition from Northwestern University, an M.A. in English from the University of Vermont, and 24 years of teaching experience at the high school and college levels. In addition to having been a production editor for John Wiley Publishers, she has published poetry, articles, and children's literature in Quoin, Best Poets of the TwentiethCentury, Teton Magazine, and Pennywhistle Press.

Kate Collins

Kathleen Collins has a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Wayne State University, an M.F.A. in Theatre Arts/Television Writing from UCLA, and over 12 years of teaching experience at the community college level. She has written for Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development and co-written a course for parents of hearing-impaired babies for the John Tracy clinic.