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Inside Writing: Form A 8th Edition

William Salomone, Stephen McDonald, Martin Japtok

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  • Previous Editions 2011, 2007, 2003
  • 480 Pages
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The first text to effectively integrate grammar instruction with writing practice, INSIDE WRITING, now in its eighth edition, continues to provide students with extensive writing exercises specifically designed to support and reinforce the rules of grammar, usage, and mechanics. Using engaging allusions and humorous examples and exercises throughout the text, ranging in topics from Karl Marx to THE SIMPSONS, INSIDE WRITING encourages students to look beyond the simple mechanics of writing as they learn to communicate their thoughts clearly and effectively.

William Salomone, Palomar College

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, Palomar College

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, Palomar College

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.
  • 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). Three thematic exercises model the upcoming writing assignment in each chapter-one at the end of each of the first three sections of each 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.
  • Nearly half of nearly all practices and exercises are new.
  • Each chapter contains a new thematic exercise that functions not only as a way to test the students' comprehension of grammar, punctuation, or usage principles but also as an example of the writing assignment introduced in that chapter.
  • Plentiful student examples have been included in the paragraph practice exercises to provide readers with more realistic samples after which to model their work.
  • Many of the 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 much more than the correct use of mechanics, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Three sections on grammar within each chapter give students extensive opportunities to learn the concepts presented.
  • An entire section within each chapter is devoted to sentence combining.
Subjects and Verbs. Modifiers. Connectors. Sentence Practice: Embedding Adjectives, Adverbs, and Prepositional Phrases. Paragraph Practice: Narrating an Event. Practice Test.
Clauses. Simple, Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex Sentences. Fragments, Fused Sentences, and Comma Splices. Sentence Practice: Combining Main and Subordinate Clauses. Paragraph Practice: Describing a Place. Practice Test.
Modifying with Practical and Infinitive Phrases. Modifying with Adjective Clauses and Appositives. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers. Sentence Practice: Using Participial and Infinitive Phrases. Essays and Paragraph Practice: Using Examples. Practice Test.
Subject-Verb Agreement. Pronoun Agreement and Reference. Pronoun Case. Sentence Practice: Using Transitions. Essay and Paragraph Practice: Explaining Causes and Effects. Practice Test.
Using Commas. Other Punctuation Marks. Titles, Capitalization, and Numbers. Sentence Practice: Sentence Variety. Essays and Paragraph Practice: Comparing and Contrasting. Practice Test.
Irregular Verbs. Commonly Confused Words. Spelling Rules. Sentence Practice: Effective and Meaningful Sentences. Essays and Paragraph Practice: Expressing an Opinion. Practice Test.
Practice Final Exam.
Answers to Practices.
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