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The Dolphin Writer Book 1: Building Sentences and Composing Paragraphs 1st Edition

Houghton Mifflin Company

  • Published
  • 448 Pages


The Dolphin Writer is a three-volume series focusing on writing--from sentences to paragraphs to essays--in an easy-to-understand format and at an affordable price. Each volume of The Dolphin Writer presents students with comprehensive yet approachable coverage of the writing process, from prewriting through peer evaluation, revision, and preparation of the final paper, and each also includes a section of numerous level-appropriate readings. A focus on student success in all areas of reading, writing, and studying helps students organize, manage, and implement techniques, including how to use a computer to assist in the writing process.Book One includes complete coverage of sentence-to-paragraph issues such as grammar, mechanics, and usage.

  • The Dolphin Writer features the same topics and content as other comparable textbooks--but for a third of the price.
  • Step-by-step explanations of the writing process, including many student models, give students a clear understanding of how good writing actually works.
  • The text features a multitude of practice exercises, including self-tests that help students hone their writing skills. Suggested answers appear in the back of the book.
  • Web Work boxes at the end of each chapter provide suggestions for web sites with additional help, exercises, or suggestions for further exploration.
  • Chapter pedagogy, including goals for each chapter and a chapter review self-test, supports students in anticipating, learning, and reviewing key concepts.
  • Book One includes pre- and post-tests to help students assess and then address specific skill areas.
Note: Each chapter begins with Goals, includes a Review, and concludes with Web Work. Each chapter in Part II includes an introductory "Test Yourself" exercise, numerous grammar exercises, Writing Review assignments, and two end-of-chapter tests.
I. Reading, Writing, and Thinking
1. Improving Writing and Thinking
Examining Your Feelings About Writing
Reading About Writing
Writing Opportunities
II. Sentence Skills
2. Parts of Speech
3. The Basic Sentence
Other Elements of Simple Sentences
4. Verbs
Action Verbs and Linking Verbs
Verb Tense
Writing Better Sentences
5. Modifiers: Adjectives and Adverbs
Writing Better Sentences
6. Subject-Verb Agreement
The Basics of Subject-Verb Agreement
Trickier Subject-Verb Agreement Situations
7. Pronouns and Pronoun Agreement
Pronoun Case
Pronoun Consistency
Clear Pronoun Reference
Pronoun Agreement
8. The Compound Sentence
Compound Elements
Three Kinds of Compound Sentences
Avoiding Comma Splices and Run-ons in Compound Sentences
9. The Complex Sentence
Dependent Clauses
Relative Clauses
Avoiding Sentence Fragments
10. Parallelism
Parallel Words
Parallel Phrases
Parallel Clauses
11. Combining Sentences
Use a Compound Subject or a Compound Verb
Use a Dependent Clause
Use a Relative (Who, Which, or That) Clause
Use an Appositive
Use a Prepositional Phrase
Use a Participial (-ed or -ing) Phrase
12. Punctuation
Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Points
Quotation Marks
13. Capitalization
The Rules of Capitalization
14. Spelling
The Importance of Correct Spelling
Some Spelling Rules
Commonly Confused Words
Part II Review. Proofreading and Correcting Errors
III. The Writing Process
15. Prewriting
The Writing Process
Writing for Success: Talking to Generate Ideas
Topic to Main Idea
Prewriting to Main Idea: A Student Demonstration
16. Organizing and Outlining
Writing for Success: Organizational Skills and Your Career
Organizing and Outlining: A Student Demonstration
17. Writing a Paragraph
The Paragraph and Its Purpose
A Step-by-Step Guide to Composing a Paragraph
Writing for Success: Offering Evidence for Ideas
Writing a Paragraph: A Student Demonstration
18. Revising
Revising Versus Editing
Revising for Completeness
Revising for Cohesiveness
Revising for Coherence
Writing for Success: The Importance of Feedback
The Importance of Getting Feedback
Revising a Paragraph: A Student Demonstration
19. Proofreading, Editing, and Preparing a Final Draft
Editing to Improve Style
Editing Errors in Grammar and Mechanics
Editing Spelling Errors
Writing for Success: The Harmful Effects of Errors
Preparing the Final Draft
Editing a Paragraph: A Student Demonstration
IV. Common Strategies for Organizing Paragraphs
20. Time Order: Narration and Process
Writing a Narrative Paragraph
Using Vivid Language
In Summary: Steps in Writing Narrative Paragraphs
Writing a Process Paragraph
In Summary: Steps in Writing Process Paragraphs
Writing for Success: Time Order in Work-Related Writing
Topic Ideas for Time Order Paragraphs
21. Space Order: Description
Writing a Descriptive Paragraph
In Summary: Steps in Writing Descriptive Paragraphs
Writing for Success: Uses of Description
Topic Ideas for Descriptions
22. Giving Examples: Illustration
Writing an Illustration Paragraph
Writing for Success: Use of Illustration
In Summary: Steps in Writing Illustration Paragraphs
Topic Ideas for Illustration
23. Comparison and Contrast
Writing a Comparision/Contrast Paragraph
Writing for Success: Using Comparison/Contrast for Problem Solving
In Summary: Steps in Writing Conparison/Contrast
Topic Ideas for Comparison/Contrast
24. Order of Importance: Argument
Writing an Argumentative Paragraph
In Summary: Steps in Writing Argumentative Paragraphs
Writing for Success: Argumentation in Your Personal and Professional Life
Topic Ideas for Argument
IV. Reading Selections
Stephen Juan, "An IQ Contest"
Michelle Cottle, "My Roving Barcalounger"
Candy Schulman, "E-mail: The Future of the Family Feud?"
Kevin Sintumuang, "The Curly Cue"
Carolyn Kepcher, "When the Boss Is the Problem"
Dave Barry, "This Is Where the Rubber Meets the Road Rage"
Christy Haubegger, "I''m Not Fat, I''m Latina"
"Becoming a Creative Problem Solver," from Nevid, Psychology: Concepts and Applications
Leo Harris, "Music This Beautiful Is Something to Share"
Olga Polites, "I Want Constantine''s Murderer to Die"

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Annotated Instructor's Edition

ISBN: 9780618379156