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The Write Start, Paragraph to Essay: With Student and Professional Readings 5th Edition

Lawrence Checkett, Gayle Feng-Checkett

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  • Previous Editions 2011, 2008, 2005
  • 480 Pages
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THE WRITE START: PARAGRAPHS TO ESSAYS introduces the developing writer to the basic elements necessary for writing effective essays in the academic environment. The Fifth Edition focuses first on writing paragraphs that express thoughts about a topic, and then on expanding the topic to the longer essay format. These skills help students communicate more effectively and prepare them for the rigors of their first college-level composition course. Extended material for teachers who have ESL students alongside native speakers in the developmental classroom includes highlighted material in the instructional chapters, as well as, extensive grammar practice in the Writer's Resources section, which is targeted toward non-native speakers needing supplemental instruction.

Lawrence Checkett, St. Charles Community College

Lawrence Checkett is originally from St. Louis and received his undergraduate degree in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. While an undergraduate, Checkett helped publish the first student art magazine containing original stories, poems, art, and photography by fellow students. He did graduate work at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Webster University where he received his M.A. degree in Literature. While at Webster University, he was the first assistant editor on the newly created Webster Review, now in its 30th year of production. He has completed post-graduate work through California State University, studying literature, music, architecture, history, and film.

Gayle Feng-Checkett, St. Charles Community College

Gayle Feng-Checkett is originally from California and received her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Spanish from the University of Redlands in 1974. She received her M.A. in English with a minor in Spanish from the University of North Dakota and continued her graduate work with studies in Teaching English as a Second Language. Feng-Checkett's special interests in teaching are in Composition, Comparative Literature, and Teaching English as a Second Language.
  • The Correcting Common Error section has been updated to highlight the grammar and sentence skills that most often trip up students.
  • New readings include "In the Shadow of Man" by Jane Goodall, "Children in the Woods" by Barry Lopez, and "Dumpster Diving" by Lars Eighner.
  • Icons have been added to the exercises to represent a building block approach to learning skills.
  • New material has been added that walks the students through the process of writing a summary paragraph.
  • Notable features include chapter warm-up exercises with photographs, end-of-chapter writing assignments that reinforce learning and help students apply what they have read, reading comprehension questions, and exercises in the Writer's Resources section that provide additional practice in the areas of grammar, punctuation, style, and word choice.
  • Readings are ranked according to the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Levels to address the challenge instructors and departments face in their classrooms with the variance in students' reading abilities. The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level score is indicated in a bracket following the title of the essay (essays will be marked with an "Accessible" for easy reading and comprehension, "Medium" for intermediate reading and comprehension, and "Challenging" for more advanced reading and comprehension).
  • This text has additional material for teachers who have ESL students alongside native speakers in the developmental classroom. This includes highlighted material in the instructional chapters and an extensive Writer's Resources section, which contains extensive grammar practice targeted toward non-native speakers needing supplemental instruction.
  • In The Writer's Resources section, "Read All about It" exercises are included. "Read All about It" exercises are taken from essays in the Additional Readings section, and they are easily identified by the "Read All About It" box in the margin next to each exercise. The page numbers refer to the essay in the Additional Readings section, so instructors can have students looks at the full essay and context from where the exercise was taken.
  • "Three-Item Essay Map" presents a five-paragraph essay structure with three body paragraphs to help students understand, incorporate, and master the writing process.
1. To the Student.
2. Critical Thinking: The Connection between Reading and Writing.
3. The Writing Process.
4. The Introductory Paragraph.
5. The Body Paragraphs.
6. The Concluding Paragraph.
8. The Narrative Essay.
9. The Example Essay.
10. The Classification Essay.
11. The Process Essay.
12. The Comparison or Contrast Essay.
13. The Definition Essay.
14. The Cause or Effect Essay.
15. The Persuasive Essay.
17. The Essay Exam.
18. Nouns and Pronouns.
19. Verbs and Verbals.
20. Adjectives and Adverbs.
21. Basics of Sentence Structure.
22. Phrases.
23. Additional Practice with Prepositions.
24. Articles and Interjections.
25. Correcting Common Errors.
26. Sentence Combining Practice.
27. Punctuation and Other Rules of Style.
28. Capitalization and Numbers.
29. Words and Meaning.
30. Words That Sound Alike.
31. Contractions That Sound Like Other Words.
32. Words That Sound or Look Almost Alike.
33. Confusing Verbs That Sound Alike.
34. Two- and Three-Word Verb Phrases.
35. Editing Practice for Appropriate Word Choice.
Additional Readings.
Limited Answer Key.
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"The Write Start takes great care when looking at paragraph structure, and clearly outlines the writing process. Paragraphs to Essays is an excellent resource to help students develop and build step-by-step writing skills."

"The Write Start is a comprehensive text that includes sections on the writing process and genres, grammar and mechanics, and additional readings, all the while incorporating an appreciation of diversity and an array of multicultural perspectives."

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.


Instructor's Resource Manual and Test Bank

ISBN: 9781285177779
The Instructor's Resource Manual and Test Bank features teaching tips (including syllabus preparation, information on using the text, ESL coverage, and more), transparency slides, a printed test bank, Writer's Resources Quizzes, a Mid-Term Exam and Final Exam, and an Answer Key.


ISBN: 9781285415789
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