On the Go: Sentence to Paragraph: Sentence to Paragraph

Paperback | February 17, 2009

byRichard Bailey, Linda Denstaedt

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For your classes in Developmental Writing, McGraw-Hill introduces the latest in its acclaimed M Series. The M Series started with your students. McGraw-Hill conducted extensive market research with over 4,000 students to gain insight into their studying and buying behavior. Students told us they wanted more portable texts with innovative visual appeal and content that is designed according to the way they learn. We also surveyed instructors, and they told us they wanted a way to engage their students without compromising on high quality content.

More current, more portable, more captivating, plus a rigorous and innovative research foundation adds up to more learning. When you meet students where they are, you can take them where you want them to be.

This two-book developmental writing series with help students become more effective and more confident writers by meeting students where they are and by helping them get to where they want to go in life.

One of the authors’ primary goals in teaching writing is to change the way their students look at writing. Far too often, students come to the first day of class thinking of the course as something simply to “get through,” something without any real connection to what goes on outside the classroom—either in their lives, in other courses, or in their jobs. In fact, writing is an essential part of their journey. Whatever their destination, effective writing will make a fundamental difference in where students go and what they do.

As classroom teachers, the authors also know intimately the mechanical and grammatical challenges apparent in developmental writing. On the Go joins their theoretical grounding, owing much to the study of rhetoric and to their work with The National Writing Project, to their day-to-day research, consisting of a systematic collection and analysis of student writing samples. In short, both the theoretical and practical inform every page of this book.

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For your classes in Developmental Writing, McGraw-Hill introduces the latest in its acclaimed M Series. The M Series started with your students. McGraw-Hill conducted extensive market research with over 4,000 students to gain insight into their studying and buying behavior. Students told us they wanted more portable texts with innovati...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 11 × 8.3 × 0.6 inPublished:February 17, 2009Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents

PART I: THE WRITING PROCESS

Chapter 1Getting Ready to Write

Getting Started

The Context of College Writing

Subject, Audience, and Purpose

Subject, Audience, and Purpose at a Glance

Specific and General Writing Assignments

Specific Assignments

General Assignments

Paragraph Structure

The Writing Process

Prewriting

Talking

Freewriting

Brainstorming

Clustering

Asking Questions

Recommendations for Ongoing Practice

Chapter 2Giving Shape to Your Writing

Getting Started

The Paragraph at a Glance

Paragraph Form

Elements of the Paragraph

The Topic sentence

Common Topic Sentence Problems

Writing a Topic Sentence for a Specific Assignment

Writing a Topic Sentence for a General Assignment

Major and Minor Supporting Details

Major Details: Thinking in 3's

Minor Details

Unity: Eliminating Irrelevant Details

Coherence: Order and Transitions

Time Order

Spatial Order

Order of Importance or Impact

The Concluding sentence

Drafting a Paragraph

The Writing Process

Chapter 3Revising and Editing

Getting Started

The Paragraph at a Glance

Elements of Revision

Revise for detail

Revise for unity

Delete Details that Go Off the Subject

Delete Unnecessary First Person Details

Avoid Unnecessary Repetition

Revise for Coherence

Move Ideas and Details

Repeat Key Words and Phrases

Revise for language

Editing Strategies

Search for errors You Make Regularly

Eliminate Your Usual Errors

PART II: PARAGRAPH WRITING AND PATTERNS OF THINKING

hapter 4Description

Getting Started

A Description Paragraph at a Glance

Where are You Going? Tips for Prewriting

Organizing Your Paragraph

How Will You Get There? Tips for Drafting

How a Pro Does It: excerpt from A Hanging, by George Orwell

Description and Specific Language

Make the Most of It! Tips for Revising

Chapter 5 Example

Getting Started

An Example Paragraph at a Glance

Where are You Going? Tips for Prewriting

Organizing Your Paragraph

Multiple Examples

Extended Example

How Will You Get There? Tips for Drafting

How a Pro Does It: adapted from Undaunted Courage, by Stephen E. Ambrose

Examples and Explanation

Make the Most of It! Tips for Revising

Chapter 6Narration

Getting Started

A Narration Paragraph at a Glance

Where are You Going? Tips for Prewriting

Organizing Your Paragraph

How Will You Get There? Tips for Drafting

How a Pro Does It: excerpt from All Shook Up, by T. C. Boyle

Eliminate Irrelevant Details

Make the Most of It! Tips for Revising

Chapter 7Process

Getting Started

A Process Paragraph at a Glance

Where are You Going? Tips for Prewriting

Organizing Your Paragraph

How Will You Get There? Tips for Drafting

How a Pro Does It: adapted from The Undertaking, by Thomas Lynch

The Key Details in the Process

Make the Most of It! Tips for Revising

Chapter 8Classification

Getting Started

A Classification Paragraph at a Glance

Where are You Going? Tips for Prewriting

Organizing Your Paragraph

How Will You Get There? Tips for Drafting

How a Pro Does It: excerpt from "Teaching Boys and Girls Separately,"Elizabeth Weil

Classification and Details

Make the Most of It! Tips for Revising

Chapter 9Cause and Effect

Getting Started

A Cause and Effect Paragraph at a Glance: Emphasis on Causes

A Cause and Effect Paragraph at a Glance: Emphasis on Effects

Where are You Going? Tips for Prewriting

Organizing Your Paragraph

How Will You Get There? Tips for Drafting

How a Pro Does It: excerpt from "PHYS ED: Crash and Burnout," Gretchen Reynolds

Outlining to Maintain Focus

Make the Most of It! Tips for Revising

Chapter 10Comparison and Contrast

Getting Started

A Comparison and Contrast Paragraph at a Glance: Point by Point

A Comparison and Contrast Paragraph at a Glance: Subject by Subject

Where are You Going? Tips for Prewriting

Organizing Your Paragraph

How Will You Get There? Tips for Drafting

How a Pro Does It: adapted from "Illness," by Lewis Thomas

Points of Comparison-Contrast

Make the Most of It! Tips for Revising

Chapter 11Definition

Getting Started

A Definition Paragraph at a Glance

Where are You Going? Tips for Prewriting

Organizing Your Paragraph

How Will You Get There? Tips for Drafting

How a Pro Does It: excerpt from "Shy," by Ziba Kashef

Definition and Purpose

Make the Most of It! Tips for Revising

Chapter 12Argument

Getting Started

An Argument Paragraph at a Glance

Where are You Going? Tips for Prewriting

Organizing Your Paragraph

How Will You Get There? Tips for Drafting

How a Pro Does It: adapted from "Professional Athletes Should Not Be Viewed as Role Models," by Ashley Brown

Avoiding Generalizations

Make the Most of It! Tips for Revising

Chapter 13From Paragraphs to Essays

Getting Started

Essay Structure at a Glance

Elements of the Essay

Assignments and Subtopics

Prewriting and Planning Your Essay

Where are You Going? Tips for Prewriting

Formulate Your Thesis Sentence

Your Essay Plan

Drafting Your Essay

How Will You Get There? Tips for Drafting

Introductions and Conclusions

How a Pro Does It: adapted from The Promised Land, by Nicholas Lemann

Revising and Editing Your Essay

Make the Most of It! Tips for Revising

Revise for Detail

Revise for Unity and Coherence

Revise for Language

PART III:

Chapter 14 Parts of Speech

Nouns

Count Nouns and Non-Count Nouns

Irregular Plural Nouns

Pronouns

Indefinite and Demonstrative Pronouns

Verbs

Verb Tense

Helping Verbs

Modals

Adjectives

Adverbs

Prepositions

Conjunctions

Chapter 15 The Simple Sentence

Simple Sentence: Subject and Verb

Simple Sentence: Complete Idea

Subjects and Predicates

Prepositional Phrases

Action Verbs

Linking Verbs

Helping Verbs and Verb Phrases

Chapter 16Coordination and Subordination

Coordination and Conjunctions

A Predictable Punctuation Problem

Coordination and Conjunctive Adverbs

Subordination

Subordination and The Relative pronoun

Chapter 17Sentence Variety and Parallelism

-Ing Phrases

-Ed, -N, -En Modifiers

The -Ing Sentence Fragment

The Dangling Modifier

Appositives

Parallel Structure

The -Ing and To- Forms

Nouns and Adjectives

PART IV: A TOOL KIT

Chapter 18Sentence Fragments

Checking for Complete Ideas

Checking Punctuation

Checking Connectors

Checking -Ing Words

Chapter 19Comma Splices and Run Ons

Comma Splices, Run Ons and End Punctuation

Comma Splices, Run Ons and Conjunctive Adverbs

Chapter 20Verbs: Agreement, Irregular Verbs, and Consistency

Verb Agreement

Verbs

Subject and Verb Agreement

Additional Verb Agreement Problems

Irregular Verbs

Consistent Verb Tense

Irregular Verbs List

Chapter 21Pronouns

Pronouns and Their Antecedents

Indefinite Pronouns

Vague Pronoun Reference

Pronoun Case

Subjective Case Pronouns

Objective Case Pronouns

Possessive Case Pronouns

Predictable Problems with Pronoun Case

Reflexive Pronouns

Shifts in Pronouns

Chapter 22Commas

Commas and Conjunctions

Introductory Commas

Commas with Parentheticals

Commas in Series

Chapter 23Semicolons and Colons

Semicolons

Connecting Related Ideas

Semicolons and Conjunctive Adverbs

Common Semicolon Errors

Colons

Colons Before Lists

Chapter 24Apostrophes

Apostrophes and Possessives

Apostrophes and Contractions

Apostrophes and Simple Plurals

Chapter 25Direct and Indirect Quotations

Complete and Partial Quotations

Quotations and Punctuation

Direct and Indirect Quotations

Chapter 26Mechanics

Spelling

Spelling Tips

Basic Spelling Rules

Commonly Misspelled Words

Commonly Misused Words

Commonly Misused Words-Set 1

Commonly Misused Words-Set 2

Commonly Misused Words-Set 3

Capitalization

Numbers

Abbreviations

PART V: READING AND THINKING CRITICALLY

Chapter 27Building Vocabulary

Collect Vocabulary Daily

Use Context Clues

Use a Dictionary and a Thesaurus

Take a Tour of a Dictionary

How to Effectively Use a Dictionary

Take a Tour of a Thesaurus

How to Effectively Use a Thesaurus

READING: Whose Last Name Should Married Couples Choose? R. R. S. Stewart

Write with a Thesaurus and Dictionary

Improve Word Choice

Precise Nouns and Verbs

Denotation and Connotation

Avoid Informal Language

Chapter 28Critical Reading, Thinking, and Writing

Critical Reading

Five Strategies for Effective Reading

READING: Carnivorous Plant Kills with Deadly Slime, Charles Q. Choi

Read with a Pen

READING: Bonus Babies, Barry Schwartz

Additional Readings

READING: Editorial A Bag Problem Blossoms

READING: What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow Up in Cyberspaces, Brent Staples

READING: Who Are You Also Known As? Hollee McGinnis

READING: Sense of Beauty Partly Innate, Study Suggests, Charles Q. Choi

READING: The Fine Art of Deception, Kathleen Deveny with Ginny Power

READING: Loyalty a Factor in Heroism, Michael Hill

READING: Why There's No Such Thing as a Good Night's Sleep, Meredith F. Small

READING: Strange Things Do Happen at Full Moon, Benjamin Radford

READING: Jittery? Peevish? Can't Sleep? What Are You Drinking? Richard A. Friedman, M. D.

READING: Greener Grass, Susan Straight

READING: Yes, Accidents Happen. But Why? Robert Strauss

READING: Shells of Our Affection, Judith Warner

READING: How to Boost Your Willpower, Tara Parker-Pope

READING: Hobbies are Rich in Psychic Rewards, Eilene Zimmerman

READING: Longing to Belong, Saira Shah

READING: U. S. Democracy: Will the Last One Out Please Turn Off the Light, Thomas Prugh

READING: The Fourth of July, Audre Lorde

READING: You Can't Say That, Diane Ravitch