Process and Practice by Ronald ConradProcess and Practice by Ronald Conrad

Process and Practice

byRonald Conrad

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Process and Practice, 6/e, is a concise, practical text that focuses on the process of writing essays. From the first part, the process approach emphasizes the skills of prewriting activities, composing drafts, and editing. One prime feature of this edition is the new sample "short essay" done in two drafts, with commentary on why each change was made. Three new, shorter essays provide a greater variety of choice.
Title:Process and PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:257 pages, 10.9 × 8.4 × 0.75 inPublished:November 10, 2000Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0070864993

ISBN - 13:9780070864993


Table of Contents


Popular Misconceptions About Writing

What Is an Essay?

Starting Out: What Is My Subject?

Priming the Pump: Freewriting

Priming the Pump: Brainstorming

Priming the Pump: Cluster Outline

Priming the Pump: Fighting Writer's Block with Imagination

Using a Little Craziness to Overcome Writer's Block: Worksheet

The Thesis Statement

Limiting the Scope-Or, "Less Is More"

Focussing the Purpose

Thesis Statement: Where Does It Appear?

Limiting the Scope: Worksheet

Making Thesis Statements: Worksheet

Audience: Who Is My Reader?

Relating to Your Audience: In-Class Role Playing

Relating to Your Audience: Worksheet for In-Class Group Exploration

The Discovery Draft

Discovery Draft: "My First Canoe Trip"

Revising the Discovery Draft

Second Draft: "My First Canoe Trip"

Revisions: How and Why

Further Drafts?

Process in Short Essays: Assignments

Three More Short Essays:

"The Internet: Productivity or Peril?"

"Dogs: Are They Worth It?"

"School and Cars: Do They Mix?"


Kinds of Paragraphs

The Introductory Paragraph

The "Main" Paragraph

The Topic Sentence

The "Main" Paragraph: Worksheet

Topic Sentences: Worksheet

Unity in "Main" Paragraphs

Unity in "Main" Paragraphs: Worksheet

Coherence in "Main" Paragraphs

Coherence in "Main" Paragraphs: Worksheets

The Paragraph of Narration

The "Bridge" Paragraph

The Closing Paragraph

Length of Paragraphs

Improving "Thin" Paragraphs: Worksheet


Editing for Economy



Economy: Diagnostic and Worksheets

Editing out Language Abuse


Clichés: Worksheet


Euphemisms: Worksheet

Euphemisms and Their Opposite: Words Biased Pro or Con:Worksheet


Jargon: Worksheet

Editing for Appropriate Language

Standard and Nonstandard English

Slang and Colloquialisms

Slang and Colloquialisms: Worksheet

Editing for Complete Sentences

The Subject

The Verb

Completing Sentences: Worksheet

Variations on the Sentence

Reverse Sentence Order

Compound Subjects and Verbs

Longer Sentences

Causes of Sentence Fragments

Fragments: More Causes and Solutions

Complete Sentences: Diagnostic and Worksheets

Editing Out the Comma Splice and Fused Sentence

Comma Splice and Fused Sentence: Diagnostic and Worksheets

Editing for Punctuation

Period (.)

Apostrophe (')

Comma (,)

Commas: Worksheet

Semicolon (;)

Colon (:)

Question Mark (?)

Exclamation Point (!)

Semicolon, Colon, Question Mark and Exclamation Point: Worksheet

Dash (--)

Parentheses and Square Brackets (), []

Editing to Avoid the Run-on Sentence

Run-on Sentence: Diagnostic and Worksheets

Editing for Pronoun Reference

Pronoun Reference: Diagnostic and Worksheets

Editing for Agreement

Agreement: Diagnostic and Worksheets

Editing for Equality of the Sexes in Language

Editing for Equality of the Sexes in Language: Worksheet

Editing to Avoid Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers

Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers: Diagnostic and Worksheets

Editing for Parallel Form

Parallel Form: Worksheets

Editing for Spelling and Related Matters

Commonly Confused Words

Commonly Confused Words: Worksheet

Your Own Spelling List

A Hundred Words Often Misspelled

Canadian Spelling

Five Spelling Rules


Apostrophes: Worksheet


Capitals: Worksheet


Symbols and Numbers in the Metric System

Reading: The Key to Spelling

Some Good Canadian Books


Selecting and Focussing the Topic

Gathering and Ordering Information

Step One: Read Just Enough to Focus the Subject

Step Two: Try a Tentative Thesis Statement

Step Three: Do the Main Research, Taking Notes

Reference Sources (both print and electronic)

General Sources

Science and Technology

Social Sciences and Psychology

Business and Economics

The Humanities (Excluding Literature)


Researching with Internet Sources

Web Portals

Conducting a Simple Search

Boolean Search

Step Four: Try a Short Outline

Sample Research Essay: "Students and the New Workplace"

Step Five: Write the Essay

Final Form of the Research Essay

Title page?

Page Format


Name-Page References

When Do We Reference? Kinds of Name-Page References List of Works Cited