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College Writing Skills with Readings 10e highlights the importance of writing with a purpose by focusing on four bases of writing, unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. The four bases provide students with clear guidance on how to organize their thoughts, structure their main idea into a thesis, provide supporting evidence to their claim, and revise and edit their work into a well thought-out essay. College Writing Skills with Readings personalizes and grounds students’ writing experience by placing all of its reading, writing, and essay examples within three key realms - personal, academic, and workplace (PAW) - to emphasize the importance of writing in every facet of life.

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Contents

Readings Listed by Rhetorical Mode 0

Preface 0

Part 1 Essay Writing 1      

  1. An Introduction to Writing 0

Point and Support 0

Structure of the Traditional Essay 0

Benefits of Writing the Traditional Essay 00

Writing as a Skill 00

Writing as a Process of Discovery 00

Writing as a Way to Communicate with Others 00

Keeping a Journal 00

Using Technology to Work Efficiently 00

MLA Format 00

Review Activities 00

Using This Text 00

  1. The Writing Process 00

Prewriting 00

Writing a First Draft 00

Revising 00

Editing 00

Review Activities 00

  1. The First and Second Steps in Essay Writing 00

Step 1: Begin with a Point, or Thesis 00

Step 2: Support the Thesis with Specific Evidence 00

Practice in Advancing and Supporting a Thesis 00

  1. The Third Step in Essay Writing 00

Step 3: Organize and Connect the Specific Evidence 00

Introductions, Conclusions, and Titles 00

Practice in Organizing and Connecting Specific Evidence 000

  1. The Fourth Step in Essay Writing 000

Revising Sentences 000

Editing Sentences 000

Practice in Revising Sentences 000

  1. Four Bases for Revising Essays 000

Base 1: Unity 000

Base 2: Support 000

Base 3: Coherence 000

Base 4: Sentence Skills 000

Practice in Using the Four Bases 000

  1. Developing an Essay 000

Important Considerations in Essay Development 000

The Writing Process in Action 000

A Look Ahead to Part Two: Patterns of Essay Development 000

Part 2 Patterns of Essay Development 000

  1. Description 000

Student Essays to Consider 000

Developing an Essay with Emphasis on Description 000

A Model Essay to Consider 000

     READINGLou’s Place by Beth Johnson 000

  1. Narration 000

Student Essays to Consider 000

Developing an Essay with Emphasis on Narration 000

A Model Essay to Consider 000

READINGThe Teacher Who Changed My Life by Nicholas Gage 000

  1. Exemplification 000

Student Essays to Consider 000

Developing an Essay with Emphasis on Exemplification 000

A Model Essay to Consider 000

READINGDad by Andrew H. Malcolm 000

  1. Process 000

Student Essays to Consider 000

Developing an Essay with Emphasis on Process 000

A Model Essay to Consider 000

READINGHow to Do Well on a Job Interview by Glenda Davis 000

  1. Cause and/or Effect 000

Student Essays to Consider 000

Developing an Essay with Emphasis on Cause and/or Effect 000

A Model Essay to Consider 000

READINGTaming the Anger Monster by Anne Davidson 000

  1. Comparison and/or Contrast 000

Methods of Development 000

Student Essays to Consider 000

Developing an Essay with Emphasis on Comparison and/or Contrast 000

A Model Essay to Consider 000

READINGBorn to Be Different? by Camille Lewis 000

  1. Definition 000

Student Essays to Consider 000

Developing an Essay with Emphasis on Definition 000

A Model Essay to Consider 000

READINGPropaganda Techniques in Today’s Advertisingby Ann McClintock 000

  1. Division-Classification 000

Student Essays to Consider 000

Developing an Essay with Emphasis on Division-Classification 000

A Model Essay to Consider 000

READINGThe 5 Types of Friends Worth Holding Onto for Dear Life by Shelley Emling 000

  1. Argument 000

Strategies for Argument 000

Student Essays to Consider 000

Developing an Essay with Emphasis on Argument 000

A Model Essay to Consider 000

READINGEssay on the Importance of Teaching Failureby Edward Burger 000

 

Part 3 Researching, Writing, and Documenting 000

  1. Information Literacy 000

             Using Online Sources Effectively 000

             Using the Library in the Context of the Digital World 000

  1. Summarizing and Paraphrasing 000

             Identifying and Avoiding Plagiarism 000

             Writing a Summary 000

             A Model Summary of an Article 000

             Writing a Paraphrase 000

             Using Direct Quotations 000

 

  1. Writing a Source-Based Essay 000

             Planning Ahead and Taking Notes 000

             Understanding How To Incorporate Sources 000

             Citing Sources 000

             A Model Literary Analysis 000

             Model Rhetorical Analysis 000

  1. Writing a Research Essay 000

             Getting Started and Creating a Schedule 000

             Selecting a Topic That You Can Readily Research 000

             Limiting Your Topic and Making the Purpose of Your Paper Clear 000

             Brainstorming What You Know 000

             Gathering Information on Your Limited Topic 000

             Keeping Track of Your Sources and Taking Notes 000

             Writing the Paper 000

             A Model Research Essay 000

Part 4 Handbook of Sentence Skills 000

SECTION I Grammar 000

  1. Subjects and Verbs 000

A Simple Way to Find a Subject 000

A Simple Way to Find a Verb 000

More about Subjects and Verbs 000

  1. Fragments 000

Dependent-Word Fragments 000

-ing and to Fragments 000

Added-Detail Fragments 000

Missing-Subject Fragments 000

  1. Run-Ons 000

What Are Run-Ons? 000

Three Ways to Correct Run-Ons 000

  1. Regular and Irregular Verbs 000

Regular Verbs 000

Irregular Verbs 000

  1. Subject-Verb Agreement 000

Words between Subject and Verb 000

Verb before Subject 000

Compound Subjects 000

Indefinite Pronouns 000

  1. More about Verbs 000

Verb Tense 000

Helping Verbs 000

Verbals 000

  1. Pronoun Agreement and Reference 000

Pronoun Agreement 000

Pronoun Reference 000

  1. Pronoun Types 000

Subject and Object Pronouns 000

Possessive Pronouns 000

Demonstrative Pronouns 000

  1. Adjectives and Adverbs 000

Adjectives 000

Adverbs 000

  1. Misplaced Modifiers 000

          Identifying and Correcting Misplaced Modifiers 000

  1. Dangling Modifiers 000

          Identifying and Correcting Dangling Modifiers 000

 

      SECTION II Mechanics and Punctuation 000

  1. Capital Letters 000

Main Uses of Capital Letters 000

Other Uses of Capital Letters 000

Unnecessary Use of Capitals 000

  1. Numbers and Abbreviations 000

Numbers 000

Abbreviations 000

  1. Apostrophe 000

Apostrophe in Contractions 000

Apostrophe to Show Ownership or Possession 000

  1. Quotation Marks 000

Quotation Marks to Set Off the Words of a Speaker or Writer 000

Quotation Marks to Set Off Titles of Short Works 000

Other Uses of Quotation Marks 000

  1. Comma 000

Six Main Uses of the Comma 000

 

SECTION III Word Use 000

  1. Commonly Confused Words 000

Homonyms 000

Other Words Frequently Confused 000

  1. Effective Word Choice 000

Slang 000

Clichés 000

Pretentious Words 000

 

SECTION IV Tests 000

  1. Editing Tests 000

Part 5 Readings for Writers 000

Introduction to the Readings 000

The Format of Each Selection 000

How to Read Well: Four General Steps 000

How to Answer the Comprehension Questions: Specific Hints 000

Building Self Awareness 000

from Self-Reliance

Ralph Waldo Emerson 000

Shame

Dick Gregory 000

I Became Her Target

Roger Wilkins 000

Stepping into the Light

Tanya Savory 000

Cultivating a Resilient Spirit

Brené Brown 000

The Certainty of Fear

Audra Kendall 000

One Hundred Years of the Secret Garden

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina 000

Education and Learning 000

Single-Sex Schools: An Old Idea Whose Time Has Come

Diane Urbina 000

How to Make It in College, Now That You’re Here

Brian O’Keeney 000

College Lectures: Is Anybody Listening?

David Daniels 000

Brainology

Carol S. Dweck 000

Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Nicholas Carr 000

The Quiet Struggle of College Students with Kids

Gillian B. White 000

Challenging Societal Values 000

 

The Professor Is a Dropout

Beth Johnson 000

 

Chief Seattle’s Speech of 1854

Chief Seattle 000

Mayor of Rust

Sue Halpern 000

Is Sex All That Matters?

Joyce Garity 000

Moving Beyond Pain

bell hooks 000

  When a Classmate Is a Former Inmate

Juleyka Lantigua-Williams 000

 

Index 000