BUILDING WRITING SKILLS THE HANDS-ON WAY, 1st Edition teaches you the skills you need to become a college-level writer, reader, and critical thinker. The book takes the 'grr' out of grammar, provides helpful instruction on writing sentences and paragraphs, and makes the essay writing process clear by leading you through lessons that include engaging hands-on activities. The friendly, informal tone makes the book easy to read, and the real-world examples and exercises are drawn from a variety of life experiences and perspectives. In short, this book makes the learning process more fun, less intimidating, and more effective.

Part I: WRITING AS COMMUNICATION AND EXPRESSION. Introduction. 1. Freewriting: Thoughts into Words. 2. Generating and Organizing Ideas: Your Raw Materials. 3. Developing Powerful Paragraphs: A Structure for Ideas. 4. Crafting Purposeful Paragraphs: Strategies and Patterns. 5. Building an Essay: Concepts and Skills. 6. Writing for a Purpose: Essay Strategies and Structures. 7. The Revision Process: Refining Your Work. 8. The Editing Process: Polishing Your Work. Part II: BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION. Introduction. 9. Overview of Parts of Speech: A Crash Course. 10. Simple Sentence Structure: The Basic Construction Unit. 11. Using Commas Correctly: Working within the Sentence. 12. Compound Sentence Structure: Key to Understanding Punctuation. 13. Catching Run-ons: Using Sentence Structure Tools to Fix Errors. 14. Complex Sentences: Final Pieces of the Sentence Structure Puzzle. 15. Fixing Fragments: Editing Incomplete Ideas. 16. Modifiers: Expanding and Adding to Sentences. 17. Sentence Types: Creating Variety. 18. Nouns: The Stuff That Everything Is Made of. 19. Pronouns: Stand-ins for Nouns. 20. Verbs: The Action That Is in Every Sentence. 21. Adjectives and Adverbs: Words that Add More. Part III: A HANDBOOK OF SENTENCE MECHANICS AND ACADEMIC CONVENTIONS. 22. A Guide to Punctuation Patterns. 23. Research Skills for Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Citing Sources. 24. Tips on Language and Style. 25. An Overview of Vocabulary Skills. Part IV: BUILDING READING SKILLS THE HANDS-ON WAY. 26. Building Reading Skills. SELECTED READINGS. Part V: APPENDIXES. A-1. Ways of Learning, Challenges, and the Brain. A-2. Grammar and Usage Tips: Especially for ESL. A-3. Employment Document Skills. Glossary. RESOURCE PAGES. R-1. Conjunction Families. R-2. Pronoun Lists. R-3. Helping Verbs. R-4. Common Irregular Verbs.


SKU 9781305260733
Author Name Jenia Walter
Publisher Cengage Learning
Imprint Cengage Learning

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