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Choices: A Basic Writing Guide with Readings

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Everyone writes better when writing on something of interest, yet students in a developmental writing class too often feel the course is completely separate from their own lives and goals. Drawing on more than 30 combined years of classroom experience, Kate Mangelsdorf and Evelyn Posey, authors of Discoveries, for the paragraph to essay course, give students concrete strategies for uncovering ideas that matter to them — and then provide step-by-step guidance for turning these ideas into solid college essays and other writing projects. With a tone that is clear yet supportive, Choices gives students detailed help with the skills needed for successful writing in college, from understanding writing as a process to taking essay exams, from using rhetorical strategies to conducting research. As ESL and developmental reading specialists, the authors are able to provide in-depth help in these crucial areas. Choices not only gives developing students the patient, detailed support they need but also helps them grow as thinkers and writers.

About the Author

KATE MANGELSDORF is professor of English and director of rhetoric and developmental English at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she has also been director of composition and associate dean of University College. She was formerly coordinator of ESL writing at the University of Arizona, and she has also taught at Yavapai Community College. Mangelsdorf has published articles in the Journal of Second Language Writing, English Language Teaching Journal, and Teaching English in the Two Year College.

EVELYN POSEY is the Dorrance D. Roderick Endowed Professor and chair of the department of English at the University of Texas at El Paso. She has served as an associate vice president for instructional design and technology integration, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts, director of English education in the department of English, and director of the West Texas Writing Project. Posey has published articles in journals such as Computers and Composition, The Journal of Developmental Education, and Teaching English in the Two-Year College.

Together, Mangelsdorf and Posey collaborated on Discoveries: A Step-by Step Guide to Writing Paragraphs and Essays (Bedford/St. Martins, 2006).

Table of Contents

PART I. COMPOSING OURSELVES, WRITING FOR OTHERS

1. The Writing Process

Writing Assignment

Reading to Improve Writing

A Writer's Composing Process

Step 1. Explore Your Choices

Step 2. Write Your Discovery Draft

Step 3. Revise Your Draft

Step 4. Edit Your Sentences

Step 5. Share Your Essay

One Student's Writing Process

Kwan Lu,‛Mediation, Not Lawsuit“

Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

2. Crafting Paragraphs

Writing Assignment

Topic Sentences

Unity

Organization

Special Kinds of Paragraphs

One Student's Paragraph

]Melissa Ruiz,‛After Katrin“

Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

]3. The Patterns of Development

Writing Assignment

Description

Narration

Examples

Process Explanation

Classification

Definition

Comparison and Contrast

Cause and Effect

]Argument

Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

PART II. WRITING TO SHARE IDEAS

4. Explaining a Personal Change Using Description and Narration

Reading Essays about Personal Changes

A Significant Person

]Joshua Bell,‛My Maestr“

A Memorable Event

]James Dillard,‛A Doctor's Dilemm“

An Important Period

Malcolm X,‛Prison Studie“

Writing Assignment

Step 1. Explore Your Choices

Analyzing Your Audience and Purpose

Gathering Ideas

Brainstorming about a Significant Person

Relating a Memorable Event

Clustering about an Important Period

Step 2. Write Your Discovery Draft

Choosing a Topic

Sharing Your Ideas

Step 3. Revise Your Draft

Developing Your Ideas

Description

Narration

Building Your Essay

Revise Your Thesis Statement

Add Topic Sentences

Strengthen Your Focus

A Student's Revised Draft

Jesus Ramirez,‛Baseball Memorie“

Step 4. Edit Your Sentences

Combining Sentences Using Coordinating Conjunctions

Correcting Run-On Sentences

A Student's Edited Essay

Jesus Ramirez,‛Baseball Memorie“

Step 5. Share Your Essay

Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Additional Readings

A Significant Person

Thomas L. Friedman,‛My Favorite Teache“

A Memorable Event

]Cheryl Peck,‛Fat Girls and

Lawn Chair“

An Important Period

]Brent Staples,‛Black Men and

Public Spac“

5. Examining a Culture Using Examples and Process Explanation

Reading Essays about Cultures

A Cultural Symbol

]Nora Okja Keller,‛My Mother's

Foo“

A Cultural Tradition

]Kevin Kling,‛Hook, Line, and

Televisio“

A Cultural Hero

John Culhane,‛Oprah Winfrey: How Truth Changed Her Lif“

Writing Assignment

Step 1. Explore Your Choices

Analyzing Your Audience and Purpose

Gathering Ideas

Clustering about a Cultural Symbol

Asking Questions about a Cultural Tradition

Freewriting about a Cultural Hero

Step 2. Write Your Discovery Draft

Choosing a Topic

Sharing Your Ideas

Step 3. Revise Your Draft

Developing Your Ideas

]Examples

Process Explanation

Building Your Essay

Write an Effective Introduction

Write a Powerful Conclusion

Connect Ideas

A Student's Revised Draft

Sandra Cordero,‛El Grito de Dolore“

Step 4. Edit Your Sentences

Combining Sentences Using Conjunctive Adverbs

Correcting Sentence Fragments

A Student's Edited Essay

Sandra Cordero,‛El Grito de Dolore“

Step 5. Share Your Essay

Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Additional Readings

A Cultural Symbol

Gerald Hausman,‛Feathe“

A Cultural Tradition

]Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, the Tart“

A Cultural Hero

]Jeremy Dorn,‛A Hero's Last

Rid“

6. Investigating a Workplace Using Classification and Definition

Reading Essays about Work

An Occupation

The Editors of WetFeet.com,‛Career Profile: Scienc“

Workplace Communication

Perri Klass,‛She's Your Basic L.O.L. in N.A.D“

A Job-Related Problem

]Donald Trump,‛You're Hired“

Writing Assignment

Step 1. Explore Your Choices

Analyzing Your Audience and Purpose

Gathering Ideas

Freewriting about an Occupation

Brainstorming about Workplace Communication

Consulting Others about a Job-Related Problem

Step 2. Write Your Discovery Draft

Choosing a Topic

Sharing Your Ideas

Step 3. Revise Your Draft

Developing Your Ideas

Classification

]Definition

Building Your Essay

]Find Information to Strengthen

Your Support

]Outline Your Plan

]Correctly Use Research Material

A Student's Revised Draft

Kathy Chu,‛Helping Children Hea“

Step 4. Edit Your Sentences

Combining Sentences Using Subordinating Conjunctions

Correcting Pronoun Reference and Agreement

A Student's Edited Essay

Kathy Chu,‛Helping Children Hea“

Step 5. Share Your Essay

Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Additional Readings

An Occupation

Tamera Helms,‛Lessons in Shrimpin“

Workplace Communication

Rita Warren Hess,‛American Workplace Slang and Jargo“

A Job-Related Problem

Ellen Goodman,‛The Company Ma“

7. Evaluating a Subject Using Comparison and Contrast

Reading Essays that Evaluate

Evaluation of a Product

]Leander Kahney,‛The Joy of

iPod: iCandy for the Ear“

Evaluation of a Performance

]Diane Heiman and Phyllis

Bookspan,‛Sesame Street:

Brought to You by the Letters

M-A-L-“

Evaluation of a Place

]John Garvey,‛Christo's 'Gates':

An Unexpected Pleasur“

Writing Assignment

Step 1. Explore Your Choices

Analyzing Your Audience and Purpose

Gathering Ideas

Brainstorming about a Product

Asking Questions about a Performance

Freewriting about a Place

Step 2. Write Your Discovery Draft

Choosing a Topic

Sharing Your Ideas

Step 3. Revise Your Draft

]Developing Your Ideas with

Comparison and Contrast

Building Your Essay

Express Your Judgment

Give Criteria

Provide Evidence

]Keep a Balanced Perspective

A Student's Revised Draft

Jody Albert,‛Avoid Dryden Hal“

Step 4. Edit Your Sentences

Combining Sentences Using Relative Clauses

]Correcting Comma Splices

A Student's Edited Essay

Jody Albert,‛Avoid Dryden Hal“

Step 5. Share Your Essay

Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Additional Readings

Evaluation of a Product

]Ann Hodgman,‛No Wonder

They Call Me a Bitc“

Evaluation of a Performance

]Anthony Beal,‛Let the Good

Times Rol“

Evaluation of a Place

Nicholas Jennings,‛A Palace of Roc“

]8. Considering the Media Using Cause and Effect

Reading Essays about the Media

A Censorship Issue

]Michael Crowley,‛Let's Shut

Them All Dow“

A Representation Issue

]Samuel L. Jackson,‛In

Characte“

A Lifestyle Issue

]Brent Staples,‛What

Adolescents Miss When We Let

Them Grow Up in Cybersapc“

Writing Assignment

Step 1. Explore Your Choices

Analyzing Your Audience and Purpose

Gathering Ideas

Freewriting about a Censorship Issue

Brainstorming about a Representation Issue

Consulting Others about a Lifestyle Issue

Step 2. Write Your Discovery Draft

Choosing a Topic

Sharing Your Ideas

Step 3. Revise Your Draft

]Developing Your Ideas with Cause

and Effect Analysis

Building Your Essay

Make a Claim

Provide Pro Points

Respond to Con Points

Organize Pro and Con Points

A Student's Revised Draft

Reginald Jones,‛Newspaper Ad Sparks Controvers“

Step 4. Edit Your Sentences

Combining Sentences Using Introductory Phrases

Correcting Subject-Verb Agreement Problems

A Student's Edited Essay

Reginald Jones,‛Newspaper Ad Sparks Controvers“

Step 5. Share Your Essay

Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Additional Readings

A Censorship Issue

Judy Blume,‛Is Harry Potter Evil“

A Representation Issue

]Mark Andrejevic,‛'Reality'

Camera Goes from Candid to

Crue“

A Lifestyle Issue

]Janna Malamud Smith, ]9. Making a Difference Using Argument

Reading Essays about Problems and Solutions

A Health Problem

]Greg Critser,‛Don't Eat the Fla“

An Education Problem

]Laura D'Andrea Tyson, An Environmental Problem

]Patrick Moore,‛Going Nuclear:

A Green Makes the Cas“

Writing Assignment

Step 1. Explore Your Choices

Analyzing Your Audience and Purpose

Gathering Ideas

Relating Aloud about a Health Problem

Freewriting about an Education Problem

Reading about an Environmental Problem

Step 2. Write Your Discovery Draft

Choosing a Topic

Sharing Your Ideas

Step 3. Revise Your Draft

]Developing Your Ideas with

Argument

State the Problem

Provide Evidence

Propose a Solution

Building Your Essay

]Avoid Faulty Logic

]Persuade Your Readers

]Use a Reasonable Tone

A Student's Revised Draft

Li Chiang,‛Tollroad on the Information Superhighwa“

Step 4. Edit Your Sentences

Combining Sentences Using Appositives

Correcting Shifts in Person

A Student's Edited Essay

Li Chiang,‛Tollroad on the Information Superhighwa“

Step 5. Share Your Essay

Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Additional Readings

A Health Problem

Elizabeth M. Whelan,‛Perils of Prohibitio“

An Education Problem

]Mary Sherry,‛In Praise of the

F Wor“

An Environmental Problem

]Mark Hertsgaard,‛A Global

Green Dea“

PART III. WRITING FOR DIFFERENT SITUATIONS

10. Keeping Journals

Writing Assignment

Why Writers Keep Journals

Lucy Calkins, from The Art of Teaching Writing

Personal Journals

Dialogue Journals

Learning Logs

Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

]11. Writing Summaries

]Writing Assignment

]Writing a Summary

]Chapter Checklist

]Reflecting on Your Writing

12. Conducting Primary, Library, and Internet Research

Writing Assignment

Preparing to Conduct Research

Primary Research

Secondary Research

Sample Research Paper

Leslie Lozano,‛Culture Shoc“

Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

13. Taking Timed Writing Tests

Writing Assignment

The Essay Exam

In-Class Timed Writing in Response to a Reading

Multiple-Choice Writing Tests

Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

]14. Writing RŽsumŽs and Cover Letters

]Writing Assignment

]The RŽsumŽ

]The Cover Letter

]Chapter Checklist

]Reflecting on Your Writing

PART IV. HANDBOOK WITH EXERCISES

15. Writing Sentences

A. Subjects

B. Verbs

C. Subject-Verb Agreement

]16. Expanding Sentences

]A. Phrases

]B. Clauses

C. Pronouns

D. Adjectives

E. Adverbs

]17. Combining Sentences

]A. Coordination

]B. Subordination

]C. Sentence-Combining Exercises

18. Improving Sentences

A. Sentence Fragments

B. Run-On Sentences

C. Comma Splices

D. Misplaced Modifiers

E. Dangling Modifiers

F. Active and Passive Voice

]G. Parallelism

]19. Improving Word Choice

]A. Vocabulary

]B. Unnecessary Repetition

]C. Wordiness

20. Improving Spelling

A. Spelling Rules

]B. Commonly Misspelled Words

]C. Commonly Confused Words

21. Improving Punctuation

A. Commas

B. Semicolons

C. Colons

D. End Punctuation

E. Apostrophes

F. Quotation Marks

22. Improving Mechanics

A. Capital Letters

]B. Italics

C. Abbreviations

D. Numbers

23. Guide for Multilingual Writers

A. Articles

B. Count and Noncount Nouns

C. Prepositions

D. Omitted or Repeated Subjects

E. Word Order

F. Verbs

] new to this edition

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312447809
Subtitle:
A Basic Writing Guide with Readings
Author:
Mangelsdorf, Kate
Author:
Posey, Evelyn
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
English language
Subject:
College readers
Subject:
Report writing
Subject:
English language -- Rhetoric.
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Fourth Edition
Publication Date:
20070710
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
688
Dimensions:
9.13 x 7.50 in

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