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Bridges to Better Writing
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The market is essay-level developmental writing, often referred to as the "bridge" course (to freshman composition). At the developmental level, the bridge course (and texts for it) apes freshman composition but includes more basic grammar review than the typical comp course. The course may or may not include a research paper, but focuses nonetheless on writing essays. Students are placed in this course initially if they score too low on standardized or local writing placement tests or if they pass into the course after having successfully completed lower-level developmental writing courses. Between 90 and 95 percent of the market for the bridge course is in community colleges and/or career ed schools. This is a growing market. More and more, four-year schools that don't want to publicly offer a bridge course will use a book such as BRIDGES TO BETTER WRITING because incoming students aren't ready for a standard freshman comp course.
BRIDGES TO BETTER WRITING makes the writing process less daunting to students by guiding them through each step, giving them only what they need to know for a specific writing task. Throughout the text, the authors incorporate the writing process and grammar into their discussion of the methods of development so that students can connect the skills all at once. With writing samples from each method that illustrate how writing is relevant to students' academic, personal, and future professional lives, BRIDGES TO BETTER WRITING motivates students to take control of their future by developing better writing skills.
BRIDGES TO BETTER WRITING gives you exactly the writing information you need, when you need it. Each chapter focuses on a different type of writing and then guides you through the writing process with interesting writing topics, examples, visual prompts, and collaborative activities so you can apply what you've learned. Learn real-life writing skills you can use to succeed in both your academic and professional career.
About the Author
Luis Nazario is Assistant Chair of the English Department at Pueblo Community College, where he has taught developmental and college-level courses since 1990. Professor Nazario completed his BA at Inter American University in Puerto Rico and his MA at New York University. Together with text coauthor Deborah Borchers, Nazario has presented work on service learning at conferences and later worked on modules for developmental English to be used in the Department of Corrections. In addition, he has developed Internet courses in both developmental and college-level courses, designed college-level hybrid courses, and restructured his course to be taught as a learning community. In 2011, Professor Nazario received the Jerry Wartgow Teaching with Technology Award from the Colorado Community College System. Debbie Borchers is Chair of the English Department at Pueblo Community College, where she is in her twenty-fifth year as a member of the faculty. Professor Borchers began her teaching career as a student of Near Eastern culture in Cairo. After returning to the United States, Professor Borchers earned her MA in TESL from the University of Arizona. Together with Luis Nazario, Borchers has implemented innovative service learning programs, student and faculty assessments, and standards for the English curriculum. She also has developed an online Introduction to Literature course and has presented workshops on Writing Across the Curriculum and developmental education. Bill Lewis graduated from the University of Colorado and subsequently pursued his interest in the Russian language at the Defense Language Institute, which led to a 14-year career in the intelligence community. After earning his MA in English from George Mason University, he began his association with the English department at Pueblo Community College, where he has taught developmental and college-level English composition, technical writing, and literature courses for the past 18 years. He has also served as the college's Director of Planning, Accreditation, and Effectiveness, and is currently serving his division as Assessment of Student Learning Coordinator.
Table of Contents
Part I: WRITING YOUR PAPERS. 1. Let's Talk About Writing. 2. Writing Your Descriptive Paragraph. 3. Writing Your Descriptive Narrative Essay. 4. Writing Your Expository Paragraph. 5. Developing Your Essay through Illustration. 6. Developing Your Essay through Process Analysis. 7. Developing Your Essay through Cause and Effect. 8. Developing Your Essay through Comparison and Contrast. 9. Developing Your Essay through Classification and Division. 10. Developing Your Essay through Definition. 11. Developing Your Argumentative Essay. 12. Making Choices: Writing the Integrated Essay. Part II: WRITING WITH SOURCES. 13. Working with Sources. 14. Writing Your Research Paper. Part III: EDITING FOR GRAMMAR. 15. Editing for Fragments. 16. Editing for Run-on Sentences. 17. Editing for Subject-Verb Agreement. 18. Editing for Pronouns. 19. Editing for Verb Use. 20. Editing for Adjectives and Adverbs. Part IV: EDITING FOR STYLE. 21. Writing Clear Sentences. 22. Writing Varied Sentences. 23. Avoiding Unneeded Words and Expressions. Part V: USING THE CORRECT WORDS. 24. Frequently Confused Words. 25. Improving Your Spelling. Part VI: USING PUNCTUATION AND CAPITALIZATION. 26. Using Commas, Semicolons, and Colons. 27. Other Punctuation and Capitalization. Part VII: READING CRITICALLY. 28. Reading Critically: How to Approach a Reading Selection. "The Inheritance of Tools" by Scott Russell Sanders. "Salvation" by Langston Hughes. "Sex, Lies, and Conversation" by Deborah Tannen. "The Maker's Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscripts" by Donald Murray. "The Jacket" by Gary Soto. "Public and Private Language" by Richard Rodriguez. "Anatomy of a Hangover" by Donald G. Ross. "Sexism in English: A 1990's Update" by Alleen Pace Nilsen. "The Beatles: They Changed Rock, Which Changed Culture, Which Changed Us" by Jeff Greenfield. Appendix A: Answers to Grammar Checkup Exercises
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