Synopses & Reviews
GET WRITING: SENTENCES AND PARAGRAPHS is a flexible textbook that meets the needs of a variety of developmental writers including recent high school graduates, working adults, and those for whom English is a second language. GET WRITING gives students the opportunity to acquire skills and develop confidence through their own writing. It encourages students to write about their own goals, families, jobs, college-life, personal interests, and the world around them. Throughout the book students have the opportunity to express themselves on a range of issues, then examine and improve their words, sentences, and paragraphs. Above all, GET WRITING asks students to think critically and sharpen their editing skills by asking them two basic questions: "What are you trying to say?" and "What have you written?"
"This book is comprehensive and provides lots of guidance to me as a teacher. Although I usually can't cover all the material offered, I find plenty to choose from for each topic I wish to talk about. I especially like the chapters on writing different kinds of paragraphs. I also like the way the material is presented, with colored boxes, sidebars and photographs to make the pages more interesting."
"[Chapters in Part I, Getting Started] provide an excellent overview of the writing process and the relation of writer to reader. . . The goal is to get these students into the transfer composition course, so the work on critical thinking and avoiding plagiarism are useful too."
About the Author
Mark Connelly teaches at Milwaukee Area Technical College. He is the author of several books including THE SUNDANCE READER, THE SUNDANCE WRITER, and the developmental series GET WRITING.
Table of Contents
PART I: GETTING STARTED. 1. Why Write? 2. The Writing Process. PART II: DEVELOPING PARAGRAPHS. 3. Developing Topic Sentences and Controlling Ideas. 4. Supporting Topic Sentences with Details. 5. Developing Paragraphs Using Description. 6. Developing Paragraphs Using Narration. 7. Developing Paragraphs Using Example. 8. Developing Paragraphs Using Comparison and Contrast. 9. Developing Paragraphs Using Cause and Effect. 10. Toward the Essay. 11. Writing at Work. PART III: WRITING SENTENCES. 12. Recognizing the Power of Words. 13. Writing Sentences. 14. Avoiding Fragments. 15. Building Sentences Using Coordination and Subordination. 16. Repairing Run-ons and Comma Splices. 17. Correcting Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers. 18. Understanding Parallelism. PART IV: UNDERSTANDING GRAMMAR. 19. Subject-Verb Agreement. 20. Verb Tense, Mood, and Voice. 21. Pronoun Reference, Agreement, and Case. 22. Adjectives and Adverbs. 23. Using Prepositions. PART V: USING PUNCTUATION AND MECHANICS. 24. Using Commas and Semicolons. 25. Using Other Marks of Punctuation/ 26. Using Capitalization. 27. Correcting Spelling Errors. Handbook.