Synopses & Reviews
For more than 20 years, THE WRITER'S WORKPLACE has served the needs of more than half a million two-and four-year students as they have worked their way toward rewarding careers in a variety of fields. Sandra Scarry and John Scarry present writing instruction in a clear and inviting form, with step-by-step explanations to help build and maintain students' confidence in their writing. The result of many years of classroom teaching and research, this comprehensive and time-tested resource reflects the authors' understanding that students are unique individuals, with diverse backgrounds and interests that must be accounted for as they engage in the writing process.
Presented in a clear and visually appealing fashion, THE WRITER'S WORKPLACE breaks down difficult writing concepts into easy to read, step-by-step explanations. All elements of writing, from grammar through the writing process, are covered in this text, making it the most comprehensive yet most engaging book on the market for the beginning writing student.
About the Author
Sandra Scarry is the former Academic Coordinator of the COPE program (College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment) at The City University of New York. She came to that position after many years of classroom teaching in English and ESOL. She has published numerous textbooks in the areas of grammar and writing. John Scarry holds a Ph.D. from New York University and was the senior professor in the English Department of Hostos Community College, The City University of New York. He has been publishing writing textbooks for thirty-five years and his scholarly articles have appeared in many journals here and abroad.
Table of Contents
PART I: AN INVITATION TO WRITING. 1. Gathering Ideas for Writing. 2. Recognizing the Elements of Good Writing. PART II: CREATING EFFECTIVE SENTENCES. 3. Finding Subjects and Verbs in Simple Sentences. 4. Making Subjects and Verbs Agree. 5. Understanding Fragments and Phrases. 6. Combining Sentences Using Three Options for Coordination. 7. Combining Sentences Using Subordination. 8. Correcting Fragments and Run-Ons. 9. Choosing Correct Pronouns. 10. Working with Adjectives, Adverbs, and Parallel Structure. 11. Practicing Irregular Verbs. 12. Mastering Verb Tenses. 13. Using Correct Capitalization and Punctuation. PART III: UNDERSTANDING THE POWER OF WORDS. 14. Choosing Words That Work. 15. Paying Attention to Look-Alikes and Sound-Alikes. PART IV: CREATING EFFECTIVE PARAGRAPHS. 16. Working with Paragraphs: Topic Sentences and Controlling Ideas. 17. Working with Paragraphs: Supporting Details. 18. Developing Paragraphs: Illustration. 19. Developing Paragraphs: Narration. 20. Developing Paragraphs: Description. 21. Developing Paragraphs: Process Analysis. 22. Developing Paragraphs: Comparison/Contrast. 23. Developing Paragraphs: Cause and Effect. 24. Developing Paragraphs: De?nition and Analysis. 25. Developing Paragraphs: Classification. PART V: STRUCTURING THE COLLEGE ESSAY. 26. Moving from the Paragraph to the Essay. 27. Following the Progress of a Student Essay. 28. Writing an Essay Using Examples, Illustrations, or Anecdotes. 29. Writing an Essay Using Narration. 30. Writing an Essay Using Process Analysis. 31. Writing an Essay Using Comparison/Contrast. 32. Writing an Essay Using Persuasion. 33. Other College Writing: The Research Paper and the Essay Exam. PART VI: FURTHER READINGS FOR THE COLLEGE WRITER. Narration. Visiting Rites, Susan Musgrave. Summer Reading, Michael Dorris. My Daughter Smokes, Alice Walker.Description. Unforgettable Miss Bessie, Carl T. Rowan. A Day at the Theme Park, W. Bruce Cameron. Example/IllustratioN. My Heroes, Elizabeth Berg. America's Gambling Craze, James Popkin with Katia Hetter.Process.Slice of Life, Russell Baker. How to Mark a Book, Mortimer Adler. Comparison and Contrast. Neat People vs. Sloppy People, Suzanne Britt. Dream Houses, Tenaya Darlington.Cause and Effect.Why Marriages Fail, Anne Roiphe. Requiem for the Champ, June Jordan Definition and Analysis. What Is This Thing Called Family? Lee Herrick. What Is Intelligence, Anyway? Isaac Asimov. Classification.The Ways of Meeting Oppression, Martin Luther King Jr. The Changing American Family, Alvin and Heidi Toffler. Argumentation/Persuasion. Get a Knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of Guns, Molly Ivins. My Body is My Own Business, Naheed Mustafa. Why Don't These Women Just Leave? Elaine Weiss. APPENDIX A Reference Guide for the ESOL Student. APPENDIX B Parts of Speech. APPENDIX C Irregular Verbs. APPENDIX D Spelling. APPENDIX E Transitions. Answer Key to Practices and Selected Exercises.