For courses in Developmental Writing and Essay Level Freshman Composition. With a strong focus on writing and the writing process, WORDSMITH groups three appropriate modes together to give students real writing opportunities and exercises. From Chapters entitled "Showing and Telling," to "Limiting and Ordering" and to "Examining Logical Connections," WORDSMITH provides extensive exercises and with a focus on writing, WORDSMITH illustrates how writing process, the modes and grammar are not written in isolation.
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In the REAL WORLD, do we write just ONE mode in isolation?
With a strong focus on writing and the writing process, WORDSMITH: COLLEGE WRITING, Second Edition also groups the methods of development in threes — to better show students the relationships between them, and to give students strategies for using more than one in their papers:
The Showing and Telling chapter covers Description, Narration, and Example.
The Limiting and Ordering chapter covers Definition, Classification, and Process.
The Examining Logical Connections chapter covers Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect, and Argument.
Throughout the text, WORDSMITH: A GUIDE TO PARAGRAPHS AND SHORT ESSAYS 2E also provides extensive exercises for students to practice their skills:
Practice and Review Exercises are brief, short-answer style exercises.
Editing, Group and Writing Assignments require working with or creating writing samples.
Progressive Writing Assignments connect writing process concepts from other chapters.
With a focus on writing and a variety of exercises, WORDSMITH: A GUIDE TO COLLEGE WRITING 2E illustrates how the elements of good writing are rarely performed in isolation.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Preface: Updates to the Second Edition
Several changes have been made in the second edition of Wordsmith: A Guide to College Writing.
Updates to Part 1: Composition
Updates to Part 2: Grammar
Updates to Part 3: Readings
Preface To the Instructor
Thank you for choosing Wordsmith: A Guide to College Writing, Second Edition, as your textbook.
Like you, I am a teacher of writing. Like you, I struggle to find the best way to teach a subject that, on its surface, seems as simple as touching pen to paper. Yet writing is remarkably complex, incorporating the personality and experience of each writer and each reader. It requires adherence to agreed-upon rules of grammar, punctuation, and form. It is, in fact, a craft that might best be taught to a small group of students in a series of unhurried sessions and individual conferences over an extended period of time. But our reality is the fifty-minute hour, the class of twenty or more, the term that is measured in weeks. How best to handle that reality?
Most of us constantly refine our teaching methods, striving to make difficult concepts clear and tedious details interesting. Most of all, we try to ignite the spark that will help our students see writing as a meaningful, life-enriching activity. A good textbook should reinforce our efforts. I have spent considerable time trying to analyze what a good textbook should do, above and beyond presenting information in a given field. Here is what I have come up with: The book should be orderly and user-friendly, with a flexible format. Explanations should be clear and supported by numerous exercises and examples. The book should contain much more than is strictly necessary: it should be a smorgasbord, not just a meal. Finally, if it includes a little bit of fun, so much the better—for us and for our students. I have written Wordsmith with those principles in mind.
Features of Wordsmith: A Guide to College Writing
Although each of you will use the book in a different way and adapt to your own students' needs, the following overview of each section may give you some ideas. To give you more choices, I include more material than can comfortably be covered in one term. Use what you need and what your students need, and leave the rest. If you don't like "leftovers," look at the suggestions in the Instructor's Manual for making use of the whole book.
Part 1: Composition
Part 1, Composition, begins with an overview of the writing process and a review of the paragraph (Chapter 1), followed by a chapter on prewriting (Chapter 2). Planning and drafting, the next two steps in the writing process, are addressed in Chapters 3 through 6. Finally, Chapter 7 addresses revising and proofreading.
Chapters 8 through 10 address methods of development. I have sacrificed some flexibility by grouping the methods, so let me explain why. The first reason is philosophical. I believe it is more realistic to group the modes, since they are seldom used in isolation in "real-world" writing. Modes with a similar purpose are grouped together, and the optional "Mixed Methods" assignments at the end of the chapter show how the modes can be used together in a single piece of writing. The second reason for grouping modes is more practical. No matter how hard I try, I can never cover nine rhetorical modes in one term. Grouping them allows me to assign a chapter containing three modes and address only one or two in depth. If all three rhetorical modes chapters are- assigned, students are ex
Chapter 11 provides a step-by-step guide to writing a research paper, including locating and evaluating sources, paraphrasing effectively, and formatting a paper in MLA style.
Special Features of Part 1: Composition
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