Writing Talk: Paragraphs and Short Essays with Readings (3rd Edition)

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9780130978868: Writing Talk: Paragraphs and Short Essays with Readings (3rd Edition)

This innovative, confidence-building workbook is based on the assumption that learners can use their verbal and oral skills to develop better writing skills. It presents writing not as a totally new discipline, but merely as a more logical and formal application of an expertise already possessed—talking. A multitude of exercises, assignments, and writing suggestions allow learners to develop their writing, editing, and revising skills while building an understanding of basic grammar. A six-part organization covers: preparing to write, writing good paragraphs, paragraph strategies, writing good essays, sentence basics, and the 20 most common sentence errors. For native speakers of English—and those who speak it as a second language—who want to improve their grammar and writing skills.

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Now in its third edition, the WRITING TALK series continues to be known for the authors' engaging, down-to-earth writing style. The goal of this revision is two-fold: to make the text even easier for instructors to use, and to provide the best and most varied practice exercises of any writing text available.

To that end, Prentice Hall is proud to introduce an Instructor's Edition for Writing Talk: Paragraphs and Short Essays with Reading: Third Edition. The Instructor's Edition includes in-text exercise answers for instructors and a built-in instructor's guide in the back of the text with additional activities, teaching tips, and more.

In addition, the authors have thoroughly revised and updated the exercises in each unit.

  • Practicing Exercises. Averaging over 10 per unit, Practicing Exercises help reinforce concepts as they are presented.
  • Unit Tests. Unit Tests assess students' knowledge of the material covered in the entire unit.
  • Unit Talk-Write Exercises. Often a more involved exercise, the Talk-Write Exercise in each unit explores the connection between speaking and writing.
  • Unit Collaborative Assignments. Often requiring students to revise and edit each other's work, the Unit Collaborative Assignments encourage students to work together to improve their writing.
  • Unit Writing Assignments. These writing assignments are open-ended and usually direct students to revise and edit their work.
  • Photo Writing Assignments. Another type of open-ended writing assignment, the Photo Writing Assignments provide students with thought-provoking pictures to help them begin the writing process.

PH Words. An internet-based, course management program, PH WORDS gives English instructors the ability to measure and track students' mastery of the elements of writing. PH WORDS includes over 130 modules covering grammar, paragraph and essay development, and the writing process. This online solution allows students to work on their areas of weakness, freeing up class, time for instructors to address students' individual needs both in the classroom and one-on-one. Visit www.prenhall.com/english for a guided tour.

About the Author:

Anthony C. Winkler was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and educated at Mt. Alvernia Academy and Cornwall College in Montego Bay, Jamaica. In 1962, he came to the United States to attend school, and received an A.A. from Citrus College, and a B.A. and M.A. from California State University at Los Angeles.

For seven years, he taught as a part-time evening college instructor while working full time as a book representative first for Appleton Century Crofts, and then for Scott, Foresman.

Winkler began collaborating with Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell in 1973, and became a fulltime freelance writer in 1976. He is the author of numerous textbooks, trade books (including Bob Marley: An Intimate Portrait by His Mother) and screenplays (including The Lunatic, based on his second novel). He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children.

Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell was born in Belgium and grew up in Europe, coming to the United States for her college education. She received her B.A. from Pacific Union College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. While working on her doctorate, Jo Ray was hired to teach English at Glendale Community College, from which she retired in 1996.

A chance meeting in 1973 with Tony Winkler, who was a college textbook sales representative, led to a partnership that has produced fifteen coauthored textbooks used at colleges and universities across the country. "I have reached the place," says Jo Ray, "where I have difficulty remembering what I've said in what book."

Jo Ray has one son, David Cotton, a perinatologist at Wayne State University. When not revising her textbooks and writing new ones, Jo Ray enjoys traveling, reading, opera, snow skiing, and tennis.

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