Writing Talk: Sentences and Paragraphs with Readings (2nd Edition)

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9780130996992: Writing Talk: Sentences and Paragraphs with Readings (2nd Edition)

It is the authors' intention to treat writing as an extension of speech - to speak correctly is the key to learning to write and use grammar correctly. Grammar in the native speaker is a built-in skill, rather than an added-on one and the best sense for grammar is in the ear. They suggest that there are not errors of bad grammar; instead, there are errors of inappropriate usage. The book offers full coverage of the writing process, the patterns of paragraph development, sentence grammar and mechanics and usage. Contextual exercises, writing examples and explanations of grammar rules appear throughout.

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This innovative, confidence-building text/workbook is based on the assumption that students have a built-in "ear" for language--i.e., can "hear" the patterns and rhythms that underlie speaking fluency and that fluency in writing can be developed by applying this inner "ear." A multitude of exercises, assignments, and writing suggestions give students opportunity to use this "inner ear" to develop their writing, editing, and revising skills and understanding of basic grammar. The three part organization allows students and instructors to focus on either writing paragraphs, writing sentences, or mechanics, or to work in any sequence they choose.

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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