Steps in Composition (8th Edition)

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This time-honored, comprehensive program for basic writers features a unique instructional format that combines the fundamentals of grammar, mechanics, rhetoric, vocabulary, and spelling, with contemporary topics of interest and participatory exercises that require readers to get fully involved by creating, changing, rewriting, or correcting. Using an integrated “whole language” approach and continual reinforcement of skills, this book caters to users¿ intelligence and interests. KEY TOPICS It features instructional material on all nine modes of discourse—description, narration, exemplification, process, comparison and contrast, definition, cause and effect, classification, and argumentation. For the development of writing skills and the creation of effective writing.

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This time-honored, comprehensive program for basic writers features a unique instructional format that combines the fundamentals of grammar, mechanics, rhetoric, vocabulary, and spelling, with contemporary topics of interest and participatory exercises that require students to get fully involved by creating, changing, rewriting, or correcting. Using an integrated "whole language" approach and continual reinforcement of skills, the text shows respect for students' intelligence, maturity, and interests.

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This time-honored, comprehensive program for basic writers features a unique instructional format that combines the fundamentals of grammar, mechanics, rhetoric, vocabulary, and spelling, with contemporary topics of interest and participatory exercises that require users to get fully involved by creating, changing, rewriting, or correcting. Flexible in format, the chapters can be used in whatever sequence suits the individual. Vocabulary Building section consists of words clustered around the major topic of the chapter and a variety of exercises to help readers use these words comfortably and correctly. Presents Spelling Lessons that help readers to master useful spelling rules and patterns. Features a special Grammar and Rhetoric Skills section which presents important grammatical or rhetorical steps to writing successful compositions in small easy-to-understand steps. Uses Keypoint Checklist reference charts throughout to help users find the most important points as they write, revise, and edit writing pieces. Includes a new section on Verb Tense Consistency that provides clear explanations and many opportunities to practice the skill. Expands the section on The Essay to include more information and several essays that illustrate Explaining a Process, Constructing a Definition, and Arguing an Opinion

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