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Part of a three-level developmental writing series that integrates critical thinking, reading, and writing, Mosaics: Focusing on Essays, Third Edition concentrates on the essay using the processes and skills common to all good academic writing by examining a host of writing samples. An abundance of exercises and activities is included to help readers apply the techniques and practices of good writing to their own work. This book is explored in five major parts: 1) a discussion of the writing process; 2) guidelines for writing essays in each rhetorical mode; 3) a look at writing with sources; 4) an anthology of reading selections; and 5) a complete handbook of grammar and usage. For professionals with a career in writing and/or education.
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Welcome to MOSAICS: Focusing on Essays, Third Edition—the text that helps students help themselves as they study their own writing. It contains a multitude of exercises and activities that encourages students to apply the techniques and skills of good writing to their own assignments. With all three texts in the MOSAICS series, students start writing when the learning begins, not when the learning ends.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Experience tells us that students have the best chance of succeeding in college if they learn how to respond productively to the varying academic demands made on them throughout the curriculum. One extremely important part of this process is being able to analyze ideas and think critically about issues in many different subject areas. Mosaics: Focusing on Essays is the third in a series of three books that teach the basic skills essential to all good academic writing. This series illustrates how the companion skills of reading and writing are parts of a larger, interrelated process that moves back and forth through the tasks of prereading and reading, prewriting and writing, and revising and editing. In other words, the Mosaics series shows how these skills are integrated at every stage of the writing process.
THE MOSAICS SERIES
This third edition of the Mosaics series consists of three books, each with a different emphasis: Focusing on Sentences in Context, Focusing on Paragraphs in Context, and Focusing on Essays. The first book highlights sentence structure, the second book paragraph development, and the third the composition of essays. Each book introduces the writing process as a unified whole and asks students to begin writing in the very first chapter. Each volume also moves from personal to more academic writing. The books differ in the length and level of their reading selections, the complexity of their writing assignments, the degree of difficulty of their revising and editing strategies, and the length and level of their student writing samples.
This entire three-book series is based on the following fundamental assumptions:
HOW THIS BOOK WORKS
Mosaics: Focusing on Essays teaches students how to write effective essays. For flexibility and easy reference, this book is divided into five parts:
Part I: The Writing Process. All eight chapters in Part I demonstrate the cyclical nature of the writing process. They begin with the logistics of getting ready to write and then move systematically through the interlocking stages of the process by following a student essay from prewriting to revising and editing. Part I ends with a quiz that students can take to identify their "Editing Quotient"—their strengths and weaknesses in grammar and mechanics.
Part II: Writing Effective Essays. Part II, the heart of the instruction in this text, teaches students how to write essays by introducing the rhetorical modes as patterns of development. It moves from personal writing to more academic types of writing: describing, narrating, illustrating, analyzing a process, comparing and contrasting, dividing and classifying, defining, analyzing causes and effects, and arguing. Within each chapter, students write their own essays, read professional essays, study the essays of other students, and finally revise and edit the essay they wrote earlier in the chapter. By following specific guidelines, students learn how to produce a successful essay using each rhetorical mode.
Part III: The Essay with Sources. The next section of this text helps students move from writing effective essays to writing an essay with sources. It systematically illustrates the details of writing a source paper. Then it explains the paper through student examples. Part III ends with a series of writing assignments and workshops designed to encourage students to write, revise, and edit an essay with sources and then reflect on their own writing process.
Part IV: From Reading to Writing. Part IV of this text is a collection of readings arranged by rhetorical mode. Multiple rhetorical strategies are at work in most of these essays, but each is classified according to its primary rhetorical purpose. As a result, you can refer your students to particular essays in this part that demonstrate a rhetorical mode you are studying in Part II. In this way, students can actually see the features of each rhetorical mode at work in different pieces of writing. Each professional essay is preceded by prereading activities that will help your students focus on the topic at hand and then is followed by 10 questions that move students from literal to analytical thinking as they consider the essay's content, purpose, audience, and paragraph structure.
Part V: The Handbook. Part V is a complete handbook, including exercises, that covers eight main categories: Sentences, Verbs, Pronouns, Modifiers, Punctuation, Mechanics, Effective Sentences, and Choosing the Right Word. These categories are coordinated with the Editing Checklist that appears periodically throughout this text. Each chapter starts with five self-test questions so that students can determine their strengths and weaknesses in a specific area. The chapters provide at least three types of practice after each grammar concept, moving the students systematically from identifying grammar concepts to writing their own sentences. Each chapter ends with a practical editing workshop that asks students to use the skills they just learned as they work with another student to edit their own writing. Unit Tests—including practice with single sentences and paragraphs—complete each unit.
The appendixes will help your students keep track of their progress in the various skills they are learning in this text: References to these appendixes are interspersed throughout the book so that students know when to use them as they study the concepts in each chapter:
Ultimately, each book in the Mosaics series portrays writing as a way of thinking and processing information. One by one, these books encourage students to discover how the "mosaics" of their own writing process work together to form a coherent whole. By demonstrating the interrelationship among thinking, reading, and writing on progressively more difficult levels, these books promise to help prepare your students for success in college throughout the curriculum.
Several unique and exciting features separate this book from other basic writing texts:
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