Writing with Confidence (8th Edition)

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9780321273475: Writing with Confidence (8th Edition)

Writing with Confidence, a value-priced developmental writing work text, provides essential instruction and practice in basic writing skills at the sentence and paragraph level. The first developmental text to incorporate high-interest, connected discourse subject matter in its exercises, Writing with Confidence retains and expands on this feature. Most chapters pursue a theme throughout the exercises-the dreams and premonitions surrounding the death of Abraham Lincoln; animal facts and oddities; the gustatory achievements of Diamond Jim Brady, the world's greatest eater; the voyage of the Kon-Tiki; and so on. The text's six-unit structure includes 3 short chapters on the writing process, paragraph organization and development, the shape of the essay, all the rhetorical modes, and all the sentence skills. The writing chapters are fully process-oriented, showing the development of a paragraph in six steps, from planning and outlining through drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. Optional collaborative activities are provided in the margins of each chapter. This focus on writing is balanced with equal attention to sentence skills, not only for native speakers of English who need help, but for non-English-dominant speakers as well. ESL boxes provide help for students whose first language is not English, as do the two final chapters of the book, which address troublesome matters such as verb phrases, word order, articles, and prepositions. The reading-writing connection throughout the book has been expanded, with sixteen additional readings in the last unit of the book, including several written by students. And the popular "Blueprints for Writing" found in the rhetorical chapters have been carried into unit-ending "Blueprints for Success," in which the most important concepts and practices are summarized in graphs and charts.

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Gateways to Academic Writing: Effective Sentences, Paragraphs, and Essays provides a fully integrated program of writing instruction for high-intermediate to advanced students of English. The book's four units give students the tools they need to improve their academic writing. Unit I introduces the writing process, from exploring ideas, organizing, and drafting to revising, editing, and proofreading. Unit II examines the ten modes of writing, including narration, all forms of exposition, persuasion, and summary and response. Unit III presents key terminology, sentence structures, and verb tenses and forms. Unit IV gives students extensive editing practice, including Editing for Mastery exercises.

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  • Clear explanations, practical and contextualized exercises, and visual aids make this book easy to use.
  • Examples of professional and student writing provide students with meaningful models.
  • Guidelines for Success at the end of each unit summarize key learning points.
  • Nine additional readings provide examples of rhetorical modes, practice in close reading, questions for analysis, and writing prompts.

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