Odyssey focuses on helping students build paragraph and essay writing skills while treating the writing process as a voyage of self-discovery, confidence building, and competence building. As with most traditional paragraph to essay writing books, Odyssey begins with a thorough overview of the writing process, introduces the various patterns of development, then demonstrates each pattern of development with various essay samples. Parts IV -VI focus on improving grammar and paragraph development. The book concludes with an anthology of readings that take students on a "reading odyssey," where selections cross genres and professions. All exercises have been reorganized and streamlined in the fourth edition. Students will find newly titled "Comprehension and Practice" exercises that begin with a focus on fundamental concepts and then move into invention and the writing of short pieces. Students can then proceed to "Challenge" exercises that call for critical thinking, drafting, and revision. Interspersed throughout these questions sets are " Collaboration" exercises, which are ideal for pairs and/or groups of students. Grammar, mechanics, and punctuation chapters conclude with "Chapter Quick Check" and "Summary Editing" exercises that test students understanding of all the grammar and sentence skills they have learned.
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With its encouraging tone, careful explanations, and abundance of carefully sequenced and incrementally challenging exercise sets, Odyssey enables readers to view writing as a means of discovering more about themselves and their surroundings. The text's organization and self-contained chapters within each part ensure cumulative skill development and allow flexibility in course design. In every chapter, the book offers a progression of exercises that begin with comprehension and practice of fundamental concepts. Some exercise sets focus on invention and the writing of short pieces. Readers can then proceed to exercises that call for critical thinking, drafting, and revision. Grammar, mechanics, and punctuation chapters conclude with summary editing exercises that call upon readers to use all the grammar and sentence skills learned in the chapter. Many chapters contain a pair of Discovering Connections exercises. The first, which falls early in the chapter, is a prewriting assignment with an array of topic possibilities. The second is a drafting and revision exercise based upon the prewriting and calls for peer review. For those interested in developing their writing skills at the paragraph to essay level.
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Book Description Longman, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110321451570