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Basic Writing : Process and Purpose

Basic Writing : Process and Purpose - 2nd edition

Basic Writing : Process and Purpose - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 9780673992949

ISBN10: 0673992942

Basic Writing : Process and Purpose by Peter A. Carino - ISBN 9780673992949
Edition: 2ND 95
Copyright: 1995
Publisher: Harpercollins College Division
Published: 1995
International: No
Basic Writing : Process and Purpose by Peter A. Carino - ISBN 9780673992949

ISBN13: 9780673992949

ISBN10: 0673992942

Edition: 2ND 95


Reflecting current basic writing theory, this developmental writing text gets students writing whole essays right from the start and then helps them refine their work by looking at paragraphs and sentences. In a friendly, accessible writing style, the text teaches students to discover the writing process in the context of purpose and audience. In addition to writing process coverage, the text features brief discussions of the rhetorical modes, student-authored readings at the end of each unit, and a large grammar section at the back of the book. Grammatical coverage treats errors in terms of standard and nonstandard English, rather than as right and wrong, respecting the student's own dialect. The many exercises and model student essays reinforce the instruction and promote cultural diversity. The second edition features expanded coverage of the thesis sentence and a stronger focus on writing as a social act (audience and purpose); an increased emphasis on multiculturalism in the readings and exercises; and the inclusion of word processing tips.

Author Bio

Carino, Peter : Indiana State University

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Overlap in the Process
Computers and the Writing Process

1. Invention Strategies
Concrete and Abstract Topics
Brainstorming Lists
The Journalist's Questions: 5Ws + H - Invention Strategies and Drafting
Invention Strategies and Studying
Writing Assignments
Key Terms

2. Writing for Different Audiences
Writing as Social Interaction
Speaking vs. Writing
The Writing Situation
The Writing Process
The Writing Process, the Writing Situation, and Your Audience
Writing Assignments
Key Terms

3. Generalizing and Specifying
Defining General and Specific Language
Choosing Between General and Specific Language
Showing vs. Telling
Making Your Writing Specific
Writing Assignments
Key Terms
Unit I: Readings
"Battle," Brian Bolinger
"Through the Years with the Piano,"
Lynnette Schaefer
"Moving Out: Everything That It's Cracked Up to Be?" John Trevarthan
"My Grandfather," Karla Kern
"A Town Untouched by Time," Julia A. Lee


What Is an Essay?

4. The Process of Writing Essays Constructing a Topic
Using Invention Strategies to
Construct a Topic
Constructing a Thesis Sentence
Qualities of a Good Thesis Sentence
Keeping Your Audience in Mind
Organizing Your Invention Notes
Drafting the Essay
Revising the Essay
Writing Assignment
Key Terms

5. Strategies for Organizing Essays
Strategies for Organizing as Strategies for Thinking
Strategies for Organizing as Invention Strategies
Analyzing a Process
Analyzing Causes
Posing and Solving a Problem
Comparing and Contrasting
Mixing Strategies
Writing Assignment
Key Terms

6. Writing Timed Essays
In-class Essays
Essay Examinations
Anxiety and Timed Writing
Writing Assignment
Key Terms

7. Essays for Reading
"Momma Did It, Too," Cheva Shroyer Dunkin
"Following in the Footsteps of a News Reporter," Bernadette Pankey
"Misled," Kim Robertson
"Care," Kim Hian Lim


8. Writing Body Paragraphs
The Length of Body Paragraphs
Topic Sentences
Placement of Topic Sentences
Topic Sentences and the Writing Process
Three Qualities of a Good Paragraph
Paragraph Checklist
Writing Assignment
Key Terms

9. Writing Introductions and Conclusions
Writing Assignment
Key Terms

10. Sentence Structure
Kernel Sentences
Writing Assignment
Key Terms

11. Writing Good Sentences
Writing Direct Sentences
Eliminating Wordiness
Combining Sentences
Sentence Combining
Writing Assignment
Key Terms

12. Essays for Reading
"Television: A Product of Its People," Camille N. Costa
"Gulag Fourteen," David Vaughn
"Dragons and Dustballs," Carol Somerville
"Head Games," Michael S. Godwin


13. Revision as Process
Revision and the Writing Situation
Revising for Your Audience
Revising to Clarify Your Role and Purpose
Revising for Better Content
Writing Assignment
Key Terms

14. Student Writers Revising
Revising as Section: From Freewriting to Final Copy
Revision of Paragraphs
Writing Assignments
Unit IV: Essays for Reading
"If at First You Don't Succeed," Marcia Lightle Yocum
"The Maker's Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscript," Donald Murray


Standard English
Editing By Sound

15. Editing Fragments
Subjects and Verbs
Editing Fragments

16. Editing Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences
Editing Comma Splices
Editing Run-on Sentences
Practice Editing
Key Terms

17. Editing Verb Forms
Verb Forms
Regular vs. Irregular Verbs
Verb Tenses
Subject and Verb Agreement
Key Terms

18. Editing Pronoun Problems Common Types of Pronouns
Editing Nonstandard Use of Pronouns
Key Terms

19. Editing Misused Words
Adding Suffixes
Editing Faulty Comparisons
Using the Dictionary
Editing Easily Confused Words
Key Terms

20. Punctuation and Capitalization
End Punctuation
Using the Comma
Using Semi-colons
Using Apostrophes
Using Other Marks of Punctuation
Using Capital Letters
Key Terms

Unit 21: Essays for Reading
"Grammar, I Survived It, So Can You," Lori Floyd
"What's Wrong with Black English?," Rachel L. Jones
"Speech Communities," Paul Roberts