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Great Paragraphs : An Introduction to Writing Paragraphs

Great Paragraphs : An Introduction to Writing Paragraphs - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0395891551

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ISBN10: 0395891558
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Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 1999
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Great Paragraphs : An Introduction to Writing Paragraphs - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0395891551

Keith S. Folse, April Muchmore-Vokoun and Elena Vestri Solomon

ISBN13: 978-0395891551
ISBN10: 0395891558
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

Great Paragraphs is the first volume of a new two-book series designed to introduce students to the process of writing. This mid-intermediate level ESL writing text explores how to generate, develop, and organize ideas at the paragraph level. Major units include coverage of paragraph structure, introductions to five rhetorical modes (definition, process analysis, description, opinion, and narration), and an appendix with additional practice in writing, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation.

The text's model paragraphs, accompanied by short pre- and post-reading questions, demonstrate paragraph organization and cohesion. Each unit features original writing assignments along with guided activities which strengthen students' skills in reading, grammar, proofreading, punctuation, and capitalization.

  • Writer's Notes and Language Focus features contain brief discussions of grammar topics and effective writing strategies.
  • Engaging activities for students include copying exercises, analysis of paragraph elements, and sequencing activities which highlight connecting and transitional words and phrases.
  • Peer editing worksheets contain specific questions that assist students in commenting on classmates' paragraphs.

Table of Contents

I. The Structure of a Paragraph

1. What Is a Paragraph?

Example Paragraphs
Writer's Note: Repetition and Present Tense
Writer's Note: Imperative Form
Writer's Note: Use of I and Past Tense
Four Features of a Paragraph
Working with Paragraphs
Language Focus: Identifying Verbs in Sentences
Writer's Note: Check for the Verb
Introduction to Peer Editing
Writer's Note: Suggestions from Peer Editing

2. Developing Ideas for Writing a Paragraph

Brainstorming
Writer's Note: The Importance of Brainstorming
How Brainstorming Works
Language Focus: Subject-Verb Agreement

3. The Topic Sentence

Features of a Good Topic Sentence
Working with Topic Sentences
Writer's Note: Keep a Journal for New Ideas
Language Focus: Sentence Fragments and Comma Splices

4. Supporting and Concluding Sentences

Good Supporting Sentences
Kinds of Supporting Sentences
Analyzing and Writing Supporting Sentences
Language Focus: Using Pronouns for Key Nouns
Writer's Note: Stay on Track
Good Concluding Sentences
Kinds of Concluding Sentences
Analyzing and Writing Concluding Sentences
Writer's Note: Select Important Information

5. Paragraph Review

Working with the Structure of a Paragraph
Writer's Note: Proofread Your Work
Analyzing Paragraphs
Writer's Note: Check Your Supporting Sentences
Language Focus: Articles

II. Kinds of Paragraph Writing

6. Definition Paragraphs

What is a Definition Paragraph?
Writer's Note: Quotation Marks
Putting the Paragraph Together: Sequencing
Writer's Note: Include Examples
Language Focus: Simple Adjective Clauses
Writer's Note: Combine Sentences for Variety

7. Process Analysis Paragraphs

What Is a Process Analysis Paragraph?
Organizing a Process Analysis Paragraph
Writer's Note: Use Index Cards to Help You Organize
Language Focus: Transition Words and Chronological Order
Writer's Note: Define Technical Terms
Writer's Note: Check Possessive Adjectives

8. Descriptive Paragraphs

What is a Descriptive Paragraph?
Describing with the Five Senses
Language Focus: Adjectives
Writer's Note: Use Adjectives in the Correct Place
Writer's Note: Use a Bilingual Dictionary
Language Focus: Denotation and Connotation

9. Opinion Paragraphs

What Is an Opinion Paragraph?
Working with Opinions
Writer's Note: Include an Opposing Opinion
Facts and Opinions
Language Focus: Word Forms
Choosing a Topic for an Opinion Paragraph

10. Narrative Paragraphs

What Is a Narrative Paragraph?
Writer's Note: Including Background Information
Working with Ideas for Narrative Paragraphs
Language Focus: Verb Tense Consistency

III. Additional Writing Practice

Appendix 1 Understanding the Writing Process: The Seven Steps
Appendix 2 Capitalization Practices
Appendix 3 Punctuation Practices
Appendix 4 Grammar Practices
Appendix 5 Peer Editing Sheets
Appendix 6 Answer Key

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