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11 Essentials of Effective Writing

11 Essentials of Effective Writing - 00 edition

11 Essentials of Effective Writing - 00 edition

ISBN13: 9780395961124

ISBN10: 0395961122

11 Essentials of Effective Writing by Ann Marie Radaskiewicz - ISBN 9780395961124
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
International: No
11 Essentials of Effective Writing by Ann Marie Radaskiewicz - ISBN 9780395961124

ISBN13: 9780395961124

ISBN10: 0395961122

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A unique and flexible new worktext for high-level developmental writers, 11 Essentials of Effective Writing is organized around the 11 qualities and approaches of good writing, among them vivid language, logical organization, and interesting openings. The author further emphasizes that these essential traits are present in all effective expository prose : academic, personal, and professional. In addition to actual student and professional examples, the worktext includes extensive apparatus plus an appendix of student compositions.

  • The text's flexible organization extends beyond highlighting the 11 essential qualities of effective writing; for instructors who prefer a rhetorical approach, Chapters 1-3 correspond to expressive compositions, 4-9 to expository writing, and 10-11 to argument.
  • Students learn to transfer their new skills across all their writing : academic, personal, and professional. In addition to essays, the text's sample compositions include summaries, memorandums, reports, research papers, and letters.
  • Examples from student and professional writers demonstrate both successful use of an essential trait from the text as well as work requiring revision.
  • An appendix of additional sample student compositions reflects successful use of the skills and concepts discussed throughout the text and provides students with good models.
  • Apparatus includes highlighted Tips throughout, Chapter Summaries to reinforce major concepts, a Revision Checklist at the end of the text, and Suggested Writing Activities concluding each chapter.

Author Bio

Radaskiewicz, Ann Marie : Western Piedmont Community College

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Note : Exercises are provided throughout each chapter. Suggested Writing Activities are presented at the end of each chapter.

Chapter 1. Creativity and Originality

The Brain
Inventive Strategies
Free writing
The Journalism Method
Answer Questions

Chapter 2. Vivid Language

Descriptive Adjectives
Strong Verbs
Figures of Speech
Precise Word Choices

Chapter 3. Four Rules for Clear Sentences

Rule #1 : Use Strong Verbs
Rule #2 : Avoid Wordiness
Rule #3 : Vary Sentence Length
Rule #4 : Adhere to Rules for Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation

Chapter 4. Complete Paragraphs

Anticipating the Reader's Questions
Layers of Development

Chapter 5. Coherent Paragraphs

Methods of Development
Choosing a Method
Combining the Methods

Chapter 6. Cohesive Paragraphs

Chapter 7. Organizing Logical Units

The Thesis Statement
Discovering Categories for Ideas
Choosing Natural or Logical Organization
Using Organizational Markers

Chapter 8. Interesting Openings - Purposes of the Opening

Give Background Information
State Thesis
Establish Tone
Interest the Reader

Chapter 9. Effective Closings

Describe Effects
Make Predictions
Make Recommendations
Complete a Circle
Ask Questions

Chapter 10. Confidence and Assertiveness

Avoid Hedging, Apologies, and Disclaimers
Choose Assertive Words
Write Assertive Sentences
Use Varying Typefaces for Emphases

Chapter 11. Sensitivity and Tact

Match Your Points to Your Reader
Make Concessions

Appendix A : Sample Compositions
Appendix B : Revision Checklist