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Grassroots With Readings : The Writer's Workbook

Grassroots With Readings : The Writer's Workbook - 8th edition

Grassroots With Readings : The Writer's Workbook - 8th edition

ISBN13: 9780618508532

ISBN10: 0618508538

Grassroots With Readings : The Writer
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 8TH 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Grassroots With Readings : The Writer

ISBN13: 9780618508532

ISBN10: 0618508538

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 8TH 06

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A long-standing bestseller, Grassroots remains the preeminent worktext for developmental writers. With its excellent writing instruction, well-crafted and paced exercises, and engaging writing activities, Grassroots has taught several generations of students how to write correct sentences and effective paragraphs.

The new 4-color Eighth Edition is completely updated, with mixed-error proofreading practice; more critical thinking; practices with topics of interest to students such as Wyclef Jean, online dating, Habitat for Humanity, and job-search techniques; a revised first chapter that concentrates on writing as a job-skill; more humor; new instructor tips; and new online technology. Grassroots also comes with WriteSpace, an online writing program and course management system, which motivates students with carefully developed writing modules and exercises, innovative writing assignments, and online tutoring.

  • New! A four-color design and additional color images--all arising from the book's content--enhance the pedagogical goals of Grassroots. The photos, ads, cartoons and paintings were chosen to engage students and prompt them to pause, think more deeply, and connect with a passage they have just read. For example, a photo of Frank Gehry's Disney Concert Hall lets students see why the adjacent paragraph claims his buildings are unique. Other images include a giant Galapagos tortoise, Tony Hawk in flight, a public service ad from Adbusters, Butterfly Hill in the redwood she saved, Aaron McGruder and his Boondocks characters, Lady Cowdiva from the Cow Parade, a painting by Carmen Lomos Garza, and many more.
  • New! Chapter 30, "Putting Your Proofreading Skills to Work," provides a number of high-interest paragraphs and essays for proofreading, each containing a random mix of errors. This chapter works well for grammar review, proofreading practice, or assessment.
  • New! A focus on critical thinking means a bit less first-person narrative, and more third-person models and assignments. Provocative practice content and humor, linked web activities, photographs, and more collaborative thinking and writing assignments all foster college-level thinking skills.
  • New! Updated high-interest models and practices keep students interested as they practice grammar skills, promoting cultural literacy, sparking discussion, and modeling good writing and rhetorical modes. Topics new to this edition include activist rapper Wyclef Jean, tornado chasers, Latina crossover stars, police artist Jeanne Boylan, advertising in high schools, rude cell phone users, job-search techniques, Habitat for Humanity, Surgeon General Richard Carmona, surfer Lisa Anderson, robotics genius Dean Kamen, online dating, and gratitude research.
  • Chapter 1 has been revised to focus on writing as a job skill, and is now more engaging for students, with an advertisement to analyze and more emphasis on writing and success.
  • New! Exploring Online features throughout the text provide links to online resources for further study, practice, or discovery. For example, one or more top OWL (online writing lab) sites conclude every chapter. In addition, Web sites follow selected practices and readings, on topics like Television Turnoff Week, goal setting, Barbie and body image, and the paintings of Jacob Lawrence.
  • Unit 9 has been extensively updated with nine contemporary readings on a broad range of topics, based on suggestions from instructors and students. New are Rutgers University student Lauren Mehler's suggestions on choosing a career path, Dave Barry on SUVs, Ana Veciana Suarez on lottery dreams and work, Julia Alvarez on learning English, Leonard Pitts on the dark side of the Internet, Jack Riemer on an unforgettable concert, Norman Lobsenz on the value of childhood memories, and Firoozeh Dumas on her family's wacky immigrant experiences. Colman McCarthy's brief article on ways to address "peace illiteracy," with sample student annotations, now introduces the unit.
  • New! Updated selections feature a more humorous bent, including classified-ad bloopers, an article on the Great American Mutt Show, and Adam Gopnik on his daughter's imaginary playmate who is always too busy to play. In addition, Grassroots now contains several New Yorker and Dilbert cartoons.
  • Susan Fawcett reviews every single example, model, exercise and reading to make sure that it is crystal clear, interesting, and relevant. This careful attention to detail is what helps to make this a best-seller.
  • A long-standing bestseller, Grassroots remains the preeminent worktext for developmental writers. With its excellent guidance, exercises, and writing activities, hundreds of thousands of students have learned how to write correct sentences and effective paragraphs.
  • Fawcett was the first to incorporate critical thinking into developmental English texts, and it's still a major component of every chapter.
  • "Looking at a Paragraph from Start to Finish" helps students understand the recursive nature of writing.
  • The appendix for ESL students includes both guidelines for ESL students and practice exercises.
  • Writer's Workshop activities at the end of each unit feature a sample student paragraph or essay followed by discussion, peer-editing questions, and writing and revising assignments. These workshops reinforce grammar and sentence skills in context and highlight the writing process.
  • Collaborative writing and revising tasks conclude every grammar chapter, and Chapter 3 includes instruction on peer editing plus a helpful Peer Feedback Sheet. The Writer's Workshops also offer peer editing exercises.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Note: Each Unit ends with Writing Assignments and a Review, and each chapter includes Chapter Highlights.

I. Writing Forceful Paragraphs

1. Exploring the Writing Process
Part A. The Writing Process
Part B. Subject, Audience, and Purpose
Part C. Guidelines for Submitting Written Work

2. Prewriting to Generate Ideas
Part A. Freewriting
Part B. Brainstorming
Part C. Clustering
Part D. Keeping a Journal

3. Developing Effective Paragraphs
Part A. Defining the Paragraph and the Topic Sentence
Part B. Narrowing the Topic and Writing the Topic Sentence
Part C. Generating Ideas for the Body of the Paragraph
Part D. Selecting and Dropping Ideas
Part E. Arranging Ideas in a Plan or Outline
Part F. Writing and Revising the Paragraph
Part G. Writing the Final Draft

4. Improving Your Paragraphs
Part A. More Work on Support: Examples
Part B. More Work on Arranging Ideas: Coherence
Part C. More Work on Revising: Exact and Concise Language
Part D. Turning Assignments into Paragraphs

5. Moving from Paragraph to Essay
Part A. Defining the Essay and the Thesis Statement
Part B. The Process of Writing an Essay
Writers' Workshop: Discuss Your Name

II. Writing Complete Sentences

6. Subjects and Verbs
Part A. Defining and Spotting Subjects
Part B. Spotting Singular and Plural Subjects
Part C. Spotting Prepositional Phrases
Part D. Defining and Spotting Action Verbs
Part E. Defining and Spotting Linking Verbs
Part F. Spotting Verbs of More Than One Word
Writing Assignments
Chapter Review

7. Avoiding Sentence Fragments
Part A. Writing Sentences with Subjects and Verbs
Part B. Writing Sentences with Complete Verbs
Part C. Completing the Thought
Writing Assignments
Chapter Review
Writers' Workshop: Discuss an Event That Influenced You

III. Using Verbs Effectively

8. Present Tense (Agreement)
Part A. Defining Agreement
Part B. Troublesome Verb in the Present Tense: TO BE
Part C. Troublesome Verb in the Present Tense: TO HAVE
Part D. Troublesome Verb in the Present Tense: TO DO (+ NOT)
Part E. Changing Subjects to Pronouns
Part F. Practice in Agreement
Part G. Special Problems in Agreement
Writing Assignments
Chapter Review

9. Past Tense
Part A. Regular Verbs in the Past Tense
Part B. Irregular Verbs in the Past Tense
Part C. Troublesome Verb in the Past Tense: TO BE
Part D. Review
Writing Assignments
Chapter Review

10. The Past Participle in Action
Part A. Defining the Past Participle
Part B. Past Participles of Regular Verbs
Part C. Past Participles of Irregular Verbs
Part D. Using the Present Perfect Tense
Part E. Using the Past Perfect Tense
Part F. Using the Passive Voice
Part G. Using Past Participles as Adjectives
Writing Assignments
Chapter Review

11. Progressive Tenses (TO BE + -ING VERB FORM)
Part A. Defining and Writing the Present Progressive Tense
Part B. Defining and Writing the Past Progressive Tense
Part C. Using the Progressive Tenses
Part D. Avoiding Incomplete Progressives
Writing Assignments
Chapter Review

12. Fixed-Form Helping Verbs and Verb Problems
Part A. Defining and Spotting the Fixed-Form Helping Verbs
Part B. Using the Fixed-Form Helping Verbs
Part C. Using CAN and COULD
Part D. Using WILL and WOULD
Part E. Writing Infinitives
Part F. Revising Double Negatives
Writing Assignments
Chapter Review
Writers' Workshop: Tell a Lively Story

IV. Joining Ideas Together

13. Coordination
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review

14. Subordination
Part A. Defining and Using Subordinating Conjunctions
Part B. Punctuating Subordinating Conjunctions
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review

15. Avoiding Run-Ons and Comma Slices
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review

16. Semicolons and Conjunctive Adverbs
Part A. Defining and Using Semicolons
Part B. Defining and Using Conjunctive Adverbs
Part C. Punctuating Conjunctive Adverbs
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review

17. Relative Pronouns
Part A. Defining and Using Relative Pronouns
Part B. Punctuating Ideas Introduced by WHO, WHICH, and THAT
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review

18. -ING Modifiers
Part A. Using -ING Modifiers
Part B. Avoiding Confusing Modifiers
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review
Writers' Workshop: Describe a Detour off the Main Highway

V. Choosing the Right Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb, or Preposition

19. Nouns
Part A. Defining Singular and Plural
Part B. Signal Words: Singular and Plural
Part C. Signal Words with OF
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review

20. Pronouns
Part A. Defining Pronouns and Antecedents
Part B. Referring to Indefinite Pronouns
Part C. Referring to Collective Nouns
Part D. Referring to Special Singular Constructions
Part E. Avoiding Vague and Repetitious Pronouns
Part F. Using Pronouns as Subjects, Objects, and Possessives
Part G. Choosing the Correct Case after AND or OR
Part H. Choosing the Correct Case in Comparisons
Part I. Using Pronouns with -SELF and -SELVES
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review

21. Adjectives and Adverbs
Part A. Defining and Writing Adjectives and Adverbs
Part B. A Troublesome Pair: GOOD/WELL
Part C. Writing Comparatives
Part D. Writing Superlatives
Part E. Troublesome Comparatives and Superlatives
Part F. Demonstrative Adjectives: THIS/THAT and THESE/THOSE
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review

22. Prepositions
Part A. Defining Prepositions and Working with Prepositional Phrases
Part B. Prepositions in Common Expressions
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review
Writers' Workshop: Tell How Someone Changed Your Life

VI. Revising for Consistency and Parallelism

23. Consistent Tense
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review

24. Consistent Person
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review

25. Parallelism
Part A. Writing Parallel Constructions
Part B. Using Parallelism for Special Effects
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review
Writers' Workshop: Shift Your Audience and Purpose

VII. Mastering Mechanics

26. Capitalization
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review

27. Commas
Part A Commas after Items in a Series
Part B Commas after Introductory Phrases
Part C Commas for Direct Address
Part D Commas to Set Off Appositives
Part E Commas for Parenthetical Expressions
Part F Commas for Dates
Part G Commas for Addresses
Part H Commas for Coordination and Subordination
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review

28. Apostrophes
Part A. Using the Apostrophe for Contractions
Part B. Defining the Possessive
Part C. Using the Apostrophe to Show Possession (in Words That Do Not Already
End in -S)
Part D. Using the Apostrophe to Show Possession (in Words That Already end in -S)
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review

29. Direct and Indirect Quotations
Part A. Defining Direct and Indirect Quotations
Part B. Punctuating Simple Direct Quotations
Part C. Punctuating Split Quotations
Part D. Ending Direct Quotations
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review
Writers' Workshop: Explain a Cause or an Effect

30. Putting Your Practical Skills to Work

VIII. Improving Your Spelling

31. Spelling
Part A. Suggestions for Improving Your Spelling
Part B. Computer Spell Checkers
Part C. Spotting Vowels and Consonants
Part D. Doubling the Final Consonant (in Words of One Syllable)
Part E. Doubling the Final Consonant (in Words of More Than One Syllable)
Part F. Dropping or Keeping the Final E
Part G. Dropping or Keeping the Final Y
Part H. Choosing IE or EI
Part I. Commonly Misspelled Words
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review

32. Look-Alikes/Sound-Alikes
Writing Assignment
Chapter Review
Writers' Workshop: Examine Positive (or Negative) Values

IX. Reading Selections and Quotation Bank (In Grassroots w/ Readings ONLY)

Reading Selections
Effective Reading: Strategies for the Writer
Colman McCarthy, Needed: Peace Literacy
Rosa Parks, Montgomery, Alabama, 1955
Leonard Pitts, Jr., Just One More
Daniel Meier, One Man's Kids
Ana Veciana-Suarez, For a Parent, There's No Language Dilemma
Leo Buscaglia, Papa, the Teacher
Julia Alvarez, Yolanda
Courtland Milloy, The Gift
Malcolm X, A Homemade Education
Maya Angelou, Mrs. Flowers
Anna Quindlen, Barbie at 35
Dave Barry, Sports Nuts
Amy Tan, Four Directions
Shoba Narayan, In This Arranged Marriage, Love Came Later
Liza Gross, The Hidden Life of Bottled Water
Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence
Diane Sawyer, Three Questions
Jack Rieme, Playing a Violin with Three Strings
Norman M. Lobsenz, The Importance of Childhood Memories