Steps in Composition
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For one/two-semester paragraph-to-essay level basic writing courses in Developmental Writing. This thematic text for basic writers features a unique instructional format that combines the fundamentals of grammar, mechanics, rhetoric, vocabulary, and spelling, with contemporary topics and participatory exercises that require students to get fully involved by creating, changing, rewriting, or correcting. Using an integrated "whole language" approach and continual reinforcement of skills, the text shows respect for students' intelligence, maturity, and interests.show more

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  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 190.5 x 233.68 x 20.32mm | 793.78g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8th edition
  • 0131100696
  • 9780131100695
  • 1,996,380

About Lynn Troyka

The eighth edition of this widely adopted text maintains the authors' proven formula for successful writing-the integration of reading, rhetoric, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary-and includes many refinements and new features to ensure that STEPS IN COMPOSITION remains the best resource available for writing classrooms. With the addition of descriptive, narrative, example, comparison and contrast, classification, and cause and effect essays, STEPS IN COMPOSITION now covers nine patterns of essay development-making the text more complete than ever. www.prenhall.com/troyka This free website for students provides additional thematically arranged readings online. For each reading, students can answer "Before You Read" and "Reading Survey" questions. There are also self-graded vocabulary quizzes, paragraph-editing exercises, and writing prompts for each selection.show more

Table of contents

(Each chapter begins with Springboards to Thinking and ends with Refresher Exercise and Springboards to Writing.) 1. Essay: "Rambos of the Road" by Martin Gottfried. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of Road Rage, Part I. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of Road Rage, Part II. Spelling: Methods to Improve Your Spelling. The Writing Process. Prewriting Techniques. Purposes for Writing. Audience. The Topic Sentence. Paragraph Development, Part I. 2. Essay: "Fire, Hope, and Charity" by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of a Troubled Society. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of a Healthy Society. Spelling: Sound-Alikes. Paragraph Development, Part II. Ordering of Details in a Paragraph. Revising a Paragraph. 3. Essay: "My Daughter Smokes" by Alice Walker. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of Cigarette Addiction, Part I. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of Cigarette Addiction, Part II. Spelling: Spelling Rule - Changing y to i. The Sentence Fragment. Comma Splices and Run-On Sentences. 4. Essay: "Pursuit of Happiness" by Dympna Ugwu-Oju. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of Women in a Traditional Culture. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of Women in Mainstream America. Spelling: Proofreading. Coordination. Subordination. A Special Case of Subordination. 5. Essay: "The Black Table Is Still There" by Lawrence Otis Graham. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of Racism, Part I. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of Racism, Part II. Spelling: Capitalization. The -s Verb Ending. Agreement of Subject and Verb. Irregular Verbs. The -ed Verb Ending. Verb Tense Consistency. 6. Essay: "The Ugly Truth about Beauty" by Dave Barry. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of Self-Image, Part I. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of Self-Image, Part II. Spelling: Commonly Confused Words. Pronoun Choice. Pronoun Agreement. Pronoun Reference and Consistency. 7. Essay: "Teenagers in Dreamland" by Robert J. Samuelson. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of Today's Adolescent Subculture, Part I. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of Today's Adolescent Subculture, Part II. Spelling: Spelling Rule -ie and ei. From Paragraph Principles to Essay Writing. Finding a Writing Topic, Drafting a Thesis Statement, Forming Main Body Ideas. The Introductory Paragraph. The Concluding Paragraph. Revising an Essay. 8. Essay: "Abortion Is Too Complex to Feel All One Way About" by Anna Quindlen. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of the Pro-Choice Movement. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of the Right-to-Life Movement. Spelling: The Apostrophe. The Comma. Other Marks of Punctuation. 9. Essay: "Rapping Nasty" by James Earl Hardy. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of Censorship, Part I. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of Censorship, Part II. Spelling: Plurals. The Unified Essay. Words of Transition. Key Words: Deliberate Repetition. 10. Essay: "The Sins of the Parents" by Ellen Goodman. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building.Lesson One: The Vocabulary of the Troubled Family. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of the Untroubled Family. Spelling: To Split or Not to Split. Using the Right Word. Informal Language. 11. Essay: "Money and Freedom" by Marshall Glickman. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of the Financial World. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of Avoiding Burnout. Spelling: Spelling Rule - Dropping the Final e. Parallelism, Misplaced Modifiers, Dangling Modifiers. 12. Essay: "The Shadow of a Stranger" by Wally Lamb. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of a Violent Society, Part I. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of a Violent Society, Part II. Spelling: Doubling. The Descriptive Essay. The Narrative Essay. The Example Essay. The Process Essay. 13. Essay: "The Way We Lie" by Stephanie Ericsson. Reading Survey. Vocabulary Building. Lesson One: The Vocabulary of Lying, Part I. Lesson Two: The Vocabulary of Lying, Part II. Spelling: Prefixes and Suffixes. The Comparison/Contrast Essay. The Classification Essay. The Cause and Effect Essay. The Definition Essay. The Argument Essay. Appendix I: Critical Thinking - Logic. Appendix II: Common Prefixes and Suffixes. Appendix III: Spelling Demons. Index.show more

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