Writing Talk

Writing Talk : Paragraphs and Short Essays with Readings

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For courses in Developmental Writing at the paragraph, or paragraph to short essay level.This innovative, confidence-building text/workbook is based on the assumption that students can use their verbal and oral skills to develop better writing skills. It presents writing not as a totally new discipline, but merely as a more logical and formal application of an expertise students already have-talking. A multitude of exercises, assignments, and writing suggestions give students the practice to develop their writing, editing, and revising skills while building an understanding of basic grammar.
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  • Paperback | 603 pages
  • 210.8 x 274.3 x 25.4mm | 1,206.57g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 0130978868
  • 9780130978868

About Anthony C. Winkler

Anthony C. Winkler was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and educated at Mt. Alvernia Academy and Cornwall College in Montego Bay, Jamaica. In 1962, he came to the United States to attend school, and received an A.A. from Citrus College, and a B.A. and M.A. from California State University at Los Angeles. For seven years, he taught as a part-time evening college instructor while working full time as a book representative first for Appleton Century Crofts, and then for Scott, Foresman. Winkler began collaborating with Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell in 1973, and became a fulltime freelance writer in 1976. He is the author of numerous textbooks, trade books (including Bob Marley: An Intimate Portrait by His Mother) and screenplays (including The Lunatic, based on his second novel). He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children. Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell was born in Belgium and grew up in Europe, coming to the United States for her college education. She received her B.A. from Pacific Union College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. While working on her doctorate, Jo Ray was hired to teach English at Glendale Community College, from which she retired in 1996. A chance meeting in 1973 with Tony Winkler, who was a college textbook sales representative, led to a partnership that has produced fifteen coauthored textbooks used at colleges and universities across the country. "I have reached the place," says Jo Ray, "where I have difficulty remembering what I've said in what book." Jo Ray has one son, David Cotton, a perinatologist at Wayne State University. When not revising her textbooks and writing new ones, Jo Ray enjoys traveling, reading, opera, snow skiing, and tennis.
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Table of contents

I. PREPARING TO WRITE. 1. The ESL Student and the Native Speaker. 2. Myths about Writing. 3. Purpose and Audience. 4. Gathering Ideas. II. WRITING GOOD PARAGRAPHS. 5. The Topic Sentence of a Paragraph. 6. Adding Details. 7. Sticking to the Point and Linking Sentences. III. PARAGRAPH STRATEGIES. 8. Narrating. 9. Describing. 10. Illustrating. 11. Explaining a Process. 12. Defining a Term. 13. Classifying. 14. Comparing and Contrasting. 15. Arguing. IV. WRITING GOOD ESSAYS. 16. What Is an Essay? 17. The Thesis Statement. 18. Organizing Your Essay, from Beginning to End. 19. Revising, Editing, and Proofreading. V. SENTENCE BASICS. 20. The Sentence. 21. Building Sentences. VI. THE 20 MOST COMMON SENTENCE ERRORS. Error # 1. Sentence Fragments. Error # 2. Run-On Sentences. Error # 3. Lack of Subject-Verb Agreement. Error # 4. Incorrect Verb Forms. Error # 5. Incorrect Forms of Do, Be, and Have. Error # 6. Passive Voice. Error # 7. Shift in Tense. Error # 8. Shift in Point of View. Error # 9. Unclear or Missing Referent. Error # 10. Lack of Pronoun Agreement and Sexism. Error # 11. Trouble with Comparisons and Superlatives. Error # 12. Dangling or Misplaced Modifiers. Error # 13. Omitted Commas, Part I. Error # 14. Omitted Commas, Part II. Error # 15. Apostrophe Problems. Error # 16. Trouble with Quotation Marks. Error # 17. Incorrect Capitalization, Part I. Error # 18. Incorrect Capitalization, Part II. Error # 19. Misspelled Words, Part I. Error # 20. Misspelled Words, Part II. VII. READINGS. Help for Your Reading. Narrating. Describing. Illustrating. Explaining a Process. Defining. Classifying. Comparing and Contrasting. Arguing. Credits. Index.
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