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Writing For Life: Paragraphs And Essays (3rd Edition)

Part I: Getting Ready to Write

1. Preparing to Learn About Writing

2. Thinking Through the Writing Process


Part II: Using Patterns of Organization to Develop Paragraphs

3. Understanding the Paragraph

4. The Descriptive Paragraph

5. The Narrative Paragraph

6. The Process Paragraph

7. The Example Paragraph

8. The Classification Paragraph

9. The Comparison and Contrast Paragraph

10. The Definition Paragraph

11. The Cause and Effect Paragraph

12. The Persuasive Paragraph


Part III: How to Write an Essay

13. Understanding the Essay

14. Effective Titles, Introductions, and Conclusions

15. Using Patterns of Organization to Develop Essays

16. Research Strategies and Resources


Part IV: The Basic Sentence

17. Nouns and Pronouns

18. Adjectives and Adverbs

19. Verbs

20. Subjects, Verbs, and Simple Sentences

21. Compound and Complex Sentences


Part V: Editing the Basic Sentence

22. Editing Run-ons: Comma Splices and Fused Sentences

23. Editing Fragments into Sentences

24. Editing Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

25. Editing for Subject-Verb Agreement: Present Tense


Part VI: Revising to Improve Expression

26. Revising for Sentence Variety

27. Revising for Sentence Clarity: Person, Point of View, Number, and Tense

28. Revising for Parallelism

29. Revising for Effective Expression


Part VII: Punctuation and Mechanics

30. The Comma

31. The Apostrophe

32. Quotation Marks

33. End Punctuation: Period, Question Mark, and Exclamation Point

34. Capitalization

35. Improving Your Spelling


Part VIII: Reading Selections

What's the Point of Reading to Write?

Effective Strategies for Responding to Reading Selections

Nineteen Reading Selections


Rupert Brooke, Niagara Falls

Maya Lin, Maya Lin’s Design Submission to the Vietnam Memorial Competition


Luis J. Rodriguez, Latino Heritage Month: Who We Are . . . And Why We Celebrate?

Amy Tan, Confessions


Rebecca J. Donatelle, Managing Stress in College

Ernest Hemingway, Camping Out


Judith Ortiz Cofer, Don’t Call Me a Hot Tamale

Buzz Bissinger Football’s Bloodiest Secret


D. J. Henry,The Fundamentals of Forgiveness

Melissa Guitron, I Am Enough


Deborah Tannen, The Talk of the Sandbox; How Johnny and Suzy’s Playground Chatter Prepares Them for Life at the Office

Sergio Troncoso The Loss of Juárez: How Has the Violence in Juárez Changed Border Culture?


Jo Goodwin-Parker, What is Poverty?

Jan Hoffman, Cool at 13, Adrift at 23


Michael S. Malone, Through Young Eyes

Stephen King, Why We Crave Horror Movies


Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Lecture——The Nobel Peace Prize 2014

Bonnie Taub-DIx, Hungry vs. Healthy: The School Lunch Controversy


Libby Page, Can Virtual Classrooms Beat Face-to-Face Interaction?

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D. J. Henry is a veteran teacher with over 25 years of community college classroom experience and an acclaimed textbook author. During the course of her teaching career, D.J. Henry has served on several federally funded grants designed to infuse teaching and learning with sound pedagogies and technological supports. D.J. Henry has extensive experience in the standardized testing of literacy competencies. She worked with the State of Florida from 1982 to 2002 as an item writer, rubric writer, and reader for the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) and the State Developmental Reading and Writing Exit Exam. D.J. Henry also served as a reader for the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) for over 15 years. D.J. Henry has several esteemed publications, including a three-book college reading series with Longman Publishers (The Skilled Reader, The Effective Reader, and The Master Reader). Adopted at over 1,100 institutions nation wide, the series had an immediate and profound impact on the teaching of college reading, and is the most successful launch of a first edition reading series in over two decades. Another highly regarded publication is D.J. Henry’s Thinking Through the Test (Longman Publishers), a study guide for the State Developmental Reading and Writing Exit Exam in Florida. Additionally, she has also published innovations in authentic assessments that utilize student portfolio pedagogies. A passionate educator and dedicate colleague, D.J. Henry continues to share her expertise in reading, writing, and authentic assessment through numerous presentations and workshops at national, regional, and local conferences and individual colleges.

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