Grassroots with Readings: The Writer's Workbook 11th Edition
Susan Fawcett
ISBN-13: 9781285430775 | ISBN-10: 1285430778
© 2015 | Published |  544  Pages
Previous Editions: 9780495901235

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Using her unique M-A-P approach (Model-Analysis-Practice), Susan Fawcett’s books have guided more than three million students through the writing process, from foundations of grammar, mechanics, and spelling through writing clear sentences to well-organized paragraphs and essays. Her inductive approach; many high-interest practices and student models; critical-thinking and viewing focus; and contemporary readings engage and motivate students. Accuracy, excellence, and modular organization are hallmarks of this series.
This new Eleventh Edition of GRASSROOTS triples the writing coverage-with new Chapters 5 and 6, “Thinking Through the Writing Patterns.” Also featured are new critical-thinking and viewing assignments throughout; eight fresh reading selections focused on issues and ideas, not narrative; and a new emphasis on academic and third-person writing.



  • Preface.
    Unit 1: WRITING EFFECTIVE PARAGRAPHS.
    Each chapter in Unit 1 includes “Spotlight on Reading and Writing,” end-of-chapter features Chapter Highlights and Exploring Online.
    1. Exploring the Writing Process.
    A. The Writing Process. B. Subject, Audience, and Purpose. C. Guidelines for Submitting Written Work.
    2. Prewriting to Generate Ideas.
    A. Freewriting. B. Brainstorming. C. Clustering. D. Keeping a Journal.
    3. Developing Effective Paragraphs.
    A. Defining the Paragraph and the Topic Sentence. B. Narrowing the Topic and Writing the Topic Sentence. C. Generating Ideas for the Body of the Paragraph. D. Selecting and Dropping Ideas. E. Arranging Ideas in a Plan or an Outline. F. Writing and Revising the Paragraph. G. Proofreading and Writing the Final Draft.
    4. Improving Your Paragraphs.
    A. More Work on Arranging Ideas: Coherence. B. More Work on Revising: Exact and Concise Language. C. Turning Assignments into Paragraphs.
    5. Thinking Through Paragraph Patterns, Part 1.
    A. Illustration. B. Narration. C. Description. D. Process. E. Comparison/Contrast.
    6 Thinking Through Paragraph Patterns, Part 2
    A. Classification. B. Cause and Effect. C. Definition. D. Persuasion
    7. Moving from Paragraph to Essay.
    A. Defining the Essay and the Thesis Statement. B. The Process of Writing an Essay.
    8. Proofreading to Correct Your Personal Errors.
    A. Identifying and Tracking Your Personal Error Patterns. B. Proofreading Strategies.
    Unit 1. Writing Assignments.
    Unit 1. Review.
    Unit 1. Writers’ Workshop: Discuss Your Name.
    Unit 2: WRITING COMPLETE SENTENCES.
    Each chapter in Unit 2 includes “Spotlight on Reading and Writing,” end-of-chapter features Chapter Highlights, Proofreading Strategy, Writing and Proofreading Assignments, Chapter Review, and Exploring Online.
    9. Subjects and Verbs.
    A. Defining and Spotting Subjects. B. Spotting Singular and Plural Subjects. C. Spotting Prepositional Phrases. D. Defining and Spotting Action Verbs. E. Defining and Spotting Linking Verbs. F. Spotting Verbs of More Than One Word.
    10. Avoiding Sentence Fragments.
    A. Writing Sentences with Subjects and Verbs. B. Writing Sentences with Complete Verbs. C. Completing the Thought.
    Unit 2. Writing Assignments.
    Unit 2. Review.
    Unit 2. Writers’ Workshop: Discuss an Event That Influenced You.
    Unit 3: USING VERBS EFFECTIVELY.
    Each chapter in Unit 3 includes “Spotlight on Reading and Writing,” end-of-chapter features Chapter Highlights, Proofreading Strategy, Writing and Proofreading Assignments, Chapter Review, and Exploring Online
    11. Present Tense (Agreement).
    A. Defining Agreement. B. Verbs in the Present Tense: TO BE, TO HAVE, and TO DO (+ NOT).
    C. Changing Subjects to Pronouns. D. Practice in Agreement. E. Special Problems in Agreement.
    12. Past Tense.
    A. Regular Verbs in the Past Tense. B. Irregular Verbs in the Past Tense. C. Troublesome Verb in the Past Tense: TO BE. D. Review.
    13. The Past Participle in Action.
    A. Past Participles of Regular Verbs. B. Past Participles of Irregular Verbs. C. Using the Present Perfect Tense. D. Using the Past Perfect Tense. E. Using the Passive Voice. F. Using Past Participles as Adjectives.
    14. Progressive Tenses (TO BE + -ING Verb Form).
    A. Defining and Writing the Present Progressive Tense. B. Defining and Writing the Past Progressive Tense. C. Using the Progressive Tenses. D. Avoiding Incomplete Progressives.
    15. Fixed-Form Helping Verbs and Verb Problems.
    A. Defining and Spotting the Fixed-Form Helping Verbs. B. Using the Fixed-Form Helping Verbs. C. Using CAN and COULD. D. Using WILL and WOULD. E. Writing Infinitives. F. Revising Double Negatives.
    Unit 3. Writing Assignments.
    Unit 3. Review.
    Unit 3. Writers’ Workshop: Tell a Family Story.
    Unit 4: JOINING IDEAS TOGETHER.
    Each chapter in Unit 4 includes end-of-chapter features “Spotlight on Reading and Writing,” Chapter Highlights, Proofreading Strategy, Writing and Proofreading Assignments, Chapter Review, and Exploring Online.
    16. Coordination.
    17. Subordination.
    A. Defining and Using Subordinating Conjunctions. B. Punctuating Subordinating Conjunctions.
    18. Avoiding Run-Ons and Comma Splices.
    19. Semicolons and Conjunctive Adverbs.
    A. Defining and Using Semicolons. B. Defining and Using Conjunctive Adverbs. C. Punctuating Conjunctive Adverbs.
    20. Relative Pronouns.
    A. Defining and Using Relative Pronouns. B. Punctuating Ideas Introduced by WHO, WHICH, or THAT.
    21. -ING Modifiers.
    A. Using-ING Modifiers. B. Avoiding Confusing Modifiers.
    Unit 4. Writing Assignments.
    Unit 4. Review.
    Unit 4. Writers’ Workshop: Describe a Detour off the Main Highway.
    Unit 5: CHOOSING THE RIGHT NOUN, PRONOUN, ADJECTIVE, ADVERB, OR PREPOSITION.
    Each chapter in Unit 5 includes end-of-chapter features “Spotlight on Reading and Writing,” Chapter Highlights, Proofreading Strategy, Writing and Proofreading Assignments, Chapter Review, and Exploring Online.
    22. Nouns.
    A. Defining Singular and Plural. B. Signal Words: Singular and Plural. C. Signal Words with OF.
    23. Pronouns.
    A. Defining Pronouns and Antecedents. B. Referring to Indefinite Pronouns. C. Referring to Special Singular Constructions. D. Referring to Collective Nouns. E. Avoiding Vague and Repetitious Pronouns. F. Using Pronouns as Subjects, Objects, and Possessives. G. Choosing the Correct Pronoun Case. H. Using Pronouns with -SELF and-SELVES.
    24. Adjectives and Adverbs.
    A. Defining and Writing Adjectives and Adverbs. B. A Troublesome Pair: GOOD/WELL. C. Writing Comparatives. D. Writing Superlatives. E. Troublesome Comparatives and Superlatives. F. Demonstrative Adjectives: THIS/THAT and THESE/THOSE.
    25. Prepositions.
    A. Defining and Working with Prepositional Phrases. B. Troublesome Prepositions: IN, ON, and LIKE. C. Prepositions in Common Expressions.
    Unit 5. Writing Assignments.
    Unit 5. Review.
    Unit 5. Writers’ Workshop: Tell How Someone Changed Your Life.
    Unit 6: REVISING FOR CONSISTENCY AND PARALLELISM.
    Each chapter in Unit 6 includes end-of-chapter features Chapter Highlights, Proofreading Strategy, Writing and Proofreading Assignments, Chapter Review, and Exploring Online.
    26. Consistent Tense.
    27. Consistent Person.
    28. Parallelism.
    A. Writing Parallel Constructions. B. Using Parallelism for Special Effects.
    Unit 6. Writing Assignments.
    Unit 6. Review.
    Unit 6. Writers’ Workshop: Shift Your Audience and Purpose.
    Unit 7: MASTERING MECHANICS.
    Each chapter in Unit 7 includes end-of-chapter elements Chapter Highlights, Proofreading Strategy, Writing and Proofreading Assignments, Chapter Review, and Exploring Online.
    29. Capitalization.
    30. Commas.
    A. Commas After Items in a Series. B. Commas After Introductory Phrases. C. Commas for Direct Address. D. Commas to Set Off Appositives. E. Commas for Parenthetical Expressions. F. Commas for Dates. G. Commas for Addresses. H. Commas for Coordination and Subordination.
    31. Apostrophes.
    A. Using the Apostrophe for Contractions. B. Defining the Possessive. C. Using the Apostrophe to Show Possession (in Words That Do Not Already End in-S). D. Using the Apostrophe to Show Possession (in Words That Already End in -S).
    32. Direct and Indirect Quotations.
    A. Defining Direct and Indirect Quotations. B. Punctuating Simple Direct Quotations. C. Punctuating Split Quotations. D. Ending Direct Quotations.
    33. Putting Your Proofreading Skills to Work.
    Unit 7. Writing Assignments.
    Unit 7. Review.
    Unit 7. Writers’ Workshop: Explain a Cause or an Effect.
    Unit 8: IMPROVING YOUR SPELLING.
    Each chapter in Unit 8 includes “Spotlight on Reading and Writing,” end-of-chapter features Chapter Highlights, Proofreading Strategy, Writing and Proofreading Assignments, Chapter Review, and Exploring Online.
    34. Spelling.
    A. Suggestions for Improving Your Spelling. B. Computer Spell Checkers. C. Spotting Vowels and Consonants. D. Doubling the Final Consonant (in Words of One Syllable). E. Doubling the Final Consonant (in Words of More Than One Syllable). F. Dropping or Keeping the Final E. G. Changing or Keeping the Final Y. H. Choosing IE or EI. I. Commonly Misspelled Words.
    35. Look-Alikes/Sound-Alikes.
    Unit 8. Writing Assignments.
    Unit 8. Review.
    Unit 8. Writers’ Workshop: Examine Positive (or Negative) Values.
    Unit 9: READING SELECTIONS AND QUOTATION BANK.
    Reading Selections. Effective Reading Strategies for the Writer. Diane Sawyer, “Daring to Dream Big.” Leonard Pitts, “Put the Brakes on Texting while Driving.” Sherman Alexie, “Superman and Me.” John Quinones, “Heroes Everywhere.” Maya Angelou, “Mrs. Flowers.” Scott Smith, “A Day without Media: Heaven or Hell?” Dave Barry, “Another Road Hog with Too Much Oink.” M.P. Dunleavey, “Buy Yourself Less Stuff.” Richard Rodgriguez, “Stuff.” Courtland Milloy, “The Gift.” Amy Chua, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.” Beve Stevenson, RN, BN, “A Day in the Life of an Emergency Room Nurse.” Ana Veciana-Suarez, “You Can Take This Job and...Well, It Might Surprise You.” Susan Cain, “Introverts Run the World—Quietly.” Martin Lindstrom, “(Illusions of) Freshness for Sale.” Melissa Seligman, “One Husband, Two Kids, Three Deployments.” Michaela Angela Davis, “Quitting Hip Hop.” Liza Grossman, “The Hidden Life of Bottled Water.” Daniel Goleman, “Emotional Intelligence.”
    Quotation Bank.
    APPENDIX 1: Parts of Speech Review.
    APPENDIX 2: Some Guidelines for Students of English as a Second Language.
    Acknowledgments.
    Index.
    Index of Rhetorical Modes.
    Index to the Readings.
    Rhetorical Index to the Readings.

    • More than 320 thought-provoking practices that keep students involved.
    • Modular organization and flexible flow of chapters.
    • Engaging activities and assignments including 18 new critical thinking and viewing activities.
    • Current, thought-provoking reading selections—eight new readings in this edition—that include “Reading Strategies for the Writer,” discussion and writing questions, and writing assignments.
    • Dynamic, colorful design with photos, paintings, cartoons, and graphics—more than 75 new to this edition.
    • Updated “Exploring Online” web links.
    • Integrated ESL coverage.
    • Instructor’s Annotated Edition with answers, “Teaching Tips,” and ‘ESL Tips.”
    • Student answer key.
    • Extensive web and computer resources.
    • Clear, step-by-step lessons based on Fawcett’s MAP (model-analysis-practice) strategy for student learning.
    • Greatly expanded writing instruction, with exciting new additions: 1. New Chapters 5 and 6 that teach the nine common paragraph patterns: illustration, description, narration, process, comparison and contrast, classification, cause and effect, definition, and persuasion. Each section features two new model paragraphs, engaging exercises, writing prompts, a visual image, and a colorful graphic organizer for each. 2. More models and exercises added to Chapter 3, “Developing Effective Paragraphs,” and Chapter 7, “Moving from Paragraph to Essay.” 3. Many more student paragraphs and essays to inspire peers.
    • New collaborative critical-thinking tasks: 10 new “Teamwork: Critical Thinking and Writing” activities; 8 new “Teamwork: Critical Viewing and Writing” activities; and integrated critical thinking and writing throughout.
    • More than 70 new high-interest models and practice exercises.
    • 40% new reading selections emphasizing ideas and current issues, not personal narrative.
    • Streamlined grammar and spelling instruction with careful cuts and more continuous discourse practice exercises in Chapters 11,13, 23, and 35. Grassroots’ coverage has been reproportioned, with more on writing, a bit less on grammar and spelling.
    • A rich visual-image program—more than 140 photographs, advertisements, paintings, cartoons—more than 75 of them new to this edition. Unit photos now highlight the model paragraph and unit goals.
    • Many new “Exploring Online” links for further study.
    • Many new “Teaching Tips”-useful ideas for instructors from author Susan Fawcett.
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  • Susan Fawcett started teaching English at Bronx Community College right after she finished college. The idea for the EVERGREEN books grew out of her frustration that adults needed remediation but the only material available had a tone more appropriate for middle school students. She occasionally teaches a class in Miami, where she lives in the winter and writes full time.