Grassroots with Readings: The Writer's Workbook (with APA 2019 Update Card),
12th Edition

Susan Fawcett

ISBN-13: 9780357600351 | ISBN-10: 0357600355

Copyright 2019

| Published 2020

List Price USD $128.95


Want to learn the skills that colleges value and employers want? You can, with GRASSROOTS, 12th Edition and its digital learning tools. Author Susan Fawcett has successfully guided over three million students to become better writers, helping them in turn earn better grades in their courses across the curriculum. This book's clear instruction, relevant examples, engaging practices, eye-catching visuals and samples of first-rate student writing will help you, too. You'll find tips to make you a better reader and intriguing professional readings as well as practices and visual images on subjects that students asked for, like robotics, career opportunities and traits of successful people.

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Meet the Authors

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Susan Fawcett is the author of two market-leading college composition textbooks: Evergreen: A Guide to Writing (11th Edition) and Grassroots: The Writer's Workbook (12th Edition). Both texts have won the peer-juried McGuffey Award for sustained excellence, presented by the Text & Academic Authors Association. With degrees in English literature from Ohio University and Columbia University, New York, Ms. Fawcett’s honors include a Fulbright Fellowship to Birkbeck College, University of London, and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. She found her calling as a professor of English and Director of the Writing Lab at Bronx Community College, City University of New York, where, dismayed that existing textbooks didn’t help her students learn, she began creating her own worksheets that soon became Grassroots. Ms. Fawcett gave up her tenure to write fulltime--textbooks, poetry, and articles on education and health. She has led faculty workshops throughout the United States and in South Africa.

  • Nearly 50 percent new professional reading selections: Nineteen readings feature top authors like Sherman Alexie, Leonard Pitts and Maya Angelou at a time when critical reading grows in importance, yet many competitors are cutting their readings. Nine new readings include Karen Cox on skill-building video games, Constance Staley on single-tasking as vital to success, Angela Johnston on the ethics of care-bots, immigrant Andrew Lam on American wastefulness, Esther Cepeda on disliking tamales and James Campbell on our fading connection with nature.
  • Thirty new high-interest practice sets: Hundreds of paragraph- and essay-length practice sets keep students reading as they proofread for errors in context, prelude to proofing their own work. New topics include 3D printing, America's opioid crisis, lessons taught by Shark Tank, urban farmer Will Allen, Latina businesswomen, San Diego Comic-Con, commercial drones, Kevin Durant, pros and cons of Facebook, Utah's canyons, Melissa Stockwell (amputee and Paralympian), Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, women on the police force and more. Many other topics are revised with the latest research.
  • Reorganized chapters on rhetorical patterns: Coverage of the nine rhetorical patterns is reorganized from two chapters to three. Instructors requested this logical and easy-to-teach division: Chapter 5, "Illustration, Narration, and Description"; Chapter 6, "Process, Comparison and Contrast, and Classification"; and Chapter 7, "Definition, Cause and Effect, and Persuasion."
  • More emphasis on the reading-writing connection: Additional support helps instructors weave reading skills effectively into their classes. A new section in Chapter 1 on "The Reading and Writing Connection" underscores GRASSROOTS' read-think-write pedagogy--the Fawcett MAP (model-analysis-practice) approach. The section also cautions students about internet and social media sources and gives reading strategies for writers. Unit 9, "Reading Selections," expands its coverage of reading strategies for longer work.
  • A dynamic, colorful design features photos, paintings, cartoons and graphics carefully chosen by the author--more than 30 new to this edition.
  • Integrated ESL coverage anticipates the needs of diverse learners.
  • Updated "Exploring Online" web links help students research online.
  • Clear, step-by-step lessons are based on Fawcett's MAP (model-analysis-practice) strategy for student learning.
  • Modular chapters and units enable instructors to customize their courses.
  • Nineteen diverse, high-quality reading selections--nine new readings in this edition-- include expanded "Reading Strategies for the Writer," language and vocabulary questions, discussion and writing questions and writing assignments.
  • More than 320 thought-provoking practices keep students involved.
  • Engaging activities and assignments include 20 critical-thinking and -viewing activities integrated throughout the book.

Table of Contents

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Each chapter in Units 2?8 also includes Chapter Highlights, Proofreading Strategy, Writing and Proofreading Assignments, Chapter Review and Exploring Online.
1. Exploring the Writing Process.
The Reading and Writing Connection. The Writing Process. Subject, Audience, and Purpose. Guidelines for Submitting Written Work.
2. Prewriting to Generate Ideas.
Freewriting. Brainstorming. Clustering. Keeping a Journal.
3. Developing Effective Paragraphs.
Defining the Paragraph and the Topic Sentence. Narrowing the Topic and Writing the Topic Sentence. Generating Ideas for the Body of the Paragraph. Selecting and Dropping Ideas. Arranging Ideas in a Plan or an Outline. Writing and Revising the Paragraph. Proofreading and Writing the Final Draft.
4. Improving Your Paragraphs.
More Work on Arranging Ideas: Coherence. More Work on Revising: Exact and Concise Language. Turning Assignments into Paragraphs.
5. Illustration, Narration, and Description.
Illustration. Narration. Description.
6. Process, Comparison and Contrast, and Classification.
Process. Comparison and Contrast. Classification.
7. Definition, Cause and Effect, and Persuasion.
Definition. Cause and Effect. Persuasion.
8. Moving from Paragraph to Essay.
Defining the Essay and the Thesis Statement. The Process of Writing an Essay.
9. Proofreading to Correct Your Personal Errors.
Identifying and Tracking Your Personal Error Patterns. Proofreading Strategies.
Unit 1 Writing Assignments.
Unit 1 Review.
Unit 1 Writers' Workshop: Discuss Your Name.
10. Subjects and Verbs.
Defining and Spotting Subjects. Spotting Singular and Plural Subjects. Spotting Prepositional Phrases. Defining and Spotting Action Verbs. Defining and Spotting Linking Verbs. Spotting Verbs of More Than One Word.
11. Avoiding Sentence Fragments.
Writing Sentences with Subjects and Verbs. Writing Sentences with Complete Verbs. Completing the Thought.
Unit 2 Writing Assignments.
Unit 2 Review.
Unit 2 Writers' Workshop: Discuss an Event That Influenced You.
12. Present Tense (Agreement).
Defining Agreement. Verbs in the Present Tense: TO BE, TO HAVE, and TO DO (+ NOT).
Changing Subjects to Pronouns. Practice in Agreement. Special Problems in Agreement.
13. Past Tense.
Regular Verbs in the Past Tense. Irregular Verbs in the Past Tense. Troublesome Verb in the Past Tense: TO BE. Review.
14. The Past Participle in Action.
Past Participles of Regular Verbs. Past Participles of Irregular Verbs. Using the Present Perfect Tense. Using the Past Perfect Tense. Using the Passive Voice. Using Past Participles as Adjectives.
15. Progressive Tenses (TO BE + -ING Verb Form).
Defining and Writing the Present Progressive Tense. Defining and Writing the Past Progressive Tense. Using the Progressive Tenses. Avoiding Incomplete Progressives.
16. Fixed-Form Helping Verbs and Verb Problems.

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