The Writer's Workplace: Building College Writing Skills (with APA 2019 Update Card),
11th Edition

Sandra Scarry, John Scarry

ISBN-13: 9780357600603 | ISBN-10: 0357600606

Copyright 2018

| Published 2020

List Price USD $109.95


THE WRITER'S WORKPLACE: BUILDING COLLEGE WRITING SKILLS has helped more than half a million students like you work their way towards rewarding careers in a variety of fields. Sandra Scarry and John Scarry present writing instruction that is clear and engaging, with step-by-step explanations to help you become a stronger, more confident writer. The result of many years of classroom teaching and research, this comprehensive and time-tested resource reflects the authors' understanding that every student has a unique point of view and voice, which is highlighted by the diverse and current examples and exercises found throughout the text. Begin your journey to becoming a more successful and confident writer today with THE WRITER'S WORKPLACE!

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Meet the Authors

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Sandra Scarry is the former Academic Coordinator of the COPE program (College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment) at The City University of New York. She came to that position after many years of classroom teaching in English and ESOL. She has published numerous textbooks in the areas of grammar and writing.

John Scarry holds a Ph.D. from New York University and was the senior professor in the English Department of Hostos Community College, The City University of New York. He has been publishing writing textbooks for thirty-five years and his scholarly articles have appeared in many journals here and abroad.

  • An updated and restructured Appendix A, "Reference Guide for the ESOL Student," provides a complete learning experience for ESOL learners. The guide includes a more accessible design layout of charts and tables, enriched examples for clarity and student comprehension, an idiomatic expression table, more instruction on gerunds and infinitives, solutions for confusing prepositions (in and on), and enhanced treatment of verbs with stative meanings.
  • This edition has been revised with an eye to even greater relevance, relatability, and student engagement. New practice activities and exercises have been added to every chapter. New examples provide a richer context to each writing lesson. The scope and diversity of themes and topics reflect the evolving concerns of the book's users. In addition, an improved design enhances clarity and ease of use.
  • Chapter 33, "Other College Writing: The Research Paper and the Essay Exam," includes updated MLA citation instruction and revised criteria based on the newly released MLA Handbook, Eighth Edition.
  • The text emphasizes elements of effective writing, including how to write strong thesis statements by narrowing a topic and finding the controlling idea, and how to construct introductory and concluding paragraphs. Students also learn how to make precise and appropriate word choices, and have a unique opportunity to develop an essay of their own as they follow each part of a model student essay on the same topic. Students can compare the quality of their own work at each stage with the work of the model student.
  • Editing Student Writing exercises (Chapters 4 through 13) serve as a cumulative review. Each asks students to analyze student writing by identifying and correcting errors using editing symbols.
  • Writing practice includes topics relevant to students' academic experience. Each chapter engages students in discussion and writing on an issue directly related to factors that determine success in college. Ten brief texts from a variety of disciplines offer opportunities for students to learn how to summarize college textbook material. Students also analyze typical essay exam questions and develop strategies for writing the answers under the pressures of a time constraint, and learn skills (quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing, avoiding plagiarism) critical to writing a research paper.
  • Five appendices offer a wealth of pertinent and useful reference material, and are especially valuable for speakers of English as a second language. The first appendix deals with specific issues for ESOL, while the others include material on parts of speech, irregular verbs, spelling, and transitions. Together, these sections serve as a resource for students who find themselves in other courses that require coherent writing.
  • The comprehensive language development section features careful sequencing of topics, building from less complex to more complex concepts as students proceed from nouns and verbs, to phrases and fragments, to coordination and subordination. After absorbing this material, students will be able to discuss, analyze, and edit their own writing, as well as better understand instructors' comments on the papers they submit.
  • Carefully constructed practices, exercises, and mastery tests address different rates of learning. The extensive practice and exercise sets follow each concept so that students can practice mastering the material just covered before moving on to the next topic. Each concept builds on what has been mastered in the previous section. Exercises teaching grammar skills use continuous discourse. The answer key provides answers to all practices and to approximately one-third of the exercises, allowing students to manage their progress.
  • Each chapter in Part 4 (which is organized to follow the classic rhetorical modes) explains the basic elements needed to develop a paragraph using a particular rhetorical pattern. A step-by-step method then guides students to the constructions of basic paragraphs or essays. Accessible professional models with inspiriting and sometimes provocative content precede a list of writing topics. These models encourage students to compose their own creative paragraphs that demonstrate their skill with each mode. Many instructors who have used this text consider this section to be the heart of the book.
  • Students learn early on that writing is a process, engaging from the very start in short skill-building activities that give them opportunities to practice the techniques and concepts taught throughout the book.
  • The end-of-chapter Working Together activity provides instructors with an additional or alternative lesson plan that encourages critical thinking and collaborative learning. These activities tend to stress college issues (for example, hazing) and job-related issues (for example, sexual harassment). Portfolio suggestions complement the feature and encourage students to gather and save all their writing efforts for evaluation purposes and also for ongoing and future writing projects.

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1. Gathering Ideas for Writing.
Overview of the Writing Process. Journal Writing. Entry from The Diary of Latoya Hunter. Focused Freewriting. Brainstorming, Clustering, and Outlining. Student Essay. Conducting Interviews and Surveys. Working Together: Taking a Survey.
2. Recognizing the Elements of Good Writing.
The Subject: What the Writing Is About. Purpose: The Writer's Intention. Audience: The Writer's Intended Readers. Voice: How the Writer's Attitude is Revealed. Unity: All Parts Relating to the Central Theme. Coherence: Clear and Logical Progression of Thought. Working Together: Knowing Your Audience.
3. Finding Subjects and Verbs in Simple Sentences.
What Is a Complete Sentence? How Do You Find the Subject of a Sentence? How Do You Find the Verb of a Sentence? How Do You Identify the Parts of Speech? Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Crossword Puzzle.
4. Making Subjects and Verbs Agree.
What Is Subject-Verb Agreement? Subject-Verb Agreement with Personal Pronouns. Subject-Verb Agreement with the Verbs Do and Be. Subject-Verb Agreement with Hard-to-Find Subjects. Subject-Verb Agreement with Collective Nouns. Subject-Verb Agreement with Indefinite Pronouns. Subject-Verb Agreement with Compound Subjects. Subject-Verb Agreement with Unusual Nouns. Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Focused Freewriting.
5. Understanding Fragments and Phrases.
What Is a Fragment? How Do You Correct a Fragment? What Is a Phrase and How Many Kinds of Phrases Are There? The Three Functions of the Present Participle. How Do You Make a Complete Sentence from a Fragment That Contains a Participle? Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Examining an Advertisement for Fragments.
6. Combining Sentences Using Coordination.
What Is Coordination? First Option for Coordination: Using a Comma Plus a Coordinating Conjunction. Second Option for Coordination: Using a Semicolon, an Adverbial Conjunction, and a Comma. Third Option for Coordination: Using a Semicolon. Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Causes and Effects.
7. Combining Sentences Using Subordination.
What Is Subordination? The Difference Between an Independent Clause and a Dependent Clause. Using Subordinating Conjunctions. Using Relative Pronouns. Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Narrowing the Topic Through Group Discussion.
8. Correcting Fragments and Run-Ons.
What Is a Fragment? How Many Kinds of Fragments Are There? How Do You Make a Complete Sentence from a Fragment? What Is a Run-On? Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Discussion and Summary.
9. Choosing Correct Pronouns.
Pronouns and Case. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement. Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Discussion and Summary.
10. Working with Adjectives, Adverbs, and Parallel Structure.
What Is the Difference Between an Adjective and an Adverb? Adjectives and Adverbs Used in Comparisons. The Most Commonly Confused Adjectives and Adverbs. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers. Misplaced Modifiers. Dangling Modifiers. Avoiding the Double Negative with the Adverb not and other Negative Words. Parallel Structure: Making a Series of Words, Phrases, or Clauses Balanced Within the Sentence. Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Preparing and Editing a Resume.
11. Mastering Irregular Verb Forms.
What Are the Principal Parts of Irregular Verbs? Practicing Fifty Irregular Verbs. More Irregular Verbs. Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Preparing for a Job Interview.
12. Using Verb Tenses Correctly.
How Many Verb Tenses Are There in English? How Do You Use The Present Perfect and the Past Perfect Tenses? What Is the Sequence of Tenses? Avoiding Unnecessary Shifts in Verb Tense. What Is the Difference Between the Passive Voice and the Active Voice? What Is the Subjunctive Mood? Knowing How to Use should/would, can/could, will/would, and used to/supposed to. Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together: Problem Solving: Integrity in the Workplace.
13. Learning the Rules for Capitalization and Punctuation.
Ten Basic Rules of Capitalization. Ten Basic Uses of the Comma. Three Uses for the Apostrophe. Four Uses for Quotation Marks. Three Uses for the Semicolon. Four Uses for the Colon. Use of Dashes and Parentheses. Mastery and Editing Tests. Working Together.

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