Grassroots w/ Readings: The Writer's Workbook (w/ MLA9E Updates),
12th Edition

Susan Fawcett

ISBN-13: 9781337614313
Copyright 2019 | Published
List Price: USD $137.95

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.


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.
Defining and Spotting the Fixed-Form Helping Verbs. Using the Fixed-Form Helping Verbs. Using CAN and COULD. Using WILL and WOULD. Writing Infinitives. Revising Double Negatives.
Unit 3 Writing Assignments.
Unit 3 Review.
Unit 3 Writers' Workshop: Tell a Family Story.
17. Coordination.
18. Subordination.
Defining and Using Subordinating Conjunctions. Punctuating Subordinating Conjunctions.
19. Avoiding Run-Ons and Comma Splices.
20. Semicolons and Conjunctive Adverbs.
Defining and Using Semicolons. Defining and Using Conjunctive Adverbs. Punctuating Conjunctive Adverbs.
21. Relative Pronouns.
Defining and Using Relative Pronouns. Punctuating Ideas Introduced by WHO, WHICH, or THAT.
22. -ING Modifiers.
Using-ING Modifiers. Avoiding Confusing Modifiers.
Unit 4 Writing Assignments.
Unit 4 Review.
Unit 4 Writers' Workshop: Describe a Detour off the Main Highway.
23. Nouns.
Defining Singular and Plural. Signal Words: Singular and Plural. Signal Words with OF.
24. Pronouns.
Defining Pronouns and Antecedents. Referring to Indefinite Pronouns. Referring to Special Singular Constructions. Referring to Collective Nouns. Avoiding Vague and Repetitious Pronouns. Using Pronouns as Subjects, Objects, and Possessives. Choosing the Correct Pronoun Case. Using Pronouns with -SELF and-SELVES.
25. Adjectives and Adverbs.
Defining and Writing Adjectives and Adverbs. A Troublesome Pair: GOOD/WELL. Writing Comparatives. Writing Superlatives. Troublesome Comparatives and Superlatives. Demonstrative Adjectives: THIS/THAT and THESE/THOSE.
26. Prepositions.
Defining and Working with Prepositional Phrases. Troublesome Prepositions: IN, ON, and LIKE. Prepositions in Common Expressions.
Unit 5 Writing Assignments.
Unit 5 Review.
Unit 5 Writers' Workshop: Tell How Someone Changed Your Life.
27. Consistent Tense.
28. Consistent Person.
29. Parallelism.
Writing Parallel Constructions. Using Parallelism for Special Effects.
Unit 6 Writing Assignments.
Unit 6 Review.
Unit 6 Writers' Workshop: Shift Your Audience and Purpose.
30. Capitalization.
31. Commas.
Commas After Items in a Series. Commas After Introductory Phrases. Commas for Direct Address. Commas to Set Off Appositives. Commas for Parenthetical Expressions. Commas for Dates. Commas for Addresses. Commas for Coordination and Subordination.
32. Apostrophes.
Using the Apostrophe for Contractions. Defining the Possessive. Using the Apostrophe to Show Possession (in Words That Do Not Already End in-S). Using the Apostrophe to Show Possession (in Words That Already End in -S).
33. Direct and Indirect Quotations.
Defining Direct and Indirect Quotations. Punctuating Simple Direct Quotations. Punctuating Split Quotations. Ending Direct Quotations.
34. Putting Your Proofreading Skills to Work.
Unit 7 Writing Assignments.
Unit 7 Review.
Unit 7 Writers' Workshop: Explain a Cause or an Effect.
35. Spelling.
Suggestions for Improving Your Spelling. Computer Spell Checkers. Spotting Vowels and Consonants. Doubling the Final Consonant (in Words of One Syllable). Doubling the Final Consonant (in Words of More Than One Syllable). Dropping or Keeping the Final E. Changing or Keeping the Final Y. Choosing IE or EI. Commonly Misspelled Words.
36. Look-Alikes/Sound-Alikes.
Unit 8 Writing Assignments.
Unit 8 Review.
Unit 8 Writers' Workshop: Examine Positive (or Negative) Values.
Effective Reading Strategies for the Writer.
Active Reading. Reading Strategies for Writers. Annotated Essay: Diane Sawyer, "Daring to Dream Big." Connecting Your Reading and Writing.
Reading Selections: Sherman Alexie, "Superman and Me." Esther Cepeda, "Tamales and Other Holiday Comfort Foods." Beve Stevenson, RN, BN, "A Day in the Life of an Emergency Room Nurse." John Quinones, "Heroes Everywhere." James Campbell, "Are We Losing Connection to Nature?" Rebecca Sutton, "The Art of Sharing Secrets." Leonard Pitts, "Putting the Brakes on Driving While Texting." Christine Porath, "No Time to Be Nice at Work." Maya Angelou, "Mrs. Flowers." Constance Staley, "Zoom in and Focus." Andrew Lam, "Waste More, Want More." Liza Grossman, "The Hidden Life of Bottled Water." Kunal Nayyar, "Garbage, Man." Karen Cox, "World of Skillcraft: Four Types of Video Game Learning." Angela Johnston, "Charming Robotic Seal Raises Ethical Questions." Susan Cain, "Introverts Run the World--Quietly." M.P. Dunleavey, "Buy Yourself Less Stuff." Daniel Goleman, "Emotional Intelligence."
APPENDIX 1: Parts of Speech Review.
APPENDIX 2: Some Guidelines for Students of English as a Second Language.
Rhetorical Index to the Readings.
Thematic Index to the Readings.

  • Susan Fawcett

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • Modular chapters and units enable instructors to customize their courses.

  • Clear, step-by-step lessons are based on Fawcett's MAP (model-analysis-practice) strategy for student learning.

  • More than 320 thought-provoking practices keep students involved.

  • Engaging activities and assignments include 20 critical-thinking and -viewing activities integrated throughout the book.

  • 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.

  • A dynamic, colorful design features photos, paintings, cartoons and graphics carefully chosen by the author--more than 30 new to this edition.

  • Updated "Exploring Online" web links help students research online.

  • Integrated ESL coverage anticipates the needs of diverse learners.

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