Overview1. To the Student. 2. Critical Thinking: The Connection between Reading and Writing. Part I: GETTING STARTED: THE FUNDAMENTALS. 3. The Writing Process. 4. The Introductory Paragraph. 5. The Body Paragraphs. 6. The Concluding Paragraph. Part II: MOVING FORWARD: STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPING ESSAYS. 7. The Descriptive Essay. 8. The Narrative Essay. 9. The Example Essay. 10. The Classification Essay. 11. The Process Essay. 12. The Comparison or Contrast Essay. 13. The Definition Essay. 14. The Cause or Effect Essay. 15. The Persuasive Essay. Part III: SPECIAL WRITING SITUATIONS. 16. The Research Paper. 17. The Essay Exam. Part IV: THE WRITER'S RESOURCES. 18. Nouns and Pronouns. 19. Verbs and Verbals. 20. Adjectives and Adverbs. 21. Basics of Sentence Structure. 22. Phrases. 23. Additional Practice with Prepositions. 24. Articles and Interjections. 25. Correcting Common Errors. 26. Sentence Combining Practice. 27. Punctuation and Other Rules of Style. 28. Capitalization and Numbers. 29. Words and Meaning. 30. Words That Sound Alike. 31. Contractions That Sound Like Other Words. 32. Words That Sound or Look Almost Alike. 33. Confusing Verbs That Sound Alike. 34. Two- and Three-Word Verb Phrases. 35. Editing Practice for Appropriate Word Choice. Additional Readings. Limited Answer Key. Glossary. Credits. Index.