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Simple, Clear, and Correct: Paragraphs

By William J. Kelly

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Oct 6, 2009


With its brevity (288 pages) and low price, Simple, Clear, and Correct delivers quality instruction at an affordable price.  Author Bill Kelly hones paragraph-writing skills and then extends the writing with an introdcution to the essay and documentation.  A crisp grammar review helps readers with the basics of composition for clearer, more correct writing.

Table of Contents

Part I:  Making a Start

Chapter 1:  The Paragraph:  Process and Product

Understanding the Paragraph:  Definition and Explanation

Recognizing the Reading/Writing Connection

Reading Actively

Preparing a Summary

Preparing a Critical Paragraph

Chapter 2.   Prewriting:  Principles and Techniques

Prewriting Defined





Chapter 3.  Composing:  Creating a Topic Sentence and Draft Paragraph

Composing Defined

Developing an Effective Topic Sentence

Choosing and Developing Effective Supporting Sentences

Creating a First Draft Paragraph

Chapter 4. Revising:  Refining Your Draft

Revising Defined

Reassessing for Unity, Coherence, and Language


Editing for Diction

Proofreading for Form

Part II:  Understanding the Types and Techniques

Chapter 5.   Narration

Providing a Topic Sentence for Narrative Context

Explaining Events in Chronological Order

Recognizing the Most Effective Point of View

Chapter 6.   Description

Providing a Topic Sentence to Preview Your Description

Drawing Upon Sensory Details

Relying on Both Objective and Subjective Description

Considering Spatial Order

Chapter 7.   Example

Providing a Topic Sentence to State the Point Being Illustrated

Choosing Specific Examples

Selecting Relevant Examples

Providing an Effective Arrangement

Chapter 8.   Process

Providing a Topic Sentence To Clearly State the Procedure or Technique

Using the Imperative Mood When Appropriate

Dividing the Process into Simple, Logical Steps

Relying on Linear Order

Chapter 9.   Definition

Providing a Topic Sentence to Highlight the Item or Idea

Understanding the Elements of Effective Definition

Recognizing All The Possible Meanings

Enhancing Definition through Synonyms, Negation, and Etymology

Chapter 10.  Comparison and Contrast

Providing a Topic Sentence to Specify the Subjects and Focus

Establishing a Basis for Comparison

Including a Thorough Presentation

Arranging Ideas Effectively

Chapter 11.  Cause and Effect

Providing a Topic Sentence to Focus on Cause or Effect

Distinguishing between Direct and Related Causes and Effects

Avoiding Oversimplification of Causes and Effects

Including an Effective Arrangement

Chapter 12.  Division and Classification

Providing a Topic Sentence to Delineate the Scope and Identify the Focus as Division or Classification

Establishing a Logical Method of Analysis

Maintaining a Consistent Presentation

Using Distinct and Complete Groupings

Chapter 13.  Argument

Providing a Topic Sentence to Identify a Clear Stance on an Issue

Including Sufficient Support

Using a Reasonable and Convincing Tone

Avoiding Errors in Logic

Arranging Supporting Sentences in Emphatic Order

Chapter 14.  Moving Beyond the Paragraph:  The Essay

Recognizing the Difference between a Paragraph and an Essay

Outlining Essay Structure:  Introduction, Body, and Conclusion

Examining the Essay-Writing Process:  Prewriting, Composing, and Revising

Understanding the Importance of the Thesis

Remember the Importance of Meeting the Reader’s Needs

Part III:  Mastering Form

Chapter 15.  Parts of Speech

Chapter 16.  Parts and Types of Sentences

Chapter 17.  Fragments

Chapter 18.  Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

Chapter 19.  Subject-verb Agreement

Chapter 20.  Basic Tenses

Chapter 21.  Irregular Verbs

Chapter 22.  Verb Voice

Chapter 23.  Noun and Pronoun Use

Chapter 24.  Modifier Use

Chapter 25.  Spelling

Chapter 26.  Parallelism

Chapter 27.  Punctuation

Chapter 28.  Capitalization

Appendix, A Brief Guide to Documentation

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