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Karen Blanchard Christine Root

Ready to Write More, Second Edition, builds on the tremendous success
of the Ready to Write series. WiIh Ready to Write More, intermediate to
high-intermediate students learn paragraph development and gain essay
skills essential for successful academic work.

r Presentation of organizational principles of sound academic writing,
such rTvritingtopic 6entences, maintaining unity and coherence,
i making and suppoding a point, using transitions, writing clear
introductory and concluding paragraphs
r Activities that help students apply these organizational principles to
major rhetorical forms, such as classification, cause and effect,
comparison and contrast, and problem and solution
New in the Second Edition
I Extensive and guided practice in all steps of the writing process,
including pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing
I Peer-editing worksheets
r Web-based activities
The Ready to Write series includes
Get Ready to Write 0-201-69517-0
Ready to Write, Third Edition 0-13-042463-3
Ready to Write More, Second Edition O-13-048468-z

rsBN D-1,3-0q8qt8-7
Karen Blanchard
Ghristine Root
Quick Reference Guide v

Introduction vii


CHAPTER 1 Getting Ready to Write 2

CHAPTER 2 Writing Paragraphs 21

CHAPTER 3 Revising and Editing 42

CHAPTER 4 Writing Essays 60


CHAPTER 5 Process 79

CHAPTER 6 Division and Classification a9

CHAPTER 7 Causes and Effects 101

CHAPTER A Comparison/Contrast 115

CHAPTER 9 Problem/Solution 129


CHAPTER 10 Writing Summaries 141

CHAPTER 11 Expressing Your OPinions 152

CHAPTER 12 Writing Essays for Undergraduate

and Graduate School APPlications 165

Appendix 174

Answer Key 176

erence Guide
Elements of good writing 1
Subject 4
Purpose 5
Audience 8

Steps in the writing process 11

Prewriting 11
\Triting ZL
Revising and Editing 42
Prewriting methods 11
Brainstorming 11
Clustering 13
Freewriting 15
Keeping a joumal t6
Writing guidelines zr
Functions of a topic sentence 23
State the topic of the paragraph 73
Identifu the focus 32
Logical organization 34
Time order 35
Spatial order 35
Order of importance 35
Add transitions 36
Fditing 44
Agreement of subjects and verbs 44
Agreement of pronouns and nouns 46
Agreement of possessive and nouns or pronouns 46
Sentence fragments 47
Run-on sentences 50
Punctuation 51
Capitalization 53
Conquer confusing words 55
Functions of the introductory paragraph of an essay 63
Capture the reader's interest 63
Provide background information 63
State the thesis 63
s"rcessful techniques for writing the introductory paragraph of :rn essay 63
Move from general to specific 63
Use an anecdote 63
Use a quotation 63
Ask a question 63
Present facts and statistics 63
Use a combination of the above 63
Functions of a thesis statement 66
Identifu the subject of the essay 66
State the purpose of the essay 66
Tell the focus of the subject 66

Function of the body paragraphs 67

Analyze body paragraphs: details, facts, examples 67

Successful techniques for writing a concluding paragraph 68

Restate your main points 68
Ask a question 68
Suggest a solution, make a recommendation or prediction 68

R"odry n Wite Mare, Second Fiition, is a writing skills text designed for intermediate and high.
intermediate students who are ready to write more than paragraph-level pieces. It is intended to
build on the fundamentals of paragraph writing that students leamed in Get Ready n rVritn and
Ready nWritz. and to give them the confidence they need to venture into the realm of writing
Ionger pieces.

Ready nWrite More is based on the premise that because different languages organize
information differently, students need to be shown how to organize information in English if
they are to write effective essays in English. Beyond thaq students also need to understand that
good writing is not necessarily a natural gift. It is a network of complex skills that can be taught,
practiced, and mastered. The text teaches competency in these skills by taking students on a
step'by-step progression through the processes that promote good writing-

The first four chapters of Ready n Write More comprise an overview of the building blocla of
good writing: prewriting, the elements of paragraph writing, revising and editing, and the basics
of essay writing. Chapters 5-9 present practice in writing five-paragraph essays of process,
division and classification, causes and effects, comparison/contlast, and problem/solution. \7e
recognize that many essays do not conform to the five-paragraph format but believe that it is
helpful to students in that it gives them a structure that they can always fall back on. In
Chapters 10 and 11, students practice writing summaries and expressing their opinions, both of
which are necessary for Chapter 12, in which they cornplete a sample application form and write
essays for undergraduate and graduate school applications.

The activities in Ready n Write Msre are intended to help students become comperent,
independent writers by engaging them in t}re process of writing and by encouraging them to
explore and organize their ideas in writing. Students are called upon to write often and on a
broad range of meaningful, thought-provoking, and interesting topics. The tasks are presented in
a clear, straightforward manner and lend themselves to ease of instmction. Incorporated into the
tasks is a variety of follow-up personal- and peer-revision activities. Although R ady nWrite
More is a writing book, students practice their reading, speaking, listening, and analytical skills
as they progress through the text.


The Second Edition features

' updated presentation of the steps of the writing processto prei.rrriting, and
rcaising and editing
o more guided practice in each step of the writing process, including more practice on
writing thesis stolterrler,lts
. updated flwdcl parograpls and esscys
o peer.editing worlcsheets
. Web-baseil exercises
Two populan features from the First Edition, "You Be the Editor" and "On Your Olvn," appear
r.gul"rh th,roughout Reab aViteMsre. "You Be the Editor" provides effective practice in
.rior.*"tion and proofreading to help students monitor their own etrors, especially those of
the type presented in Chapter 3, Revising and Editing. An arywer key is included for these
.exercises. "On Your Ovrn" provides snrdents with further individual practice in the skills they
have leamed. In the first four chapters of the text are "Chapter Highlights," a review section
that crystallizes for students the key points they will need to keep in mind as they work through
the rest of the book.

We hope that you and your students enjoy working through this text now that they are ready a
write more.