Clear Thinking and Writing

Clear Thinking and Writing

Product details

  • Author: John Langan
  • SKU/ISBN: 1-59194-187-3
  • Year: 2010
  • Page count: 44
  • Reading level: 6-10
  • Weight: 0.35 lb
  • Availability: In stock
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Clear Thinking and Writing will do exactly what its title says-help students focus their thinking and improve their writing. Students will learn that the most important things to do as a thinker and writer are to: 1) Make a clear point, and 2) Provide solid support for the point.

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    Key Features


    Focus on the Essentials: Too many writing books lose sight of the forest for the trees. Clear Thinking and Writing presents in a nutshell what students need to do to become better thinkers and writers: make a point and then support it with appropriate, well-organized specific evidence. It gets to the heart of the matter and presents clear thinking and writing as skills that students can learn.

    Student-friendly Design: The guide uses an inviting full-color format and many illustrations to help teach students what they need to know.

    Useful Supplements: In addition, free PowerPoint presentations available in our Online Learning Center will help you reinforce the lessons in the guide. 

    Reasonable Price: The goal of Townsend Press has always been to provide the highest quality books at the lowest possible prices.


    Table of Contents


    Chapter 1:   An Introduction to Point and Support 


    Chapter 2:   More about Point and Support    
         • Making a Point     
         • Supporting a Point    

    Chapter 3:   Point and Support Outlines     

    Chapter 4:   Two Common Mistakes in Writing   
         • Staying on Point     
         • Providing Enough Support     

    Chapter 5: Organization      
         • Transitions      
               Words That Show Addition    
               Words That Show Time  
         • Listing Order and Time Order   

    Chapter 6: The Difference between a Paragraph and an Essay  
         • Paragraphs   
         • Essays     
         • The Parts of an Essay      
              Introductory Paragraph    
              Four Common Methods of Introduction  
             Supporting Paragraphs   
             Transitional Words and Sentences  
             Concluding Paragraph   

    Chapter 7:  The Writing Process     
        • Step 1:  Getting Started through Prewriting:   
              Freewriting, Questioning, List Making 
        • Step 2:  Preparing a Scratch Outline  
        • Step 3:  Writing the First Draft  
        • Step 4:  Revising   
        • Step 5:  Editing     
        • Final Thoughts       

    Chapter 8:  Writing Assignments    

    Chapter 9:  Writing and Reading—and a Special Offer