“Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop.” —Roy Blount Jr. “Language lovers will flock to this homage to great writing.” —Booklist Outspoken New York Times columnist Stanley Fish offers an entertaining, erudite analysis of language and rhetoric in this delightful celebration of the written word. Drawing on a wide range of great writers, from Philip Roth to Antonin Scalia to Jane Austen and beyond, Fish’s How to Write a Sentence is much more than a writing manual—it is a penetrating exploration into the art and craft of sentences.
How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read
Author: Brooks Landon
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Based on the bestselling series from The Great Courses, Building Great Sentences celebrates the sheer joy of language—and will forever change the way you read and write. Great writing begins with the sentence. Whether it’s two words (“Jesus wept.”) or William Faulkner’s 1,287-word sentence in Absalom! Absalom!, sentences have the power to captivate, entertain, motivate, educate, and, most importantly, delight. Yet, the sentence-oriented approach to writing is too often overlooked in favor of bland economy. Building Great Sentences teaches you to write better sentences by luxuriating in the pleasures of language. Award-winning Professor Brooks Landon draws on examples from masters of long, elegant sentences—including Don DeLillo, Virginia Woolf, Joan Didion, and Samuel Johnson—to reveal the mechanics of how language works on thoughts and emotions, providing the tools to write powerful, more effective sentences.
A style guide by stealth - how anyone can write well (and can enjoy good writing) 'Moran is a past master at producing fine, accessible non-fiction.' - Helen Davies, Sunday Times 'Joe Moran has a genius for turning the prosaic poetic' - Peter Hennessy Advanced maths has no practical use, and is understood by few. A symphony can be widely appreciated, but created only by a genius. Good writing, however, can be written (and read) by anyone if we give it the gift of our time. And a sentence might be as near as many of us will get to orchestrating beauty. Enter universally praised historian Professor Joe Moran. Using minimal technical terms, First You Write a Sentence. is his unpedantic explanation of how the most ordinary words can be turned into verbal constellations of extraordinary grace. With examples from the Bible and Shakespeare to Orwell and Diana Athill, and with support from scientific studies of what most fires people's minds, he shows how we can all write in a way that is vivid, clear and engaging. With chapters from tools of the trade (from typewriters to texting and the impact this has on the craft); and writing and the senses (how to make the world visible and touchable); to how to find the ideal word, build a sentence, and construct a paragraph, First You Write a Sentence. informs by light example. It's an elegant gem in praise of the English sentence.
Literary Nonfiction. Writing. Composition. You've got a great story, but do you have great sentences? Stylish sentences have their own powerful energy that mesmerizes and even rearranges a reader's world. Think of this book as a private lesson with Nina Schuyler--award-winning author and professor of creative writing at the University of San Francisco--featuring guest appearances by the masters, including James Baldwin, Grace Paley, John Updike, Saul Bellow, and Toni Morrison. They've arrived to show you the mechanics of their magic. With 25 essays and over 100 writing prompts, HOW TO WRITE STUNNING SENTENCES is the best way to expand your writing style.
Be the person in your class to write the paper that achieves the A! Follow this easy and interesting process to authentically document your work. This reader-friendly text and step-by-step process will help you set and achieve short and long-term goals as you learn how to pick a topic and narrow it, use library resources and search engines, take notes, and summarize, paraphrase and directly quote without plagiarizing. Learn a new way to read: be a spider! Create a challenging and defendable thesis, craft an intriguing introduction, control opposing viewpoints, outline your evidence, and draft, peer and self-evaluate and publish a superb product. Read a helpful essay on avoiding fallacies of logic while laughing yourself silly. Further develop your own writing style within the accepted writing conventions, and learn how to analyze and apply appropriate tone. Rules for the most common citations are given (MLA 7th Edition) with examples, including internet sources. Resources are included for word use, listing 200 ways to say says, and transitional words, organized by their function, to move smoothly from one idea to the next. A sample paper, sample outlines, and sample Works Cited pages are included! “Mrs. Blandford has carefully and creatively provided a book that is a guaranteed recipe for success in writing research papers. Not only did I do extremely well on my first research paper by using this book, but now, whenever I have a writing assignment, I refer to this book as a guide. It teaches the skills needed to construct and accomplish a successful research paper, and provides knowledge that can be used to process massive amounts of information in our knowledge-driven world. It truly is a valuable asset in my life I would recommend this well-crafted book to anyone who wants to succeed in writing a research paper and writing overall Jeanette Morelan, Prairie School, Racine, Wisconsin
Learning to express one's thoughts in well-written sentences and paragraphs is an essential skill for all students. Designed to make the writing process logical and easy to learn, our resource breaks down the process of writing a paragraph into its fundamental elements. Start off by learning what is a paragraph before delving deeper into its forms and purposes. Use prompts to start your paragraph off in the prewriting stage. Then, write your first draft using graphic organizers for help. Practice what you've learned before moving on to the revision phase. Get tips on what to watch out for while you revise and proofread your paragraph. Aligned to your State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy, reproducible writing tasks, crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included.
Reading, Writing, and Studying Strategies: An Integrated Curriculum is a review manual that combines the teaching of reading and writing and makes the relationship between the two activities explicit for students. This unique program has been field-tested and effectively implemented in secondary classrooms. It also provides instructors with a teacher's script to support the effective presentation of new content. The skills and strategies that are taught in each instructional unit are fully explained, illustrated, modeled, and then reinforced with examples that students work out by following a step-by-step approach. This easy-to-follow text uses the same format in all of the units--lesson script, handouts, controlled practice set, and answer keys.