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Chapter 1 Exploring the Writing Process
page 4 Exploring Online A survey of business leaders finds that good writing is the key to career success.
http://www.writingcommission.org
Click "Writing: A Ticket to Work"
page 7 Exploring Online Purdue University's OWL
http://owl.english.purdue.edu

Capital Community College's
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

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Chapter 2 Prewriting to Generate Ideas
page 17 Exploring Online Practical advice on finding a subject you want to write about
http://www.powa.org/discover/index.html

Tips and timed practice on using freewriting to get started
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/brainstorm_freewrite.htm

Handy prewriting review chart from Gallaudet University
http://depts.gallaudet.edu/englishworks/writing/prewriting.html

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Chapter 3 The Process of Writing Paragraphs
page 39 Exploring Online National Poetry Slam
http://poetryslam.com/

page 44 Exploring Online Proofreading strategies to improve your writing and your grade
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/general/gl_proof.html

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Chapter 4 Achieving Coherence
page 53 Exploring Online Learn more about Dali and view many of his works
http://www.virtualdali.com/

page 57 Exploring Online Links to Ellis Island immigration records
http://www.ellisisland.com/

page 65 Practice 9 Learn more about birth order and personality http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birth_order/
page 67 Exploring Online Advice on ordering your ideas in the most powerful way
http://www.powa.org/organize/arranging.html

Review linking sentences within a paragraph
http://www.powa.org/organize/links.html

Review transitional expressions
http://web.uvic.ca/wguide/Pages/ParagraphTransitions.html

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Chapter 5 Illustration
page 79 Exploring Online Acts of kindness
http://www.actsofkindness.org/

page 80 Exploring Online Review of illustration with sample paragraphs
http://www.une.edu.au/tlc/aso/pdf/p-illus.pdf

Online practice: brainstorming examples for your paragraph
http://writesite.cuny.edu/projects/keywords/example/hand2.html

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Chapter 6 Narration
page 88 Exploring Online Explore this interesting site about increasing tolerance
http://www.tolerance.org/

page 90 Exploring Online Review the elements of a good narrative, and read some fine examples
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/narrative.htm

Do you think that stories can heal? Explore this web site and decide for yourself.
http://www.healingstory.org/
Click "Treasure Chest" and "Discussion Stories."

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Chapter 7 Description
page 98 Exploring Online Art Museum of Chicago
http://www.artic.edu/aic/

Museum of Modern Art
http://www.momma.org/

page 99 Exploring Online Good tips for improving your description writing, with sample paragraphs.
http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/descriptive.html

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Chapter 8 Process
page 108 Exploring Online College Alcohol Study
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/cas/

Defining drunk driving
http://www.dui.com/drunk_driving_research/under_the_influence.html

page 110 Exploring Online Do you think you can make a scrumptious peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Read these clear instructions.
http://www.ehow.com/how_1323_make-peanut-butter.html

This intriguing site tells how to do all sorts of things.
http://www.howstuffworks.com/

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Chapter 9 Definition
page 121 Exploring Online Team player quiz
http://content.monster.com/tools/quizzes/teamplayer/

page 122 Exploring Online Definitions for often-funny new words entering the English language
http://www.wordspy.com/

Read one student's essay defining honesty to see how a definition form can be developed.
http://depts.gallaudet.edu/englishworks/writing/definition.html

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Chapter 10 Comparison and Contrast
page 130 Exploring Online Learn more about "portion distortion" and maintaining a healthy weight; take notes on facts or ideas for further writing.
http://hin.nhlbi.nih.gov/portion/

page 133 Exploring Online Google search engine
http://www.google.com/

page 138 Exploring Online Review of the comparison contrast paragraph with examples
http://web.uvic.ca/wguide/Pages/ParDevCC.html

Print this graphic to help plan your paragraph.
http://muskingum.edu/~cal/database/general/organization.html#Comparison

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Chapter 11 Classification
page 147 Exploring Online Click "ratings guide" for movie classifications.
http://www.filmratings.com/

Introduction to the classification of plants and animals
http://sln.fi.edu/tfi/units/life/classify/classify.html

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Chapter 12 Cause and Effect
page 157 Exploring Online Review cause and effect
http://www.delmar.edu/engl/wrtctr/handouts/cause_effect.htm

Graded quiz helps you choose the right transitional expressions to show cause or effect
http://lrs.ed.uiuc.edu/students/fwalters/causeconnect.html

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Chapter 13 Persuasion
page 171 Exploring Online Adbuster spoof ads
http://www.adbusters.org/spoofads/

page 173 Exploring Online This online persuasion map helps you create your argument.
http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/persuasion_map/

Practice using the vocabulary of argument.
http://www.geocities.com/frankie_meehan/ArgVocab.htm

Do you think you are not affected by advertising? Take this quiz to hear the slogans in your head!
http://www.made-you-look.ca/quiz.htm

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Chapter 14 The Process of Writing an Essay
page 206 Exploring Online Review the essay writing process
http://www.powa.org

Writing a specific thesis statement
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/general/gl_thesis.html

Good revising and proofreading strategies from Purdue
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/general/gl_edit.html

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Chapter 15 Types of Essays
page 231 Exploring Online Scroll down to review "Types of Essays" and read sample students' papers.
http://depts.gallaudet.edu/englishworks/tablecontent.html

Helpful advice on writing a comparison contrast essay
http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/comparcontrast.html

Excellent tips on developing and supporting an argument
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/argument.htm

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Chapter 16 The Introduction, the Conclusion, and the Title
page 239 Exploring Online Read more about writing strong introductions and conclusions
http://www.powa.org/thesis/intros.html

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Chapter 17 Avoiding Plagiarism, Summarizing, and Quoting
page 250 Exploring Online Helpful examples of what constitutes plagiarism and what is properly quoted
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_plagiar.html

Purdue's review of quotation and summary
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_quotprsum.html

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Chapter 18 Strengthening an Essay with Research
page 253   Bartlett's Quotations
http://www.bartleby.com/100/

page 256   Google
http://google.com

Yahoo!
http://yahoo.com

AltaVista
http://altavista.com

page 257   Evaluating web sites
http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalcrit.html

page 259 Practice 4 A source for statistics
http://www.fedstats.gov

page 261   MLA Guidelines
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_mla.html

APA Guidelines
http://wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/DocAPA.html

page 263 Exploring Online Clear, practical examples of how to insert material from outside sources in your papers
http://www.csuohio.edu/writingcenter/mla.html

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Chapter 19 Writing Under Pressure: The Essay Examination
page 273 Exploring Online Don't get nervous; get an A. Advice for essay-test takers
http://www.yorku.ca/cdc/lsp/eponline/exam5.htm

More good advice, plus practice
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/general/gl_essay.html

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Chapter 20 Revising for Consistency and Parallelism
page 293 Exploring Online Review consistency with examples, "repairs," and self tests
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/consistency.htm

Write more stylishly with parallel words and phrases
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/parallelism.htm

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Chapter 21 Revising for Sentence Variety
page 321 Exploring Online Add sophistication to your writing. Review and scroll down for interactive, sentence-combining quizzes.
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/combining_skills.htm

Are your modifiers dangling? Don't blush; revise.
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/g_dangmod.html

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Chapter 22 Revising for Language Awareness
page 337 Exploring Online Practice choosing exact language


Practice pruning excess words
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/concise.htm

Build a powerful, college-level vocabulary: tips, quizzes, links
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/vocabulary.htm

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Chapter 23 Putting Your Revision Skills to Work
page 343 Exploring Online Guidance for the writer about how to revise and proofread
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/general/gl_edit.html

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Chapter 24 The Simple Sentence
page 353 Exploring Online Interactive subject quiz
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/subjector.htm

Verb review
http://www.dailygrammar.com/archive.shtml
Click "Verbs 6-10" and "11-15"

Interactive preposition quizzes: scroll down to "prepositions"
http://a4esl.org/a/g3.html

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Chapter 25 Coordination and Subordination
page 359 Teaching Tip Good source of facts on the benefits of music education
http://www.menc.org/information/advocate/facts.html

page 370 Exploring Online Paper quiz: combine clauses correctly
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/g_commacompEX1.html

Interactive coordination quiz
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/nova/nova1.htm

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Chapter 26 Avoiding Sentence Errors
page 387 Exploring Online Review and quizzes to help you root out run-ons
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/cgi-shl/quiz.pl/run-ons_add1.htm

Great tips and quizzes to help you find and fix sentence fragments
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/fragment_fixing.htm

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Chapter 27 Present Tense (Agreement)
page 398 Exploring Online Crossword puzzle: Add -s or -es or no -s at all?
http://depts.gallaudet.edu/englishworks/exercises/exgrammar/subver2.htm

Click on the subject-verb agreement error you most need to avoid for interactive practice.
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/svagr3.html

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Chapter 28 Past Tense
page 409 Exploring Online Type in the irregular verbs; the computer checks you.
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/cgi-shl/par2_quiz.pl/irregular_quiz.htm

Review and quizzes: regular verbs
http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/pasted.htm

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Chapter 29 The Past Participle
page 423 Exploring Online Crossword puzzle: past participles
http://online.ohlone.cc.ca.us/~mlieu/participles/review2.htm

To add or not to add -ed? This one is tricky; test yourself.
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/final-ed_option.htm

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Chapter 30 Nouns
page 430 Practice 5 Intriguing information, quizzes, and writing ideas about color
http://www.colormatters.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_psychology

page 430 Exploring Online Interactive noun plurals quiz: test yourself!
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/cross/plurals_gap.htm

Do you know when to add -s to nouns and verbs? Test yourself.
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/final-s_option.htm

ESL writers, try this interactive noun exercise.
http://www.smccd.net/accounts/sevas/esl/gramcheck/cntnoncnt.html

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Chapter 31 Pronouns
page 444 Exploring Online Interactive pronoun quiz; click for pronoun review
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/cgi-shl/quiz.pl/pronouns_add1.htm

Pronoun quiz: especially helpful for ESL writers
http://a4esl.org/q/h/vm/pronouns.html

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Chapter 32 Prepositions
page 453 Exploring Online Graded preposition quiz
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/preposition_quiz1.htm

Interactive quiz: swim with the manatees as you practice prepositions!
http://a4esl.org/q/f/z/zz36mas.htm

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Chapter 33 Adjectives and Adverbs
page 459 Exploring Online Wikipedia
http://www.wikipedia.org

page 462 Exploring Online Choose the correct adjective or adverb, and check your answers.
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/esl/esladjadvEX1.html

Interactive practice: comparative and superlative forms
http://a4esl.org/q/h/9901/gc-advadj.html

Everything you wanted to know about adjectives
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/adjectives.htm

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Chapter 34 The Apostrophe
page 469 Exploring Online Graded practice: Apostrophe or no apostrophe? This is the question.
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/apostrophe_quiz2.htm

Apostrophe practice makes perfect.
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/g_apostEX1.html

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Chapter 35 The Comma
page 480 Exploring Online Pixar's "How We Make a Movie"
http://www.pixar.com/howwedoit/#

page 480 Exploring Online Paper quiz with answers: Revise for commas.
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/g_commaEX1.html

Interactive quiz: Where have all the commas gone?
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/commas_fillin.htm

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Chapter 36 Mechanics
page 489 Exploring Online Graded capitalization practice
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/cgi-shl/par_numberless_quiz.pl/caps_quiz.htm

Mixed practice: test your skill with many marks of punctuation.
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/punct_fillin.htm

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Chapter 37 Putting Your Proofreading Skills to Work
page 499 Exploring Online Proofreading instruction and practice
http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/proofread.html

Interactive grammar and writing help. Explore, learn, review!
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar

Overview of proven revising and proofreading strategies
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/general/gl_edit.html

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Chapter 38 Spelling
page 515 Exploring Online Interactive spelling test: three endings
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/cgi-shl/quiz20.pl/spelling_quiz3.htm

Challenging spelling test: Raise your level!
http://grammar.uoregon.edu/homework/homework8.html

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Chapter 39 Look-Alikes/Sound-Alikes
page 529 Exploring Online Look-alikes/sound-alikes quiz
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/interact/g_spelhomoEX1.html

Confused by English words that sound alike? Practice and learn with these excellent quizzes.
http://a4esl.org/q/h/homonyms.html

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