At a Glance: Sentences / Edition 4

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Overview

Quick, comprehensive writing guidance at a low cost the At a Glance series can be paired with any developmental title or used independently. In addition to At a Glance: Sentences, this flexible series includes a separate textbook for paragraphs, essays, and paired sources. Each book features clear, concise instruction reinforced by extensive practice exercises and examples.

At a Glance: Sentences covers essential grammar and sentence mechanics. Every chapter focuses on a different sentence pattern followed by numerous examples. The end-of-chapter review provides a summary of key points, and students can immediately test their grasp of the material with practice exercises as well as a suggested writing topic. To track their ongoing progress in problem areas, they can refer to a self-evaluation chart on the inside front cover. In addition, a chart on the inside back cover helps students understand the corrections to their homework.

  • New! The Second Edition features 45 new exercises and 50 additional pages.
  • New! Separate sections now highlight strong verbs and community dialects.
  • New! This revision includes a complete chapter on spelling and words commonly confused with one another.
  • The last chapter introduces both paragraphs and essays, acting as a bridge to the next handbook in the series.
  • The appendices cover parts of speech and spelling for easy reference.
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Editorial Reviews

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"At a Glance "is easy to follow and understand and because of this, some of the fear of writing can be eliminated."

"The writing exercises and the suggested topics are a strength of this series. The exercises concerning the identification of types of sentences were most helpful for my students. My students find the suggested topics most helpful as they are generic enough to allow individual interpretation."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618957798
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,027,795
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Brandon is the author of twelve college English textbooks with Cengage Learning, including the best-selling series, Sentences, Paragraphs, and Beyond with Integrated Readings, and Paragraphs and Essays with Integrated Readings and the highly successful At a Glance series. He has served as chair of the English Department at Mt. San Antonio College, where he taught for more than thirty years and occasionally still teaches. Few authors are as active in the promotion of their books as Lee Brandon, who regularly visits schools across the country and presents at professional conferences. Lee also has to his credit poems and short stories in magazines; songs recorded and in sheet music; a best-selling musical play for elementary school students (in print with Lorenz Music); a play produced by a college drama department; a published Ford Foundation grant project; a chapbook of ballads about his youth, Oklahoma, My Sweet Sorrow; a chapbook of ballads about his experience teaching for ten years in a high-security California women's prison, Butterflies on Barbwire; and newspaper articles about travel, adventures, and whimsical experiences.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Student Overview. 1. PARTS OF SPEECH. Nouns. Pronouns. Verbs. Adjectives. Adverbs. Prepositions. Conjunctions. Interjections. Chapter Review. 2. SUBJECTS AND VERBS. Subjects. Nouns. Pronouns. Compound Subjects. Implied Subjects. Trouble Spots. Verbs. Types of Verbs. Verb Phrases. Compound Verbs. Verbals. Location of Subjects and Verbs. Chapter Review. 3. KINDS OF SENTENCES. Clauses. Independent Clauses. Dependent Clauses. Relative Clauses. Trouble Spot: Phrases. Types of Sentences. Simple Sentences. Compound Sentences. Complex Sentences. Compound-Complex Sentences. Chapter Review. 4. COMBINING SENTENCES. Coordination: The Compound Sentence. Punctuation with Coordinating Conjunctions. Semicolons and Conjunctive Adverbs. Punctuation with Semicolons and Conjunctive Adverbs. Subordination: The Complex Sentence. Punctuation with Subordinating Conjunctions. Punctuation with Relative Pronouns. Coordination and Subordination: The Compound-Complex Sentence. Punctuation of Complicated Compound or Compound-Complex Sentences. Other Ways to Combine Ideas. Omissions: When Parts Are Missing. Variety in Sentences: Types, Order, Length, Beginnings. Types. Order. Length. Beginnings. Chapter Review. 5. CORRECTING FRAGMENTS, COMMA SPLICES, AND RUN-ONS. Fragments. Dependent Clauses as Fragments: Clauses with Subordinating Conjunctions. Dependent Clauses as Fragments: Clauses with Relative Pronouns. Phrases as Fragments. Fragments as Word Groups Without Subjects or Without Verbs. Acceptable Fragments. Comma Splices and Run-Ons. Correcting Comma Splices and Run-Ons. Chapter Review. 6. BALANCING SENTENCE PARTS. Basic Principles of Parallelism. Signal Words. Combination Signal Words. Chapter Review. 7. VERBS. Regular and Irregular Verbs. Regular Verbs. Irregular Verbs. "Problem" Verbs. The Twelve Verb Tenses at a Glance. Simple Tenses. Perfect Tenses. Progressive Tenses. Perfect Progressive Tenses. Community Dialects and Standard Usage. Subject-Verb Agreement. Consistency in Tense. Active and Passive Voice. Strong Verbs. Chapter Review. 8. PRONOUNS. Pronoun Case. Subjective Case. Objective Case. Techniques for Determining Case. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement. Agreement in Person. Agreement in Number. Agreement in Gender. Pronoun Reference. Chapter Review. 9. ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS. Selecting Adjectives and Adverbs. Comparative and Superlative Forms. Adjectives. Adverbs. Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers. Chapter Review. 10. PUNCUATION AND CAPITALIZATION. End Punctuation. Periods. Question Marks. Exclamation Points. Commas. Commas to Separate. Commas to Set Off. Semicolons. Quotation Marks. Punctuation with Quotation Marks. Italics. Dashes. Colons. Parentheses. Brackets. Apostrophes. Hyphens. Capitalization. Chapter Review. 11. SPELLING AND COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS. Spelling Tips. Frequently Misspelled Words. Confused Spelling/Confusing Words. Wordy Phrases. 12. THE WRITING PROCESS: PARAGRAPHS AND ESSAYS. The Paragraph and Essay Defined. The Writing Process. Prewriting. Writing a First Draft. Revising and Editing. The Writing Process Worksheet. 13. COMBINED AND SPECIFIC PATTERNS OF WRITING AND WRITING TOPICS. Combined Patterns of Writing. Specific Patterns of Writing. Descriptive Narration. Exemplification. Analysis by Division. Process Analysis. Cause and Effect. Comparison and Contrast. Definition. Argument. A Variety of Writing Topics. Index.

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