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Overview

One of the most comprehensive and well-respected books of its kind,this best-selling rhetoric/reader/handbook is designed for developmental writing courses that focus on paragraph writing skills in preparation for essay writing.

English Skills with Readings features John Langan's crystal-clear explanations and his wide range of motivating activities and writing assingments that effectively reinforce the Four Bases of Effective Writing: Unity,Support,Coherence,and Sentence Skills.

This Fifth Edition includes new coverage on using the computer,expanded coverage on the writng process,updated coverage on library resources,and fresh new examples,writing activities,editing tests,and readings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073384115
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/17/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 816
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Langan has taught reading and writing at Atlantic Community College near Atlantic City, New Jersey, for over twenty years. The author of a popular series of college textbooks on both reading and writing, he enjoys the challenge of developing materials that teach skills in an especially clear and lively way. Before teaching, he earned advanced degrees in writing at Rutgers University and in reading at Glassboro State Collee. He also spent a year writing fiction.
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Table of Contents

To the Instructor
PART ONE: Basic Principles of Effective Writing

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Writing

Understanding Point and Support

An Overview: How the Book is Organized

Benefits of Paragraph Writing

Writing as a Skill

Writing as a Process of Discovery

Keeping a Journal

Using This Text


Chapter 2: The Writing Process

Prewriting

Writing a First Draft

Revising

Editing

Review Activities


Chapter 3: The First and Second Steps in Writing

Step 1: Begin With a Point

Step 2: Support the Point with Specific Evidence

Reinforcing Point and Support


The Importance of Specific Details
The Importance of Adequate Details
Practice in Making and Supporting a Point


Chapter 4: The Third Step in Writing

Step 3: Organize and Connect the Specific Evidence

Practice in Organizing and Connecting Specific Evidence


Chapter 5: The Fourth Step in Writing

Step 4: Write Clear, Error-Free Sentences

Revising Sentences

Editing Sentences

Practice in Revising Sentences


Chapter 6: Four Bases for Revising Writing

Base 1: Unity

Base 2: Support

Base 3: Coherence

Base 4: Sentence Skills

Practice in Using the Four Bases

PART TWO: Paragraph Development


Chapter 7: Introduction to Paragraph Development

Nine Patterns of Paragraph Development

Important Considerations in Paragraph Development

Using a Computer

Using Peer Review

Doing a Personal Review


Chapter 8: Exemplification


Chapter 9: Process


Chapter 10: Cause and Effect


Chapter 11: Comparison and Contrast


Chapter 12: Definition


Chapter 13: Division and Classification


Chapter 14: Description


Chapter 15: Narration


Chapter 16: Argument


Chapter 17: Additional Paragraph Assignments

PART THREE: Essay Development

Chapter 18: Writing the Essay

What Is an Essay?

Important Points About the Essay

Essays to Consider

Planning the Essay


Practice in Writing the Essay
Essay Writing Assignments

PART FOUR: Research Skills


Chapter 19: Using the Library and the Internet


Chapter 20: Writing a Research Paper

PART FIVE: Handbook of Sentence Skills

Preview


Sentence-Skills Diagnostic Test


Section I: GRAMMAR


Chapter 21: Subjects and Verbs


Chapter 22: Sentence Sense


Chapter 23: Fragments


Chapter 24: Run-Ons


Chapter 25: Standard English Verbs


Chapter 26: Irregular Verbs


Chapter 27: Subject-Verb Agreement


Chapter 28: Pronoun Agreement and Reference


Chapter 29: Pronoun Types


Chapter 30: Adjectives and Adverbs


Chapter 31: Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers


Section II: MECHANICS


Chapter 32: Paper Format


Chapter 33: Capital Letters


Chapter 34: Numbers and Abbreviations


Section III: PUNCTUATION


Chapter 35: Apostrophe


Chapter 36: Quotation Marks


Chapter 37: Comma


Chapter 38: Other Punctuation Marks


Section IV: WORD USE


Chapter 39: Using the Dictionary


Chapter 40: Improving Spelling


Chapter 41: Vocabulary Development


Chapter 42: Commonly Confused Words


Chapter 43: Effective Word Choice


Chapter 44: ESL Pointers

Section V: PRACTICE


Chapter 45: Combined Mastery Tests


Chapter 46: Editing Tests


Sentence-Skills Achievement Test

PART SIX: Readings for Writers


Introduction to the Readings


Goals and Values

All the Good Things by Sister Helen Mrosla

Rowing the Bus by Paul Logan

The Scholarship Jacket by Marta Salnas

Joe Davis: A Cool Man by Beth Johnson

The First, the Clay, and the Rock by Donald Holland

What Good Families Are Doing Right by Delores Curran


Education and Self-Improvement

Do It Better! by Ben Carson, M.D. with Cecil Murphey

Anxiety: Challenge by Another Name by James Lincoln Collier

Let's Really Reform Our Schools by Anita Garland

How They Get You to Do That by Janny Scott

Dealing with Feelings by Rudolph F. Verderber

Extra-Large, Please by Diane Urbina


Human Groups and Society

The Most Hateful Words by Amy Tan

The Storyteller by H. H. Munro (Saki)

Rudeness at the Movies by Bill Wine

Bullies in School by Kathleen Berger

From Father to Son, Last Words to Live By by Dana Canedy

A Drunken Ride, a Tragic Aftermath by Theresa Conroy and Christine M. Johnson


Reading Comprehension Chart


Appendix A: Answers and Charts


Preview
Answers to Sentence Skills Diagnostic Test and Introductory Projects

Charts


Appendix B: A Writer's Journal

Acknowledgments

Index
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