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Grounded in John Langan’s Four Bases - unity, coherence, sentence skills, and support - English Skills with Readings employs a unique personalised learning plan to address student deficits in grammar and mechanics and to free instructional time for activities emphasising writing process and critical thinking. English Skills with Readings features John Langan&#39s trademark crystal - clear explanations, along with his range of motivating activities and writing assignments that reinforce the four bases of effective writing. The new edition adds a variety of exciting new features to John Langan's proven approach, and reinstates much-requested material from previous editions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073513560
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (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

Readings Listed by Rhetorical Mode xvii Preface xix PART 1 Fundamentals of Effective Writing 1 1. An Introduction to Writing 2 Understanding Point and Support 3 Benefits of Paragraph Writing 6 Writing as a Way to Communicate with Others: Considering Audience and Purpose 7 Writing as a Skill 12 Writing as a Process of Discovery 14 Keeping a Journal 15 Using This Text 17 2. The Four Bases and the Writing Process 18 Prewriting 19 Writing a Topic Sentence and Preparing a Scratch Outline 25Writing a First Draft 27Revising 29Editing 32Using Peer Review 34Doing a Personal Review 36Review Activities 373. The First and Second Steps in Writing 51Step 1: Begin with a Point 52Step 2: Support the Point with Specific Evidence 54Reinforcing Point and Support 58The Importance of Specific Details 61The Importance of Adequate Details 64Practice in Making and Supporting a Point 674. The Third Step in Writing 89Step 3: Organize and Connect the Specific Evidence 90Practice in Organizing and Connecting Specific Evidence 1015. The Fourth Step in Writing 111Step 4: Write Clear, Error-Free Sentences 111Revising Sentences 111Editing Sentences 128Practice in Revising Sentences 130Using Parallelism 131Using a Consistent Point of View 132Using Specific Words 133Using Concise Wording 135Varying Your Sentences 1366. Four Bases for Revising Writing 141Base 1: Unity 142Base 2: Support 144Base 3: Coherence 146Base 4: Sentence Skills 148Practice in Using the Four Bases 1537. Writing in the Digital Age 168Tips for Writing On-Screen 169Using Digital and Electronic Resources at Each Stage of the Writing Process 169Using the Internet 173A Look Ahead to Part 2 181PART 2 Paragraph Development 1838. Exemplification 184Evaluating Student Paragraphs 186Developing an Exemplification Paragraph 188Writing an Exemplification Paragraph 1919. Process 199Evaluating Student Paragraphs 200Developing a Process Paragraph 203Writing a Process Paragraph 20610. Cause and/or Effect 214Evaluating Student Paragraphs 215Developing a Cause and/or Effect Paragraph 217Writing a Cause and/or Effect Paragraph 22011. Comparison and/or Contrast 229Evaluating Student Paragraphs 230Two Common Methods of Development 232Evaluating Additional Paragraphs 236Developing a Comparison and/or Contrast Paragraph 238Writing a Comparison and/or Contrast Paragraph 24112. Definition 250Evaluating Student Paragraphs 252Developing a Definition Paragraph 254Writing a Definition Paragraph 25713. Division-Classifi cation 263Evaluating Student Paragraphs 264Developing a Division-Classification Paragraph 268Writing a Division-Classification Paragraph 27114. Description 278Evaluating Student Paragraphs 280Developing a Descriptive Paragraph 282Writing a Descriptive Paragraph 28515. Narration 293Evaluating Student Paragraphs 294Developing a Narrative Paragraph 297Writing a Narrative Paragraph 29916. Argument 305Strategies for Argument 306Evaluating Student Paragraphs 308Developing an Argument Paragraph 313Writing an Argument Paragraph 315PART 3 Essay Development 32317. Writing the Essay 324What Is an Essay? 325Important Points about the Essay 328Evaluating Student Essays 332Planning the Essay 337Practice in Writing the Essay 339Preparing for Essay Exams 346Essay Assignments 349PART 4 Handbook of Sentence Skills 357SECTION I Grammar 35818. Subjects and Verbs 359A Simple Way to Find a Subject 359A Simple Way to Find a Verb 359More about Subjects and Verbs 36019. Sentence Sense 364How Does Sentence Sense Relate to You as a Writer? 364Turning on Your Sentence Sense 364Summary: Using Sentence Sense 36620. Fragments 367What Are Fragments? 367Dependent-Word Fragments 367-ing and to Fragments 371Added-Detail Fragments 374Missing-Subject Fragments 37721. Run-Ons 381What Are Run-Ons? 381Correcting Run-Ons 38222. Regular and Irregular Verbs 394A Brief Review of Regular Verbs 394Irregular Verbs 39423. Standard English Verbs 402Regular Verbs: Dialect and Standard Forms 402Three Common Irregular Verbs: Dialect and Standard Forms 40624. Subject-Verb Agreement 410Words between Subject and Verb 410Verb before Subject 411Compound Subjects 412Indefinite Pronouns 41325. Pronoun Agreement and Reference 416Pronoun Agreement 416Pronoun Reference 41826. Pronoun Types 422Subject and Object Pronouns 422Possessive Pronouns 425Demonstrative Pronouns 42627. Adjectives and Adverbs 428Adjectives 428Adverbs 43028. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers 433What Misplaced Modifiers Are and How to Correct Them 433What Dangling Modifiers Are and How to Correct Them 435SECTION II Mechanics 44129. Paper Format 442Guidelines for Formatting a Paper 44230. Capital Letters 447Main Uses of Capital Letters 447Other Uses of Capital Letters 450Unnecessary Use of Capitals 45331. Numbers and Abbreviations 456Numbers 456Abbreviations 457SECTION III Punctuation 45932. Apostrophes 460Apostrophe in Contractions 460Apostrophe to Show Ownership or Possession 46133. Quotation Marks 468Quotation Marks to Set Off Exact Words of a Speaker or Writer 468Quotation Marks to Set Off Titles of Short Works 471Other Uses of Quotation Marks 47334. Commas 476Six Main Uses of the Comma 47635. Other Punctuation Marks 485Colon (:) 485Semicolon (;) 486Dash (—) 486Hyphen (-) 487Parentheses ( ) 487SECTION IV Word Use 48936. Using the Dictionary 490Owning Your Own Dictionaries 490Dictionaries on Your Computer 491Understanding a Dictionary Entry 49237. Improving Spelling 499Step 1: Use the Dictionary 499Step 2: Keep a Personal Spelling List 499Step 3: Master Commonly Confused Words 500Step 4: Use a Computer’s Spell-Checker 500Step 5: Understand Basic Spelling Rules 500Step 6: Study a Basic Word List 50138. Vocabulary Development 508Regular Reading 508Vocabulary Wordsheets 509Vocabulary Study Books 51039. Commonly Confused Words 511Homonyms 511Other Words Frequently Confused 51640. Effective Word Choice 521Slang 521Clichés 522Pretentious Words 523SECTION V Practice 52641. Editing Tests 527Twelve Editing Tests 527PART 5 Readings for Writers 543INTRODUCTION TO THE READINGS 544The Format of Each Selection 544How to Read Well: Four General Steps 545How to Answer the Vocabulary in Context Questions 547How to Answer the Comprehension Questions: Specific Hints 547GOALS AND VALUES 548 All the Good Things, Sister Helen Mrosla 548Rowing the Bus, Paul Logan 554“Extra Large,” Please, Diane Urbina 562What Good Families Are Doing Right, Dolores Curran 569Different Is Just Different, Suzanne Fisher Staples 582What Students Need to Know about Today’s Job CrisisDon Bertram 590EDUCATION AND SELF-IMPROVEMENT 602Do It Better!, Ben Carson, M.D., with Cecil Murphey 602Anxiety: Challenge by Another Name, James Lincoln Collier 612Let’s Really Reform Our Schools, Anita Garland 619How They Get You to Do That, Janny Scott 627HUMAN GROUPS AND SOCIETY 637from A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens 637Duel at High Noon: A Replay of Cormier’s Works, Kathy Neal Headley 644Managing Conflicts in Relationships, Rudolph F. Verderber 651Group Pressure, Rodney Stark 658From Father to Son, Last Words to Live By Dana Canedy 664Reading Comprehension Chart 671APPENDIXES 672A. ESL Pointers 672Articles 672Subjects and Verbs 675Adjectives 679Prepositions Used for Time and Place 681B. Sentence-Skills Diagnostic Test 682C. Sentence-Skills Achievement Test 687D. Answers to Sentence-Skills Diagnostic Test 692CREATE-ONLY CHAPTERSCREATE Using the LibraryMaking Full Use of the Library’s ResourcesCREATE Writing a Research PaperStep 1: Select a Topic Th at You Can Readily ResearchStep 2: Limit Your Topic, Make the Purpose of Your Paper Clear, and Assess Your AudienceStep 3: Gather Information on Your Limited TopicStep 4: Plan Your Paper and Take Notes on Your Limited Topic A Caution about PlagiarismStep 5: Write the PaperStep 6: Use an AcceptableCREATE Combined Mastery TestsCredits 693Index 696INSTRUCTOR’S GUIDE IG-1Suggested Approaches and Techniques IG-2A Model Syllabus IG-16Suggested Answers to the Discussion Questions in Part 5 IG-21

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