The Least You Should Know about English: Form A / Edition 7

The Least You Should Know about English: Form A / Edition 7

by Theresa F. Glazier, Paige Wilson

ISBN-10: 0155080318

ISBN-13: 9780155080317

Pub. Date: 06/28/1999

Publisher: Cengage Learning

For over twenty years, the simple, friendly approach of THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH has helped students with their spelling, punctuation, and sentence and paragraph structure.


For over twenty years, the simple, friendly approach of THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH has helped students with their spelling, punctuation, and sentence and paragraph structure.

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Cengage Learning
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Older Edition
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6.99(w) x 9.15(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

What Is the Least You Should Know?1
1.Word Choice and Spelling4
Your Own List of Misspelled Words4
Words Often Confused5
Proofreading Exercise14
Sentence Writing14
Words Often Confused (Set 2)15
Proofreading Exercise24
Sentence Writing24
The Eight Parts of Speech25
Paragraph Exercise29
Sentence Writing30
Proofreading Exercise36
Sentence Writing37
Proofreading Exercise44
Sentence Writing44
Review of Contractions and Possessives44
Words That Can Be Broken into Parts46
Rule for Doubling a Final Letter47
Progress Test50
Using a Dictionary51
2.Sentence Structure57
Finding Subjects and Verbs58
Paragraph Exercise64
Sentence Writing64
Locating Prepositional Phrases65
Paragraph Exercise70
Sentence Writing71
Understanding Dependent Clauses71
Paragraph Exercise77
Sentence Writing78
Correcting Fragments79
Proofreading Exercise85
Sentence Writing86
Correcting Run-on Sentences86
Review of Fragments and Run-On Sentences93
Proofreading Exercise94
Sentence Writing94
Identifying Verb Phrases95
Review Exercise99
Using Standard English Verbs100
Proofreading Exercise106
Sentence Writing107
Using Regular and Irregular Verbs108
Progress Test117
Maintaining Subject/Verb Agreement118
Proofreading Exercise124
Sentence Writing125
Avoiding Shifts in Time125
Proofreading Exercises126
Recognizing Verbal Phrases127
Paragraph Exercise132
Sentence Writing133
Correcting Misplaced or Dangling Modifiers134
Proofreading Exercise137
Sentence Writing138
Following Sentence Patterns138
Paragraph Exercise144
Sentence Writing145
Avoiding Cliches, Awkward Phrasing, and Wordiness146
Proofreading Exercise153
Sentence Writing154
Correcting for Parallel Structure155
Proofreading Exercise160
Sentence Writing161
Using Pronouns161
Proofreading Exercise169
Sentence Writing169
Avoiding Shifts in Person170
Proofreading Exercises170
Review of Sentence Structure Errors172
Proofreading Exercise174
3.Punctuation and Capital Letters175
Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Point, Semicolon, Colon, Dash175
Proofreading Exercise181
Sentence Writing182
Comma Rules182
Proofreading Exercise188
Sentence Writing188
Comma Rules 4, 5, and 6189
Proofreading Exercise194
Sentence Writing195
Review of the Comma196
Comma Review Exercise196
Sentence Writing197
Quotation Marks and Underlining/Italics197
Proofreading Exercise202
Sentence Writing202
Capital Letters203
Review of Punctuation and Capital Letters209
Comprehensive Test210
What Is the Least You Should Know about Writing?213
Basic Structures213
I.The Paragraph213
Defining a Paragraph214
Types of Paragraphs214
II.The Essay216
The Five-Paragraph Essay and Beyond217
Defining an Essay217
A Sample Essay217
"Verbal Shorthand"218
Writing Skills219
III.Writing in Your Own Voice219
Writing Assignments223
Assignment 1Narration: Famous Sayings223
Assignment 2Description: A Picture Worth 250 Words?224
IV.Finding a Topic224
Look to Your Interests224
Focused Free Writing (or Brainstorming)225
Talking with Other Students226
Assignment 3List Your Interests226
Assignment 4Do Some Free Writing226
Assignment 5Try Clustering Ideas227
V.Organizing Ideas227
Thesis Statements227
Exercise 1Thesis or Fact?228
Assignment 6Write a Thesis Statement228
Organizing an Essay228
Topic Sentences229
Organizing Body Paragraphs (or Single Paragraphs)229
Transitional Expressions230
Exercise 2Adding Transitional Expressions231
Assignment 7Can You Communicate Without Words?231
VI.Supporting with Details231
Types of Support232
Assignment 8Write an Essay on One of Your Interests234
Assignment 9Making Decisions234
VII.Revising Your Papers235
Assignment 10What Does It Take to Be a Leader?237
Revision Checklist237
Exchanging Papers237
Proofreading Aloud238
Assignment 11What's in a Name?238
Assignment 12"Clothes Make the Man"238
Assignment 13A Movie or TV Show That Has Made an Impression238
Assignment 14Making "Sense" of It All239
VIII.Presenting Your Work239
Paper Formats239
IX.Writing about What You Read240
Writing a Reaction240
Assignment 15Write a Reaction Paragraph241
excerpt from Backtalk: 4 Steps to Ending Rude Behavior in Your Kids241
Coming to Your Own Conclusions242
excerpt from Little Journeys242
Assignment 16What Are Your Conclusions?243
Assignment 17Write a 100-Word Summary245
"Straight Talk"245
Assignment 18Write a Reaction or a 100-Word Summary248
"Wandering Home"248

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