The Least You Should Know About English: Writing Skills / Edition 12

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Overview

Quickly master English writing skills with THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH: WRITING SKILLS, Twelfth Edition. Brief and uncomplicated, this text has helped students learn the basics of English writing for more than 30 years with its clear, concise concept explanations and useful, relevant corresponding exercises. Topics include spelling, word choice, sentence structure, punctuation, paragraph, and essay writing-as well as more advanced skills such as argumentation and quotation. Check your work easily with exercise answers located in the back of the book, making it an excellent writing resource even after the course has ended.

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"The jargon-free, straightforward writing is outstanding."

"Students don't need to know a great deal of grammar terminology to write well. THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW focuses on concepts instead, a much more successful approach with my students."

From the Publisher

"The jargon-free, straightforward writing is outstanding."

"Students don't need to know a great deal of grammar terminology to write well. THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW focuses on concepts instead, a much more successful approach with my students."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781285443539
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 432,634
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

With an amazing gift for explaining the basics of grammar, punctuation, and writing, Paige Wilson, Associate Professor at Pasadena City College, focuses on the vital structures of English, reinforcing fundamental concepts with an abundance of easy-to-follow exercises.

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Table of Contents

1. Word Use. What Is the Least You Should Know? How to Learn the Least You Should Know. The Importance of a Good Dictionary. Your Own List of Misspelled Words. Words That Can Be Broken into Parts. Guidelines for Doubling a Final Letter. Words Often Confused (Set 1). Words Often Confused (Set 2). The Eight Parts of Speech. Adjectives and Adverbs. Contractions. Possessives. 2. Sentence Structure. Finding Subjects and Verbs. Locating Prepositional Phrases. Understanding Dependent Clauses. Correcting Fragments. Correcting Run-on Sentences. Identifying Verb Phrases. Using Standard English Verbs. Using Regular and Irregular Verbs. Maintaining Subject-Verb Agreement. Avoiding Shifts in Tense. Recognizing Verbal Phrases. Correcting Misplaced or Dangling Modifiers. Following Sentence Patterns. Avoiding Cliches, Awkward Phrasing, and Wordiness. Correcting for Parallel Structure. Using Pronouns. Avoiding Shifts in Person. 3. Punctuation. Periods, Question Marks, Exclamation Points, Semicolons, Colons, Dashes. Commas Used to Separate Elements. Commas Used to Enclose Elements. Quotation Marks and Italics/Underlines. Capital Letters. 4. Writing. What Is the Least You Should Know about Writing? Writing as Structure. First-Person and Third-Person Approaches. Basic Structures. I. The Paragraph: Defining a Paragraph. Types of Paragraphs. Sample Paragraphs in an Essay. Sample of a Single-Paragraph Assignment. II. The Essay: The Five-Paragraph Essay and Beyond. Defining an Essay. A Sample Essay. Writing Skills. III. Writing in Your Own Voice: Narration. A Sample Essay. Description. IV. Finding a Topic: Look to Your Interests. Focused Free Writing (or Brainstorming). Clustering. Talking with Other Students. V. Organizing Ideas: Thesis Statements. Organizing an Essay. Topic Sentences. Organizing Body Paragraphs (or Single Paragraphs). Transitional Expressions. VI. Supporting with Details: Types of Support. A Sample Final Draft. VII. Choosing and Using Quotations: Choosing Quotations. A Sample Source. Using Quotations. Signal Phrases and Punctuation. Guidelines for Including Quotations. VIII. Writing in Response to a Reading: A Sample Paragraph Response Using Quotations. Sample Reading Prompt 1. A Sample Essay Response Using Quotations. Tips for In-Class Writing. Sample Reading Prompt 2. IX. Writing an Argument: Taking a Stand and Proving Your Point. A Sample Argument. Three Requirements of a Strong Written Argument. X. Writing Summaries: A Sample Reading. A Sample Summary. Summary Checklist. XI. Revising, Proofreading, and Presenting Your Work: A Sample Rough Draft. Revision Checklist. Exchanging Papers (Peer Evaluations), Proofreading Aloud. Presenting Your Work. Paper Formats. Titles. Answers. Index.

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