Wordsmith: Guide to College Writing (with MyWritingLab Student Access Code Card) / Edition 3

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Your life’s work is centered on connecting to your students and preparing them for productive futures. Pamela Arlov created the Wordsmith series to help you connect with your students. We asked professors what they thought their students would want in a textbook. Here’s what we heard and how Wordsmith addresses today’s students:

1) Students find textbooks dry and tedious. Arlov includes engaging grammar openers, plenty of visuals, and has a writing style that is second to none!

2) Students find textbooks irrelevant to their lives. Arlov’s combination of the rhetorical modes is realistic and models real life writing. She has also added “Real Writing” examples in the modes chapters to make Wordsmith even more relevant to students’ lives.

3) Students become frustrated if the entire text is not used in class. Wordsmith is 150 pages briefer than similar texts on the market and an affordable option. This concise approach also does not overwhelm students with too much information. Wordsmith provides students with just the right balance of instruction and practice!

The Wordsmith series is your value-packed option that students will appreciate while mastering key writing and grammar skills.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205723140
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 11/12/2008
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

PART I: Composition.

1. The Writing Process.

2. Preparing to Write.

3. Building a Framework: Thesis and Organization.

4. Introducing the Essay.

5. Developing Body Paragraphs.

6. Concluding the Essay.

7. Revising, Proofreading, and Formatting.

8. Showing and Telling: Description, Narration, and Example.

9. Limiting and Ordering Definition, Classification, and Process.

10. Examining Logical Connections: Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect, and Argument.

11. Writing a Summary.

12. Writing a Research Paper.


13. Verbs and Subjects.

14. Subject-Verb Agreement.

15. Run-on Sentences.

16. Sentence Fragments.

17. Pronoun Case.

18. Pronoun Agreement, Reference, and Point of View.

19. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers.

20. Parallel Structure.

21. Verb Shifts.

22. Commas.

23. Other Punctuation.

24. Word Choice.

25. Words Commonly Confused.

26. Capital Letters.

27. Apostrophes.

28. Quotation Marks, Underlining, and Italics.


Complaining, Maya Angelou.

Two Ways of Seeing a River, Mark Twain.

Growing Up Bilingual, Sara Gonzalez.

The Game of My Life, Jeff Obafemi Carr.

Rebel with a Dye Job, Sono Motoyama.

When Words Get in the Way, Athlone G. Clarke.

Letting in Light, Patricia Raybon.

Coping with Procrastination, Roberta Moore, Barbara Baker, and Arnold H. Packer.

Migraine Blues, Candace Dyer.

The Right to Die, Norman Cousins.

The Brutal Business of Boxing, John Head.

Date Rape: Exposing Dangerous Myths, John J. Macionis.

Education Unplugged, Floyd Allen.

Should College Athletes Be Paid? Steve Wulf.

Reading, Writing, and… Ethics? Larry Fennelly.

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