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Wordsmith was written to counter students’ objections to textbooks being too dry, too irrelevant, and too big, and is Pearson’s value-priced option that students will appreciate across the developmental writing curriculum.

Pamela Arlov wrote the Wordsmith series for instructors who genuinely want to connect with their students. To engage students and enable instructors to meet students where they are, Pam Arlov provides students with just the right balance of instruction and practice via relevant instruction, plenty of visuals, and an inviting writing style that students really respond to. Wordsmith covers the rhetorical modes, is realistic, and does not overwhelm students with too much information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321841360
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 5/11/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 789,638
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 The Writing Process

The Writing Process

Review of the Paragraph

Writing Assignment 1: Writing and You

Writing Assignment 2: Reasons for Attending College

Chapter 2 Preparing to Write


Prewriting Methods

Progressive Writing Assignment

Chapter 3 Building a Framework: Thesis and Organization

The Structure of an Essay

Constructing the Thesis Statement

Organizing Your Essay

Progressive Writing Assignment

Chapter 4 Introducing the Essay

Purposes of an Introduction

Types of Introduction

Progressive Writing Assignment

Chapter 5 Developing Body Paragraphs

Characteristics of an Effective Body Paragraph

Progressive Writing Assignment

Chapter 6 Concluding the Essay

Methods of Conclusion

Traps to Avoid

Progressive Writing Assignment

Chapter 7 Revising, Proofreading, and Formatting




Progressive Writing Assignment

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

Description, Narration, and Example in Action


Elements of Descriptive Writing



Topics for Combining Methods of Development

Chapter 9 Limiting and Ordering: Definition, Classification, and Process

Definition, Classification, and Process in Action




Topics for Combining Methods of Development

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

Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect, and Argument in Action


Cause and Effect


Topics for Combining Methods of Development

Chapter 11 Writing a Summary

Writing a Summary

Five Steps in Writing a Summary

Paraphrasing: An Essential Skill

Brief Guide to APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Brief Guide to MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

Summary Report Assignments

Chapter 12 Writing a Research Paper

Five Steps in Writing a Research Paper

Paraphrasing and Summarizing: Essential Research Skills

Using Documentation Styles

Using Online Sources

Guide to APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Guide to MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

Assignments for Writing a Research Paper


Basic Grammar

Chapter 13 Verbs and Subjects

Action and Linking Verbs

Recognizing Verbs and Subjects

Regular and Irregular Verbs

Review Exercises

Chapter 14 Subject-Verb Agreement

The Basic Pattern

Problems in Subject-Verb Agreement

Review Exercises

Chapter 15 Coordination and Subordination

Writing Effective Sentences

Connecting Ideas through Coordination

Connecting Ideas through Subordination

Creating Emphasis through Subordination

Review Exercises

Chapter 16 Run-on Sentences

What Is a Run-on Sentence?

Correcting Run-ons

A Special Case: The Word That

Review Exercises

Chapter 17 Sentence Fragments

What Is a Sentence Fragment?

Review Exercises

Chapter 18 Pronoun Case

Subject and Object Pronouns

Using Who and Whom

Intensive and Reflexive Pronouns

Review Exercises

Chapter 19 Pronoun Agreement, Reference, and Point of View

Pronoun Agreement

Pronoun Reference

Pronoun Point of View

Review Exercises

Editing Exercises: Basic Grammar

Advanced Grammar

Chapter 20 Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

Misplaced Modifiers

Dangling Modifiers

Review Exercises

Chapter 21 Parallel Structure

Review Exercises

Chapter 22 Verb Shifts

Shifts in Tense

Active and Passive Voice

Review Exercises

Editing Exercises: Advanced Grammar

Chapter 23 Sentences with Style

Style Tip 1: Limit Your Use of the Verb “To Be”

Style Tip 2: Replace Ordinary Verbs with Vivid, Descriptive Verbs

Style Tip 3: Revise Sentences That Begin with “There is” or “It is”

Style Tip 4: Vary Sentence Openings

Style Tip 5: Vary Sentence Structure and Length

Punctuation, Word Choice, and Mechanics

Chapter 24 Commas

Commas to Set off Introductory Words, Phrases, and Clauses

Commas to Join Items in a Series

Commas to Join Independent Clauses

Commas Around Interrupters

Commas with Direct Quotations

Commas in Names and Dates

Review Exercises

Chapter 25 Other Punctuation

End Punctuation: Period, Question Mark, and Exclamation Point

The Semicolon

Colons and Dashes: Formal and Informal Punctuation

Parentheses: Tools of Understatement

Review Exercises

Chapter 26 Word Choice

Slang and Textspeak



Conversational Constructions

Review Exercises

Chapter 27 Words Commonly Confused

Words Commonly Confused

Review Exercises

Chapter 28 Capital Letters

Capital Letters to Begin Sentences

Capitalization of Words Referring to Individuals

Capitalization of Words Referring to Groups

Capitalization of Words Referring to Time and Place

Capitalization of Words Referring to Things and Activities

Review Exercises

Chapter 29 Apostrophes

Apostrophes in Contractions

Apostrophes to Show Possession

Review Exercises

Chapter 30 Quotation Marks, Underlining, and Italics

Quotation Marks to Signal Quotations

Quotation Marks, Underlining, or Italics to Set Off Titles

Review Exercises

Editing Exercises: Punctuation, Word Choice, and Mechanics

Part 3 Readings

Has the Internet Killed Privacy? Richard Woods

Growing Up Bilingual, Sara Gonzalez

The Game of My Life, Jeff Obafemi Carr

Why Chinese Mothers are Different, Amy Chua

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

After 20 Years, I Want to See My Abusive Dad for His Money, Tony Kelso

Date Rape: Exposing Dangerous Myths, John J. Macionis

Is National Service a Cure for America's Woes? Larry Fennelly



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