Wordsmith: A Guide to Paragraphs and Short Essays / Edition 4

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Overview

Focusing on developmental writing at the paragraph level, this comprehensive guide offers a clear and systematic presentation of writing and grammar, with myriad examples and exercises to support concepts and hone skills. Covering all steps of the writing process in the order in which a writer uses them, it provides strategies for creating topic sentences and writing paragraphs, and presents nine different methods of development with model paragraphs. It devotes an entire section to grammar, and finishes with a selection of short, entertaining readings -- complete with reading comprehension questions and writing assignments - that helps users take advantage of the strong connection between reading and writing. Offers consecutive chapters on prewriting, writing the paragraph, revising, and proofreading, and addresses the concepts of direction, unity, coherence and support as an integral part of writing supporting paragraphs. Explains grammatical concepts in a systematic and easy-to-understand manner, with many review exercises and interesting side boxes. Provides twenty brief, interesting readings that reinforce reading skills and illustrate different writing techniques. Includes lighthearted chapter-opening boxes, a running sample paragraph in progress, and tips for right-brained writers. For anyone wishing to strengthen their writing skills communicate more clearly.
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This textbook is intended for college level writing courses, but seems suitable to those of a rather elementary level. It may well be ideal for advanced-placement high school courses. The text is comprised of separate sections on composition and grammar, as well as another section containing readings by the likes of Maya Angelou, Dave Barry, and others; the chapters of each section can be combined by the instructor in a manner appropriate to the course at hand. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136050605
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 6/24/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 526
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

PART I COMPOSITION

Chapter 1. The Writing Process

Chapter 2. Preparing to Write

Chapter 3. Writing Paragraphs: Topic Sentences

Chapter 4. Writing Paragraphs: Support

Chapter 5. Writing Paragraphs: Unity and Coherence

Chapter 6. Revising, Proofreading, and Formatting

Chapter 7. Showing and Telling: Description, Narration, and Example

Chapter 8. Limiting and Ordering: Definition, Classification, and Process

Chapter 9. Examining Logical Connections: Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect, and Argument

Chapter 10. Writing an Essay

Chapter 11. Writing Summary Reports

PART 2 GRAMMAR

Chapter 12. Verbs and Subjects

Chapter 13. Subject-Verb Agreement

Chapter 14. Verb Shifts

Chapter 15. Coordination and Subordination

Chapter 16. Run-on Sentences

Chapter 17. Sentence Fragments

Chapter 18. Pronoun Case

Chapter 19. Pronoun Agreement, Reference, and Point of View

Chapter 20. Adjectives, Adverbs, and Articles

Chapter 21. Parallel Structure

Chapter 22. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

Chapter 23. Capital Letters

Chapter 24. Words Commonly Confused

Chapter 25. Word Choice

Chapter 26. Commas

Chapter 27. Other Punctuation

Chapter 28. Apostrophes

Chapter 29. Quotation Marks

PART 3 READINGS

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