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The Wordsmith series is the value-priced option that students will appreciate while mastering key writing and grammar skills.
Pam Arlov wrote a textbook series that counters many of the objections students had about textbooks, such as:
Students find textbooks dry and tedious. Arlov includes thought-provoking chapter openers, plenty of visuals, and a conversational, engaging writing style that students really respond to.
Students find textbooks irrelevant to their lives. Arlov's coverage of the rhetorical modes is realistic and models real-life writing. She includes "Real Writing" examples in the modes chapters to make Wordsmith relevant to students' lives.
Students become frustrated if the entire text is not used in class. Wordsmith is 100 pages briefer than similar texts on the market and an affordable option. This more concise approach also does not overwhelm students with too much information. Wordsmith provides students with just the right balance of instruction and practice.
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