College Writing Skills With Readings, 5th Edition, features Langan's renowned clear writing style and wide range of writing assignments and activities that reinforce the four essentials of good writing: Unity, Support, Coherence, and Sentence Skills.
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About the Author
John Langan has taught reading and writing at Atlantic Cape Community College near Atlantic City, New Jersey, for more than twenty-five years. The author of a popular series of college textbooks on both writing and reading, John enjoys the challenge of developing materials that teach skills in an especially clear and lively way. Before teaching, he earned advanced degrees in writing at Rutgers University and in reading at Rowan University. He also spent a year writing fiction that, he says, is now at the back of a drawer waiting to be discovered and acclaimed posthumously. While in school, he supported himself by working as a truck driver, a machinist, a battery assembler, a hospital attendant, and an apple packer. John now lives with his wife, Judith Nadell, near Philadelphia. In addition to his wife and Philly sports teams, his passions include reading and turning on nonreaders to the pleasure and power of books. Through Townsend Press, his educational publishing company, he has developed the nonprofit Townsend Library, a collection of more than a hundred new and classic stories.
Table of Contents
Readings Listed by Rhetorical Mode xvii
To the Instructor xxi
Part 1: Essay Writing 1
Part 2: Patterns of Essay Development 175Chapter 7 Introduction to Essay Development 176Important Considerations in Essay Development 177Patterns of Essay Development 182Chapter 8 Description 184READING: Lou’s Place Beth Johnson 194Chapter 9 Narration 209READING: The Yellow Ribbon Pete Hamill 220Chapter 10 Exemplifi cation 230READING: Dad Andrew H. Malcolm 241Chapter 11 Process 254READING: How to Do Well on a Job InterviewGlenda Davis 263Chapter 12 Cause and Effect 276READING: Taming the Anger MonsterAnne Davidson 286Chapter13 Comparison or Contrast 300READING: Born to Be Different? Camille Lewis 311Chapter 14 Definition 324READING: Television Addiction Marie Winn 333Chapter 15 Division-Classifi cation 343READING: Wait Divisions Tom Bodett 352Chapter 16 Argument 363READING: Ban the Things. Ban Them All. Molly Ivins 376
Part 3: Special Skills 385 Chapter 17 Taking Essay Exams 386Chapter 18 Writing a Summary 395Chapter 19 Writing a Report 407Chapter 20 Writing a Résumé and Cover Letter 412Chapter 21 Using the Library and the Internet 419Chapter 22 Writing a Research Paper 433
Part 4: Handbook of Sentence Skills 457
SECTION 1: Grammar 458Chapter 23 Subjects and Verbs 459Chapter 24 Fragments 465Chapter 25 Run-Ons 479Chapter26 Regular and Irregular Verbs 492Chapter27 Subject-Verb Agreement 502Chapter 28 Additional Information about Verbs 508Chapter 29 Pronoun Agreement and Reference 512Chapter 30 Pronoun Types 518Chapter 31 Adjectives and Adverbs 525Chapter 32 Misplaced Modifi ers 531Chapter 33 Dangling Modifi ers 535
SECTION 2: Mechanics 540Chapter 34 Manuscript Form 541Chapter 35 Capital Letters 544Chapter 36 Numbers and Abbreviations 552
SECTION 3: Punctuation 556Chapter 37 Apostrophe 557Chapter 38 Quotation Marks 565Chapter 39 Comma 573Chapter40 Other Punctuation Marks 583
SECTION 4: Word Use 588Chapter41 Spelling Improvement 589Chapter42 Commonly Confused Words 594Chapter43 Effective Word Choice 604Chapter44 Editing Tests 611Chapter45 ESL Pointers 625Correction Symbols 639
Part 5: Readings for Writers 641Introduction to the Readings 642Looking Inward 647Three Passions Bertrand Russell 647Shame Dick Gregory 651I Became Her Target Roger Wilkins 659Stepping into the Light Tanya Savory 666A Hanging George Orwell 675Observing Others 684The Professor Is a Dropout Beth Johnson 684The Certainty of Fear Audra Kendall 694What’s Wrong with Schools? Teacher Plays Student,Learns to Lie and Cheat Casey Banas 701Propaganda Techniques in Today’s AdvertisingAnn McClintock 707Confronting Problems 716Single-Sex Schools: An Old Idea Whose Time Has ComeDiane Urbina 716Here’s to Your Health Joan Dunayer 723Sleeping Your Way to the Top Sora Song 729How to Make It in College, Now That You’re HereBrian O’Keeney 734College Lectures: Is Anybody Listening? David Daniels 744Seven Ways to Keep the Peace at HomeDaniel A. Sugarman 751In Praise of the F Word Mary Sherry 762Is Sex All That Matters? Joyee Garity 768A Scary Time to Raise a Daughter Steve Lopez 776Reading Comprehension Chart 782Instructor’s Guide IG-1Suggested Approaches and Techniques IG-2A Model Syllabus IG-15Suggested Answers to the DiscussionQuestions in Part Five IG-21Diagnostic Tests IG-56Appendix: A Writer’s Journal (Student edition only) 000Index 000
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