English Competence Handbook

English Competence Handbook


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The English Competence Handbook provides a simple, clear, and thoroughly proven method of building non-fiction writing ability and increasing a writer's confidence. Cited as a tool for literacy by Time Magazine in its cover story "Why Johnny Can't Write," The English Competence Handbook provides teacher and student with a graduated, easy-to-use program to develop writing and reading skills. The program moves from the sentence, to the paragraph, to the whole essay, and brings the writer beyond competence to a sense of grace and style in composition. The English Competence Handbook has been used successfully in secondary schools and colleges throughout the country.

The authors of the English Competence Handbook are long-time English teachers at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, America's oldest incorporated boarding school. Each of them has consulted with various school systems across the nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595155873
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/28/2000
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

I.The Sentence1
Types of Sentences3
Coordination and Subordination5
Structure and Idea9
Rhetorical Patterns11
II.The Paragraph19
Paragraph Elements21
Methods of Paragraph Development31
III.The Composition47
Writing as Proof49
Limiting and Developing a Topic50
The Outline53
Some Structural Patterns for the Composition58
Opening Lines60
Closing Lines63
IV.The Writer's Voice69
First Person, Third Person, Persona71
Audience and Voice75
Kinds of Diction77
Denotation and Connotation79
Figurative Language84
V.Contemporary Usage97
Avoiding Common Errors99
Four Fundamental Spelling Rules126
Footnotes and Bibliography130
The Business Letter137
VI.Skills for Reading and Writing139
Reading Comprehension for Nonfiction141
Reading Clearly and Sensibly143
Paraphrase and Summary144
The Logic of Nonfiction Prose153
Violations of Logical Development155
VII.Supplemental Material161
VIII.Assignments for the Photographs181

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Guest More than 1 year ago
The ECH contributes an all-in-one handbook to those looking for a resource to complete a writing curriculum; however, the parts on rhetoric, diction, and style, and methods of developing expositional paragraphs add great utility.