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Sentence Skills: A Workbook for Writers / Edition 5

Sentence Skills: A Workbook for Writers / Edition 5

by John Langan
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Written for courses in basic writing,Sentence Skills,Fifth Edition,Form B,is the alternate version of the Fifth Edition,Form A,which is known for its especially effective instruction on grammar,mechanics,punctuation,and usage rules needed for clear writing. Clear,readable explanations and an abundance of practice and editing and proofreading tests characterize Sentence Skills. With the Fifth Edition comes a convenient Instructor's Edition,as well as refinements to the worktext-with expanded practice in writing simple paragraphs and essays in Part Four,"Writing Assignments. " The alternate forms provide different exercises and examples,but offer the same basic instruction. Thus,if instructors want to use different books from one semester to the next,or from one class to the next,they can do so with full ease,as minimal syllabus adjustment is required.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780070364233
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 12/28/1994
Edition description: 5th ed

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

CHAPTER ONE: Learning Sentence Skills

Why Learn Sentence Skills?

Your Attitude about Writing

How This Book is Organized

How to Use This Book
CHAPTER TWO: A Brief Guide to Effective Writing

What Is a Paragraph?

The Goals of Effective Writing

Activities in the Goals of Effective Writing
CHAPTER THREE: The Writing Process

Steps in the Writing Process

Activities in the Writing Process

Ten Writing Assignments


Section 1: Grammar
CHAPTER FOUR: Subjects and Verbs
CHAPTER SEVEN: Sentence Variety I

Section 2: Verbs, Pronouns, and Agreement
CHAPTER 8: Standard English Verbs
CHAPTER 9: Irregular Verbs
CHAPTER 10: Subject-Verb Agreement
CHAPTER 11: Consistent Verb Tense
CHAPTER 12: Additional Information about Verbs
CHAPTER 13: Pronoun Reference, Agreement, and Point of View
CHAPTER 14: Pronoun Types

Section 3: Modifiers and Parallelism
CHAPTER 15: Adjectives and Adverbs
CHAPTER 16: Misplaced Modifier
CHAPTER 17: Dangling Modifiers
CHAPTER 18: Faulty Parallelism

Section 4: Punctuation and Mechanics
CHAPTER 20: Paper Format
CHAPTER 21: Capital Letters
CHAPTER 22: Numbers and Abbreviations
CHAPTER 23: End Marks
CHAPTER 24: Apostrophe
CHAPTER 25: Quotation Marks
CHAPTER 26: Comma
CHAPTER 27: Other Punctuation Marks

Section 5: Word Use
CHAPTER 28: Dictionary Use
CHAPTER 29: Spelling Improvement
CHAPTER 30: Omitted Words and Letters
CHAPTER 31: Commonly Confused Words
CHAPTER 32: Effective Word Choice

Combined Mastery Tests
Fragments and Run-Ons
Faulty Modifiers and Parallelism
Capital Letters and Punctuation
Word Use

Editing and Proofreading Tests
Test 1: Fragments
Test 2: Fragments
Test 3: Run-Ons (Fused Sentences)
Test 4: Run-Ons (Comma Splices)
Test 5: Standard English Verbs
Test 6: Irregular Verbs
Test 7: Faulty Parallelism
Test 8: Capital Letters
Test 9: Apostrophes
Test 10: Quotation Marks
Test 11: Commas
Test 12: Commonly Confused Words

Combined Editing Tests

Appendix A: How a Computer Can Help
Appendix B: Parts of Speech
Appendix C: ESL Pointers
Appendix D: Sentence-Skills Diagnostic Test
Appendix E: Sentence-Skills Achievement Test
Appendix F: Answers to Introductory Activities and Practice Exercises in Part Two
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