Sentence Skills With Readings / Edition 5

Sentence Skills With Readings / Edition 5

by John Langan
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Sentence Skills With Readings / Edition 5

Sentence Skills with Readings emphasizes personalized learning to address student deficits in grammar and mechanics. Powered by Connect Writing, students gain access to an adaptive personalized learning plan which helps them become more aware of what they already know and what they need to practice to prepare themselves for college-level writing.

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ISBN-13: 9780078036293
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 02/22/2013
Edition description: List
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 155,788
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John Langan has taught reading and writing at Atlantic Cape Community College for more than 25 years. The author of a popular series of college textbooks on both writing and reading, John enjoys the challenge of developing instructive materials that are clear and lively. 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 “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. In addition to his wife and Philly sports teams, his passions include reading and conveying to nonreaders 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 100 new and classic stories that appeal to readers of any age.

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
CHAPTER 19: Sentence Variety II
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: SpellingImprovement
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
Introduction to the Readings
A Change of Attitude Grant Berry
Do It Better! Ben Carson, M.D., with Cecil Murphey
Lost Years, Found Dreams Regina Ruiz
Papa Leo Buscaglia
Let's Get Specific Beth Johnson
All the Good Things Sister Helen Mrosla
Responsibility M. Scott Peck
The Most Hateful Words Amy Tan
My Daughter Smokes Alice Walker
Wonder in the Air, Jeff Gammage
The Warrior Within, Dawn Cogliser
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: Ansswers to Introductory Activities and Practice Exercises in Part Two
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