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Wordsmith: A Guide to Paragraphs and Essays / Edition 2
     

Wordsmith: A Guide to Paragraphs and Essays / Edition 2

by Pamela Arlov
 

ISBN-10: 013048895X

ISBN-13: 9780130488954

Pub. Date: 07/16/2003

Publisher: Prentice Hall

Encouraging writers to think logically and communicate clearly, this practical and comprehensive book presents writing and grammar in an organized and appealing way, with myriad examples and exercises to support concepts and hone skills. KEY TOPICS Using a structured yet flexible approach, it systematically covers all the steps of the writing process; explores

Overview

Encouraging writers to think logically and communicate clearly, this practical and comprehensive book presents writing and grammar in an organized and appealing way, with myriad examples and exercises to support concepts and hone skills. KEY TOPICS Using a structured yet flexible approach, it systematically covers all the steps of the writing process; explores strategies for creating topic sentences and writing paragraphs (with a sample paragraph shown in its progress from idea to finished essay); and shares nine different methods of development with model paragraphs. It presents a separate 'mix and match' grammar section with minimal jargon, maximum clarity, and a wealth of exercises, and a selection of short, entertaining readings—complete with reading comprehension questions and writing assignments—that introduces students to the connection between reading and writing. For individuals who want to improve their written communication skills.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130488954
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
07/16/2003
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

I. COMPOSITION.

1. The Writing Process.
2. Preparing to Write.
3. Writing Paragraphs: The Topic Sentence.
4. Writing Paragraph Support.
5. Writing Paragraphs: Unity and Coherence.
6. Revising, Proofreading, and Formatting.
7. Showing and Telling: Description, Narration, and Example.
8. Limiting and Ordering: Definition, Classification, and Process.
9. Examining Logical Connections: Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect, and Argument.
10. Writing an Essay.
11. Writing a Summary Report.

II. GRAMMAR.

12. Verbs and Subjects.
13. Subject-Verb Agreement.
14. Verb Shifts.
15. Sentence Variety.
16. Run-On Sentences.
17. Sentence Fragments.
18. Pronoun Case.
19. Pronoun Agreement, Reference, and Point of View.
20. Adjectives, Adverbs, and Articles.
21. Capital Letters.
22. Words Commonly Confused.
23. Word Choice.
24. Commas.
25. Other Punctuation.
26. Apostrophes.
27. Quotation Marks, Underlining, and Italics.

III. READINGS.

1. Action Hero, Rulon Openshaw.
2. Setting boundaries, Cara DiMarco.
3.Against the Wall--Knight-Ridder, Tribune Information Services.
4. Older and Wiser--or Just Older? William Raspberry.
5. Barbie Madness, Cynthia Tucker.
6. Living at Warp Speed, Michael Ashcraft.
7. Spanish Spoken Here, Janice Castro, with Dan Cook and Cristina Garcia.
8. Recipe for a Sick Society, Donna Britt.
9. Don't Blame Me! The New "Culture of Victimization," John J. Macionis.
10. How 'bout Us? Leonard Pitts.
11. Mixed Blessings, Jim Auchmutey.
12. One for the Books, Rheta Grimsley Johnson.
13.American Space, Chinese Place, Yi-Fu Tuan.
14. Disorders R Us, Michael Skube.
15. Civil Rites, Caroline Miller.
16. All the Rage, Dave Barry.
17. Conversational Ballgames, Nancy Masterton Sakamoto.
18. I Wonder: Was It Me, or Was It My Sari? Shoba Narayan.
19. Music: A Universal Language, Candace Dyer.
20. What If My Friends Hadn't Run? Bill Pippin.
Index.

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