Writer's Brief Handbook

ISBN-10: 0205744079
ISBN-13: 9780205744077
Edition: 7th 2011 (Revised)
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List price: $149.95
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Pearson Higher Education & Professional Group
Publication date: 7/12/2010
Binding: Comb Bound 
Pages: 448
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474

A compact, easy-to-use guide, The Writer's Brief Handbook offers clear definitions, helpful explanations, and up-to-the-minute research and reference tools -- altogether the best concise yet comprehensive reference available for today's student writers. The Writer's Brief Handbook reflects the authors' 35-year collaboration in teaching and writing about writing. Using clear, non-technical language, The Writer's Brief Handbook has gained a reputation for being student-friendly, and the easy-to-use multiple access system provides four different ways for students to diagnose a problem and find an answer, making the text ideal as a stand-alone reference. At a time when both students and instructors are demanding more from their handbooks, The Writer's Brief Handbook delivers!

The Writing Process
Planning
Analyzing the writing task
Choosing a subject
Focusing on a topic
Generating ideas and collecting information
Determining your purpose for writing
Establishing a thesis statement
Analyzing your audience
Making an outline
Writing a Draft
Choosing a good title
Writing the body of your composition
Writing the beginning and ending
Revising
Revising the largest elements first
Revising your sentences and diction
Conducting peer conferences
Editing
Editing for grammar, punctuation, and mechanics
Preparing the final copy
Proofreading the final copy
STUDENT SAMPLE: Annotated Student Essay
Designing a document
Understanding the principals of design
Understanding the elements of design
Using visuals
Formatting academic manuscript
Writing in College and Beyond
Academic writing
Study skills
Time management
Note-taking in class
Reading effectively
Essay examinations
Critical thinking and active reading
Writing arguments
Understanding the elements of argument
Making appropriate appeals
Considering your audience
Refuting the opposition�s argument
STUDENT SAMPLE: An ANNOTATED ARGUMENT ESSAY
Online writing
E-communications
Composing online
Oral presentations
Outlining
Preparing and practicing
Using visuals
Public writing
Business letters
Resumes
Memos
Letters to the editor
Paragraphs
Unity
Writing a topic sentence
Relating all sentences to the controlling idea
Development
Developing paragraphs fully
Using the strategy implied in your topic sentence to develop your paragraph
Coherence
Arranging sentences in the most effective order
Using transitional words and phrases
Repeating key words and phrases
Using parallel structure
Using transitions to link paragraphs
Beginnings and endings
Sentence Clarity and Style
Parallelism
Use parallel constructions with coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or, nor, for, yet, so)
Use parallel constructions with correlative conjunctions (either/or,neither/nor,not only/but also,both/and,whether/or)
Use parallel constructions in comparisons withthanoras
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Place modifiers where they will be most effective
Connect a dangling modifier to the main part of the sentence
Shifts
Use pronouns that are consistent in person and number
Maintain the same verb tense
Maintain the same mood
Keep subject and voice consistent
Avoid unnecessary shifts from direct to indirect quotation
Keep tone and style consistent
Maintain the same point of view
Unified and Logical Sentences
Use only relevant details
Avoid mixed or illogical constructions
Subordination and Coordination
Use subordination to group short, choppy sentences into larger units of thought
Do not subordinate excessively
Use coordination to put ideas of equal importance in grammatical structures of equal weight
Emphasis
Achieve emphasis by placing the most important words and phrases at the beginning or end of a sentence
Place ideas that occur in a series in a logical and climactic order
Use the active rather than the passive voice
Repeat important words for emphasis
Occasionally use a short, dramatic sentence
Achieve emphasis by using periodic sentences
Achieve emphasis by using balanced constructions
Sentence Variety
Avoid the overuse of short simple sentences
Vary your sentence openings
Do not overuse compound sentences
Word Choice
Eliminating Clutter
Focus on subjects and verbs
Eliminate redundancies
Delete empty words and phrases
Reduce inflated expressions to their core meanings
Convert clauses to phrases
Exactness
Choose words that accurately denote what you want to say
Choose words whose connotations suit your purpose
Use specific and concrete words
Use idioms correctly
Use figurative language
Replace clich�s with fresh language
Appropriateness
Choose an appropriate degree of formality
Use standard English
Avoid pretentious language
Use technical language only where appropriate
Avoid vogue words
Bias in Writing
The Dictionary
The Thesaurus
Sentence Parts and Patterns
Grammar Essentials
Parts of Speech
Parts of Sentences
Phrases
Clauses
Types of Sentences
Subject-Verb Agreement
To choose the correct verb form, identify the subject of the sentence
Use a plural verb with most compound subjects joined byand
With subjects joined byorornor, make the verb agree with the subject that is closest to it
Treat most collective nouns as singular
The relative pronounswho,which, andthattake verbs that agree with their antecedents
Treat most indefinite pronouns as singular
Make the verb agree with the subject even when the subject comes after the verb
Make a verb agree with its subject, not with a subject complement
Use a singular verb with most singular nouns ending in �s
When the title of a work is the subject of a sentence, use a singular verb
When a word used as a word is the subject, use a singular verb
1l When the subject of a sentence is a noun clause, use a singular verb
Verbs: Form, Tense, Mood, and Voice
Use the principal parts of irregular verbs correctly
Uselayandlieandsetandsitcorrectly
Use the correct verb tense to convey your meaning
Use sequences of tense forms that are logically related
Use verbs in the correct mood
Use the active voice
Pronoun Problems
A pronoun must agree with its antecedent in gender, number, and person
Be sure a pronoun�s antecedent is clear
Punctuation
Mechanics
APA Style Documentation and Format
CMS Documentation Format / CSE Documentation Format
ESL Basics

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