Allyn and Bacon Handbook (MLA Update)

ISBN-10: 0321202465
ISBN-13: 9780321202468
Edition: 5th 2003 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $81.33
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/12/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 914
Size: 5.75" wide x 7.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

Critical Thinking and Reading
Active, Critical Habits of Mind
Components of a Close, Critical Reading
Critical Thinking and Writing
Writing a summary
Writing an evaluation
Writing an analysis (an application paper)
Writing a synthesis
Planning, Developing, and Writing a Draft
Discovering your topic, purpose, and audience
Generating ideas and information
Reviewing and categorizing ideas and information
Writing a thesis and sketching your paper
Writing a draft
Student paper: Rough draft
The Process of Revision
Early revision: Rediscovering your main idea
Later revision: Bringing your main idea into focus
Final revision
Responding to editorial advice from peers or professors
Sample paper: Final draft
The Paragraph and the Paper
The relationship of paragraphs to sections
The paragraph: Essential features
Writing and revising to achieve paragraph unity
Writing and revising to achieve paragraph coherence
Writing and revising to achieve well-developed paragraphs
Writing and revising paragraphs of introduction and conclusion
Writing and Evaluating Arguments
An overview of argument
Making a claim (an argumentative thesis)
Gathering evidence
Linking evidence to your claim
Making rebuttals
Preparing to write an argument
Evaluating arguments and avoiding common errors
Constructing Sentences
Understanding sentence parts
Understanding basic sentence patterns
Expanding sentences with single-word modifiers
Modifying and expanding sentences with phrases
Modifying and expanding sentences with dependent clauses
Classifying sentences
Case in Nouns and Pronouns
Using pronouns as subjects
Using pronouns as objects
Using nouns and pronouns in the possessive case
In compound construction, use pronouns in the objective or subjective form according to their function in the sentence
Pronouns paired with a noun take the same case as the noun
Choose the appropriate form of the pronouns whose, who, whom, whoever, and whomever depending on the pronoun's function
Choose the case of a pronoun in the second part of a comparison depending on the meaning intended
Verbs
Verb Forms
Tense
Voice
Mood
Agreement
Subject-Verb Agreement
Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
Adjectives and Adverbs
Distinguishing between adjectives and adverbs
Use an adverb (not an adjective) to modify verbs as well as verbals
Use an adverb (not an adjective) to modify another adverb or an adjective
Use an adjective (not an adverb) after a linking verb to describe a subject
Use comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs
Avoid double comparisons, double superlatives, and double negatives
Avoid overusing nouns as modifiers
Sentence Fragments
Check for completeness of sentences
Eliminate fragments: Revise dependent clauses set off as sentences
Eliminate fragments: Revise phrases set off as sentences
Eliminate fragments: Revise repeating structures or compound predicates set off as sentences

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