Least You Should Know about English Writing Skills

ISBN-10: 0495902861
ISBN-13: 9780495902867
Edition: 10th 2011
List price: $113.95
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Book details

List price: $113.95
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.40" wide x 9.17" long x 0.51" tall
Weight: 1.342

With an amazing gift for explaining the basics of grammar, punctuation, and writing, Paige Wilson, Associate Professor at Pasadena City College, focuses on the vital structures of English, reinforcing fundamental concepts with an abundance of easy-to-follow exercises.

Word Choice and Spelling
Your Own List of Misspelled Words
Words Often Confused (Set 1)
Words Often Confused (Set 2)
The Eight Parts of Speech
Adjectives and Adverbs
Contractions
Possessives
Words That Can Be Broken into Parts
Rules for Doubling a Final Letter
Using a Dictionary
Sentence Structure
Finding Subjects and Verbs
Locating Prepositional Phrases
Understanding Dependent Clauses
Correcting Fragments
Correcting Run-on Sentences
Identifying Verb Phrases
Using Standard English Verbs
Using Regular and Irregular Verbs
Maintaining Subject-Verb Agreement
Avoiding Shifts in Time.
Recognizing Verbal Phrases
Correcting Misplaced or Dangling Modifiers
Following Sentence Patterns
Avoiding Clich?s, Awkward Phrasing, and Wordiness
Correcting for Parallel Structure
Using Pronouns
Avoiding Shifts in Person
Punctuation and Capital Letters
Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Point, Semicolon, Colon, Dash
Comma Rules 1, 2, and 3
Comma Rules 4, 5, and 6
Quotation Marks and Underlining/Italics
Capital Letters
Writing
What Is the Least You Should Know about Writing?
Basic Structures
The Paragraph: Defining a Paragraph
Types of Paragraphs
Sample Paragraphs in an Essay
The Essay: The Five-Paragraph Essay and Beyond
Defining an Essay
A Sample Essay
Writing Skills
Writing in Your Own Voice: Narration
Description
Finding a Topic: Look to Your Interests
Focused Free Writing
Clustering
Talking with Other Students
Organizing Ideas: Thesis Statements
Organizing an Essay
Topic Sentences
Organizing Body Paragraphs (or Single Paragraphs)
Transitional Expressions
Supporting with Details: Types of Support
Revising Your Papers
Revision Checklist
Exchanging Papers
Proofreading Aloud
Presenting Your Work: Paper Formats
Titles
Writing an Argument: Taking a Stand and Proving Your Point
Three Requirements of a Strong Written Argument
A Longer, More Challenging Reading
Writing Summaries: Sample Summary
Summary Checklist
Answers
Index

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