Least You Should Know about English Writing Skills, Form A

ISBN-10: 1413033814
ISBN-13: 9781413033816
Edition: 10th 2009 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $102.95
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cengage Heinle
Publication date: 1/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.386

Quickly master English writing skills with THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH: WRITING SKILLS, FORM A, Tenth Edition. Brief and uncomplicated, this text has helped students learn the basics of English writing for thirty years with its clear, concise concept explanations and useful, relevant corresponding exercises. Topics include spelling, word choice, sentence structure, and punctuation, as well as more advanced topics, such as the writing process, argumentation, and summarizing skills. Check your work easily with exercise answers located in the back of the book, making it an excellent writing resource even after the course has ended.

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.

To the Instructor
What Is the Least You Should Know?
Word Choice and Spelling
Your Own List of Misspelled Words
Words Often Confused (Set 1)
Proofreading Exercise
Sentence Writing
Words Often Confused (Set 2)
Proofreading Exercise
Sentence Writing
The Eight Parts of Speech
Paragraph Exercise
Sentence Writing
Adjectives and Adverbs
Proofreading Exercise
Sentence Writing
Contractions
Proofreading Exercise
Sentence Writing
Possessives
Proofreading Exercise
Sentence Writing
Review of Contractions and Possessives
Words That Can Be Broken into Parts
Rule for Doubling a Final Letter
Progress Test
Using a Dictionary
Sentence Structure
Finding Subjects and Verbs
Paragraph Exercise
Sentence Writing
Locating Prepositional Phrases
Paragraph Exercise
Sentence Writing
Understanding Dependent Clauses
Paragraph Exercise
Sentence Writing
Correcting Fragments
Proofreading Exercise
Sentence Writing
Correcting Run-on Sentences
Review of Fragments and Run-On Sentences
Proofreading Exercise
Sentence Writing
Identifying Verb Phrases
Review Exercise
Using Standard English Verbs
Proofreading Exercise
Sentence Writing
Using Regular and Irregular Verbs
Progress Test
Maintaining Subject-Verb Agreement
Proofreading Exercise
Sentence Writing
Avoiding Shifts in Time
Proofreading Exercises
Recognizing Verbal Phrases
Paragraph Exercise
Sentence Writing
Correcting Misplaced or Dangling Modifiers
Proofreading Exercise
Sentence Writing
Following Sentence Patterns
Paragraph Exercise
Sentence Writing
Avoiding Cliches, Awkward Phrasing, and Wordiness
Proofreading Exercises
Correcting for Parallel Structure
Proofreading Exercise
Sentence Writing
Using Pronouns
Proofreading Exercise
Sentence Writing
Avoiding Shifts in Person
Proofreading Exercises
Review of Sentence Structure Errors
Proofreading Exercise
Punctuation and Capital Letters
Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Point, Semicolon, Colon, Dash
Proofreading Exercise
Sentence Writing
Comma Rules 1, 2, and 3
Proofreading Exercise
Sentence Writing
Comma Rules 4, 5, and 6
Proofreading Exercise
Sentence Writing
Review of the Comma
Comma Review Exercise
Sentence Writing
Quotation Marks and Underlining/Italics
Paragraph Exercise
Sentence Writing
Capital Letters
Review of Punctuation and Capital Letters
Comprehensive Test
Writing
What Is the Least You Should Know about Writing?
Basic Structures
The Paragraph
Defining a Paragraph
Types of Paragraphs
The Essay
The Five-Paragraph Essay and Beyond
Defining an Essay
A Sample Essay
"Paper Chase"
Writing Skills
Writing in Your Own Voice
Narration
Description
Writing Assignments
Narration: Famous Sayings
Description: A Picture Worth 250 Words?
Finding a Topic
Look to Your Interests
Focused Free Writing (or Brainstorming)
Clustering
Talking with Other Students
List Your Interests
Do Some Free Writing
Try Clustering Ideas
Organizing Ideas
Thesis Statements
Topic, Fact, or Thesis?
Write a Thesis Statement
Organizing an Essay
Topic Sentences
Organizing Body Paragraphs (or Single Paragraphs)
Transitional Expressions
Adding Transitional Expressions
How Do You Get Ready?
Supporting with Details
Types of Support
Write an Essay on One of Your Interests
An Influential Person
Revising Your Papers
Are You an Optimist or a Pessimist?
Revision Checklist
Exchanging Papers
Proofreading Aloud
What's in a Name?
Clothes Make Us Human
A Movie or TV Show That Has Made an Impression
An Achievement
Presenting Your Work
Paper Formats
Titles
Writing an Argument
Taking a Stand and Proving Your Point
"College at Sixteen? I Think Not!"
Three Requirements of a Strong Written Argument
Take a Stand on Grades
A Longer, More Challenging Reading
"Science Fiction: The Future of Spelling"
Writing Summaries
Sample Summary
"Bollywood Film Facts"
Write a Short Summary: Ask Yourself, "What's the Big Idea?"
"The First Horoscopes"
Summary Checklist
Respond to a Reading in One of Three Ways
"Study Hard, and You, Too, Can Deliver Pizza"
Answers
Index

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