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Wordsmith A Guide to College Writing

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ISBN-10: 0205251277

ISBN-13: 9780205251278

Edition: 5th 2012 (Revised)

Authors: Pamela Arlov

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Wordsmithwas written to counter students’ objections to textbooks being too dry, too irrelevant, and too big, and is Pearson’s value-priced option that students will appreciate across the developmental writing curriculum. Pamela Arlov wrote theWordsmithseries for instructors who genuinely want to connect with their students. To engage students and enable instructors to meet students where they are, Pam Arlov provides students with just the right balance of instruction and practice via relevant instruction, plenty of visuals, and an inviting writing style that students really respond to.Wordsmithcovers the rhetorical modes, is realistic, and does not overwhelm students with too much…    
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Book details

List price: $68.99
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/5/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Updates to the Fifth Edition
The Writing Process
The Writing Process
Review of the Paragraph
Writing Assignment 1: Writing and You
Writing Assignment 2: Reasons for Attending College
Preparing to Write
Why Prewrite?
Prewriting Methods
Progressive Writing Assignment
Building a Framework: Thesis and Organization
The Structure of an Essay
Constructing the Thesis Statement
Evaluating Your Thesis Points
Organizing Your Essay
Progressive Writing Assignment
Introducing the Essay
Purposes of an Introduction
Types of Introduction
Progressive Writing Assignment
Developing Body Paragraphs
Characteristics of an Effective Body Paragraph
Progressive Writing Assignment
Concluding the Essay
Methods of Conclusion
Traps to Avoid
Progressive Writing Assignment
Revising, Proofreading, and Formatting
Progressive Writing Assignment
Showing and Telling: Description, Narration, and Example
Description, Narration, and Example in Action
Elements of Descriptive Writing
Topics for Combining Methods of Development
Limiting and Ordering: Definition, Classification, and Process
Definition, Classification, and Process in Action
Topics for Combining Methods of Development
Examining Logical Connections: Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect, and Argument
Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect, and Argument in Action
Argument and Persuasion
Topics For Combining Methods of Development
Writing a Summary
Writing a Summary
Five Steps in Writing a Summary
Paraphrasing: An Essential Skill
Summary Report Assignments
Writing a Research Paper
Five Steps in Writing a Research Paper
Paraphrasing and Summarizing: Essential Research Skills
Using Documentation Styles
Using Online Sources
Guide to APA (American Psychological Association) Style
Guide to MLA (Modem Language Association) Style
Assignments for Writing a Research Paper
Verbs and Subjects
Action and Linking Verbs
Recognizing Verbs and Subjects
Regular and Irregular Verbs
Review Exercises
Subject-Verb Agreement
The Basic Pattern
Problems in Subject-Verb Agreement
Review Exercises
Coordination and Subordination
Writing Effective Sentences
Connecting Ideas through Coordination
Connecting Ideas through Subordination
Creating Emphasis through Subordination
Review Exercises
Run-on Sentences
What Is a Run-on Sentence?
Correcting Run-ons
A Special Case: The Word That
Review Exercises
Sentence Fragments
What Is a Sentence Fragment?
Review Exercises
Pronoun Case
Subject and Object Pronouns
Using Who and Whom
Intensive and Reflexive Pronouns
Review Exercises
Pronoun Agreement, Reference, and Point of View
Pronoun Agreement
Pronoun Reference
Pronoun Point of View
Review Exercises
Editing Exercises: Basic Grammar
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Misplaced Modifiers
Dangling Modifiers
Review Exercises
Parallel Structure
Review Exercises
Verb Shifts
Shifts in Tense
Active Voice and Passive Voice
Review Exercises
Editing Exercises: Advanced Grammar
Sentences with Style
Style Tip 1: Limit Your Use of the Verb "To Be"
Style Tip 2: Replace Ordinary Verbs with Vivid, Descriptive Verbs
Style Tip 3: Revise Sentences That Begin with There is or It is
Style Tip 4: Vary Sentence Openings
Style Tip 5: Vary Sentence Structure and Length
Commas to Set Off Introductory Words, Phrases, and Clauses
Commas to Join Items in a Series
Commas to Join Independent Clauses
Commas around Interrupters
Commas with Direct Quotations
Commas in Names and Dates
Review Exercises
Other Punctuation
End Punctuation: Period, Question Mark, and Exclamation Point
The Semicolon
Colons and Dashes: Formal and Informal Punctuation
Parentheses: Tools of Understatement
Review Exercises
Word Choice
Slang and Textspeak
Conversational Constructions
Review Exercises
Words Commonly Confused
Words Commonly Confused
Review Exercises
Capitalization of Words That Begin Sentences
Capitalization of Words Referring to Individuals
Capitalization of Words Referring to Groups
Capitalization of Words Referring to Time and Place
Capitalization of Words Referring to Things and Activities
Review Exercises
Apostrophes in Contractions
Apostrophes to Show Possession
Review Exercises
Quotation Marks, Italics, and Underlining
Quotation Marks to Signal Quotations
Quotation Marks, Italics, or Underlining to Set Off Titles
Review Exercises
Editing Exercises: Punctuation, Word Choice, and Mechanics
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