Painless Writing

ISBN-10: 0764142348

ISBN-13: 9780764142345

Edition: 2nd 2009 (Revised)

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Updated with many new references, this entertaining book advises students on ways to enliven their essay assignments with vivid images, avoid the dull passive voice, and construct smooth, well-crafted sentences that flow together to create unified themes. Short quizzes called “Brain Ticklers” appear throughout the text. Titles in Barron’sPainless Seriesare written especially for middle school and high school students who are having a difficult time with a specific subject. In many cases, a student is confused by the subject’s complexity and details. Still other students simply finds a subject uninteresting, an attitude that usually results in lower grades.Painlesstitles offer informal, student-friendly approaches to each subject, emphasizing interesting details, supplementing the text with amusing insights, and outlining potential pitfalls clearly and step by step. Students begin to understand how disparate details all fit together to form a clear picture. Timelines, ideas for interesting projects, and “Brain Tickler” quizzes in many of these titles help to take the pain out of study and improve each student’s grades.
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List price: $9.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Introductionp. vii
Clean Up Preposition Clutterp. 1
Preposition Overuse Ruins Your Stylep. 3
Identifying Prepositionsp. 4
Five Steps to Eliminating Unnecessary Prepositionsp. 9
Applying the Five-Step Processp. 27
Spice Up Your Writingp. 33
Dull Words Mean Dull Writingp. 35
Identifying Those Hard-Working Verbsp. 36
Selecting Action Verbsp. 50
Silence the Passive Voicep. 57
The Passive Voice Robs Your Writing of Energyp. 59
Recognizing and Changing the Passive Voicep. 61
When the Passive Voice Is Necessaryp. 67
Putting It All Togetherp. 72
What About Writing a Scientific Paper?p. 74
Reduce Nominalizations and Activate Your Writingp. 77
Nominalizations Exposed!p. 79
Writing Situations That Create Unnecessary Nominalizationsp. 86
Applying the Techniquep. 91
Necessary Nominalization Situationsp. 96
Smooth Out Your Writingp. 99
Confronting Choppy Writingp. 101
Smooth Your Writing by Linking Your Sentencesp. 107
Using Relative Pronounsp. 115
Using Semicolonsp. 117
Transitioning Paragraphsp. 118
Keep Your Writing Flowingp. 124
Harness the Power of the Commap. 125
Polishing Your Writing with Commasp. 127
Growing Beyond the Simple Sentencep. 129
Three Methods for Creating Sophisticated Sentencesp. 131
Add Rhythm to Your Writingp. 149
Change Your Pace to Keep Them Readingp. 151
Vary Sentence Lengthp. 152
Fragments Can Create Rhythmp. 157
Avoid Sentences Written in the Same Formp. 159
Paragraphs Create Rhythm Toop. 166
Gremlins in Your Writingp. 171
Repeat Offendersp. 173
The Top Ten Gremlinsp. 173
You Have Style, Substance, and Gracep. 188
Create a Template for Your Term Paperp. 189
The Framework for Successp. 191
The Power Templatep. 193
It's Up to You!p. 207
Appendix-Further Readingp. 209
Brain Ticklers-The Answersp. 211
Indexp. 243
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