English Skills

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  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/13/2011
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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English Skills features John Langan's trademark crystal-clear explanations, along with his range of motivating activities and writing assignments that reinforce the four bases of effectve writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. The new edition adds a variety of exciting new features to John Langan's proven approach, and reinstates much-requested material from previous editions.

Table of Contents

To the Instructor

PART ONE: Basic Principles of Effective Writing

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Writing

Understanding Point and Support

An Overview: How the Book is Organized

Benefits of Paragraph Writing

Writing as a Skill

Writing as a Process of Discovery

Keeping a Journal

Using This Text

Chapter 2: The Writing Process

COnsidering Purpose and Audience


Writing a First Draft



Review Activities

Chapter 3: The First and Second Steps in Writing

Step 1: Begin With a Point

Step 2: Support the Point with Specific Evidence

Reinforcing Point and Support

The Importance of Specific Details

The Importance of Adequate Details

Practice in Making and Supporting a Point

Chapter 4: The Third Step in Writing

Step 3: Organize and Connect the Specific Evidence

Practice in Organizing and Connecting Specific Evidence

Chapter 5: The Fourth Step in Writing

Step 4: Write Clear, Error-Free Sentences

Revising Sentences

Editing Sentences

Practice in Revising Sentences

Chapter 6: Four Bases for Revising Writing

Base 1: Unity

Base 2: Support

Base 3: Coherence

Base 4: Sentence Skills

Practice in Using the Four Bases

PART TWO: Paragraph Development

Chapter 7: Introduction to Paragraph Development

Nine Patterns of Paragraph Development

Important Considerations in Paragraph Development

Using a Computer

Using Peer Review

Doing a Personal Review

Chapter 8: Exemplification

Chapter 9: Process

Chapter 10: Cause and Effect

Chapter 11: Comparison and Contrast

Chapter 12: Definition

Chapter 13: Division and Classification

Chapter 14: Description

Chapter 15: Narration

Chapter 16: Argument

Chapter 17: Additional Paragraph Assignments

PART THREE: Essay Development

Chapter 18: Writing the Essay

What Is an Essay?

Important Points About the Essay

Essays to Consider

Planning the Essay

Practice in Writing the Essay

Essay Writing Assignments

PART FOUR: Research Skills

Chapter 19: Using the Library and the Internet

Chapter 20: Writing a Research Paper

PART FIVE: Handbook of Sentence Skills


Sentence-Skills Diagnostic Test

Section I: GRAMMAR

Chapter 21: Subjects and Verbs

Chapter 22: Sentence Sense

Chapter 23: Fragments

Chapter 24: Run-Ons

Chapter 25: Standard English Verbs

Chapter 26: Irregular Verbs

Chapter 27: Subject-Verb Agreement

Chapter 28: Pronoun Agreement and Reference

Chapter 29: Pronoun Types

Chapter 30: Adjectives and Adverbs

Chapter 31: Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers


Chapter 32: Paper Format

Chapter 33: Capital Letters

Chapter 34: Numbers and Abbreviations


Chapter 35: Apostrophe

Chapter 36: Quotation Marks

Chapter 37: Comma

Chapter 38: Other Punctuation Marks

Section IV: WORD USE

Chapter 39: Using the Dictionary

Chapter 40: Improving Spelling

Chapter 41: Vocabulary Development

Chapter 42: Commonly Confused Words

Chapter 43: Effective Word Choice

Chapter 44: ESL Pointers


Chapter 45: Combined Mastery Tests

Chapter 46: Editing Tests

Sentence-Skills Achievement Test

Reading Comprehension Chart

Appendix: Answers and Charts


Answers to Sentence Skills Diagnostic Test and Introductory Projects




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