The Least You Should Know About English Writing Skills, Form B

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  • Edition: 11th
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  • Copyright: 1/1/2012
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning

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Uncomplicated, well established, and student tested, THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH, FORM B, has helped thousands of students master and reinforce English writing skills with brief explanations accompanied by engaging exercises.

Table of Contents

To the Instructorp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. x
What Is the Least You Should Know?p. 1
Spelling and Word Choicep. 3
Your Own List of Misspelled Wordsp. 4
Words That Can Be Broken into Partsp. 4
Guidelines for Doubling a Final Letterp. 5
Words Often Confused (Set 1)p. 8
Proofreading Exercisep. 17
Sentence Writingp. 17
Words Often Confused (Set 2)p. 18
Proofreading Exercisep. 26
Sentence Writingp. 26
The Eight Parts of Speechp. 27
Paragraph Exercisep. 32
Sentence Writingp. 32
Adjectives and Adverbsp. 33
Proofreading Exercisep. 39
Sentence Writingp. 39
Contractionsp. 40
Proofreading Exercisep. 45
Sentence Writingp. 45
Possessivesp. 46
Proofreading Exercisep. 51
Sentence Writingp. 51
Review of Contractions and Possessivesp. 52
Progress Testp. 54
Sentence Structurep. 55
Finding Subjects and Verbsp. 57
Paragraph Exercisep. 62
Sentence Writingp. 62
Locating Prepositional Phrasesp. 63
Paragraph Exercisep. 68
Sentence Writingp. 68
Understanding Dependent Clausesp. 69
Paragraph Exercisep. 75
Sentence Writingp. 75
Correcting Fragmentsp. 76
Proofreading Exercisep. 82
Sentence Writingp. 82
Correcting Run-on Sentencesp. 83
Review of Fragments and Run-On Sentencesp. 89
Proofreading Exercisep. 90
Sentence Writingp. 90
Identifying Verb Phrasesp. 91
Review Exercisep. 95
Using Standard English Verbsp. 97
Proofreading Exercisep. 102
Sentence Writingp. 102
Using Regular and Irregular Verbsp. 103
Progress Testp. 112
Maintaining Subject-Verb Agreementp. 113
Proofreading Exercisep. 119
Sentence Writingp. 119
Avoiding Shifts in Timep. 120
Proofreading Exercisesp. 121
Recognizing Verbal Phrasesp. 123
Paragraph Exercisep. 128
Sentence Writingp. 128
Correcting Misplaced or Dangling Modifiersp. 129
Proofreading Exercisep. 132
Sentence Writingp. 132
Following Sentence Patternsp. 133
Paragraph Exercisep. 138
Sentence Writingp. 139
Avoiding Clichés, Awkward Phrasing, and Wordinessp. 140
Proofreading Exercisesp. 143
Correcting for Parallel Structurep. 145
Proofreading Exercisep. 150
Sentence Writingp. 150
Using Pronounsp. 151
Proofreading Exercisep. 157
Sentence Writingp. 157
Avoiding Shifts in Personp. 158
Proofreading Exercisesp. 159
Review of Sentence Structure Errorsp. 161
Proofreading Exercisep. 163
Punctuation and Capital Lettersp. 165
Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Point, Semicolon, Colon, Dashp. 165
Proofreading Exercisep. 171
Sentence Writingp. 171
Comma Rules 1, 2, and 3p. 172
Proofreading Exercisep. 177
Sentence Writingp. 178
Comma Rules 4, 5, and 6p. 179
Proofreading Exercisep. 184
Sentence Writingp. 185
Review of the Commap. 185
Comma Review Exercisep. 186
Sentence Writingp. 186
Quotation Marks and Underlining/Italicsp. 187
Paragraph Exercisep. 192
Sentence Writingp. 192
Capital Lettersp. 193
Review of Punctuation and Capital Lettersp. 198
Comprehensive Testp. 199
Writingp. 201
What Is the Least You Should Know about Writing?p. 201
Writing as Structurep. 202
First-Person and Third-Person Approachesp. 202
Basic Structuresp. 203
The Paragraphp. 203
Defining a Paragraphp. 203
Types of Paragraphsp. 204
Sample Paragraphs in an Essayp. 204
Sample of a Single-Paragraph Assignmentp. 205
The Essayp. 206
The Five-Paragraph Essay and Beyondp. 207
Defining an Essayp. 207
A Sample Essay: "Wandering Home"p. 208
Writing Skillsp. 210
Writing in Your Own Voicep. 210
Narrationp. 211
A Sample Essay: "A Missing Part of Me"p. 212
Descriptionp. 213
Writing Exercisesp. 214
Narration: Famous Sayingsp. 214
Description: A Valuable Objectp. 215
Finding a Topicp. 215
Look to Your Interestsp. 215
Focused Free Writing (or Brainstorming)p. 216
Clusteringp. 216
Talking with Other Studentsp. 217
List Your Interestsp. 217
Do Some Free Writingp. 217
Try Clustering Ideasp. 218
Organizing Ideasp. 218
Thesis Statementsp. 218
Topic, Fact, or Thesis?p. 219
Write a Thesis Statementp. 219
Organizing an Essayp. 220
Topic Sentencesp. 220
Organizing Body Paragraphs (or Single Paragraphs)p. 220
Transitional Expressionsp. 221
Adding Transitional Expressionsp. 222
How Do You Get Ready to Write?p. 222
Supporting with Detailsp. 222
Types of Supportp. 223
A Sample Final Draft: "Drawing a Blank"p. 224
Write an Essay on One of Your Interestsp. 225
Choosing and Using Quotationsp. 226
Choosing Quotationsp. 226
Using Quotationsp. 227
Signal Phrases and Punctuationp. 227
A Sample Paragraph Using Quotationsp. 229
Guidelines for Including Quotationsp. 229
Write a Paragraph Using Quotationsp. 230
Writing an Argumentp. 230
Taking a Stand and Proving Your Pointp. 230
A Sample Argument: "Is Crying a Weakness or a Strength?"p. 231
Three Requirements of a Strong Written Argumentp. 232
Take a Stand on Gradesp. 233
Reading Longer, More Challenging Worksp. 233
"The Green Pioneer"p. 233
Writing Summariesp. 235
A Sample Reading: "Bollywood Film Facts"p. 236
A Sample Summaryp. 238
Write a Short Summary: Ask Yourself, "What's the Big Idea?"p. 238
Summary Checklistp. 239
Revising, Proofreading, and Presenting Your Workp. 239
A Sample Rough Draft: "If at First You Don't Succeed … Try, Try Again"p. 240
Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?p. 242
Revision Checklistp. 242
Exchanging Papers (Peer Evaluations)p. 242
Proofreading Aloudp. 243
Presenting Your Workp. 243
Paper Formatsp. 243
Tidesp. 243
Answersp. 245
Indexp. 323
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