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Wordsmith : Essentials of College English

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Summary

In the REAL WORLD, do we practice writing skills in isolation? With coverage of more than just basic writing skills, WORDSMITH: ESSENTIALS OF COLLEGE ENGLISH provides students with the opportunity to see the essentials of college communication in relation to each other. The text covers sentences, paragraphs, and essays and includes oral presentations and e-mails. Throughout the text, WORDSMITH: ESSENTIALS OF COLLEGE ENGLISH also provides extensive exercises for students to practice these skills: Practice and Review Exercises are brief, short-answer style exercises. Editing, Group and Writing Assignments require working with or creating writing samples. With coverage of writing, oral presentations and e-mails, and a variety of exercises, WORDSMITH: ESSENTIALS OF COLLEGE ENGLISH illustrates how the essentials of good writing are rarely performed in isolation.

Table of Contents

Preface
To the Instructor
xvii
To the Student
xxv
Part 1 Essentials of Composition
Chapter 1 The Writing Process
3(12)
The Writing Process
3(8)
Prewriting
4(1)
Planning
4(1)
Drafting
4(1)
Revising
5(1)
Proofreading
5(1)
An Important Point
6(1)
The Writing Process: Rodrigo's Paragraph
6(5)
Journal Writing: Jump-Starting the Writing Process
11(2)
Using the Writing Process
13(2)
Chapter 2 Preparing to Write
15(14)
Finding a Topic
15(3)
Narrowing a Topic
16(2)
Analyzing and Understanding an Assignment
18(2)
Prewriting
20(1)
Prewriting Methods
21(5)
Brainstorming
21(1)
Freewriting
22(1)
Clustering
23(2)
Outlining
25(1)
Writing Assignments
26(1)
Steps for Writing a Paragraph
27(2)
Chapter 3 Writing a Paragraph: The Topic Sentence
29(12)
Introducing the Four Characteristics of Effective Writing
29(1)
Direction: Shaping the Topic Sentence of a Paragraph
30(9)
Writing a Topic Sentence
30(1)
Avoiding Topic Sentences That Are Too Broad or Too Narrow
31(5)
Where Should a Topic Sentence Go?
36(3)
Writing Assignments
39(1)
Steps for Writing a Paragraph
39(2)
Chapter 4 Writing a Paragraph: Support
41(20)
Four Characteristics of Effective Writing
42(1)
Support: Using Specific Detail
42(15)
The Difference Between Topic Sentences and Supporting Sentences
42(2)
Recognizing Specific Detail
44(1)
Steps in Making Details Specific
45(12)
Writing Assignments
57(4)
Chapter 5 Writing a Paragraph: Unity and Coherence
61(8)
Four Characteristics of Effective Writing
61(1)
Unity: Sticking to the Point
62(2)
Coherence: Connecting Ideas
64(3)
Using Transitional Expressions
65(2)
Writing Assignments
67(2)
Chapter 6 Revising, Proofreading, and Formatting
69(12)
Proofreading
73(3)
The Top-down Technique
73(1)
The Bottom-up Technique
73(1)
The Targeting Technique
74(1)
Proofreading the Word-Processed Paragraph
74(2)
Formatting
76(2)
Handwritten Documents
76(1)
Computer-Generated Documents
77(1)
Writing Assignments
78(3)
Chapter 7 Essay, Essay Exams, and Summary Reports
81(30)
Writing an Essay
81(6)
Taking Essay Exams
87(9)
Preparing for the Exam
87(2)
Taking the Exam
89(7)
Writing a Summary Report
96(1)
Five Steps in Writing an Article Summary
96(5)
Step 1: Choose a Topic and Find Sources of Information
96(1)
Step 2: Evaluate Sources and Choose Your Article
97(2)
Step 3: Read the Article and Take Notes
99(1)
Step 4: Draft Your Paper
100(1)
Step 5: Format, Proofread, and Cite Your Source
100(1)
A Brief Guide to MLA (Modern Language Association) Style
101(10)
Formatting Your Paper
101(1)
The Works Cited List
101(1)
A Model Summary Report
102(9)
Chapter 8 Communication Beyond the Classroom: Oral Presentations and E-Mail
111(26)
Oral Presentations
112(1)
Impromptu Speeches and Prepared Speeches
112(9)
Impromptu Speeches
112(2)
Assignments for Timed Impromptu Speaking
114(1)
Prepared Speeches
115(5)
Assignments for Prepared Speeches
120(1)
Writing E-Mail Messages
121(13)
Appropriate Use of E-Mail
121(1)
Parts of an E-Mail Message
122(3)
E-Mail Etiquette
125(9)
Writing Assignments
134(3)
Part 2 Essentials of Grammar 137(300)
Chapter 9 Parts of Speech
139(18)
Nouns
140(1)
Pronouns
141(3)
Types of Pronouns
142(2)
Verbs
144(4)
The Principal Parts of Verbs
145(1)
Verb Tenses
146(2)
Adverbs
148(1)
Adjectives
148(1)
Prepositions
149(1)
Recognizing Prepositional Phrases
149(1)
Conjunctions
150(3)
Coordinating Conjunctions (FANBOYS Conjunctions)
150(1)
Correlative Conjunctions
151(1)
Subordinating Conjunctions
152(1)
Conjunctive Adverbs
152(1)
Interjections
153(4)
Chapter 10 Verbs and Subjects
157(14)
Action and Linking Verbs
157(6)
Action Verbs
157(1)
Linking Verbs
158(2)
Helping Verbs and Compound Verbs
160(2)
Infinitives and -ing Verbs
162(1)
Subjects of Verbs
163(8)
Subjects and Prepositional Phrases
164(1)
Recognizing Prepositional Phrases
165(6)
Chapter 11 Subject-Verb Agreement
171(14)
The Basic Pattern
171(4)
The Verb to be
174(1)
Problems in Subject-Verb Agreement
175(10)
Prepositional Phrase between Subject and Verb
175(1)
Other Interrupters between Subject and Verb
176(1)
Indefinite Pronouns as Subjects
177(1)
Subject Following the Verb
178(1)
Compound Subjects
179(6)
Chapter 12 Irregular Verbs
185(10)
Regular and Irregular Verbs
185(10)
Puzzling Pairs
188(7)
Chapter 13 Verb Tenses
195(14)
Verb Tenses
195(1)
The Simple Tenses: Present, Past, and Future
196(2)
Present Tense
197(1)
Past Tense
197(1)
Future Tense
197(1)
The Perfect Tenses: Present Perfect, Past Perfect, and Future Perfect
198(3)
Present Perfect Tense
198(1)
Past Perfect Tense
199(1)
Future Perfect Tense
200(1)
The Progressive Tenses: Present, Past, and Future Progressive
201(2)
Present Progressive
201(1)
Past Progressive
202(1)
Future Progressive
202(1)
Avoiding Unnecessary Tense Shifts
203(6)
Chapter 14 Coordination and Subordination
209(14)
Writing Effective Sentences
209(1)
Connecting Ideas Through Coordination
210(3)
Comma and FANBOYS
210(1)
Semicolon and Joining Word
211(2)
Connecting Ideas Through Subordination
213(3)
Creating Emphasis Through Subordination
216(7)
Chapter 15 Writing Concise Sentences
223(10)
Making Sentences Concise
223(2)
Using Verbal Phrases
225(8)
-ing Verbal Phrases
225(1)
-ed/-en Verbal Phrases
226(7)
Chapter 16 Run-on Sentences
233(20)
What Is a Run-on Sentence?
233(2)
Correcting Run-ons
235(18)
Method 1: Period and Capital Letter
235(2)
Method 2: Comma and FANBOYS Conjunction
237(1)
Method 3: Semicolon
238(1)
Method 4: Semicolon and Joining Word
239(2)
Method 5: Dependent Word
241(12)
Chapter 17 Sentence Fragments
253(20)
What Is a Sentence Fragment?
253(20)
Dependent Clause Fragments
254(2)
Verbal Phrase Fragments (to, -ing, and -ed/-en Fragments)
256(5)
Missing-Subject Fragments
261(1)
Example and Exception Fragments
262(2)
Prepositional-Phrase Fragments
264(9)
Chapter 18 Pronoun Case
273(12)
Subject and Object Pronouns
273(4)
Subject Pronouns
274(2)
Object Pronouns
276(1)
The -self Pronouns - Intensive and Reflexive Pronouns
277(8)
Using Intensive Pronouns
278(1)
Using Reflexive Pronouns
279(6)
Chapter 19 Pronoun Agreement, Reference, and Point of View
285(18)
Pronoun Agreement
286(5)
Problems in Pronoun Agreement
287(4)
Pronoun Reference
291(3)
Pronoun Reference Problem: No Antecedent
291(2)
Pronoun Reference Problem: Two Possible Antecedents
293(1)
Pronoun Point of View
294(9)
Chapter 20 Relative Pronouns
303(14)
Relative Pronouns
303(4)
Who, Whom, or Whose?
304(3)
Essential and Nonessential Clauses
307(1)
Essential Clauses
307(1)
Nonessential Clauses
307(1)
Punctuation of Relative Clauses
308(9)
Chapter 21 Adjectives, Adverbs, and Articles
317(14)
Adjectives
317(4)
Positive, Comparative, and Superlative Adjective Forms
318(3)
Adverbs
321(2)
Puzzling Pairs
323(2)
Puzzling Pairs: Good and Well, Bad and Badly
324(1)
Puzzling Pairs: Worse and Worst
324(1)
Articles
325(6)
Using A and An
326(5)
Chapter 22 Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
331(10)
Misplaced Modifiers
332(2)
Dangling Modifiers
334(7)
Chapter 23 Parallel Structure
341(10)
Chapter 24 Capital Letters
351(12)
Capitalization of a Word That Begins a Sentence
351(1)
Capitalization of Words Referring to Individuals
352(2)
Capitalization of Words Referring to Groups
354(1)
Capitalization of Words Referring to Time and Place
355(2)
Capitalization of Words Referring to Things and Activities
357(6)
Chapter 25 Words Commonly Confused
363(20)
Slang
373(2)
Clichés
375(1)
Wordiness
376(7)
Wordy Expressions
376(1)
It Is and There Is
377(6)
Chapter 27 Commas
383(18)
Commas to Set Off Introductory Words, Phrases, and Clauses
383(1)
Commas to Join Three or More Items in a Series
384(2)
Commas to Join Independent Clauses
386(1)
Commas around Interrupters
387(4)
Punctuating Essential and Nonessential Modifiers
388(3)
Commas with Direct Quotations
391(1)
Commas in Names and Dates
392(9)
Chapter 28 Other Punctuation
401(10)
End Punctuation: Period, Question Mark, and Exclamation Point
401(2)
The Period
401(1)
The Question Mark
402(1)
The Exclamation Point
402(1)
The Semicolon
403(2)
Semicolon to Join Independent Clauses
403(1)
Semicolon to Join Items in a List
404(1)
The Colon
405(6)
Chapter 29 Apostrophes
411(10)
Apostrophes in Contractions
411(2)
Apostrophes to Show Possession
413(8)
Making Nouns Possessive
413(2)
Distinguishing Possessives from Simple Plurals
415(1)
Possessive Forms of Pronouns
416(5)
Chapter 30 Quotation Marks, Underlining, and Italics
421(16)
Quotation Marks to Signal a Direct Quotation
421(3)
Split Quotations
422(2)
Direct and Indirect Quotations
424(3)
Setting Off Titles with Quotation Marks, Underlining, and Italics
427(12)
Using Quotation Marks to Set Off Titles
427(1)
Using Italics or Underlining to Set Off Titles
428(9)
Part 3 Essential Readings for Writers 437(52)
A Day Away,
Maya Angelou
439(4)
Borrowed History,
Snow Anderson
443(5)
Employment Test,
Barbara Ehrenreich
448(5)
Broken Windows,
Leonard Pitts
453(5)
Confrontation at Register Two,
Constance Daley
458(5)
Walking the Tightrope between Black and White,
Cecelie Berry
463(5)
My Dead Dog May Already Be a Winner!,
Lee Coppola
468(5)
Imprisoned by Ex-Convict Staters,
Walter Scanlon
473(5)
Down-Covered Dinosaur,
Michael D. Lemonick and Andrea Dorfman
478(5)
From the Welfare Rolls, a Mother's View,
Elyzabeth Joy Stagg
483(6)
Acknowledgments 489(2)
Index 491

Excerpts

Preface: To the InstructorThank you for choosingWordsmith: Essentials of College Englishas your textbook.Most writing instructors constantly refine their teaching methods, striving to make difficult concepts clear and tedious details interesting. Most of all, they try to ignite the spark that will help students see writing as a meaningful, life-enriching activity. A good textbook should reinforce those efforts.The authors have spent considerable time trying to analyze what a good textbook should do, above and beyond presenting information in a given field. Here is what we have come up with: The book should be orderly and user-friendly, with a flexible format. Explanations should be clear and supported by numerous exercises and examples. The book should contain much more than is strictly necessary: it should be a smorgasbord, not just a meal. Finally, if it includes a little bit of fun, so much the better. We have writtenWordsmithwith those principles in mind. Some Features ofWordsmith: Essentials of College Communication A direct, conversational, student-friendly approach is used throughout. The book is written on an adult level that appeals to both nontraditional students and traditional-age students. Lighthearted chapter openings encourage a positive and playful approach to learning. A flexible three-part layout allows you the freedom to mix and match writing chapters, grammar chapters, and readings as you wish.Although each of you will use the book in a different way and adapt it to your own students' needs, the following overview of each section may give you some ideas. Also, check the Instructor's Guide in the back of the textbook for ideas on using a text and model syllabi. Part 1: Essentials of CompositionPart 1, Essentials of Composition, takes the paragraph as its primary focus. The book begins with an overview of the writing process (Chapter 1), followed by a chapter on prewriting (Chapter 2). Chapters 3, 4, and 5 guide the student through the writing of the paragraph and address four principles of effective writing,: direction, support, unity, and coherence. Chapter 6 addresses revising, proofreading, and formatting.The section continues with Chapter 7, Essays, Essay Exams, and Summary Reports" and concludes with "Communication Beyond the Classroom: Oral Presentations and E-Mail." Special Features of Part 1: Essentials of Composition A student paragraph is presented in all drafts and stages along with a transcript of a student writing group's discussion of the work in progress. (Chapter 1) A section "For Right-Brained Writers" gives tips for students who tend to think in terms of "the whole" rather than in terms of a step-by-step process. (Chapter 1) The five steps in the writing process are presented in the order in which most writers address them: prewriting, planning, drafting, revising, and proofreading. One entire chapter and numerous exercises are devoted to writing a topic sentence and planning the paragraph. (Chapter 3) Topics for paragraph and journal writing provide a basis for assignments and encourage further practice. A chapter on essays, essay exams, and summary


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