Writing in Action

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  • Edition: Spiral
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  • Copyright: 2014-01-10
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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Andrea Lunsfordís research treats student writers as writers firstónot only in the classroom, but in every aspect of their lives. Her newest handbook features a simple and inviting design that helps students find solutions for every situation as they translate their skills as writers in their day-to-day lives to the conventions of solid academic writing. Featuring the writing process coverage of larger handbooks at a value price, Writing in Action is a supportive reference that emphasizes rhetorical strategies that help students put their ideas into action.

Author Biography

Andrea A. Lunsford is professor of English at Stanford University and also teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English. A past chair of CCCC, she has won the major publication awards in both the CCCC and MLA. For Bedford/St. Martin’s she is the author of The St. Martin's Handbook, Seventh Edition, The Presence of Others, Fifth Edition, and The Everyday Writer, Fifth Edition, as well as the Sixth Edition of both Everything’s an Argument books.

Table of Contents


1 The Top Twenty: A Quick Guide to Troubleshooting Your Writing

2 Expectations for College Writing

3 Writing to Make Something Happen in the World


4 A Writer’s Choices

5 Exploring, Planning, and Drafting

6 Multimodal Assignments

7 Writing in the Disciplines

8 Designing Documents



9 Critical Reading

10 Analyzing Arguments

11 Constructing Arguments


12 Preparing for a Research Project

13 Doing Research

14 Evaluating Sources and Taking Notes

15 Integrating Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

16 Writing a Research Project


17 Writing to the World

18 Language that Builds Common Ground

19 Language Variety

20 Word Choice and Spelling

21 Glossary of Usage


22 Basic Grammar

23 Verbs

24 Subject-Verb Agreement

25 Adjectives and Adverbs

26 Modifier Placement

27 Pronouns

28 Comma Splices and Fused Sentences

29 Sentence Fragments



30 Consistency and Completeness

31 Coordination and Subordination

32 Conciseness

33 Parallelism

34 Shifts



35 Commas

36 Semicolons

37 End Punctuation

38 Apostrophes

39 Quotation Marks

40 Other Punctuation

41 Capital Letters

42 Abbreviations and Numbers

43 Italics

44 Hyphens



45 Sentence Structure

46 Nouns and Noun Phrases

47 Verbs and Verb Phrases

48 Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases



49 MLA Style

50 APA Style

51 Chicago Style

52 CSE Style

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