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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 2013-11-20
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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Andrea Lunsford’s research shows that students today are writing more than ever. Some skills, especially in social writing, come easily to many students. But concepts such as making effective choices for academic work and understanding the conventions of formal written English may be more difficult to grasp. EasyWriter, Fifth Edition, can help. Whether you’re looking for an affordable way to focus your writing classroom on rhetorical choices, or just a pocket-sized quick reference that your students can use on the go, you’ll find what you need in EasyWriter. And the handy little print book is just the beginning: EasyWriter now includes integrated media components—LearningCurve adaptive quizzing, video prompts, multimodal student writing, and more—to take advantage of what the Web can do.

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

The Top Twenty (+editing practice)

1 A Writer’s Choices (+video)

2 Exploring, Planning, and Drafting (+video, student writing, analysis activity)

3 Critical Thinking and Argument (+student writing, analysis activity)

4 Multimodal Writing (+video, student writing, analysis activity)

5 Writing in the Disciplines

6 Writing to Make Something Happen in the World (+student writing, analysis activity)


7 Verbs (+LearningCurve)

8 Subject-Verb Agreement (+LearningCurve)

9 Adjectives and Adverbs (+exercise)

10 Modifier Placement

11 Pronouns (+LearningCurve)

12 Comma Splices and Fused Sentences (+LearningCurve)

13 Sentence Fragments (+LearningCurve)


14 Consistency and Completeness

15 Coordination and Subordination (+exercise)

16 Conciseness

17 Parallelism (+LearningCurve)

18 Shifts (+exercise, LearningCurve)


19 Commas (+LearningCurve)

20 Semicolons (+exercise)

21 End Punctuation (+exercise)

22 Apostrophes (+LearningCurve)

23 Quotation Marks (+exercise)

24 Other Punctuation

25 Capital Letters (+LearningCurve)

26 Abbreviations and Numbers

27 Italics

28 Hyphens (+exercise)


29 Writing to the World

30 Language That Builds Common Ground

31 Varieties of Language (+video)

32 Word Choice


33 Sentence Structure (+LearningCurve)

34 Nouns and Noun Phrases (+LearningCurve)

35 Verbs and Verb Phrases (+LearningCurve)

36 Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases (+exercise)


37 Conducting Research

38 Evaluating Sources and Taking Notes (+exercise)

39 Integrating Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism (+exercise)

40 Writing a Research Project


41 MLA Style (+student writing)

42 APA Style (+student writing)

43 Chicago Style (+student writing)

44 CSE Style (+student writing)

Glossary of Usage

Index/Glossary of Terms

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