English Skills

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-07-16
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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The ninth edition ofEnglish Skillsfeatures 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
Basic Principles of Effective Writing
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
The Writing Process Prewriting Writing a First Draft Revising Editing Review Activities
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 ofSpecificDetails The Importance ofAdequateDetails Practice in Making and Supporting a Point
The Third Step in Writing Step 3: Organize and Connect the Specific Evidence Practice in Organizing and Connecting Specific Evidence
The Fourth Step in Writing Step 4: Write Clear, Error-Free Sentences Revising Sentences Editing Sentences Practice in Revising Sentences
Four Bases for Revising Writing
Sentence Skills Practice in Using the Four Bases
Paragraph Development
Introduction to Paragraph Development Nine Patterns of Paragraph Development Important Considerations in Paragraph Development Using a Computer Using Peer Review Doing a Personal Review
Cause and Effect
Comparison and Contrast
Division and Classification
Additional Paragraph Assignments
Essay Development
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
Research Skills
Using the Library and the Internet
Writing a Research Paper
Handbook of Sentence Skills Preview Sentence-Skills Diagnostic Test Section I: GRAMMAR
Subjects and Verbs
Sentence Sense
Standard English Verbs
Irregular Verbs
Subject-Verb Agreement
Pronoun Agreement and Reference
Pronoun Types
Adjectives and Adverbs
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers Section II: MECHANICS3
Paper Format
Capital Letters
Numbers and Abbreviations Section III: PUNCTUATION
Quotation Marks
Other Punctuation Marks Section IV: WORD USE
Using the Dictionary
Improving Spelling
Vocabulary Development
Commonly Confused Words
Effective Word Choice
ESL Pointers Section V: PRACTICE
Combined Mastery Tests
Editing Tests Sentence-Skills Achievement Test Reading Comprehension Chart
Appendix: Answers and Charts Preview
Answers to Sentence Skills Diagnostic
Test and Introductory Projects
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