English Skills : Text, Student CD, and Bind-in Card

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2005-08-09
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This combined rhetoric/worktext is designed for basic skills writing courses that focus on the paragraph. English Skills features John Langan's clear explanations and his wide range of motivating activities and assignments that reinforce the Four Bases of Effective Writing: Unity, Support, Coherence, and Sentence Skills.

Table of Contents

To the Instructor

PART ONE: Basic Principles of Effective Writing


Chapter 1: 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

Chapter 2: The Writing Process


Writing a First Draft



Review Activities

Chapter 3: 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 of Specific Details

The Importance of Adequate Details

Practice in Making and Supporting a Point

Chapter 4: The Third Step in Writing

Step 3: Organize and Connect the Specific Evidence

Practice in Organizing and Connecting Specific Evidence

Chapter 5: The Fourth Step in Writing

Step 4: Write Clear, Error-Free Sentences

Revising Sentences

Editing Sentences

Practice in Revising Sentences

Chapter 6: Four Bases for Revising Writing

Base 1: Unity

Base 2: Support

Base 3: Coherence

Base 4: Sentence Skills

Practice in Using the Four Bases

PART TWO: Paragraph Development


Chapter 7: Introduction to Paragraph Development

Nine Patterns of Paragraph Development

Important Considerations in Paragraph Development

Using a Computer

Using Peer Review

Doing a Personal Review

Chapter 8: Providing Examples

Chapter 9: Explaining a Process

Chapter 10: Examining Cause and Effect

Chapter 11: Comparing or Contrasting

Chapter 12: Defining a Term

Chapter 13: Dividing and Classifying

Chapter 14: Describing a Scene or Person

Chapter 15: Narrating an Event

Chapter 16: Arguing a Position

PART THREE: Essay Development


Chapter 17: Additional Paragraph Assignments

Chapter 18: Writing the Essay

What Is an Essay?

Important Points About the Essay

Essays to Consider

Planning the Essay

Practice in Writing the Essay

Essay Assignments

PART FOUR: A Quick Guide to Research


Chapter 19: A Quick Guide to Research

PART FIVE: Handbook of Sentence Skills


Sentence-Skills Diagnostic Test


Chapter 20: Subjects and Verbs

Chapter 21: Sentence Sense

Chapter 22: Fragments

Chapter 23: Run-Ons

Chapter 24: Standard English Verbs

Chapter 25: Irregular Verbs

Chapter 26: Subject-Verb Agreement

Chapter 27: Pronoun Agreement and Reference

Chapter 28: Pronoun Types

Chapter 29: Adjectives and Adverbs

Chapter 30: Misplaced Modifiers

Chapter 31: Dangling Modifiers


Chapter 32: Paper Format

Chapter 33: Capital Letters

Chapter 34: Numbers and Abbreviations


Chapter 35: Apostrophe

Chapter 36: Quotation Marks

Chapter 37: Comma

Chapter 38: Other Punctuation Marks


Chapter 39: Using the Dictionary

Chapter 40: Improving Spelling

Chapter 41: Vocabulary Development

Chapter 42: Commonly Confused Words

Chapter 43: Effective Word Choice

Chapter 44: ESL Pointers


Chapter 45: Combined Mastery Tests

Chapter 46: Editing Tests

Sentence-Skills Achievement Test

APPENDIX: Answers and Charts


Answers to Sentence Skills Diagnostic Test and Introductory Projects




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