Sentence Skills With Readings

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Loose-leaf
  • Copyright: 2013-02-15
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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Grounded in John Langan’s Four Bases – unity, coherence, sentence skills, and support – Sentence Skills with Readings employs a unique personalized learning plan to address student deficits in grammar and mechanics and to free instructional time for activities emphasizing writing process and critical thinking. Sentence Skills with Readings offers students a practical guide to becoming better writers. This best-selling sentence-level text returns in a new edition highlighting the essential grammar, mechanics, punctuation, and usage skills needed for clear, college-level writing.

Table of Contents

To the Instructor xii


CHAPTER ONE: Learning Sentence Skills

Why Learn Sentence Skills?
Your Attitude toward Writing
How This Book is Organized
How to Use This Book

CHAPTER TWO: A Brief Guide to Effective Writing

What Is a Paragraph?
The Goals of Effective Writing
Activities in the Goals of Effective Writing

CHAPTER THREE: The Writing Process 43

Steps in the Writing Process
Activities in the Writing Process
Ten Writing Assignments


Section 1: Sentences

CHAPTER FOUR: Subjects and Verbs

Mastery Tests


Mastery Tests

CHAPTER SIX: Run-Ons 106

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER SEVEN: Sentence Variety I

Mastery Tests

Section 2: Verbs, Pronouns, and Agreement

CHAPTER 8: Standard English Verbs

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 9: Irregular Verbs

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 10: Subject-Verb Agreement

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 11: Consistent Verb Tense

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 12: Additional Information about Verbs

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 13: Pronoun Reference, Agreement, and Point of View

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 14: Pronoun Types

Mastery Tests

Section 3: Modifiers and Parallelism

CHAPTER 15: Adjectives and Adverbs

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 16: Misplaced Modifiers

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 17: Dangling Modifiers

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 18: Faulty Parallelism

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 19: Sentence Variety II

Mastery Tests

Section 4: Punctuation and Mechanics

CHAPTER 20: Paper Format

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 21: Capital Letters

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 22: Numbers and Abbreviations

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 23: End Marks

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 24: Apostrophe

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 25: Quotation Marks

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 26: Comma

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 27: Other Punctuation Marks

Mastery Tests

Section 5: Word Use

CHAPTER 28: Dictionary Use

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 29: Spelling Improvement

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 30: Omitted Words and Letters

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 31: Commonly Confused Words

Mastery Tests

CHAPTER 32: Effective Word Choice

Mastery Tests


CHAPTER 33: Combined Mastery Tests

Fragments and Run-Ons



Faulty Modifiers and Parallelism

Capital Letters and Punctuation

Word Use

CHAPTER 34: Editing and Proofreading Tests

Test 1: Fragments

Test 2: Fragments

Test 3: Run-Ons (Fused Sentences)

Test 4: Run-Ons (Comma Splices)

Test 5: Standard English Verbs

Test 6: Irregular Verbs

Test 7: Faulty Parallelism

Test 8: Capital Letters

Test 9: Apostrophes

Test 10: Quotation Marks

Test 11: Commas

Test 12: Commonly Confused Words

CHAPTER 35: Combined Editing Tests


Introduction to the Readings

A Change of Attitude by Grant Berry

Do It Better! by Ben Carson, M.D., with Cecil Murphey

Lost Years, Found Dreams by Regina Ruiz

Let's Get Specific by Beth Johnson

*Talkin' White by Wayne Aponte

*Don't Hang Up, That's My Mom Calling by Bobbi Buchanan

All the Good Things Sister by Helen Mrosla

Responsibility by M. Scott Peck

The Most Hateful Words by Amy Tan

*My Two Moms (excerpt by Zach Wahls

My Daughter Smokes by Alice Walker

Wonder in the Air by Jeff Gammage

The Warrior Within by Dawn Cogliser


*Appendix A: Writing with Digital, Electronic, and Online Resources

Appendix B: Parts of Speech

Appendix C: ESL Pointers

Appendix D: Sentence-Skills Diagnostic Test

Appendix E: Sentence-Skills Achievement Test

Appendix F: Ansswers to Introductory Activities and Practice Exercises in Part Two



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