Wordsmith : A Guide to College Writing

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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TheWordsmithseries is the value-packed option that students will appreciate while mastering key writing and grammar skills. Wordsmithis the book for instructors who want to truly connect with their students. Arlov created a text that counters many of the objections instructors had about textbooks, such as: Students find textbooks dry and tedious.Arlov includes thought-provoking chapter openers, plenty of visuals, and a conversational, engaging writing style that students really respond to. Students find textbooks irrelevant to their lives.Arlov's coverage of the rhetorical modes is realistic and models real-life writing. She includes "Real Writing" examples in the modes chapters to makeWordsmithrelevant to students'lives. Students become frustrated if the entire text is not used in class.Wordsmithis 100 pages briefer than similar texts on the market and an affordable option. This more concise approach also does not overwhelm students with too much information.Wordsmithprovides students with just the right balnace of instruction and practice.

Table of Contents

PART I: Composition 1. The Writing Process 2. Preparing to Write 3. Building a Framework: Thesis and Organization 4. Introducing the Essay 5. Developing Body Paragraphs 6. Concluding the Essay 7. Revising, Proofreading, and Formatting 8. Showing and Telling: Description, Narration, and Example 9. Limiting and Ordering Definition, Classification, and Process 10. Examining Logical Connections: Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect, and Argument 11. Writing a Summary 12. Writing a Research Paper PART II: Grammar 13. Verbs and Subjects 14. Subject-Verb Agreement 15. Coordination and Subordination 16. Run-on Sentences 17. Sentence Fragments 18. Pronoun Case 19. Pronoun Agreement, Reference, and Point of View 20. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers 21. Parallel Structure 22. Verb Shifts 23. Sentences with Style 24. Commas 25. Other Punctuation 26. Word Choice 27. Words Commonly Confused 28. Capital Letters 29. Apostrophes 30. Quotation Marks, Underlining, and Italics Part III: Readings Two Ways of Seeing a River,Mark Twain Growing Up Bilingual, Sara Gonzalez The Game of My Life, Jeff Obafemi Carr When Words Get in the Way, Athlone G. Clarke Letting in Light, Patricia Raybon Coping with Procrastination, Roberta Moore, Barbara Baker, and Arnold H. Packer Migraine Blues, Candace Dyer The Right to Die, Norman Cousins The Brutal Business of Boxing,John Head Date Rape: Exposing Dangerous Myths, John J. Macionis Education Unplugged, Floyd Allen

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