Wordsmith A Guide to College Writing

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2011-10-05
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Wordsmith was written to counter students' objections to textbooks being too dry, too irrelevant, and too big, and is Pearson's value-priced option that students will appreciate across the developmental writing curriculum. Pamela Arlov wrote the Wordsmithseries for instructors who genuinely want to connect with their students. To engage students and enable instructors to meet students where they are, Pam Arlov provides students with just the right balance of instruction and practice via relevant instruction, plenty of visuals, and an inviting writing style that students really respond to. Wordsmithcovers the rhetorical modes, is realistic, and does not overwhelm students with too much information. 0205252001 / 9780205252008 Wordsmith: A Guide to College Writing (with MyWritingLab with Pearson eText Student Access Code Card) Package consists of 0205251277 / 9780205251278 Wordsmith: A Guide to College Writing 0205752624 / 9780205752621 MyWritingLab with Pearson eText -- Valuepack Access Card

Table of Contents

Prefacep. x
Updates to the Fifth Editionp. x
Compositionp. 1
The Writing Processp. 1
The Writing Processp. 3
Review of the Paragraphp. 16
Writing Assignment 1: Writing and Youp. 17
Writing Assignment 2: Reasons for Attending Collegep. 18
Preparing to Writep. 20
Prewritingp. 20
Why Prewrite?p. 21
Prewriting Methodsp. 22
Progressive Writing Assignmentp. 30
Building a Framework: Thesis and Organizationp. 33
The Structure of an Essayp. 34
Constructing the Thesis Statementp. 37
Evaluating Your Thesis Pointsp. 45
Organizing Your Essayp. 49
Progressive Writing Assignmentp. 54
Introducing the Essayp. 55
Purposes of an Introductionp. 57
Types of Introductionp. 57
Progressive Writing Assignmentp. 66
Developing Body Paragraphsp. 67
Characteristics of an Effective Body Paragraphp. 68
Progressive Writing Assignmentp. 89
Concluding the Essayp. 91
Methods of Conclusionp. 93
Traps to Avoidp. 99
Progressive Writing Assignmentp. 99
Revising, Proofreading, and Formattingp. 101
Revisingp. 103
Proofreadingp. 109
Formattingp. 113
Progressive Writing Assignmentp. 115
Showing and Telling: Description, Narration, and Examplep. 117
Description, Narration, and Example in Actionp. 118
Descriptionp. 120
Elements of Descriptive Writingp. 122
Narrationp. 133
Examplep. 145
Topics for Combining Methods of Developmentp. 155
Limiting and Ordering: Definition, Classification, and Processp. 157
Definition, Classification, and Process in Actionp. 158
Definitionp. 161
Classificationp. 171
Processp. 184
Topics for Combining Methods of Developmentp. 192
Examining Logical Connections: Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect, and Argumentp. 195
Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect, and Argument in Actionp. 196
Comparison-Contrastp. 200
Cause-Effectp. 211
Argument and Persuasionp. 221
Topics For Combining Methods of Developmentp. 238
Writing a Summaryp. 240
Writing a Summaryp. 241
Five Steps in Writing a Summaryp. 241
Paraphrasing: An Essential Skillp. 246
Summary Report Assignmentsp. 258
Writing a Research Paperp. 260
Five Steps in Writing a Research Paperp. 263
Paraphrasing and Summarizing: Essential Research Skillsp. 268
Using Documentation Stylesp. 271
Using Online Sourcesp. 272
Guide to APA (American Psychological Association) Stylep. 272
Guide to MLA (Modem Language Association) Stylep. 278
Assignments for Writing a Research Paperp. 287
Grammarp. 289
Verbs and Subjectsp. 289
Action and Linking Verbsp. 290
Recognizing Verbs and Subjectsp. 293
Regular and Irregular Verbsp. 297
Review Exercisesp. 304
Subject-Verb Agreementp. 307
The Basic Patternp. 308
Problems in Subject-Verb Agreementp. 311
Review Exercisesp. 317
Coordination and Subordinationp. 321
Writing Effective Sentencesp. 321
Connecting Ideas through Coordinationp. 322
Connecting Ideas through Subordinationp. 325
Creating Emphasis through Subordinationp. 328
Review Exercisesp. 329
Run-on Sentencesp. 334
What Is a Run-on Sentence?p. 334
Correcting Run-onsp. 336
A Special Case: The Word Thatp. 342
Review Exercisesp. 344
Sentence Fragmentsp. 350
What Is a Sentence Fragment?p. 351
Review Exercisesp. 360
Pronoun Casep. 366
Subject and Object Pronounsp. 366
Using Who and Whomp. 370
Intensive and Reflexive Pronounsp. 373
Review Exercisesp. 376
Pronoun Agreement, Reference, and Point of Viewp. 380
Pronoun Agreementp. 381
Pronoun Referencep. 387
Pronoun Point of Viewp. 391
Review Exercisesp. 393
Editing Exercises: Basic Grammarp. 397
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiersp. 402
Misplaced Modifiersp. 403
Dangling Modifiersp. 407
Review Exercisesp. 409
Parallel Structurep. 415
Review Exercisesp. 418
Verb Shiftsp. 422
Shifts in Tensep. 423
Active Voice and Passive Voicep. 427
Review Exercisesp. 434
Editing Exercises: Advanced Grammarp. 439
Sentences with Stylep. 443
Style Tip 1: Limit Your Use of the Verb "To Be"p. 444
Style Tip 2: Replace Ordinary Verbs with Vivid, Descriptive Verbsp. 446
Style Tip 3: Revise Sentences That Begin with There is or It isp. 447
Style Tip 4: Vary Sentence Openingsp. 449
Style Tip 5: Vary Sentence Structure and Lengthp. 450
Commasp. 452
Commas to Set Off Introductory Words, Phrases, and Clausesp. 453
Commas to Join Items in a Seriesp. 453
Commas to Join Independent Clausesp. 455
Commas around Interruptersp. 456
Commas with Direct Quotationsp. 456
Commas in Names and Datesp. 457
Review Exercisesp. 458
Other Punctuationp. 464
End Punctuation: Period, Question Mark, and Exclamation Pointp. 465
The Semicolonp. 467
Colons and Dashes: Formal and Informal Punctuationp. 468
Parentheses: Tools of Understatementp. 470
Review Exercisesp. 472
Word Choicep. 476
Slang and Textspeakp. 477
Clichésp. 479
Wordinessp. 480
Conversational Constructionsp. 482
Review Exercisesp. 484
Words Commonly Confusedp. 491
Words Commonly Confusedp. 492
Review Exercisesp. 496
Capitalizationp. 501
Capitalization of Words That Begin Sentencesp. 502
Capitalization of Words Referring to Individualsp. 502
Capitalization of Words Referring to Groupsp. 504
Capitalization of Words Referring to Time and Placep. 506
Capitalization of Words Referring to Things and Activitiesp. 507
Review Exercisesp. 509
Apostrophesp. 513
Apostrophes in Contractionsp. 514
Apostrophes to Show Possessionp. 515
Review Exercisesp. 520
Quotation Marks, Italics, and Underliningp. 524
Quotation Marks to Signal Quotationsp. 525
Quotation Marks, Italics, or Underlining to Set Off Titlesp. 528
Review Exercisesp. 530
Editing Exercises: Punctuation, Word Choice, and Mechanicsp. 532
Readingsp. 535
Has the Internet Killed Privacy? Richard Woodsp. 536
Growing Up Bilingual, Sara Gonzalezp. 544
The Game of My Life, Jeff Obafemi Carrp. 550
When Words Get in the Way, Athlone G. Clarkep. 557
Letting in Light, Patricia Raybonp. 563
Coping with Procrastination, Roberta Moore, Barbara Baker, and Arnold H. Packerp. 570
After 20 Years, I Want to See My Abusive Dad for His Money, Tony Kelsop. 576
Why Chinese Parents Are Different, Amy Chuap. 584
Date Rape: Exposing Dangerous Myths, John J. Macionisp. 591
Is National Service a Cure for America's Woes? Larry Fennellyp. 598
Creditsp. 605
Indexp. 606
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