Wordsmith : A Guide to Paragraphs and Short Essays (with MyWritingLab Student Access Code Card)

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Package
  • Copyright: 2008-11-09
  • Publisher: Longman
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Encouraging writers to think logically and communicate clearly, this practical and comprehensive book presents writing and grammar in an organized and appealing way, with myriad examples and exercises to support concepts and hone skills.KEY TOPICSUsing a structured yet flexible approach, it systematically covers all the steps of the writing process; explores strategies for creating topic sentences and writing paragraphs (with a sample paragraph shown in its progress from idea to finished essay); and shares nine different methods of development with model paragraphs. It presents a separate "mix and match" grammar section with minimal jargon, maximum clarity, and a wealth of exercises, and a selection of short, entertaining readings-complete with reading comprehension questions and writing assignments-that introduces students to the connection between reading and writing.For individuals who want to improve their written communication skills.

Table of Contents

The Writing Process
Preparing to Write
Writing Paragraphs: Topic Sentences
Writing Paragraphs: Support
Writing Paragraphs: Unity and Coherence
Revising, Proofreading, and Formatting
Showing and Telling: Description, Narration and Example
Limiting and Ordering: Definition, Classification, and Process
Examining Logical Connections: Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect and Argument
Writing an Essay
Writing Summary Reports
Verbs and Subjects
Subject-Verb Agreement
Verb Shift
Sentence Variety
Run-on Sentences
Sentence Fragments
Pronoun Case
Pronoun Agreement, Reference, and Point of View
Adjectives, Adverbs, and Articles
Capital Letters
Words Commonly Confused
Word Choice
Other Punctuation
Quotation Marks
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