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Using an abundance of exercises, including twenty-one that are new; examples; and writing applications, AT A GLANCE: WRITING SENTENCES AND BEYOND, Sixth Edition, focuses on sentence writing, with detailed attention to matters such as grammar, rhetoric, sentence variety, sentence combining, diction, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. The book also includes basic instructions for all ten patterns of writing, including classification; a reproducible Writing Process Worksheet designed to provide guidance for students in recursive writing and to save time for instructors; and concise instruction, with student examples, on the process of writing paragraphs and essays. This edition presents new instruction on writing the summary, a revision on community dialects, and more than a hundred prompts and topics for writing specific and combined patterns of paragraphs and essays. Delivering engaging, effective, and affordable basic instruction, the book can be used on its own or as a companion to a reader or other text materials.
- AT A GLANCE: WRITING SENTENCES AND BEYOND, Sixth Edition, includes twenty-one new exercises on sentence writing, mostly in Chapters 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9; new instructions on classification as a pattern, along with the nine other patterns; a revision on community dialects; and a brief chapter on writing the summary, with examples and an exercise.
- New, systematic instructions for the Brandon Guide for Revising and Editing provide students with the guidance they need to succeed in the course.
- A revised Brandon Writing Process Worksheet at the end of Chapter 12 includes a helpful checklist for aspects of revising and editing. The worksheet, which is reproducible, also saves time and effort for instructors by providing documentation on students' planning, progression, and completion of assignments.
- A revised Self-Evaluation Chart (on the inside front cover of the book) makes it easy for students to note their needs and progress; it also promotes self-reliance.
- Basic instruction in writing patterns in Chapter 14 has been expanded to include classification, along with descriptive narration, exemplification, analysis by division, process analysis, cause and effect, comparison and contrast, definition, and argument.
- A revised reproducible Writing Process Worksheet (at the end of Chapter 12) provides guidance for students and saves time and effort for instructors by providing documentation on the planning, progression, and completion of an assignment.
- The revised Self-Evaluation Chart (on the inside front cover) helps students track their needs and progress-and promotes self-reliance.
Nouns. Pronouns. Verbs. Adjectives. Adverbs. Prepositions. Conjunctions. Interjections. Chapter Review.
2. SUBJECTS AND VERBS.
Subjects. Nouns. Pronouns. Compound Subjects. Implied Subjects. Trouble Spots. Verbs. Types of Verbs. Verb Phrases. Compound Verbs. Verbals. Location of Subjects and Verbs. Chapter Review.
3. KINDS OF SENTENCES.
Clauses. Independent Clauses. Dependent Clauses. Relative Clauses. Trouble Spot: Phrases. Types of Sentences. Simple Sentences. Compound Sentences. Complex Sentences. Compound-Complex Sentences. Chapter Review.
4. COMBINING SENTENCES, AVOIDING OMISSIONS, ACHIEVING SENTENCE VARIETY.
Coordination: The Compound Sentence. Punctuation with Coordinating Conjunctions. Semicolons and Conjunctive Adverbs. Punctuation with Semicolons and Conjunctive Adverbs. Subordination: The Complex Sentence. Punctuation with Subordinating Conjunctions. Punctuation with Relative Pronouns. Coordination and Subordination: The Compound-Complex Sentence. Punctuation of Complicated Compound or Compound-Complex Sentences. Other Ways to Combine Ideas. Omissions: When Parts Are Missing. Variety in Sentences: Types, Order, Length, Beginnings. Types. Order. Length. Beginnings. Chapter Review.
5. CORRECTING FRAGMENTS, COMMA SPLICES, AND RUN-ONS.
Dependent Clauses as Fragments: Clauses with Subordinating Conjunctions. Dependent Clauses as Fragments: Clauses with Relative Pronouns. Phrases as Fragments. Fragments as Word Groups Without Subjects or Without Verbs. Acceptable Fragments. Comma Splices and Run-Ons. Correcting Comma Splices and Run-Ons. Chapter Review.
6. BALANCING SENTENCE PARTS.
Basic Principles of Parallelism. Signal Words. Combination Signal Words. Chapter Review.
Regular and Irregular Verbs. Regular Verbs. Irregular Verbs. “Problem” Verbs. The Twelve Verb Tenses at a Glance. Simple Tenses. Perfect Tenses. Progressive Tenses. Perfect Progressive Tenses. Subject-Verb Agreement. Consistency in Tense. Active and Passive Voice. Strong Verbs. Chapter Review.
Pronoun Case. Subjective Case. Objective Case. Techniques for Determining Case. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement. Agreement in Person. Agreement in Number. Agreement in Gender. Pronoun Reference. Chapter Review.
9. ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS.
Selecting Adjectives and Adverbs. Comparative and Superlative Forms. Adjectives. Adverbs. Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers. Chapter Review.
10. PUNCTUATION AND CAPITALIZATION.
End Punctuation. Periods. Question Marks. Exclamation Points. Commas. Commas to Separate. Commas to Set Off. Semicolons. Quotation Marks. Punctuation with Quotation Marks. Italics. Dashes. Colons. Parentheses. Brackets. Apostrophes. Hyphens. Capitalization. Chapter Review.
11. SPELLING AND COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS.
Spelling Tips. Frequently Misspelled Words. Confused Spelling/Confusing Words. Wordy Phrases.
12. THE WRITING PROCESS: PARAGRAPHS AND ESSAYS.
The Paragraph and Essay Defined. The Writing Process. Prewriting. Writing a First Draft. Revising and Editing. The Writing Process Worksheet.
13. WRITING A SUMMARY.
14. COMBINED AND SPECIFIC PATTERNS OF WRITING AND WRITING TOPICS.
Combined Patterns of Writing. Specific Patterns of Writing. Descriptive Narration. Exemplification. Analysis by Division. Process Analysis. Cause and Effect. Classification. Comparison and Contrast. Definition. Argument. A Variety of Writing Topics.