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The first text to effectively integrate grammar instruction with writing practice, INSIDE WRITING, now in its eighth edition, continues to provide students with extensive writing exercises specifically designed to support and reinforce the rules of grammar, usage, and mechanics. Using engaging allusions and humorous examples and exercises throughout the text, ranging in topics from Karl Marx to THE SIMPSONS, INSIDE WRITING encourages students to look beyond the simple mechanics of writing as they learn to communicate their thoughts clearly and effectively.
- Sections 1, 2, and 3 of each chapter end with a thematic exercise that not only tests the material in that section but also models the upcoming writing assignment of the chapter (which section 5 of the chapter covers). Three thematic exercises model the upcoming writing assignment in each chapter-one at the end of each of the first three sections of each chapter.
- The consistent use of five structured sections integrating the major principles of basic grammar, sentence construction, and paragraph writing within each chapter facilitates learning by breaking down the material into manageable segments.
- Nearly half of nearly all practices and exercises are new.
- Each chapter contains a new thematic exercise that functions not only as a way to test the students' comprehension of grammar, punctuation, or usage principles but also as an example of the writing assignment introduced in that chapter.
- Plentiful student examples have been included in the paragraph practice exercises to provide readers with more realistic samples after which to model their work.
- Many of the practice exercises develop thematic ideas and contain a variety of cultural, mythological, literary, and historical allusions. This popular feature not only stimulates student interest but also reminds students that the educated writer has command of much more than the correct use of mechanics, grammar, and punctuation.
- Three sections on grammar within each chapter give students extensive opportunities to learn the concepts presented.
- An entire section within each chapter is devoted to sentence combining.
Subjects and Verbs. Modifiers. Connectors. Sentence Practice: Embedding Adjectives, Adverbs, and Prepositional Phrases. Paragraph Practice: Narrating an Event. Practice Test.
2. UNDERSTANDING SENTENCE PATTERNS.
Clauses. Simple, Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex Sentences. Fragments, Fused Sentences, and Comma Splices. Sentence Practice: Combining Main and Subordinate Clauses. Paragraph Practice: Describing a Place. Practice Test.
3. IMPROVING SENTENCE PATTERNS.
Modifying with Practical and Infinitive Phrases. Modifying with Adjective Clauses and Appositives. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers. Sentence Practice: Using Participial and Infinitive Phrases. Essays and Paragraph Practice: Using Examples. Practice Test.
4. LINING UP THE PARTS OF A SENTENCE.
Subject-Verb Agreement. Pronoun Agreement and Reference. Pronoun Case. Sentence Practice: Using Transitions. Essay and Paragraph Practice: Explaining Causes and Effects. Practice Test.
5. USING PUNCTUATION AND CAPITALIZATION.
Using Commas. Other Punctuation Marks. Titles, Capitalization, and Numbers. Sentence Practice: Sentence Variety. Essays and Paragraph Practice: Comparing and Contrasting. Practice Test.
6. CHOOSING THE RIGHT WORDS AND SPELLING THEM CORRECTLY.
Irregular Verbs. Commonly Confused Words. Spelling Rules. Sentence Practice: Effective and Meaningful Sentences. Essays and Paragraph Practice: Expressing an Opinion. Practice Test.
Practice Final Exam.
Answers to Practices.