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For thirty years, students have mastered writing basics with Wilson and Glazier's THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH: WRITING SKILLS. Uncomplicated, well established, and student tested, the 10th Edition continues to cover the basics of spelling, word choice, sentence structure, and punctuation--as well as more advanced topics such as argumentation and summarizing skills--in a brief, easy-to-follow way. Each concept includes concise explanations and many exercises (with corresponding answers in the back of the book for immediate feedback) so students quickly grasp and reinforce the subject matter. Popular "Continuous Discourse" exercises use tidbits from history, literature, science, and current events to engage students in the concept being explored. When the course ends, this concise text is an excellent reference tool students can use in writing papers for all their courses as well as in their careers. Forms A, B, and C differ in their exercises, writing samples, and assignments; the explanatory sections are identical within the three forms of each new edition.
- In addition to updated exercises in parts 1-3, Part 4 of the tenth edition offers a fresh look at more advanced skills, such as critical thinking and analytical reading and writing.
- A new section in Part 4 on "Writing an Argument" moves students’ reading and writing skills beyond the personal essay.
- An expanded "Writing Summaries" section provides more opportunities for students to learn and practice summarizing skills.
- A longer reading is now included in Part 4 to challenge students and prepare them for their future classes.
- The Test Booklet available to instructors corresponds directly to the text's content and now includes paragraph-format tests/exercises within each section.
- Put concepts into practice with over 150 exercises that give students a chance to learn the rules and automatically apply them to their own writing.
- Give students immediate feedback with exercise answers provided in the back of the book.
- Enhance the writing process with writing samples (by both students and professional writers), articles, and assignments.
- Part 4 on "Writing an Argument" moves students' reading and writing skills beyond the personal essay, and an expanded "Writing Summaries" section gives students even more opportunities to learn and practice summarizing skills.
- The Test Booklet available to instructors corresponds directly to the text's content and includes paragraph-format tests/exercises within each section.
Your Own List of Misspelled Words. Words Often Confused (Set 1). Words Often Confused (Set 2). The Eight Parts of Speech. Adjectives and Adverbs. Contractions. Possessives. Words That Can Be Broken into Parts. Rules for Doubling a Final Letter. Using a Dictionary.
PART II: SENTENCE STRUCTURE.
Finding Subjects and Verbs. Locating Prepositional Phrases. Understanding Dependent Clauses. Correcting Fragments. Correcting Run-on Sentences. Identifying Verb Phrases. Using Standard English Verbs. Using Regular and Irregular Verbs. Maintaining Subject-Verb Agreement. Avoiding Shifts in Time. Recognizing Verbal Phrases. Correcting Misplaced or Dangling Modifiers. Following Sentence Patterns. Avoiding Clichés, Awkward Phrasing, and Wordiness. Correcting for Parallel Structure. Using Pronouns. Avoiding Shifts in Person.
PART III: PUNCTUATION AND CAPITAL LETTERS.
Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Point, Semicolon, Colon, Dash. Comma Rules 1, 2, and 3. Comma Rules 4, 5, and 6. Quotation Marks and Underlining/Italics. Capital Letters.
PART 4: WRITING.
What Is the Least You Should Know about Writing? Basic Structures.
1. The Paragraph: Defining a Paragraph. Types of Paragraphs. Sample Paragraphs in an Essay.
2. The Essay: The Five-Paragraph Essay and Beyond. Defining an Essay. A Sample Essay. Writing Skills.
3. Writing in Your Own Voice: Narration. Description.
4. Finding a Topic: Look to Your Interests. Focused Free Writing. Clustering. Talking with Other Students.
5. Organizing Ideas: Thesis Statements. Organizing an Essay. Topic Sentences. Organizing Body Paragraphs (or Single Paragraphs). Transitional Expressions.
6. Supporting with Details: Types of Support.
7. Revising Your Papers. Revision Checklist. Exchanging Papers. Proofreading Aloud.
8. Presenting Your Work: Paper Formats.
9. Writing an Argument: Taking a Stand and Proving Your Point.
Three Requirements of a Strong Written Argument. A Longer, More Challenging Reading.
10. Writing Summaries: Sample Summary.
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