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At a Glance: Writing Sentences and Beyond, 6th Edition

  • Lee Brandon Mt. San Antonio College
  • Kelly Brandon Santa Ana College
  • ISBN-10: 1285444655  |  ISBN-13: 9781285444659
  • 240 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2006
  • © 2015 | Published
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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.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.

Table of Contents

Nouns. Pronouns. Verbs. Adjectives. Adverbs. Prepositions. Conjunctions. Interjections. Chapter Review.
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.
Clauses. Independent Clauses. Dependent Clauses. Relative Clauses. Trouble Spot: Phrases. Types of Sentences. Simple Sentences. Compound Sentences. Complex Sentences. Compound-Complex Sentences. Chapter Review.
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.
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.
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.
Selecting Adjectives and Adverbs. Comparative and Superlative Forms. Adjectives. Adverbs. Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers. Chapter Review.
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.
Spelling Tips. Frequently Misspelled Words. Confused Spelling/Confusing Words. Wordy Phrases.
The Paragraph and Essay Defined. The Writing Process. Prewriting. Writing a First Draft. Revising and Editing. The Writing Process Worksheet.
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.

What's New

  • 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.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Lee Brandon

Lee Brandon is the author of twelve college English textbooks with Cengage Learning, including the best-selling series, Sentences, Paragraphs, and Beyond with Integrated Readings, and Paragraphs and Essays with Integrated Readings and the highly successful At a Glance series. He has served as chair of the English Department at Mt. San Antonio College, where he taught for more than thirty years and occasionally still teaches. Few authors are as active in the promotion of their books as Lee Brandon, who regularly visits schools across the country and presents at professional conferences. Lee also has to his credit poems and short stories in magazines; songs recorded and in sheet music; a best-selling musical play for elementary school students (in print with Lorenz Music); a play produced by a college drama department; a published Ford Foundation grant project; a chapbook of ballads about his youth, Oklahoma, My Sweet Sorrow; a chapbook of ballads about his experience teaching for ten years in a high-security California women's prison, Butterflies on Barbwire; and newspaper articles about travel, adventures, and whimsical experiences.

Kelly Brandon

Kelly Brandon is a partner in the father-son writing team for two best-selling series, Sentences, Paragraphs, and Beyond with Integrated Readings and Paragraphs and Essays with Integrated Readings, as well as the At a Glance books. He is a tenured professor of English at Santa Ana College, where he has taught for twenty-four years. His B.A. is from the University of California at Los Angeles and his M.A. is from the University of California at Santa Barbara. For recreation he does bodybuilding, backpacks, plays the clarinet, drives his fully restored 1953 yellow and white Chevrolet Bel Air, listens to music, and reads eclectically and voraciously.