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Inside Writing: A Writer's Workbook with Readings, Form B, 6th Edition

  • William Salomone Palomar College
  • Stephen McDonald Palomar College
  • ISBN-10: 1428231439  |  ISBN-13: 9781428231436
  • 552 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 2001
  • © 2009 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $125.25 List Price = $ 166.95
  • Newer Edition Available



Effectively integrating grammar instruction with writing practice, INSIDE WRITING: A WRITER'S WORKBOOK WITH READINGS, FORM B combines a thorough introduction to essential writing concepts with abundant examples and exercises to help students become more effective writers. INSIDE WRITING uses a clear and consistent structure to break down complex material into manageable segments and to facilitate student learning. In every chapter, dedicated sections cover the major principles of basic grammar, sentence construction, and paragraph writing. Newly updated and expanded, the sixth edition of this trusted text provides more extensive practice, new allusions, exercises, and examples.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • Many 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 more than just correct mechanics, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Nineteen reading selections parallel and reinforce the writing assignments in each of the first six chapters.
  • The paragraph-writing practice section in each chapter teaches students to write in five different rhetorical modes while it reinforces the grammar sections through practical application of the rules of sentence structure.
  • Answers to all practice exercises are included at the back of the text, allowing students to receive immediate feedback on their comprehension and application of essential skills.

Table of Contents

Subjects and Verbs. Modifiers. Connectors. Sentence Practice: Embedding Adjectives, Adverbs, and Prepositional Phrases. Paragraph Practice: Narrating an Event. Practice Test.
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.
Modifying with Participial and Infinitive Phrases. Modifying with Adjective Clauses and Appositives. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers. Sentence Practice: Using Participial and Infinitive Phrases, Appositives, and Adjective Clauses. Essay and Paragraph Practice: Using Examples. Practice Test.
Subject-Verb Agreement. Pronoun Agreement and Reference. Pronoun Case. Sentence Practice: Using Transitions. Essay and Paragraph Practice: Explaining Causes and Effects. Practice Test.
Using Commas. Other Punctuation Marks. Titles, Capitalization, and Numbers. Sentence Practice: Sentence Variety. Essay and Paragraph Practice: Comparing and Contrasting.
Irregular Verbs. Commonly Confused Words. Spelling Rules. Sentence Practice: Effective and Meaningful Sentences. Essay and Paragraph Practice: Expressing an Opinion. Practice Test.
Strategies for Successful Reading. Sample Reading Selection. James A. Herrick, Kill Your Television. Narrating an Event. Langston Hughes, Salvation. Roger Hoffman, The Dare. Laura Rowley, As They Say, Drugs Kill. Describing a Place. Annie Dillard, Tinker Creek. Luis Torres, Los Chinos Discover el Barrio. William Least Heat-Moon, In the Land of Coke-Cola.
Using Examples. Margo Kaufman, My Way! Jon Katz, How Boys Become Men. Perri Klass, She's Your Basic L.O.L. in N.A.D. Explaining Causes and Effects. Brent Staples, Black Men and Public Space. Diana Bletter, I Refuse to Live in Fear. Stephen King, Why We Crave Horror Movies. Comparing and Contrasting. Rose del Castillo Guilbault, Americanization Is Tough on Macho. Ellen Goodman, The Just-Right Wife. Charles Krauthammer, The New Prohibitionism. Expressing an Opinion. Andrew Sullivan, Let Gays Marry. Jack C. Shaheen, The Media's Image of Arabs. Barbara Ehrenreich, In Defense of Splitting Up.
Working with ESL Issues. Count and Noncount Nouns. Articles with Count and Noncount Nouns. Subjects. Helping Verbs and Main Verbs. Two-Word Verbs. Adjectives in the Correct Order.
12. INDEX.

What's New

  • One-third of the extensive practices and exercises included in the text are new to the sixth edition, providing greater currency and variety.
  • A new appendix, "Working with ESL Issues," examines the common concerns of ESL students, including correct use of count and non-count nouns, articles, subjects, helping verbs and main verbs, two-word verbs, and adjective placement. The appendix includes practices to assist ESL students as they review this material.
  • The new edition features updated and expanded coverage of several essential topics, including an all-new discussion of comparative and superlative forms in Chapter 1. New sentence-combining exercises have been added in Section 4 of nearly every chapter.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

William Salomone

William Salomone has a BA in English from Arizona State University and an MA in English from San Diego State U. From June, 1970 to June, 2005 he taught as an associate professor of English composition and literature at Palomar Community College at San Marcos, California, twice serving as chair of the English Department, several years on the Faculty Senate and one term as President of the Faculty. Along with Stephen McDonald, he published three English textbooks, beginning in 1986: INSIDE ENGLISH: A WRITER’S WORKBOOK, THE WRITER’S RESPONSE, and IN BRIEF, which is a handbook for developing writers.

Stephen McDonald

Stephen McDonald has been teaching English since 1975. For seven years, 1977-1984, he worked as an adjunct instructor in San Diego County, teaching at three community colleges (San Diego Mesa College, Grossmont College, and Southwestern College). In 1984 he was hired as a full-time instructor at Palomar Community College in San Marcos, California. While at Palomar, he helped to design and subsequently chaired and administered the college’s Writing-across-the-Curriculum program, also giving workshops to assist instructors from a variety of disciplines as they developed writing assignments and techniques that would work in their classrooms. He has served as Chair of the English Department at Palomar, as a member of the Faculty Senate, and as a participant on a variety of committees. He has also attended three Great Teachers Seminars hosted by Palomar College. In 1991 he was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2007 received the Palomar College Research Award for publications ranging from college textbooks to poetry. For the past two years he has served as Dean of Languages and Literature. In addition to THE WRITER’S RESPONSE, he is co-author with William Salomone of INSIDE WRITING: A WRITER’S WORKBOOK and IN BRIEF: A HANDBOOK FOR WRITERS. He has also published a chapbook of poetry titled WHERE THERE WAS NO PATTERN (Finishing Line Press, 2007) and many individual poems in a variety of literary journals.