Introduction: Aiming for Success.
Part I: INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING.
1. The Paragraph.
2. The Essay.
Part II: GRAMMAR, MECHANICS, AND PUNCTUATION.
4. Problem Words.
5. Word Use and Choice.
6. Identifying Subjects and Verbs.
7. Subject-Verb Agreement.
8. Verb Tenses.
9. Adjectives and Adverbs.
10. Sentence Parts and Types.
13. Sentence Combining.
14. Pronoun Agreement.
15. Reference and Case.
20. Other Punctuation Marks.
21. Quotation Marks.
Part III: REVIEW TESTS.
22. Combined Editing Tests.
23. Combined Skill Tests.
Part IV: READINGS.
"Have You Looked Under the Bed?" From What Should I Do With My Life?, Po Bronson.
"Only Daughter," Sandra Cisneros.
"My Journey," From the Preface to Lanterns: a Memoir of Mentors, Marian Wright Edelman.
"Trash Talker," Steve Kemper, from Smithsonian, April, 2003.
"A Homemade Education," From the Autobiography of Malcom X.
"A Christmas Bicycle Illuminates the Spirit of Giving," Bill Maxwell, From Maximum Insight: Selected Columns.
"The Journey," Mary Oliver.
"Intimacy and Independence in Relationships," Deborah Tannen, from You Just Don't Understand, Women and Men in Conversation.
"A&P," John Updike.
"Writing About Yourself," William Zinsser, from On Writing Well.
Laptops: Portable Gifts.
The Oldest Child.
Owning a Dog.
Cheating Doesn't Help.
Appendix A: Spelling and Dictionary Skills.
Appendix B: Parts of Speech.
Appendix C: ESL Skills with Exercises.
Appendix D: Paragraph Writing Checklists.
Answer Keys to Practice Exercises in Part II.