Higher Education

Writer's Resources: Sentence Skills with Readings, 1st Edition

  • includes Writer's Resources CD-ROM
  • Julie Robitaille Santa Fe Community College
  • Robert Connelly Santa Fe Community College
  • ISBN-10: 1413010032  |  ISBN-13: 9781413010039
  • 608 Pages
  • © 2006 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $131.25



This textbook focuses on the primary skills of college writing, teaching students that the sentence is the basic unit of all writing, and the ability to write strong, error-free sentences is expected of all college writers. WRITER'S RESOURCES: SENTENCE SKILLS WITH READINGS covers all the essential sentence skills and provides instruction on the paragraph and the essay. Each chapter provides the most important rules and concepts needed to write effective sentences. All rules are numbered for easy reference, and practice using each rule is provided after each rule. In addition, there are review exercises covering all the rules for each skill and editing exercises using each skill. Tests on the skill end each chapter. It also includes 10 professional readings and nine student paragraphs and essays. The professional readings include vocabulary exercises, comprehension questions, discussion questions, and writing topics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Aiming for Success.
1. The Paragraph.
2. The Essay.
3. Capitalization.
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.
11. Fragments.
12. Run-ons.
13. Sentence Combining.
14. Pronoun Agreement.
15. Reference and Case.
16. Modifiers.
17. Parallelism.
18. Commas.
19. Apostrophes.
20. Other Punctuation Marks.
21. Quotation Marks.
22. Combined Editing Tests.
23. Combined Skill Tests.
"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.
Student Paragraphs.
Laptops: Portable Gifts.
Fun Celly.
Healthy Choice.
Bad Break-up.
The Oldest Child.
Owning a Dog.
Cheating Doesn't Help.
Student Essays.
My Journey.
Modern Nuisance.
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.

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Efficacy and Outcomes


"I applaud the authors for creating a textbook that includes clear succinct information….I think that students will enjoy this book because it speaks to them in a clear, precise and direct manner."

— Heather Jeddy, Northern Virginia CC

"Superior, based on 35 years as a teacher."

— Dorothea Burkhart, Davidson County Community College


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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1413010342 | ISBN-13: 9781413010343)

The Instructor's Manual includes teaching suggestions, sample syllabi, as well as additional tests and resource. The IM contains suggestions for creating a class schedule (with sample), using group activities and reinforcing first-year-in-college skills, using journals, incorporating the use of the CD-ROM with the text, grading, and using portfolios. It also contains additional journal and writing assignments, numerous student handouts, two additional tests for each skill, and additional editing tests.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Julie Robitaille

Julie Robitaille is committed to the writing life. She received a B.A. in English from Emory University, an M.A. in English literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.A. in creative writing from the University of Florida. For twenty years, she directed the Writing Lab at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida, and she now teaches writing full time.

Robert Connelly

After receiving his B.A. from the University of Florida, Bob Connelly spent time living and studying in northern Europe and then attended the University of Chicago, where he received an M.A. in English literature. He has been teaching writing for over thirty years at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida.