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The Least You Should Know About English: Writing Skills 13th Edition

Paige Wilson | Teresa Ferster Glazier

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Overview

For decades, students have mastered the basics of writing with THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH: WRITING SKILLS. Uncomplicated explanations allow students to focus on fundamentals, reinforced by real-world samples, over 200 exercises, and instant feedback in all areas of writing. Students learn the essentials of word use, sentence structure, and punctuation; how to write paragraphs and essays; and reading-based writing skills. Exercises from multiple disciplines broaden students' understanding and interest in science, art, history, film, literature, social studies, business, and the media. When the course ends, this resource becomes a valuable reference to support students' future writing needs.

Paige Wilson, Pasadena City College

PAIGE WILSON, Associate Professor of English, is now primary author of Teresa Ferster Glazier's THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH classic textbook series (currently in its 13th edition) and a new co-author of Pamela Altman's SENTENCE-COMBINING WORKBOOK (5th edition). Wilson has enthusiastically taught grammar, writing, and literature at Pasadena City College since 1986 and also works as a Writing Consultant/Grammar Expert for international and local companies.

Teresa Ferster Glazier, Late, Western Illinois University

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  • Sections in Part Four on writing in response to a reading, choosing and using quotations, writing an argument, and writing summaries -- and a chart offering tips for in-class essays -- form a foundation of skills necessary for complex analytical writing assignments.
  • A test booklet by Paige Wilson -- available to instructors only -- includes both sentence-format and paragraph-format identification and proofreading tests that correspond directly to the book's newly-numbered sections and that can also be used as additional exercises. Importantly, students do not have the answers to these supplemental tests or exercises.
  • Parts One through Three teach students the essentials of word use, sentence structure, and punctuation and put these skills into practice with more than 200 self-teaching exercises.
  • Complete exercise answers provided in the back of the book give students the power to learn on their own, wherever they are, and immediately apply what they've learned in their writing.
  • All four parts include model sentences, paragraphs, and essays by both student and professional writers, including excerpts from full-length texts that cross disciplines and borders and that present a balance of male and female writers in the fields of science, business, and popular culture.
  • Writing exercises in Part Four encourage students to practice the skills and stages involved in different aspects of writing: writing a thesis, finding a voice, organizing, summarizing, arguing, quoting, and in-class writing.

The Least You Should Know About English: Writing Skills

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface.
Acknowledgments.
Getting the Most from The Least You Should Know about English.
Part I: WORD USE.
What Is the Least You Should Know about Word Use?
Word Use Preview Test.
1. Words Often Confused (Set 1).
2. Words Often Confused (Set 2).
3. The Eight Parts of Speech.
4. Adjectives and Adverbs.
5. Contractions.
6. Possessives.
7. Consulting a Dictionary.
Word Use Progress Test. Word Use Practice.
Part I: SENTENCE STRUCTURE.
What Is the Least You Should Know about Sentence Structure?
Sentence Structure Preview Test.
8. Locating Prepositional Phrases.
9. Finding Subjects and Verbs.
10. Understanding Dependent Clauses.
11. Correcting Fragments.
12. Correcting Run-on Sentences.
13. Identifying Verb Phrases.
14. Using Standard English Verbs.
15. Using Regular and Irregular Verbs.
16. Maintaining Subject-Verb Agreement.
17. Avoiding Shifts in Tense.
18. Recognizing Verbal Phrases.
19. Correcting Misplaced or Dangling Modifiers.
20. Following Sentence Patterns.
21. Avoiding Clichés, Awkward Phrasing, and Wordiness.
22. Correcting for Parallel Structure.
23. Using Pronouns.
24. Avoiding Shifts in Person.
Sentence Structure Progress Test. Sentence Structure Practice.
Part III: PUNCTUATION.
What Is the Least You Should Know about Punctuation?
Punctuation Preview Test.
25. Periods, Question Marks, Exclamation Points, Semicolons, Colons, Dashes.
26. Commas Used to Separate Elements.
27. Commas Used to Enclose Elements.
28. Quotation Marks and Italics/Underlines.
29. Capital Letters.
Punctuation Progress Test. Punctuation Practice.
Part IV: WRITING.  
What Is the Least You Should Know about Writing?
Writing as Structure.
First, Second, and Third-Person Approaches.
Basic Structures.
30. The Paragraph.
31. The Essay. Writing Skills.
32. Writing in Your Own Voice.
33. Finding a Topic.
34. Organizing Ideas. Organizing an Essay.
35. Supporting with Details.
36. Choosing and Using Quotations.
37. Writing in Response to a Reading.
38. Writing an Argument.
39. Writing Summaries.
40. Revising, Proofreading, and Presenting Your Work.
Answers.
Index.

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