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Summary: English Skills with Readings features John Langan's trademark crystal-clear explanations, along with his range of motivating activities and writing assignments that reinforce the four bases of effective writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. This edition of the book adds a variety of exciting new features to John Langan's proven approach, and reinstates much-requested materials from previous editions.Edition/Copyright: 8TH 12
To the Instructor
PART ONE: Basic Principles of Effective Writing
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Writing
Understanding Point and Support
An Overview: How the Book is Organized
Benefits of Paragraph Writing
Writing as a Skill
Writing as a Process of Discovery
Keeping a Journal
Using This Text
Chapter 2: The Writing Process
COnsidering Purpose and Audience
Writing a First Draft
Chapter 3: The First and Second Steps in Writing
Step 1: Begin With a Point
Step 2: Support the Point with Specific Evidence
Reinforcing Point and Support
The Importance of Specific Details
The Importance of Adequate Details
Practice in Making and Supporting a Point
Chapter 4: The Third Step in Writing
Step 3: Organize and Connect the Specific Evidence
Practice in Organizing and Connecting Specific Evidence
Chapter 5: The Fourth Step in Writing
Step 4: Write Clear, Error-Free Sentences
Practice in Revising Sentences
Chapter 6: Four Bases for Revising Writing
Base 1: Unity
Base 2: Support
Base 3: Coherence
Base 4: Sentence Skills
Practice in Using the Four Bases
PART TWO: Paragraph Development
Chapter 7: Introduction to Paragraph Development
Nine Patterns of Paragraph Development
Important Considerations in Paragraph Development
Using a Computer
Using Peer Review
Doing a Personal Review
Chapter 8: Exemplification
Chapter 9: Process
Chapter 10: Cause and Effect
Chapter 11: Comparison and Contrast
Chapter 12: Definition
Chapter 13: Division and Classification
Chapter 14: Description
Chapter 15: Narration
Chapter 16: Argument
Chapter 17: Additional Paragraph Assignments
PART THREE: Essay Development
Chapter 18: Writing the Essay
What Is an Essay?
Important Points About the Essay
Essays to Consider
Planning the Essay
Practice in Writing the Essay
Essay Writing Assignments
PART FOUR: Research Skills
Chapter 19: Using the Library and the Internet
Chapter 20: Writing a Research Paper
PART FIVE: Handbook of Sentence Skills
Sentence-Skills Diagnostic Test
Section I: GRAMMAR
Chapter 21: Subjects and Verbs
Chapter 22: Sentence Sense
Chapter 23: Fragments
Chapter 24: Run-Ons
Chapter 25: Standard English Verbs
Chapter 26: Irregular Verbs
Chapter 27: Subject-Verb Agreement
Chapter 28: Pronoun Agreement and Reference
Chapter 29: Pronoun Types
Chapter 30: Adjectives and Adverbs
Chapter 31: Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Section II: MECHANICS3
Chapter 32: Paper Format
Chapter 33: Capital Letters
Chapter 34: Numbers and Abbreviations
Section III: PUNCTUATION
Chapter 35: Apostrophe
Chapter 36: Quotation Marks
Chapter 37: Comma
Chapter 38: Other Punctuation Marks
Section IV: WORD USE
Chapter 39: Using the Dictionary
Chapter 40: Improving Spelling
Chapter 41: Vocabulary Development
Chapter 42: Commonly Confused Words
Chapter 43: Effective Word Choice
Chapter 44: ESL Pointers
Section V: PRACTICE
Chapter 45: Combined Mastery Tests
Chapter 46: Editing Tests
Sentence-Skills Achievement Test
PART SIX: READINGS FOR WRITERS
Introduction to the Readings
"All the Good Things," Sister Helen Mrosla
"Rowing the Bus," Paul Langan
"The Scholarship Jacket," Marta Salinas
"Joe Davis: A Cool Man," Beth Johnson
"The Fist, the Clay, and the Rock," Donald Holland
"What Good Familes Are Doing Right," Delores Curran
"Do It Better!" Ben Carson with Cecil Murphey
"Anxiety: Challenge by Another Name," James Lincoln Collier
"Let's Really Reform Our Schools," Anita Garland
"How They Get You to Do That," Jenny Scott
*"Managing Conflicts in Relationships," Rudolph Verderber
"Extra Large, Please," Diane Urbina
"The Most Hateful Words," Amy Tan
*"Group Pressure," Rodney Stark
*"In the Beginning," Roxanne Black
"From Father to Son, Last Words to Live by," Dana Canedy
"A Drunken Ride, a Tragic Aftermath," Theresa Conroy and Christine M. Johnson
Reading Comprehension Chart
Appendix: Answers and Charts
Answers to Sentence Skills Diagnostic Test and Introductory Projects
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