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College Writing Skills offers students a practical guide to becoming better writers. From mastering the traditional five-paragraph essay and its variations to learning about the finer points of grammar and punctuation, College Writing Skills empowers students to take control of their writing and put it to work for them. Now, with the new online writing program Connect Writing and the soon-to-come Connect Langan, an online interactive version of College Writing Skills, this new eighth edition brings writing closer to students and helps to take them where they need to go. Whether online or in class, College Writing Skills offers students the tools to succeed.
Table of contents
Readings Listed by Rhetorical Mode xvii To the Instructor xxi Part 1: Essay Writing 1Chapter 1 An Introduction to Writing 2Point and Support 3Structure of the Traditional Essay 7Benefits of Writing the Traditional Essay 11Writing as a Skill 11Writing as a Process of Discovery 12Writing as a Way to Communicate with Others 13Keeping a Journal 14Tips on Using a Computer 15Review Activities 17Using This Text 20Chapter 2 The Writing Process 22Prewriting 23Writing a First Draft 31Revising 33Editing 35Review Activities 38Chapter 3 The First and Second Steps in Essay Writing 50Step 1: Begin with a Point, or Thesis 51Step 2: Support the Thesis with Specific Evidence 60Practice in Advancing and Supporting a Thesis 67Chapter 4 The Third Step in Essay Writing 83Step 3: Organize and Connect the Specific Evidence 84Introductions, Conclusions, and Titles 94Practice in Organizing and Connecting Specifi c Evidence 102Chapter 5 The Fourth Step in Essay Writing 110Revising Sentences 111Editing Sentences 130Practice in Revising Sentences 133Chapter6 Four Bases for Revising Essays 146Base 1: Unity 147Base 2: Support 150Base 3: Coherence 154Base 4: Sentence Skills 157Practice in Using the Four Bases 161 Part 2: Patterns of Essay Development 175Chapter 7 Introduction to Essay Development 176Important Considerations in Essay Development 177Patterns of Essay Development 182Chapter 8 Description 184READING: Lou’s Place Beth Johnson 194Chapter 9 Narration 209READING: The Yellow Ribbon Pete Hamill 220Chapter 10 Exemplifi cation 230READING: Dad Andrew H. Malcolm 241Chapter 11 Process 254READING: How to Do Well on a Job InterviewGlenda Davis 263Chapter 12 Cause and Effect 276READING: Taming the Anger MonsterAnne Davidson 286Chapter13 Comparison or Contrast 300READING: Born to Be Different? Camille Lewis 311Chapter 14 Definition 324READING: Television Addiction Marie Winn 333Chapter 15 Division-Classifi cation 343READING: Wait Divisions Tom Bodett 352Chapter 16 Argument 363READING: Ban the Things. Ban Them All. Molly Ivins 376 Part 3: Special Skills 385 Chapter 17 Taking Essay Exams 386Chapter 18 Writing a Summary 395Chapter 19 Writing a Report 407Chapter 20 Writing a Résumé and Cover Letter 412Chapter 21 Using the Library and the Internet 419Chapter 22 Writing a Research Paper 433 Part 4: Handbook of Sentence Skills 457SECTION 1: Grammar 458Chapter 23 Subjects and Verbs 459Chapter 24 Fragments 465Chapter 25 Run-Ons 479Chapter26 Regular and Irregular Verbs 492Chapter27 Subject-Verb Agreement 502Chapter 28 Additional Information about Verbs 508Chapter 29 Pronoun Agreement and Reference 512Chapter 30 Pronoun Types 518Chapter 31 Adjectives and Adverbs 525Chapter 32 Misplaced Modifi ers 531Chapter 33 Dangling Modifi ers 535SECTION 2: Mechanics 540Chapter 34 Manuscript Form 541Chapter 35 Capital Letters 544Chapter 36 Numbers and Abbreviations 552SECTION 3: Punctuation 556Chapter 37 Apostrophe 557Chapter 38 Quotation Marks 565Chapter 39 Comma 573Chapter40 Other Punctuation Marks 583SECTION 4: Word Use 588Chapter41 Spelling Improvement 589Chapter42 Commonly Confused Words 594Chapter43 Effective Word Choice 604Chapter44 Editing Tests 611Chapter45 ESL Pointers 625Correction Symbols 639