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Grounded in John Langan’s Four Bases – unity, coherence, sentence skills, and support – English Skills employs a unique personalized learning plan to address student deficits in grammar and mechanics and to free instructional time for activities emphasizing writing process and critical thinking. English Skills 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. The new edition adds a variety of exciting new features to John Langan's proven approach, and reinstates much-requested material from previous editions.
Table of contents
To the InstructorPART 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 AudiencePrewriting Writing a First Draft Revising Editing Review Activities 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 PointChapter 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 Revising Sentences Editing 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 ContrastChapter 12: Definition Chapter 13: Division and Classification Chapter 14: Description Chapter 15: NarrationChapter 16: Argument Chapter 17: Additional Paragraph Assignments PART THREE: Essay DevelopmentChapter 18: Writing the Essay What Is an Essay? Important Points About the Essay Essays to Consider Planning the Essay Practice in Writing the EssayEssay Writing Assignments PART FOUR: Research SkillsChapter 19: Using the Library and the InternetChapter 20: Writing a Research PaperPART FIVE: Handbook of Sentence Skills Preview 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: MECHANICS3Chapter 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 PointersSection V: PRACTICE Chapter 45: Combined Mastery Tests Chapter 46: Editing Tests Sentence-Skills Achievement Test Reading Comprehension ChartAppendix: Answers and Charts PreviewAnswers to Sentence Skills Diagnostic Test and Introductory Projects Charts Acknowledgments Index