English Skills

English Skills
By:Langan, John;
Pub Date:January 13th 2011
Format:Mixed media product 680 pages
ISBN:0073533300 / 9780073533308
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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 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



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 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

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 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


Chapter 32: Paper Format

Chapter 33: Capital Letters

Chapter 34: Numbers and Abbreviations


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


Chapter 45: Combined Mastery Tests

Chapter 46: Editing Tests

Sentence-Skills Achievement Test

Reading Comprehension Chart

Appendix: Answers and Charts


Answers to Sentence Skills Diagnostic Test and Introductory Projects





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