Wordsmith : A Guide to Paragraphs and Essays

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In the REAL WORLD, do we write just ONE mode in isolation? With a strong focus on writing and the writing process, WORDSMITH: A GUIDE TO PARAGRAPHS AND SHORT ESSAYS, Second Edition also groups the methods of development in threes - to better show students the relationships between them, and to give students strategies for using more than one in their papers: The Showing and Telling chapter covers Description, Narration, and Example. The Limiting and Ordering chapter covers Definition, Classification, and Process. The Examining Logical Connections chapter covers Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect, and Argument. Throughout the text, WORDSMITH: A GUIDE TO PARAGRAPHS AND SHORT ESSAYS 2E also provides extensive exercises for students to practice their skills: Practice and Review Exercises are brief, short-answer style exercises. Editing, Group and Writing Assignments require working with or creating writing samples. Progressive Writing Assignments connect writing process concepts from other chapters. With a focus on writing and a variety of exercises, WORDSMITH: A GUIDE TO PARAGRAPHS AND SHORT ESSAYS 2E illustrates how the elements of good writing are rarely performed in isolation.
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  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 189.5 x 237.7 x 23.1mm | 898.13g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 013048895X
  • 9780130488954

Table of contents


1. The Writing Process.
2. Preparing to Write.
3. Writing Paragraphs: The Topic Sentence.
4. Writing Paragraph Support.
5. Writing Paragraphs: Unity and Coherence.
6. Revising, Proofreading, and Formatting.
7. Showing and Telling: Description, Narration, and Example.
8. Limiting and Ordering: Definition, Classification, and Process.
9. Examining Logical Connections: Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect, and Argument.
10. Writing an Essay.
11. Writing a Summary Report.


12. Verbs and Subjects.
13. Subject-Verb Agreement.
14. Verb Shifts.
15. Sentence Variety.
16. Run-On Sentences.
17. Sentence Fragments.
18. Pronoun Case.
19. Pronoun Agreement, Reference, and Point of View.
20. Adjectives, Adverbs, and Articles.
21. Capital Letters.
22. Words Commonly Confused.
23. Word Choice.
24. Commas.
25. Other Punctuation.
26. Apostrophes.
27. Quotation Marks, Underlining, and Italics.


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