The Concise Canadian Writers Handbook: Student Workbook

Paperback | March 5, 2013

byWilliam E. Messenger, Jan de Bruyn, Judy Brown

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This workbook accompanies The Concise Canadian Writer's Handbook. It provides exercises covering the topics in the main book, from the mechanics of building strong sentences and paragraphs to the intricacies of writing, formatting, and documenting full-length research papers. With over 150exercises, the workbook helps students gain a firm grasp of grammatical concepts and other topics. Exercises also help students improve their writing through practical application of the effective writing techniques discussed in the text.

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This workbook accompanies The Concise Canadian Writer's Handbook. It provides exercises covering the topics in the main book, from the mechanics of building strong sentences and paragraphs to the intricacies of writing, formatting, and documenting full-length research papers. With over 150exercises, the workbook helps students gain a f...

William E. Messenger (now deceased) and Jan de Bruyn, both emeritus professors of the University of British Columbia, produced the first edition of The Canadian Writer's Handbook in 1980. Judy Brown joined the project as an editorial consultant on the third edition; she is a senior instructor in the English department at UBC, where she...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.47 inPublished:March 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Principles of Composition1. 1-7 Working with paragraphs2. 9a-b Finding and limiting subjects3. 9c Thinking about audience and purpose4. 9d Generating material5. 9e Classifying and organizing data6. 9f-j (1) Writing thesis statements and outlines7. 9f-j (2) Revising weak outlines8. 9f-j (3) Constructing and using outlines9. 9-l Evaluating beginnings10. 10 (1) Detecting faulty reasoning11. 10 (2) Analyzing arguments and recognizing persuasive techniques12. 10 (3) Including the oppositionPart II: Understanding Sentences13. 12a-b (1) Subject and predicate14. 12a-b (2) Subject and predicate with modifiers and articles15. 12d-e Sentence patterns 2A and 2B16. 12f Sentence pattern 317. 12g-k Sentence patterns 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, and 618. 12k Sentence pattern 619. 12c-k (1) Identifying sentence patterns20. 12c-k (2) Identifying sentence elements and patterns21. 12m-n Dependent and independent clauses22. 12-o Functions of subordinate clauses23. 12p Recognizing phrases24. 12m-p (1) Recognizing phrases and clauses25. 12m-p (2) Recognizing phrases and clauses26. 12q (1) Writing appositives27. 12q (2) Using appositives28. 12q-r Identifying appositives and absolutes29. 12w-x Recognizing minor sentences and fragments30. 12x Recognizing and correcting sentence fragments31. 12z (1) Recognizing kinds of sentences32. 12z (2) Recognizing kinds of sentences33. 12z (3) Constructing different kinds of sentences34. 12z (4) Constructing different kinds of sentencesAnswersPart III: Parts of Speech35. 13b (1) Recognizing nouns36. 13b (2) Recognizing nouns37. 14e Using correct pronouns38. 14 Identifying pronouns39. 15d Avoiding gender bias40. 15 (1) Pronoun-antecedent agreement41. 15 (2) Correcting agreement errors42. 16 (1) Correcting faulty pronoun reference43. 16 (2) Correcting faulty pronoun reference44. 17a (1) Identifying verb types45. 17a (2) Recognizing subjective complements46. 17c (1) Using irregular verbs47. 17c (2) Using irregular verbs48. 17e Modal auxiliary verbs49. 17g Verb tense50. 17-l (1) Revising passive voice51. 17-l (2) Revising passive voice52. 18 (1) Subject-verb agreement53. 18 (2) Choosing correct verbs54. 18 (3) Correcting faulty subject-verb agreement55. 19a-b Adjectives56. 19c Using articles57. 19e Order of adjectives58. 20 Identifying adverbs59. 19-20 (1) Recognizing adjectives and adverbs60. 19-20 (2) Correcting misused adjectives and adverbs61. 19-20 (3) Using adjectival and adverbial modifiers62. 21a Identifying infinitive phrases63. 21d-e Using participles64. 21 (1) Identifying verbal phrases65. 21 (2) Recognizing verbals66. 21 (3) Using verbals67. 21 (4) Writing with verbals68. 21 (5) Reducing clauses69. 21 (6) Reducing clauses to infinitive phrases70. 21 (7) Using absolute phrases71. 21 (8) Using absolute phrases72. 22a-c (1) Identifying prepositions73. 22a-c (2) Recognizing prepositional phrases74. 22a-c (3) Using prepositional phrases75. 23a Using coordinating conjunctions76. 23c (1) Recognizing subordinate clauses77. 23c (2) Using subordinating conjunctions78. 23c (3) Writing subordinate clauses79. 23 (1) Identifying conjunctions80. 23 (2) Writing with conjunctions81. 13-24 Recognizing parts of speech82. Review exercises: Part IIIAnswersPart IV: Writing Effective Sentences83. 27a Lengthening sentences84. 27b Shortening sentences85. 28 Sentence variety86. 27-29 Sentence length, variety, and emphasis87. 32 (1) Correcting sentence fragments88. 32 (2) Correcting sentence fragments89. 35 (1) Correcting misplaced modifiers90. 35 (2) Correcting misplaced modifiers91. 36 (1) Correcting dangling modifiers92. 36 (2) Correcting dangling modifiers93. 32-36 Review of common sentence errors94. 37 (1) Correcting mixed constructions95. 37 (2) Correcting mixed constructions96. 38 (1) Improving alignment97. 38 (2) Improving alignment98. 39 Eliminating shifts99. 40 (1) Correcting faulty parallelism100. 40 (2) Correcting faulty parallelism101. 41 (1) Using subordination102. 41 (2) Correcting faulty coordination103. 42 Improving logic104. Review exercises: Parts II, III, and IVAnswersPart V: Punctuation105. 43a-b The comma, independent clauses, and coordinating conjunctions106. 43c-d Punctuating parallel adjectives and series107. 43e (1) Punctuating adverbial clauses108. 43e (2) Punctuating opening and closing words and phrases109. 43e (3) Punctuating words, phrases, and adverbial clauses110. 43f (1) Punctuating nonrestrictive elements111. 43f (2) Identifying and punctuating nonrestrictive and restrictive elements112. 43 (1) Using commas113. 43 (2) Extra punctuation practice: the comma114. 44 The semicolon115. 43-45 Comma, semicolon, or colon116. 44-46 Using the semicolon, colon, and dash117. 43g, 46, 47 Punctuating sentence interrupters118. 54a-b (also 33-34) (1) Correcting comma splices and run-on sentences119. 54a-b (also 33-34) (2) Correcting comma splices and run-on sentences120. 54a-b (also 33-34) (3) Correcting comma splices and run-on sentences121. 43-46 Extra punctuation practice122. 52 Quotation marks123. 43-54 (1) Punctuation review124. 43-54 (2) Punctuation review125. Review exercises: Part VAnswersPart VI: Mechanics and Spelling126. 56 Using abbreviations correctly127. 57-59 Capitalization, titles, and italics128. 61k (1) Using hyphens129. 61k (2) Using hyphens130. 62-l Forming plurals131. 61-l-n (1) Using apostrophes132. 61-l-n (2) Using apostrophes133. 62 Correcting misspellings134. Review exercise: Part VIAnswersPart VII: Diction135. 64a-b (1) Using formal diction136. 64a-b (2) Slang, colloquialisms, and informal expressions137. 64c (1) Thinking about "big" words138. 64c (2) Eliminating pretentious diction139. 66 (1) Using specific diction140. 66 (2) Being concrete and specific141. 67 Recognizing connotation142. 68 Avoiding euphemisms143. 69 (1) Avoiding wrong words144. 69 (2) Avoiding wrong words145. 70 (1) Correcting idioms146. 70 (2) Correcting idioms147. 71c Cutting redundancy148. 71a-c (1) Reducing wordiness149. 71a-c (2) Reducing wordiness by combining sentences150. 71a-d Reducing wordiness, redundancy, and ready-made phrases151. 71e Eliminating cliches152. 71g Evaluating nouns used as adjectives153. 72 Usage154. 63-72 Sentence revisions155. Review exercise: Part VIIAnswersPart VIII: Research, Writing, and Documentation156. 78 Paraphrasing and summarizing157. 79a Documenting in MLA158. 79b Documenting in APAAnswers