Wordsmith: A Guide To College Writing by Pamela ArlovWordsmith: A Guide To College Writing by Pamela Arlov

Wordsmith: A Guide To College Writing

byPamela Arlov

Paperback | December 30, 2014

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Helping students to craft direct, clear, and engaging writing
Briefer and more readable than full-length texts, Wordsmith: A Guide to College Writing is the antidote to dry, overwrought, and overly expansive writing guides. Wordsmith engages students, serves multiple skill levels, and teaches enduring writing techniques in a way that is actionable, contemporary, hands-on, and fun.
This resource is a powerful tool for students and teachers alike. With appealing, topical readings and expanded writing exercises, the updated text empowers instructors to meet students where they are and engage their collective interests. Author Pam Arlov provides students with just the right balance of instruction and practice, covering grammar, rhetorical modes and mixed modes, style guidelines, and more. Her inviting writing style, use of relevant readings and visuals, and occasional humor are sure to engage any student.
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Title:Wordsmith: A Guide To College WritingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:600 pages, 9 × 7.3 × 1 inPublished:December 30, 2014Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Readings by Rhetorical Mode
Updates to the Sixth Edition


Part 1 Composition


Chapter 1 The Writing Process
The Writing Process
Review of the Paragraph
Writing Assignments


Chapter 2 Preparing to Write
Why Prewrite?
Prewriting Methods
Progressive Writing Assignment


Chapter 3 Building a Framework: Thesis and Organization
The Structure of an Essay
Audience, Purpose, and Point of View
Constructing the Thesis Statement
Evaluating Your Thesis Points
Organizing Your Essay
Progressive Writing Assignment


Chapter 4 Introducing the Essay
Purposes of an Introduction
Types of Introduction
Progressive Writing Assignment


Chapter 5 Developing Body Paragraphs Writing Body Paragraphs
Direction: Shaping the Topic Sentences of Body Paragraphs
Unity: Sticking to the Point of the Essay
Coherence: Holding the Essay Together
Support: Using Specific Detail
Progressive Writing Assignment


Chapter 6 Concluding the Essay
Methods of Conclusion
Traps to Avoid
Progressive Writing Assignment


Chapter 7 Revising, Proofreading, and Formatting
Progressive Writing Assignment


Chapter 8 Showing and Telling: Description, Narration, and Example
Description, Narration, and Example in Action
Mixed Methods Assignments


Chapter 9 Limiting and Ordering: Definition, Classification, and Process
Definition, Classification, and Process in Action
Mixed Methods Assignments


Chapter 10 Examining Logical Connections: Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect, and Argument
Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect, and Argument in Action
Argument and Persuasion
Mixed Methods Assignments


Chapter 11 Writing a Research Paper
Five Steps for Writing a Research Paper
Paraphrasing and Summarizing: Essential Research Skills
Using APA and MLA Documentation Styles
Writing Assignments


Part 2 Grammar


Chapter 12 Verbs and Subjects
Action and Linking Verbs
Recognizing Verbs and Subjects
Irregular Verbs
Review Exercises


Chapter 13 Subject-Verb Agreement
The Basic Pattern
Problems in Subject-Verb Agreement
Review Exercises


Chapter 14 Coordination and Subordination
Connecting Ideas Through Coordination
Connecting Ideas Through Subordination
Creating Emphasis Through Subordination
Review Exercises


Chapter 15 Run-on Sentences
What Is a Run-on Sentence?
Correcting Run-ons
Review Exercises


Chapter 16 Sentence Fragments
What Is a Sentence Fragment?
Dependent Clause Fragments
Verbal Phrase Fragments (to, -ing, and -ed)
Missing-Subject Fragments
Example and Exception Fragments
Prepositional Phrase Fragments
Review Exercises


Chapter 17 Pronoun Case
Subject and Object Pronouns
Using Who and Whom
Intensive and Reflexive Pronouns
Review Exercises


Chapter 18 Pronoun
Agreement, Reference, and Point of View
Pronoun Errors
Pronoun Agreement
Pronoun Reference
Pronoun Point of View
Review Exercises
Editing Exercises: Basic Grammar


Chapter 19 Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Misplaced Modifiers
Single-Word Modifiers
Dangling Modifiers
Review Exercises


Chapter 20 Parallel Structure
Parallel Structure
Parallel Structure in Sentences
Review Exercises


Chapter 21 Verb Shifts
Shifts in Tense
Active Voice and Passive Voice
Review Exercises
Editing Exercises: Advanced Grammar


Chapter 22 Sentences with Style
The Importance of Style
Limit Your Use of the Verb To Be
Replace Ordinary Verbs With Vivid, Descriptive Verbs
Revise Sentences That Begin with There is or It is
Vary Sentence Openings
Vary Sentence Structure and Length


Chapter 23 Commas
Commas to Set Off Introductory Words, Phrases, and Clauses
Commas to Join Items in a Series
Commas to Join Independent Clauses
Commas Around Interrupters
Commas with Direct Quotations
Commas in Names and Dates
Review Exercises


Chapter 24 Other Punctuation
End Punctuation: Period, Question Mark, and Exclamation Point
The Semicolon
Colons and Dashes
Parentheses: Tools of Understatement
Review Exercises


Chapter 25 Word Choice
Word Choice
Slang and Textspeak
Conversational Constructions
Review Exercises


Chapter 26 Words Commonly Confused
Words Commonly Confused
Review Exercises


Chapter 27
Capitalization of Words That Begin Sentences
Capitalization of Words Referring to Individuals
Capitalization of Words Referring to Groups
Capitalization of Words Referring to Time and Place
Capitalization of Words Referring to Things and Activities
Review Exercises


Chapter 28 Apostrophes
Apostrophes in Contractions
Apostrophes to Show Possession
Review Exercises


Chapter 29 Quotation Marks, Italics, and Underlining
How to Signal Quotations
Quotation Marks, Italics, or Underlining to Set Off Titles
Review Exercises
Editing Exercises: Punctuation, Word Choice, and Mechanics


Part 3 Readings
Reading at the College Level
Reading Essays and Literature
The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
A narrow Fellow in the Grass, Emily Dickinson
The Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin
Memorial Tattoos: Getting Inked and Letting Go, Kate Sweeney
Has the Internet Killed Privacy? Richard Woods
Some Things About That Day, Debra Marquart
The “Black Table” Is Still There, Lawrence Otis Graham
Letting in Light, Patricia Raybon
Date Rape: Exposing Dangerous Myths, John J. Macionis
Is National Service a Cure for America’s Woes? Larry Fennelly