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College Writing Skills with Readings MLA 2016 Update

College Writing Skills with Readings MLA 2016 Update

9th Edition
By John Langan
ISBN10: 1259988546
ISBN13: 9781259988547
Copyright: 2014
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Preface xxii

Part 1: Essay Writing 1

Chapter 1 An Introduction to Writing 2

Point and Support 3

Structure of the Traditional Essay 6

Benefits of Writing the Traditional Essay 11

Writing as a Skill 11

Writing as a Process of Discovery 12

Writing as a Way to Communicate with Others 13

Keeping a Journal 14

Tips on Using a Computer 15

Review Activities 17

Using This Text 20

Chapter 2 The Writing Process 22

Prewriting 23

Writing a First Draft 31

Revising 33

Editing 35

Review Activities 38

Chapter 3 The First and Second Steps in Essay Writing 50

Step 1: Begin with a Point, or Thesis 51

Step 2: Support the Thesis with Specific Evidence 60

Practice in Advancing and Supporting a Thesis 67

Chapter 4 The Third Step in Essay Writing 83

Step 3: Organize and Connect the Specific Evidence 84

Introductions, Conclusions, and Titles 94

Practice in Organizing and Connecting Specific Evidence 102

Chapter 5 The Fourth Step in Essay Writing 110

Revising Sentences 111

Editing Sentences 130

Practice in Revising Sentences 133

Chapter 6 Four Bases for Revising Essays 144

Base 1: Unity 145

Base 2: Support 148

Base 3: Coherence 152

Base 4: Sentence Skills 155

Practice in Using the Four Bases 159

Part 2: Patterns of Essay Development 173

Chapter 7 Introduction to Essay Development 174

Important Considerations in Essay Development 175

Patterns of Essay Development 180

Chapter 8 Description 182

READING: Lou's Place by Beth Johnson 192

Chapter 9 Narration 203

READING: The Yellow Ribbon by Pete Hamill 214

Chapter 10 Exemplification 222

READING: Dad by Andrew H. Malcolm 233

Chapter 11 Process 242

READING: How to Do Well on a Job Interview by Glenda Davis 251

Chapter 12 Cause and/or Effect 260

READING: Taming the Anger Monster by Anne Davidson 269

Chapter 13 Comparison and/or Contrast 281

READING: Born to Be Different? by Camille Lewis 293

Chapter 14 Definition 304

READING: Television Addiction by Marie Winn 313

Chapter 15 Division-Classification 325

READING: Wait Divisions by Tom Bodett 334

Chapter 16 Argument 343

READING: Ban the Things. Ban Them All. by Molly Ivins 356

Part 3: Special Skills 365

Chapter 17 Taking Essay Exams 366

Chapter 18 Writing a Summary 375

Chapter 19 Writing a Report 387

Chapter 20 Writing a Résumé and Cover Letter 392

Chapter 21 Using the Library and the Internet 399

Using the Library 400

Using the Internet 407

Practice in Using the Library and the Internet 411

Chapter 22 Writing a Research Paper 413

Model Paper 427

Part 4: Handbook of Sentence Skills 439

SECTION 1: Grammar 440

Chapter 23 Subjects and Verbs 441

Chapter 24 Fragments 447

Chapter 25 Run-Ons 460

Chapter 26 Regular and Irregular Verbs 473

Chapter 27 Subject-Verb Agreement 484

Words between Subject and Verb 485

Verb before Subject 485

Compound Subjects 486

Indefinite Pronouns 487

Chapter 28 Additional Information about Verbs 490

Verb Tense 490

Helping Verbs 491

Verbals 492

Chapter 29 Pronoun Agreement and Reference 494

Pronoun Agreement 495

Pronoun Reference 497

Chapter 30 Pronoun Types 500

Subject and Object Pronouns 500

Possessive Pronouns 504 Chapter 31 Adjectives and Adverbs 507

Adjectives 507

Adverbs 509

Chapter 32 Misplaced Modifiers 513

Chapter 33 Dangling Modifiers 517

SECTION 2: Mechanics 522

Chapter 34 Manuscript Form 523

Chapter 35 Capital Letters 526

Main Uses of Capital Letters 526

Other Uses of Capital Letters 529

Unnecessary Use of Capitals 532

Chapter 36 Numbers and Abbreviations 534

Numbers 535

Abbreviations 536

SECTION 3: Punctuation 538

Chapter 37 Apostrophe 539

Apostrophe in Contractions 540

Apostrophe to Show Ownership or Possession 541

Chapter 38 Quotation Marks 546

Chapter 39 Comma 554

Six Main Uses of the Comma 554

Chapter 40 Other Punctuation Marks 564

Colon (:) 564

Semicolon (;) 565

Dash (-) 565

Parentheses () 566

Hyphen (-) 567

SECTION 4: Word Use 569

Chapter 41 Spelling Improvement 570

Chapter 42 Commonly Confused Words 575

Homonyms 575

Other Words Frequently Confused 580

Chapter 43 Effective Word Choice 585

Chapter 44 Editing Tests 592

Chapter 45 ESL Pointers 605

Articles with Count and Noncount Nouns 606

Subjects and Verbs 610

Adjectives 615

Prepositions Used for Time and Place 617

Correction Symbols 620

Part 5: Readings for Writers 621

Introduction to the Readings 622

Looking Inward 627

from Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson 627

Three Passions, Bertrand Russell 632

Shame, Dick Gregory 636

I Became Her Target, Roger Wilkins 643

Stepping into the Light, Tanya Savory 650

A Hanging, George Orwell 658

What Your Closet Reveals About You, Amy Tan 667

Observing Others 674

The Professor Is a Dropout, Beth Johnson 674

The Certainty of Fear, Audra Kendall 684

What’s Wrong with Schools? Teacher Plays Student, Learns to Lie and Cheat, Casey Banas 691

Propaganda Techniques in Today’s Advertising, Ann McClintock 697

Confronting Problems 707

Chief Seattle's Speech of 1854, Chief Seattle 707

Single-Sex Schools: An Old Idea Whose Time Has Come, Diane Urbina 715

Here’s to Your Health, Joan Dunayer 722

Mayor of Rust, Sue Halpern 728

How to Make It in College, Now That You’re Here, Brian O’Keeney 739

College Lectures: Is Anybody Listening?, David Daniels 748

Is Sex All That Matters?, Joyee Garity 755

Reading Comprehension Chart 763

Credits C-1

Index I-1

Instructor’s Guide IG-1

Suggested Approaches and Techniques IG-2

A Model Syllabus IG-14

Suggested Answers to the Discussion Questions in Parts IG-20

About the Author

John Langan

John Langan has taught reading and writing at Atlantic Cape Community College for more than 25 years. The author of a popular series of college textbooks on both writing and reading, John enjoys the challenge of developing instructive materials that are clear and lively. Before teaching, he earned advanced degrees in writing at Rutgers University and in reading at Rowan University. He also spent a year writing fiction that “is now at the back of a drawer waiting to be discovered and acclaimed posthumously.” While in school, he supported himself by working as a truck driver, a machinist, a battery assembler, a hospital attendant, and an apple packer. In addition to his wife and Philly sports teams, his passions include reading and conveying to nonreaders the pleasure and power of books. Through Townsend Press, his educational publishing company, he has developed the nonprofit “Townsend Library”—a collection of more than 100 new and classic stories that appeal to readers of any age.