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English Essentials

English Essentials

Grade Levels: 13
By John Langan
Copyright: 2013
Publication Date: January 17, 2012
MHID: 0073533327
ISBN 13: 9780073533322

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New Features

Relevance: New and revised examples, exercises, and tests based on the everyday issues and topics students encounter most.

Key Features

It's engaging and down to earth. Chapters in Part One are illustrated with photographs of real people, accompanied by stories about the roles that reading and writing play in their lives. Additional visuals appear in a new full-color insert with additional writing prompts.

Personal photos and stories: The text illustrates grammar skills with photos and stories of interesting people from all walks of life.

Engaging examples and materials: In addition to the photos and true-to-life stories, lively and engaging examples and practice materials help maintain student interest throughout.

Inclusiveness: In addition to full coverage of grammar, punctuation, and usage skills, the texts includes a brief guide to writing, writing assignments, practice in the key skill of proofreading, and coverage of spelling, parts of speech, and dictionary use.

Abundant opportunity for practice: Each chapter in Part One offers three full-page activities and five full-page tests. The last two of the tests are designed to resemble standardized tests and permit easy grading.

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It's easy to use. The book is divided into four parts. Part One focuses on fifteen basic skills, and Part Two offers more in-depth information about these and other skills. Part Three presents the essential skills of proofreading, while Part Four covers spelling improvement and dictionary use.

It provides plenty of practice. Each section provides essential instruction followed by ample activities. The second edition also has more writing prompts than ever, for further practice.

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English Essentials

Preface to the Instructor


About the Book

Becoming a Better Writer

Writing Assignments

Part One: Fifteen Basic Skills


1: Parts of Speech

2: Subjects and Verbs

3: Irregular Verbs

4: Subject-Verb Agreement

5: Sentence Types

6: Fragments I

7: Fragments II

8: Run-Ons and Comma Splices I

9: Run-Ons and Comma Splices II

10: The Comma

11: The Apostrophe

12: Quotation Marks

13: Homonyms

14: Capital Letters

15: Parallelism

Part Two: Extending the Skills


16: Preparing a Paper

17: Punctuation Marks

18: Pronoun Forms

19: Pronoun Problems

20: Adjectives and Adverbs

21: Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

22: Word Choice

23: Numbers and Abbreviations

24: More about Subjects and Verbs

25: More about Subject-Verb Agreement

26: More about Verbs

27: Even More about Verbs

28: More about Run-Ons and Comma Splices

29: More about Commas

30: More about Apostrophes

31: More about Quotation Marks

32: More about Homonyms

33: More about Capital Letters

Part Three: Proofreading


34: Basics about Proofreading

35: Ten Proofreading Tests

Part Four: Related Matters


36: Spelling Improvement

37: Dictionary Use


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.