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ISBN: 9780073384085 / 0073384089
Division: Higher Education
Pub Date: JUL-07
Pages: 816

Copyright: 2008
Edition: 7
Format: Paperback
Sales Restriction: 028
   For Sale in Canada & US Territories
College Writing Skills with Readings

John Langan


About the book

John Langan's College Writing Skills with Readings, Seventh Edition, focuses on the essay using Langan's renowned clear writing style, as well as his wide range of writing assignments and activities that reinforce the four bases of effective writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. For the new seventh edition, John Langan has added a variety of fresh elements to his proven approach.
Key features

  • NEW visual part and chapter openers: Each part and chapter of the book opens with color photographs and accompanying writing prompts that relate to the learning material that follows – immediately engaging students in the writing and critical thinking process.
  • NEW visual learning: Because today’s students respond so readily to visual images, and must learn to evaluate such images critically, we have integrated over seventy photos and images throughout the text—each supported by an accompanying caption to prompt writing or critical thinking.
  • NEW contemporary exercises and activities engage students interest in current, relevant issues and help students apply concepts to contemporary culture and everyday life.
  • NEW expanded examples of student writing: The seventh edition features drafts of student writing through every step of the writing process, including pre-writing, early "longhand" drafts, final paragraphs, and final essays, clearly illustrating the progression students will make in their own writing.
  • NEW collaborative learning icon highlights all student activities that can be assigned as collaborative activities, either in or outside of class.
  • NEW readings chosen for their appeal and relevance to today's students, covering topics such as relationships, sleep deprivation, and sexuality.
  • NEW integrated Online Learning Center (OLC): Throughout the text, an OLC icon prompts students to visit the free Web site for additional online help. The updated OLC appeals to all learning styles, and provides interactive media for more effective learning.

  • Table of contents

    CHAPTER 1: An Introduction to Writing
    Point and Support
    Structure of the Traditional Essay
    Benefits of Writing the Traditional Essay
    Writing as a Skill
    Writing as a Process of Discovery
    Writing as a Way to Communicate with Others
    Keeping a Journal
    Using a Computer
    Review Activities
    Using This Text
    CHAPTER 2: The Writing Process
    Writing a First Draft
    Review Activities
    CHAPTER 3: The First and Second Steps in Essay Writing
    Step 1: Begin with a Point, or Thesis
    Step 2: Support the Thesis with Specific Evidence
    Practice in Advancing and Supporting a Thesis
    CHAPTER 4: The Third Step in Essay Writing
    Step3: Organize and Connect the Specific Evidence
    Introductions, Conclusions, and Titles
    Practice in Organizing and Connecting Specific Evidence
    CHAPTER 5: The Fourth Step in Essay Writing
    Revising Sentences
    Editing Sentences
    Practice in Revising Sentences
    CHAPTER 6: Four Bases for Revising Essays
    Base 1: Unity
    Base 2: Support
    Base 3: Coherence
    Base 4: Sentence Skills
    Practice in Using the Four Bases
    CHAPTER 7: Introduction To Essay Development
    CHAPTER 8: Description
    Reading: Lou's Place, Beth Johnson
    CHAPTER 9: Narration
    Reading: The Yellow Ribbon, Pete Hamill
    CHAPTER 10: Examples
    Reading: Dad, Andrew H. Malcolm
    CHAPTER 11: Process
    Reading: How to Do Well On A Job Interview, Glenda Davis
    CHAPTER 12: Cause and Effect
    *Reading: Taming the Anger Monster, Anne Davidson
    CHAPTER 13: Comparison and Contrast
    *Reading: Born to Be Different' Camille Lewis
    CHAPTER 14: Definition
    Reading: Television Addiction, Marie Winn
    CHAPTER 15: Division and Classification
    Reading: Wait Divisions, Tom Bodett
    CHAPTER 16: Argument
    Reading: Ban The Things. Ban Them All., Molly Ivins
    CHAPTER 17: Taking Essay Exams
    CHAPTER 18: Writing a Summary
    CHAPTER 19: Writing a Report
    CHAPTER 20: Writing a Résumé and Cover Letter
    CHAPTER 21: Using the Library and the Internet
    CHAPTER 22: Writing a Research Paper
    CHAPTER 23: Subjects and Verbs
    CHAPTER 24: Fragments
    CHAPTER 25: Run-ons
    CHAPTER 26: Regular and Irregular Verbs
    CHAPTER 27: Subject-Verb Agreement
    CHAPTER 28: Additional Information about Verbs
    CHAPTER 29: Pronoun Agreement and Reference
    CHAPTER 30: Pronoun Types
    CHAPTER 31: Adjectives and Adverbs
    CHAPTER 32: Misplaced Modifiers
    CHPATER 33: Dangling Modifiers
    CHAPTER 34: Manuscript Form
    CHAPTER 35: Capital Letters
    CHAPTER 36: Numbers and Abbreviations
    CHAPTER 37: Apostrophe
    CHAPTER 38: Quotation Marks
    CHAPTER 39: Comma
    CHAPTER 40: Other Punctuation Marks
    CHAPTER 41: Spelling Improvement
    CHAPTER 42: Commonly Confused Words
    CHAPTER 43: Effective Word Choice
    CHAPTER 44: Editing Tests
    CHAPTER 45: ESL Pointers
    Introduction to The Readings
    Looking Inward
    *Three Passions, Bertrand Russell
    Thank You, Alex Haley
    Shame, Dick Gregory
    I Became Her Target, Roger Wilkins
    Smash Thy Neighbor, John McMurtry
    A Hanging, George Orwell
    Observing Others
    *A Legendary Moment, Haven Kimmel
    *The Professor Is a Dropout, Beth Johnson
    The Monster, Deems Taylor
    Why Are Students Turned Off', Casey Banas
    Propaganda Techniques in Today’s Advertising, Ann McClintock
    Confronting Problems
    Bombs Bursting in Air, Beth Johnson
    Here's To Your Health, Joan Dunayer
    How to Make It In College, Now That You're Here, Brian O'Keeney
    College Lectures: Is Anybody Listening', David Daniels
    Seven Ways to Keep The Peace at Home, Daniel A. Sugarman
    In Praise of the F Word, Mary Sherry
    A Scary Time to Raise a Daughter, Steve Lopez



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