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LB Brief provides students of varying skills and interests with clear, reliable, and accessible explanations of handbook basics–the writing process, grammar and usage, and research writing. Concise and easy to use it focuses on 3 main emphases: writing in and out of college, visual literacy, and research writing. LB Brief  helps writing students find what they need and then use what they find.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: WRITING PROCESS

                                                    

1              The Writing Situation

a              Analysis                                               

b              Subject

c              Audience

d              Purpose

 

2              Invention 

a              Journal keeping

b              Observing

c              Freewriting

d              Brainstorming

e              Clustering

f               Asking questions

g              Reading

 

3              Thesis and Organization 

a              Thesis statement

b              Organization

                Sample Essay

 

4              Drafting 

a              Starting

b              Maintaining momentum

c              Sample First Draft

 

5              Revising and Editing

a              Revising the whole essay

b              Sample revision

c              Editing

d              Formatting; proofreading

e              Sample Final Draft

f               Collaborating

g              Preparing a writing portfolio

 

6              Paragraphs

a              Unity around a central idea

b              Coherence

c              Development

d              Introductions and conclusions

e              Linking paragraphs

 

7              Document Design

a              Academic papers

b              Principles of design

c              Elements of design

d              Illustrations

e              Papers submitted online

f               Readers with disabilities

 

PART TWO: WRITING IN AND OUT OF COLLEGE

 

8              Academic Writing             

a              Academic habits

b              Audience

c              Purpose

d              Structure and content

e              Language

 

9              Study Skills

a              Time management

b              Listening and note taking in class

c              Reading

d              Exams

                Sample Essay Exams

 

10           Critical Reading and Writing

a              Critical reading

b              Critically viewing images

c              Critical writing

                Sample Critique of a Text

 

11           Writing Arguments

a              Elements of argument

b              Writing reasonably

c              Organizing an argument

d              Sample Argument

 

12           Reading and Writing About Literature

a              Writing while reading

b              Critical reading

c              Sample Works and Papers

 

13           Public Writing

a              Business letters and résumés

Sample Letter and Résumés

b              Memos

                Sample  Memo

c              Electronic mail

                Sample E-mail Message

d              Community work

                Sample Newsletter and Brochure

e              Web composition

Sample Web Page

 

14           Oral Presentations

a              Purpose and audience

b              Organization

c              Delivery

                Sample Powerpoint Slides

 

PART THREE: CLARITY AND STYLE

 

15           Emphasis

a              Subjects and verbs

b              Sentence beginnings and endings

c              Coordination

d              Subordination      

 

16           Parallelism

a              With and, but, or, nor, yet

b              With both . . . and, etc.

c              In comparisons

d              In lists, headings, and outlines

 

17           Variety and Details

a              Sentence length

b              Sentence structure

c              Details

 

18           Appropriate and Exact Words

a              Appropriate words

b              Exact words

 

19           Completeness

a              Compounds

b              Needed words

 

20           Conciseness

a              Focusing on subject and verb

b              Cutting empty words

c              Cutting repetition

d              Tightening clauses and phrases

e              Cutting there is or it is

f               Combining sentences

g              Avoiding jargon

 

PART FOUR:  SENTENCE PARTS AND PATTERNS

 

Basic grammar

21           Parts of Speech   

a              Nouns

b              Pronouns

c              Verbs

d              Adjectives and adverbs

e              Prepositions and conjunctions

f               Interjections

 

22           The Sentence      

a              Subject and predicate

b              Predicate patterns

c              Alternative patterns

 

23           Phrases and Subordinate Clauses  

a              Phrases

b              Subordinate clauses

 

24           Sentence Types

a              Simple sentences

b              Compound sentences

c              Complex sentences

d              Compound-complex sentences

 

Verbs

25           Forms

a              Irregular verbs

b              Sit/set; lie/lay; rise/raise

c              -s and -ed forms

d              Helping verbs

e              Verb + gerund or infinitive

f               Verb + particle

 

26           Tense

a              Present tense: sing

b              Perfect tense: have/had/will have sung

c              Progressive tense: is/was/will be singing

d              Consistency

e              Sequence

 

27           Mood

a              Subjunctive: I wish I were

b              Consistency

 

28           Voice

a              Active vs. passive

b              Consistency

 

29           Subject-Verb Agreement  

a              -s and -es endings

b              Intervening words

c              Subjects with and

d              Subjects with or or nor

e              Everyone and other indefinite pronouns

f               Team and other collective nouns

g              Who, which, that

h              News and other singular nouns ending in -s

i               Inverted word order

j               Is, are, and other linking verbs

k              Titles; words being defined

 

Pronouns             

30           Case

a              She and I vs. her and me

b              It was she vs. It was her

c              Who vs. whom

d              Other constructions

 

31           Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

a              Antecedents with and

b              Antecedents with or or nor

c              Everyone, person, and other indefinite words

d              Team and other collective nouns

 

32           Pronoun Reference

a              Clear reference

b              Close reference

c              Specific reference

   d               Definite it and they

   e               Appropriate you

f               Consistency

 

Modifiers             

33           Adjectives and Adverbs

a              Adjective vs. adverb

b              Adjective with linking verb: felt bad

c              Comparisons

d              Double negatives

e              Present and past participles: boring vs. bored

f               A, an, the, and other determiners

 

34           Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

a              Misplaced modifiers

b              Dangling modifiers

 

Sentence Faults  

35           Sentence Fragments

a              Tests

b              Revision

c              Acceptable fragments

 

36           Comma Splices and Fused Sentences

a              Main clauses without and, but, etc.

b              Main clauses with however, for example, etc.

 

37           Mixed Sentences

a              Mixed meaning

b              Tangled grammar

c              Repeated subjects and other parts

 

PART FIVE:  PUNCTUATION

 

38           End Punctuation

a              Period

b              Question mark

c              Exclamation point

 

39           Comma

a              Main clauses with and, but, etc.

b              Introductory elements

c              Nonessential elements

d              Items in series

e              Two or more adjectives

f               Dates, addresses, etc.

g              With quotations

h              Misuses

 

40           Semicolon

a              Main clauses without and, but, etc.

b              Main clauses with however, for example, etc.

c              Main clauses or series items with commas

d              Misuses

 

41           Colon

a              Concluding explanation, series, etc.

b              Salutation; title and subtitle; time

c              Misuses

 

42           Apostrophe

a              Possession

b              Misuses

c              Contractions

d              Plural abbreviations, etc.

 

43           Quotation Marks

a              Direct quotations

b              Within quotations

c              Titles of works

d              Words used in a special sense

e              Misuses

f               With other punctuation

 

44           Other Marks

a              Dash or dashes

b              Parentheses

c              Ellipsis mark

d              Brackets

e              Slash     

 

PART SIX: SPELLING AND MECHANICS

 

45           Spelling

46           Hyphen 

47           Capital Letters

48           Underlining or Italics

49           Abbreviations

50           Numbers             

 

PART SEVEN: RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION

 

51           Research Strategy

a              Planning

b              Research journal 

c              Subject and question

d              Goals for sources

e              Working, annotated bibliography

 

52           Finding Sources

a              Searching electronically

b              Reference works

c              Books

d              Periodicals

e              The Web

f               Other online sources

g              Government publications

h              Images

i               Your own sources

 

53           Working with Sources

a              Evaluating sources

b              Synthesizing sources

c              Gathering information

d              Using summary, paraphrase, quotation

   e               Integrating sources into your text

 

54           Avoiding Plagiarism and Documenting Sources         

a              Plagiarism and the Internet

b              What not to acknowledge

c              What must be acknowledged

d              Online sources

e              Documenting sources

 

55           Writing the Paper

a              Focusing and organizing

b              Drafting, revising, and formatting

 

56           MLA Documentation and Format

a              Parenthetical text citations

b              List of works cited

c              Format of paper

d              SAMPLE MLA PAPER   

 

57           APA Documentation and Format     

a              Parenthetical text citations

b              List of references

c              Format of paper

d              SAMPLE APA PAPER

 

Glossary of Usage              

Answers to Selected Exercises         

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780205745272
Author:
Aaron, Jane E
Publisher:
Longman Publishing Group
Author:
Aaron, Jane E.
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
English language -- Grammar.
Subject:
English language -- Rhetoric.
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Pearson English Value Textbook Series English MLA Updated Books series
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
Spiral, comb or coil bound book
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
8.00x6.14x1.15 in. 1.43 lbs.

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