Synopses & Reviews
For over twenty years, the simple, friendly approach of The Least You Should Know About English has helped students with their spelling, punctuation, and sentence and paragraph structure.
ò NEW! Part 1, newly entitles ôWord Choice and Spellingö, has been revised to include The Eight Parts of Speech.
ò Answers to all exercises are provided at the back of the book allowing students to receive immediate feedback.
ò Part 4 introduces the student to the writing process with writing assignments, samples by both student and professional writers, and articles to read, react to, and summarize
ò Progress Tests in Parts 1 and 2 prepare students for a Comprehensive Test at the end of Part 3.
ò NEW! In Part 1-3, fifty percent of the exercises are new or have been revised.
ò NEW! An expanded explanation of parallel structure as it relates to items in an outline is in Part 2.
ò NEW! The section on ôComma Rules 4, 5, and 6ö in Part 3 offers students a new memory device to help them place commas around unnecessary additional information.
ò NEW! Part 4 has been enhanced with new sample paragraphs and essays by both student and professional writers and several new writing topics have been added.
ò NEW! A completely revised Test Packet of exercises and ready-to-photocopy tests accompanies this edition.
ò Extensive sets of exercises (over 150) include practice with writing sentences and proofreading paragraphs---enough so that students learn to use the rules automatically and thus carry over their new skills into their writing.
ò Exercises consist of sets of 10 thematically-related sentences that reinforce coherence and detail in students writing.
ò Humorous and informative content within the exercises engage studentsÆ attention as they learn to recognize and craft grammatically correct sentences.
For over twenty years, the simple, friendly approach of THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH has helped students with their spelling, punctuation, and sentence and paragraph structure.
Improve your word choice, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and writing with THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH: WRITING SKILLS, FORM A! For thirty years, this developmental English text has helped students like you improve their skills through a simple, friendly approach. Extensive sets of exercises, humorous and informative topics, and a book-specific website with grammar reviews and resources, ensure that you succeed in this course.
About the Author
With an amazing gift for explaining the basics of grammar, punctuation, and writing, Paige Wilson, Associate Professor at Pasadena City College, focuses on the vital structures of English, reinforcing fundamental concepts with an abundance of easy-to-follow exercises.
Table of Contents
1. WORD CHOICE AND SPELLING. Your Own List of Misspelled Words. Words Often Confused (Set 1). Words Often Confused (Set 2). The Eight Parts of Speech. Contractions. Possessives. Words That Can Be Broken into Parts. Rules for Doubling a Final Letters. Using a Dictionary. 2. SENTENCE STRUCTURE. Finding Subjects and Verbs. Locating Prepositional Phrases. Understanding Dependent Clauses. Correcting Fragments. Correcting Run-On Sentences. Identifying Verb Phrases. Using Standard English Verbs. Using Regular and Irregular Verbs. Maintaining Subject/Verb Agreement. Avoiding Shifts in Time. Recognizing Verbal Phrases. Correcting Misplaced or Dangling Modifiers. Following Sentence Patterns. Avoiding Cliches, Awkward Phrases, and Wordiness. Correcting for Parallel Structure. Using Pronouns. Avoiding Shifts in Person. 3. PUNCTUATION AND CAPITAL LETTERS. Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Point, Semicolon, Colon, Dash. Comma Rules 1, 2, and 3. Comma Rules 4, 5, and 6. Quotation Marks and Underling/Italics. Capital Letters. 4. WRITING. What Is the Least You Should Know about Writing? Basic Structures. I. The Paragraph. II. The Essay. Writing Skills. III. Writing in Your Own Voice. IV. Finding a Topic. V. Organizing Ideas. VI. Supporting with Details. VII. Revising Your Papers. VIII. Presenting Your Work. IX. Writing about What You Read. excerpt from Backtalk: 4 Steps to Ending Rude Behavior in Your Kids. Assignment 16: What Are Your Conclusions? Assignment 17: Write a 100-Word Summary "Straight Talk". Assignment 18: Write a Reaction or a 100-Word Summary "Wandering Home". Answers. Index.