Wordsmith: A Guide to College Writing, 7th edition

  • Pamela Arlov

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Wordsmith: A Guide to College Writing is designed to help you craft clear, concise and engaging writing. Briefer and more accessible than full-length texts, Wordsmith is an antidote to dry, overwrought and overly expansive writing guides. You'll learn enduring writing techniques in a way that's actionable, contemporary, hands-on and fun. Pam Arlov's structured, yet flexible approach is designed to engage writers at a variety of skill levels and encourage clarity and creativity. She uses a direct, conversational tone throughout, with light-hearted chapter openers that promote a positive and playful way of learning.

The 7th Edition is a powerful tool for students and teachers alike. With appealing, topical readings and expanded writing exercises, the updated text will meet you where you are.

Published by Pearson (July 14th 2021) - Copyright © 2019

ISBN-13: 9780137526291

Subject: Developmental English

Category: Developmental Writing


  • Preface
  • Updates to the Seventh Edition


  1. The Writing Process
  2. Preparing to Write
  3. Building a Framework: Thesis and Organization
  4. Introducing the Essay
  5. Developing Body Paragraphs
  6. Concluding the Essay
  7. Revising, Proofreading, and Formatting
  8. Showing and Telling: Description, Narration, and Example
  9. Limiting and Ordering: Definition, Classification, and Process
  10. Examining Logical Connections: Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect, and Argument
  11. Writing a Research Paper


  1. Verbs and Subjects
  2. Subject-Verb Agreement
  3. Coordination and Subordination
  4. Run-on Sentences
  5. Sentence Fragments
  6. Pronoun Case
  7. Pronoun Agreement, Reference, and Point of View
  8. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
  9. Parallel Structure
  10. Verb Shifts
  11. Sentences with Style
  12. Commas
  13. Other Punctuation
  14. Word Choice
  15. Words Commonly Confused
  16. Capitalization
  17. Apostrophes


  • Reading at the College Level
  • Reading Essays and Literature
  • The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  • A Narrow Fellow in the Grass, Emily Dickinson
  • The Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin
  • Our Vanishing Night, Verlyn Klinkenborg
  • The “Black Table” Is Still There, Lawrence Otis Graham
  • Letting in Light, Patricia Raybon
  • Curing the Social Media Blues, Chris Guessman
  • Date Rape: Exposing Dangerous Myths, John J. Macionis
  • Is National Service a Cure for America’s Woes? Larry Fennelly
  • I Wonder: Was It Me or Was It My Sari? Shoba Narayan

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