Wordsmith: A Guide to Paragraphs & Short Essays, 7th edition

  • Pamela Arlov

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Wordsmith will help you craft clear, concise, and engaging writing inspired by topical readings and intuitive writing exercises. The text presents a positive and playful approach to strengthen your writing with enduring techniques that encourage clarity and creativity.

Published by Pearson (July 23rd 2021) - Copyright © 2019

ISBN-13: 9780137531103

Subject: Developmental English

Category: Developmental Writing

Table of contents

Brief Contents

  • Readings by Rhetorical Mode
  • Readings by Subject
  • Preface
  • Updates to the Seventh Edition


  1. The Writing Process
  2. Preparing to Write
  3. Writing Paragraphs: Direction
  4. Writing Paragraphs: Support
  5. Writing Paragraphs: Unity and Coherence
  6. Revising, Proofreading, and Formatting
  7. Showing and Telling: Description, Narration, and Example
  8. Limiting and Ordering: Definition, Classification, and Process
  9. Examining Logical Connections: Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect, and Argument
  10. Writing an Essay
  11. Writing Summary Reports


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


  • Reading at the College Level
  • Action Hero, Rulon Openshaw
  • Simplicity, William Zinsser
  • Running Through the Dark, Jennifer Sinor
  • Setting Boundaries, Cara DiMarco
  • Crossing Invisible Lines, Eugenia Vela
  • Don’t Blame Me! The New “Culture of Victimization”, John J. Macionis
  • White Lies, Erin Murphy
  • Warning: This Is a Rights-Free Workplace, Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Civil Rights, Caroline Miller
  • Conversational Ballgames, Nancy Masterton Sakamoto
  • Two Ways of Seeing a River, Mark Twain



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