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

  • Pamela Arlov

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Wordsmith: A Guide to Paragraphs and Short Essays 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 23rd 2021) - Copyright © 2019

ISBN-13: 9780137531103

Subject: Developmental English

Category: Developmental Writing


  • 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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