Little, Brown Compact, 10th edition

  • Jane E. Aaron
  • Michael Greer

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Overview

For courses in English Composition.

 

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The Little, Brown Compact Handbook maintains the authority of its bestͳelling parent (The Little, Brown Handbook) in a briefer book with spiral binding, tabbed dividers, and plentiful exercise sets. It is an essential reference tool, designed to help readers find the answers they need quickly and easily.

 

While keeping pace with rapid changes in writing and its teaching, this meticulous compact handbook combines comprehensive research and documentation ͭwith grammar coverage that is second to none. Incorporating detailed discussions of critical reading, media literacy, academic writing, argument, and much more, The Little, Brown Compact Handbook is an accurate, reliable, and accessible resource for writers of varying experience levels and in a variety of fields. The 10th Edition includes timely new student samples, new learning objectives, updates to MLA and Chicago style, a new chapter on writing about literature, and more.

 

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Table of contents

Preface 


I. THE WRITING PROCESS


1. The Writing Situation 

1.1 Writing situation

1.2 Audience

1.3 Purpose

1.4 Subject

1.5 Genre and medium


2. Invention 

2.1 Journals

2.2 Freewriting

2.3 Brainstorming

2.4 Mind mapping

2.5 Questions


3. Thesis and Organization 

3.1 Thesis

3.2 Organization

Sample informative essay 


4. Drafting 

4.1 First draft

4.2 Sample draft

Sample first draft 


5. Revising 

5.1 Revision plans

5.2 Peer review

5.3 Sample revision

Sample revised draft


6. Editing, Formatting, and Proofreading 

6.1 Editing 

Sample edited paragraph

6.2 Final draft

Sample final draft


7. Paragraphs 

7.1 Flow

7.2 Unity

7.3 Coherence

7.4 Development

7.5 Introductions and conclusions


8. Presenting Writing 

8.1 Academic writing 

Sample paper in MLA format

8.2 Visuals and media 

8.3 Writing online

Sample literacy narrative blog post 

8.4 Portfolios 



II. WRITING IN AND OUT OF COLLEGE


9. Academic Writing 

9.1 Purpose and audience 

9.2 Genre

9.3 Writing with sources 

9.4 Academic language 

9.5 Communication in academic settings 


10. Critical Reading and Writing 

10.1 Techniques of critical reading 

10.2 Summarizing

10.3 Critical response

10.4 Visual analysis

10.5 Writing a critical analysis 

10.6 Sample critical analysis 

Sample critical analysis of a text


11. Argument

11.1 Elements of argument 

11.2 Engaging readers 

11.3 Organization

11.4 Visual arguments 

11.5 Sample argument 

Sample proposal argument 


12. Essay Exams 

12.1 Preparing 

12.2 Planning 

12.3 Writing

Sample essay exam response 


13. Oral Presentations 

13.1 Organization

13.2 Delivery

Sample presentation slides 


14. Public Writing 

14.1 Social media 

14.2 Business letters 

Sample business letter 

14.3 Job applications 

Sample résumés 

14.4 Memos, reports, and proposals
Sample memo and report 

14.5 Community service 

Sample social-media post and newsletter 



III. CLARITY AND STYLE


15. Emphasis 

15.1 Subjects and verbs 

15.2 Sentence beginnings and endings 

15.3 Coordination 

15.4 Subordination 


16. Parallelism 

16.1 Understanding parallelism 

16.2 Equal elements 


17. Variety and Details 

17.1 Sentence length and structure

17.2 Details 


18. Appropriate and Exact Language 

18.1 Standard English 

18.2 Sexist and biased language

18.3 Exact language 


19. Completeness 

19.1 Compounds

19.2 Adding needed words 


20. Conciseness 

20.1 Subjects and verbs 

20.2 Empty words 

20.3 Unnecessary repetition 

20.4 Other strategies 


IV. SENTENCE PARTS AND PATTERNS


Basic Grammar


21. Parts of Speech 

21.1 Nouns, pronouns, and verbs

21.2 Adjectives and adverbs

21.3 Prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections


22. The Sentence 

22.1 Subjects and predicates

22.2 Sentence patterns


23. Phrases and Subordinate Clauses 

23.1 Phrases

23.2 Subordinate clauses


24. Sentence Types 

24.1 Types of sentences 



Verbs


25. Verb Forms 

25.1 Verb forms

25.2 Easily confused verb forms

25.3 Verb endings

25.4 Helping verbs

25.5 Verb + gerund or infinitive

25.6 Verb + particle


26. Verb Tenses

26.1 Verb tenses

26.2 Sequence of tenses


27. Verb Mood

27.1 Subjunctive mood

27.2 Consistency


28. Verb Voice

28.1 Active and passive voice

28.2 Consistency


29. Agreement of Subject and Verb 

29.1 Subject-verb agreement

29.2 Unusual word order

29.3 Subjects joined by conjunctions

29.4 Indefinite and relative pronouns

29.5 Collective and plural nouns



Pronouns


30. Pronoun Case

30.1 Subjective, objective, and possessive cases

30.2 Compound subjects and objects

30.3 Who or whom

30.4 Common questions 


31. Agreement of Pronoun and Antecedent

31.1 Person, number, and gender 

31.2 Antecedents with and, or, or nor

31.3 Indefinite pronouns 

31.4 Collective nouns 


32. Reference of Pronoun to Antecedent

32.1 Clear reference 

32.2 Specific reference 

32.3 Appropriate you



Modifiers


33. Adjectives and Adverbs

33.1 Adjective vs. adverb 

33.2 Comparatives and superlatives 

33.3 Double negatives 

33.4 Participles as adjectives 

33.5 Determiners


34. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

34.1 Misplaced modifiers 

34.2 Dangling modifiers



Sentence Faults


35. Sentence Fragments
35.1 Identifying fragments 

35.2 Correcting fragments 

35.3 Acceptable fragments


36. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
36.1 Identify comma splices 

36.2 Correcting comma splices


37. Mixed Sentences
37.1 Mixed meaning 

37.2 Mixed grammar 

37.3 Repeated elements



V. PUNCTUATION


38. End Punctuation
38.1 Period 

38.2 Question mark 

38.3 Exclamation point


39. Comma
39.1 Uses of the comma 

39.2 Main clauses with conjunctions 

39.3 Introductory elements 

39.4 Nonessential elements 

39.5 Series and coordinate adjectives 

39.6 Quotations 

39.7 Unnecessary commas


40. Semicolon
40.1 Main clauses without conjunctions 

40.2 Main clauses with transitional words 

40.3 Main clauses with commas 

40.4 Unnecessary semicolons


41. Colon

41.1 Uses of the colon


42. Apostrophe

42.1 Possession 

42.2 Contractions and abbreviations


43. Quotation Marks

43.1 Direct quotations 

43.2 Titles of works 

43.3 Words used in a special sense 

43.4 With other punctuation


44. Other Marks

44.1 Dash 

44.2 Parentheses 

44.3 Ellipsis mark 

44.4 Brackets 

44.5 Slash



VI. SPELLING AND MECHANICS


45. Spelling and the Hyphen
45.1 Common spelling problems 

45.2 Spelling rules 

45.3 Hyphenating


46. Capital Letters

46.1 Conventions 

46.2 First word of sentence 

46.3 Titles and subtitles 

46.4 Proper nouns and adjectives


47. Italics or Underlining
47.1 Titles of works 

47.2 Foreign words and emphasis


48. Abbreviations

48.1 Uses of abbreviations 

48.2 Misuses of abbreviations


49. Numbers

49.1 Numerals and words 

49.2 Dates and addresses



VII. RESEARCH WRITING


50. Research Strategy

50.1 Planning 

50.2 Research questions 

50.3 Search strategies 

50.4 Working bibliographies 

Sample annotated bibliography entry


51. Finding Sources
51.1 Search strategies 

51.2 Reference works 

51.3 Books and periodicals 

51.4 Web search strategies 

51.5 Social media 

51.6 Government publications 

51.7 Visuals and media 

51.8 Primary research


52. Working with Sources
52.1 Gathering information 

52.2 Evaluating sources 

52.3 Synthesizing sources 

52.4 Summary, paraphrase, and quotation 

52.5 Integrating sources


53. Avoiding Plagiarism
53.1 Defining plagiarism

53.2 Information you do not need to cite 

53.3 Information you must cite 

53.4 Documenting sources 

53.5 Copyright and permissions


54. Writing the Paper
54.1 Thesis and organization 

54.2 Drafting, revising, editing, formatting



VIII. WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINES


55. Literature

55.1 Literary analysis 

55.2 Writing assignments 

55.3 Tools and language 

55.4 Citing sources 

55.5 Sample literary analysis
“The Healing Power of Mrs. Todd”


56. Writing in Other Disciplines

56.1 Humanities 

56.2 Social sciences 

56.3 Natural and applied sciences


57. MLA Documentation and Format
Indexes to models

57.1 In-text citations

57.2 Works cited 

57.3 Paper format 

57.4 Sample MLA paper
“The Dream of Sustainable Agriculture”


58. APA Documentation and Format

Indexes to models

58.1 In-text citations 

58.2 Reference list 

58.3 Paper format 

58.4 Sample research report 

“Perceptions of Mental Illness”


59. Chicago Documentation
Indexes to models

59.1 Notes and bibliography 

59.2 Models


60. CSE Documentation

Indexes to models

60.1 Name-year citations 

60.2 Numbered text citations 

60.3 Reference list


Glossary of Usage 

Glossary of Terms 

Index 

Culture and Language Guide

Published by Pearson (February 23rd 2018) - Copyright © 2019