Wordsmith: A Guide to College Writing, 7th edition

  • Pamela Arlov


For courses in developmental writing.


Inspire students to craft clear, concise, and engaging writing

Briefer and more accessible than full-length texts, Wordsmith: A Guide to College Writing is the antidote to dry, overwrought, and overly expansive writing guides. It engages students, serves multiple skill levels, and teaches enduring writing techniques in a way that’s actionable, contemporary, hands-on, and fun.


The 7th Edition is a powerful tool for students and teachers alike. With appealing, topical readings and expanded writing exercises, the updated text empowers instructors to meet students where they are and engage their collective interests. A three-part layout allows the freedom to mix and match the writing chapters, grammar chapters, and readings. Pam Arlov’s structured, yet flexible, approach to writing encourages clarity and creativity. Her direct, conversational, student-friendly tone is used throughout, with light-hearted chapter openers that promote a positive and playful way of learning.


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Table of contents


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



12. Verbs and Subjects

13. Subject-Verb Agreement

14. Coordination and Subordination

15. Run-on Sentences

16. Sentence Fragments

17. Pronoun Case

18. Pronoun Agreement, Reference, and Point of View

19. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

20. Parallel Structure

21. Verb Shifts

22. Sentences with Style

23. Commas

24. Other Punctuation

25. Word Choice

26. Words Commonly Confused

27. Capitalization

28. 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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Published by Pearson (January 24th 2018) - Copyright © 2019