Wordsmith: A Guide to Paragraphs & Short Essays, 7th edition
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Table of contents
Readings by Rhetorical Mode
Readings by Subject
Updates to the Seventh Edition
PART 1: COMPOSITION
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
PART 2: GRAMMAR
12. Verbs and Subjects
13. Subject-Verb Agreement
14. Verb Shifts
15. Coordination and Subordination
16. Run-on Sentences
17. Sentence Fragments
18. Pronoun Case
19. Pronoun Agreement, Reference, and Point of View
20. Adjectives, Adverbs, and Articles
21. Parallel Structure
22. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
23. Capital Letters
24. Words Commonly Confused
25. Word Choice
27. Other Punctuation
PART 3: READINGS
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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