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Writing Skills for Technical Students, 6th edition

  • Delaware Technical Community College
Writing Skills for Technical Students

ISBN-13: 9780132391986

Includes: Paperback

6th edition

Published by Pearson (July 12th 2007) - Copyright © 2008

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Writing Skills for Technical Students, 6/e, is a self-paced text/workbook designed for the non-traditional student who needs a review of grammar and writing skills in order to write clearly and concisely on the job. It provides diagnosis, instruction, and practice in 15 individualized instructional modules. There are also 12 grammar modules, a module on paragraph writing, a module on report writing, and a module on business letter writing. Each module includes a statement of objectives followed by instruction and practice in small segments with immediate feedback.

Table of contents

To the Teacher

To the Student

Student Progress Record




1. Module 1–Verbs.

Diagnostic Exercises

Action Verbs.

Linking Verbs.

Helping Verbs.

Irregular Verbs.

Verb Tense.

Diagnostic Feedback

Feedback for Module 1


2. Module 2–Adjectives and Adverbs.

Diagnostic Exercises



“Good” and “Well”.

Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs.

Diagnostic Feedback

Feedback for Module 2


3. Module 3–Phrases.

Diagnostic Exercises

Prepositional Phrases.

Verbal Phrases.

Diagnostic Feedback

Feedback for Module 3


4. Module 4–Nouns/Possessive Nouns.

Diagnostic Exercises


Functions of Nouns.

Plural Nouns and Possessives.

Possessive Nouns.

Diagnostic Feedback

Feedback for Module 4


5. Module 5–Subject—Verb Agreement.

Diagnostic Exercises

Recognizing Subjects and Verbs.

Subject—Verb Agreement.

Interfering Words.

Indefinite Pronoun Subjects.

Compound Subjects and Verbs.

Special Problems in Agreement.

Diagnostic Feedback

Feedback for Module5

6. Module 6–Pronouns.

Diagnostic Exercises

Pronouns as Subjects.

Pronouns as Subject Complements.

Pronouns as Direct Objects.

Pronouns as Objects of Prepositions.

Possessive Pronouns.

Pronoun Rules.

Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement.

Diagnostic Feedback

Feedback for Module6


7. Module 7–Sentence Patterns.

Diagnostic Exercises

Independent Clauses.

Dependent Clauses.

Appropriate Clause Connectors.

Diagnostic Feedback

Feedback for Module7


8. Module 8–Punctuation.

Diagnostic Exercises

Basic Sentence Punctuation Patterns.

Other Basic Comma Rules.

Diagnostic Feedback

Feedback for Module 8


9. Module 9–Fragments and Run-Ons.

Diagnostic Exercises



Diagnostic Feedback

Feedback for Module 9


10. Module 10–Paragraph Writing.

Diagnostic Exercises


The Paragraph.

Constructing the Topic Sentence.

Choosing a Subject.

Choosing a Controlling Idea.

Writing the Concluding Sentence.

Developing Unity.

Developing Coherence.

Organizing and Writing a Paragraph.

The Reasons Paragraph.

The Reasons and Examples Paragraph.

The Pro and Con Paragraph.

The Process Paragraph.

Diagnostic Feedback

Feedback for Module 10


11. Module 11–Shifts.

Diagnostic Exercises

Shifts in Voice.

Shifts in Tense.

Shifts in Person.

Shifts in Numbers.

Diagnostic Feedback

Feedback for Module 11


12. Module 12–Clarity.

Diagnostic Exercises

Pronoun Reference.

Misplaced and Unclear Modifiers.

Word Usage.

Parallel Construction.

Diagnostic Feedback

Feedback for Module 12


13. Module 13–Accelerating Techniques.

Diagnostic Exercises

Eliminating Unnecessary Words.

Avoiding Clichés and Slang and "Tech-speak"

Combining Like Subjects and Verbs.

Subordinating Ideas.

Reducing Dependent Clauses.

Diagnostic Feedback

Feedback for Module 13


14. Module 14–Report Writing.

Review of Paragraph Writing.


Report Introductions.

The Persuasive Report.

Format Tips.

The Persuasive Report

Technical Procedure Report

Interview Report.

Recommendation Report.

Summary Report.

Feedback for Module 14


15. Module 15–Business Letter Writing.

Psychology of Business Writing.



Request Letter.

Letter That Says “No”.

Resumé and Letter of Application.

The Memo.

Transmittal Letter and Transmittal Memo.





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