Better Writing presents the fundamentals of writing completely and accurately. Based on guidelines that generations of writers have proved to be the best way of expression, the text includes solid coverage of important topics, logical organization, and gives center-stage attention to each of the five 'ways' (Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling, Principles of Style, Directions for Style) providing complete coverage for each, organizing them logically, and explaining them clearly and concisely. Better Writing contains chapter objectives and summaries, evaluations, and immediate feedback. It includes pretests in which students can find their weak areas and posttests by which instructors can discover how much students have learned, knowledge that can help the grading process and in finding ways to improve writing.
Table of Contents
Preface. Practical Suggestions for Writing. Part 1: THE SENTENCE. 1: The Parts of Speech. 2: Subject and Verb (Stage One). 3: Subject, Verb, and "Completer" (Stage Two). 4: Subjects, Verbs, Phrases, and Clauses (Stage Three). Part 2: GRAMMAR. 5: Agreement (Level 1). 6: Agreement (Level 2). 7: Pronouns. 8: Verbs. 9: Adjectives and Adverbs. 10: Prepositions. 11: Grammar Practice. Part 3: PUNCTUATION. 12: Punctuation of the Simple Sentence. 13: Punctuation of the Simple Sentence (continued). 14: Punctuation of the Compound Sentence. 15: Punctuation of the Complex Sentence. 16: Punctuation Practice. 17: The Period, Question Mark, and Exclamation Point. 18: The Apostrophe (Level 1). 19: The Apostrophe (Level 2). 20: The Dash and Parentheses. 21: The Colon. 22: The Hyphen. 23: Quotation Marks and Italics. 24: Capitalization. 25: Numbers. Part 4: SPELLING. 26: Spelling Demons. 27: Noun Plurals. Part 5: STYLE. 28: Clear and Forceful Words. 29: Unified Sentences. 30: Clear Sentences. 31: Forceful Sentences. 32: The Paragraph. 33: Research Skills. 34: Composition. 35: The Final Steps. Appendix A: Consider the Reader. Appendix B: Apply It! Solutions. Index.