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Wordsmith: A Guide to College Writing, 5th Edition

By Pamela Arlov

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Oct 5, 2011


Wordsmith was written to counter students’ objections to textbooks being too dry, too irrelevant, and too big, and is Pearson’s value-priced option that students will appreciate across the developmental writing curriculum.


Pamela Arlov wrote the Wordsmith series for instructors who genuinely want to connect with their students. To engage students and enable instructors to meet students where they are, Pam Arlov provides students with just the right balance of instruction and practice via relevant instruction, plenty of visuals, and an inviting writing style that students really respond to. Wordsmith covers the rhetorical modes, is realistic, and does not overwhelm students with too much information. 


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Table of Contents





Chapter 1  The Writing Process   

The Writing Process   

Review of the Paragraph   

Writing Assignment 1: Writing and You   

Writing Assignment 2: Reasons for Attending College   


Chapter 2  Preparing to Write   


Prewriting Methods   

Progressive Writing Assignment   


Chapter 3  Building a Framework: Thesis and Organization   

The Structure of an Essay   

Constructing the Thesis Statement   

Organizing Your Essay   

Progressive Writing Assignment   


Chapter 4  Introducing the Essay   

Purposes of an Introduction   

Types of Introduction   

Progressive Writing Assignment   


Chapter 5  Developing Body Paragraphs   

Characteristics of an Effective Body Paragraph   

Progressive Writing Assignment   


Chapter 6  Concluding the Essay   

Methods of Conclusion   

Traps to Avoid   

Progressive Writing Assignment   


Chapter 7  Revising, Proofreading, and Formatting   




Progressive Writing Assignment   


Chapter 8  Showing and Telling: Description, Narration, and Example   

Description, Narration, and Example in Action   


Elements of Descriptive Writing   



Topics for Combining Methods of Development   


Chapter 9  Limiting and Ordering: Definition, Classification, and Process   

Definition, Classification, and Process in Action   




Topics for Combining Methods of Development   


Chapter 10  Examining Logical Connections: Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect, and Argument   

Comparison-Contrast, Cause-Effect, and Argument in Action   


Cause and Effect   


Topics for Combining Methods of Development   


Chapter 11  Writing a Summary   

Writing a Summary   

Five Steps in Writing a Summary   

Paraphrasing: An Essential Skill   

Brief Guide to APA (American Psychological Association) Style   

Brief Guide to MLA (Modern Language Association) Style   

Summary Report Assignments   


Chapter 12  Writing a Research Paper   

Five Steps in Writing a Research Paper   

Paraphrasing and Summarizing: Essential Research Skills   

Using Documentation Styles   

Using Online Sources   

Guide to APA (American Psychological Association) Style   

Guide to MLA (Modern Language Association) Style   

Assignments for Writing a Research Paper   




Basic Grammar

Chapter 13  Verbs and Subjects   

Action and Linking Verbs   

Recognizing Verbs and Subjects   

Regular and Irregular Verbs   

Review Exercises   


Chapter 14  Subject-Verb Agreement   

The Basic Pattern   

Problems in Subject-Verb Agreement   

Review Exercises   


Chapter 15  Coordination and Subordination   

Writing Effective Sentences   

Connecting Ideas through Coordination   

Connecting Ideas through Subordination   

Creating Emphasis through Subordination   

Review Exercises   


Chapter 16  Run-on Sentences   

What Is a Run-on Sentence?   

Correcting Run-ons   

A Special Case: The Word That   

Review Exercises   


Chapter 17  Sentence Fragments   

What Is a Sentence Fragment?   

Review Exercises   


Chapter 18  Pronoun Case   

Subject and Object Pronouns   

Using Who and Whom   

Intensive and Reflexive Pronouns   

Review Exercises   


Chapter 19  Pronoun Agreement, Reference, and Point of View   

Pronoun Agreement   

Pronoun Reference   

Pronoun Point of View   

Review Exercises   


Editing Exercises: Basic Grammar    


Advanced Grammar

Chapter 20  Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers   

Misplaced Modifiers   

Dangling Modifiers   

Review Exercises   


Chapter 21  Parallel Structure   

Review Exercises   


Chapter 22  Verb Shifts   

Shifts in Tense   

Active and Passive Voice   

Review Exercises   


Editing Exercises: Advanced Grammar    


Chapter 23  Sentences with Style   

Style Tip 1: Limit Your Use of the Verb “To Be”   

Style Tip 2: Replace Ordinary Verbs with Vivid, Descriptive Verbs   

Style Tip 3: Revise Sentences That Begin with “There is” or “It is”   

Style Tip 4: Vary Sentence Openings   

Style Tip 5: Vary Sentence Structure and Length   


Punctuation, Word Choice, and Mechanics


Chapter 24  Commas   

Commas to Set off Introductory Words, Phrases, and Clauses   

Commas to Join Items in a Series   

Commas to Join Independent Clauses   

Commas Around Interrupters   

Commas with Direct Quotations   

Commas in Names and Dates   

Review Exercises   


Chapter 25  Other Punctuation   

End Punctuation: Period, Question Mark, and Exclamation Point   

The Semicolon   

Colons and Dashes: Formal and Informal Punctuation   

Parentheses: Tools of Understatement   

Review Exercises   


Chapter 26  Word Choice   

Slang and Textspeak   



Conversational Constructions   

Review Exercises   


Chapter 27  Words Commonly Confused   

Words Commonly Confused   

Review Exercises   


Chapter 28  Capital Letters   

Capital Letters to Begin Sentences   

Capitalization of Words Referring to Individuals   

Capitalization of Words Referring to Groups   

Capitalization of Words Referring to Time and Place   

Capitalization of Words Referring to Things and Activities   

Review Exercises   


Chapter 29  Apostrophes   

Apostrophes in Contractions   

Apostrophes to Show Possession   

Review Exercises   


Chapter 30  Quotation Marks, Underlining, and Italics   

Quotation Marks to Signal Quotations   

Quotation Marks, Underlining, or Italics to Set Off Titles   

Review Exercises   


Editing Exercises: Punctuation, Word Choice, and Mechanics    


Part 3         Readings   


Has the Internet Killed Privacy? Richard Woods

Growing Up Bilingual, Sara Gonzalez   

The Game of My Life, Jeff Obafemi Carr   

Why Chinese Mothers are Different, Amy Chua   

When Words Get in the Way, Athlone G. Clarke   

Letting in Light, Patricia Raybon   

Coping with Procrastination, Roberta Moore, Barbara Baker, and Arnold H. Packer   

After 20 Years, I Want to See My Abusive Dad for His Money, Tony Kelso

Date Rape: Exposing Dangerous Myths, John J. Macionis   

Is National Service a Cure for America's Woes? Larry Fennelly