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A Writer's Reference with Exercises


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C | Composing and Revising.- C1 Planning.- C2 Drafting.- C3 Writing paragraphs.- C4 Reviewing, revising, and editing.- C5 Preparing a portfolio; reflecting on your writing.- A | Academic Reading, Writing, and Speaking.- A1 Reading and writing critically.- A2 Reading and writing about multimodal texts.- A3 Reading arguments.- A4 Writing arguments.- A5 Speaking confidently.- A6 Writing in the disciplines.- R | Researched writing.- R1 Thinking like a researcher; gathering sources.- R2 Managing information; taking notes responsibly.- R3 Evaluating sources.- MLA | MLA Style.- MLA-1 Supporting a thesis.- MLA-2 Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism.- MLA-3 Integrating sources.- MLA-4 Documenting sources.- MLA-5 Format and sample research essay.- APA Style and CMS Style.- APA-1 Supporting a thesis.- APA-2 Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism.- APA-3 Integrating sources.- APA-4 Documenting sources.- APA-5 Format and sample research essay.- CMS-1 Supporting a thesis.- CMS-2 Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism.- CMS-3 Integrating sources.- CMS-4 Documenting sources.- CMS-5 Format and sample research essay.- S | Sentence Style.- S1 Parallelism.- S2 Needed words.- S3 Problems with modifiers.- S4 Shifts.- S5 Mixed constructions.- S6 Sentence emphasis.- S7 Sentence variety.- W | Word choice.- W1 Glossary of usage.- W2 Wordy sentences.- W3 Active verbs.- W4 Appropriate language.- W5 Exact language.- G | Grammatical sentences.- G1 Subject-verb agreement.- G2 Verb form, tenses, and moods.- G3 Pronouns.- G4 Adjectives and adverbs.- G5 Sentence fragments.- G6 Run-on sentences.- M | Multilingual Writers and ESL topics.- M1 Verbs.- M2 Articles.- M3 Sentence structure.- M4 Using adjectives.- M5 Prepositions and idiomatic expressions.- M6 Paraphrasing sources effectively.- P | Punctuation and Mechanics.- P1 The comma.- P2 Unnecessary commas.- P3 The semicolon and the colon.- P4 The apostrophe.- P5 Quotation marks.- P6 Other punctuation marks.- P7 Spelling and hyphenation.- P8 Capitalization.- P9 Abbreviations and numbers.- P10 Italics.- B | Basic Grammar.- B1 Parts of speech.- B2 Sentence patterns.- B3 Subordinate word groups.- B4 Sentence types.- I | Index

About the Author

Diana Hacker personally class-tested her handbooks with nearly four thousand students over thirty-five years at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland, where she was a member of the English faculty. 
Nancy Sommers, who has taught composition and directed composition programs for thirty years, now teaches in Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She led Harvard’s Expository Writing Program for twenty years, directing the first-year writing program and establishing Harvard’s WAC program. A two-time Braddock Award winner, Sommers is well known for her research and publications on student writing.

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