Now in its 10th edition, English Skills with Readings emphasizes personalized learning to address student deficits in grammar and mechanics. Throughout the book, students are exposed to examples of writing that reflect the three key realms of their lives – personal, academic, and workplace. Seeing these different types of writing helps students understand the critical way in which writing will have an impact on the many facets of their lives.
English Skills with Readings continues to encourage new writers to see writing as a skill that can be learned and a process that must be explored. The four skills, or bases, for effective writing are as follows:
* Unity: Discover a clearly stated point, or topic sentence, and make sure that all other information in the paragraph or essay supports that point.
* Support: Support the points with specific evidence, and plenty of it.
* Coherence: Organize and connect supporting evidence so that paragraphs and essays transition smoothly from one bit of supporting information to the next.
*Sentence skills: Revise and edit so that sentences are error-free for clearer and more effective communication.
The four bases are essential to effective writing, whether it be a narrative paragraph, a cover letter for a job application, or an essay assignment.
The new edition also includes a new and updated focus on information literacy, working with sources and writing research papers, making this a powerful and flexible text for students and instructors alike.
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