LaunchPad Solo for Writing First with Readings (Six Month Access)
Sixth Edition   ©2015

LaunchPad Solo for Writing First with Readings (Six Month Access)

Paragraphs and Essays

Laurie G. Kirszner (University of the Sciences (Emeritus)) , Stephen R. Mandell (Drexel University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-8604-X; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-8604-7; Format: LaunchPad Solo

Active and Passive Voice





Multilingual Writers: Articles and Nouns

Multilingual Writers: Sentence Structure

Multilingual Writers: Verbs

Nouns and Pronouns


Prepositions and Conjunctions

Pronoun Agreement and Pronoun Reference


Subject-Verb Agreement

Verbs, Adjectives, and Adverbs


Word Choice and Appropriate Language

Additional Grammar Exercises
Chapter 17 Writing Simple Sentences

 Identifying Subjects

 Identifying Prepositional Phrases

 Identifying Verbs

Chapter 18 Writing Compound Sentences

 Using Coordinating Conjunctions

 Using Semicolons

 Using Transitional Words and Phrases

Chapter 19 Writing Complex Sentences

 Using Subordinating Conjunctions

 Using Relative Pronouns

Chapter 20 Writing Varied Sentences

 Identifying Sentence Types

 Combining Sentences

Chapter 21 Using Parallelism

 Recognizing Parallel Structure

 Using Parallel Structure

Chapter 22 Using Words Effectively

 Using Specific Words

 Avoiding Clichés and Sexist Language

 Commonly Confused Words

Chapter 23 Run-Ons 

 Recognizing Run-Ons

 Correcting Run-Ons

Chapter 24 Fragments

 Correcting Fragments

 Recognizing Fragments

Chapter 25 Subject-Verb Agreement

 Subject-Verb Agreement

 Indefinite Pronoun Subjects

 Verbs before Subjects

Chapter 26 Illogical Shifts

 Illogical Shifts

 Shifts in Tense

 Shifts in Person and Voice

Chapter 27 Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

 Correcting Misplaced Modifiers

 Correcting Dangling Modifiers

Chapter 28 Verbs: Past Tense

 Regular Verbs

 Irregular Verbs

 Problem Verbs: Be

 Problem Verbs: Can/Could and Will/Would

Chapter 29 Verbs: Past Participles

 Regular Past Participles

 Irregular Past Participles

 Present Perfect and Past Perfect Tenses

Chapter 30 Nouns and Pronouns

 Identifying Antecedents

 Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

 Indefinite Pronoun Antecedents

 Revising for Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

 Personal Pronouns

 Pronoun Case

 Pronoun Case: Who/Whom

 Reflexive Pronouns

Chapter 31 Adjectives and Adverbs

 Good and Well

 Identifying Adjectives and Adverbs

 Comparatives and Superlatives

 Good/ Well and Bad/Badly

Chapter 32 Grammar and Usage for ESL Writers

 Special Problems with Subjects

 Count and Noncount Nouns

 Determiners with Count and Noncount Nouns


 Negative Statements


 Stative Verbs

 Choosing Prepositions

Chapter 33 Using Commas

 Correct Comma Use

 Types of Comma Use

 Commas in a Series

 Commas with Introductory Phrases

 Commas with Transitional Words and Phrases

 Commas with Appositives

 Commas with Nonrestrictive Clauses

 Commas in Dates and Addresses

Chapter 34 Using Apostrophes

 Apostrophes in Contractions and Possessives

Chapter 35 Understanding Mechanics

 Capitalizing Proper Nouns

 Punctuating Direct Quotations

 Setting Off Titles

 Minor Punctuation Marks


Process: Amy Ma, “My Grandmother’s Dumpling”

Classification: Carolyn Foster Segal, “The Dog Ate My Flashdrive, and Other Tales of Woe”

Definition: Judy Brady, “I Want a Wife”

Argument: Bob Herbert, “Tweet Less, Kiss More”