First Edition   ©2014

LearningCurve for Readers and Writers (Six Month Access)

Bedford/St.Martin's

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-6747-9; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-6747-3; Format: Premium Resource

CRITICAL READING AND WRITING

Vocabulary

  • Common Root Words
  • Prefixes and Suffixes
  • Context Clues: Restatement, Exemplification, and Contrast

Critical Reading

  • Identifying a Writer's Purpose
  • Facts and Opinions
  • Point of View

Main Ideas

  • Topics
  • Main Ideas

Supporting Details

  • Identifying Topic Sentences and Supporting Details
  • Topic Sentences 
  • Supporting Details

Patterns of Organization

  • Identifying Patterns of Organization 
  • Using Patterns of Organization

ARGUMENT

Overview of Reading and Writing Arguments

  • Making Arguable Claims
  • Gathering Evidence to Support a Claim
  • Avoiding Generalizations, Assumptions, and Bias
  • Using Appeals and Establishing Credibility

Topic, Purpose, and Audience

  • Exploring a Topic and Determining Your Purpose, or Reason, for Writing
  • Writing for a Specific Audience

Arguable Claims

  • Understanding What Makes a Statement Arguable
  • Stating Your Position on an Issue
  • Supporting a Claim with Evidence

Reasoning and Logical Fallacies

  • Identifying an Argument's Claims, Grounds, and Warrants
  • Identifying Fallacies of Argument
  • Avoiding Generalizations, Assumptions, and Bias

Persuasive Appeals

  • Identifying Appeals to Ethos, Logos, and Pathos
  • Using Appropriate Appeals and Establishing Credibility

GRAMMAR: PARTS OF SPEECH

Nouns and Pronouns

  • Identifying Nouns
  • Using Plural Nouns
  • Identifying Pronouns
  • Identifying a Pronoun's Antecedent

Verbs, Adjectives, and Adverbs

  • Types of Verbs
  • Identifying Verbs
  • Identifying Adjectives
  • Identifying Adverbs
  • Using Verbs, Adjectives, and Adverbs
  • Avoiding Errors with Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Using the Comparative and Superlative Forms of Adjectives and Adverbs

Prepositions and Conjunctions

  • Prepositions
  • Objects of Prepositions
  • Conjunctions
  • Prepositions and Conjunctions

GRAMMAR: SENTENCES

Verb Tenses and Shifts

  • Verb Tenses and Tense Shifts
  • The Past and Perfect Tenses
  • Irregular Verbs
  • Subjunctive

Subject-Verb Agreement

  • Nearest-Noun Agreement
  • Agreement with "There is" and "There are"
  • Agreement with Compound Subjects
  • Agreement with Collective Nouns
  • Agreement with Indefinite Pronouns
  • Agreement with Subject, Not Subject Complement
Fragments

  • Identifying Fragments
  • Correcting Fragments

Run-ons and Comma Splices

  • Recognizing Run-on Sentences
  • Revising Run-on Sentences

Pronouns

  • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
  • Pronoun Reference
  • Pronoun Case
  • Shifts in Person and Number

Coordination and Subordination

  • Recognizing Coordination
  • Recognizing Subordination
  • Identifying Sentence Emphasis

Parallelism

  • Identifying Parallelism Errors
  • Correcting Parallelism Errors

Active and Passive Voice

  • Identifying Passive Voice
  • Using Passive Voice
  • Identifying Active Voice
  • Using Active Voice
  • Revising Passive into Active Voice

Modifier Placement

  • Beginning Sentences with Modifying Phrases
  • Placing Modifiers in Other Parts of Sentences

GRAMMAR: STYLE AND MECHANICS

Appropriate Language

  • Wordiness
  • Specific Language
  • Sexist Language
  • Slang
  • Clichés

Commas

  • Commas with Clauses
  • Commas with Essential and Nonessential Elements
  • Commas with Introductory Elements
  • Commas with And, But, Or, and Other Coordinating Conjunctions

Semicolons and Colons

  • Using Semicolons
  • Using Colons

Apostrophes

  • Using Apostrophes
  • Apostrophes Showing Possession
  • Unnecessary Apostrophes
  • Other Uses of the Apostrophe (Time, Measure, Plurality of Special Terms)

Quotation Marks and Italics

  • Using Quotation Marks to Identify Direct Quotations
  • Punctuation with Direct Quotations
  • Using Quotation Marks with Titles
  • Using Italics with Titles, Foreign Terms, and Words Used as Words

Capitalization

  • Identifying Capitalization Errors
  • Correcting Capitalization Errors

RESEARCH

Working with Sources (MLA)

  • Evaluating Sources
  • Integrating Sources
  • Acknowledging Sources

Working with Sources (APA)

  • Evaluating Sources
  • Integrating Sources
  • Acknowledging Sources

RESOURCES FOR MULTILINGUAL WRITERS

Articles and Types of Nouns

  • Articles with Plural, Proper, and General Nouns
  • Articles with Count and Noncount Nouns
  • Generalizations (Some, Several, Many)

Prepositions

  • Prepositions Showing Time and Place
  • Common Adjective-Preposition Combinations
  • Common Verb-Preposition Combinations

Sentence Structure

  • Linking Verbs
  • Missing Subjects
  • Repeated Nouns, Objects, and Adverbs
  • Placement of Adverbs and Order of Adjectives
  • Past and Present Participles

Verbs

  • Verb Form and Tense
  • Modal Verbs
  • Verbs in the Passive Voice
  • Verbs in Conditional Sentences

Verbs Followed by Gerunds or Infiniti