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College Writing Skills with Readings [Paperback]

John Langan , Sharon Winstanley

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April 30 2005
College Writing Skills with Readings Fourth Canadian Edition will help students master the traditional five-paragraph essay and variations on this essay structure. It is a very practical book with a number of special features to aid instructors and their students.

Four principles are presented as keys to effective writing - unity, support, coherence, and effective sentence skills. Activities and assignments are numerous and varied; nearly two hundred activities and tests are included. The emphasis on logic and the pursuit of ideas and explanations in a sequential manner starts in the first chapter.

Students are introduced to the two principles that are the basis of clear thinking and writing; making a point and providing support to back up that point. Each section of the book deals with a distinct aspect of writing. Instructors can therefore turn quickly and easily to the skills they want to present.

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John Langan has taught reading and writing at Atlantic Community College near Atlantic City, New Jersey, for over twenty years. The author of a popular series of college textbooks on both subjects, he enjoys the challenge of developing materials that teach skills in an especially clear and lively way. Before teaching, he earned advanced degrees in writing at Rutgers University and in reading at Glassboro State College. He also spent a year writing fiction.

Sharon Winstanley, author and co-author of numerous textbooks, teaches at Seneca College and York University. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Toronto, and then enjoyed a first career in retail and marketing management. After returning sporadically to university to study Italian, Greek, Marketing, and Financial Management, she decided on a career-change. Twenty-odd years of teaching later, she’s still happy about that change.

For over two decades, Sharon has created and taught courses in writing, film, design and layout, and elective courses ranging from studies in horror fiction to twentieth-century popular music. Preferring the classroom to administration, she still enjoys what first appealed to her about teaching—her students.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginner's textbook. Nov. 2 1999
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I use this text for my remedial college freshman English course to help them brush up on grammar, punctuation, and writing forms before moving on to freshman English. My students have always liked it, and so have I.
The readings within it are short, simple, and easy for anyone of any skill to read. They all evoke some sort of response out of my class and have even converted some "non-readers" into new devotees.
This text might also be useful for high school English courses. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because some of the grammar/punctuation sections don't have quite enough exercises in them to help some lower-level students get a firm grasp on the ideas. However, any teacher well-armed with worksheets can remedy that problem immediately!

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