Writing Essentials: Exercises to Improve Spelling, Sentence Structure, Punctuation, and Writing

  • AUTHORS: Paige Wilson; Teresa Ferster Glazier
  • ISBN-13: 9781413000009 
  • 336 Pages  Paperback 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©2003     Published
  • Level(s): Advanced | High-intermediate | Intermediate
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About The Product

Ideal as a classroom or self-study text, WRITING ESSENTIALS reviews basic English skills needed for proper spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, and writing. Offering brief, clear explanations, and a wealth of exercises, students can practice what they've learned, receive feedback, and apply it to their writing.


  • Practical and contextualized exercises engage students' attention as they learn to recognize and craft grammatically correct sentences.
  • Over 150 exercise sets reinforce coherence in student writing and include practice in writing sentences and proofreading paragraphs.
  • Answers to all exercises are provided at the back of the book, allowing for immediate feedback.
  • The Writing section introduces the writing process and includes assignments, samples by both student and professional writers, and articles to read, react to, and summarize.
  • Ready-to-photocopy tests can be downloaded from http://writingessentials.heinle.com.

About the Contributor

  • Paige Wilson

    With a gift for explaining the basics of grammar, punctuation, and writing, Paige Wilson, Associate Professor at Pasadena City College, brings the vital structures of English to life, reinforcing fundamental concepts with easy-to-follow exercises, samples, and writing assignments. Since joining Teresa Ferster Glazier as author of THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH in the 7th edition, Professor Wilson continues (in this 13th edition) to celebrate Glazier's original goal of providing students with 100% practical coverage and practice of writing skills -- from word choice to fully developed essays -- in one brief text. Through seven editions of her own, Wilson has added a fresh voice and global perspective to Glazier's vision along the way.

  • Teresa Ferster Glazier

Table of Contents

1. Your Own List of Misspelled Words
2. Words Often Confused (Set 1)
3. Words Often Confused (Set 2)
4. The Eight Parts of Speech
5. Contractions
6. Possessives
7. Words that Can Be Broken into Parts
8. Rule for Doubling a Final Letter
9. Using a Dictionary
1. Finding Subjects and Verbs
2. Locating Prepositional Phrases
3. Understanding Dependent Clauses
4. Correcting Fragments
5. Correcting Run-on Sentences
6. Identifying Verb Phrases
7. Using Standard English Verbs
8. Using Regular and Irregular Verbs
9. Maintaining Subject/Verb Agreement
10. Avoiding Shifts in Time
11. Recognizing Verbal Phrases
12. Correcting Misplaced or Dangling Modifiers
13. Following Sentence Patterns
14. Avoiding Cliches, Awkward Phrasing, and Wordiness
15. Correcting for Parallel Structure
16. Using Pronouns
17. Avoiding Shifts in Person
1. Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Point, Semicolon, Colon, Dash
2. Comma Rules 1, 2, and 3
3. Comma Rules 4, 5, and 6
4. Quotation Marks and Underling/Italics
5. Capital Letters
1. What is the Least You Should Know About Writing?
2. Basic Structures
3. Writing Skills