Lay a solid foundation for reading and writing skills with these materials

Foundations of English enables students to build and expand upon their skills in studying, critical thinking, reading, and writing. The reading level is accessible; the instruction is practical; and the examples are relevant and engaging. Take a look at the table of contents!

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Study SkillsThe cover to Foundations of English on an iPad.
1.1 Understanding Different Learning Styles
1.2 Determining Your Personal Learning Styles
1.3 Understanding and Reducing Stress
1.4 Keeping Yourself Organized
1.5 Managing Your Time Effectively
1.6 Taking Notes and Annotating Texts
1.7 Using Effective Study Strategies
1.8 Reducing Test Anxiety
1.9 Taking Advantage of Campus Resources
Chapter 2: Reading Skills
2.1 Preparing Yourself to Read
2.2 Using Visual Clues
2.3 Reading Actively and Purposefully
2.4 Recognizing the Main Idea and the Supporting Details
2.5 Identifying Organizational Patterns
2.6 Using Context for Unfamiliar Words or Phrases
2.7 Using Word Parts for Unfamiliar Words
2.8 Making Inferences About a Text
Chapter 3: Critical Thinking
3.1 Identifying Purpose and Tone
3.2 Analyzing Argumentation Strategies
3.3 Identifying Bias
3.4 Evaluating Evidence
3.5 Understanding the Basics of Logic
3.6 Recognizing Logical Fallacies
3.7 Analyzing and Evaluating Visuals
Chapter 4: Grammar and Mechanics
4.1 Understanding Nouns
4.2 Understanding Pronouns
4.3 Understanding Verbs
4.4 Understanding Adjectives and Adverbs
4.5 Understanding Prepositions
4.6 Understanding Conjunctions and Interjections
4.7 Identifying the Characteristics of Sentences
4.8 Identifying Common Sentence Errors
4.9 Using Consistent Subjects and Verbs
4.10 Using Consistent Pronouns and Antecedents
4.11 Using Correct Pronoun Reference and Case
4.12 Using Commas
4.13 Using Semicolons and Colons
4.14 Using Apostrophes
4.15 Using Quotation Marks, Parentheses, and Brackets
4.16 Using Ellipses, Hyphens, and Dashes
4.17 Using Capitalization and Italics
4.18 Using Abbreviations and Numbers
4.19 Using Basic Spelling Rules
4.20 Spelling Commonly Confused Words
4.21 Proofreading Sentences for Grammar
Chapter 5: Style
5.1 Maintaining Consistency in Tense and Person
5.2 Correcting Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
5.3 Using Parallelism, Coordination, and Subordination
5.4 Using Active and Passive Voice
5.5 Emphasizing Words or Phrases
5.6 Choosing Clear, Concise, and Vivid Words
5.7 Using Word and Sentence Variety
5.8 Maintaining a Consistent Tone
5.9 Writing Naturally
5.10 Using Inclusive Language
5.11 Proofreading Sentences for Style
Chapter 6: The Writing Process – Paragraphs
6.1 Writing a Paragraph
6.2 Choosing a Topic and Narrowing Your Scope
6.3 Choosing a Mode and Organizational Pattern
6.4 Writing a Topic Sentence
6.5 Structuring a Paragraph
6.6 Revising and Proofreading a Paragraph
6.7 Publishing Your Work
Chapter 7: The Writing Process – Longer Texts
7.1 Writing a Longer Text
7.2 Understanding Genre and Purpose
7.3 Choosing a Topic and Narrowing Your Scope
7.4 Writing a Thesis Statement or Statement of Purpose
7.5 Organizing and Outlining a Longer Text
7.6 Writing a First Draft
7.7 Using Paragraphs Effectively
7.8 Revising and Proofreading a Longer Text
7.9 Publishing Your Work
7.10 Writing with Technology
7.11 Peer-Reviewing a Paper
Chapter 8: Research
8.1 Using Research to Strengthen Your Writing
8.2 Using a Variety of Research Methods
8.3 Identifying Different Types of Sources
8.4 Evaluating the Credibility of Sources
8.5 Writing with Sources
8.6 Organizing the Research Process
8.7 Avoiding Plagiarism


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