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The Essential Guide to Language, Writing, & Literature

Complete grammar, composition, and literature handbook

A one-stop student reference source for grammar and usage rules, composition guidelines and models, and literary information!

Features & Benefits

  • one easy-to-read source for grammar and writing
  • straightforward format for accessing information
  • comprehensive coverage of grammar and writing
  • an extensive literature section with literary terms, milestones, genres, and tips for literary analysis
  • 6 Trait writing and process writing are applied throughout the writing section
  • addresses writing in a web-based world, cyberbullying, and the latest citation styles aligned with MLA, 7th edition, and CMS, 16th edition


Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics

Twelve chapters on the parts of speech; phrases; clauses; using verbs, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs; capitalization; punctuation; and more.

Writing and the Six Traits

Eleven chapters explore the writing process, the six traits of good writing, writing strong sentences and powerful paragraphs, writing to persuade, writing about literature, creative writing, and more.


Four chapters explore communication for college and the workplace, communication in the digital age, and speeches and presentations.

Skill Building

Four chapters explore vocabulary, critical thinking, spelling, and study skills and test-taking.


Examines milestones in literary history, literary masters, literary genres, literary terms, the 100 most recommended literary works, and more.

Complete table of contents

Teacher Resources

Teacher Guide

  • student-friendly warm-up activities
  • direction for classroom-wide guided instruction
  • strategies for differentiating instruction based on ability and learning style
  • collaborative learning activities
  • workplace applications
  • suggestions for integrating technology

Assessment Resource

  • reproducible pretests
  • chapter tests
  • end-of-course tests
  • rubrics
  • student models

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