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What is Sentence Style?
The style of writing refers to the way that sentences are put together, rather than just their content. If you frequently receive comments on papers about "awkward word choice," "wordiness," or "informal language," you may be having trouble refining your writing style. Look at the tips provided on this page (and the included links) for suggestions about improving sentence style. If you want more specific advice, make an appointment with a writing tutor!
The Brief Wadsworth Handbook by
Call Number: Reserve Desk PE1408 .K56 2007
Publication Date: 2006-02-08
The most comprehensive brief handbook available, the fifth edition of THE BRIEF WADSWORTH HANDBOOK provides students with extensive coverage of rhetorical concerns, the writing and research process, writing and researching with computers, visual rhetoric, the habits of a successful college student and other topics essential for 21st century student writers.
They Say / I Say by
Call Number: PE1431 .G73 2006
Publication Date: 2006-01-10
"They Say / I Say" shows that writing well means mastering some key rhetorical moves, the most important of which involves summarizing what others have said ("they say") to set up one's own argument ("I say"). In addition to explaining the basic moves, this book provides writing templates that show students explicitly how to make these moves in their own writing.
The Well-Crafted Sentence by
Call Number: PE1441 .B33 2009
Publication Date: 2008-12-24
Grounded in the art of writing, The Well-Crafted Sentence zeroes in on the sentence, offering a range of revision strategies that lead students to write fuller, more well-developed prose. In a friendly, conversational style, Nora Bacon makes clear how and why sentences work to focus, balance, develop, and qualify writers' ideas. Because students are more likely to try out new sentence structures if they've seen them in writing they admire, examples throughout the text are drawn from readings by accomplished stylists whose full pieces are also included in a chapter at the end of the book. Integrated exercises and editing practice help students apply concepts to their own writing. Affordable and brief, The Well-Crafted Sentence works as a core classroom text or as a supplement.
Writing Effective Sentences
Basic Sentence Structure Review