Monday, October 28, 2013

3 Books that will help students be better writers

If a person is looking to improve his writing skills, then who would be a better resource for advice than an English teacher with over 36 years of experience?

Retired English teacher Darrel Harbaugh of Coffeyville, Kansas, returns to the T.Lo Club to give us his list of 3 books that will help students be better writers. Like always, if you have your own suggestion, please let us know in the comments. Plus, if you like what you read, share this post with your friends!

"3 Books that will help students be better writers" by Darrel Harbaugh

Plain English Handbook  by J. Martyn Walsh and Anna Kathleen Walsh

"For my entire teaching career I depended upon the Plain English Handbook by J. Martyn Walsh and Anna Kathleen Walsh. I was required to buy it for a class during my freshman year of college in 1971. The book is worn from use and has a copyright date of 1966 - as the fifth edition. The copyright page actually says it was first published in 1939. The book sat on my desk for over thirty-six years and was a valuable resource in helping students improve their writing skills. Yes, the book is dated and I am sure that there are more modern versions by different titles and different authors, yet people who want to become better writers should know how to write a coherent sentence. Finding a book that deals with punctuation, sentence construction and composition is the first step."

The Elements of Style  by E. B. White and William Strunk, Jr.
"Another book that is a staple for writers is The Elements of Style by E. B. White and William Strunk, Jr. Again, this book is recommended reading in college writing courses and will help budding authors learn that there is more to the English Language than one exhibits through texting. We all love shortcuts, but what is acceptable through an email or text should not be acceptable in writing a blog, news release, novel, or especially a term paper."

 MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
"Speaking of term papers. A must reference is the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Of course there are handbooks for APA (American Psychological Association) for those in the social sciences, but the MLA (Modern Language Association) is the most accepted format for the liberal arts and humanities."

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