The Bare Essentials, 9th Edition

Sarah Norton, Brian Green, Nell Waldman

Nelson - Known for clear explanations, a multitude of opportunities for practice, and a strong instructor support package, The Bare Essentials has, for over 25 years, been the preferred choice for students and instructors who need coverage of grammar and sentence- and paragraph-writing skills. For the next edition, we are moving to a more flexible format that will provide a number of options for teaching and learning. The foundational pieces—grammar rules and essentials of English writing skills—will be provided in the main core-concepts book, and the exercises will be available in a separate workbook.

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Table of Contents for The Bare Essentials, 9th Edition

  • Front Matter
  • Three Learning Tools
  • Unit 1: Words
  • Unit 2: Sentences
  • Unit 3: Grammar
  • Unit 4: Punctuation
  • Unit 5: Paragraphs and Essays
  • Unit 6: For EAL Learners: A Review of the Basics
  • Unit 7: Readings
  • Appendixes
  • Accompanying Workbook
  • Instructor Resources