Bare Essentials: An English Handbook for Beginner Writers, 17th ed., E-Book



Bare Essentials: An English Handbook for Beginner Writers, 17th ed.

by Fairy C. Hayes-Scott, Ph.D.


Book Information:

Author: Fairy C. Hayes-Scott, Ph.D.
Publisher: Robbie Dean Press
ISBN: 978-0998249-35-3

No. of Pages: 341 pp + two pass-protected sites containing: texts files (student-written sample themes, research themes, and research papers, provocative narratives and editorials), audio files (interpretative readings of poetry, focus on key grammatical and punctuation items ), color photo files (catalysts for writing assignments), & podcasts (covering subjects like various grammatical errors, general orientation to any college environment, discussions about how to set up research themes and research papers)

Index: Yes
Table of Contents: Yes
Binding: White Coil
Last Update: 2017
Volume Discounts: Yes, call to inquire
Special Donation: Yes, 25 or more books ordered, RDP donates a percentage of the RDP profit of the order to the school, college, organization, or charity of choice of the individual who has initiated the order.
Shipping Time: 2-5 Days

E-file Price: $39.95

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Subject-Verb Agreement? Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement? Dangling Modifiers? Subordinating Conjunctions? And just when should a comma be used? Suggestions for the development of a theme, research theme, and research paper? Bare Essentials, 16th edition answers these questions and more!

It is one of the most comprehensive handbooks covering the most basic information regarding the English language—parts of speech—to the more complex—the writing of paragraphs, themes, research themes, and research papers. This handbook is for grades 9 through college.

An Overview

“…It is important to understand that this author does not think one English dialect is better than another. However, rules of the Standard English dialect are what this book will emphasize. In order for you or anyone to have more career and personal choices, it is imperative that an individual masters these rules. This does not discount other forms of English. Still, the professional choices are limited as well as the ability to move comfortably within various professional social circles when an individual does know and can use Standard English dialect in his speech and writing. So, let anyone of you who question “why” of learning these rules of Standard English focus on the “how.” Keep in mind you have the choice to use various forms of English. The mastery of Standard English broadens the scope of those choices and the opportunities for the writer and the speaker.”
—Fairy C. Hayes-Scott, Ph.D.

This 17th edition is comprehensive update of a student-centered guide for the language use success of any person who opens its pages. It is set up for student use, but the material covered can benefit those who have long left the classroom. It covers the very basics of English (part of speech and various rules of grammar and punctuation) to the more complex (the writing of paragraphs, themes, and research papers). There are two pass-protected sites that are parts of the handbook (yes, included in the price) that contain grammar exercises, student narratives, extensive information about the most current MLA and APA formats, and research papers. Also, there are color photos and interpretive readings of poetry. These items can serve as catalysts for various writing assignments.

Also, this book implements unique methods to teach some of the most common items when writing—comma rules. There are drawings that work to illustrate these rules. Any method is used, traditional or progressive, to make this handbook a true resource for different learning styles—audio, visual, or tactile.

As noted there are two pass-protected sites that contain grammatical exercises, color photos that can serve as catalysts for writing exercises, audios of interpretive readings of poetry, and podcasts that discuss grammatical aspects, methods for developing research themes and papers, and the formats for setting up works cited entries (MLA and APA styles).

So, the 17th edition of Bare Essentials: An English Handbook for Beginner Writers is one of the most comprehensive handbooks presented as of this date that meets the academic and social needs of a wide range of students! It has been written based on many of the suggestions made the authors’ many students. And the years of teaching experience by the author have helped her in the development of this work. This handbook is for anyone who wants a work s/he can quickly consult or go into depth to understand a facet of writing. Indeed, this handbook can be an administrative assistant’s best resource!

Click to Hear MP3 Audio file example: “Pronoun Errors”





This text works well as an individual resource for administrative assistants, teachers, and students. In educational settings, it can be used from grades 9 through college. It functions very well, but not exclusively, in community college settings.

  1. There is flexibility with this handbook. Any instructor who chooses to use this text can have his/her work included on one of th pass-protected sites. Thus, Bare Essentials can be customized for an instructor’s use. The publisher can add material on the pass-protected sites that will meet every instructor’s personal needs for teaching his/her students.
  2. There is a potential for the educational institution or home school organization that chooses Bare Essentials, as one of its texts to garner funds from Robbie Dean Press.
  3. This handbook has evolved. The author has added, kept, and eliminated items based on the author’s many students’ advice. Bare Essentials, 16th edition is a student-oriented text.

For more details, please contact the publisher, Robbie Dean Press, at 734-973-9511 or at 734-975-0028.

About the Author

Dr. Fairy C. Hayes-Scott, is an author of four (4) books and editor of countless more. She is a college professor of literature and composition at Mott Community College (Flint, MI) for over thirty-five years. She has also taught American Sign Language courses and lecture courses focusing on Deafness. She has initiated and taught the only college English composition course exclusively for Deaf students in the state. And reportedly, it was the only one of its kind in the country.

Dr. Hayes-Scott is a consultant and motivational speaker and blogger. She has served as a consultant for an innovative summer six-week academic enrichment program for Detroit Public Schools Deaf students, entitled “Direct Success.” On a part-time basis for Eastern Michigan University, she served as a supervisor of student teachers. And because of her excellence in teaching, based on the recommendation of students and faculty, the Board of Mott Community College has named a room after her. And her blogs have served as a metaphor of a teacher in a classroom (captain over her crew of young officer trainees), helping them hone their skills so that they will be able to take over in their various professional (naval) experiences. Most recently, Dr. Hayes-Scott has launched a different kind of blog that is in a diary format. It, too, has garnered many followers.

In addition to her professional commitment to her students, she owns a traditional/textbook publishing company and a self-publishing/marketing publishing company. Dr. Hayes-Scott has over twenty-five years of publishing experience. The varied occupations and skills of Dr. Fairy (as she is fondly referred to by many of her students and clients) have made her a well-rounded author who implements theory and practice as a college instructor and author.


“Bare Essentials offers students an uncomplicated approach to basic essay structure. Returning students state that the book makes it easier for them to work independently: `It was easy for me to do my outline because I understood the format better than ever before.’ Especially helpful is the section that addresses sentence problems.”

–Mrs. Marsha Stewart, Assoc. Professor
Mott Community College

“Not only has this book helped me, my sister, who is at a university, also, has used my handbook. After I finish the course, she plans to use this handbook as she continues at the university.”

–Former Student of Dr. Fairy
English 102


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