The College Writer: A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching / Edition 4

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Combining streamlined basic writing instruction with outstanding accessibility, THE COLLEGE WRITER is a fully updated four-in-one text--with a Rhetoric, a Reader, a Researcher, and a Handbook--for students at any skill level. The clear visual "at-a-glance" format helps students grasp larger concepts by linking them to pertinent examples. Throughout the text, numerous student and professional writing samples highlight important features of academic and career writing--from using the appropriate voice to incorporating references--and offer models for students' own papers.
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"I appreciated most the rhetorical approach your team has taken and the efforts you are making to deliver a 21st century writing resource that functions across the disciplines. . .Your team has clearly thought through what our writers need to be successful as communicators."

". . .this text is excellent. It covers the writing process and expository and research-based writing and presents thoughtful student and professional models. When I used it. . . I had a great response from my students."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495915850
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Randall VanderMey (Ph.D. University of Iowa, M.F.A. in Fiction, Iowa Writers' Workshop, M.A. University of Pennsylvania) is Professor of English and English Department Chair at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He has taught composition, literature, and technical writing at Iowa State University, Dordt College, and the University of Iowa and led several off-campus programs in Europe through Westmont. VanderMey has received numerous fellowships, grants, and awards for teaching and writing. He has published two books of poems, KENOSIS: A SONG CYCLE, and CHARM SCHOOL: FIVE WOMEN OF THE ODYSSEY, as well as a book of personal essays, GOD TALK: TRITENESS AND TRUTH IN CHRISTIAN CLICHES. He was co-author of a psychiatric trade book, GENES AND THE MIND. In Spring 2013 Westmont College produced the world premiere of his full-length play, PLATINUM CIRCLE: A PLAY IN THREE ONE-ACTS.

Dr. Verne Meyer is a businessperson and an educator who has taught in high schools and in college. In 1977, he co-founded Write Source Educational Publishing House, now a subsidiary of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Supplemental. A graduate of Calvin College, Marquette University, and the University of Minnesota, he has co-authored FUSION 1, FUSION 2, WRITE 1 SENTENCES TO PARAGRAPHS, WRITE 2 PARAGRAPHS TO ESSAYS, and more than a dozen English handbooks, including WRITE SOURCE 2000, WRITERS INC, WRITE FOR COLLEGE, THE COLLEGE WRITER, WRITE FOR BUSINESS, THE BUSINESS WRITER, and WRITING EFFECTIVE E-MAIL. Today, Dr. Meyer is a contributing editor for Write Source, Houghton Mifflin, and UpWrite Press. He also leads writing workshops across the United States.

Dr. John Van Rys currently teaches writing at Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario. Van Rys has taught writing for 18 years. A graduate of The University of Western Ontario and Dalhousie University, Van Rys received the highest scholarships available in Canada--the SSHRCC (Canada Council) Doctoral Fellowship and the Killim Scholarship--during his graduate studies. He has co-authored FUSION 1, FUSION 2, WRITE 1 SENTENCES TO PARAGRAPHS, WRITE 2 PARAGRAPHS TO ESSAYS, and a variety of business-writing handbooks and materials for the educational and business-writing markets, including WRITE FOR WORK, SCHOOL TO WORK, THE COLLEGE WRITER, WRITE FOR BUSINESS, THE BUSINESS WRITER, WRITING EFFECTIVE E-MAIL, and WRITING BUSINESS AND SALES CORRESPONDENCE.

Pat Sebranek is a businessperson and an educator who co-founded Write Source in 1977. Prior to founding Write Source, Mr. Sebranek taught writing and speaking at the high school level for 16 years, where he developed several courses aimed at helping students use the writing process more effectively. He has co-authored Fusion 1, Fusion 2, Write 1 Sentences to Paragraphs, Write 2 Paragraphs to Essays, and many more English handbooks, including Write Source 2000, Writers INC, Write for College, The College Writer, Write for Business, The Business Writer, and Writing Effective E-Mail. He continues to contribute to products that will help individuals improve their communication skills.

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Table of Contents

Part I: A RHETORIC: COLLEGE STUDENT'S GUIDE TO WRITING. Reading, Thinking, Viewing, and Writing. 1. Critical Thinking Through Reading, Viewing, and Writing. 2. Beginning the Writing Process. 3. Planning. 4. Drafting. 5. Revising. 6. Editing and Proofreading. 7. Submitting Writing and Creating Portfolios. The College Essay. 8. One Writer's Process. Part II. A READER: STRATEGIES AND MODELS. Writing Across the Curriculum. 9. Forms of College Writing. Three Curricular Divisions. Types of writing in Each Division. Traits of Writing Across the Curriculum. Narrative, Descriptive, and Reflective Writing. 10. Narration, Description, and Reflection. Reading Personal Essays. Brief Narratives: Anecdotes. Narration, Description, and Reflection. Model: "The Entymology of Village Life," by Robert Minto. Model: "Spare Change," by Teresa Zsuffa. Model: "When Dreams Take Flight," by Elizabeth Fuller. Model: "Call Me Crazy, But I Have to Be Myself," by Mary Seymour. Model: "The Muscle Mystique," by Barbara Kingsolver. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. Analytical Writing. 11. Cause and Effect. Reading Cause-Effect Writing. Cause and Effect. Model: "Dutch Discord," by Brittany Korver. Model: "If You Let Me Play," by Mary Brophy Marcus. Model: "The Legacy of Generation N," by Christy Haubegger. Model: "Mind Over Mass Media," by Steven Pinker. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. 12. Comparison and Contrast. Reading Comparison-Contrast Writing. Comparison and Contrast. Model: "Sethe in _Beloved_ and Orleanna in _Poisonwood Bible_," by Rachel DeSmith. Model: "Shrouded in Contradiction," by Gelareh Asayesh. Model: "Shades of Prejudice," by Shankar Vedantam. Model: "The Likeness Across the Atlantic," by Peter Baldwin. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. 13. Classification. Reading Classification Essays. Classification. Model: "Latin American Music," by Kathleen Kropp. Model: "Four Ways to Talk about Literature," John Van Rys. Model: "Four Sides to Every Story," by Stewart Brand. Model: "The Lion, the Witch, and the Metaphor," by Jessica Siegel. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. 14. Process. Reading Process Writing. Process. Model: "Wayward Cells," by Kerri Mertz. Model: "Downloading Photographs from the MC-150 Digital Camera" (from WFB). Model: "The End of Race as We Know It," by Gerald L. Early. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. 15. Definition. Reading Definition Essays. Definition. Model: "Economic Disparities Fuel Human Trafficking," by Shon Bogar. Model: "Deft or Daft," by David Schelhaas. Model: "On Excellence," by Cynthia Ozick. Model: "Wikipedia and the Meaning of Truth," by Simon L. Garfinkle. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. Persuasive Writing. 16. Strategies for Argumentation and Persuasion. Building Persuasive Arguments. Preparing Your Argument. Making and Qualifying Claims. Supporting Your Claims. Identifying Logical Fallacies. Engaging the Opposition. Using Appropriate Appeals. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. 17. Taking a Position. Reading Position Essays. Taking a Position. Model: "Ah, the Power of Women," by Aleah Stenberg. Model: "Nuclear is Not the Answer," by Alyssa Woudstra. Model: "Animal, Vegetable, Miserable," by Gary Steiner. Model: "Sorry, Vegans," by Natalie Angier. Model: "Fatherless America," by Daveid Blankenhorn. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. 18. Persuading Readers to Act. Reading Persuasive Essays. Persuading Readers to Act. Model: "Our Wealth," by Henry Veldboom. Model: "I Have a Dream," by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Model: "In Africa, AIDS Has a Woman's Face," by Kofi Annan. Model: "Is It Now a Crime to Be Poor?" by Barbara Ehrenreich. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. 19. Proposing a Solution. Reading Problem/Solution Essays. Proposing a Solution. Model: "Dream Act May Help Local Student Fight for Residence," by Renee Wielenga. Model: "Preparing for Agroterror," by Brian Ley. Model: "Uncle Sam and Aunt Samantha," by Anna Quindlen. Model: "The Beckoning Silence," by Paul Bignell. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. Report Writing. 20. Interview Report. Reading Interview Reports. Interview Report. Model: "The Dead Business," by Benjamin Meyer. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. 21. Lab, Experiment, and Field Report. Reading Science Writing. Experiment Report. Model: "The Effects of the Eastern Red Cedar on Seedlings and Implications for Allelopathy," by Dana Kleckner, Brittany Korver, Nicolette Storm, and Adam Verhoef. Field Report. Model: "Investigation of Cockroach Infestation at 5690 Cherryhill," by Hue Nguyen, Sandra Kao, Roger Primgarr, and Jauan Alexander. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. Special Forms of Writing. 22. Writing About Literature and the Arts. Reading About Literature and the Arts. Writing About a Short Story. Student Model: "'Good Country People': Broken Body, Broken Soul," by Anya Terekhina. Writing About a Poem. Student Model: "'Let Evening Come': An Invitation to the Inevitable," by Sherry Van Egdom. Writing About a Performance. Student Model: "Sigur Ros, Agaetis Byrjun," by Annie Moore. Writing About a Film. Student Model: "Terror on the Silver Screen: Who Are the Aliens?" by David Schaap. Writing Guidelines. Literary Terms. Poetry Terms. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. 23. Taking Essay Tests. Reviewing for Tests. Forming a Study Group. Using Mnemonics and Other Memory Guides. Taking the Essay Test. Writing Under Pressure: The Essay Test Quick Guide. Taking an Objective Test. Tips for Coping with Test Anxiety. 24. Writing for the Workplace. Writing the Business Letter. Writing Memos and E-mail. Applying for a Job. Preparing a Resume. 25. Writing and Designing for the Web. Webpage Elements and Functions. Developing a Website and Webpages. Writing for Different Internet Environments. Writing Checklist. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. 26. Preparing Oral Presentations. Organizing Your Presentation. Writing Your Presentation. Student Model: "Save Now or Pay Later," by Burnette Sawyer. Developing Computer Presentations. Overcoming Stage Fright Checklist. Part III. RESEARCH AND WRITING. Research and Writing. 27. Getting Started: From Planning Research to Evaluating Sources. 28. Conducting Primary and Library Research. 29. Conducting Research on the Internet. 30. Drafting a Paper with Documented Research. Avoiding Plagiarism. Avoiding Other Source Abuses. Organizing and Synthesizing Your Findings. Developing Your First Draft. Using Source Material in Your Writing. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. Documentation and Format Styles. 31. MLA Documentation Format. 32. APA Documentation Format. Part IV. HANDBOOK. New exercises give students practice with punctuation, mechanics, usage, grammar, sentences, and trouble spots for English language learners! Punctuation, Mechanics, Usage, and Grammar. 33. Marking Punctuation. 34. Checking Mechanics. 35. Using the Right Word. 36. Understanding Grammar. Sentence Issues. 37. Constructing Sentences. 38. Avoiding Sentence Errors. Multilingual/ESL Issues. 39. Multilingual and ESL Guidelines.
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