The College Writer: A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching, 2009 MLA Update Edition / Edition 3

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Combining streamlined basic writing instruction with outstanding accessibility, THE COLLEGE WRITER is an all-in-one writing resource for students at any skill level. The clear visual 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 writing—from voice to documentation—and offer models for students' own papers. This edition also features new Cross-Curricular Connections that explain how particular modes of writing or types of research relate to a specific discipline in the college curriculum, preparing students for success across the academic spectrum.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495803409
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/17/2009
  • Series: 2009 MLA Update Editions Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 696
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Randall VanderMey (Ph.D. University of Iowa, M.F.A. Iowa Writers' Workshop, M.A. University of Pennsylvania) is an associate professor in the Department of English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He also has taught composition, literature, and technical writing at Iowa State University, Dordt College, and the University of Iowa. He is a contributing editor and creative consultant for Write Source. VanderMey has received numerous fellowships, grants, and awards for his teaching and poetry. He has published two books of poems, GROWING SOUL: A SONG CYCLE, GOD TALK, and CHARM SCHOOL: FIVE WOMEN OF THE ODYSSEY, as well as a commissioned biography, MERIZON: THE GREAT JOURNEY.

Dr. Verne Meyer is a businessperson and an educator who has taught in high schools and in college. In 1977, he cofounded 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. 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 Your Writing and Creating Portfolios. 8. One Writer's Process. Part II. A READER: STRATEGIES AND MODELS. 9. Forms of College Writing. 10. Narration and Description. "Mzee Owitti" by Jacqui Nyangi Owitti. "That Morning on the Prairie" by James C. Schaap. "A Hanging" by George Orwell. "Sunday in the Park" by Bel Kaufman. 11. Description and Reflection. "The Stream in the Ravine" by Nicole Suurdt. "Scab!" by Randall VanderMey. "Call Me Crazy But I Have to Be Myself" by Mary Seymour. "American Dream Boat" by K. Oanh Ha. 12. Cause and Effect. "Life-Threatening Stress" by Tiffany Boyett. "If You Let Me Play . . ." by Mary Brophy Marcus. "The Legacy of Generation N" by Christy Haubegger. "Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Kids" by Anna Quindlen. 13. Comparison and Contrast. "Beyond Control" by Janae Sebranek. "Two Views of the River" by Mark Twain. "Shrouded in Contradiction" by Gelareh Asayesh. "Like Mexicans" by Gary Soto. 14. Classification. "Three Family Cancers" by Kim Brouwer. "Four Ways to Talk About Literature" by John Van Rys. "No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch" by Ann Hodgman. 15. Process Writing. "Wayward Cells" by Kerri Mertz. "Downloading Photographs from the MC-150 Digital Camera" (from WFB). "Campus Racism 101" by Nikki Giovonni. "Love and Race" by Nicholas D. Kristof. 16. Definition. "Economic Disparities Fuel Human Trafficking" by Shon Bogar. "Understanding Dementia" by Sarah Anne Morelos. "Deft or Daft" by David Schelhaas. "On Excellence" by Cynthia Ozick. 17. Strategies for Argumentation. 18. Taking a Position. "An Apology for the Life of Ms. Barbie D. Doll" by Rita Isakson. "Apostles of Hatred Find It Easy to Spread Their Message" by Leonard Pitts Jr. "Pornography" by Margaret Atwood. "Fatherless America" by David Blankenhorn. 19. Persuading Readers to Act. "To Drill or Not to Drill" by Rebecca Pasok. "I Have a Dream" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "The Media's Image of Arabs" by Jack G. Shaheen. "In Africa, AIDS Has a Woman's Face" by Kofi A. Annan. 20. Proposing a Solution. "Preparing for Agroterror" by Brian Ley. "Uncle Sam and Aunt Samantha" by Anna Quindlen. "The Media and the Ethics of Cloning" by Leigh Turner. 21. Interview Report. "The Dead Business" by Benjamin Meyer. 22. Lab, Experiment, and Field Reports. "Working with Hydrochloric Acid" by Coby Williams. "The Effects of Temperature and Inhibitors on the Fermentation Process for Ethanol" by Andrea Pizano. 23. Writing About Literature and the Arts. " 'Good Country People': Broken Body, Broken Soul" by Anya Terekhina. " 'Let Evening Come': An Invitation to the Inevitable" by Sherry Van Egdom. "Sigur Ros Agaetis Byrjun" by Annie Moore. "Terror on the Silver Screen: Who Are the Aliens?" by David Schaap. 24. Taking Essay Tests. 25. Writing for the Workplace. 26. Writing and Designing for the Web. 27. Preparing Oral Presentations. Part III. RESEARCH AND WRITING. 28. Getting Started: From Planning Research to Evaluating Sources. 29. Conducting Primary and Library Research. 30. Conducting Research on the Internet. 31. Drafting a Paper with Documented Research. 32. MLA Documentation Format. 33. APA Documentation Format. Part IV. HANDBOOK. 34. Marking Punctuation. 35. Checking Mechanics. 36. Using the Right Word. 37. Understanding Grammar. 38. Constructing Sentences. 39. Avoiding Sentence Errors. 40. Multilingual and ESL Guidelines.

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