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Overview

Continuing in the tradition of The College Writer, The College Writer's Handbook offers a proven at-a-glance page format, practical writing instruction, and an inviting design—everything today's students need for college and career writing. In addition, the authors' established use of humor as a pedagogical tool and their entertaining visuals, quotations, anecdotes, and models enhance learning and humanize the rich content, setting this handbook apart.The compact handbook balances clear and concise explanations with an abundance of useful hints and compelling examples. It also includes extended coverage of critical topics such as the writing process as well as critical-reading and critical-thinking skills. An easy-to-use CD and companion web site enrich the handbook's instruction, providing useful learning tools for the modern writer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618491698
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/24/2006
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: SPIRAL
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (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.

Verne Meyer (Ph.D. University of Minnesota) has spent twenty-five years in the English classroom, first at the high school level and more recently at the college level. He has taught composition and theater at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Meyer has received several awards recognizing his excellence as both a classroom teacher and a director of dramatic arts. He is considered an authority on writing across the curriculum and workplace writing, and often gives presentations as a featured speaker at educational conferences.

John Van Rys (Ph.D. Dalhousie University, M.A./B.A. University of Western Ontario) has taught composition, business writing, and literature courses to college students for more than fifteen years, primarily at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. In the fall of 2005, Van Rys began teaching in the English Department at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, where he also is pursuing scholarly work in Canadian literature. For over a decade, he has worked on writing-across-the-curriculum theory and practice, on connections between workplace and academic writing, and on strategies for strengthening varied literacies in students (from reading to information to visual literacy). With Write Source Educational Publishing and Cengage Learning, he has coauthored writing handbooks for students from middle school to college. Van Rys also has coauthored an award-winning business-writing handbook for workplace professionals, WRITE FOR BUSINESS, with UpWrite Press.

Patrick Sebranek (M.A. University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse) taught English, speech, and multimedia classes for sixteen years at Union Grove High School in Wisconsin. During that time, he served as the English department chair and worked on several district-wide projects, including a writing-across-the-curriculum program and a K-12 writing sequence. He has studied the works of James Moffett, Ken Macrorie, Linda Reif, Nancie Atwell, and many other contemporary educators dealing with writing and learning. Sebranek is an author and editorial director for the Write Source Educational Publishing House and works closely with teachers and educators on all new and revised handbooks and sourcebooks.

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Table of Contents

Tab 1: Critical Thinking Critical Thinking Through Reading Critical Thinking in Writing Critical Thinking Through Visual Images Understanding Argument and Persuasion Assessing Writing Tab 2: The Writing Process Getting Started Planning Drafting Revising Editing and Proofreading Submitting, Publishing, and Portfolios Tab 3: Style Issues Writing Strong Paragraphs Writing Effective Sentences Strengthening Word Choice A Glossary of Word Usage Tab 4: Design Issues Designing Documents Designing and Using Visuals Writing and Designing for the Web Tab 5: Grammar Nouns and Pronouns Verbs Other Parts of Sppech Tab 6: Sentences Sentence Basics Using Phrases Using Clauses Solving Sentence Prob. Agreement Errors Sentence Problems Tab 7: Punctuation and Mechanics Using End Punctuation Commas Other Punctuation Capitalization Spelling and Plurals Numbers and Abbreviations Tab 8: Multilingual and ESL Guidelines Surviving College Understanding Words[ Understanding Sentences Understanding Idioms and Mixed Pairs WAC & Research Tab 9: Writing Across the Curriculum Forms of College Writing: An Overview Personal Essays Analytical Essays Persuasive Essays Literary Analyses Business and Application Writing Oral Presentations Objective and Essay Tests Tab 10: Research Writing Planning Your Research Project Note-Taking Strategies Doing Primary Research Doing Library Research Doing Internet Research Drafting Papers with Documented Research Tab 11: MLA The MLA System and Sample Paper MLA In-Text Citations MLA Works Cited Tab 12: APA, Chicago, and CSE The APA System and Sample Paper APA In-Text Citations APA References Chicago (CMS) and Turabian Format and Documentation CSE (CBE) Format and Documentation

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