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Overview

Created through a "student-tested, faculty-approved" review process, COMP, 2nd Edition, is an engaging and accessible solution to accommodate the diverse lifestyles of today's learners. Practical and concise, COMP helps writers focus on the seven traits of effective writing as they invent, draft, develop, and revise their writing. The second edition also helps writers develop their reading skills with expanded reading instruction in 14 chapters and 44 models of different forms of writing. Up-to-the-minute research coverage, complete MLA and APA sample papers, and new grammar activities ensure that every aspect of writing is fully supported by COMP.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133307747
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 556,034
  • Product dimensions: 3.35 (w) x 4.21 (h) x 0.31 (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: Writing Process. 1. Understanding the Reading-Writing Connection. Learning Objectives: Use the SQ3R Reading Strategy. Read actively. Summarize a text. View and interpret images thoughtfully. Think critically through writing. 2. One Writer's Process. Learning Objectives: Initiate the process. Plan the writing. Write the first draft. Complete a first revision. Complete a second revision. Edit the writing for style. Edit the writing for correctness. Complete the final copy. Student Model: "Clean Water is Everyone's Business" by Angela Franco. 3. Starting. Learning Objectives: Discover your process. Recognize seven traits of effective writing. Analyze the situation. Understand the assignment. Select a topic. Gather details. 4. Planning. Learning Objectives: Take inventory of your thoughts. Form your thesis statement. Select a method of development. Develop a plan or an outline. 5. Drafting. Learning Objectives: Review the writing situation. Open with interest. Develop the middle. End with purpose. Use sources effectively. Student Models: "Seeing the Light" by David Zupp. "The Production of Cement" by Kevin Mass. "Hypothermia" by Laura Black. "Four Temperaments" by Jessica Radsma. "My Obsession" by Paula Treick. "Entering the Green Room" by Luke Sunukjian. Professional Models: "Mall Security Immunity" by Rob King. "Writers Rule" by Lester Smith. "Grotesque" by John Van Rys. "Of Human Bondage" by W. Somerset Maugham. 6. Revising. Learning Objectives: Address whole-paper issues. Revise your first draft. Revise for ideas and organization. Revise for voice. Address paragraph issues. Revise collaboratively. Use the writing center. 7. Editing. Learning Objectives: Review the overall style of your writing. Write effective sentences. Check your sentences for style and correctness. Replace imprecise, misleading, and biased words. Edit and proofread for conventions. 8. Publishing. Learning Objectives: Format your writing. Create a writing portfolio. Part II: Forms of Writing. 9. Narration, Description, and Reflection. Anecdote Models: Anecdote introducing a topic (from "Deft or Daft"). Anecdote illustrating a point (from "Shades of Prejudice"). Student Models: "The Entomology of Village Life" by Robert Minto. "Spare Change" by Teresa Zsuffa. Professional Models: "When Dreams Take Flight" by Elizabeth Fuller. "The Muscle Mystique" by Barbara Kingsolver. Guidelines. Analytical Writing. 10. Definition. Student Models: "Economic Disparities Fuel Human Trafficking" by Shon Bogar. "The Gullible Family" by Mary Beth Bruins. Professional Models: "Deft or Daft" by David Schelhaas. "Wikipedia and the Meaning of Truth" by Simson L. Garfinkle. Guidelines. 11. Classification. Student Model: "Latin American Music: A Diverse and Unifying Force" by Kathleen Kropp. Professional Models: "Four Sides to Every Story" by Steward Brand. "Four Ways to talk About Literature" by John Van Rys. Guidelines. 12. Process. Student Model: "Wayward Cells" by Kerri Mertz. Professional Models: "Love and Race" by Nicholas D. Kristof. "The End of Race as We Know It" by Gerald L. Early. "Instructions" by Verne Meyer. Guidelines. 13. Comparison-Contrast. Student Model: "Sethe in Beloved and Orleanna in Poisonwood Bible: Isolation, Children, and Getting Out" by Rachel De Smith. Professional Models: "Shrouded in Contradiction" by Gelareh Asayesh. "Shades of Prejudice" by Shankar Vedantam. Guidelines. 14. Cause-Effect. Student Models: "Adrenaline Junkies" by Sarah Hanley. "Dutch Discord" by Brittany Korver. Professional Models: "If You Let Me Play . . . " by Mary Brophy Marcus. "Mind Over Mass Media" by Steven Pinker. Guidelines. Persuasive Writing. 15. Strategies for Argumentation & Persuasion. Learning Objectives: Understand an argument. Recognize an argument's organization. Understand what makes a strong claim. Identify claims of truth, value, and policy. Assess the quality of the support. Recognize logical fallacies. Learn about additional strategies. Professional Model: "Uncle Sam and Aunt Samantha" Anna Quindlen. 16. Taking a Position. Student Models: "Ah, the Power of Women" by Aleah Stenberg. "Nuclear Is Not the Answer" by Alyssa Woudstra. Professional Models: "Animal, Vegetable, Miserable" by Gary Steiner. "Sorry, Vegans: Brussels Sprouts Like to Live, Too" by Natalie Angier. Guidelines. 17. Persuading Readers to Act. Student Models: "To Drill or Not To Drill" by Rebecca Pasok. "Our Wealth: Where Is It Taking Us?" by Henry Veldboom. Professional Models: "I Have a Dream" by Martin Luther King. "In Africa, AIDS Has a Woman's Face" by Kofi A. Annan. Guidelines. 18. Proposing a Solution. Student Models: "Dream Act May Help Local Student Fight for Residence" by Renee Wielenga. "Preparing for AgroTerror" by Brian Ley. Professional Models: "Fatherless America" by David Blankenhorn. "Is It Now a Crime to Be Poor?" by Barbara Ehrenreich. Guidelines. Report Writing. 19. Interview Report. Student Model: "The Dead Business" Benjamin Meyer. Professional Model: "Arcade Fire, on fame and putting it to good use" by Jonathon Gatehouse. Guidelines. 20. Lab, Experiment, and Field Reports. Student Models: Lab: "Working with Hydrochloric Acid" by Coby Williams. Experiment: "The Effects of Temperature and Inhibitors on the Fermentation Process for Ethanol" by Andrea Pizano. Professional Model: Field: "Investigation of Cockroach Infestation at 5690 Cherryhill" by Hue Nguyen. Guidelines. Special Forms of Writing. 21. Analyzing the Arts. Guidelines: Fiction, Poetry, and Film. Student Models: Fiction: "'Good Country People': Broken Body, Broken Soul" by Anya Terekhina. Poem: "'Let Evening Come': An Invitation to the Inevitable" by Sherry Van Egdom. Film: "Terror on the Silver Screen: Who Are the Aliens?" by David Schaap. 22. Workplace Writing. Learning Objective: Create correspondence. Models: E-Mail. Memo. Learning Objective: Correctly format a letter. Models: Letter of Invitation. Letter of Application. Recommendation Request. Learning Objective: Write an Application Essay. Model: Personal Statement. Learning Objective: Prepare a Resume. Models: Print Resume. Digital Resume. 23. Web Writing. Learning Objectives: Understand page elements. Develop a Web site. Consider sample sites. Understand other writing venues. Develop a blog. Contribute to a wiki. Models: The Museum of Flight home page. Southwest Sojourners home page. Academic: Space Nanotechnology Laboratory home page. Sample blog and sample wiki pages. 24. Assessment. Learning Objectives: Prepare for exams. Respond to essay questions. Understand objective questions. Research Writing. 25. Planning Your Research Project. Learning Objectives: Understand academic research. Initiate the process. Develop a research plan. Consider possible resources and sites. Understand sources. 26. Doing Your Research. Learning Objectives: Learn keyword searching. Conduct primary research. Do library research. Use books. Find periodical articles. Understand the Internet. Find reliable free-web information. 27. Working with Your Sources. Learning Objectives: Evaluate your sources. Create a working bibliography. Review note taking. Summarize, paraphrase, and quote. 28. Writing a Research Paper. Learning Objectives: Avoid plagiarism. Avoid other source abuses. Use sources well. Write your research paper. Follow a model. Professional Models: "Some Stories Have to Be Told by Me: A Literary History of Alice Munro" (Excerpt) by Marcela Valdes. "Vehicle of Change" (Excerpt) L.D. Burns, J.B. McCormick, C.E. Borroni-Bird. Student Model: "'I Did Not Get My Spaghetti-O's': Death Row Consumption in the Popular Media" by Stevie Jeung. 29. MLA and APA Styles. Learning Objectives: Learn the basics of MLA & APA style. Understand in-text citations. List books and other nonperiodical documents. List print periodical articles. List online sources. List other sources: primary, personal, and multimedia. Update documentation strategies above as needed. MLA Model: "'I Did Not Get My Spaghetti-O's': Death Row Consumption in the Popular Media" (see chapter 28). APA Model: "Dutch Discord" (see chapter 14). Part III: Handbook. 30. Grammar. Noun. Pronoun. Verb. Adjective. Adverb. Preposition. Conjunction. Interjection. 31. Sentences. Subjects and Predicates. Phrases. Clauses. Sentence Variety. 32. Sentence Errors. Subject-Verb Agreement. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement. Shifts in Sentence Construction. Fragments. Comma Splices. Run-Ons. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers. Ambiguous Wording. Nonstandard Language. 33. Punctuation. Period. Ellipsis. Comma. Semicolon. Colon. Hyphen. Dash. Question Mark. Quotation Marks. Italics (Underlining). Parentheses. Diagonal. Brackets. Exclamation Point. Apostrophe. 34. Mechanics. Capitalization. Plurals. Numbers. Abbreviations. Acronyms and Initialisms. Basic Spelling Rules. 35. Multilingual and ESL Guidelines. Parts of Speech. Sentence Basics. Sentence Problems. Numbers. Word Parts. Idioms.

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