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Combining streamlined, nuts-and-bolts writing instruction with outstanding accessibility and visual appeal, The College Writer breaks new ground in brief rhetorics. The authors have made both content and presentation optimally exciting and useful for the student. This book targets the needs of less-prepared students, with four-color line drawings, color-coded headings, easy-to-grasp graphic organizers, and other guiding design elements on nearly every two-page spread.

  • The College Writer opens each chapter with concise writing instruction followed by engaging examples and writing assignments. Diagrams, charts, and graphic organizers efficiently demonstrate ideas and principles, reducing the number of pages of text pages required for explanation.
  • Step-indexing and color-coding allow students to thumb directly into the topic they're looking for. Checklists and summary boxes make it easy to refer back to material covered earlier.
  • A CD-ROM provides the entire text in searchable format. It takes students through one student writer's experience in writing a research paper and engages them with instructional video and audio clips, animated graphic organizers, and appealing interactive exercises.

The College Writer is a rhetoric, reader, research guide, and handbook that offers streamlined, nuts-and-bolts writing instruction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618329526
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1

Table of Contents

  • I. A Rhetoric: College Student's Guide to Writing
    Reading, Thinking, and Writing
    1. Critical Thinking and Reading
    Overview: Thinking Critically, Writing Well
    Using Logical Reasoning
    Guidelines: Thinking and Writing
    Thinking by Analysis
    Thinking by Synthesis
    Thinking by Evaluation
    Thinking by Application
    Reading and Thinking Critically
    Reading Actively
    Critical Thinking and Reading Checklist
    Writing Activities
    The Writing Process
    The Writing Process
    From Assignment to Final Draft
    2. Getting Started
    Understanding the Assignment
    Selecting a Topic
    Collecting Information
    Getting Started Checklist
    Writing Activities
    3. Planning
    Taking Inventory of Your Thoughts
    Forming a Thesis Statement
    Using Methods of Development
    Developing a Plan or an Outline
    Types of Graphic Organizers
    Planning Checklist
    Writing Activities
    4. Drafting
    Writing the First Draft
    Basic Essay Structure: Major Moves
    Opening Your Draft
    Developing the Middle
    Ending Your Draft
    Drafting Checklist
    Writing Activities
    5. Revising
    Revising Your First Draft
    Addressing Whole-Paper Issues
    Revising Your Ideas
    Revising for Organization
    Addressing Paragraph Issues
    Checking for Unity
    Checking for Coherence
    Checking for Completeness
    Revising Collaboratively
    Revising Checklist
    Writing Activities
    6. Editing and Proofreading
    Editing Your Revised Draft
    Checking for Sentence Style
    Combining Sentences
    Expanding Sentences
    Editing for Word Choice
    Proofreading YourWriting
    Editing and Proofreading Checklist
    Writing Activities
    7. Submitting
    Formatting Your Writing
    Sharing Your Final Copy
    Effective Writing Checklist
    The College Essay
    8. One Writer's Process
    Getting Started: Understanding the Assignment
    Exploring Possible Topics
    Collecting Information
    Planning: Forming a Thesis Statement
    Using Methods of Development
    Developing a Plan or an Outline
    Drafting: Opening the Draft
    Developing the Middle
    Ending the Draft
    Revising: Improving Ideas, Organization, and Voice
    Revising Collaboratively
    Editing and Proofreading: Editing the Revised Draft
    Proofreading for Correctness
    Submitting: Checking the Page Design, Documentation, and Appearance
    Essay Checklist
    • II. A Reader: Strategies and Models
      Narrative and Descriptive Writing
      9. Personal Narrative
      Overview: Writing a Personal Narrative
      Student Models: Anecdotes; "Dad," Miguel Surieno; "Mzee Owitti," Jacqui Nyangi Owitti
      Professional Model: "One Remembers What One Loves," Asiya S. Tschannerl
      Writing Checklist and Activities
      10. Personal Reflection
      Overview: Writing a Personal Reflection
      Student Models: "School Style," Jessie Cooper; "Like a Girl," Rebecca Babagian
      Professional Model: "None of This Is Fair," Richard Rodriguez
      Writing Checklist and Activities
      11. Personal Description
      Overview: Writing a Personal Description
      Student Models: "He Knew," Rosie Reid; "The Stream in the Ravine," Nicole Suurdt; "Beyond the End of the Road," David Bani
      Professional Models: "That Morning on the Prairie," James C. Schaap; "Northing," Annie Dillard
      Writing Checklist and Activities
      Analytical Writing
      12. Cause and Effect
      Overview: Writing a Cause-and-Effect Essay
      Student Models: "Adrenaline Junkies," Sarah Hanley; "Life-Threatening Stress," Tiffany Boyett
      Professional Model: "A New Vision for America," Carl Rowan
      Writing Checklist and Activities
      13. Comparison and Contrast
      Overview: Writing a Comparison-and-Contrast Essay
      Student Models: "Seeing the Light," David Zupp; "Beyond Control," Janae Sebranek; "A Fear Born of Sorrow," Anita Brinkman
      Professional Model: "Like Mexicans," Gary Soto
      Writing Checklist and Activities
      14. Classification
      Overview: Writing a Classification Essay
      Student Models: "Why We Lift," Caitlin Eisenhart; "Three Family Cancers," Kim Brouwer
      Professional Model: "Four Ways to Talk About Literature," John Van Rys
      Writing Checklist and Activities
      15. Process Writing
      Overview: Writing About a Process
      Student Models: "Wayward Cells," Kerri Mertz; "Entering the 'Green Room,'" Luke Sunukjian
      Professional Models: "Instructions for Opening the CCL," Sheryl Sheeres Taylor; "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow," Verne Meyer
      Writing Checklist and Activities
      16. Definition
      Overview: Writing a Definition Essay
      Student Models: "The Gullible Family," Mary Beth Bruins; "A Few of My Favorite Things," Kirsten Zinser; "Understanding Dementia," Sarah Anne Morelos
      Professional Models: "Deft or Daft," David Schelhaas; "Code Blue: The Story," Abraham Verghese
      Writing Checklist and Activities
      Persuasive Writing
      17. 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 Activities
      18. Taking a Position
      Overview: Taking a Position
      Student Models: "Education Through Application," Jeff Bulthuis; "Tanning Beds in Health Clubs: Marriage or Mismatch?" Tanya Laarman; "Evening the Odds," David DeHaan
      Professional Model: "In Defense of the Animals," Meg Greenfield
      Writing Checklist and Activities
      19. Persuading Readers to Act
      Overview: Persuading Readers to Act
      Student Models: "Let's Kill Cute," Sarah Den Boer; "If We Are What We Wear, What Are We?" Allison Young
      Professional Models: "Soul of a Citizen," Paul Rogat Loeb; "I Have a Dream," Martin Luther King, Jr.
      Writing Checklist and Activities
      20. Arguing Against a Claim
      Overview: Arguing Against a Claim
      Student Models: "Too Much of a Good Thing," Stephanie Lems; "An Apology for the Life of Ms. Barbie D. Doll" Rita Isakson; "To Drill or Not to Drill," Rebecca Pasok
      Professional Model: "Demystifying Multiculturalism," Linda Chavez
      Writing Checklist and Activities
      21. Proposing a Solution
      Overview: Proposing a Solution
      Student Models: "Practical Wildlife Management," Gilbert Angelino; "Preparing for Agroterror," Brian Ley
      Professional Models: "Reducing Levels of Carbon Monoxide in the Factory" Nick Jeffries; "The Media and the Ethics of Cloning," Leigh Turner
      Writing Checklist and Activities
      Report Writing
      22. Observation Report
      Overview: Writing an Observation Report
      Student Models: "The Beach," Laura Apol; "Revelation in Santo Domingo," Joel Sorensen
      Professional Model: "Scab!" Randall VanderMey
      Writing Checklist and Activities
      23. Interview Report
      Overview: Writing an Interview Report
      Student Models: "Dramatic Learning," Marsha Lee; "The Dead Business," Benjamin Meyer
      Professional Model: "Lambie's Limousines," David Thome
      Writing Checklist and Activities
      24. Experiment, Lab, and Field Reports
      Overview: Writing an Experiment, Lab, or Field Report
      Student Models: "Working with Hydrochloric Acid," Coby Williams; "The Effects of Temperature and Inhibitors on the Fermentation Process for Ethanol," Andrea Pizano
      Professional Model: "Investigation of Cockroach Infestation at 5690 Cherryhill," Hue Nguyen
      Writing Checklist and Activities
      Special Forms of Writing
      25. Writing About Literature and the Arts
      Overview: Writing About Literature and the Arts
      Student Models: "The Truth in Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried," (novel) Jacqueline Williams; "Brooding on 'The Darkling Thrush,'" (poem) David Koza; "Sigur Ros, Agaetis Byrjun," (album) Annie Moore; "Wonder of Wonders: The Lord of the Rings," (film) Jennifer Berkompas
      Literary Terms
      Writing Checklist and Activities
      26. Writing Across the Curriculum
      Three Curricular Divisions
      Types of Writing in Each Division
      Preparing to Write Well
      Writing Activities
      27. Taking Essay Tests
      Reviewing for Tests
      Forming a Study Group
      Mnemonics and Other Memory Guides
      Taking the Essay Test
      Taking an Objective Test
      Tips for Coping with Test Anxiety
      28. Writing for the Workplace
      Writing the Business Letter
      Writing Memos and E-Mail
      Applying for a Job
      Preparing a Résumé
      29. Writing for the Web
      Writing for E-Mail, List Servers, and Message Boards
      Creating Web Pages and Web Sites
      Other Writing Environments on the Net
      30. Preparing Oral Presentations
      Planning Your Presentation
      Writing Your Presentation
      Preparing Your Presentation Script
      Rehearsing and Presenting
      Presentation Checklist
      • III. Research Guide
        Research and Writing
        31. Writing the Research Paper
        The Research Paper: Quick Guide
        Overview: The Research and Writing Process
        The Research Process: A Flowchart
        Getting Started
        Planning Your Research
        Conducting Research
        Taking Notes
        Organizing Your Research
        Drafting Your Paper
        Using Sources
        Avoiding Plagiarism
        Editing and Proofreading
        Activities and Assignments
        32. Primary, Library and Internet Research
        The Research Process: A Flowchart
        Conducting Primary Research
        Using the Library
        Using Books in Research
        Using Periodical Articles
        Researching on the Internet
        Locating Information on the Internet
        Observing Netiquette
        Recommended Research Strategies
        Activities and Assignments
        Documentation and Format Styles
        33. MLA Documentation Form
        MLA Research Paper Guidelines
        MLA Parenthetical References
        Works-Cited Entries: Books
        Works-Cited Entries: Periodicals
        Works-Cited Entries: Electronic Sources
        Works-Cited Entries: Other Print and Nonprint Sources
        Sample MLA Research Paper
        34. APA Documentation Form
        APA Research Paper Guidelines
        APA Paper Format
        APA Parenthetical References
        Reference Entries: Books
        Reference Entries: Periodicals
        Reference Entries: Electronic Sources
        Reference Entries: Other Print and Nonprint Sources
        Sample APA Research Paper
        Research Paper Abbreviations
        • IV. Handbook
          Punctuation, Mechanics, Usage, and Grammar
          35. Marking Punctuation
          Question Mark
          Quotation Marks
          Italics (Underlining)
          Exclamation Point
          36. Checking Mechanics
          Acronyms and Initialisms
          Commonly Misspelled Words
          Steps to Becoming a Better Speller
          37. Using the Right Word
          38. Understanding Grammar
          A Closer Look at the Parts of Speech
          Sentence Issues
          39. Constructing Sentences
          Using Subjects and Predicates
          Using Phrases
          Using Clauses
          Using Sentence Variety
          40. Avoiding Sentence Errors
          Subject-Verb Agreement
          Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
          Shifts in Sentence Construction
          Fragments, Comma Splices, and Run-Ons
          Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
          Ambiguous Wording
          Nonstandard Language
          Avoiding Sentence Problems: Quick Guide
          Addressing Multilingual/ESL Issues
          41. Multilingual and ESL Guidelines
          The Parts of Speech
          Understanding Sentence Basics
          Sentence Problems
          Numbers, Word Parts, and Idioms
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