Writing academic essays in college often seems mysterious to students who do not yet understand the process of developing an idea into a finished piece of reasoned prose. Writing Your Way Through College demystifies that process and enables teachers to help students "invent the university" as they reinvent themselves as proficient writers and rhetorical problem solvers. Writing Your Way Through College offers instructors a set of careful lessons that draw on current disciplinary knowledge in composition and rhetoric. Sheryl Fontaine and Cherryl Smith provide a classroom-centered text that guides students through progressively more complex, evidence-based writing. Writing Your Way Through College offers students and teachers:
practical lessons on writing and learning
a set of assignments that build incrementally
a support system for new instructors
accessible information about college writing
a flexible approach to the classroom.
In a concise, readable format, Writing Your Way Through College offers insights into how individuals negotiate language communities so that students can better master the conventions and rhetorical characteristics of academic writing. A creative and effective template for the teaching of writing, Writing Your Way Through College belongs on every shelf and in every classroom.
To request this title as a Desk/Exam copy, click here.
Sheryl I. Fontaine is the coauthor or coeditor of two Boynton/Cook titles: Writing Your Way Through College (2008) and Foregrounding Ethical Awareness in the Composition Classroom (1998). She is Professor of English at California State University , Fullerton, has directed its Writing Center and now teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in writing. Her teaching and research center on the discipline of composition, writing program administration, composing pedagogy, responding to writing, and the relationship between reading and writing. Sheryl has published several articles and books relating to the profession and the teaching of composition, including Writing Ourselves into the Story: Unheard Voices from Composition Studies (1993).
Cherryl Smith is coauthor of Writing Your Way Through College (2008). She is Professor of English at California State University, Sacramento and director of the Writing Center. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in composition, rhetoric, and creative writing. She taught previously at Harvard University and California State University, Northridge, and coordinated programs of the South Coast Writing Project. Cherryl has published articles about writing program administration and teaching writing and coauthored Shoptalk for College Writers with Sheryl Fontaine. Her recent book of poetry is After Being Somewhere Else.
Chapters in Order of Writing Assignments xi
Finding Your Place in College Writing 1
Reading and Writing for Essays 1 and 2
Getting Ready to Write 1
Situating Ourselves in Language 10
The Language of Wider Communication 20
Reading and Writing for Essays 3 and 4
A Map of College Writing 27
Your Own Experience as a Writer 35
Reading and Writing for Essays 5 and 6
Navigating the Conventions of Speaking and Writing 44
Interacting with Written Texts 56
Writing College Essays 69
Essay 1: Learning About Language by Observing and Listening 69
Essay 2: Learning About a Subject of Your Choice by Observing and Listening 77
Essay 3: Learning About Writing from Recollections and Memories 83
Essay 4: Learning About a Subject of Your Choice from Recollections and Memories 88
Essay 5: Learning About Academic Disciplines from Written Texts 93
Essay 6: Using Academic Texts to Inform Your Thinking 99
Resources For Writing 105
Learning from Students' Drafts 105
Guidelines for Reading and Responding to Writers' Drafts 133
Guidelines for Editing FinalRevisions 145
Works Cited 157