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The College Writer: A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching / Edition 4

The College Writer: A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching / Edition 4

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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 students models for their 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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ISBN-13: 9780495915836
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 752
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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. Dr. 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 an educator and businessperson. For nine years, he taught English in high schools in Michigan and Wisconsin; and for 15 years, he taught dramatic literature, theatre history, and composition at Dordt College in Iowa. In 1977, with Pat Sebranek, Dr. Meyer cofounded Write Source Educational Publishing House, now a subsidiary of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Supplemental. A graduate of Calvin College (B.A.), Marquette University (M.A.), and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D.), he has co-authored a number of texts for college students, including THE COLLEGE WRITER, THE COLLEGE WRITER'S HANDBOOK, COMP, THE BUSINESS WRITER, and WRITE FOR WORK. For students in grades 8 through 12, he co-authored WRITERS INC, SCHOOL TO WORK, WRITE FOR COLLEGE, and a number of Write Source textbooks. For businesspeople, he co-authored WRITE FOR BUSINESS and EFFECTIVE EMAIL MADE EZ. Dr. Meyer is currently a contributing editor for Write Source and UpWrite Press. He is also a featured speaker in the School Improvement Network's instructional videos, Writing Across the Curriculum.

Dr. John Van Rys (Ph.D. Dalhousie University, M.A./B.A. University of Western Ontario) has taught composition, business writing, creative writing, and literature courses to college students for more than 25 years at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. He has been teaching as a full professor in the English Department at Redeemer University College in Hamilton, Ontario, since 2005, where he also pursues scholarly work in Canadian literature. For over 20 years, 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 research to visual literacy). With Write Source Educational Publishing and Cengage Learning, he has co-authored writing handbooks for students from middle school to college. Dr. Van Rys also has co-authored 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 16 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. Mr. 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.

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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