The College Writer A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching by Randall VanderMey, Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, John van Rys


The College Writer A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching by Randall VanderMey, Patrick Sebranek, Verne Meyer, John van Rys

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. This edition has been updated to reflect guidelines from the 2009 MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition.


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.

'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.

About the Author

Dr. Verne Meyer is an educator and a businessperson. For nine years, he taught English in high schools in Michigan and Wisconsin; and for fifteen years, he taught dramatic literature, theatre history, and composition at Dordt College in Iowa. In 1977, with Pat Sebranek, 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.), Dr. Meyer has coauthored 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 coauthored WRITERS INC, SCHOOL TO WORK, WRITE FOR COLLEGE, and a number of Write Source textbooks. For businesspeople, he coauthored 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 twenty-five years. After spending fifteen years at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, Dr. Van Rys 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 twenty 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 coauthored writing handbooks for students from middle school to college. Dr. Van Rys also has coauthored an award-winning business-writing handbook for workplace professionals, WRITE FOR BUSINESS, with UpWrite Press.

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15th July 2009



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