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WRITE 1: Sentences and Paragraphs, 1st Edition

  • Dave Kemper
  • Verne Meyer
  • John Van Rys
  • Patrick Sebranek
  • John Sturtridge
  • ISBN-10: 0176621938
  • ISBN-13: 9780176621933
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  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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About the Product

Created with the ‘student-tested, faculty-approved’ review process, Write 1: Sentences and Paragraphs is the first book in a two-book series devoted to helping students improve their writing skills. The authors believe that writing is a process and a cornerstone of the text is teaching students about the traits of good writing and why they are important to the writing process at all stages. The text comes automatically with access to MindTap – an innovative personal teaching experience with relevant assignments that guide students to analyze, apply, and improve thinking, and allows instructors to measure skills and outcomes with ease. This innovative combination of content delivery, both in print and online, provides students with a wealth of resources they can use to aid in their learning.

About the Author

Dave Kemper

Dave Kemper has been a contributing partner with Write Source since 1986. He has co-authored FUSION 1, FUSION 2, WRITE 1 SENTENCES TO PARAGRAPHS, WRITE 2 PARAGRAPHS TO ESSAYS, and the complete line of Write Source handbooks and writing texts. In addition to his editorial work, Kemper has presented at national writing conventions and conducted writing workshops across the country. Prior to his work with Write Source, Kemper taught literature and writing for 11 years.

Verne Meyer

Dr. Verne Meyer is an educator and businessperson. For nine years, he taught English in high schools in Michigan and Wisconsin. In addition, for fifteen years, he taught dramatic literature, theater history, and composition at Dordt University in Iowa. In 1977, partnering with Mr. Sebranek, Dr. Meyer co-founded Write Source Educational Publishing House, now a subsidiary of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Supplemental. Dr. Meyer earned his B.A. from Calvin College, his M.A. from Marquette University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. In addition to this text, he has co-authored a number of texts for college students, including THE COLLEGE WRITER'S HANDBOOK, COMP, THE BUSINESS WRITER, and WRITE FOR WORK. To meet the needs of students in grades 8 through 12, he has co-authored WRITERS INC, SCHOOL TO WORK, WRITE FOR COLLEGE, and a number of Write Source textbooks. Dr. Meyer's publications for businesspeople include 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.

John Van Rys

Dr. John Van Rys has taught composition, business writing, creative writing, and literature to college students for more than 30 years. He began his teaching career at Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, before moving to Redeemer University in Hamilton, Ontario, in 2005. He earned his M.A. and B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and his Ph.D. from Dalhousie University. Today, Dr. Van Rys pursues scholarly work in Canadian literature, while also writing fiction and poetry. For more than 20 years, he has worked on writing-across-the-curriculum theory and practice, on connections between workplace and academic writing. He has also pursued strategies for strengthening varied literacies in students, from reading and research to visual literacy. Dr. Van Rys has applied his expertise, co-authoring various writing handbooks for students, from middle school to college. He has also co-authored an award-winning business-writing handbook for workplace professionals, WRITE FOR BUSINESS, with UpWrite Press.

Patrick Sebranek

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 One: Writing and Reading for Success
Chapter 1 Writing and Learning
Chapter 2: Reading and Learning
Chapter 3: Making the Writing-Reading Connection

Part Two: The Writing Process and the Traits of Writing
Chapter 4: Using the Writing Process and the Traits
Bonus Online Chapter: Overview: Sentences, Paragraphs, and Essays
Chapter 5: Prewriting
Chapter 6: Drafting
Chapter Bonus Online Chapter: Peer Reviewing
Chapter 7: Revising
Chapter 8: Editing
Bonus Online Chapter: Publishing and Portfolios

Part Three: Developing Paragraphs and Essays
Chapter 9: Description, Illustration, and Definition
Chapter 10: Narrative Paragraph
Chapter 11: Classification Paragraph
Chapter 12: Process Paragraph
Chapter 13: Comparison-Contrast Paragraph
Chapter 14: Cause-Effect Paragraph
Chapter 15: Argument Paragraph
Bonus Online Chapter: Summarizing Source Material (chapter 10 of Write 2)
Chapter 16: Writing Essays

Part Four: Sentence Workshops
Chapter 17: Sentence Basics
Chapter 18: Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
Chapter 19: Sentence Style
Bonus Online Chapter: Sentence Analysis
Chapter 20: Agreement
Chapter 21: Sentence Fragments
Chapter 22: Comma Splices, Run-Ons, and Ramblers
Chapter 23: Additional Sentence Problems
Bonus Online Chapter: Idiomatic English

Part Five: Word Workshops
Chapter 24: Noun
Chapter 25: Pronoun
Chapter 26: Verb
Chapter 27: Adjective and Adverb
Chapter 28: Conjunction and Preposition
Bonus Online Chapter: Code-Switching
Bonus Online Chapter: Transfer Issues

Part Six: Punctuation and Mechanics Workshops
Chapter 29: Comma
Chapter 30: Apostrophe
Chapter 31: Semicolon, Colon, Hyphen, Dash
Chapter 32: Quotation Marks and Italics
Chapter 33: Capitalization
Bonus Online Chapter: Plurals
Bonus Online Chapter: Numbers
Bonus Online Chapter: Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Initialisms
Bonus Online Chapter: Spelling

Part Seven: Readings
Chapter 34: Narrative Essays
Chapter 35: Process Essays
Chapter 36: Comparison-Contrast Essays
Chapter 37: Cause-Effect Essays
Chapter 38: Argument Essays

New to this edition

  • Shorter chapters in a contemporary design present content in an engaging and accessible format without minimizing the coverage.
  • Chapters open with clearly defined learning outcomes to help guide students.
  • Review cards found in the back of the book are perforated and can be torn out for easy review and study.
  • There is a heavy emphasis on the reading-writing connection.
  • MindTap for WRITE 1 is a personalized teaching experience that brings interactivity into learning by integrating multimedia assets and assessments that measure progress and gaps in students’ understanding throughout the course. The result: increased student engagement and better student outcomes.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online Only Instructor's Resources to accompany WRITE 1  (ISBN-10: 0176708405 | ISBN-13: 9780176708405)