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

  • Randall VanderMey
  • Verne Meyer
  • John Van Rys
  • Patrick Sebranek
  • ISBN-10: 0495915823
  • ISBN-13: 9780495915829
  • 608 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2009, 2006
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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Overview

About the Product

Combining streamlined basic writing instruction with outstanding accessibility, THE COLLEGE WRITER is a fully updated four-in-one text--with a Rhetoric, a Reader, a Researcher, and a Handbook--for students at any skill level. The clear visual “at-a-glance” 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 models for students’ own papers. To save you time and engage learners, the fourth edition is accompanied by expanded technology resources that include a multimedia eBook with direct links to additional exercises; all-new English CourseMate featuring EngagementTracker; and Enhanced InSite, with online, streamlined peer review, originality checking, grademarking tools, and more.

Features

  • THE COLLEGE WRITER provides students with a concise yet complete overview of the writing process. The text’s unique visual “at-a-glance” format presents each major concept in a one- or two-page spread, with a description of the concept followed by an example, and then the opportunity for hands-on practice, with writing assignments or practice exercises. A friendly, coaching tone develops students’ self-confidence as learners.

  • The entire text is available as a multimedia eBook, with audio, video, exercises, models, and web links. The companion website, English CourseMate, offers additional assignments, videos, and more.

  • Throughout the text, the authors offer examples and discussion of writing for different disciplines as well as in different work contexts.

  • In addition to providing activities for individual thinking and writing, each chapter features response topics that promote group discussion and projects that facilitate collaborative learning.

  • Critical thinking and critical viewing help students analyze and evaluate written and visual arguments.

About the Author

Randall VanderMey

Randall VanderMey is a 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. Dr. VanderMey earned his M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and Ph.D. from 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.

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 I: A RHETORIC: COLLEGE STUDENT’S GUIDE TO WRITING.
Reading, Thinking, Viewing, and 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 Writing and Creating Portfolios.
The College Essay.
8. One Writer’s Process.
Part II. A READER: STRATEGIES AND MODELS.
Writing Across the Curriculum.
9. Forms of College Writing.
Three Curricular Divisions. Types of writing in Each Division. Traits of Writing Across the Curriculum. Narrative, Descriptive, and Reflective Writing.
10. Narration, Description, and Reflection.
Reading Personal Essays. Brief Narratives: Anecdotes. Narration, Description, and Reflection. Model: “The Entymology of Village Life,” by Robert Minto. Model: “Spare Change,” by Teresa Zsuffa. Model: “When Dreams Take Flight,” by Elizabeth Fuller. Model: “Call Me Crazy, But I Have to Be Myself,” by Mary Seymour. Model: “The Muscle Mystique,” by Barbara Kingsolver. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist.
Analytical Writing.
11. Cause and Effect.
Reading Cause-Effect Writing. Cause and Effect. Model: “Dutch Discord,” by Brittany Korver. Model: “If You Let Me Play,” by Mary Brophy Marcus. Model: “The Legacy of Generation N,” by Christy Haubegger. Model: “Mind Over Mass Media,” by Steven Pinker. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist.
12. Comparison and Contrast.
Reading Comparison-Contrast Writing. Comparison and Contrast. Model: “Sethe in Beloved and Orleanna in Poisonwood Bible,” by Rachel DeSmith. Model: “Shrouded in Contradiction,” by Gelareh Asayesh. Model: “Shades of Prejudice,” by Shankar Vedantam. Model: “The Likeness Across the Atlantic,” by Peter Baldwin. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist.
13. Classification.
Reading Classification Essays. Classification. Model: “Latin American Musice,” by Kathleen Kropp. Model: “Four Ways to Talk about Literature,” John Van Rys. Model: “Four Sides to Every Story,” by Stewart Brand. Model: “The Lion, the Witch, and the Metaphor,” by Jessica Siegel. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist.
14. Process.
Reading Process Writing. Process. Model: “Wayward Cells,” by Kerri Mertz. Model: “Downloading Photographs from the MC-150 Digital Camera” (from WFB). Model: “The End of Race as We Know It,” by Gerald L. Early. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist.
15. Definition.
Reading Definition Essays. Definition. Model: “Economic Disparities Fuel Human Trafficking,” by Shon Bogar. Model: “Deft or Daft,” by David Schelhaas. Model: “On Excellence,” by Cynthia Ozick. Model: “Wikipedia and the Meaning of Truth,” by Simon L. Garfinkle. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. Persuasive Writing.
16. 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 Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist.
17. Taking a Position.
Reading Position Essays. Taking a Position. Model: “Ah, the Power of Women,” by Aleah Stenberg. Model: “Nuclear is Not the Answer,” by Alyssa Woudstra. Model: “Animal, Vegetable, Miserable,” by Gary Steiner. Model: “Sorry, Vegans,” by Natalie Angier. Model: “Fatherless America,” by Daveid Blankenhorn. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist.
18. Persuading Readers to Act.
Reading Persuasive Essays. Persuading Readers to Act. Model: “Our Wealth,” by Henry Veldboom. Model: “I Have a Dream,” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Model: “In Africa, AIDS Has a Woman’s Face,” by Kofi Annan. Model: “Is It Now a Crime to Be Poor?” by Barbara Ehrenreich. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist.
19. Proposing a Solution.
Reading Problem/Solution Essays. Proposing a Solution. Model: “Dream Act May Help Local Student Fight for Residence,” by Renee Wielenga. Model: “Preparing for Agroterror,” by Brian Ley. Model: “Uncle Sam and Aunt Samantha,” by Anna Quindlen. Model: “The Beckoning Silence,” by Paul Bignell. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. Report Writing.
20. Interview Report.
Reading Interview Reports. Interview Report. Model: “The Dead Business,” by Benjamin Meyer. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist.
21. Lab, Experiment, and Field Report.
Reading Science Writing. Experiment Report. Model: “The Effects of the Eastern Red Cedar on Seedlings and Implications for Allelopathy,” by Dana Kleckner, Brittany Korver, Nicolette Storm, and Adam Verhoef. Field Report. Model: “Investigation of Cockroach Infestation at 5690 Cherryhill,” by Hue Nguyen, Sandra Kao, Roger Primgarr, and Jauan Alexander. Writing Guidelines. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. Special Forms of Writing.
22. Writing About Literature and the Arts.
Reading About Literature and the Arts. Writing About a Short Story. Student Model: “‘Good Country People’: Broken Body, Broken Soul,” by Anya Terekhina. Writing About a Poem. Student Model: “‘Let Evening Come’: An Invitation to the Inevitable,” by Sherry Van Egdom. Writing About a Performance. Student Model: “Sigur Ros, Agaetis Byrjun,” by Annie Moore. Writing About a Film. Student Model: “Terror on the Silver Screen: Who Are the Aliens?” by David Schaap. Writing Guidelines. Literary Terms. Poetry Terms. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist.
23. Taking Essay Tests.
Reviewing for Tests. Forming a Study Group. Using Mnemonics and Other Memory Guides. Taking the Essay Test. Writing Under Pressure: The Essay Test Quick Guide. Taking an Objective Test. Tips for Coping with Test Anxiety.
24. Writing for the Workplace.
Writing the Business Letter. Writing Memos and E-mail. Applying for a Job. Preparing a Résumé.
25. Writing and Designing for the Web.
Webpage Elements and Functions. Developing a Website and Webpages. Writing for Different Internet Environments. Writing Checklist. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist.
26. Preparing Oral Presentations.
Organizing Your Presentation. Writing Your Presentation. Student Model: “Save Now or Pay Later,” by Burnette Sawyer. Developing Computer Presentations. Overcoming Stage Fright Checklist.
Part III. RESEARCH AND WRITING.
Research and Writing.
27. Getting Started: From Planning Research to Evaluating Sources.
28. Conducting Primary and Library Research.
29. Conducting Research on the Internet.
30. Drafting a Paper with Documented Research.
Avoiding Plagiarism. Avoiding Other Source Abuses. Organizing and Synthesizing Your Findings. Developing Your First Draft. Using Source Material in Your Writing. Critical-Thinking and Writing Activities. Learning-Outcomes Checklist. Documentation and Format Styles.
31. MLA Documentation Format.
32. APA Documentation Format.

New to this edition

  • “Learning Outcomes” at the beginning of each chapter and “Learning-Outcome Checklists” at the end track student performance and help them focus on the most important learning points.
  • “Learning Outcomes” at the beginning of each chapter and “Learning-Outcome Checklists” at the end track student performance and help them focus on the most important learning points.
  • New overviews and revamped guidelines accentuate the reading-writing connection.
  • Updated MLA and APA documentation aids students in finding reliable sources and creating strong research papers.
  • Increased attention to the rhetorical situation--role, subject, purpose, form, audience, and context--gives students a tool to analyze the works of others and create their own works.

Supplements

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

Instructor Supplements

The College Writer: A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching  (ISBN-10: 0495915858 | ISBN-13: 9780495915850)

Combining streamlined basic writing instruction with outstanding accessibility, THE COLLEGE WRITER is a fully updated four-in-one text--with a Rhetoric, a Reader, a Researcher, and a Handbook--for students at any skill level. The clear visual “at-a-glance” 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 models for students’ own papers. To save you time and engage learners, the fourth edition is accompanied by expanded technology resources that include a multimedia eBook with direct links to additional exercises; all-new English CourseMate featuring EngagementTracker; and Enhanced InSite, with online, streamlined peer review, originality checking, grademarking tools, and more.

Multimedia eBook, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access, Brief  (ISBN-10: 1111301352 | ISBN-13: 9781111301354)

THE COLLEGE WRITER, Brief 4th Edition, is now available as a multimedia eBook, which offers students online access to the entire text, along with video and audio explanations that enhance the text, writing tutorials, grammar exercises, additional writing models, and links to carefully selected websites.

Enhanced InSite, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access, Brief  (ISBN-10: 1111299366 | ISBN-13: 9781111299361)

Easily create, assign, and grade writing assignments with Enhanced InSite(TM) for VanderMey/Meyer/Van Rys/Sebranek’s THE COLLEGE WRITER, Brief 4th Edition. From a single, easy-to-navigate site, you and your students can manage the flow of papers online, check for originality, and conduct peer reviews. Students can access a multimedia eBook with text-specific workbook, private tutoring options, and resources for writers that include anti-plagiarism tutorials and downloadable grammar podcasts. Enhanced InSite(TM) provides the tools and resources you and your students need plus the training and support you want. Learn more at www.cengage.com/insite.

InSite™ 1-Semester Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111676747 | ISBN-13: 9781111676742)

Paper due? Become a stronger, more effective writer with one-semester access to Enhanced InSite, an all-in-one writer’s resource, which includes a multimedia eBook featuring a workbook, private tutoring options, anti-plagiarism tutorials, and downloadable grammar podcasts. From InSite’s single, easy-to-navigate site, you can access the eBook, turn in your papers, check for originality, and conduct peer reviews.

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Student Supplements

The College Writer: A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching  (ISBN-10: 0495915858 | ISBN-13: 9780495915850)

Combining streamlined basic writing instruction with outstanding accessibility, THE COLLEGE WRITER is your all-in-one writing resource. The clear visual “at-a-glance” format easily guides you from main ideas through specific examples, with samples of student as well as professional writing in different disciplines and from different career paths. Target your specific writing issues in the Handbook, with practice exercises that help you spot and correct common writing mistakes. A set of specific Learning Outcomes in each chapter shows you the key concepts you’ll be expected to know.

Multimedia eBook, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access, Brief  (ISBN-10: 1111301352 | ISBN-13: 9781111301354)

THE COLLEGE WRITER, Brief 4th Edition, is now available as a multimedia eBook, giving you online access to the entire text, along with video and audio explanations that enhance the text, writing tutorials, grammar exercises, additional writing models, and links to carefully selected websites.

Enhanced InSite, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access, Brief  (ISBN-10: 1111299366 | ISBN-13: 9781111299361)

Insightful writing begins with Enhanced InSite(TM) for VanderMey/Meyer/Van Rys/Sebranek’s THE COLLEGE WRITER, Brief 4th Edition. From a single, easy-to-navigate site, you and your instructor can manage the flow of papers online, check for originality, and conduct peer reviews. You’ll access a multimedia eBook with text-specific workbook, private tutoring options, and resources for writers that include anti-plagiarism tutorials and downloadable grammar podcasts--all designed to help you become a stronger, more effective writer. Learn more at www.cengage.com/insite.

InSite™ 1-Semester Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111676747 | ISBN-13: 9781111676742)

Paper due? Become a stronger, more effective writer with one-semester access to Enhanced InSite, an all-in-one writer’s resource, which includes a multimedia eBook featuring a workbook, private tutoring options, anti-plagiarism tutorials, and downloadable grammar podcasts. From InSite’s single, easy-to-navigate site, you can access the eBook, turn in your papers, check for originality, and conduct peer reviews.

WebTutor™ on WebCT with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access, brief  (ISBN-10: 1111941890 | ISBN-13: 9781111941895)

Succeed in your writing course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

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Succeed in your rhetoric course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

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