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The Canadian Writer's Workplace, APA Update, 8th Edition

  • Gary Lipschutz
  • Sandra Scarry
  • John Scarry
  • ISBN-10: 0176795197
  • ISBN-13: 9780176795191
  • 0 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2017, 2013, 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

The Canadian Writer’s Workplace is a complete solution providing students with clear explanations, a straight-forward organization, and opportunities for frequent practice. It has been designed to help them improve their written communication skills. With everything between two covers and now available online through the MindTap platform, students learn about sentence, paragraph, and essay writing skills, come to understand writing steps and strategies, and also have access to a selection of readings that are designed to inspire and motivate students. These are fundamental skills students are learning, that will not only serve them in their academic career, but beyond as well.


  • The format allows for flexibility that enables both instructors and students to work through the areas they need to focus on.

  • Quick Quiz is found in each chapter in Unit 1, and assesses students’ skills in the material of that chapter. Based on their results, more review and practice may be needed, allowing students to focus their efforts.

  • Practice exercises have the answers in the back of the text, so students can continue to work through independently.

  • Additional exercises are found throughout the text, but answers are not provided within the text--only in the Instructors’ Manual. This allows instructors to have even more opportunities for their students to practice.

  • Many chapters in Unit 1 have review practices that are found at the end of the chapter. These are cumulative so they allow students to review all the content learned in that chapter.

  • Working Together are group work activities found at the end of every chapter in the text.

  • Questions for Analysis follow each model essay in the Writing Strategies unit. This provides students with the opportunities to further reflect and digest what they have previously learned.

  • For each of the rhetorical modes or writing strategies, there are assignments provided. These list several topics related to the chapter and encourage the student to practice their writing skills.

  • All of the readings in Unit 5 are by Canadian authors and were selected to inspire and motive students to be better writers. Four questions follow each of the readings, designed to foster further understanding and appreciation for each of the readings.

About the Author

Gary Lipschutz

Born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, to European immigrants, Gary Lipschutz currently teaches mythology and English at Toronto's Centennial College. Trained as a journalist at Carleton University in Ottawa, he went on to become an editor of a national Southam magazine. Since then, he has taught more than 30 different communications courses at various schools in the Toronto area including Ryerson University.

Sandra Scarry

Sandra Scarry is the former Academic Coordinator of the COPE program (College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment) at The City University of New York. She came to that position after many years of classroom teaching in English and ESOL. She has published numerous textbooks in the areas of grammar and writing.

John Scarry

John Scarry holds a Ph.D. from New York University and was the senior professor in the English Department of Hostos Community College, The City University of New York. He has been publishing writing textbooks for thirty-five years and his scholarly articles have appeared in many journals here and abroad.

Table of Contents

Unit One: Sentence Skills
Chapter 1: Parts of Speech: Overview
Chapter 2: Recognizing Subjects and Verbs
Chapter 3: Solving Verb Problems
Chapter 4: Subject-Verb Agreement
Chapter 5: Coordination and Subordination
Chapter 6: Correcting Fragments
Chapter 7: Correcting Run-Ons
Chapter 8: Parallel Structure
Chapter 9: Pronouns
Chapter 10: Modifiers: Misplaced and Dangling
Chapter 11: Punctuation
Chapter 12: Capitalization
Chapter 13: Unit I Review: Using All You Have Learned

Unit Two: The Reading-Writing Connection
Chapter 14: Understanding What You Read
Chapter 15: Paraphrasing and Summarizing
Chapter 16: Quoting
Chapter 17: Answer the Question

Unit Three: The Writing Process
Chapter 18: The Four Stages of Writing for a Paragraph or an Essay
Chapter 19: The Paragraph
Chapter 20: The Essay
Chapter 21: Style
Chapter 22: Revising and Editing
Chapter 23: The Research Paper
Chapter 24: Documentation

Unit Four: Writing Strategies for the Paragraph and Essay
Chapter 25: Argumentation
Chapter 26: Cause and Effect
Chapter 27: Comparison and/or Contrast
Chapter 28: Process
Chapter 29: Description
Chapter 30: Definition
Chapter 31: Classification
Chapter 32: Narration

Unit Five: Major Readings
Adrian Lee: Excuses, Excuses
Julia McKinnell: How to Get Happily Married
Tomson Highway: Canada, My Canada
Rita Joe: I Lost My Talk
Ken MacQueen: A Matter of Postal Codes
James C. Morton: A Tough Approach that Might Work
Peter Harris: Grammar and Your Salary
Gary Lamphier: The Economic Cost of Depression
Himani Bannerji: The Other Family
Doug Mann: Let’s Unplug the Digital Classroom
Brett Throop: Cyber Misogyny
Neil Bissoondath: Selling Illusions
Gary Lipschutz: What’s Missing?
Rachel Browne: What Cuba Can Teach Canada
Leah McLaren: Banning Junk Food
Brian Bethune: Face-to-Face
David Suzuki and Ian Hanington: Canada Must Do More
Unit Six: Appendices
Appendix A - Distinguishing between Words Often Confused
Appendix B - Answer Key to Practices

Online Appendices
Appendix C - Solving Spelling Problems
Appendix D - Irregular Verbs

New to this edition

  • Unit Two “The Reading-Writing Connection” is brand new, and is included because of feedback from across the country. It features strategies to help students understand the importance of how good reading skills support better writing skills.
  • A new chapter in Unit Three called “Style.” This chapters goes beyond the correctness of grammar and mechanics and asks students to think about topics like active and passive voice, sentence variety, and word economy, to name a few.
  • Twelve new readings can be found in Unit Five and all selections are by Canadian writers.
  • MindTap for The Canadian Writer’s Workplace 8th Edition is a personalized teaching experience with engaging assignments that help students connect concepts to the real world. Critical thinking is encouraged through analysis, application, and reflection.