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COMP 2nd Edition

Randall VanderMey, Verne Meyer, John Van Rys, Patrick Sebranek

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2011
  • 496 Pages


Created through a "student-tested, faculty-approved" review process, COMP, 2nd Edition, is an engaging and accessible solution to accommodate the diverse lifestyles of today's learners at a value-based price. Practical and concise, COMP helps students focus on the seven traits of effective writing as they invent, draft, develop, and revise their writing. The second edition helps students develop the reading skills they need in college with expanded reading instruction in 14 chapters and 44 student and professional models of different forms of writing. Up-to-the-minute research coverage, complete MLA and APA sample papers, and new grammar activities ensure that every aspect of the composition classroom is fully supported by COMP.

Randall VanderMey, Westmont College

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.

Verne Meyer, Write Source, UpWrite Press, and Thoughtful Learning

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.

John Van Rys, Redeemer University College

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, Write Source, UpWrite Press, and Thoughtful Learning

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.
  • Expanded coverage of the writing process, such as the seven traits of effective writing and thesis development, provides practical and concise guidance to student writers.
  • Expanded instruction on analyzing reading selections for purpose, audience, topic, and reasoning in 14 chapters demonstrates how reading and writing are linked and gives students a solid foundation for reading effectively in college.
  • New and updated research coverage addresses new material on Wikipedia, Google, and evaluating Web resources, as well as extended coverage of understanding, identifying, and preventing plagiarism.
  • 23 excellent student models, most of them new, and 21 professional essays, all new to this edition, model writing and prompt discussion on topics students find interesting and important.
  • More focused attention to visual rhetoric--"reading" visuals, guidelines for using visuals in writing, the purposeful use of visuals throughout the book, and additional online instruction--encourages students to attend to and analyze visuals in order to understand their purpose and value.
  • Reorganized and expanded coverage of grammar, sentence sense, punctuation, and mechanics features all-new activities for student practice.
  • Reinvented "Resource" cards at the end of the book now focus on the processes and strategies writers need the most, such as a visual outlining writing processes; a seven-traits checklist; tasks for revising a piece of writing for ideas, organization, and voice; and a tutorial on detecting plagiarism.
  • Chapter Resource Cards at the back of the Student Editions provide students a portable study tool containing all of the most pertinent information to help them as they write.
  • Instructor Prep Cards at the back of the Instructor's Edition make preparation simple with detachable cards for each chapter, offering a quick map of chapter content, a list of corresponding PowerPoint and video resources, additional examples, and suggested assignments and discussion questions to help you organize chapter content efficiently.
  • A full suite of unique learning tools that appeal to different learning styles is available to students with the purchase of a new book. Quizzes, audio downloads, videos, flashcards and more are only a click away.
  • All of the content and resources you expect with a supplements package that is second to none including eBook, book-specific English CourseMate website, WebTutor, and online instructor's resource manual.
  • COMP, 2nd Edition, is a highly visual and accessible composition text that engages students through lively visuals, an energized design, and straightforward coverage of all important topics.
  • Five chapters on analytical writing, four chapters on argumentative writing, and four chapters on writing across the curriculum, as well as chapters on other forms, provide comprehensive instruction in the most important types of academic writing.
  • Many practical tools, guidelines, checklists, and applications keep learning interactive and give students easy reference points while they write.
  • An innovative combination of content delivery both in print and online provides a core text and a wealth of comprehensive multimedia teaching and learning assets based on input from student and faculty focus groups, surveys, and interviews.
  • Shorter, comprehensive chapters in a modern design present content in a more engaging and accessible format without minimizing coverage for your course.
Part I: Writing Process.
1. Understanding the Reading-Writing Connection.
Learning Objectives: Use the SQ3R Reading Strategy. Read actively. Summarize a text. View and interpret images thoughtfully. Think critically through writing.
2. One Writer''s Process.
Learning Objectives: Initiate the process. Plan the writing. Write the first draft. Complete a first revision. Complete a second revision. Edit the writing for style. Edit the writing for correctness. Complete the final copy. Student Model: "Clean Water is Everyone''s Business" by Angela Franco.
3. Starting.
Learning Objectives: Discover your process. Recognize seven traits of effective writing. Analyze the situation. Understand the assignment. Select a topic. Gather details.
4. Planning.
Learning Objectives: Take inventory of your thoughts. Form your thesis statement. Select a method of development. Develop a plan or an outline.
5. Drafting.
Learning Objectives: Review the writing situation. Open with interest. Develop the middle. End with purpose. Use sources effectively. Student Models: "Seeing the Light" by David Zupp. "The Production of Cement" by Kevin Mass. "Hypothermia" by Laura Black. "Four Temperaments" by Jessica Radsma. "My Obsession" by Paula Treick. "Entering the Green Room" by Luke Sunukjian. Professional Models: "Mall Security Immunity" by Rob King. "Writers Rule" by Lester Smith. "Grotesque" by John Van Rys. "Of Human Bondage" by W. Somerset Maugham.
6. Revising.
Learning Objectives: Address whole-paper issues. Revise your first draft. Revise for ideas and organization. Revise for voice. Address paragraph issues. Revise collaboratively. Use the writing center.
7. Editing.
Learning Objectives: Review the overall style of your writing. Write effective sentences. Check your sentences for style and correctness. Replace imprecise, misleading, and biased words. Edit and proofread for conventions.
8. Publishing.
Learning Objectives: Format your writing. Create a writing portfolio.
Part II: Forms of Writing.
9. Narration, Description, and Reflection.
Anecdote Models: Anecdote introducing a topic (from "Deft or Daft"). Anecdote illustrating a point (from "Shades of Prejudice"). Student Models: "The Entomology of Village Life" by Robert Minto. "Spare Change" by Teresa Zsuffa. Professional Models: "When Dreams Take Flight" by Elizabeth Fuller. "The Muscle Mystique" by Barbara Kingsolver. Guidelines.
Analytical Writing.
10. Definition.
Student Models: "Economic Disparities Fuel Human Trafficking" by Shon Bogar. "The Gullible Family" by Mary Beth Bruins. Professional Models: "Deft or Daft" by David Schelhaas. "Wikipedia and the Meaning of Truth" by Simson L. Garfinkle. Guidelines.
11. Classification.
Student Model: "Latin American Music: A Diverse and Unifying Force" by Kathleen Kropp. Professional Models: "Four Sides to Every Story" by Steward Brand. "Four Ways to talk About Literature" by John Van Rys. Guidelines.
12. Process.
Student Model: "Wayward Cells" by Kerri Mertz. Professional Models: "Love and Race" by Nicholas D. Kristof. "The End of Race as We Know It" by Gerald L. Early. "Instructions" by Verne Meyer. Guidelines.
13. Comparison-Contrast.
Student Model: "Sethe in Beloved and Orleanna in Poisonwood Bible: Isolation, Children, and Getting Out" by Rachel De Smith. Professional Models: "Shrouded in Contradiction" by Gelareh Asayesh. "Shades of Prejudice" by Shankar Vedantam. Guidelines.
14. Cause-Effect.
Student Models: "Adrenaline Junkies" by Sarah Hanley. "Dutch Discord" by Brittany Korver. Professional Models: "If You Let Me Play . . . " by Mary Brophy Marcus. "Mind Over Mass Media" by Steven Pinker. Guidelines.
Persuasive Writing.
15. Strategies for Argumentation & Persuasion.
Learning Objectives: Understand an argument. Recognize an argument''s organization. Understand what makes a strong claim. Identify claims of truth, value, and policy. Assess the quality of the support. Recognize logical fallacies. Learn about additional strategies. Professional Model: "Uncle Sam and Aunt Samantha" Anna Quindlen.
16. Taking a Position.
Student Models: "Ah, the Power of Women" by Aleah Stenberg. "Nuclear Is Not the Answer" by Alyssa Woudstra. Professional Models: "Animal, Vegetable, Miserable" by Gary Steiner. "Sorry, Vegans: Brussels Sprouts Like to Live, Too" by Natalie Angier. Guidelines.
17. Persuading Readers to Act.
Student Models: "To Drill or Not To Drill" by Rebecca Pasok. "Our Wealth: Where Is It Taking Us?" by Henry Veldboom. Professional Models: "I Have a Dream" by Martin Luther King. "In Africa, AIDS Has a Woman''s Face" by Kofi A. Annan. Guidelines.
18. Proposing a Solution.
Student Models: "Dream Act May Help Local Student Fight for Residence" by Renee Wielenga. "Preparing for AgroTerror" by Brian Ley. Professional Models: "Fatherless America" by David Blankenhorn. "Is It Now a Crime to Be Poor?" by Barbara Ehrenreich. Guidelines.
Report Writing.
19. Interview Report.
Student Model: "The Dead Business" Benjamin Meyer. Professional Model: "Arcade Fire, on fame and putting it to good use" by Jonathon Gatehouse. Guidelines.
20. Lab, Experiment, and Field Reports.
Student Models: Lab: "Working with Hydrochloric Acid" by Coby Williams. Experiment: "The Effects of Temperature and Inhibitors on the Fermentation Process for Ethanol" by Andrea Pizano. Professional Model: Field: "Investigation of Cockroach Infestation at 5690 Cherryhill" by Hue Nguyen. Guidelines.
Special Forms of Writing.
21. Analyzing the Arts.
Guidelines: Fiction, Poetry, and Film. Student Models: Fiction: "''Good Country People'': Broken Body, Broken Soul" by Anya Terekhina. Poem: "''Let Evening Come'': An Invitation to the Inevitable" by Sherry Van Egdom. Film: "Terror on the Silver Screen: Who Are the Aliens?" by David Schaap.
22. Workplace Writing.
Learning Objective: Create correspondence. Models: E-Mail. Memo. Learning Objective: Correctly format a letter. Models: Letter of Invitation. Letter of Application. Recommendation Request. Learning Objective: Write an Application Essay. Model: Personal Statement. Learning Objective: Prepare a Résumé. Models: Print Résumé. Digital Résumé.
23. Web Writing.
Learning Objectives: Understand page elements. Develop a Web site. Consider sample sites. Understand other writing venues. Develop a blog. Contribute to a wiki. Models: The Museum of Flight home page. Southwest Sojourners home page. Academic: Space Nanotechnology Laboratory home page. Sample blog and sample wiki pages.
24. Assessment.
Learning Objectives: Prepare for exams. Respond to essay questions. Understand objective questions.
Research Writing.
25. Planning Your Research Project.
Learning Objectives: Understand academic research. Initiate the process. Develop a research plan. Consider possible resources and sites. Understand sources.
26. Doing Your Research.
Learning Objectives: Learn keyword searching. Conduct primary research. Do library research. Use books. Find periodical articles. Understand the Internet. Find reliable free-web information.
27. Working with Your Sources.
Learning Objectives: Evaluate your sources. Create a working bibliography. Review note taking. Summarize, paraphrase, and quote.
28. Writing a Research Paper.
Learning Objectives: Avoid plagiarism. Avoid other source abuses. Use sources well. Write your research paper. Follow a model. Professional Models: "Some Stories Have to Be Told by Me: A Literary History of Alice Munro" (Excerpt) by Marcela Valdes. "Vehicle of Change" (Excerpt) L.D. Burns, J.B. McCormick, C.E. Borroni-Bird. Student Model: "''I Did Not Get My Spaghetti-O''s'': Death Row Consumption in the Popular Media" by Stevie Jeung.
29. MLA and APA Styles.
Learning Objectives: Learn the basics of MLA & APA style. Understand in-text citations. List books and other nonperiodical documents. List print periodical articles. List online sources. List other sources: primary, personal, and multimedia. Update documentation strategies above as needed. MLA Model: "''I Did Not Get My Spaghetti-O''s'': Death Row Consumption in the Popular Media" (see chapter 28). APA Model: "Dutch Discord" (see chapter 14).
Part III: Handbook.
30. Grammar.
Noun. Pronoun. Verb. Adjective. Adverb. Preposition. Conjunction. Interjection.
31. Sentences.
Subjects and Predicates. Phrases. Clauses. Sentence Variety.
32. Sentence Errors.
Subject-Verb Agreement. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement. Shifts in Sentence Construction. Fragments. Comma Splices. Run-Ons. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers. Ambiguous Wording. Nonstandard Language.
33. Punctuation.
Period. Ellipsis. Comma. Semicolon. Colon. Hyphen. Dash. Question Mark. Quotation Marks. Italics (Underlining). Parentheses. Diagonal. Brackets. Exclamation Point. Apostrophe.
34. Mechanics.
Capitalization. Plurals. Numbers. Abbreviations. Acronyms and Initialisms. Basic Spelling Rules.
35. Multilingual and ESL Guidelines.
Parts of Speech. Sentence Basics. Sentence Problems. Numbers. Word Parts. Idioms.

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