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COMP 3 3rd Edition

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

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2013, 2011
  • 416 Pages

Overview

Created by the continuous feedback of a “student-tested, faculty-approved” process, COMP (with CourseMate Printed Access Card), 3E delivers a visually appealing, succinct print component, tear-out review cards for students and instructors, and a consistent online offering with Enhanced CourseMate that includes an eBook in addition to a set of interactive digital tools all at a value-based price and proven to increase retention and outcomes.

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.
  • COMP3 includes a new, eye-catching 4LTR design with new photos and graphics; an expanded and well organized table of contents to reflect the breadth and value of the content included within the text. All charts and writing samples have been updated, digital/internet content updated, and content overall is more timely and relevant. There is increased emphasis on the section titled “Workplace Writing,” with an awareness that such content is extremely important to college students. There are more than 20 student models, most of them new, and more than 20 professional essays, many of them new to this edition.
  • COMP3 combines the well-established and respected pedagogy of VanderMey's The College Writer with the 4LTR Press's model that makes it very effective and accessible for students and faculty. The very affordable price point represents a significant advantage over competitors and gives sales reps a price play in the large and very important English Composition market.
  • WHAT IS ITS POSITIONING IN THE MARKET:COMP3 is positioned as an “essentials” product for the higher education English Composition classroom, with special emphasis on real-life and workplace applications. The highly visual format helps engage students and the supplements package provides comprehensive support for instructors, especially at Career schools where there is a greater need to “plug and play.”
  • STRENGTHS OF CURRENT EDITION: COMP3 shares many of the same strengths as VanderMey’s, The College Writer. It demonstrates immediate application of writing for college and beyond (work, life, etc.). The text offers a highly engaging and interesting visual layout. Because COMP3 is a 4LTR Press product, it offers the only fully student-tested, faculty-approved English Composition product in the CL bookbag. While it shares many of The College Writer's strengths, this revision of COMP differentiates itself in a number of positive ways (increased focus on user needs, Student Resource Cards, Instructor Prep cards, and more).
  • The revision strategy for COMP3 focuses on maintaining the improvements initiated with COMP2, but also expanding upon them to help address user needs most effectively.
  • Every 4LTR Press solution comes with Enhanced CourseMate, the interactive digital component that offers a full suite of unique learning tools that appeal to different learning styles. Quizzes, audio downloads, video podcasts, and more are only a click away.
  • Every 4LTR Press solution comes complete with an engaging print textbook, tear-out review cards, an interactive digital solution (Enhanced CourseMate), and an eBook - all of which were directly influenced from student focus groups and surveys, and from interviews with faculty and students.
  • Shorter, comprehensive chapters in a modern design present content in a more engaging and accessible format without minimizing coverage for your course.
  • Tear-Out Review Cards at the back of the Student Edition provide students with a portable study tool containing all of the pertinent information for class preparation.
  • Instructor Prep Cards at the back of the Instructor 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 organize chapter content efficiently.
PART I: WRITING PROCESS.
1. Understanding the Reading-Writing Connection.
2. One Writer’s Process.
3. Starting.
4. Planning.
5. Drafting.
6. Revising.
7. Editing.
8. Publishing.
PART II: FORMS OF WRITING.
Narrative, Descriptive, and Reflective Writing.
9. Narration, Description, and Reflection.
Analytical Writing.
10. Definition.
11. Classification.
12. Process.
13. Comparison-Contrast.
14. Cause-Effect.
15. Writing about Literature: A Case Study in Analysis.
Persuasive Writing.
16. Strategies for Argumentation and Persuasion.
17. Taking a Position.
18. Persuading Readers to Act.
19. Proposing a Solution.
Research Writing.
20. Planning Your Research Project.
21. Doing Your Research.
22. Working with Your Sources.
23. Writing a Research Paper.
24. MLA and APA Styles.
Bonus Online Chapters.
A Interview Report.
B Lab and Experiment Reports.
C Workplace Writing.
D Web Writing.
E Assessment.
PART III: HANDBOOK.
25. Grammar.
26. Sentences.
27. Sentence Errors.
28. Punctuation.
29. Mechanics.
30. Multilingual and ESL Guidelines.

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  • ISBN-10: 1305112806
  • ISBN-13: 9781305112803
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $52.50
  • RETAIL $69.95

“My writing has improved tremendously. COMP is very well written and descriptive.”

“COMP is full of great examples of how to write a paper.”