COMP 3, 3rd Edition

  • includes CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card
  • Randall VanderMey Westmont College
  • Verne Meyer Write Source, UpWrite Press, and Thoughtful Learning
  • John Van Rys Redeemer University College
  • Patrick Sebranek Write Source, UpWrite Press, and Thoughtful Learning
  • ISBN-10: 1305112806  |  ISBN-13: 9781305112803
  • 416 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2011
  • © 2016 | Published
  • List Price = $ 69.95
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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.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • 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.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding the Reading-Writing Connection.
2. One Writer’s Process.
3. Starting.
4. Planning.
5. Drafting.
6. Revising.
7. Editing.
8. Publishing.
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.
25. Grammar.
26. Sentences.
27. Sentence Errors.
28. Punctuation.
29. Mechanics.
30. Multilingual and ESL Guidelines.

What's New

  • 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.

Alternate Formats

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  • Book Only

    ISBN-10: 1305112768 | ISBN-13: 9781305112766

    List Price = $54.95

Learning Resource Bundles

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Print Option: COMP (with CourseMate Printed Access Card)

ISBN-10: 1305610067  | ISBN-13: 9781305610064

List Price = $69.95  | CengageBrain Price = $69.95

Printed Text + CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card + Cengage Learning Write Experience 2.0 Powered by MyAccess, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN-10:  1337079820  | ISBN-13:  9781337079822

List Price = $83.95  | CengageBrain Price = $83.95

Printed Text + CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card + LMS Integrated for CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN-10:  1337079839  | ISBN-13:  9781337079839

List Price = $88.95

Bundle: Text + CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card + LMS Integrated for CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1337079847  | ISBN-13:  9781337079846

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Bundle : Text + CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1337073954 | ISBN-13:  9781337073950

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Efficacy and Outcomes


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

— Demetris Anderson

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

— Ashton Moss, U of Arkansas


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Cengage Learning Write Experience 2.0 Powered by MyAccess, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305112962 | ISBN-13: 9781305112964)

Successfully complete your writing assignments with Write Experience 2.0. This innovative system scores your writing instantly and provides you with detailed revision goals and feedback to put you on track for writing excellence.

List Price = $59.00  | CengageBrain Price = $59.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $59.00

Student Supplements

Cengage Learning Write Experience 2.0 Powered by MyAccess, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305112962 | ISBN-13: 9781305112964)

Successfully complete your writing assignments with Write Experience 2.0. This innovative system scores your writing instantly and provides you with detailed revision goals and feedback to put you on track for writing excellence.

List Price = $59.00  | CengageBrain Price = $59.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $59.00

General MindLink for CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305113012 | ISBN-13: 9781305113015)

Cengage Learning provides Learning Management System (LMS) integration with our MindLinks service. This service is designed to deliver an optimal user experience through the learning management system (LMS) already used by the institution – facilitating learning retention and contributing to better learner outcomes. Our collaboration with LMS industry leaders helps drive advanced features like gradebook integration, while the fluid pedagogical design contributes to more teachable moments.

List Price = $74.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $74.95

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Randall VanderMey

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

Dr. Verne Meyer is an educator and a businessperson. For nine years, he taught English in high schools in Michigan and Wisconsin; and for fifteen years, he taught dramatic literature, theatre history, and composition at Dordt College in Iowa. In 1977, with Pat Sebranek, 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.), Dr. Meyer has coauthored 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 coauthored WRITERS INC, SCHOOL TO WORK, WRITE FOR COLLEGE, and a number of Write Source textbooks. For businesspeople, he coauthored 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

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 twenty-five years. After spending fifteen years at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, Dr. Van Rys 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 twenty 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 coauthored writing handbooks for students from middle school to college. Dr. Van Rys also has coauthored 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 sixteen 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.