Higher Education

COMP: Read, 1st Edition

  • includes Review Card and Bind-In 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: 1439082464  |  ISBN-13: 9781439082461
  • 272 Pages
  • © 2011 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $39.75
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Created entirely by a "student-tested, faculty-approved" review process, COMP: READ is an engaging, rhetorically organized reader to accommodate the diverse learning styles of today's students at a value-based price. Each chapter of COMP: READ clearly defines the learning objectives for that chapter; it begins with a statement, photograph, and question to encourage critical thinking. Student-tested and faculty-approved Chapter Review Cards can be torn out of the text for easy review and study. A brief handbook with grammar, punctuation, and mechanics is included in the back of the text and online for students to find quick answers to their questions.

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Features and Benefits

  • An innovative combination of content delivery 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 an engaging and accessible format without minimizing coverage for your course.
  • Chapter Review Cards at the back of the Student Edition provide students a portable study tool containing all of the pertinent information for class preparation.
  • 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 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. Online resources include reading-comprehension quizzes, flashcards based on the book glossary, videos of professional author interviews, podcasts, and documentation reference sheets.
  • You'll find all of the content and resources you expect with a supplements package that is second to none, including a comprehensive Instructor's Resource Manual.

Table of Contents

1. Critical Thinking Through Reading.
2. Strategies for Argumentation and Persuasion.
3. Narration and Description.
4. Description and Reflection.
5. Definition.
6. Process.
7. Classification.
8. Comparison and Contrast.
9. Cause and Effect.
10. Taking a Position.
11. Persuading Readers to Act.
12. Proposing a Solution.
Part Three: HANDBOOK.
13. Punctuation.
14. Mechanics.
15. Usage.
16. Sentences.
17. Sentence Errors.
Chapter Review Cards.

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Print Option: COMP: Read: Read (with Review Card and Bind-In Printed Access Card)

ISBN-10: 1111620520 | ISBN-13: 9781111620523

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"This text is great. It allows you to see the material and not just read it."

— Brittney Adamo, Massasiot Community College

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— Melissa G. Monroe, Middlesex County College


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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 0495907529 | ISBN-13: 9780495907527)

This online instructor's resource manual (available on a password-protected companion website at http://4ltrpress.cengage.com/comp) offers valuable tools for class preparation, lesson organization, and syllabus planning.

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.