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Steps to Writing Well with Additional Readings, 9th Edition

  • Jean Wyrick Professor Emerita, Colorado State University
  • ISBN-10: 1133311296  |  ISBN-13: 9781133311294
  • 768 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2008
  • © 2014 | Published
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Reliable and straightforward, this text has helped thousands of students learn to write well. Jean Wyrick's rhetorically organized STEPS TO WRITING WELL WITH ADDITIONAL READINGS is known for its student-friendly tone and the clear way it presents the basics of essay writing in an easy-to-follow progression of useful lessons and activities. Through straightforward advice and thoughtful assignments, the text gives students the practice they need to approach writing well-constructed essays with confidence. With Wyrick's helpful instruction and the book's professional samples by both well-known classic and contemporary writers, STEPS TO WRITING WELL WITH ADDITIONAL READINGS sets students on a solid path to writing success. Everything students need to begin, organize, and revise writing--from choosing a topic to developing the essay to polishing prose--is right here! In the ninth edition, Wyrick updates and refines the book's successful approach, adding useful new discussions, readings, exercises, essay assignments, and visual images for analysis. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

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Features and Benefits

  • A STRAIGHTFORWARD APPROACH makes STEPS TO WRITING WELL WITH ADDITIONAL READINGS easy for instructors of all experience levels and backgrounds to deliver quality instruction.
  • THE AUTHOR'S CLEAR GUIDELINES help students develop the kinds of essays that are frequently assigned in composition classes and other college courses.
  • THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICING CRITICAL THINKING is emphasized in this edition with expanded suggestions for developing students' analytical skills as both perceptive readers and trustworthy writers.
  • SKILL-BUILDING EXERCISES, CLASSROOM GROUP ACTIVITIES, AND WRITING ASSIGNMENTS give students repeated opportunities to practice, apply, and review what they have learned. In addition to a variety of new assignments, over two dozen collaborative classroom activities appear in this text, as well as over seventy photographs, paintings, and advertisements, many offered as exercises and writing prompts for today's visually oriented students.
  • THE MANY STUDENT AND PROFESSIONAL SAMPLES throughout illustrate topics under discussion, giving students clear models that expand their understanding of rhetorical and stylistic choices. Professional essays in Parts Two and Three are now introduced by "Pre-reading Thoughts," brief questions promoting active connections between readers and writers.
  • READINGS include selections by both classic and contemporary authors and new essays on current issues such as student identity theft, concealed weapons on campuses, anti-vehicular texting campaigns, and controversial hate-speech laws.
  • CHAPTER 14, "Writing a Paper Using Research" traces a student's process from topic through various kinds of updated library and online research to a completed essay. This new edition also contains updated and expanded sections containing the very latest guidelines for both MLA and APA documentation formats, including citations for a variety of electronic sources. In addition, this chapter includes practical advice for collecting material through interviews and questionnaires and concludes with a student essay presented in two forms, illustrating both MLA and APA styles.
  • THIS EDITION'S MANY NEW EXERCISES AND ASSIGNMENTS include one or more collaborative classroom activities in each chapter of Parts One through Four that help students throughout the writing process; some chapters contain team assignments that give students experience with coauthored writing tasks common in today's workplace.
  • PART ONE: THE ESSAY BASICS guides students through the process of writing the short essay. Chapter 5 now includes an expanded section on critical thinking and visual literacy that encourages students to analyze and evaluate their ideas and those of others as they read, write, and select evidence for any writing assignment.
  • PART TWO: PURPOSES, MODES, AND STRATEGIES discusses the most useful organizational patterns, or strategies, for short essays whose primary purposes are exposition, argument, description, and narration. Chapter 10 includes a new pair of professional essays with opposing views and a series of advertisements, all selected to help students improve critical thinking skills through analysis of logic, evidence, and rhetorical appeals. Chapter 13 also contains both a student essay and a new professional article to illustrate different uses of multiple strategies to accomplish the writer's purpose.
  • PART THREE, SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS, allows instructors to design their composition courses in a variety of ways, perhaps by adding a research paper, a literary analysis, an in-class essay, a classroom presentation, a review of an artwork or movie, or a business- writing assignment.
  • PART FOUR, HANDBOOK, presents a concise handbook with accessible explanations and examples showing how to correct the most common errors in grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. Each chapter now begins with a diagnostic test for students to self-score.
  • PART FIVE offers 33 additional readings, with 14 new to this 9th edition. Popular selections from writers such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Brent Staples, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and Martin Gansberg were retained, accompanied by new essays on current issues such as student identity theft, concealed weapons on campuses, anti-vehicular texting campaigns, and controversial hate-speech laws.
  • In response to teachers' requests, this new edition also includes tips for time-management in Chapter 5, advice for writing and delivering a variety of classroom presentations in Chapter 15, updated information on research methods and documentation styles in Chapter 14, and diagnostic grammar and punctuation tests in the Part Four Handbook.
  • A diamond-shaped reference symbol [+] often appears within discussions, alerting readers to related information or exercises in other parts of the book.

Table of Contents

PART I: THE BASICS OF THE SHORT ESSAY.
1. Prewriting.
Getting Started (or Soup-Can Labels Can Be Fascinating). Selecting a Subject. Finding Your Essay''s Purpose and Focus. Pump-Primer Techniques. After You''ve Found Your Focus. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Discovering Your Audience. How to Identify Your Readers. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Keeping a Journal (Talking to Yourself Does Help). Chapter 1 Summary.
2. The Thesis Statement.
What Is a Thesis? What Does a "Working Thesis" Do? Can a "Working Thesis" Change? Guidelines for Writing a Good Thesis. Avoiding Common Errors in Thesis Statements. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Using the Essay Map. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Chapter 2 Summary.
3. The Body Paragraphs.
Planning the Body of Your Essay. Composing the Body Paragraphs. The Topic Sentence. Focusing Your Topic Sentence. Placing Your Topic Sentence. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Applying What You''ve Learned to Your Writing. Paragraph Development. Paragraph Length. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Applying What You''ve Learned to Your Writing. Paragraph Unity. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Applying What You''ve Learned to Your Writing. Paragraph Coherence. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Paragraph Sequence. Transitions between Paragraphs. Applying What You''ve Learned to Your Writing. Chapter 3 Summary.
4. Beginnings and Endings.
How to Write a Good Lead-In. Avoiding Errors in Lead-Ins. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. How to Write a Good Concluding Paragraph. Avoiding Errors in Conclusions. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. How to Write a Good Title. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Applying What You''ve Learned to Your Writing. Chapter 4 Summary
5. Drafting and Revising: Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking.
What Is Revision? When Does Revision Occur? Myths about Revision. Can I Learn to Improve My Revision Skills? Preparing to Draft: Some Time-Saving Hints. Writing with Computers. Writing Centers, Computer Classrooms, and Electronic Networks. Procrastination: Enemy of Critical Thinking, Thief of Time. I. Revising for Purpose, Thesis, and Audience. II. Revising for Ideas and Evidence. What is Critical Thinking? Thinking Critically as a Writer. Critical Thinking and Visual Literacy. III. Revising for Organization. IV. Revising for Clarity and Style. V. Editing for Errors. VI. Proofreading. A Final Checklist for Your Essay. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Applying What You''ve Learned to Your Writing. Collaborative Activities: Group Work, Peer Revision Workshops, and Team Projects. Benefiting from Collaborative Activities. Guidelines for Peer Revision Workshops. Guidelines for Small-Group Work. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Some Last Advice: How to Play with Your Mental Blocks. Chapter 5 Summary.
6. Effective Sentences.
Developing a Clear Style. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Developing a Concise Style. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Developing an Engaging Style. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Developing an Emphatic Style. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Applying What You''ve Learned to Your Writing. Chapter 6 Summary.
7. Word Logic.
Selecting the Correct Words. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Selecting the Best Words. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Applying What You''ve Learned to Your Writing. Chapter 7 Summary.
8. The Reading-Writing Connection.
How Can Reading Well Help Me Become a Better Writer? How Can I Become an Analytical Reader? Steps to Reading Well. Sample Annotated Essay: "Our Youth Should Serve." Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Writing a Summary. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Benefiting from Class Discussion. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Chapter 8 Summary. Part One Summary: The Basics of the Short Essay.
PART II: PURPOSES, MODES, AND STRATEGIES.
9. Exposition.
The Strategies of Exposition. STRATEGY ONE: DEVELOPMENT BY EXAMPLE. Developing Your Essay. Problems to Avoid. Essay Topics. A Topic Proposal for Your Essay. Sample Student Essay: "River Rafting Teaches Worthwhile Lessons." Professional Essay: "So What''s So Bad about Being So-So?" A Revision Worksheet. Reviewing Your Progress. STRATEGY TWO: DEVELOPMENT BY PROCESS ANALYSIS. Developing Your Essay. Problems to Avoid. Essay Topics. A Topic Proposal for Your Essay. Sample Student Essay: "Catching Garage Sale Fever." I. The Informative Process Essay. Professional Essay (Informative Process): "To Bid the World Farewell." II. The Directional Process Essay Professional Essay (Directional Process): "Preparing for the Job Interview: Know Thyself." A Revision Worksheet. Reviewing Your Progress. STRATEGY THREE: DEVELOPMENT BY COMPARISON AND CONTRAST. Developing Your Essay. Which Pattern Should You Use? Problems to Avoid. Essay Topics. A Topic Proposal for Your Essay. I. The Point-by-Point Pattern. Sample Student Essay "Bringing Back the Joy of Market Day." II. The Block Pattern. Sample Student Essay: "Backyard: Old and New." I. The Point-by-Point Pattern. Professional Essay: "Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts."I I. The Block Pattern. Professional Essay: "Two Ways of Viewing the River." A Revision Worksheet. A Special Kind of Comparison: The Analogy. Reviewing Your Progress. STRATEGY FOUR: DEVELOPMENT BY DEFINITION. Why Do We Define? Developing Your Essay. Problems to Avoid. Essay Topics. A Topic Proposal for Your Essay. Sample Student Essay: "Blind Paces.." Professional Essay: "The Munchausen Mystery." A Revision Worksheet. Reviewing Your Progress. STRATEGY FIVE: DEVELOPMENT BY DIVISION AND CLASSIFICATION. Division. Classification. Developing Your Essay. Problems to Avoid. Essay Topics. A Topic Proposal for Your Essay. Sample Student Essay: "The Native American Era at Mesa Verde." Professional Essay (Classification): "The Plot against People." Professional Essay (Division): "What Is REALLY in a Hot Dog?" A Revision Worksheet. Reviewing Your Progress. STRATEGY SIX: DEVELOPMENT BY CAUSAL ANALYSIS. Developing Your Essay. Problems to Avoid. Essay Topics. A Topic Proposal for Your Essay. Sample Student Essay: "It''s Simply Not Worth It." Professional Essay: "Some Lessons from the Assembly Line." A Revision Worksheet. Reviewing Your Progress.
10. Argumentation.
Developing Your Essay. Problems to Avoid. Common Logical Fallacies. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Essay Topics. A Topic Proposal for Your Essay. Sample Student Essay: "Students, Take Note!" Professional Essays (Pro/Con): "Wild Animals are Not Pets" and "Let People Own Exotic Animals." Analyzing Advertisements. Conflicting Positions: Gun Control. Competing Products: Sources of Energy. Popular Appeals: Spending Our Money. Practicing What You''ve Learned. A Revision Worksheet. Reviewing Your Progress.
11. Description.
How to Write Effective Description. Problems to Avoid. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment: "Birthday" by Marc Chagall. Essay Topics. A Topic Proposal for Your Essay. Sample Student Essay: "Treeclimbing." Professional Essay: "Still Learning from My Mother." A Revision Worksheet. Reviewing Your Progress.
12. Narration.
Writing the Effective Narrative Essay. Problems to Avoid. Practicing What You''ve Learned: "Tornado Over Kansas" by John Steuart Curry. Essay Topics. A Topic Proposal for Your Essay. Sample Student Essay: "Never Underestimate the Little Things." Professional Essay: "Salvation." A Revision Worksheet. Reviewing Your Progress.
13. Writing Essays Using Multiple Strategies.
Choosing the Best Strategies. Problems to Avoid. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Sample Student Essay: "Pass the Broccoli--Please!" Professional Essay: "Courage in Greensboro." A Revision Worksheet. Reviewing Your Progress.
PART III: SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS.
14. Writing a Paper Using Research.
Focusing Your Topic. Beginning Your Library Research. General Reference Works. Online Catalogs. Databases. The Internet. Special Collections. Conducting Primary Research. The Personal Interview. The Questionnaire. Preparing a Working Bibliography. Choosing and Evaluating Your Sources. Preparing an Annotated Bibliography. Taking Notes. Distinguishing Paraphrase from Summary. Incorporating Your Source Material. Avoiding Plagiarism. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Choosing the Documentation Style for Your Essay. MLA Style. Compiling a Works Cited List: MLA Style. Sample Entries: MLA Style. Electronic Sources: MLA Style. APA Style. Compiling a Works Cited List: APA Style. Sample Entries: APA Style. Electronic Sources: APA Style. Footnote and Bibliography Form. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Using Supplementary Notes. Examples (MLA Style). Sample Student Essay Using MLA Style: "Frida Kahlo: A Life on Canvas."Sample Student Essay Using APA Style: "Frida Kahlo: A Life on Canvas. "
15. Classroom Writing Assignments: Exams, Timed Essays, and Presentations.
Writing Well under Pressure. Problems to Avoid. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Writing the Summary-and-Response Essay. Sample Student Essay: "Youth Service: An Idea Whose Time Has Come." Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Writing for Classroom Presentations. Steps to Effective Presentation. Guidelines for Effective Delivery. Practicing What You''ve Learned.
16. Writing about Literature.
Using Literature in the Composition Classroom. Suggestions for Close Reading of Literature. Steps to Reading a Story. Annotated Story: "The Story of an Hour." Sample Student Essay: "A Breath of Fresh Air." Steps to Reading a Poem. Annotated Poem: "When I Heard the Learn''d Astronomer." Sample Student Essay: "Two Ways of Knowing." Guidelines for Writing about Literature. Problems to Avoid. Practicing What You''ve Learned (Stories): "Geraldo No Last Name" by Sandra Cisneros. Practicing What You''ve Learned (Poems): "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden; "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. Suggestions for Writing.
17. Writing about Visual Arts.
Using Visual Arts in the Composition Classroom. Suggestions for Analyzing Paintings. Additional Advice about Sculpture and Photography. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Guidelines for Writing about Artworks. Problems to Avoid. Annotated Painting: Nighthawks. Sample Student Essay: "Night in the City and Psyche." Suggestions for Writing
18. Writing about Film.
Using Film in the Composition Classroom. Guidelines for Writing about Film. Problems to Avoid. Sample Student Essay: "Catch the Blackbird." Practicing What You''ve Learned. Professional Essay: "The King''s Speech" by Film Critic Roger Ebert. Suggestions for Writing. Glossary of Film Terms.
19. Writing in the World of Work.
Composing Business Letters. Traditional Business Letter Format. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Sample Business Letter. Creating Memos. Sending Professional E-Mail. Problems to Avoid. Writing Cover Letters and Designing Résumés. Effective Cover Letters. Effective Résumés. Critique Your Page Appeal. Problems to Avoid Sample Résumés. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Preparing Interview Notes and Post-Interview Letters.
PART IV: A CONCISE HANDBOOK.
Parts of Speech. Sentence Components and Classifications.
20. Major Errors in Grammar.
Assessing Your Skills: Grammar (Self-scored Diagnostic Test). Errors with Verbs. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Errors with Nouns. Errors with Pronouns. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Errors with Adverbs and Adjectives. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Errors in Modifying Phrases. Practicing What You''ve Learned Errors in Sentences. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Answers to the Diagnostic Test.
21. A Concise Guide to Punctuation.
Assessing Your Skills: Punctuation (Self-scored Diagnostic Test). The Period. The Question Mark. The Exclamation Point. Practicing What You''ve Learned. The Comma. Practicing What You''ve Learned. The Semicolon. Practicing What You''ve Learned. The Colon. Practicing What You''ve Learned. The Apostrophe. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Quotation Marks. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Parentheses. Brackets. The Dash. Practicing What You''ve Learned. The Hyphen. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Italics and Underlining. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Ellipsis Points. The Slash. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Answers to the Diagnostic Test.
22. A Concise Guide to Mechanics.
Assessing Your Skills: Mechanics (Self-scored Diagnostic Test). Capitalization. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Abbreviations. Numbers. Practicing What You''ve Learned. Assignment. Spelling. Answers to the Diagnostic Test.
23. Exposition: Development by Example.
"Black Men andPublic Space" by Brent Staples. "Metaphors for Life" by David Brooks. "Word to Youth: Texting, Driving Don''t Mix" by Larry Copeland.
24. Exposition: Process Analysis.
"Family Feud: Resolving Holiday Conflict" by Stephen R. Covey. "College Students: Protect Yourself from Identity Theft" by Luanne Kadlub. "Bite-Size History" by Carlton Stowers.
25. Exposition: Comparison/Contrast.
"My Real Car" by Bailey White. "The Myth Of The Latin Woman: I Just Met A Girl Named Maria" by Judith Ortiz Cofer. "Once More to the Lake (August 1941)" by E. B. White.
26. Exposition: Definition .
"Celebrating Nerdiness" by Tom Rogers."The Exam Dream" by Eric Hoover. "What Is Poverty?" by Jo Goodwin Parker.
27. Exposition: Division/Classification.
"Party Manners" by Richard L. Grossman. "The Colorful Plate" by Dianne Moeller."Four Kinds of Chance" by James Austin.
28. Exposition: Causal Analysis.
"Mystery" by Nicholas Meyer. "Mind Game" by Joshua Bell. "Cell Phones and Social Graces" by Charles Fisher.
29. Argumentation.
"Guns on Campus: More Harm than Help" by The Editorial Board of USA Today. "Putting Up with Hate" by the Denver Post Editorial Board. "Judging by the Cover" by Bonny Gainley.
30. Description.
"Battle of the Ants" by Henry David Thoreau. "A Day at the Theme Park" by W. Bruce Cameron. "Walking On the Moon" by David R. Scott.
31. Narration.
"38 Who Saw Murder Didn''t Call the Police" by Martin Gansberg. "Crossing the Great Divide" by Peter Fish. "Arrival at Manzanar" by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston.
32. Essays for Further Analysis: Multiple Strategies and Styles.
"I Have a Dream" by Martin Luther King, Jr. "Take This Fish and Look at It" by Samual H. Scudder. "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift.
33. Literature.
"La Migra" by Pat Mora."Poem for An Inked Daughter" by Jane Wheeler. "A Jury of Her Peers" by Susan Glaspell.

What's New

  • NEW CRITICAL THINKING EMPHASIS. Throughout the book, students will see an increased emphasis on critical thinking skills to help them develop into both perceptive readers and effective writers. Chapter 5 now includes expanded discussions focused on the analysis and evaluation of information, especially from Internet and other media sources, showing students how to select reliable evidence that best illustrates, supports, or shapes their ideas. A new section on visual literacy, also in Chapter 5, adds to the discussion of trustworthy sources, as students are reminded of the problems posed by altered images.
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  • NEW SECTION ON PROCRASTINATION. A new section in Chapter 5, Procrastination: Enemy of Critical Thinking, Thief of Time, addresses the problem of procrastination, with emphasis on its interference with critical thinking. To help students improve their time-management skills, this section offers practical advice for overcoming this enemy of good writing.
  • NEW DIAGNOSTIC TESTS. A new diagnostic test introduces each chapter in the text's Handbook. Students may test their knowledge of grammar and punctuation by comparing their answers to those provided at the end of each chapter, a self-scoring activity to guide them in their review of Handbook material.
  • NEW READINGS. Parts One-Three contain 20% new professional essays, retaining a mix of classic and contemporary authors, including the diverse styles of Mark Twain, Langston Hughes, Roger Ebert, and the editorial board of the USA Today newspaper. Part Five offers 33 additional readings, with 14 new to this edition. Popular selections from writers such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Brent Staples, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and Martin Gansberg were retained, accompanied by new essays on current issues such as student identity theft, concealed weapons on campuses, anti-vehicular texting campaigns, and controversial hate-speech laws.
  • NEW PRE-READING THOUGHTS. To help students receive the most benefit from the many professional essays in Parts Two and Three of the book, a new feature called "Pre-reading Thoughts" has been introduced. Before reading, students will find one or more brief questions designed to engage their thinking about the essay's subject matter or the author's point of view. Teachers may find the questions useful as discussion prompts, prewriting exercises, or essay topics.
  • NEW SECTION ON PRESENTATIONS. Chapter 15 on Classroom Writing Assignments is now expanded beyond exams and timed essays to also include a new section on presentations. A variety of activities, from individual reports to panel discussions, offer practice in the selection and shaping of essay material as well as expanding audience awareness. Advice for the effective delivery of presentations is also included here.
  • UPDATED AND EXPANDED. Chapter 14, Writing a Paper Using Research, has been updated and expanded for this edition. In addition to more emphasis on analysis of reliable sources and information, this chapter offers the most current guidelines for MLA and APA documentation styles, with more examples illustrating formats for frequently cited online and media sources.
  • NEW TOPICS AND ACTIVITIES. Many new writing topics and activities (for both individual and group work) throughout the book reflect contemporary issues that will engage student interest. Discussions, such as the expanded advice on effective cover letters for job-seekers, also remind students that composition practice has real-world application.
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"This is the best book I know of its kind. Far too many developmental-level text books are dumbed down, and are rather patronizing, I often feel, towards students. Steps to Writing Well does an excellent all-round job of helping students improve in all areas of their writing. I have used it exclusively and continuously for fifteen years, and will certainly continue to do so."

— Colin Innes, Saddleback College

"Steps to Writing Well is a comprehensive text for the first year writing student and includes the details of instruction which address several academic venues. The writing is clear, concise and readily understood by students and provides essential instruction in the many formats of writing instruction from the compare and contrast essay to writing an essay using research. Additionally, the sections regarding grammar usage and the essential appendix containing up to date changes in MLA format enhance the work's accuracy."

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jean Wyrick

Jean Wyrick is Professor Emerita of English at Colorado State University, where she was Director of Composition for 11 years. She has more than 25 years of experience teaching writing, training writing teachers, and designing writing/writing-across-the-curriculum programs. Her other textbooks include THE RINEHART READER and DISCOVERING IDEAS. She has presented over a hundred workshops and papers on the teaching of writing, American literature, American Studies, and Women's Studies.