Higher Education

The Confident Writer, 5th Edition

  • Carol C. Kanar Valencia Community College
  • ISBN-10: 0618958460  |  ISBN-13: 9780618958467
  • 512 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2002, 1998
  • © 2009 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $132.75
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About

Overview

Guided by the belief that students develop their own writing process as they become more experienced writers, The Confident Writer provides a wide range of opportunities to help students build their skills and confidence. The text's pedagogy promotes critical reading, thinking, and writing, underscoring the connection among the three. Students are asked to respond to high-interest professional and student essay selections and topical writing prompts; complete a variety of exercises, including collaborative and Internet exercises; and compose reflective journal entries. The Fifth Edition maintains the program's trademark four-part structure, allowing instructors flexibility in covering the writing process. New features include expanded coverage of grammar with group and individual activities and exercises to build skills, updated coverage of the research process, and a helpful four-color design.

Features and Benefits

  • New! CL WriteSPACE encompasses the interactive online products and services integrated with Houghton Mifflin writing textbook programs. Students and instructors can access CL WriteSpace content through text-specific Student and Instructor Websites and via Eduspace, Houghton Mifflin's online Course Management System, and additional course management systems including Blackboard/WebCT.
  • Coverage of special writing topics such as essay exams, summaries, and reports provide students with instruction in a wide range of writing styles necessary in college and beyond.
  • Every "patterns" chapter offers numerous writing models. Topical writing prompts within each chapter develop writing skills, and many of the exercises require critical thinking.
  • "Your Discovery Journal" writing prompts encourage students to think creatively and to draw on their own thoughts and experiences in their writing.
  • Visual writing prompts present alternative ways for students to sharpen their writing skills.
  • Updated coverage of the research process now emphasizes Internet research, MLA documentation, and plagiarism avoidance.

Table of Contents

I. The Writing Process.
1. Becoming a Confident Writer.
2. Using Prewriting Strategies.
3. Improving Your Paragraph Skills.
4. Stating Your Thesis.
5. Supporting Your Thesis.
6. Revising Your Essays.
7. Editing Your Essays.
8. Researching for Writing.
II. Patterns as Options.
9. Using Narration and Description.
10. Explaining a Process.
11. Choosing Classification or Division.
12. Comparing and Contrasting.
13. Explaining Causes and Effects.
14. Using Definition.
15. Arguing Persuasively.
III. More Choices: A Collection of Readings.
IV. The Selective Writer.
Appendix A. Basic Choices: The Parts of Speech.
Appendix B. Sentence Effectiveness Choices.
Appendix C. Punctuation Choices.
Appendix D. Choices for Special Problems.
Appendix E. Word Choice.

What's New

  • New and updated readings--including many more student essays--expand the text's mix of high-interest professional and student essays.

Supplements

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

Online Instructor's Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 0618958606 | ISBN-13: 9780618958603)

WriteSpace with Personal Tutor for Developmental English Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1423999827 | ISBN-13: 9781423999829)

List Price = $42.00  | CengageBrain Price = $42.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $42.00

Your Guide to Success: Florida College Basic Skills Exit Test  (ISBN-10: 0547191928 | ISBN-13: 9780547191928)

List Price = $31.95  | CengageBrain Price = $31.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $23.75

Annotated Instructor's Edition  (ISBN-10: 0618962891 | ISBN-13: 9780618962891)

Student Supplements

Aplia™, 1 term Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285781996 | ISBN-13: 9781285781990)

Succeed in your course with Aplia's interactive learning system--featuring practice problems with immediate feedback and tools developed specifically for THE CONFIDENT WRITER, 5th Edition, including step-by-step explanations that help you improve your reasoning and skills, interactive assignments that help you understand difficult or counterintuitive concepts, and more. Aplia has already helped more than a million students succeed in college classes.

List Price = $60.00  | CengageBrain Price = $60.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $60.00

WriteSpace with Personal Tutor for Developmental English Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1423999827 | ISBN-13: 9781423999829)

List Price = $42.00  | CengageBrain Price = $42.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $42.00

Your Guide to Success: Florida College Basic Skills Exit Test  (ISBN-10: 0547191928 | ISBN-13: 9780547191928)

List Price = $31.95  | CengageBrain Price = $31.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $23.75

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Carol C. Kanar

Carol C. Kanar is the author of several Cengage Learning writing, reading, and college success textbooks. Kanar is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned the Master of Arts in English, and of Rollins College, where she earned the Master of Education in reading. She has close to thirty years of teaching experience, twenty of which she spent at Valencia Community College teaching reading, writing, and study skills. A frequent conference presenter and speaker, Kanar has served on the Executive Board of the Florida Development Education Association and is an active member of the National Association of Developmental Educators.