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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.

Carol C. Kanar, Valencia Community College

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.
  • New and updated readings--including many more student essays--expand the text's mix of high-interest professional and student essays.
  • 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.
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.
Aplia is an online learning solution that increases student engagement with automatically graded assignments and detailed explanations.

This Cengage solution can be seamlessly integrated into most Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, Moodle, and more) but does require a different ISBN for access codes. Please work with your Cengage Learning Consultant to ensure the proper course set up and ordering information. For additional information, please visit the LMS Integration site.

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  • ISBN-10: 1285781996
  • ISBN-13: 9781285781990
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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Online Instructor's Resource Manual

ISBN: 9780618958603

WriteSpace with Personal Tutor for Developmental English Instant Access Code

ISBN: 9781423999829

Annotated Instructor's Edition

ISBN: 9780618962891


WriteSpace with Personal Tutor for Developmental English Instant Access Code

ISBN: 9781423999829