Writer's Resource

ISBN-10: 0077397355

ISBN-13: 9780077397357

Edition: 4th 2012 (Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.)

Authors: Elaine Maimon, Janice Peritz, Kathleen Yancey

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A Writer's Resource is a tabbed version of the Maimon handbook and includes updated features like "Start Smart" which helps students know where to start and how to navigate all their common writing assignments. The Maimon handbooks support student and instructor success by consistently presenting and using the writing situation as a framework for beginning, analyzing and navigating any type of writing. Start Smart offers an easy, step-by-step process map to navigate three common types of writing assignments. Other new features support critical thinking and deeper understandings of common assignments. Its digital program addresses critical instructor and administrator needs – with adaptive diagnostic tools, individualized learning plans, peer review, and outcomes based assessment. It is the only program for composition that fully integrates into the Blackboard CMS for single sign on and autosync for all assignment and grade book utilities.
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List price: $62.99
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 1/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.112
Language: English

Elaine P. Maimon is President of Governors State University in the south suburbs of Chicago, where she is also Professor of English. Previously she was Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Provost (Chief Campus Officer) at Arizona State University West, and Vice President of Arizona State University as a whole. In the 1970s, she initiated and then directed the Beaver College writing-across-the-curriculum program, one of the first WAC programs in the nation. A founding Executive Board member of the National Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA), she has directed national institutes to improve the teaching of writing and to disseminate the principles of writing across the curriculum. With a PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania, where she later helped to create the Writing Across the University (WATU) program, she has also taught and served as an academic administrator at Haverford College, Brown University, and Queens College.

Janice Haney Peritz is an Associate Professor of English who has taught college writing for more than thirty years, first at Stanford University, where she received her PhD in 1978, and then at the University of Texas at Austin; Beaver College; and Queens College, City University of New York. From 1989 to 2002, she directed the Composition Program at Queens College, where in 1996, she also initiated the college’s writing-across-the-curriculum program and the English Department’s involvement with the Epiphany Project and cyber-composition. She also worked with a group of CUNY colleagues to develop The Write Site, an online learning center, and more recently directed the CUNY Honors College at Queens College for three years. Currently, she is back in the English Department doing what she loves most: research, writing, and full-time classroom teaching of writing, literature, and culture.

Kathleen Blake Yancey is the Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Director of the Graduate Program in Rhetoric and Composition at Florida State University. Past President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA) and Past Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), she is President of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). In addition, she co-directs the Inter/National Coalition on Electronic Portfolio Research. She has directed several institutes focused on electronic portfolios and on service learning and reflection, and with her colleagues in English Education, she is working on developing a program in new literacies. Previously, she has taught at UNC Charlotte and at Clemson University, where she directed the Pearce Center for Professional Communication and created the Class of 1941 Studio for Student Communication, both of which are dedicated to supporting communication across the curriculum.Contact Information: Kathleen Blake Yancey The Florida State University Department of English 224 Williams Building Tallahassee, FL 32306-1580 Phone: 850 645 6896 kyancey@english.fsu.edu

Writing Today
*Resources for Writers (Foldout): Start Smart: Addressing the Writing Situation
Writing across the Curriculum and beyond College
Studying the world through a range of disciplines
Using writing as a tool for learning
Taking responsibility for reading, writing, and research
Recognizing that writing improves with practice
Achieving the core outcomes of successful writing
Writing Situations
Viewing the situation as the framework for approaching any writing task
Using multimedia elements and genre effectively
Choosing the best medium
Becoming aware of the persuasive power of images
Takng advantage of online and other electronic tools for learning
Audience and Academic English
Becoming aware of your audience
Using reading, writing, and speaking to learn more about Academic English
Using learning tools that are available for multilingual students
Writing and Designing Texts
Reading and Writing: The Critical Connection
Reading critically
Writing critically
Planning and Shaping
Learning how to approach assignments
Exploring your ideas
Developing a working thesis
Planning a structure that suits your assignment
Considering visuals and multimedia, depending on your purpose and audience
Developing ideas using patterns of organization and visuals
Writing focused, clearly organized paragraphs
Integrating visuals and multimedia elements effectively
Revising and Editing
Getting comments from readers
Using electronic tools for revising [drop this section?]
Focusing on the writing situation (topic, purpose, audience, medium, genre)
Making sure your thesis is strong
Reviewing the structure of your draft
Revising for paragraph development, paragraph unity, and coherence
Revising visuals and multimedia
Editing sentences
Proofreading carefully
Using campus, Internet, and community resources
Learning from one student's revisions
Designing Academic Papers and Portfolios
Thinking intentionally about design
Compiling a portfolio
Common Assignments across the Curriculum
Informative Reports
Understanding the assignment
Approaching writing an informative report as a process
Student paper: Informative report
Writing reviews of the literature
Interpretive Analyses and Writing about Literature
Understanding the assignment
Approaching writing an interpretive analysis as a process
Student paper: Interpretive analysis
Understanding the assignment
Thinking critically
Approaching writing an argument as a process
Student paper: Argument
Other Kinds of Writing: Personal
Personal essays
Lab reports in the experimental sciences
Case studies in the social sciences
Essay exams
Coauthored projects
Oral Presentations
Planning and shaping your presentation
Drafting your presentation
Creating multimedia presentations
Preparing for your presentation
Multimedia Writing
Learning about tools for creating multimedia texts
Analyzing images
Creating a Web site
Creating and interacting with weblogs and wikis
Writing beyond College
Service Learning and Community-Service Writing
Addressing the community on behalf of your organization or yourself
Designing brochures, posters, and newsletters
Letters to Raise Awareness and Share Concern
Writing to Get and Keep a Job
Exploring internship possibilities
Keeping an up-to-date rsum
Writing an application letter
Preparing for a job interview
Applying college writing to writing on the job
Writing as a consumer
Understanding Research
Understanding primary and secondary research
Recognizing the connection between research and college writing
Understanding the research assignment
Choosing an interesting research question
Creating a research plan
Finding and Managing Print and Online Sources
Using the library in person and online
Consulting various kinds of sources
Understanding keywords and keyword searches
Using printed and online reference works
Using print indexes and online databases
Using search engines and subject directories to find Internet sources
Using your library's online catalog or card catalog to find books
Taking advantage of printed and online government documents
Exploring online communication
Finding and Creating Effective Visuals, Audio, and Video
Finding quantitative data and displaying it visually
Searching for appropriate images in online and print sources
Finding audio and video files
Evaluating Sources
Questioning print sources
Questioning Internet sources
Evaluating a source's arguments
Doing Research in the Archive, Field, and Lab
Adhering to ethical principles
Preparing yourself for archival research
Planning your field research carefully
Keeping a notebook when doing lab research
Plagiarism, Copyright, and Intellectual Property
Understanding how plagiarism relates to copyright and intellectual property
Avoiding inadvertent and deliberate plagiarism
Using copyrighted materials fairly
Working with Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
Maintaining a working bibliography
Creating an annotated bibliography
Taking notes on your sources
Taking stock of what you have learned as you paraphrase, summarize, quote, and synthesize your sources
Integrating quotations, paraphrases, and summaries
Avoiding plagiarism and copyright infringement
Writing the Paper
Planning and drafting your paper
Revising your draft
Documenting your sources
MLA Documentation Style
Resources for Writers (Foldout): Identifying and Documenting Sources: MLA Style
MLA Style: In-Text Citations
MLA In-Text Citations: Directory to Sample Types
MLA Style: List of Works Cited
MLA Works-Cited Entries: Directory to Sample Types
MLA Style: Explanatory Notes
MLA Style: Paper Format
Student Paper in MLA Style
APA Documentation Style
Resources for Writers (Foldout): Identifying and Documenting Sources: APA Style
APA Style: In-Text Citations
APA In-Text Citations: Directory to Sample Types
APA Style: References
APA Reference Entries: Directory to Sample Types
APA Style: Paper Format
Student Paper in APA Style
Chicago and CSE Documentation Styles
Chicago Documentation Style
Chicago style: In-text citations and notes
Chicago style: Bibliography
Sample Chicago-style notes and bibliography entries
Sample from a student paper in Chicago style
CSE Documentation: Name-Year Style
CSE Name-Year Style: Directory to Sample Types
CSE name-year style: In-text citations
CSE name-year style: List of references
CSE name-year style: Sample references list
Editing for Clarity
Resources for Writers (Foldout): Identifying and Editing Common Problems/Quick Reference for Multilingual Writers
Wordy Sentences
Eliminating redundancies
Avoiding unnecessary repetition
Replacing wordy phrases
Reducing clauses and phrases
Combining sentences
Making sentences straightforward
Missing Words
Adding words needed in compound structures
Including that when it is needed for clarity
Making comparisons clear
Adding articles (a, an, the) where necessary
Mixed Constructions
Untangling mixed-up sentence structures
Making sure predicates fit subjects
Editing sentences with is when, is where, the reason .. is because
Confusing Shifts
Making your point of view consistent in person and number
Keeping verb tenses consistent
Avoiding unnecessary shifts in mood and voice
Avoiding shifts between direct and indirect quotations and questions
Faulty Parallelism
Making items in a series parallel
Making paired ideas parallel
Repeating function words as needed
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Putting modifiers close to the words they modify
Clarifying ambiguous modifiers
Moving disruptive modifiers
Checking split infinitives for ambiguity
Fixing dangling modifiers
Coordination and Subordination
Using coordination to express equal ideas
Using subordination to express unequal ideas
Avoiding subordination of major ideas
Combining short, choppy sentences
Avoiding excessive subordination
Sentence Variety
Varying sentence openings
Varying sentence length and structure
Including cumulative and periodic sentences and rhetorical questions
Trying inversions
Active Verbs
Considering alternatives to be verbs
Preferring the active voice
Appropriate Language
Avoiding slang, regionalisms, and nonstandard English
Using an appropriate level of formality
Avoiding jargon
Avoiding euphemisms and doublespeak
Removing biased or sexist language
Exact Language
Choosing words with suitable connotations
Including specific, concrete words
Using standard idioms
Avoiding clichs
Creating suitable figures of speech
Avoiding misuse of words
The Dictionary and the Thesaurus
Using the dictionary as a habit
Consulting a thesaurus
Glossary of Usage
Editing for Grammar Conventions
Sentence Fragments
Identifying sentence fragments
Editing sentence fragments
Phrases as fragments
Dependent clauses as fragments
Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences
Identifying commas splices and run-on sentences
Learning five ways to edit commas splices and run-on sentences
Joining two clauses with a comma and a coordinating conjunction
Joining two clauses with a semicolon
Separating the clauses into two sentences
Making one clause dependent
Transforming two clauses into one clause
Subject-Verb Agreement
Standard subject-verb combinations
A word group between subject and verb
Compound subjects connected by conjunctions (and, but, either .. or)
Collective subjects (committee, jury)
Indefinite subjects (everybody, no one)
Subject following verb
Subject complements
Relative pronouns (who, which, that)
-ing phrases (gerund phrases) as subjects
Titles, company names, words considered as words
Problems with Verbs
Principal forms of regular and irregular verbs
Lay and lie, sit and set, rise and raise
-s or -es endings
-d or -ed endings
Complete verbs
Verb tenses
Past perfect tense
Special uses of the present tense
Tense with infinitives and participles
Problems with Pronouns
Pronoun-antecedent agreement
Pronoun reference
Making pronouns consistent
Pronoun case (for example, I vs. me)
Who vs. whom
Problems with Adjectives and Adverbs
Positive, comparative, and superlative adjectives and adverbs
Double negatives
Editing for Correctness: Punctuation, Mechanics, and Spelling
Common Uses of the Comma
Introductory word groups
Items in a series
Independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction
Series of adjectives
Nonessential additions to a sentence
Transitional and parenthetical expressions, contrasting comments, absolute phrases
Words of direct address, yes and no, mild interjections, tag questions
Direct quotations
Parts of dates, letters, addresses, people's titles, and numbers
Omitted words or phrases, confusing combinations
Common Misuses of the Comma
To separate major elements in an independent clause
In front of the first or following the final item in a series
To separate compound word groups that are not independent clauses
To set off restrictive modifiers, appositives, or slightly parenthetical elements
Other common errors
Independent clauses
Independent clauses with transitional expressions
Items in a series that contain commas
Common errors
With lists, appositives, or quotations
With a second independent clause that elaborates on the first one
Other conventional uses
Common errors
To indicate possession
For missing letters in contractions and for missing numbers
Distinguishing between possessive pronouns and contractions
To form plural numbers, letters, abbreviations, words used as words
Common errors
Quotation Marks
Exact words of a speaker or writer
Long quotations in indented blocks
A quotation within a quotation
Titles of short works
A word or phrase used in a special way
Other punctuation marks with quotation marks
Common errors
Other Punctuation Marks
Question marks
Exclamation points
A dash or dashes
Names of people and derived names, including brand names, certain abbreviations
Titles of persons
Titles of creative works
Names of areas and regions
Names of races, ethnic groups, and sacred things
First word of a quoted sentence
First word of a sentence
First word of an independent clause after a colon
Abbreviations and Symbols
Titles that precede or follow a person's name
Familiar vs. unfamiliar abbreviations
Words typically used with times, dates, and numerals; units of measurement in charts and graphs
Latin abbreviations
Inappropriate abbreviations and symbols
Numbers up to one hundred and round numbers over one hundred
Numbers that begin a sentence
Numbers in technical and business writing
Dates, times of day, addresses
Titles of lengthy works or separate publications
Names of ships, trains, aircraft, and spaceships
Foreign terms
Scientific names
Words, letters, and numbers referred to as themselves
Compound words
Compound adjective or noun forms
Fractions and compound numbers
With some prefixes and suffixes
To divide words at the ends of lines
Spelling rules and exceptions
Words pronounced alike but spelled differently
Basic Grammar Review with Tips for Multilingual Writers
Parts of Speech
Tip: Recognizing language differences
Tip: Using verbs followed by gerunds or infinitives
Tip: Matching helping verbs (do, have, be) with the appropriate form of the main verb
Tip: Understanding the form and meaning of modal verbs
Tip: Using quantifiers with count and noncount nouns
Tip: Using articles (a, an, the) appropriately
Tip: Using adjectives correctly
Tip: Using prepositions
Tip: Using coordination and subordination appropriately
Parts of Sentences
Tip: Putting sentence parts in the correct order for English
Tip: Including a subject (but not two)
Verbs and their objects or complements
Tip: Including a complete verb
Tip: Including only one direct object
Phrases and Dependent Clauses
Noun phrases
Verb phrases and verbals
Appositive phrases
Absolute phrases
Dependent clauses
Tip: Understanding the purposes and constructions of if clauses
Types of Sentences
Sentence structures
Sentence purposes
Further Resources for Learning
Selected Terms from across the Curriculum
Resources for Writers (Foldout): Timeline of World History/World Map
Index for Multilingual Writer
Quick Guide to Key Resources
Abbreviations and Symbols for Editing and Proofreading
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