The Successful Writer's Handbook (3e) : 9780321972613

The Successful Writer's Handbook (3e)

Mcwhorter & Aaron
 
Edition
 
3
ISBN
 
9780321972613
ISBN 10
 
0321972619
Published
 
30/07/2014
Published by
 
Pearson Higher Ed USA
Pages
 
Format
 
Out of stock
 
Title type
Book
$146.99
 
 
 
Description
Bestselling authors Kathleen McWhorter and Jane Aaron have joined forces to create a tabbed, spiral-bound handbook with exercises for first-year composition students that will give them the writing, reading, and study skills they need to succeed in college and in their writing courses.

 

The handbook opens with a practical, down-to-earth discussion of study skills, time management, reading strategies, and critical thinking — the essentials for good academic work and excellent papers.  McWhorter and Aaron reach out to all students who may not already possess a strong foundation for doing college-level work to help them become successful members of the college community.

    
Table of contents

PART 1 - STRATEGIES FOR COLLEGE SUCCESS

            1. Academic Success In and Out of the Classroom

            2. Success in Your Writing Class

            3. Reading & Learning Skills

            4. Critical Thinking Skills

            5. Preparing for and Taking Exams

 

PART 2 – THE WRITING PROCESS

            6. Writing in College

            7. Generating Ideas

            8. Thesis and Organization

            9. Drafting

            10. Revising

            11.  Editing

            12. Paragraphs

 

PART 3 – READING AND WRITING FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER

            13. Reading and Writing Arguments

            14. Reading and Writing About Literature

            15. Presenting Writing

            16. Online and Business Writing

            17. Oral and Multimedia Presentations

 

PART 4 - GRAMMATICAL SENTENCES

            18. Parts of Speech

            19. The Sentence

            20. Phrases and Subordinate Clauses            

            21. Sentence Types

            Verbs

            22. Forms

            23. Tenses

            24. Moods

            25. Voice

            26. Subject-Verb Agreement

            Pronouns

            27. Forms

            28. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

            29. Reference

            Modifiers

            30. Adjectives and Adverbs

            31. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

            Sentence errors

            32. Sentence Fragments

            33. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences

            34. Mixed Sentences

 

PART 5 – CLARITY AND STYLE

            35. Emphasis

            36. Parallelism

            37. Variety and Details

            38. Appropriate Words

            39. Exact Words

            40. Conciseness

 

PART 6 – PUNCTUATION

            41. End Punctuation

            42. Comma

            43. Semicolon

            44. Colon

            45. Apostrophe

            46. Quotation Marks

            47. Other Marks

 

PART 7 - SPELLING AND MECHANICS

            48. Spelling and the Hyphen

            49. Capital Letters

            50. Italics or Underlining

            51. Abbreviations

            52. Numbers

 

PART 8 - RESEARCH WRITING

            53. Research Strategy

            54. Finding Sources

            55. Working with Sources

            56. Avoiding Plagiarism and Documenting Sources

            57. Writing the Paper

 

 

PART 9 - MLA DOCUMENTATION

 

 

PART 10 - APA DOCUMENTATION

 

 

PART 11 - GLOSSARIES AND INDEX

 

 

           
New to this edition
  • Learning objectives begin each chapter, providing an overview of key concepts.
  • Added material for student success includes “Success” boxes providing tips for behaviors and habits that contribute to college success and “Critical Thinking” boxes offering strategies for analyzing and evaluating ideas, concepts, and processes. 
  • Chapter 4, “Critical Thinking Skills for Readers and Writers,” shows students how to interpret, evaluate, and respond to both text and images.
  • Chapter 6, “Writing in College,” covers how to become a successful academic writer
  • Chapter 15, “Presenting Writing,” covers how to design successful academic writing using the elements of design.
  • Chapter 16, “Online and Business Writing,” covers job-search strategies and formatting a successful résumé and cover letter. 
  • Chapter 17, “Oral and Multimedia Presentations,” provides more tips for formatting successful presentations.
  • Research coverage provides even more advice on how to avoid plagiarism, use databases, and evaluate Web sources such as blogs, social-networking sites, and multimedia.
  • Documentation sections feature the most up-to-date MLA and APA guidelines. 
  • Student writing provides a complete view of one student’s writing process, from idea to final paper, as well as a new argument paper on cyberbullying
  • Updated examples show students how to use academic language and effectively organize their writing.
  • New exercises throughout provide even more practice on topics such as reading an essay, critically analyzing sources, and reading visuals.

Features & benefits

·         Provides students with powerful study skills, giving them a solid foundation upon which they can develop successfully as college thinkers and writers. The first tabbed section of the book gives students practical strategies for success in college and in their writing courses. Straightforward guidance will help busy students learn to study effectively, manage their time, and develop their academic writing skills.

 

·         Helps students understand the academic reading-writing connection more than other handbooks.  Part 1 contains a full chapter on reading, and later coverage provides further instruction on critical reading applied to different writing situations.  For example, strategies for reading and understanding arguments are presenting alongside strategies for writing arguments. 

 

·         Accelerates learning with easy-to-understand, accessible, and time-tested content.  The grammar coverage, which is based upon Jane Aaron’s bestselling Little, Brown handbooks, is clear and direct. Uncomplicated language and numerous charts, tables, and examples help students to understand and learn about the writing process, grammar, usage, research writing, and more.

 

·         Progressing from the simple to the more complex, multi-level exercises move from single sentences to connected discourse. This progression allows students to experience success with easy material before proceeding to more challenging content. Instructors may use the exercises selectively depending on their students’ experience and abilities.

 

·         Provides up to date, extensive coverage of research in Part 8, including concrete information on locating, managing, evaluating, integrating, and documenting sources. Online sources receive special emphasis on both the explanations and the documentation models. Also covered is managing information, using the library as a Web gateway, evaluating and synthesizing sources, avoiding plagiarism, and documenting sources accurately.

 

·         Helps students adjust to college demands with two types of featured boxes throughout the text.  Success boxes offer checklists and step-by-step guidance for handling challenges like working in groups or solving note-taking problems.  “Critical Thinking” boxes offer strategies for analyzing and evaluating ideas, concepts, and processes. 

 

·         Culture and Language sections guide multilingual students on language matters they might encounter with unique emphasis on both rhetorical and grammatical issues. Culture and Language sections are thoroughly integrated into the text so that students aren’t stigmatized and can find what they need without knowing which problems they do and don’t share with native speakers and writers.