The West Guide to Writing: Success from Community College to University

Author(s): Katherine Boutry, Clare Norris, Holly Bailey-Hoffman

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2013

Pages: 534


Details: Electronic Delivery EBOOK | 180 days |

Writing is a strength - or weakness - for students in all their classes. Becoming a successful writer gives students an advantage. The West Guide to Writing: Success from Community College to University gives the reader the keys to succeed!


Written by three full-time English professors with a combined thirty years of teaching at both the community college and university levels, The West Guide to Writing is an affordable, compact, comprehensive, timely, and accurate textbook.


 The West Guide to Writing: Success from Community College to University:

  • Is the only composition textbook students will ever need! The textbook can be used at any level in the composition sequence, from the foundational classes to advanced classes such as "Critical Thinking and Composition" and "Introduction to Literature." 
  • Includes numerous instructor resources to make the transition easy! A teacher's guide, sample syllabi for various course levels, and recommended supplemental readings are provided on an accompanying website.
  • Features a nice balance of readings - including some favorite standards to illustrate concepts.
  • Presents unique student success and learning tools - including time management, learning styles, active reading, student and class success strategies, and more to enhance students' entire educational experience.
  • Blends a composition textbook with an MLA/APA/Chicago Style guidebook - includes basic grammatical concepts that students encounter on a consistent basis.

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SECTION I Be a Success in Class
1 Scheduling Yourself for Success

Create a Schedule that Works
Make Time for Assignments

2 Class Success Strategies
Use Your College Community
Find Your Voice and Make It Count
Learn How You Learn
Learning and Teaching Modes
Memorization Tools
Learning Differences
Take Your Learning Inventory
Ace In-Class Presentations
Make the Most of Your Online Classes
Take Student Advice

SECTION II Start With A Good Foundation
3 Parts of Speech

Helping Verbs, Linking and Compound Verbs, Infinitive Verbs
Connections Among Languages

4 Punctuation
End Punctuation
Quotation Marks
Hyphens, Dashes, and Parentheses

5 Grammar and Usage
Pronoun Challenges
What is a Pronoun?
The Second Person
Pronoun "You"
Pronoun Reference
Pronouns and Antecedents Must Agree
Who, Whom, Which, That
Subject/Verb Agreement
Run-ons, Comma Splices, and Sentence Fragments
Commonly-Confused Words

6 Advanced Grammar and Style
More Run-On and Fragment Solutions
Active Voice and Action Verbs
Using an Academic Tone

7 Common ESL Issues
Noncount Nouns
Verb Tenses
Modal Verbs
Subject/Verb Agreement for Nonnative Speakers
Gerunds and Infinitives
Prepositions of Time and Place

8 Reading
Reading Fundamentals
Word Study
Improving Your Reading Fluency
The Reading Process
Writing a Summary
"The Singer Solution to World Poverty" Peter Singer

SECTION III Apply the Writing Process
9 Sentences, Paragraphs, and Essays Demystified

10 Prewriting

11 Drafting the Essay: Essential Elements
The Thesis Statement
Topic Sentences

12 Prove It!: The Five Types Of Evidence
Personal Experience
"Fresh Faces" by Sascha de Gersdorff
"A Moral Crossroads for Conservatives" by Jonathan Rauch

13 Writing Introductions

14 Writing Conclusions

15 Holly's Seven Rules of College -Level Writing

Write with Intention
Everything Depends on the Thesis
Don't Write as You Speak
Be Specific
Be Concise
Don't Rely on First Person Voice
Cite Your Sources

16 Revising and Polishing
Giving Your Essay a Title
Peer or Self-Review Worksheet
Essay Assignment Peer or Self Review
Submitting Drafts
MLA Formatting

SECTION IV Essay Types
17 Foundational Modes of Argumentation

Causal Analysis
Comparing and Contrasting
Extended Definition
Process Analysis

18 Analyzing Visual Arguments
What is a Target Audience?
How Do I Start?
How Do I Write an Essay about the Visual?
Sample Student Essays: "Destroy the Brute" and "Keeping Up with the Joneses"

19 Advanced Modes of Argumentation
Introduction to Logical Argument
Deductive Reasoning
Inductive Reasoning
Logical Fallacies
"Victims from Birth" - Wendy McElroy
"What Fathers Do Best" - Steven Rhoads
Three Traditional Modes of Argumentation
Classical Argument
Toulmin Argument
Rogerian Argument
Sample Toulmin Essay: "Reproductive Rights Protect Us All"

20 In-Class Essay Exam Strategies

SECTION V Be a Researcher
21 Conducting Research

Choosing a Topic
Primary Sources
Secondary Sources
Finding Sources
Library Databases
Beginning Research
Writing with Research
Create a Quote Sandwich
Use In-Text Citation
Special Case: Writing the Primary Research Essay
Primary Research in the Real World
Get Started: Choosing a Research Question
Conducting the Primary Research Project: Overview
Gathering Data
Conducting Surveys
Conducting Interviews
"Patt Morrison Asks: The Brain, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa" by Patt Morrison
Compiling Data
Structuring the Primary Research Essay
"The Early Catastrophe" by Betty Hart and Todd Risley

22 Documenting Your Sources
Why Cite?
Citing Sources
Example MLA In-Text Citation Excerpt
MLA Citation Models
APA Citation Models
Chicago Citation Models
Citation Documents
Sample Works Cited Page
Sample Bibliography
Sample Annotated Bibliography
Figures, Tables, and Appendices

SECTION VI Analyze Literature
23 Introduction to Literary Elements

Point of view

24 Introduction to Genre

25 Writing Essays About Literature
The Goals of English
Close Reading
Thesis Statements for Literature Papers
Adding Contextual Information
Close Reading a Novel: An Extended Example
Literary Criticism
Decoding Assigned Topics
Devising Your Own Topics
Close Reading Literary Theory
Emotion and Tone
Sample Student Essays: "Marriage in Jane Austen" and "Lolita, a Case in Point"

SECTION VII Go Beyond College Writing
26 Writing the Transfer Application Essay

Sample Transfer Essays

27 Get A Job!: Professional Writing
Sample Resume
Cover Letters
Sample Cover Letter
E-mail Correspondence

28 For International Students
The American College and University Classroom
American Grading Scale
Professor/Student Roles
Seeking Help
Creating Original Content
Put Yourself Out There!



Katherine Boutry

Dr. Katherine Boutry got her PhD in English at Harvard University where she taught for ten years, first as a graduate teaching fellow and then as a lecturer after earning her degree. While at Harvard, she served as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, advising English Majors and seeing firsthand what made for successful students. She won numerous teaching awards at Harvard and was a Derek Bok Writing Fellow. She first taught writing as a tutor in the Writing Lab at MIT. She got her BA and MA in English at Georgetown University and spent a post-graduate semester at the Sorbonne in Paris. As a graduate student, she had a Fulbright Scholarship to the Czech Republic. Dr. Boutry is also a produced television writer. She has loved teaching the students at West Los Angeles College since 2006 and preparing them for transfer.

Clare Norris

Clare Norris-Bell is a fourth generation educator. She earned her BA in Social Relations with an English minor from the University of California, Riverside and her MA in English from the University of Texas, San Antonio. She taught elementary school before earning her MA and has been teaching community college English since 2003. She was selected as the faculty chair for West’s student success efforts and has traveled around the country participating in professional development opportunities connected to student success. She has taught virtually all levels of English at West, and she especially loves preparing students for college level work.

Holly Bailey-Hoffman

Holly Bailey-Hofmann has a BA in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she studied poetry with Lucille Clifton. She earned her MA in English from the University of Cincinnati and specializes in language, linguistics, and learning strategies. Once her high school’s graduating Latin scholar, she enjoys teaching students effective techniques for memorization, learning, and test-taking. Though she teaches the range of classes in the English sequence, from grammar to literature to creative writing, in recent years she has focused her efforts and research on the challenge of increasing student retention and matriculation in basic skills English classes. This led her to develop a campus-wide student poster fair to motivate and empower students. She has been teaching at the college level since the age of 22.

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