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
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
Hyphens, Dashes, and Parentheses
5 Grammar and Usage
What is a Pronoun?
The Second Person
Pronouns and Antecedents Must Agree
Who, Whom, Which, That
Run-ons, Comma Splices, and Sentence Fragments
6 Advanced Grammar and Style
More Run-On and Fragment Solutions
Active Voice and Action Verbs
Using an Academic Tone
7 Common ESL Issues
Subject/Verb Agreement for Nonnative Speakers
Gerunds and Infinitives
Prepositions of Time and Place
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
11 Drafting the Essay: Essential Elements
The Thesis Statement
12 Prove It!: The Five Types Of Evidence
"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
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
SECTION IV Essay Types
17 Foundational Modes of Argumentation
Comparing and Contrasting
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
"Victims from Birth" - Wendy McElroy
"What Fathers Do Best" - Steven Rhoads
Three Traditional Modes of Argumentation
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
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
"Patt Morrison Asks: The Brain, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa" by Patt Morrison
Structuring the Primary Research Essay
"The Early Catastrophe" by Betty Hart and Todd Risley
22 Documenting Your Sources
Example MLA In-Text Citation Excerpt
MLA Citation Models
APA Citation Models
Chicago Citation Models
Sample Works Cited Page
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
Thesis Statements for Literature Papers
Adding Contextual Information
Close Reading a Novel: An Extended Example
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 Cover Letter
28 For International Students
The American College and University Classroom
American Grading Scale
Creating Original Content
Put Yourself Out There!