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St. Martin's Guide to Writing 7e Shorter & Who Are We Paperback – March 17, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0312432553 ISBN-10: 0312432550 Edition: Seventh Edition

 
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; Seventh Edition edition (March 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312432550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312432553
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,557,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

RISE B. AXELROD is McSweeney Professor of Rhetoric and Teaching Excellence and director of English composition at the University of California, Riverside.She has previously been professor of English at California State University, San Bernardino, director of the College Expository Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and assistant director of the Third College Composition Program at the University of California, San Diego.

CHARLES R. COOPER is an emeritus professor in the department of literature at the University of California, San Diego, where he served as coordinator of the Third College Composition Program, Dimensions of Culture Program, and Campus Writing Programs. He has also been codirector of the San Diego Writing Project, one of the National Writing Project Centers.?He is coeditor, with Lee Odell, of Evaluating Writing and coauthor, with Susan Peck MacDonald, of Writing the World (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000).

For Bedford/St. Martin's, Axelrod and Cooper have coauthored Axelrod & Cooper's Concise Guide to Writing, Fourth Edition (2006), and, with Alison M. Warriner, California State University, East Bay, Reading Critically, Writing Well, Seventh Edition (2008).
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I consider this book to be one of the best how-to-write books I've read. I'm not a college student, but a writer who wants to sharpen skills, and I have found many sections of the book to be extremely helpful--the section on writing profiles, for example, and the one on writing autobiographical essays, just to name two. I've also found the information contained in other sections--such as Narrating, Illustrating, Comparing and Contrasting, Field Research--to be invaluable. I'm so glad I came across this book! I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a detailed plan for learning to be an excellent writer.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "bethley" on September 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I also teach "post-secondary English" but I have found the St. Martin's Guide to Writing to be a very useful resource because it gives students (and me) much support for the writing process, interesting readings for writing models and discussion, and, given the current high cost of college textbooks, its comprehensiveness means I don't have to require students to purchase more than one book! St. Martin's includes a writing handbook to review foundational writing skills. Chapters on taking tests and building a portfolio are also helpful, but what I like best about this book is its careful attention to supporting how we write with step-by-step explanations and examples. This care to detail is very useful for my students who are entirely online!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pegeen on December 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am a teacher of writing at middle school. I use this text book myself to pull-out parts of the included essays as models for my students. The organization and information about how writers think and go through the writing proccess is very helpful to students who think they cannot write ot hate writing. (There is not ONE WAY to go through the writing process, despite what most of our teacher trainings will tell us.) The many quotes about the writing process spark good discussions and free up students to realize that even published authors re-work and revise constantly. This is not a technical book, but is recommended for a more holistic approach to thinking about how to write and how to improve your written communication. Also this book helps teachers who have read and use the methods of "In The Middle" with many authentic pieces of writing, beyond what is in that book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Defoe on August 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have used this text in my College Writing class for roughly 4 years, and I continue to like the text overall. I disagree with some other views about the quality of the essays in the texts. The readings on argument are quite good, and they evoke discussion in my classes without prompting. I also like the fact that the text does not have a decidedly liberal bias. IE. They have one essay in favor of same sex marriage and one against it. The end of chapter prewriting activities are also good as are the peer review activities.

What the text lacks is a section on annotated bibliographies, which my students have to write as part of their research assignment. It also lacks a good section on comparison and contrast; some sample essays would be essential in this area.

Overall, this is a good text. It is much better than the dreadful Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing, which is written in a language that most college students do not understand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janny Hsu on June 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
i used this for freshman college english but it was barely necessary. it explains a lot of grammar rules that should already be innate in many college students. probably a good book for a foreign student though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Francisco on November 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My teacher didnot really use it, but it did help me a lot on the essays i had to do. I would recommed this book especially to students wanting to get that A.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dale H. Davis on February 7, 2010
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I bought this book because I had no real choice not to. It was after all required by the teacher of a required English class. Much to my surprise I found it be a well organized, easy to read book that presented an approach to developing writing skills that I think I will think will help me develop writing skills without the usual pain. The book gives examples of the skill they want to develop then guides you through writing exercises designed for that skill. This is helping me to focus on each area in turn. I like the book. I am not usually a big fan of English books but this one will stay on my self long after the class is over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Bashline on February 9, 2008
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Great source of info, will keep as ref. book. The book has examples and info for every thing that you may write.
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