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Writing Today 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0205617441
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I really like the simplicity with which concepts are explained. I think it’s easy to read without the addition of a lot of photos, which adds to the weight of the text.”

--Brigid Kelso, George Brown College

 

“Based on the samples, your textbook has the advantage of offering a section on the different types of argumentation. This enhances the coverage of rhetoric…[and] the introduction of genres as a way to get into the different kinds of writing and the different purposes of the genres is also an advantage.”

--Dat Tran, University of Ottawa

 

“There are a number of advantages of this new text. It is current, and uses current examples, in both text and graphics. The discussion of rhetorical modes, argumentation styles, and logical fallacies is excellent. And the way the text suggests how various genres can be explored, using these writing tools, seems very sensible and clear.”

--Tim Chamberlain, Camosun College

 

“I prefer the approach of this text to that of the one I used previously. The focus on Genres rather than Rhetorical Modes is better suited to the way we teach now. I also like the level of the discussion generally. The process sections are clear and thorough, and the academic standards/ expectations are high but achievable.”

--Anonymous

 

“One advantage that these particular chapters have over the text I last used is that they address modern modes of communication, technologies and writing and reading contexts/situations.”

--Anonymous

 

 

Reading Reviews:

“Interesting story, with a multi-cultural, global focus. Haiti will continue to be current in our consciousness for some time to come. As well, it will be a “fresh” selection – very few, if any, students will have previously encountered this well written short story in other courses.”

--Timothy Chamberlain, Camosun College, review of “A Wall of Fire Rising” by Edwidge Danticat

 

“And on the whole, I found the [reading] selections to be interesting, accessible for students, and quite appropriate in their length. “

--Anonymous

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About the Author

Richard Johnson-Sheehanis a Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue University. At Purdue, he has directed the Introductory Composition program, and he has mentored new teachers of composition for many years. He teaches a variety of courses in composition, professional writing, and writing program administration, as well as classical rhetoric and the rhetoric of science. He has published widely in these areas. His prior books on writing include Technical Communication Today, now in its fourth edition, and Writing Proposals, now in its second edition. Professor Johnson-Sheehan was awarded 2008 Fellow of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing and has been an officer in the Council for Writing Program Administrators.

 

Charles Paineis a Professor of English at the University of New Mexico, where he teaches undergraduate courses in first-year, intermediate, and professional writing as well as graduate courses in writing pedagogy, the history of rhetoric and composition, and other areas. At UNM, he directed the Rhetoric and Writing Program and the First-Year Writing Program. He is an active member of the Council of Writing Program Administrators and currently serves on its Executive Board. He cofounded and coordinates the Consortium for the Study of Writing in College, a joint effort of the National Survey of Student Engagement and the Council of Writing Program Administrators. The Consortium conducts general research into the ways that undergraduate writing can lead to enhanced learning, engagement, and other gains related to student success.

 

Cathi Shawis a faculty member in the Departments of Communications and English at Okanagan College. Over the last ten years, she has taught technical, professional, and academic writing at Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and Okanagan College. Her research focus is on the development of voice and critical thinking in university and college student writers. She is a member of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing and the Canadian Authors Association.

 

Jordan Stouckis an Instructor of Composition at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She has taught composition for the past decade at both UBC and the University of Lethbridge, and in 2007-2008 coordinated the University of Lethbridge's Academic Writing Program. Her publications and presentations have focused on how discourse and language are context-driven. She is an active member of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing and of the Modern Languages Association.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 888 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (December 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205617441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205617449
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have never writen a review and this is not meant to be a review, just info for future customers. If you are getting this book for an english class, like myself, the book does not come with an access code for mycomplab. You can purchase the access code, a seperate purchase from the book, on the pearson mycomplab website if you wish.
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I needed this book for my college english class, it is actually a very good book. They explain different forms of writing and have great examples. Also, there is an online writing lab called my writing lab which is very helpful.
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This book is an excellent guide to freshman writing. Its approach is based upon different genres and includes sample student papers that concretize what is found in the text. The breadth of genres covered really helped me to realize how much writing can do, and really allowed me to break from the highly structured styles taught in high school. The layout makes it easy to navigate and interesting to read and the writing is clear and informative. I will be keeping it as a resource long after the semester is over.
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Most writing textbooks are (ironically) monotonous and dull. "Writing Today," however, is entertaining, easy to read and comprehend, and offers great tips and proper writing practices for a wide range of genres, including blogging and other online publishing platforms. I especially like the sample essays and writings in each chapter illustrating the use of the topic being covered.
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I am talking English 120 and this book has been great in a lot of ways. It has all the styles of writing required for this class. It helps you through all the processes of writing a particular style, e.g. argument, profile, etc. From learning how to gather ideas to completing well written paper, this book helps you with each step!

There is a section for APA and MLA writing format as well. The subsections help a writer cite all sorts of sources.
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I could lie and say I actually read this text for my classes every day, but in all honesty I don't. It has a plethora of great information in it, and I reference it whenever I need help getting a paper going. rather expensive but way cheaper than the campus bookstore
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Having taught writing for many years, I'm tough on textbooks for freshman composition classes. This book, though, is great.

I am particularly impressed that the authors follow their own advice on writing. The authors have made the text brief, scannable, and quick to navigate. They give concise and useful definitions. They tell you exactly what to do, often in the headings. And in their prose, they show a lot of empathy for the average student. Their tone, throughout, is reassuring.

I find the book easy to use, too. The authors help you skim through any chapter, because they provide frequent headings, bulleted and numbered lists, digests, color-coded tables, diagrams and callouts.

Here are two examples of the simple but helpful design.

1. The sample essays appear on different color paper, so they stand out from the rest of the text.
2. On the inside back cover, the authors list the WPA outcomes for first-year composition...essentially, the goals for the course...and show where each one is addressed in the text.

Instructors, take a look. Students, if you've been assigned this textbook, thank your lucky stars.
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Good book for anyone who is taking a college writing and class and doesn't have much experience with writing, or has falling out of the skills needed for proficient college writing. The book is full of examples and pages dedicated to understanding the different formats, which I use regularly for writing my college papers.
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