Write Here: Developing Writing Skills in a Media-Driven World
  • Publication Date: April 30, 2020
  • ISBN: 9781554814770 / 1554814774
  • 250 pages; 8" x 10"

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Write Here: Developing Writing Skills in a Media-Driven World

  • Publication Date: April 30, 2020
  • ISBN: 9781554814770 / 1554814774
  • 250 pages; 8" x 10"

Write Here is designed to teach students essential reading and writing skills, using media examples to help explain academic concepts and provide opportunities for practice. It is adaptable; because it covers the basics of reading, writing, and the modes of writing, it is appropriate to use in developmental composition classrooms. However, it also covers such topics as logical fallacies, rhetoric, timed writing, academic writing, source integration, and MLA/APA documentation, making it appropriate for a first-year or “stretch” composition course.

Many beginning writing students are underprepared and feel that writing just “isn’t for them.” The authors hope to dispel that myth by using media examples and a conversational tone to introduce and teach the material. Write Here provides examples that are interesting to students, while allowing them to connect to the subject matter on a more personal level—additionally, the process of analyzing the media helps students sharpen their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.

  • Chapter 1: Welcome to Write Here

Part I: Connecting Reading & Writing

  • Before You Read
  • Chapter 2: Reading
  • Chapter 3: Writing: The Writing Process
  • Chapter 4: Writing: Parts of the Essay
  • Chapter 5: Parallels Between Reading and Writing Skills
  • Chapter 6: What are Modes of Writing?
  • Chapter 7: Timed Writing
  • Chapter 8: What is Rhetoric?
  • Chapter 9: Errors in Thought

Part II: Analyzing the Media

  • Before You Read
  • Chapter 10: Social Media
  • Chapter 11: Advertisements
  • Chapter 12: News
  • Chapter 13: Television

Part III: Exploring Academic Writing

  • Before You Read
  • Chapter 14: The Research Paper Process
  • Chapter 15: Using Sources
  • Chapter 16: MLA and APA Documentation Guide

Part IV: Polishing Your Writing

  • Before You Read
  • Chapter 17: Parts of Speech, Phrases, and Clauses
  • Chapter 18: Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Chapter 19: Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
  • Chapter 20: Fragments
  • Chapter 21: Run-Ons
  • Chapter 22: Commas
  • Chapter 23: Semicolons, Colons, Dashes, and Parentheses
  • Chapter 24: Apostrophes
  • Chapter 25: Quotation Marks
  • Chapter 26: Easily Confused Words

Randi Brummett de Leon and Brooke Hughes teach composition at California State University, Bakersfield.

  • • Connects to students and helping them retain information by using contemporary media examples
  • • Speaks to beginning writers, rather than at them by using conversational speech and avoiding jargon
  • • Helps students prepare for and bridge the developmental/freshman composition gap by setting up the background knowledge, and then activating that knowledge later in the text
  • • Seeks to empower readers by giving them writing confidence, motivation, and inspiration