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  • AUTHORS: Dave Kemper; Verne Meyer; John Van Rys; Patrick Sebranek
  • ISBN-13: 9780618642199 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 496 Pages  Paperback 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©2012     Published
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About The Product

Created entirely by a “student-tested, faculty-approved” review process, WRITE 1: SENTENCES AND PARAGRAPHS is the first book in a two-book series devoted to helping students succeed as writers in college and in the workplace. The series is built on the premise that today’s students must develop effective communication skills in order to thrive in our information-driven world. WRITE 1 includes extensive coverage of writing, speaking, collaborating, and thinking critically, all at a value price. Each chapter of WRITE 1 clearly defines the chapter’s learning outcomes and begins with a visual prompt to encourage critical thinking. Student-tested and faculty-approved In Review cards accompany each part and can be torn out for easy review and study. An anthology with varied and diverse readings is included in the back of the text, engaging students with perspectives from around the globe while reinforcing important writing strategies. For your class preparation, WRITE 1 offers Instructor Prep cards with teaching tips, key terms and definitions, and a list of corresponding resources for each part of the book.


  • An innovative combination of content delivery in print and online provides a core text and a wealth of comprehensive multimedia teaching and learning assets based on input from student and faculty focus groups, surveys, and interviews.
  • Shorter chapters in a contemporary design present content in an engaging and accessible format without minimizing coverage for your course.
  • In Review cards at the back of the Student Edition offer a detachable study tool containing the key information for each section in the text.
  • Detachable instructor Prep cards at the back of the Instructor’s Edition offer a quick map of chapter content, teaching tips, key terms and definitions, and a list of corresponding resources to help you organize chapter content efficiently.
  • A full suite of unique learning tools that appeal to different learning styles is available to students with the purchase of a new book. Online resources include bonus chapters and student models, reading-comprehension quizzes, flashcards based on the book glossary, videos of professional author interviews, and podcasts.

About the Contributor

  • Dave Kemper

    Dave Kemper has been a contributing partner with Write Source since 1986. He has co-authored FUSION 1, FUSION 2, WRITE 1 SENTENCES TO PARAGRAPHS, WRITE 2 PARAGRAPHS TO ESSAYS, and the complete line of Write Source handbooks and writing texts. In addition to his editorial work, Kemper has presented at national writing conventions and conducted writing workshops across the country. Prior to his work with Write Source, Kemper taught literature and writing for 11 years.

  • Verne Meyer

    Dr. Verne Meyer is an educator and a businessperson. For nine years, he taught English in high schools in Michigan and Wisconsin; and for fifteen years, he taught dramatic literature, theatre history, and composition at Dordt College in Iowa. In 1977, with Pat Sebranek, Meyer cofounded Write Source Educational Publishing House, now a subsidiary of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Supplemental. A graduate of Calvin College (B.A.), Marquette University (M.A.), and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D.), Dr. Meyer has coauthored a number of texts for college students, including THE COLLEGE WRITER, THE COLLEGE WRITER'S HANDBOOK, COMP, THE BUSINESS WRITER, and WRITE FOR WORK. For students in grades 8 through 12, he coauthored WRITERS INC, SCHOOL TO WORK, WRITE FOR COLLEGE, and a number of Write Source textbooks. For businesspeople, he coauthored WRITE FOR BUSINESS and EFFECTIVE EMAIL MADE EZ. Dr. Meyer is currently a contributing editor for Write Source and UpWrite Press. He is also a featured speaker in the School Improvement Network's instructional videos, Writing Across the Curriculum.

  • John Van Rys

    John Van Rys (Ph.D. Dalhousie University, M.A./B.A. University of Western Ontario) has taught composition, business writing, creative writing, and literature courses to college students for more than twenty-five years. After spending fifteen years at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, Dr. Van Rys has been teaching as a full professor in the English Department at Redeemer University College in Hamilton, Ontario, since 2005, where he also pursues scholarly work in Canadian literature. For over twenty years, he has worked on writing-across-the-curriculum theory and practice, on connections between workplace and academic writing, and on strategies for strengthening varied literacies in students (from reading to research to visual literacy). With Write Source Educational Publishing and Cengage Learning, he has coauthored writing handbooks for students from middle school to college. Dr. Van Rys also has coauthored an award-winning business-writing handbook for workplace professionals, WRITE FOR BUSINESS, with UpWrite Press.

  • Patrick Sebranek

    Patrick Sebranek (M.A. University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse) taught English, speech, and multimedia classes for sixteen years at Union Grove High School in Wisconsin. During that time, he served as the English department chair and worked on several district-wide projects, including a writing-across-the-curriculum program and a K-12 writing sequence. He has studied the works of James Moffett, Ken Macrorie, Linda Reif, Nancie Atwell, and many other contemporary educators dealing with writing and learning. Mr. Sebranek is an author and editorial director for the Write Source Educational Publishing House and works closely with teachers and educators on all new and revised handbooks and sourcebooks.

Table of Contents


1. Writing and Learning.
Writing to Learn. Writing to Share Learning. Considering the Range of Writing. Reviewing Writing and Learning.
2. Reading and Learning.
Reading to Learn. Using Reading Strategies. Reading Graphics. Reviewing Reading and Learning.
3. Making the Writing-Reading Connection.
Analyzing the Assignment. Using the Traits. Using Graphic Organizers. Reviewing the Reading-Writing Connection.

4. Using the Writing Process and the Traits.
Understanding the Writing Process. The Steps in the Process. Understanding the Traits of Writing. Connecting the Process and the Traits.
5. Prewriting.
Analyzing the Assignment. Selecting a Topic. Gathering Details. Finding a Focus. Choosing a Pattern of Organization. Organizing Your Information. Reviewing Prewriting.
6. Drafting.
Following a Drafting Plan. Forming a Meaningful Whole. Developing Your Ideas. Using Levels of Detail. Reviewing Drafting.
7. Revising.
Understanding Revising. Strong Writing. Understanding the Basic Moves. Reviewing with Peers. Reviewing Revision.
8. Editing.
Understanding Word Choice. Fluent Sentences. Checking for Correctness. Editing Academic Writing. Reviewing Editing.

9. Description, Illustration, and Definition.
Analyzing a Descriptive Paragraph. Descriptive Paragraph. Analyzing an Illustration Paragraph. Writing an Illustration Paragraph. Analyzing a Definition Paragraph. Writing a Definition Paragraph. Reviewing Description, Illustration, and Definition.
10. Narrative Paragraph.
Reviewing a Narrative Paragraph. Prewriting: Planning. Writing: Creating a First Draft. Revising: Improving the Writing. Editing: Punctuating Dialogue. Reviewing Narrative Writing.
11. Classification Paragraph.
Reviewing a Paragraph. Prewriting: Planning. Writing: Creating a First Draft. Revising: Improving the Writing. Editing: Subject-Verb Agreement. Reviewing Classification Writing.
12. Process Paragraph.
Reviewing a Process Paragraph. Prewriting: Planning. Writing: Creating a First Draft. Revising: Improving the Writing. Editing: Sentence Errors. Reviewing Process Writing.
13. Comparison-Contrast Paragraph.
Reviewing a Comparison Paragraph. Prewriting: Planning. Writing: Creating a First Draft. Revising: Improving the Writing. Editing: Comma Use. Reviewing Comparison Writing.
14. Cause-Effect Paragraph.
Reviewing a Paragraph. Prewriting: Planning. Writing: Creating a First Draft. Revising: Improving the Writing. Editing: Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement. Reviewing Cause-Effect Writing.
15. Argument Paragraph.
Reviewing a Paragraph. Prewriting: Planning. Writing: Creating a First Draft. Revising: Improving the Writing. Editing: Mechanics. Reviewing Argument Writing.
16. Writing Essays.
Reviewing an Academic Essay. Prewriting: Planning. Writing: Creating a First Draft. Revising: Improving the Essay. Editing: Modifiers. Preparing Your Final Copy.

17. Sentence Basics.
Subjects and Verbs (Predicates). Special Types of Subjects. Verbs (Predicates). Adjectives. Adverbs. Prepositional Phrases. Clauses. Real-World Application.
18. Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences.
Simple Sentences. Simple Sentences with Compound Subjects. Simple Sentences with Compound Verbs. Compound Sentences. Complex Sentences. Complex Sentences with Relative Clauses. Real-World Application.
19. Sentence Style.
Varying Sentence Lengths. New Beginnings I. New Beginnings II. Using Coordination. Using Subordination. Combining by Moving Parts. Combining by Deleting. Sentence Expanding. Sentence Modeling. Real-World Application.
20. Agreement.
Subject-Verb Agreement. Agreement with Two Subjects. Agreement with I and You. Agreement with Singular Indefinite Pronouns. Agreement with Other Indefinite Pronouns. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement. Other Pronoun Problems. Real-World Application.
21. Sentence Fragments.
Common Fragments. Tricky Fragments. Real-World Application.
22. Comma Splices, Run-Ons, and Ramblers.
Comma Splices. Run-On Sentences. Rambling Sentences. Real-World Application.
23. Additional Sentence Problems.
Misplaced/Dangling Modifiers. Shifts in Sentences. Real-World Application.

24. Noun.
Classes of Nouns. Singular or Plural. Tricky Plurals. Count and Noncount Nouns. Articles. Other Noun Markers. Real-World Application.
25. Pronoun.
Personal Pronouns. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement. Other Pronoun Problems. Indefinite Pronouns. Relative Pronouns. Other Pronoun Types. Real-World Application.
26. Verb.
Verb Classes. Number and Person of Verb. Voice of Verb. Present and Future Tense Verbs. Past Tense Verbs. Progressive Tense Verbs. Perfect Tense Verbs. Verbals. Verbals as Objects. Real-World Application.
27. Adjective and Adverb.
Adjective Basics. Adjective Order. Adjective Questions and Adjectivals. Adverb Basics. Placement of Adverbs. Adverb Questions and Adverbials. Real-World Application.
28. Conjunction and Preposition.
Coordinating and Correlative Conjunctions. Subordinating Conjunctions. Common Prepositions. By, At, On, and In. Real-World Application.

29. Comma.
In Compound Sentences and After Introductory Clauses. With Introductory Words and Equal Adjectives. Between Items in a Series and Other Uses. With Appositives and Other Word Groups. Real-World Application.
30. Apostrophe.
Contractions and Possessives. Real-World Application.
31. Semicolon, Colon, Hyphen, Dash.
Semicolons and Colons. Hyphens. Dashes. Real-World Application.
32. Quotation Marks and Italics.
Quotation Marks. Italics. Real-World Application.
33. Capitalization.
Basic Capitalization. Advanced Capitalization. Other Capitalization Rules I. Other Capitalization Rules II. Real-World Application.

34. Narrative Essays.
Understanding Narrative Essays. "A Brother''s Murder" by Brent Staples. "My Body Is My Own Business" by Naheed Mustafa. "A Homemade Education" by Malcolm X. Writing a Narrative Essay.
35. Process Essays.
Understanding Process Essays. From The Undertaking by Thomas Lynch. From "Flirting Fundamentals" by Geraldine Baum. From "How to Handle Conflict" by P. Gregory Smith. Writing a Process Essay.
36. Comparison-Contrast Essays.
Understanding Comparison Essays. "Two Views of the Same News Find Opposite Biases" by Shankar Vedantam. "Los Chinos Discover el Barrio" by Luis Torres. "Two Ways to Belong in America" by Bharati Mukherjee. Writing a Comparison Essay.
37. Cause-Effect Essays.
Understanding Cause-Effect Essays. "Study Says Flirtatious Women Get Fewer Raises" by Del Jones. "What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow Up in Cyberspace" by Brent Staples. "Why We Crave Horror Movies" by Stephen King. Writing a Cause-Effect Essay.
38. Argument Essays.
Understanding Argument Essays. "When Greed Gives Way to Giving" by Ana Veciana-Suarez. "Shouldn''t Men Have ''Choice'' Too?" by Meghan Daum. "In Praise of the F Word" by Mary Sherry. Writing an Argument Essay.


In Review Cards.