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  • AUTHORS: Dave Kemper; Verne Meyer; John Van Rys; Patrick Sebranek
  • ISBN-13: 9780618642861 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 528 Pages  Paperback 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©2012     Published
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About The Product

Created entirely by a “student-tested, faculty-approved” review process, WRITE 2: PARAGRAPHS AND ESSAYS is the second 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 2 includes extensive coverage of writing, speaking, collaborating, and thinking critically, all at a value price. Each chapter of WRITE 2 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 of the text 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 2 offers instructor Prep cards with teaching tips, key terms and definitions, and a list of corresponding resources for each part of the book.


  • WRITE 2 is an innovative combination of a core textbook 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, podcasts, and documentation reference sheets.

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
Understanding 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.
Online Bonus Chapter: Overview: Sentences, Paragraphs, and Essays
5. Prewriting
Analyzing the Assignment.
Selecting a Topic.
Gathering Details.
Using Graphic Organizers.
Establishing a Focus.
Understanding Patterns of Organization.
Organizing Your Information.
Reviewing Prewriting.
6. Drafting
Following a Drafting Plan.
Forming a Meaningful Whole.
Creating an Effective Opening.
Developing Your Ideas.
Writing a Strong Closing.
Reviewing Drafting.
Online Bonus Chapter: Peer Reviewing
7. Revising
Understanding Revising.
Recognizing Strong Writing.
Checking for Completeness.
Checking for Coherence.
Reviewing with Peers.
Reviewing Revision.
8. Editing
Editing for Style.
Checking for Correctness.
Understanding Standard English.
Using a Common Errors List.
Reviewing Editing.
Online Bonus Chapter: Publishing and Portfolios
9. Description and Narration
Analyzing a Descriptive Paragraph.
Writing a Descriptive Paragraph.
Analyzing a Narrative Paragraph.
Writing a Narrative Paragraph.
Reviewing Description and Narration.
Online Bonus: Student Models
10. Illustration and Process
Analyzing an Illustration Paragraph.
Writing an Illustration Paragraph.
Analyzing a Process Paragraph.
Writing a Process Paragraph.
Reviewing Illustration and Process.
Online Bonus: Student Models
11. Definition and Classification
Analyzing a Definition Paragraph.
Writing a Definition Paragraph.
Analyzing a Classification Paragraph.
Writing a Classification Paragraph.
Reviewing Definition and Classification.
Online Bonus: Student Models
12. Cause-Effect and Comparison-Contrast
Analyzing a Cause-Effect Paragraph.
Writing a Cause-Effect Paragraph.
Analyzing a Comparison-Contrast Paragraph.
Writing a Comparison-Contrast Paragraph.
Reviewing Cause-Effect and Comparison-Contrast.
Online Bonus: Student Models
13. Argument and Problem-Solution
Analyzing an Argument Paragraph.
Writing an Argument Paragraph.
Analyzing a Problem-Solution Paragraph.
Writing a Problem-Solution Paragraph.
Online Bonus: Student Models
Online Bonus Chapter
14. Narrative Essay
Reviewing a Narrative Essay.
Prewriting: Planning.
Writing: Creating a First Draft.
Revising: Improving the Writing.
Editing: Correcting Your Writing.
Reviewing Narrative Writing.
Online Bonus: Student Models
15. Classification Essay
Reviewing a Classification Essay.
Prewriting: Planning.
Writing: Creating a First Draft.
Revising: Improving the Writing.
Editing: Correcting Your Writing.
Reviewing Classification Writing.
Online Bonus: Student Models
16. Process Essay
Reviewing a Process Essay.
Prewriting: Planning.
Writing: Creating a First Draft.
Revising: Improving the Writing.
Editing: Correcting Your Writing.
Reviewing Process Writing.
Online Bonus: Student Models
17. Comparison-Contrast Essay
Reviewing a Comparison Essay.
Prewriting: Planning.
Writing: Creating a First Draft.
Revising: Improving the Writing.
Editing: Correcting Your Writing.
Reviewing Comparison Writing.
Online Bonus: Student Models
18. Cause-Effect Essay
Reviewing a Cause-Effect Essay.
Prewriting: Planning.
Writing: Creating a First Draft.
Revising: Improving the Writing.
Editing: Correcting Your Writing.
Reviewing Cause-Effect Writing.
Online Bonus: Student Models
19. Argument Essay
Reviewing an Argument Paragraph.
Prewriting: Planning.
Writing: Creating a First Draft.
Revising: Improving the Writing.
Editing: Correcting Your Writing.
Reviewing Argument Writing.
Online Bonus: Student Models
20. Sentence Basics
Subjects and Verbs (Predicates).
Special Types of Subjects.
Special Verbs (Predicates).
Prepositional Phrases.
Real-World Application.
21. 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.
22. 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.
Online Bonus Chapter: Sentence Analysis.
23. 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.
24. Sentence Fragments
Common Fragments.
Tricky Fragments.
Real-World Application.
25. Comma Splices, Run-Ons, and Ramblers
Comma Splices.
Run-On Sentences.
Rambling Sentences.
Real-World Application.
26. Additional Sentence Problems
Dangling Modifiers.
Shifts in Sentences.
Real-World Application.
Online Bonus Chapter: Idiomatic English
27. Nouns
Classes of Nouns.
Singular or Plural.
Tricky Plurals.
Count and Noncount Nouns.
Other Noun Markers.
Real-World Application.
28. Pronoun
Personal Pronouns.
Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement.
Other Pronoun Problems.
Indefinite Pronouns.
Relative Pronouns.
Other Pronoun Types.
Real-World Application.
29. Verb
Verb Classes.
Number and Person of Verb.
Voice of Verb.
Present and Future Tense Verb.
Past Tense Verbs.
Progressive Tense Verbs.
Perfect Tense Verbs.
Verbals as Objects.
Real-World Application.
30. Adjective and Adverb
Adjective Basics.
Adjective Order.
Adjective Questions and Adjectivals.
Adverb Basics.
Placement of Adverbs.
Adverb Questions and Adverbials.
Real-World Application.
31. Conjunction and Preposition
Coordinating and Correlative Conjunctions.
Subordinating Conjunctions.
Common Prepositions.
By, At, On, and In.
Real-World Application.
Online Bonus Chapter: Code-Switching
Online Bonus Chapter: Transfer Issues
32. 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.
33. Apostrophe
Contractions and Possessives.
Real-World Application.
34. Quotation Marks and Italics
Quotation Marks.
Real-World Application.
35. Capitalization
Basic Capitalization.
Advanced Capitalization.
Other Capitalization Rules I.
Other Capitalization Rules II.
Real-World Application.
Online Bonus Chapter: Semicolon, Colon, Hyphen, Dash
Online Bonus Chapter: Plurals
Online Bonus Chapter: Numbers
Online Bonus Chapter: Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Initialisms
Online Bonus Chapter: Spelling

36. Narrative Essays
Understanding Narrative Essays.
“Shark Bait” by Dave Barry.
“You’ve Got Hate Mail” by Lydie Raschka.
“A Doctor’s Dilemma” by James Dillard.
Writing a Narrative Essay.
37. Process Essays
Understanding Process Essays.
“Conversational Ballgames” by Nancy Masterson Sakamoto.
“How Our Skins Got Their Color” by Marvin Harris.
“Sorry, What’s Your Name Again? 6 Steps to Relieve the Most Common Memory Worry” by Roger Seip.
Writing a Process Essay.
38. Comparison-Contrast Essays
Understanding Comparison-Contrast Essays.
“Truth in Advertising: Military Recruitment Ads Versus Reality” by Hector Antinono.
“Chinese Space, American Space” by Yi-Fu Tuan.
“Religious Faith Versus Spirituality” by Neil Bissoondath.
From “Two Views on Social Order: Conflict or Cooperation?” by Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.
Writing a Comparison-Contrast Essay
39. Cause-Effect Essays
Understanding Cause-Effect Essays.
“Yes, Accidents Happen. But Why?” by Robert Strauss.
“Spanglish Spoken Here” by Janice Castro.
“Why Schools Don’t Educate” by John Taylor Gatto.
Writing a Cause-Effect Essay.
40. Argument Essays
Understanding Argument Essays.
“Why I Changed My Mind on the Death Penalty” by Lance Morrow.
“Choosing Virginity” by Lorraine Ali and Julie Scelfo.
Writing an Argument Essay.
Online Bonus Chapter: Testing for Success.