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The McGraw-Hill Guide: Writing for College, Writing for Life
The McGraw-Hill Guide: Writing for College, Writing for Life

The McGraw-Hill Guide: Writing for College, Writing for Life, 5th Edition

ISBN10: 1260798151 | ISBN13: 9781260798159
By Duane Roen, Barry Maid and Sherry Rankins-Robertson
© 2022

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With The McGraw Hill Guide, students apply a goals-oriented, purpose-based approach to their writing assignments and practice the habits of mind of engaged students. Using proven techniques derived from the Frameworks for Success in Postsecondary Writing, The Guide encourages students to understand the underlying principles on which their writing is assessed by offering reflective opportunities for students to assess themselves. In doing so, students will develop the strategies needed to transfer these skills throughout their coursework and long after they have completed college.

Structured to help students set, achieve, and assess their writing goals, The Guide encourages students to transfer the knowledge they develop to assignments across the disciplines, and apply it to their personal, civic, and professional lives. 

Part 1: Getting Started
1 Writing Goals and Objectives for College and for Life
2 Reading Critically for College and for Life
3 Writing to Understand and Synthesize Texts
4 Writing to Discover and to Learn

Part 2: Using What You Have Learned to Share Information
5 Writing to Share Experiences
6 Writing to Explore
7 Writing to Inform
8 Writing to Analyze

Part 3: Using What You Have Learned to Write Arguments
9 Writing to Convince
10 Writing to Evaluate
11 Writing to Explain Causes and Effects
12 Writing to Solve Problems

Part 4: Strategies for Effective Communication
13 Using Strategies that Guide Readers
14 Using Strategies for Argument
15 Using Strategies for Collaboration
16 Making Effective Oral Presentations

Part 5: Technologies for Effective Communication
17 Choosing a Modality, Genre, and Technology for Your Communication
18 Communicating with Design and Visuals

Part 6: Using Research for Informed Communication
19 Finding and Evaluating Information
20 Synthesizing and Documenting Sources

Connect Chapters
21 Writing about Visual Texts
22 Writing about Creative Works
23 Strategies for Success in College

Appendix A Constructing a Writing Portfolio
Appendix B Writing Effective Essay Examinations
Appendix C Business Writing Professional Models

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About the Author

Duane Roen

Duane Roen is Professor of English at Arizona State University, where he serves as Coordinator for the Project for Writing and Recording Family History.  At ASU, he has also served as Dean of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts; Dean of University College; Vice Provost; Head of Interdisciplinary Studies; Head of Humanities and Arts; Director of Composition; Co-director of the graduate program in Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics; Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence; and President of the Academic Senate. At Syracuse University he served as Director of the Writing Program. At the University of Arizona, he was Founding Director of the graduate program in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, as well as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English. He has served as Secretary of the Conference on College Composition and Communication and President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Throughout his career, he has written extensively about writing instruction.

Barry Maid

Barry Maid is Professor Emeritus and Founding Head of Technical Communication at Arizona State University. He was head of that program for ten years.  Previously, was Chair of English at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and helped lead the creation of the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. He is the author of numerous articles and chapters primarily focusing on technology, information literacy, independent writing programs, and program administration.  In addition, he is a co-editor with Barbara D’Angelo. Sandra Jamieson and Janice Walker of Information Literacy: Research and Collaboration across Disciplines. 

Sherry Rankins-Robertson

Sherry Rankins-Robertson is Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida where she serves as department chair. Her research has appeared in Kairos, Computers and Composition, and the Journal of Writing Assessment along with diverse edited collections. She has served as co-editor of the WPA journal. With Nicholas Behm and Duane Roen, she edited The Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing: Scholarship and Applications. Her recent co-edited collection is titled Prison Pedagogies: Learning and Teaching with Imprisoned Writers. She is an officer for the Council of Writing Program Administrators and serves as a member of the executive committee of the Conference on College Composition and Communication.


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