CREATE ONLY Write Now 13 - 17 9781259286032


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Grade Levels: 13 - 17
MHID: 1259286037 |  ISBN 13: 9781259286032

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New Features

Now available in the innovative SmartBook format as well as customizable chapters within McGraw-Hill’s CREATE, the second edition of Write Now guides students through the process of writing, revising, and editing their work and gives them greater confidence as they approach writing for college, for their careers, or for their everyday lives. The SmartBook version provides students with an adaptive reading experience, assists them in long-term knowledge retention, and prepares them for active in-class participation and writing assignments. The second edition offers students plenty of practical, hands-on advice for exploring ideas, drafting, revising, and editing for any writing situation they might encounter.

Spotlights — Graduate Spotlights provide testimonials from real college graduates that emphasize the importance of writing skills in their careers. New to this edition, Employer Spotlights give students additional insight into the importance of writing in the work world.

A Wide Variety of Reading Selections— Professional and student essays span numerous areas of interest and disciplines, providing opportunities for students to apply critical reading strategies as well as topics and models for their own writing.

An adaptive learning experience — The SmartBook version of Write Now reinforces key writing concepts for students in an engaging, interactive learning environment.

The Annotated Instructor’s Edition includes classroom tips, tips for using SmartBook and LearnSmart, and answers to activities and Grammar Window exercises.

Key Features

Rhetorical Star — unique to Write Now, the Rhetorical Star is used throughout the text to keep students focused on their writing situation as they draft, revise, edit, and design their work.

Career-Based Writing Examples — each chapter in Part 2 includes at least one career-based writing example, as well as a section explaining how students will apply each writing strategy in school, in their careers, and in their personal lives.

The Instructor’s Manual provides a wealth of material to draw on, including the following: Chapter outlines, Lecture notes, Class activities, Sample assignments and writing topics, Discussion Questions for Online/Hybrid Classes, Graphic Organizers that can be used as handouts, Grading rubrics for each type of writing covered, and Peer review worksheets.


Write Now, Second Edition by Karin Russell Table of Contents

Note: * Indicates a selection that is new to this edition

Part 1:  Introduction to Writing

1. Getting Started with Writing

  • Creating an Ideal Writing Environment
  • Analyzing the Rhetorical Situation: The Star Approach
  • Model Rhetorical Star Analysis of “Be Our Guest, Please”

2. The Writing Process

  • Following the Writing Process
  • Discovering
  • Planning
  • Composing
  • Getting Feedback
  • Revising
  • Editing
  • Proofreading
  • One Student’s Journey Through the Writing Process
  • Thomas Gorsuch, “Madness in the Music World” (student essay)

3. Writing Sentences, Paragraphs, and Essays

  • Writing a Sentence
  • Writing a Paragraph
  • Writing an Essay
  • Model Essay: Russell Baker, “The Art of Eating Spaghetti”
  • Writing Attitude Survey  
  • Matthew Ruffell, “A Literary Genius I Am Not” (student essay)

4. The Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing Connection

  • Thinking Critically
  • Reading and Interpreting Written Texts
  • Annotated Essay: Jonah Lehrer, “Animating a Blockbuster: Inside Pixar’s Creative Magic”
  • Participating in Class Discussions about Readings
  • Reading and Interpreting Visual Texts
  • Interpreting a Photograph: Associated Press, “Fish Pedicures: Carp Rid Human Feet of Scaly Skin”
  • Interpreting a Graph: Tara Kalwarski/Charts by David Foster, “Numbers: Yes, the Health-Care Business Is Recession-Proof”
  • *Interpreting an Ad: Burger King
  • Reading and Interpreting Web Sites
  • Interpreting a website: “National Geographic News”
  • Logical Fallacies
  • Stacie Ross, “The Body of an Olympian” (student essay)

Part 2: Writing Strategies

5. Narrating: Memories

  • NB: Chapters 6-12 have the same basic structure as Chapter 5
  • Writing Strategy Focus: Narrating
  • Real-World Applications for Narrating
  • Qualities of an Effective Narration
  • — *Career-Based Narrative writing: Kris Bishop, “Case Narrative”
  • — Career-Based Narrative writing: Reinaldo Irizzary, Sample Narrative of a Violent Domestic Incident Police Report
  • Narrating in the Context of Memories
  • — Readings and Reflection narrative wriitng:  Amy Tan,“Mother Tongue”
  • — *Readings and Reflection narrative writing:  Richard Rodriguez, “The Workers”  
  • — *Readings and Reflection narrative writing:  Conrad Kottak, “Even Anthropologists Get Culture Shock”
  • — Readings and Reflection narrative writing: Langston Hughes, “Mother to Son”
  • — Claudia Martinez, “Adrenaline Rush” (student essay)
  • — Sally Wilson, “Ireland: A Country of Illumination” (student essay)
  • Options for Writing a Narrative Paper
  • — Interpreting an Advertisement: Endless Sands. Pure Waters.
  • — Writing about an Image
  • — Media Connection for Narration
  • — Writing Assignment Options
  • Analyzing the Rhetorical Star for Writing a Narrative
  • Applying the Writing Process for Narrating
  • Writer’s Checklist for Writing a Narrative

6. Describing: Media and Popular Culture

  • Career-Based Descriptive Writing: Mayo Clinic, “Exercise-Induced Asthma”
  • Career-Based Description Writing: School Discipline Form
  • Readings and Reflection Descriptive Writing: Neal Gabler, “How Urban Myths Reveal Society’s Fears”
  • Readings and Reflection Descriptive Writing: Bill Wine, “Rudeness at the Movies”
  • Readings and Reflection Descriptive Writing: Stephen King, “My Creature from the Black Lagoon”
  • *Readings and Reflection Descriptive Writing: Joan Acocella, “High Street: Hip-hop’s Boldest Choreographer”
  • *Readings and Reflection Descriptive Writing: Gwendolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool”
  • Danielle Malico, “The Ring” (student essay)
  • *Interpreting an Advertisement: Suzuki ad

7. Explaining a Process: Cultures and Traditions

  • Career-Based Process Writing: Calvin Sun, “10 Ways to Improve Your Office Etiquette”
  • *Career-Based Process Writing: Rose Farhat-Goodson, “Steps in Venipuncture”
  • Marissa Scott, “How to Feed a Nursing Home Patient” (student essay)
  • Readings and Reflection Process Writing: Marlo Mogan, “Happy Unbirthday”
  • *Readings and Reflection Process Writing: Christine Ng, “Bringing out the Flirt in You”
  • *Readings and Reflection Process Writing: Jack Norworth, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”
  • Karen Ebanks, “Cooking Oxtails, Jamaican Style!” (student essay)
  • Alexander Gehring, “How to Make a Traditional Hawaiian Lei” (student essay)
  • Writing Assignment Options
  • Interpreting an Advertisement: “Coexist”
  • Sample Design for Instructions: Draw Sheet Transfer

8. Comparing and Contrasting: Computers and Technology

  • *Career-Based Comparing and Contrasting: Peter Cardon, “The Evolving Workplace” and “Characteristics of the Social Age”
  • *Readings and Reflection Comparing and Contrasting: David Brooks, “Love, Internet Style”
  • Readings and Reflection Comparing and Contrasting: Deborah Tannen, “Gender Gap in Cyberspace”
  • Readings and Reflection Comparing and Contrasting: Marty Whiddon, “Computers, Computers”
  • *Readings and Reflection Comparing and Contrasting:  George Saunders, “My Flamboyant Grandson”
  • James Ingram, Amanda Laudato, and Daniel Volpe, “Kindle vs. iPad” (student essay)
  • Writing Assignment Options
  • Interpreting an Advertisement: iPad advertisement

9. Analyzing Causes and Effects: Health and Medicine

  • Career-Based Cause-and-Effect Writing: U.S. Department of Labor, “Accident Report”
  • Readings and Reflection Cause-and-Effect Writing: Shirley Vanderbilt, “Food: Your Body’s Natural Healer”
  • Readings and Reflection Cause-and-Effect Writing: Susan Bordo, “The Globalization of Eating Disorders”
  • Readings and Reflection Cause-and-Effect Writing: Rob Sheffield, “Welcome to the United States of Ambien”
  • *Readings and Reflection Cause-and-Effect Writing:  Charles B. Corbin, “Dietary Recommendations for Carbohydrates”
  • *Readings and Reflection Cause-and-Effect Writing:  William Shakespeare, “Sonnet 147: My Love Is a Fever Longing Still”
  • Olivia Covey, “Get Fit with Wii” (student essay)
  • Interpreting an Advertisement: “Your Fitness in the Balance”

10. Persuading: Relationships

  • Career-Based Persuasive Writing: “Résumé of Kristin Starr”
  • *Career-Based Persuasive Writing: Bryan Dik, “Career Choice: Easy for Superheroes, Hard for Us”
  • *Readings and Reflection Persuasive Writing: Katherine Bindley, ”Facebook Relationship Problems: How Social Networking and Jealousy Affect Your Love Life”
  • Readings and Reflection Persuasive Writing: Al Rodricks, “The Benefits of Social Networking on YOUR Social Life”
  • Readings and Reflection Persuasive Writing: Deborah Tannen, “Sex, Lies, and Conversation: Why Is It So Hard for Men and Women to Talk to Each Other?”
  • Readings and Reflection Persuasive Writing: Jon Katz, “How Boys Become Men”
  • Readings and reflection Persuasive Writing: Noel Perrin, “Androgynous Man”
  • *Readings and Reflection Persuasive Writing: Amy Gross, “The Appeal of the Androgynous Man”
  • Thomas James “TJ” Pinkerton, “Mursing”
  • Interpreting an Advertisement: Carlsberg beer: Togetherness; Mac: Viva Glam IV

11. Evaluating: Film and the Arts

  • Career-Based Evaluation Writing: “Sample Employee Evaluation Form”
  • Readings and Reflection Evaluative Writing: Simon Benlow, “Revealing the Ugly Cartoonish Truth”
  • *Readings and Reflection Evaluation Writing: Kenneth Turan, Review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2
  • *Readings and Reflection Evaluative Writing: Peter Travers, Review: The Hunger Games
  • Readings and Reflection Evaluative Writing: Ann Powers, “Album Review: Black-Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D.”
  • Readings and Reflection Evaluative Writing: Hal Shows, “Empire Burlesque”
  • Amanda Archer, “Adventures in Crime” (student essay)
  • Interpreting an Advertisement: “How Will You Fight the Battle for Middle Earth?”

12. Solving a Problem: Crime and Justice

  • Career-Based Problem-Solving Writing: “Above the Law: Government Parking Abuse in NYC”
  • *Reading and Reflection Problem-solving Writing: Lee E. Berlik, “Facebook ‘Likes’ Not Protected Speech, Says Virginia Court”
  • *Readings and Reflection problem-solving Writing: Liliana Segura, “Why Should Thousands of Prisoners Die Behind Bars for Nonviolent Crimes?”
  • Readings and Reflection problem-solving Writing:  Clive Thompson, “It’s All in Your Head: Why the Next Civil Rights Battle Will Be over the Mind”
  • Readings and Reflection problem-solving Writing: Sekou Sundiata, “Blink Your Eyes”
  • Readings and Reflection problem-solving Writing: Susan Glaspell, Trifles
  • Brittney Balogh, “Drinking and Driving” (student essay)
  • *Interpreting an Advertisement: “American Hustle” (poster for the film)

Part 3: Research Guide

13. Planning and Writing a Research Paper

  • Discovering a Research Topic
  • Narrowing a Research Topic
  • Creating a Researchable Question
  • Writing a Preliminary Thesis Statement
  • Locating Library and Internet Sources
  • Evaluating Research Sources
  • Taking Notes from Research Materials
  • Conducting Primary Research
  • Creating an Outline
  • Neil Harris, “How Scared Are You?” (student essay—rough draft)
  • Composing Your Research Paper

14. Documenting a Research Paper

  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Determining When to Cite or Not Cite a Source
  • MLA Format
  • Margaret Rowland, “From Stigma to Status” (Student Research Paper, shown in both MLA and APA styles)
  • APA Format
  • Writer’s Checklist for a Research Paper

15. Giving an Oral Presentation

  • Planning an Oral Presentation
  • Choosing Visual Aids
  • Delivering an Oral Presentation
  • Anita Jitta, “Texting While Driving” (Student Outline)
  • Presenter’s Checklist
  • Observer’s Checklist
  • Group Presentations

Part 4: Editing Guide

  1. Editing Sentences
  2. Editing Words (Diction)
  3. Editing Grammar
  4. Editing Punctuation
  5. Editing Mechanics
  6. Editing Spelling

About the Author

Karin Russell

Karin Russell is a college English teacher whose experience in helping students achieve success has spanned more than twenty years. Russell earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at Stetson University and her master's degree in Reading and Language Arts Education at The Florida State University. She continued her education in the English field by earning thirty-six graduate credit hours beyond the master's degree. She has taught composition and literature courses for various Florida schools, including Brevard Community College, Nova Southeastern University, and several career colleges.

For more than fifteen years, Russell has been a full-time English instructor for Keiser University, where she is the University Department Chair for English, humanities, fine arts, and communications. She oversees curriculum development for a variety of writing, literature, and communication courses. She has been named an Instructor of Distinction four years in a row. She also serves as a member of the assessment committee and the Keiser Writes leadership team and as a faculty advisor to Phi Theta Kappa, a student leadership organization. Russell is especially interested in enabling students to develop their writing skills through a process-oriented approach and showing students how writing is applicable to their future careers. She passionately believes that nearly anyone can become a good writer with the right instruction and enough practice.

On a personal note, Karin Russell loves spending time with her loving husband, Todd, their amazing son, Cody, and their wonderful rescue dogs and cats. She also enjoys creating stained glass art pieces, riding her motorcycle and scooter, traveling about the U.S. in her family's RV, and reading multicultural novels.