Real Essays delivers the powerful message that good writing, thinking, and reading skills are both essential and achievable. From the inspiring stories told by former students in Profiles of Success to the practical strategies for community involvement in the new Community Connections, Real Essays helps students to connect the writing class with their real lives and with the expectations of the larger world. So that students don’t get overwhelmed, the book focuses first on the most important things in each area, such as the Four Most Serious Errors in grammar; the Four Basics of each rhetorical strategy; and the academic skills of summary, analysis, and synthesis. Read the preface.
Click here to find out more about the 2009 MLA Updates and the 2010 APA Updates. Real Essays with Readings is the essay-level book in Susan Anker’s highly successful series of writing texts that motivate students with their message that writing is an essential skill in college and in real life — and that this skill is achievable. Anker’s advice, examples, and assignments show the relevance of writing to all aspects of students’ lives, and profiles of former students prove that success is attainable. Like all the books in the Anker series, Real Essays presents writing in logical, manageable increments: step-by-step writing guides and a focus on the "four basics" of each mode of writing keep students from becoming overwhelmed. Real Essays maintains its emphasis on what really matters by focusing on the four most serious errors (fragments, run-ons, subject-verb agreement problems, and verb form problems). Real Essays gives students what they need to succeed in college and become stronger academic writers.
Launched with the first edition of Real Writing in 1998, the Anker series acknowledges that the writing students do extends beyond the classroom to work and their everyday lives. Real Writing, for the paragraph-to-essay course, and Real Essays, for the essay course, motivate students with their message that writing is an essential and achievable skill: advice, examples, assignments, and interviews with successful former students show the relevance of writing to all aspects of students' lives. New to the series, Real Skills reimagines these class-proven features to help the most basic writers succeed.
Real Writing delivers a powerful message to students: Good writing skills are both attainable and essential. Concise "Four Basics" boxes and engaging paragraph- and essay-writing chapters present the writing process in clear, easy-to-follow steps. Readings that resonate with students’ everyday lives are threaded throughout, with examples ranging from student papers to workplace writing and professional essays. The Four Most Serious Errors and other sentence-level chapters cover grammar in a lively and supportive way, with plenty of opportunities for practice and application. As always, Susan Anker encourages students to connect what they learn with their own goals and with the needs and expectations of the larger world. With this new edition, we asked users to recommend writing samples and candidates for Profiles in Success, a feature that highlights former students in a variety of professions and how they use writing in their jobs, and the resulting book illustrates the diversity of the students and instructors who have been using the book for years.
Real Reading and Writing
Author: Susan Anker, Miriam Moore
Publisher: Macmillan Higher Education
Real Reading and Writing puts both reading skills and writing skills in a real-world context, showing students that good writing, reading, and thinking skills are both achievable and essential to their success in college and beyond. Miriam Moore, a developmental and ESL specialist from Lord Fairfax Community College, collaborated with Susan Anker to provide students with an integrated reading and writing package. Students connect reading and writing with their real lives through practical examples, model writing samples, and readings that are both engaging and relevant to their lives. To keep students from getting overwhelmed, the book focuses first on the most important concepts in each area, such as the Four Basics of the Reading and Writing Process; Four Basics of each rhetorical strategy; the Four Most Serious Errors in the grammar section; and the academic skills of summary, analysis, and synthesis
Author: Michael Dirda
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
A collection of classic essays and reviews by a Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic for the Washington Post includes writings on the author's first experiences of Beckett and Faulkner in high school, a meeting of the P.G. Wodehouse Society, and a discovery of the Japanese epic The Tale of Genji. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
Beginning with the publication of the first edition of Real Writing in 1998, the Anker Series (which also includes Real Essays, 2003; see page 14) was the first to put writing in a real-world context and to cement the connection between what students learn in their college composition course and how they live their lives. The series helps students succeed because of its thorough, practical writing instruction and its message that writing well is both an essential and achievable skill. Featuring photos, quotes, profiles, and advice, Susan Anker's texts are infused with the voices and concerns of developmental writing instructors and their students.
Featuring a new emphasis on how to be awake in the world and how to better see the patterns we use to make sense of our own lives, this fifth edition of Jodi O’Brien’s popular book introduces the major theories, concepts, and perspectives of contemporary social psychology in a uniquely engaging manner. Compelling, original essays that introduce relevant concepts are followed by a wide-ranging, eclectic, enjoyable set of readings. By grounding social psychology in student experiences and explaining theories through stories and narratives, this one-of-a-kind book is a fascinating read that helps students understand the forces that shape their feelings, thoughts, and actions.
"Real Essays with Readings "is the essay-level book in Susan Anker's highly successful series of writing texts that motivate students with their message that writing is an essential skill in college and in real life -- and that this skill is achievable. Anker's advice, examples, and assignments show the relevance of writing to all aspects of students' lives, and profiles of former students prove that success is attainable. Like all the books in the Anker series, "Real Essays "presents writing in logical, manageable increments: step-by-step writing guides and a focus on the "four basics" of each mode of writing keep students from becoming overwhelmed. "Real Essays "maintains its emphasis on what really matters by focusing on the four most serious errors (fragments, run-ons, subject-verb agreement problems, and verb form problems). "Real Essays "gives students what they need to succeed in college and become stronger academic writers.
Author: Charles Lowe, Pavel Zemliansky
Authors present their unique views, insights, and strategies for writing by addressing the undergraduate reader directly. Drawing on their own experiences, these teachers-as-writers invite students to join in the larger conversation about the craft of writing.
It Can't Happen Here
Author: Sinclair Lewis
“The novel that foreshadowed Donald Trump’s authoritarian appeal.”—Salon It Can’t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. Called “a message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news. Includes an Introduction by Michael Meyer and an Afterword by Gary Scharnhorst
Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure our which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other assistance and unreasonable demands on memorization. The book presents examples aplenty, among them, the VCR, computer, and office telephone, all models of how not to design for people. But good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time. But the designer must care. The author is a world-famous psychologist and pioneer in the application of cognitive science. His aim is to raise the consciousness of both consumers and designers to the delights of products that are easy to use and understand.