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Text Selection Guidelines

Guidelines

The FYW program recommends a range of texts for both WRIT 105 and WRIT 106. Please consider the high cost of textbooks when making your decision. You can view the tables of contents of books by clicking on their titles below, which will take you to the publishers’ websites.In many cases, purchasing a book directly from the publisher, renting the book from the bookstore, or purchasing an ebook will be more affordable options for students than buying a copy from the bookstore. Please review all these options with your students before they buy their books.

If you would like to use an alternate text that is not on our list, review course criteria carefully and then be sure to attach a brief description of your alternative text and send it to Director of First Year Writing, Caroline Dadas.

Book Order: You can complete your book order through the Canvas Discover feature. If you want to adopt the new Redhawk Writing Collection, let Caroline Dadas know and she will place your directly with the publisher.

Desk Copies: To get a desk copy of a recommended book, please check the main office. We order a number of extra copies and are happy to loan them out for review, but please only keep the text you have decided to adopt. If we don’t have your text, please contact the representative directly. You can have your copy sent directly to your home, which may be more convenient. A complete list of representatives is at the bottom of this page.

Price information (net price) comes from the publisher, and these prices will be raised by the bookstore. Price is an important consideration in what texts you choose to assign. If you are torn between two texts, please choose the less expensive one. Also consider encouraging your students to rent their textbooks or purchase an ebook (which is more affordable than a hard copy). If you have any questions regarding price or ISBNs, please contact the appropriate publisher representative listed at the bottom of this page.

 

 

WRIT 105: College Writing I

The MSU Department of Writing Studies. The Redhawk Writing Collection. Fountainhead Press.

This text is a compilation of first year MSU student essays from the 2019-2020 academic year, written in WRIT 105 classes. With these essays, faculty can show their current students different approaches to various programmatic assignments (analysis essays, literacy narratives, argument/research essays). Using this text, students and faculty can work with the essays as concrete ways of talking about style, storytelling devices, organizational methods, sentence-level concerns and other issues of interest to a writing class. Because this text was compiled by our department, we will earn royalties for each book purchased, which will be fed back into the program to support faculty development and other initiatives. This book can be purchased in hard copy or digital form. View the book’s Table of Contents for further information.

ISBN: forthcoming / ~$30 through the MSU bookstore [finalized price forthcoming over the summer]

Norton Field Guide

Bullock, Richard. The Norton Field Guide to Writing. W. W. Norton & Co.

The Norton Field Guide lets you teach the way you want to teach. Short chapters with just enough detail can be assigned in any order. Color-coded links send students to more detail if they need it. Menus, directories, and a glossary/index all make the book easy to navigate. This flexibility makes it work for first-year writing, stretch, ALP, co-req, dual-enrollment, and integrated reading-writing courses. Instructors can focus on genres, rhetorical strategies, the writing process, research, writing across the disciplines, and more. Short chapters can be assigned in any order—and color-coded links help users locate additional information related to a topic. As a result, the text avoids the redundancy that burdens competing books. Intuitive digital resources afford additional flexibility by making it easier to engage students outside of class or in online learning environments.–W.W. Norton & Co.

ISBN: 978-0-393-65577-3  / $45 paperback copy (order direct through the publisher with registration code) / $35 digital copy + digital Little Seagull handbook

Direct student purchase: Little Seagull

 

They Say I Say

Graff, Gerald, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. They Say / I Say with Readings. W. W. Norton & Co.

The book that has taught millions of students to present their arguments as a response to what “they say” has been expanded to define as broadly as possible who’s included in “they.” Readings demonstrate the moves that matter in academic writing and represent a multitude of perspectives. The Fourth Edition includes an anthology of 40 readings—half of which are NEW—that will prompt students to listen, think, and write about five important issues, including NEW “How Can We Bridge the Differences That Divide Us?”–W.W. Norton & Co.

E-book (6 months) ISBN: 978-0-393-664006-5   $30.00.

Paperback (purchase only) ISBN: 978-0-393-63168-5 $51.25 from Norton site, free shipping

Direct student purchase: They Say/I Say

 

Inquiry

Greene, Stuart and April Lidinsky, eds. From Inquiry to Academic Writing: A Practical Guide. 4th ed. with new MLA. Bedford/St. Martins, 2018

From Inquiry to Academic Writing helps students understand academic culture and its ways of reading, thinking, and writing. With a practical and now widely proven step-by-step approach, this text demystifies cross-curricular thinking and writing. The fourth edition provides extensive coverage of academic habits and skills: reflection, summary, synthesis, and visual analysis. More than 40 readings, one quarter of which are new, bring students into debates that not only bear on their college careers but also reflect larger cultural issues that they will encounter outside the academy. –Bedford [Note that this text is a guide and not the longer reader that we have used in the past.]

E-book (6 months) ISBN: 978-1319071677 $22.99

Paperback rental (4 months) 978-1319071240 $20.00

Purchase $46.99

Direct student purchase: Inquiry

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Isaacs, Emily and Catherine Keohane, eds. Intersections. 1st ed. Bedford/St. Martins, 2017

Where good reading meets good writing. Built around compelling readings and topics that students care deeply about, Intersections offers flexible academic reading and writing instruction that supports students without overwhelming them. Intersections offers eight chapters of timely readings—forty-eight in total– with themes like Sports in American Society, Immigration, and Language and Identity, that keep students interested and spark ideas for their writing. Carefully structured reading and writing questions and discussion prompts before, during, and after the readings guide students as they move from comprehension toward critical thinking and inquiry. These core thematic reading chapters work in tandem with innovative modular Toolkits on Reading and Writing that cover key skills such as note-taking, summarizing, peer review, MLA documentation, grammar, and much more. -Macmillan Higher Ed

E-book (six months) ISBN: 978-1319110390 $32.99

Paperback rental (4 months) ISBN: 978-1319004965 $26.99

Purchase $75.99

Direct student purchase Intersections

 

WRIT 106: College Writing II

The MSU Department of Writing Studies. The Redhawk Writing Collection. Fountainhead Press.

This text is a compilation of first year MSU student essays from the 2019-2020 academic year, written in WRIT 105 classes. With these essays, faculty can show their current students different approaches to various programmatic assignments (analysis essays, literacy narratives, argument/research essays). Using this text, students and faculty can work with the essays as concrete ways of talking about style, storytelling devices, organizational methods, sentence-level concerns and other issues of interest to a writing class. Because this text was compiled by our department, we will earn royalties for each book purchased, which will be fed back into the program to support faculty development and other initiatives. This book can be purchased in hard copy or digital form. View the book’s Table of Contents for further information.

ISBN: forthcoming / ~$30 through the MSU bookstore [finalized price forthcoming over the summer]

Arguing about Literature

Schilb, John and John Clifford, eds. A Brief Guide to Arguing about Literature. 3rd ed. Bedford St. Martins, 2020

More and more, first-year writing courses foreground skills of critical analysis and argumentation. In response, A Brief Guide to Arguing about Literature first hones students’ analytical skills through instruction in close critical reading of texts; then, it shows them how to turn their reading into well-supported and rhetorically effective argumentative writing. For instructors who prefer to aggregate their own anthology of readings and literary works for their literature-based composition courses, A Brief Guide to Arguing about Literature comprises only the writing-guide chapters of John Schilb and John Clifford’s admired Arguing about Literature: Guide and Reader. –Bedford

E-book (6 months) ISBN: 978-1319293857 $32.99

Paperback rental (4 months). ISBN: 978-1319215934 $29.99 / Purchase: $45.99

Direct student purchase: Arguing

 

They Say I Say

Graff, Gerald, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. They Say / I Say with Readings. W. W. Norton & Co.

The book that has taught millions of students to present their arguments as a response to what “they say” has been expanded to define as broadly as possible who’s included in “they.” Readings demonstrate the moves that matter in academic writing and represent a multitude of perspectives. The Fourth Edition includes an anthology of 40 readings—half of which are NEW—that will prompt students to listen, think, and write about five important issues, including NEW “How Can We Bridge the Differences That Divide Us?”–W.W. Norton & Co.

E-book (6 months) ISBN: 978-0-393-664006-5   $30.00.

Paperback (purchase only) ISBN: 978-0-393-63168-5 $51.25 from Norton site, free shipping

Direct student purchase: They Say/I Say

 

Literature: The Human Experience book cover

Abcarian, Richard, Marvin Klotz, and Samuel Cohen, eds. Literature: The Human Experience. Shorter 12th ed. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2018

Literature: The Human Experience provides a broad range of compelling fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction that explores the intersections and contradictions of human nature. Timeless themes such as innocence and experience, conformity and rebellion, culture and identity, love and hate, and life and death are presented through the context of experiences that are enduringly human. Diverse selections from contemporary and classic authors across time and cultures offer students opportunities to discover literature with which they can connect.

A flexible arrangement of literature within each theme allows instructors to teach the text however best suits their classrooms, and the expert instruction and exciting selections will help to guide and entice even the most reluctant readers. Enhancements to the shorter twelfth edition include two new casebooks that help students to see how literature can make arguments as well as new reading questions that ask students to make arguments about the selections. To top it off, Literature: The Human Experience is value-priced, providing a wealth of material for an affordable price. –Bedford 

E-book (6 months) ISBN: 978-127305 $29.99

Paperback rental (4 months) ISBN: 978-054717 $25.99

Direct student purchase Literature: The Human Experience

Literature to go

Meyer, Michael, and D.Quentin Miller, eds. Literature To Go. 4th ed. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2020

Drawn from our best-selling anthology, The Bedford Introduction to LiteratureLiterature to Go is a brief and inexpensive collection of stories, poems, and plays supported by the superior instruction you expect from a Michael Meyer anthology. With literature from many periods, cultures, and diverse voices, the book is also a complete guide to close reading, critical thinking, and thoughtful writing about literature. The second edition features a new thematic chapter on our working lives and a new in-depth chapter on the fiction of Dagoberto Gilb, created in collaboration with the author himself—continuing the anthology’s mission to present literature as a living, changing art form. -Macmillan Higher Ed


E-book (6 months) ISBN: 978-1319261320 $32.99

Paperback rental (4 months)ISBN: 978-1319195922 $38.99

Direct student purchase Literature To Go

Kelly, Joseph, ed. The Seagull Book of Literature. 4th ed. W. W. Norton & Co., 2017

The best-priced alternative to full-length anthologies, this collection offers a compelling blend of classroom favorites and contemporary literary works. Contained in a portable, flexible volume, you’ll find it fits perfectly into a variety of introductory courses. –W.W. Norton

Available in paperback only (3-vol. set: short fiction, poems, drama)

$50.00 from the Norton site with free shipping

https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393631692#

ISBN: 978-0-393-63169-2

Direct student purchase The Seagull Book of Literature

 

Optional Handbook for WRIT 105 & WRIT 106:

Little Seagull Handbook cover

Bullock, Richard, Michael Brody, and Francine Weinberg, eds. The Little Seagull Handbook. 3rd ed. with new MLA. W.W. Norton, 2016. Includes registration card that unlocks e-book of the handbook and ‘Inquizitive for Writers’

ISBN 978-0-393-64631-3 (net $21.00)

*Note that the ISBN on the linked ‘public’ page for this text will be different than the ISBN above as the above ISBN is a special ISBN to be used for ordering from the MSU bookstore

Publisher Reps

Fountainhead: Peter Kane, pkane@fhpress.com
Bedford/St. Martin: Alex Markle, alex.markle@macmillan.com
Norton & Norton: Marlee Lisker, mlisker@wwnorton.com