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The FlatWorld Handbook for Writers

Miles McCrimmon
August 2017
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This textbook is suitable for the following courses: First-Year College Composition & Rhetoric; First-Year Experience Seminar; Dual Enrollment College Composition Courses Taught in High Schools.

Miles McCrimmon’s, The FlatWorld Handbook for Writers is based on the understanding that writing is at the center of the college experience, not just something students do on their way to ”higher-level“ coursework. Miles shows students how to use writing as a portal for thinking and learning and for communicating with the world. The book differs from most composition handbooks in its personal approach to the context of students’ writing and educational careers. Its first five chapters set up the habits of mind, reading, and writing students will need to succeed in higher education, while its last fifteen chapters and three appendices provide a roadmap for how to get there. Through it all, students are asked to reflect on their writing, exploring precisely how it functions depending on the rhetorical considerations of their voice, audience and purpose.

New in This Version:
  • Part I updated to incorporate a revised and expanded research manual.
  • Expanded Chapter 4 to feature a much larger gallery of web-based texts.
  • Updated references to MLA documentation and style to align with the 8th edition (2016).
  • New appendix features four student essays in four mixed genres.
  • Learning goals to introduce each section’s goals.
  • Exercises at the end of each section to reinforce those goals.
  • Real-world examples of writing scenarios students and instructors will both recognize.
  • Customizable.

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Miles McCrimmon J Sargeant Reynolds Community College

Miles has been teaching English Composition and American Literature for nearly twenty years, since earning his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in 1992, at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, VA. Having helped more than 3,000 students at Reynolds make the transition into college-level thinking and writing, like most any teaching veteran, he developed a few ideas that aren’t adequately represented or played out in the array of traditional textbooks that are currently available. Miles has been a department chair, administered dual enrollment programs in area high schools, helped to develop learning communities linking courses across disciplines, and made articulations with four-year colleges and universities, so he brings some knowledge and experience of how individual disciplines and curricular levels fit together – and more important, how they don’t. Even though he has had a heavy teaching load (three to five writing courses a semester), he has managed to publish a fair amount on composition in edited book collections and journals like College English and Teaching English in the Two-Year College.
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