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Qa Compact (07 - Old Edition)


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PREFACE Personal message to students from Lynn Troyka and Doug Hesse As writers, many of you have much in common with both of us. Sure, we've been at it longer, so we've had more practice, and most rules have become cemented in our heads. However, we share with you a common goal: to put ideas into words worthy of someone else's reading time. We also share the constant desire to become better writers. Given our extensive teaching experience, this probably sounds odd. However, writing is a lifelong enterprise. Just as we did, you'll write not only in composition classes, but also in other courses throughout college. Writing will likely be an important part of your career, of your role as a public citizen, and even of your personal life. It has certainly been central to ours. Whenever we get stuck in an unfamiliar writing situation or while learning new writing technology, we rummage through strategies we've developed over time. We talk to friends and colleagues, in person, by phone, and by e-mail, and they consult us, too. We offer this book to you, then, as our partners in the process of writing. We hope that its pages help you give voice to your thoughts—now and years from now. We trust that you'll find our advice useful in the wide range of writing situations you're bound to encounter in college and in life. You're always welcome to write us at or to share your reactions to this book and your experiences as writers. We promise to answer. Each of us would like to end this message with a personal story. From Doug: I first glimpsed the power of writing in high school, when I wrote sappy—but apparently successful—love poems. Still, when I went to college, I was surprised to discover all I didn't know about writing. Fortunately, I had good teachers and developed lots of patience. I needed it. I continue to learn, especially from Lynn. From Lynn: When I was an undergraduate, writing handbooks weren't common. Questions about writing nagged at me. One day, browsing in the library, I found an incorrectly shelved, dust-covered book whose title included the words handbook and writing. I read it hungrily and kept checking it out from the library. Back then, I could never have imagined that someday I might write such a book myself. Now that we've completed this first edition of QA Compact, I'm amazed that I ever had the nerve to begin. This proves to me—and I hope to you—that anyone can write. Students don't always believe that. I hope you will. With cordial regards, Lynn Quitman Troyka Doug Hesse About the Authors LYNN QUITMAN TROYKA, Professor of Writing, at the City University of New York (CUNY), has taught at Queensborough Community College and in the graduate Language and Literacy program at City College. Former editor of the Journal of Basic Writing, her writing and research appears in major journals and various scholarly collections. She conducts workshops in the teaching of writing. Lynn is co-author of the Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers, Eighth Edition, Prentice Hall (2007), Quick Access Reference for Writers, Fifth Edition, Prentice Hall (2007) , Canadian editions of her Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers and Quick Access Reference for Writers, Structured Reading, Seventh Edition, Prentice Hall (2006), and Steps in Composition, Eighth Edition, Prentice Hall (2004). Dr. Troyka received the 2001 CCCC Exemplar Award, the highest CCCC award for scholarship, teaching, and service; the Rhetorician of the Year Award; and the TYCA Pickett Award for Service. She is a past chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC); the Two-Year College Association (TYCA) of NCTE; the College Section of NCTE; and the Writing Division of the Modern Language Association. "This information," says Dr. Troyka, "tells what I've done, not who I am. I am a teacher. Teaching is my life's work, and I love it." DOUG HESSE, Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program at Illinois State University, previously served as the university's Director of Writing Programs and also led its Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Dr. Hesse earned his Ph.D. from The University of Iowa. In addition to teaching at Illinois State, he's also taught at The University of Findlay, Miami University (as Wiepking Distinguished Visiting Professor), and Michigan Tech. Dr. Hesse has had numerous national leadership roles in the teaching of writing. He is past Chair of the Conference on Collection Composition and Communication (CCCC), the nation's largest professional association of college writing instructors. A past president, as well, of the Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA), Hesse edited that organization's journal, Writing Program Administration. He is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Executive Committee and the Modern Language Association (MLA) Division on Teaching as a Profession Executive Committee. He is author of 45 articles and book chapters, in such journals as College Composition and Communication, College English, JAC, Rhetoric Review, the Journal of Teaching Writing, and others, and in such books as Essays on the Essay; Writing Theory and Critical Theory; The Writing Program Administrator's Sourcebook; Literary Nonfiction; The Private, the Public, and the Published; Passions, Pedagogies, and 21st Century Technologies; and others. He is also co-author, with Lynn Troyka, of the Simon and Schuster Handbook for Writers, Eighth Edition, Prentice Hall (2007) and Quick Access Reference for Writers, Fifth Edition, Prentice Hall (2007). Illinois State University named him Outstanding University Researcher. "Of all these accomplishments," says Dr. Hesse, "the one that matters most to me is being named Distinguished Humanities Teacher at Illinois State. That one came from my students and suggests that, in however small a way, I've mattered in their educations and lives." ACKNOWLEDGMENTS With this first edition of the QA Compact, we warmly thank all those students who, to our great luck, have landed in our writing courses. We admire how they and their counterparts in classrooms around the world strive to write skillfully, think critically, and communicate successfully, in college and beyond. Hundreds of students have contacted us by e-mail or letter with feedback on our other books. We take these comments seriously and use them to provide more of what students are looking for. Any student now holding QA Compact is welcome to get in touch with us at, at, or c/o Executive English Editor, Pearson Education, One Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. We promise your feedback will be read and considered. A project as complicated as QA Compact, literally cannot be done without the expertise and dedication of many professionals. We would like to thank the many exceptional people at Prentice Hall who facilitated our work on QA Compact. We also thank our colleagues, friends and families for their generous support. Troyka and Hesse Dedications For each of the following books: QA 5e QA Compact SSHB 8e To David, the love of my life Lynn Quitman Troyka To My Illinois State English 101 Students Doug Hesse Supplements The following supplements accompany Quick Access Compact, First Edition, to aid in teaching and learning: For the Instructor ? Prentice Hall Resources for Writing. This series is a specially designed set of supplements for the instructor that support timely, classroom and composition topics. These supplements are free upon adoption of the Quick Access Compact, First Edition. * Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum by Art Young is written for college teachers in all disciplines and provides useful advice on teaching writing across the curriculum. * Teaching Civic Literacy by Cheryl Duffy offers advice on how to integrate civic literacy into the composition classroom. * Teaching Visual Rhetoric by Susan Loudermilk provides an illustrated look at visual rhetoric and offers guidance on how to incorporate this topic into the classroom. * Teaching Writing for ESL Students by Ruth Spack addresses various strategies that can be employed to teach writing to non-native speakers. For the Instructor and Student ? Web Site ( Every copy of Quick Access Compact is packaged with a FREE access card that allows you to register for instant access to a comprehensive, easy-to-use web site that includes the following resources and tools: — eBook. The Web site complete on-line version of the book. Whenever you write or do research, the eBook is just a click away. — Diagnostic Test.

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Troyka, Lynn
Troyka, Lynn Q.
ka, Lynn Q.
Hesse, Doug
Troyka, Lynn Quitman
Hesse, Douglas
English language
Report writing
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Composition & Creative Writing
English language -- Grammar.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
English MLA Updated Books series
Publication Date:
February 2006
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
8.00x6.34x.97 in. 1.30 lbs.

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QA Compact is a new first edition, value-priced handbook from trusted authors Lynn Troyka and Doug Hesse.  Brief and spiral-bound, it features a two-color design, includes four select tabs, and exercises. QA Compact is accompanied by a PDF eBook and additional exercises on the Web.


The Troyka/Hesse family of handbooks provides the most balanced coverage of writing process, grammar, research, and topics important to today’s students.  Both respected teachers and authors, Troyka and Hesse give practical advice to students about the writing they will do in composition courses, in other classes, and in the world beyond.  Offering instructors a full range of choices in handbooks, the Troyka/Hesse family of handbooks is available in a variety of formats, also including web-based and customized, so instructors can select the handbook that best fits their course needs.

"Synopsis" by , QA Compact, from trusted authors Lynn Troyka and Doug Hesse, provides both composition students and instructors with the support they need to be successful, and is designed for easy, economical access to the most important concepts in writing. Troyka and Hesse  give practical advice to students about the writing they will do in composition courses, in other classes, and in the world beyond. 


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