Canadian Writers World Essays


I think this is a good number of readings, enough to provide some guidance to teachers, to make the book of value to students… Good balance between value and usefulness.

About the Author

Lynne Gaetz has extensive teaching experience in ESL and holds a teaching diploma and a Masters Degree in English Literature. She is currently teaching at Lionel Groulx College in Quebec and continues to explore her interests in ESL materials development. She has published many ESL books and three English writing books, including the acclaimed best-selling Open Series.

Suneeti Phadke has been teaching English literature, writing, and ESL courses at St. Jerome College for many years. She has just finished a sabbatical year in Seoul, South Korea where she was teaching writing at Sogang University.

Rhonda Sandberg (Hon. BA, MA) has over 15 years in academia and publishing. Rhonda currently teaches all levels of English/Communication courses and is the Communications Coordinator for the Centre for Business at George Brown College. Along with having taught English/Communication and General Education courses at George Brown College, Rhonda has taught literature and business writing at Laurentian University, Seneca College, and Centennial College. She was an online Communication instructor for the Certified General Accountants of Ontario and was a consultant for The Bibliocentre.


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The Canadian Writer’s World: Paragraphs & Essays, 2nd Canadian edition, builds on the success of Lynn Gaetz, Suneeti Phadke, and Rhonda Sandberg’s ground-breaking first edition. The authors’ innovative instruction addresses the diverse needs of today’s students, seamlessly integrating materials for native and nonnative speakers, with a design that grabs students’ attention and illustrates concepts. The text’s exercises and activities encourage active participation in the learning process.

Table of Contents

Title page
Brief Contents
Readings Listed by Rhetorical Mode

Part I The Writing Process

Chapter 1 Exploring
Chapter 2 Developing
Chapter 3 Revising and Editing

Part II Paragraph Patterns

Chapter 4 Illustration
Chapter 5 Narration
Chapter 6 Description
Chapter 7 Process
Chapter 8 Definition
Chapter 9 Classification
Chapter 10 Comparison and Contrast
Chapter 11 Cause and Effect
Chapter 12 Argument

Part III The Essay

Chapter 13 Writing the Essay
Chapter 14 Essay Patterns
Chapter 15 Enhancing Your Writing with Research

Part IV The Editing Handbook

Section 1 Effective Sentences [Section Theme: Culture]

Chapter 16 Simple Sentences
Chapter 17 Compound Sentences
Chapter 18 Complex Sentences
Chapter 19 Sentence Variety

Section 2 Common Sentence Errors [Section Theme: Psychology]

Chapter 20 Fragments and Run-Ons
Chapter 21 Faculty Parallel Structure

Section 3 Problems with Verbs [Section Theme: Espionage]

Chapter 22 Present and Past Tenses
Chapter 23 Past Participles
Chapter 24 Other Verb Forms

Section 4 Verb Agreement and Consistency [Section Theme: College Life]

Chapter 25 Subject-Verb Agreement
Chapter 26 Tense Consistency

Section 5 More Parts of Speech [Section Theme: Inventions and Discoveries]

Chapter 27 Nouns, Determiners, and Prepositions
Chapter 28 Pronouns

Section 6 Modifiers [Section Theme: Health Care]

Chapter 29 Adjectives and Adverbs
Chapter 30 Mistakes with Modifiers

Section 7 Word Use and Spelling [Section Theme: The Legal World]

Chapter 31 Exact Language
Chapter 32 Spelling and Commonly Confused Words

Section 8 Punctuation and Mechanics [Section Theme: The Workplace]

Chapter 33 Commas
Chapter 34 The Apostrophe, Quotation Marks, and Titles
Chapter 35 Capitalization and Other Punctuation Marks

Section 9 Editing Practice

Chapter 36 Editing Paragraphs and Essays

Part V Reading Strategies and Selections

Chapter 37 From Reading to Writing
  1. Drew Hayden Taylor “This Boat is My Boat”
  2. Dorothy Nixon “Gone with the Windows”
  3. Sheila Heti “Stealing Glances”
  4. Nick Massey Garrison “We Turned Some Sharp Corners...”
  5. Amy Tan “Ghosts”
  6. Cynthia Macdonald “A Shirt in Perception”
  7. Joseph Hallinan “Why We Make Mistakes”
  8. David Suzuki “Has your workplace gone fragrance free?”
  9. Maya Angelou “Aunt Tee”
  10. Solomon "Advertising Appeals"
  11. Josh Freed “Welcome to the electronic jungle…”
  12. Brent Staples “What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow Up in Cyberspace”
  13. Ryan Charkow “Cyber Skying in the New Face of Espionage”
  14. Andrew Coyne “Words on paper”
  15. Charlie Cillis
  16. Isabel Teotonio “Aspenware carving out a business partnership …”
  17. Stephen Henighan “The Market and the Mall”
  18. Eric Andrew-Gee “The Sage…”
  19. Cathy Gulli “The Dangers of Going Gluten Free”
  20. James Mirtle “The Great Offside: How Canadian Hockey…”
  21. Vidya Kauri “The Young and the Restless”

Subject Index
Editing Checklist
Revising and Editing Symbols

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