Recommended Texts for Composition

They Say, I Say- Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein

This book is a well-written, boiled down approach to academic writing using the metaphor of “joining the conversation.” I still use many of their chapters in my English composition classes including the Naysayer chapter as well as the templates for introducing direct quotes from authors. The templates alone are worth the money– these signal phrases are chunks of language that are highly frequent in academic writing and are invaluable to the aspiring native and non-native speaker of English that wishes to improve their academic writing skills.

Norton Field Guide to Writing with Handbook –

https://www.amazon.com/Norton-Field-Guide-Writing-Handbook/dp/0393919587/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484772253&sr=1-4&keywords=norton+field+guide+to+writing+3rd+edition

I used this book for my students at the university level for Freshman composition. The text is multimodal and includes etexts and related videos. The addition of the handbook is also invaluable as many native speakers struggle with grammatical problems although their meaning and organization is on point. This is a very strong textbook for composition and it breaks down a variety of different rhetorical modes for students in an easy to understand manner.