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What You See Is What You Write: How Media, Movies, and Music can Inspire Your Words, 1st Edition

By Blank/Hume
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Soft Cover
224 pages
ISBN-10: 0176502432
ISBN-13: 9780176502430
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 1st

What You See Is What You Write brings an innovative new approach to teaching writing to students. The text recognizes that students will be motivated to write better if they are interested in what they are writing about. Only through constant writing practice will students build confidence in their writing, and in the end become better writers. To that end, the authors strive to leverage today’s student’s media and pop culture literacy to engage and inspire good writing.


  • The text is grounded in the common culture of today's students – use what they live in and know to inspire good writing.
  • A sample argument essay is included.
  • The text provides students with a peer-editing checklist.
  • A sample research essay in both MLA and APA citation formats is available for students to reference.
  • The text incorporates a complete chapter on citation.
  • InfoTrac® is a powerful online learning resource consisting of thousands of full-text articles from hundreds of journals and periodicals. By doing a simple keyword search, students quickly generate a list of relevant full-text articles from thousands of possibilities. InfoTrac®'s continually updated collection of articles can be useful for doing reading and writing assignments that reach beyond the pages of this text. Students who purchase a new copy of this text will receive free access to InfoTrac® College Edition for a four month term.
  • The text integrates critical thinking and peer editing apparatuses.
  • Writing exercises build from the simple to the complex to allow students to master concepts before moving on.
  • The authors believe that writing can be a social activity and encourage peer work, group activity and discussion.
  • The authors place an emphasis on summary, which they believe is central and foundational to writing.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: The Writing Engine
  • Chapter 2: Swimming with the Image
  • Chapter 3: The Power of Summary
  • Chapter 4: Movies
  • Chapter 5: Virtuals: Technologies, Social Networking, and Gaming
  • Chapter 6: Visuals
  • Chapter 7: Television
  • Chapter 8: Listening: The Sound of Muzak
  • Chapter 9: Citations
  • Appendix A: Glossary of Film Terms
  • Appendix B: Writing Basics and a Sample Essay of Argument
  • Appendix C: APA and MLA Style
  • Appendix D: Further Reading and Viewing
  • Appendix E: Peer Editing and Essay Checklist
  • Index

Author Information

G. Kim Blank

G. Kim Blank is Professor of English and Writing Advisor at the University of Victoria. He has written and edited books on literary criticism, as well as numerous articles, chapters, essays, and reviews. Along with Katherine Anne Ackley and Stephen Eaton Hume, he is the author of Perspectives on Contemporary Issues.

Stephen Eaton Hume

Stephen Eaton Hume is Associate Teaching Professor in the Economics Department at the University of Victoria. Formerly an investigative newspaper reporter, he has also written articles for various publications, including The Globe and Mail and The Journal of the American Medical Association.