Department of English

Standard Textbook Use for Composition Courses

Providing a standard textbook list will:

  • Help establish a coherent programmatic identity and foster consistency among courses
  • Help link University Studies Student Learning Outcomes with classroom practice
  • Provide a scaffold for new instructors and sections staffed at late dates
  • Make textbook ordering a more shared, cost-efficient endeavor (a provost and General Assembly initiative)
  • Help prevent external entities from imposing uniform texts

The standard textbook policy applies to:

Any instructor who has taught for UNCW's Composition Program for fewer than two semesters should select a text for the corresponding class from the options listed below (second-year Teaching Assistants may select a textbook from the standard list or one used by a mentor). Instructors who have taught for UNCW's Composition Program for two semesters or more may choose a book not on the standard list provided it suits course goals and corresponding University Studies Student Learning Outcomes. All textbooks used in Composition courses are subject to approval by the Writing Coordinator.

Standard list by course:

English 101

  • McQuade, Donald, and Christine McQuade. Seeing and Writing 4. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010. Print.
  • Roen, Duane, Gregory R. Glau, and Barry Maid. The McGraw-Hill Guide: Writing for College, Writing for Life. 3rd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012. Print.

English 103

  • Bartholomae, David, and Anthony Petrosky. Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Writers. 9th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2011. Print.
  • Silverman, Jonathan, and Dean Rader. The World Is a Text: Writing, Reading, and Thinking About Visual and Popular Culture. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Longman, 2014. Print.

English 201

  • Graff, Gerald, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing. 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 2012. Print. Paired with Crusius, Timothy W., and Carolyn E. Channell. The Aims of Argument. 7th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011. Print. One of the texts should be a version with readings.
  • Lunsford, Andrea, John J. Ruszkiewicz, and Keith Walters. Everything's an Argument with Readings. 6th ed. New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012. Print.

For questions please contact the Writing Coordinator.