The new, revised edition of Expository Composition: Discovering Your Voice offers students an expository composition textbook that prepares them for
rich, deep, and insightful college writing while encouraging
them to develop and celebrate their own unique voice.
With over fifty years of combined teaching experience between
them, authors Tony Romano and Gary Anderson know high
school students. This textbook is written for students to help
them become wise, efficient, and engaging writers.
NEW for the revised edition! Online support with technology that speaks to today's students
Discovering Your Voice Online Companion
Interactive site features additional writing models, journal topics, writing activities and tips, videos, and community forums.
Internet Resource Center
The Resource Center provides additional support materials and links to the Discovering Your Voice Online Companion.
Special features and meaningful activities help students discover their voice
Professional and Student Models
- Published authors such as Eudora Welty, Anna Quindlen, Ernest Hemingway, and Dave
Chappelle, as well as real high school students writing across the country, exemplify the categories of writing taught in each chapter.
- Each professional and student model includes discussion questions about content, style, and writing techniques.
- Ideas for free-writing or journaling relate to the content of each chapter.
- Thought-provoking topics may lead to essay topics or serve as prewriting for other essays.
Writers on Writing
- Published writers inspire student writers with honest, practical quotes about language and writing techniques.
- The textbook gives students abundant suggestions for keeping track of ideas, coming up with topics, finding time to write, and making meaningful revisions.
- Exercises allow students to practice the writing techniques learned in each chapter.
- Practice opportunities can be done individually, in small groups, or as a class.
- Chapters include guidance on prewriting, possible writing topics, and questions for revision and peer review.
End-of-text reference material includes:
- Grammar handbook
- Graphic organizers
- Writing for the SAT and ACT
- Documentation of sources
- Additional discussion questions for model essays
- Advice to teachers
- Activities (1-4 per chapter)
- Guidelines, standards, or rubrics for grading essays
About the Authors
Tony Romano teaches English and psychology at William
Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois. He is a graduate of
DePaul University (B.A.) and Northeastern Illinois University
(M.A.). An award-winning fiction writer, Mr. Romano is the
author of the novel When the World Was Young and the
story collection If You Eat, You Never Die. He is the coauthor
of Psychology and You, a high school textbook. His fiction
has been produced for National Public Radio and has
appeared in the Chicago Tribune Magazine and numerous
literary journals. He lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. In 2010, Tony
Romano was named Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. You can visit his web site
Gary Anderson teaches English at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois, where he served as department chair from 2001-2007. He is a graduate of Wartburg College (B.A.) and Iowa State University (M.A.). An award-winning poet, Mr. Anderson has received honors from the Illinois Arts Council and other organizations, and his writing has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, literary magazines, and anthologies. He serves as an administrator on English Companion Ning, an online community dedicated to professional development for English teachers. He lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Visit Gary Anderson online at WhatsNotWrong.wordpress.com.
Both authors help organize William Fremd High School’s annual Writers Week, a literary festival that brings together writers from around the nation to read and discuss their work with students and teachers. They also conduct professional development sessions and presentations around the country for teachers at conferences, seminars, and institutes.