Features and Benefits

  • Chapter introductions in Chapters 3-13 feature complete student essays that model each rhetorical strategy and help students in their own writing.
  • Collaborative writing exercises following each reading accentuate students' learning from one another.
  • Thematic clusters of readings in the “Issues and Ideas” sections at the end of most chapters focus on contemporary issues, helping students develop an awareness of rhetorical strategies while thinking and writing about specific themes.
  • Four groups of questions follow each reading: “Meaning and Values” focusing on the content of each reading, “Expository Techniques” centering on the rhetorical strategies used by each writer, “Diction and Vocabulary” concentrating on word usage, and “Read to Write” aimed at eliciting written responses to the reading.
  • Chapter 14, “Further Readings: Combined Patterns” presents readings that illustrate intriguing combinations of rhetorical patterns and goals for writing more advanced essays.