· Early (Chapter 1) and pervasive discussions of critical-thinking processes produce stronger, more independent writers and prepares students for further college study like no other writing guide.
· “Applying Critical Thinking” boxes either briefly define the critical thinking tools relevant to specific sections of the chapter (and explain how students can apply them) or demonstrate practical applications of the tools.
· “Critical Thinking” icons provide students with visual cues that identify critical thinking tools they can use whenever they embark on a writing assignment.
· Twenty-five engaging professional essays–one each in chapters 7-15, and 16 in Part V (Readings and Visuals in for Thinking and Writing).
· Annotated student essays in chapters 7-15 provide achievable models for student writers.
· Numerous activities for writing get students thinking beyond rote skills and into composing full-length pieces.
· Part IV (“Using Sources with Integrity”) includes two chapters on how to find, evaluate, summarize, analyze and cite sources, plus a chapter on how to use MLA documentation style.