Features and Benefits

Chapter based on rhetorical modes

  • Instruction presented in the context of the modes chapters
  • Critical thinking, in the context of a particular rhetorical pattern, is discussed in each of the modes chapters.
  • A Checklist, specific to each chapter, supports the reading and writing process at a glance.

Critical-thinking pedagogy

  • Guided essays, marked at opportune points for critical thinking and keyed to the corresponding "Thinking Critically" questions.
  • Four "Thinking Critically" questions, in a cluster following each essay, instill a macro perspective on the piece.

Discussion questions and writing assignments

  • Five clusters of questions conclude each selection and are designed to help students move sequentially from the literal to the analytical. They include:
    • Understanding Details
    • Thinking Critically
    • Discovering Rhetorical Strategies
    • Making Connections
    • Ideas for Discussion/Writing, including an Internet research option
  • Longer essay assignments – including a source-based assignment, a research option, a multi-genre option, and a visual analysis exercise – conclude each of the modes chapters.

Writing from sources

  • A tabbed research "handbook" in Part III quickly assists in finding, evaluating, and incorporating sources in student work.
  • "Making Connections" prompts, after each selection, present opportunities for synthesis with other works.