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.
- 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.