Features and Benefits


  • The logical progression of purpose-based chapters move from remembering and observing to critical reading, rhetorical analysis, visual analysis, and investigation before culminating in exposition and argumentation (explaining, evaluating, problem solving, and arguing). 
  • Each purpose-based chapter is self-contained and comprehensive, walking students through the multiple stages of the writing process and suggesting rhetorical patterns and other strategies most useful for each purpose.
  • Techniques for writing for a specific purpose open every assignment chapter, laying out for students a concrete game plan and helping them understand what elements they need to consider as they plan and draft their paper.
  • Peer Response guidelines in each chapter help student writers give and receive constructive feedback, whether via an in-class workshop, a take home review, or an electronic exchange of drafts.
  • Sixteen full-length student essays and ten essays with sample prewriting materials, rough draft peer response sheets, and/or postscripts provide students with models for their own work and sample materials for analytical class discussions.
  • Professional reading selections, always followed with Questions for Writing and Discussion, encourage students to explore and respond to rich, relevant topics such as Web 2.0 literacies, technology, literacy and language, educational issues, social issues, environmental issues, and more.
  • Research tips in each project chapter suggest to students research strategies particularly appropriate to each type of assignment, providing instruction on research that’s particularly tailored to their immediate task at hand.
  • Quotations by composition teachers, researchers, essayists, novelists, and others personalize for less experienced writers a larger community that still struggles with challenges similar to those student writers face.
  • Available as an eText