Scott Foresman Handbook for Writers, The

Series
Pearson
Author
John J. Ruszkiewicz / Christy E. Friend / Daniel E. Seward / Maxine E. Hairston  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
9
Language
English
Total pages
724
Pub.-date
November 2013
ISBN13
9781292027678
ISBN
1292027673
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For Freshman Composition courses.

Known for innovation you can use, this comprehensive handbook leads the field in addressing research, argument and the most current issues in composition.

The Scott Foresman Handbook is designed to anticipate the questions of student writers and answer them clearly, fully, and imaginatively. It supports the multiple dimensions of a writer’s work - including language, reading, argument, research, technology, visual learning and more. The eighth edition of Scott Foresman Handbook for Writers continues to break new ground by thinking about how writers may respond to the emerging technologies and theories that impact communication. It is a valuable resource and the ideal guide to help students write in the college classroom and beyond.

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Features

  • Updated documentation sections, including an expansion of coverage of electronic sources.
  • New documentation “menu” on the inside back cover of the book.
  • New “source maps” in the documentation section, which give students visual explanations of how to find source information from books, periodicals (online and print), databases, and Web sites.
  • New MLA and APA sample papers that model how to incorporate visuals and cite electronic sources.
  • New visuals that include exercise captions to provide learning experiences through images.
  • An updated Web design section that focuses on the importance of audience and purpose in design — the nuts and bolts (HTML) of Web design has been cut from the book and will appear on the Web site.
  • An updated section on document design with a new section on working with and editing photos and images.
  • Updated and expanded chapters on visual rhetoric.
  • Expanded coverage of argument (Chapter 10) with a new student paper.
  • A new section (in Chapter 18) on writing a response paper — an assignment frequently encountered in humanities and social science courses.
  • A new section (in Chapter 6) on writing a personal statement for college scholarships, internships, or special programs of study.
  • A new chapter on creating professional and business documents.
  • Revised “question-heads” for grammar chapters to help students find information more quickly.
  • A new, modern design.

New to this Edition

  • Updated documentation sections, including an expansion of coverage of electronic sources.
  • New documentation “menu” on the inside back cover of the book.
  • New “source maps” in the documentation section, which give students visual explanations of how to find source information from books, periodicals (online and print), databases, and Web sites.
  • New MLA and APA sample papers that model how to incorporate visuals and cite electronic sources.
  • New visuals that include exercise captions to provide learning experiences through images.
  • An updated Web design section that focuses on the importance of audience and purpose in design – the nuts and bolts (HTML) of Web design has been cut from the book and will appear on the Web site.
  • An updated section on document design with a new section on working with and editing photos and images.
  • Updated and expanded chapters on visual rhetoric.
  • Expanded coverage of argument (Chapter 10) with a new student paper.
  • A new section (in Chapter 18) on writing a response paper – an assignment frequently encountered in humanities and social science courses.
  • A new section (in Chapter 6) on writing a personal statement for college scholarships, internships, or special programs of study.
  • A new chapter on creating professional and business documents.
  • Revised “question-heads” for grammar chapters to help students find information more quickly.
  • A new, modern design.

Table of Contents

PART I Writing Processes

1 What Does Writing Involve?

a Why write?

b What does it take to write well?

c How does writing work?

d How do you define a writing situation?

e How do you define your purpose(s) for writing?

f   How do you write for an audience?

g How do you present yourself to readers?

 

2 How Do You Find and Explore a Topic?

a How do you find a topic?

b How do you refine your topic?

c How do you explore and develop a topic?

d How do you write a topic proposal?

 

3 How Do You Focus and Organize a Writing Project?

a How do you craft a thesis statement?

b How do you avoid plagiarism?

c How do you organize a writing project?

d How do you outline a paper?

e How do you choose a title?

 

4 How Do You Write a Draft?

a How do you start a draft?

b How do you keep a draft on track?

c When should you take a break?

d How do you know when you have a solid draft?

e How do you work on a draft collaboratively?

 

5 How Do You Revise, Edit, and Proofread?

a What does revising involve?

b What does editing involve?

c What does proofreading involve?

d How do you help another writer revise, edit, and proofread?

 

PART II Writing for Academic and Public Forums

6 How Do You Write in College?

a How do you write a successful academic paper?

b How do you write on essay examinations?

 

7 How Do You Write for the Public?

a How do you write outside the classroom?

b How do you write in service-learning courses?

 

8 How Do You Read and Think Critically?

a How do you read to understand complex material?

b How do you think critically about your reading?

c How do you critically interpret charts, tables, and graphs?

d How do you write a response paper?

 

9 How Do Written and Visual Arguments Work?

a What is an argument?

b How do visual arguments work? 

c How can you recognize and avoid fallacies?

 

10 How Do You Write Powerful Arguments?

a How do you construct a solid written argument?

b How do you write an argument that appeals to readers?

c How do you effectively address other viewpoints?

 

11 How Do You Write About Literature and Film?

a What elements should you look for when you read literature or view film?

b What approaches can you use to write about literature and film?

c What sources can you use in writing essays about literature and film?  

d How do you develop a paper that analyzes literature or film?

 

PART III Style

 

12 What Makes Paragraphs Work?

a How do you construct unified paragraphs?

b How can you organize paragraphs?

c How long should a paragraph be?

 

13 How Do You Craft Opening and Closing Paragraphs?

a What makes an opening paragraph effective?

b What makes a closing paragraph effective?

  

14 How Do You Manage Transitions?

a How do you spot problems with transitions?

b How can you solve problems with transitions?

  

15 What Kinds of Language Can You Use?

a How formal should your writing be?

b What’s denotation and connotation?

c How do you improve readability?

d How do you keep language civil?

e Do you understand dialects?

  

16 How Do You Construct Effective Sentences?

a How are sentences structured?

b What do modifiers do?

c What are phrases?

d What do clauses do in sentences?

e What types of sentences can you write?<