A Student's Companion to Hacker Handbooks
First Edition   ©2019

A Student's Companion to Hacker Handbooks

Diana Hacker (late of Prince George's Community College) , Nancy Sommers (Harvard University)  

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-21274-3; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-21274-2; Format: Paper Text, 264 pages

Part 1: Succeeding in college

1. Becoming a college writer 
a. Choose topics you care about
b. Form a community of readers around you
c, Engage with the texts you read
d. Consider counterarguments

2. Time management
a. The case for time management
b. Taking charge of your time
c. Four time-wasting habits to avoid
d. Two tools to keep you on track

3. Ethics and personal responsibility
a. What is cheating?
b. How widespread is cheating?
c. The case for integrity
d. Tools teachers use when they suspect cheating
e. How to be a responsible student: 10 tips
f. How to paraphrase (to avoid plagiarism)

4. College etiquette
a. Four truths
b. Attitude
c. Starting out
d. Classroom rules
e. Collaborating with others: The group project
f. Communicating with your professor

Part 2: Succeeding in your writing course
5. Developing active reading strategies
a. On-ramps for reading assignments
b. Pay attention to titles
c. Read for patterns
d. Understand vocabulary
e. Identify main ideas
f. Outline what you read
g. Converse with a reading

6. Strengthening peer review and collaboration skills
a. What is peer review
b. Tips for offering feedback to a peer
c. Tips for working with feedback from a peer
d. What is collaboration
e. Tips for collaborating effectively

7. Outlining and planning your writing
a. Using an informal outline to plan
b. Using a formal outline to plan
c. Using headings to plan
d. Using a map to plan

8. Writing for an audience
a. The link between purpose and audience
b. Specific, specialized, or target audiences
c. Content, vocabulary, tone, and exigence
d. Questions to help identify audience
e. Comparing sample paragraphs

9. Graphic organizers for common types of writing 
a. A basic essay
b. An analytical essay
c. A compare/contrast essay (Option 1)
d. A compare/contrast essay (Option 2)
e. An argument essay (Option 1)
f. An argument essay (Option 2)
g. An annotated bibliography
h. A proposal

10. Graphic organizers for common types of paragraphs
a. Example
b. Illustration
c. Narration
d. Description
e. Process
f. Compare/contrast
g. Analogy
h. Classification
i. Cause/effect
j. Definition

11. Using sentence guides to develop academic skills
a. Presenting information and others’ views
b. Presenting your own views
c. Putting it all together

12. Integrating sources: Quotation sandwiching (MLA)
a. Integrating a single source
b. Integrating more than one source (synthesizing)

13. Revising paragraphs and essays
a. Tips for revising globally
b. Tips for revising sentences

Part 3: Practicing reading, writing, and research skills
14. Reading exercises
Exercise 14-a Using titles as on-ramps for reading
Exercise 14-b Using patterns of organization as on-ramps for reading
Exercise 14-c Using vocabulary as an on-ramp for reading
Exercise 14-d Examining a writer’s annotations
Exercise 14-e Using on-ramps to annotate and understand a reading
Exercise 14-f Talking back to a reading

15. Thesis statement exercises
Exercise 15-a Choosing effective thesis statements
Exercise 15-b Writing a thesis statement for an argument essay
Exercise 15-c Building strong thesis statements

16. Topic sentence exercises
Exercise 16-a Choosing suitable topic sentences
Exercise 16-b Writing topic sentences
Exercise 16-c Writing unified paragraphs

17. MLA research exercises 
Exercise 17-a Avoiding plagiarism in MLA papers 1
Exercise 17-b Avoiding plagiarism in MLA papers 2
Exercise 17-c Recognizing common knowledge in MLA papers
Exercise 17-d Integrating sources in MLA papers 1
Exercise 17-e Integrating sources in MLA papers 2
Exercise 17-f MLA documentation: In-text citations 1
Exercise 17-g MLA documentation: In-text citation 2
Exercise 17-h MLA documentation
18. Plagiarism exercises
Exercise 18-a Is this plagiarism?
Exercise 18-b Developing responsibility

19. Paraphrase and summary exercises
Exercise 19-a Building understanding (writing a summary)
Exercise 19-b Using your own words and structure (writing a paraphrase)
Exercise 19-c Writing paraphrases and summaries

Part 4: Practicing sentence-level skills
20. Active verbs
Exercise 20-a Active verbs 1
Exercise 20-b Active verbs 2

21. Parallelism
Exercise 21-a Parallelism 1
Exercise 21-b Parallelism 2

22. Misplaced and dangling modifiers
Exercise 22-a Misplaced and dangling modifiers 1
Exercise 22-b Misplaced and dangling modifiers 2

23. Sentence variety
Exercise 23-a Sentence variety 1
Exercise 23-b Sentence variety 2

24. Sentence fragments
Exercise 24-a Sentence fragments 1
Exercise 24-b Sentence fragments 2

25. Run-on sentences
Exercise 25-a Run-on sentences 1
Exercise 25-b Run-on sentences 2

26. Subject-verb agreement
Exercise 26-a Subject-verb agreement 1
Exercise 26-b Subject-verb agreement

27. Pronoun reference
Exercise 27-a Pronoun reference 1
Exercise 27-b Pronoun reference 2

28. Pronoun and noun case
Exercise 28-a Pronoun and noun case 1
Exercise 28-b Pronoun and noun case 2

29. Verbs
Exercise 29-a Verbs 1
Exercise 29-b Verbs 2
Exercise 29-c Verbs 3

30. Articles
Exercise 30-a Articles 1
Exercise 30-b Articles 2

31. Commas and unnecessary commas
Exercise 31-a Commas and unnecessary commas 1
Exercise 31-b Commas and unnecessary commas 2
Exercise 31-c Commas and unnecessary commas 3

32. Apostrophes
Exercise 32-a Apostrophes 1
Exercise 32-b Apostrophes 2

33. Quotation marks
Exercise 33-a Quotation marks 1
Exercise 33-b Quotation marks 2

Answer key