(late of Prince George's Community College)
Author Talk: Nancy Sommers
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A new how-to approach offers step-by-step instruction that will help students apply writing advice in practical ways and transfer skills to many different kinds of writing assignments. Fourteen new boxes offer the straightforward help that instructors and students want—how to go beyond a Google search, how to write better peer review comments, and more.
New Writer’s choice boxes on grammar and style offer opportunities for students to practice critical thinking at the sentence level. A new rhetorical approach emphasizes decision making (between first or third person, between active and passive voice, and so on) based on a writer’s purpose and audience. This approach gives instructors flexibility—a way to individualize instruction for students who may need more than a conventional explanation of the rules.
New ways to navigate bring students to key content quickly. Common student questions about writing, written in plain language, appear on each tab and help students find answers to questions such as How do I separate a source’s ideas from my own? and What can I do if my writing is too wordy? Useful chapter previews direct students to specific help within the writing and research chapters.
More help for research writers equips students in composition and across the disciplines with up-to-date citation guidelines—including MLA 2016 and Chicago 2017 guidelines—and formatting help. The ninth edition includes ample instruction in conducting responsible research, the foundation of academic work, and features a new APA-style paper.
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