Tenth Edition   ©2017

The Bedford Handbook

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

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-8303-2; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-8303-9; Format: Paper Text, 960 pages

Step-by-step instruction will help your students apply writing advice in practical ways and transfer skills to many different kinds of writing assignments. More than a dozen new How-to 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.
More exercises and activities in a wider variety of formats give students more practice opportunities than any other writing resource. The tenth edition includes writing and grammar exercises that require rhetorical thinking, research exercises that give students practice with paraphrasing and summarizing, and writing prompts that ask students to apply handbook advice to their own writing.
New “Writer’s Choice” boxes on grammar and style topics offer opportunities for students to practice critical thinking at the sentence level. A new rhetorical approach to grammar coverage makes this content more teachable by giving instructors flexibility — a way to individualize instruction for students who may need more than a conventional explanation of the rules.
New emphasis on peer review allows students to practice the skills they need to collaborate in college writing environments and beyond. Thoroughly revised content in chapter 2 illustrates best practices for peer review. “Writing Practice” activities throughout the book ask students to collaborate, provide feedback, and reflect on feedback they’ve received.
The 2016 MLA guidelines inform all of our MLA models and advice, and our revision ensures that you and your students have the most up-to-date advice and models and that your students have ample instruction for conducting responsible research. Two new sample research essays, one in MLA style and one in APA style, model proper formatting and effective writing from sources.
ForeWords for Composition modules make customizing your handbook easy.

-With prebuilt content modules (12–16 pages) on a variety of topics, you can create- the handbook that meets the needs of you and your students. Choose from more than- a dozen modules on time management, CSE style, business writing, using sentence- templates for academic writing, and more.

-You can further customize by adding brief original, school-specific content such as goals- of the writing program, location and hours of the writing center, common- syllabus/assignments, and so on.