How to Write Anything with Readings
Fourth Edition   ©2019

How to Write Anything with Readings

A Guide and Reference

John J. Ruszkiewicz (The University of Texas at Austin) , Jay T. Dolmage (University of Waterloo)  

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-28233-4; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-28233-2; Format: Paper Text, 928 pages

A new opening part on "Strategies of College Writing" describes what goes on in college writing courses with appealing frankness. In seven lean chapters, practical tips and advice provide an encouraging roadmap to how genres define expectations for writers to consider whenever they compose. The authors guide students through the ins and outs of important strategies, including "know that writing is more than avoiding grammar errors," "learn to think like a writer," and "don’t make writing harder than it is." A sample literacy narrative in chapter 1 introduces students to a common first assignment.

A new stand-alone chapter on genres helps students understand them as real-life responses to ever-changing writing situations. Genres and subgenres are now explained in greater detail, showing why learning about genres really does make composing easier. It’s not just theory.

Enhanced coverage of the writing students are expected to do now—and in the future. A revised chapter on oral reports features new graphics to explain their structure, adds material on poster sessions, and offers a more detailed example of a PowerPoint presentation. A refreshed chapter on professional correspondence provides an up-to-date discussion of how to communicate clearly in both academic and business situations. A sophisticated and intriguing chapter on essays allows students to compose narratives with a directed focus on exploring ideas and issues. And, throughout the book, they will continue to have opportunities to read and compose a variety of narratives, including literacy narratives.

New selections throughout every key academic genres chapter reveal the diversity of genres while engaging students. Chosen to entertain and inform, while also illustrating how audience and context influence a writer’s choices, new readings include intriguing and surprising pieces such as "Grocery Store Economics; Why Are Rotisserie Chickens So Cheap? (report); "We’re the Only Animals With Chins, and No One Knows Why" (explanation); "Serena Williams Is Not the Best Tennis Player" (evaluation); and "Join the Revolution: Eat More Bugs" (proposal).

A new Handbook offers an expanded and thoroughly revised take on grammar, mechanics, and usage. The "Common Errors" section from the previous edition has been greatly expanded in order to do much more than correct errors. The new Handbook sets questions about grammar, mechanics, and sentence rhetoric in fuller contexts than before, with many more topics addressed. There’s even a brief chapter on "troublesome pairs"—explaining the differences between words often confused, such as "its" and "it’s," "affect" and "effect," and "rein" and "reign." Several cartoons lighten the discussion.

A new Student’s Companion for How to Write Anything, authored by Elizabeth Catanese (Community College of Philadelphia), offers thorough support for students in ALP/corequisite courses. The text includes coverage of college success strategies; activities to help students develop thoughtful, college-level essays; and additional practice in correcting writing problems, from revising topic sentences and developing paragraphs to correcting fragments. This handy resource is available at a significant discount when packaged with the book, and it can be found in the book’s LaunchPad