Writer's Help 2.0, Hacker Version (Twelve Month Access)
Second Edition   ©2015

Writer's Help 2.0, Hacker Version (Twelve Month Access)

Diana Hacker (late of Prince George's Community College) , Stephen A. Bernhardt (University of Delaware)   , Nancy Sommers (Harvard University)  

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-02578-1; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-02578-6; Format: Writer's Help

Getting Started


Grammar diagnostic A

Grammar diagnostic B

Reading diagnostic A

Reading diagnostic B


Active and passive voice


Articles and types of nouns for multilingual writers



Coordination and subordination

Critical reading


Nouns and pronouns


Patterns of organization

Prepositions and conjunctions

Prepositions for multilingual writers

Pronoun agreement and pronoun reference

Quotation marks and italics

Reading and writing arguments

Run-on sentences

Semicolons and colons

Sentence fragments

Sentence structure for multilingual writers


Subject-verb agreement

Topics and main ideas

Topic sentences and supporting details


Verbs, adjectives, and adverbs

Verbs for multilingual writers

Word choice and appropriate language

Working with sources (APA)

Working with sources (MLA)

Exercises: Writing, Research, and Grammar

Exercises: Composing and revising [8 exercises]

Exercises: Academic reading, writing, and speaking [1 exercise]

Exercises: Writing about literature [1 exercise]

Exercises: Research [1 exercise]

Exercises: MLA papers [19 exercises]

Exercises: APA papers [27 exercises]

Exercises: Chicago papers [24 exercises]

Exercises: Writing effective sentences [19 exercises]

Exercises: Avoiding sentence problems [30 exercises]

Exercises: Writing correct sentences [35 exercises]

Exercises: Choosing words appropriately [15 exercises]

Exercises: Basic grammar [39 exercises]

Exercises: Punctuation [28 exercises]

Exercises: Mechanics [11 exercises]

Exercises: Multilingual writers and ESL challenges [23 exercises]

Composing and revising


Drafting the paper

Reviewing, revising, and editing

Preparing a portfolio

Building effective paragraphs

Writing with technology

Academic Reading, Writing, and Speaking

Reading and writing critically

Reading and writing about images and multimodal texts

Reading arguments

Writing arguments

Writing specific genres 

Writing guides for analysis essay, annotated bibliography, argument essay, literacy narrative, and reflective letter for a portfolio

Speaking confidently

Writing about Literature

Planning an interpretation of literature

Writing a literature paper

Observing the conventions of literature papers

Integrating quotations from a literary work

Using MLA style for citing literary works

Documenting secondary sources

Avoiding plagiarism in literature papers

Sample literature papers

Understanding and Composing Multimodal Projects

Introduction to multimodal texts

Analyzing written words

Analyzing sound

Analyzing static images

Analyzing moving images

Analyzing multimodal texts

Starting your own multimodal project

Considering your purpose and audience for a multimodal project

Planning your multimodal project

Managing your multimodal project

Organizing your multimodal project

Emphasizing important information in your multimodal project

Revising and editing your multimodal project

Integrating and documenting sources in your multimodal project

Presenting or publishing your multimodal project

Directory to activities for multimodal projects

Designing Documents

Page layout and formatting

Text formatting

Using visuals

Document design gallery


Managing a research project

Mapping out a search strategy

Managing information responsibly

Evaluating sources

Documentation styles

Highlights of one student’s research process

MLA Papers

     Directory to MLA in-text citation models

     Directory to MLA works cited models

     Directory to Citation at a glance: MLA style

     Directory to MLA sample student writing

MLA papers: Overview

Forming and supporting a thesis (MLA)

Avoiding plagiarism (MLA)

Integrating sources (MLA)

Citing sources, MLA style: Overview

MLA in-text citations

MLA list of works cited

MLA information notes (optional)

MLA research paper format; sample student writing

APA Papers

     Directory to APA in-text citation models

     Directory to APA reference list models

     Directory to Citation at a glance: APA style

     Directory to APA sample student writing

APA papers: Overview

Forming and supporting a thesis (APA)

Avoiding plagiarism (APA)

Integrating sources (APA)

Citing sources, APA style: Overview

APA in-text citations

APA list of references

APA paper format; sample student writing

Chicago Papers

      Directory to Chicago notes and bibliography entries

      Directory to Citation at a glance: Chicago style

     Directory to Chicago sample student writing

Chicago papers: Overview

Forming and supporting a thesis (Chicago)

Avoiding plagiarism (Chicago)

Integrating sources (Chicago)

Citing sources, Chicago style: Overview

Chicago notes and bibliography

Chicago manuscript format; sample student writing

CSE Documentation

     Directory to CSE reference list models

CSE documentation: Overview

CSE in-text citations

CSE reference list

CSE paper format; sample student writing

Writing in the Disciplines

Writing in the disciplines: Overview

Writing in specific disciplines

Writing in the biological sciences

Writing in business

Writing in criminal justice and criminology

Writing in education

Writing in engineering

Writing in history

Writing in music

Writing in nursing

Writing in psychology

Writing Effective Sentences

Sentence emphasis

Strong, active verbs

     Quick help: Strong, active verbs


     Quick help: Parallelism

Sentence variety

Avoiding Sentence Problems

Sentence fragments

     Quick help: Sentence fragments

Run-on sentences

     Quick help: Run-on sentences

Awkward modifiers

     Quick help: Awkward modifiers

Dangling modifiers

     Quick help: Recognizing dangling modifiers

     Quick help: Repairing dangling modifiers


     Quick help: Shifts

Mixed constructions

Writing Correct Sentences

Making subjects and verbs agree

     Quick help: Subject-verb agreement

Using verbs correctly

    Quick help: Verbs

Using pronouns correctly

     Quick help: Pronouns

Using adjectives and adverbs appropriately

     Quick help: Adjectives and adverbs

Using needed words

     Quick help: Needed words

Choosing words appropriately

Writing concise sentences

     Quick help: Concise language

Using appropriate language

     Quick help: Appropriate language

Using exact language

     Quick help: Exact language

Consulting the dictionary and the thesaurus

Basic Grammar

Parts of speech

Parts of sentences

Subordinate word groups

Sentence types


The comma

Quick help: Commas

Unnecessary commas

Quick help: Unnecessary commas

The semicolon

Quick help: Semicolons

The colon

Quick help: Colons

The apostrophe

Quick help: Apostrophes

The period

The question mark

The exclamation point

The dash



The ellipsis mark

The slash








Multilingual Writers and ESL Challenges

Verbs for multilingual writers

     Quick help: ESL challenges with verbs

Sentence structure for multilingual writers

     Quick help: Sentence structure for multilingual writers

Articles for multilingual writers

     Quick help: Articles

Adjectives for multilingual writers

     Quick help: Adjectives for multilingual writers

Prepositions and idioms for multilingual writers

     Quick help: Prepositions and idiomatic expressions

Academic Resources for ESL and Multilingual Writers

College-level expectations

Improving your academic English

Academic writing and cultural expectations

Practice exercises

Strategies for Online Learners

Preparing to learn online

Becoming familiar with your online course

Participating actively in online courses

Contributing appropriate content in online courses

Finding extra help

A brief glossary of online learning terminology

Glossary of Usage

Glossary of Terms

Assignment modules

Module: Avoiding plagiarism in MLA papers

Module: Editing for concise writing

Module: Freewriting and listing

Module: Using signal phrases in APA papers

Module: Using signal phrases in MLA papers

Assignable writing prompts

Writing prompts: Composing and revising

Writing prompts: Academic reading, writing, and speaking

Writing prompts: Research