Rules for Writers – Diana Hacker – 8th Edition

Description

When routinely use their handbook in the course, they see its value, find that it’s a faster way to get answers than search engines like Google, learn to rely on it as a reference, and are more likely to achieve the goals of the course. And when that handbook is Rules for Writers, you can be sure the advice they find is practical and reliable—with help for composing and revising, arguments, analyzing texts, using and punctuation correctly, and working with sources. In revising the eighth edition, Nancy Sommers has woven a new emphasis on reading critically throughout the first section of the handbook, introduced advice for analyzing multimodal texts, and added help for public speaking.

New practical Writing Guides support students working through college assignments in a variety of genres. And new peer review advice helps students effectively comment on drafts and apply feedback to revisions of their own work.

All of these improvements help writers—but they also save you time and effort. You can draw from Rules for Writers for planning class discussions, conducting in-class workshops, and providing feedback on work that they can easily apply. Rules for Writers even comes with a complete instructor’s manual, Teaching with Hacker Handbooks, with stepped-out lesson plans to customize and sample assignments, syllabi, and rubrics from your peers.

Table of Contents

The Writing Process
1 Exploring, planning, and drafting
2 Revising, editing, and reflecting
3 Building effective paragraphs

Academic Reading, Writing, and Speaking
4 Reading and writing critically
5 Reading and writing about multimodal texts
6 Reading and writing arguments
7 Speaking confidently

Clarity
8 Prefer active verbs.
9 Balance parallel ideas.
10 Add needed words.
11 Untangle mixed constructions.
12 Repair misplaced and dangling modifiers.
13 Eliminate distracting shifts.
14 Emphasize key ideas.
15 Provide some variety.
16 Tighten wordy sentences.
17 Choose appropriate language.
18 Find the exact words.

Grammar
19 Repair sentence fragments.
20 Revise run-on sentences.
21 Make subjects and verbs agree.
22 Make pronouns and antecedents agree.
23 Make pronoun references clear.
24 Distinguish between pronouns such as I and me.
25 Distinguish between who and whom.
26 Choose adjectives and adverbs with care.
27 Choose appropriate verb forms, tenses, and moods in Standard English.

Multilingual Writers and ESL Challenges
28 Verbs
29 Articles
30 Sentence structure
31 Prepositions and idiomatic expressions

Punctuation
32 The comma
33 Unnecessary commas
34 The semicolon
35 The colon
36 The apostrophe
37 Quotation marks
38 End punctuation
39 Other punctuation marks

Mechanics
40 Abbreviations
41 Numbers
42 Italics
43 Spelling
44 The hyphen
45 Capitalization

Grammar Basics
46 Parts of speech
47 Sentence patterns
48 Subordinate word groups
49 Sentence types

Research
50 Thinking like a researcher, gathering sources
51 Managing information, taking notes responsibly
52 Evaluating sources

Writing Papers in MLA Style
53 Supporting a thesis
54 Citing sources, avoiding plagiarism
55 Integrating sources
56 Documenting sources in MLA style
57 MLA manuscript format, sample research paper

Writing Papers in APA Style
58 Supporting a thesis
59 Citing sources, avoiding plagiarism
60 Integrating sources
61 Documenting sources in APA style
62 APA manuscript format, sample paper

Appendixes
A document design gallery
Glossary of usage
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