Strategies for Successful Writing: A Rhetoric, Research Guide, Reader and Handbook, 12th edition

  • James A. Reinking, 
  • Robert von der Osten

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Strategies for Successful Writing helps you learn to compose in the rhetorical modes. Diverse examples help you recognize writing concepts and strategies in the reading selections and apply them in your own compositions. The authors' conversational yet concise approach provides a model for your own prose.

Published by Pearson (July 15th 2021) - Copyright © 2020

ISBN-13: 9780137536351

Subject: Composition

Category: Rhetorics

Table of contents

RHETORIC Brief Contents:

  • Chapter 1. Writing: A First Look
  • Chapter 2. Strategies for Successful and Critical Reading
  • Chapter 3. Planning and Drafting Your Paper: Exploration
  • Chapter 4. Revising and Editing Your Paper: Courageous Transformations
  • Chapter 5. Paragraphs
  • Chapter 6. Effective Sentences
  • Chapter 7. Achieving Effective Style and Tone Through Word Choice
  • Chapter 8. Narration: Telling Life’s Stories
  • Chapter 9. Description: Capturing Your World
  • Chapter 10. Process Analysis: Explaining How
  • Chapter 11. Illustration: Showing and Telling
  • Chapter 12. Classification: Grouping into Categories
  • Chapter 13. Comparison: Showing Relationships
  • Chapter 14. Cause and Effect: Explaining Why
  • Chapter 15. Definition: Establishing Boundaries
  • Chapter 16. Argument: Convincing Others
  • Chapter 17. The Essay Examination
  • Chapter 18. Writing About Literature, Movies, and Television Shows


  • Chapter 19. The Research Paper
  • Chapter 20. Documenting Sources: MLA Style
  • Chapter 21. Documenting Sources: APA Style
  • Chapter 22. Additional Research Strategies: Interviews, Questionnaires, Direct Observations


  • Narration
    • “The Perfect Picture” by James Alexander Thom
    • “Aunt Parnetta’s Electric Blisters” by Diane Glancy
    • “The Cigarette” from Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  • Description
    • “When the Full Moon Shines Its Magic over Monument Valley” by John V. Young
    • “Seaside Safari” by Kessler Burnett
    • “What It Feels Like to Lie Face Down and Let a Wildfire Burn Over You” by Brian Mockenhaupt
  • Process Analysis
    • “Ground-Source-Heat-Pumps: Mother Earth Will Wrap You in Warmth” by Perfect Home HVAC
    • “Let’s Get Vertical!” by Beth Wald
    • “Julie Mehretu Reaches for New Heights” by Hillary M. Sheets
  • Illustration
    • “Accidental Discoveries” by Lexi Krock
    • “If You’re Happy and You Know It, Must I Know, Too?” by Judith Newman
    • “A Pain Pill Among Friends: The Quick and Quiet Way Young People Are Getting Hooked on Opiods” by Elizabeth Millard
  • Classification
    • “A Tale of Four Learners” by Bernice McCarthy
    • “7 Types of Employees to Weed Out” by Jeff Schmitt
    • “What Kind of Procrastinator Are You?” by Alina Vrabie
  • Comparison
    • “Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts” by Bruce Catton
    • “What’s the Key to Turning Around Rust Belt Cities?” by Alana Semuels
    • “Are Video Games Now More Sophisticated than Cinema?” by Jane Graham
  • Cause and Effect
    • “For Cops, Citizen Videos Bring Increased Scrutiny. Are Incidents Caught on Tape Hindering Officers?” by Kevin Johnson
    • “Your Addiction to Social Media Is No Accident” by Julian Morgans
    • “Why We Keep Stuff: If You Want to Understand People, Take a Look at What They Hang on To” by Caroline Knapp
  • Definition
    • “The Blended Economy” by Marc Zwelling
    • “Krumping” by Marti Bercaw
    • “From E. B. White to Colin Kaepernick: What Does Democracy Mean Today?” by Rick Hampson
  • Argument
    • “Going Nuclear” by Patrick Moore
    • “Ten Reasons Why New Nuclear Was a Mistake–Even Before Fukushima” by Alexis Rowell
    • “Freedom of Speech on Campus Is an Essential Part of College” by Elliot Hirshman
    • “Why Colleges Have a Right to Reject Hateful Speakers Like Ann Coulter” by Aaron R. Hanlon
    • “No One Is Prepared to Stop the Robot Onslaught. So What Will We Do When It Arrives?” by Steve LeVine
    • “Workers Refuse to Rage Against the Machine: Some Employees Embrace Automation, and Keep Their Job” by Nathan Bomey


  1. Sentence Elements
  2. Editing to Correct Sentence Errors
  3. Editing to Correct Faulty Punctuation

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