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

  • James A. Reinking
  • Robert von der Osten


For first-year courses in Composition/Rhetoric.

Successful strategies for civil writing

With ample material for a full-year composition course, Revel Strategies for Successful Writing, 12th Edition supports students as they learn to compose in the rhetorical modes. Diverse examples demonstrate writing concepts and strategies, so students can recognize them more easily in the longer reading selections and apply them in their own compositions. 

Instruction is brief and to the point, allowing students to spend more time writing and less time reading about writing. The authors’ conversational yet concise approach invites students into the book, reducing their apprehensions about writing and providing a model for their own prose. The 12th Edition stresses the importance and characteristics of civil writing – addressing the growing cultural challenges posed by social media and the increasingly hostile discourse in many media. This edition also increases emphasis on visual rhetoric and multimedia approaches to writing and texts.   

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Table of contents


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 



“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


I. Sentence Elements
II. Editing to Correct Sentence Errors
III. Editing to Correct Faulty Punctuation

Published by Pearson (January 2nd 2019) - Copyright © 2020