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Purpose and Process: A Reader for Writers (5th Edition) 5th Edition

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Innovative in its approach, this best-selling reader focuses on writers' purposes and processes for reading and writing—and on the connections between reading and writing. Stephen Reid outlines practical guidelines and strategies for achieving specific writing goals and illustrates these strategies with captivating selections by both professional and student writers.

Encouraging writers to take control of their reading and writing, Purpose and Process, Fifth Edition, contains:

  • Argument Chapter revised to explain three kinds of argument: the traditional debate-style argument, Rogerian argument, and constructive argument to help you examine the multiple points of view behind most controversial topics.
  • All new images throughout the text that allow you to draw conclusions and make connections between images and the written word.
  • New Research Appendix on conducting research and documenting sources that guides you from research plan, to gathering sources, citing sources in the text (while avoiding plagiarism), and using MLA documentation.

About the Author

Stephen Reid is currently the Writing Program Administrator at Colorado State University, where he has taught for over 30 years. He regularly teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in writing, and he continues to teach contemporary fiction, 19th century British fiction, and non-fiction workshops. Current interests in composition include argument, visual literacy, teaching in online environments, testing and placement, and curriculum design. When he's not in the classroom, he's likely to be traveling, skiing, cycling, or flyfishing. He can be reached at his email address: Stephen.Reid@colostate.edu
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 5 edition (May 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131823973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131823976
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has all the fundamentals required to become a good writer. If you're struggling to get going, I'd recommend you get this book. It is not advanced, but then again, writing is the application of a few basic principles. This book provides those basic principles in a series of essays.
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By Heidi on September 25, 2011
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There was not much damage to the book. Obviously, there was a little wear, but I expected that since it has been used. Much cheaper than buying it new!
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Got it for English class a few semesters ago. Did what I needed it to do.
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I though this book would help me with my writing class....IT did not

Instead I read other people's writing and got no help
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