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Pretty good rhetorical guide, though a bit skimpy on lit.
on August 28, 2009
I actually use this book to teach college students how to write, research, edit, and cite, so I have picked up a great deal of info just from absorbing it. The book is laid out in chapters that progress from a basic context for writing, to prewriting strategies, to drafting and revision methods, to analysis of literature, and finally to researching and citing sources. The book covers MLA and APA formats. It also features a handbook section in case students wish to work independently on improving certain problem areas in their writing. There are very good explanations of all the rhetorical patterns.
The one area that seems skimpy to me is the one on literary analysis. The book does not feature very many stories or poems either, so the teacher must supplement it. This is disappointing, since the chapter on argumentation is pretty decent.