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Writing Matters: A Handbook for Writing and Research (National Tabbed Edition) [Spiral-bound]

Rebecca Moore Howard
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January 10, 2013 0077840283 978-0077840280 2

This Tabbed version of Writing Matters unites research, reasoning, documentation, grammar, and style into a cohesive whole, helping students see the conventions of writing as a network of responsibilities writers have…

… to other writers. Writing Matters emphasizes the responsibility writers share, whether collaborating online in peer review or conducting research with digital and print sources, to treat information fairly and accurately and to craft writing that is unique and original—their own!
… to the audience. Writing Matters emphasizes the need to use conventions appropriate to the readership, to write clearly, and to provide readers with the information and interpretation they need to make sense of a topic.
… to the topic. Writing Matters encourages writers to explore a topic thoroughly and creatively, to assess sources carefully, and to provide reliable information at a depth that does the topic justice.
… to themselves. Writing Matters encourages writers to take their writing seriously and to approach writing tasks as an opportunity to learn about a topic and to expand their scope as writers. Students are more likely to write well when they think of themselves as writers rather than as error-makers.


The CONNECT COMPOSITION PLUS 2.0 eBook provides Writing Matters content in a digital format that is accessible from within Connect and Blackboard. In support of the engaged learning experience, students can link directly to activities and assignments within Connect from the eBook. Students can have all the resources from Writing Matters right on their desktops!

Personal Learning Plan (PLP)

Through an intuitive, adaptive diagnostic that assesses proficiencies in five core areas of grammar and mechanics, students generate a personalized learning plan tailored to address their needs within the timeframe when students determine what they want to study. The personalized program includes contextualized grammar and writing lessons, videos, animations, and interactive exercises and provides immediate feedback on students’ work and progress. Based on metacognitive learning theories, the Personal Learning Plan continually adapts with each interaction, while built-in time management tools keep students on track to ensure they achieve their course goals. The Personal Learning Plan is designed to improve student writing, allow classroom instruction to focus on critical writing processes, and support the goals of writing programs and individual instructors with reports that present data related to progress, achievement, and students who may be at risk.

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 672 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 2 edition (January 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077840283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077840280
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rebecca Moore Howard, Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University, has devoted her career to figuring out how to improve the teaching of advanced literacy practices, so that college students have the best possible opportunities for becoming better readers, writers, and critical thinkers. Published in a number of books and articles, her work on the question of how academic culture defines plagiarism has urged instructors to recognize that "patchwriting"----too-close paraphrase----stems from students' literacy rather than from their ethics. That work has also encouraged college instructors to teach summary, paraphrase, and a creative range of rhetorical engagements with complex written texts.

She is now a principal investigator in the Citation Project, a national study of college students' work with source texts. That work demonstrates that when instruction focuses on the forms and conventions of academic research, students tend to produce only the forms and conventions, without authentic engagement with the source texts. This work, now being disseminated, urges that research be taught as dialogue and inquiry rather than just adherence to conventions.

All of her scholarship and research informs the textbooks she publishes, books that offer students frameworks and practices for becoming more effective rhetors.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for college April 14, 2014
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I like the tabbed much better than textbook, you don't have to read all the filler crap, just gets right to business. Plenty of examples if you don't want to read at all and can copy layout and formatting well
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