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Backpack Writing uses written instruction and visual tools to teach how to read, write, and research effectively for different purposes in this concise version of the bestselling text.

Lester Faigley’s clear and inviting teaching style and Dorling Kindersley’s accessible and striking design combine to give writers a textbook that shows them what readers and writers actually do. Unique, dynamic presentations of reading, writing, and research processes in the text bring writing alive and speaks to writers with many learning styles. Throughout the book, writers are engaged and learning, with such notable features as “process maps” to guide writers through the major writing assignments, extensive examples of student “Writers at work,” and diverse, distinctive reading selections.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205743490
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 7/24/2009
  • Series: Pearson English Value Textbook Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

PART 1: The Writer as Explorer

1. Thinking as a Writer

Explore through writing

Understand the process of writing

Understand the rhetorical situation

Analyze your assignment

Think about your genre and medium

Think about your topic

Think about your audience

Think about your credibility

2. Reading to Explore

Become a critical reader

Look with a critical eye

Read actively

Recognize fallacies

Respond as a reader

Move from reading to invention

3. Planning

Move from a general topic to a writing plan

Narrow your topic

Write a thesis

Make a plan

4. Drafting

Draft with strategies in mind

Write a zero draft

Draft from a working outline

Start fast with an engaging title and opening paragraph

Develop paragraphs

Conclude with strength

Link within and across paragraphs

5. Revising

Revising and editing

Evaluate your draft

Respond to others

Pay attention to details last

Revise using your instructor’s comments

6. Thinking Visually

Communicate with visuals and words

Know when to use images and graphics

Take pictures that aren’t boring

Compose images

Create tables, charts, and graphs

7. Writing for Online Courses

Keep track of online coursework

Participate in online discussions

Manage online writing

PART 2: The Writer as Guide

Writing to Reflect

8. Reflections

Writing reflections

What makes a good reflection

How to read reflections

Sue Kunitomi Embrey, Some Lines for a Younger Brother . . .

* Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, My Hips, My Caceras

Amy Tan, Mother Tongue

How to write a reflection

Student example

Janine Carter, The Miracle Quilt


Writing to Inform

9. Informative Essays

Reporting information

What makes good informative writing

How to read informative writing

Chip Walter, Affairs of the Lips: Why We Kiss

* Robin Dunbar, Gossip Is Good for You

* World Wildlife Fund, Measuring Human Demand

How to write to inform

Student example

Lakshmi Kotra, The Life Cycle of Stars


Writing to Analyze

10. Rhetorical and Visual Analyses

Writing an analysis

Writing a rhetorical analysis

Writing a visual analysis

How to read analyses

Tim Collins, Straight from the Heart

David T. Z. Mindich, The Collapse of Big Media: The Young and the Restless

Example for analysis: Volkswagen Beetle

How to write an analysis

Student example

Kelsey Turner, Biting the Hands That Feed America

Writing Arguments

11. Causal Arguments

Writing a causal argument

What makes a good causal argument

How to read causal arguments

* Laura Fraser, The French Paradox

Emily Raine, Why Should I Be Nice To You? Coffee Shops and the Politics of Good Service

* Eduardo Porter, The Price of Crossing Borders

How to write a causal argument

Student example

* Armandi Tansel, Modern Warfare: Video Games’ Link to Real-World Violence


12. Evaluation Arguments

Writing an evaluation argument

What makes a good evaluation argument

How to read evaluation arguments

* P. J. O'Rourke, The End of the Affair

* Bill McKibben, The Only Way to Have a Cow

Stephanie Rosenbloom, The Nitpicking Nation

How to write an evaluation

Student example

* Jenna Picchi, Organic Foods Should Come Clean


13. Position Arguments

Writing a position argument

What makes a good position argument

How to read position arguments

Ted Koppel, Take My Privacy, Please!

Mark Winne, When Handouts Keep Coming, the Food Line Never Ends

* Michael Pollan, Eat Food, Food Defined

How to write a position argument

Student example

* Patrice Conley, Flagrant Foul: The NCAA’s Definition of Student Athletes as Amateurs


14. Proposal Arguments

Writing a proposal argument

What makes a good proposal argument

How to read proposal arguments

Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

* San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Connecting the City

* Glenn Loury, A Nation of Jailers

How to write a proposal argument

Student example

Kim Lee, Let’s Make It a Real Melting Pot with Presidential Hopes for All

PART 3: The Writer as Researcher

Guide to Research

15. Planning Research

Analyze the research task

Ask a question

Determine what you need

Draft a working thesis

16. Finding Sources

Identify the kinds of sources that you need

Search using keywords

Find sources in databases

Find sources on the Web

Find multimedia sources

Find print sources

Create a working bibliography

17. Evaluating Sources

Determine the relevance and quality of sources

Determine the kind of source

Determine if a source is trustworthy

Create an annotated bibliography

18. Writing the Research Project

Write a draft

Avoid plagiarism

Quote sources without plagiarizing

Summarize and paraphrase sources without plagiarizing

Incorporate quotations

Incorporate visuals

Review your research project

19. MLA Documentation

Elements of MLA documentation

Entries in the works-cited list

In-text citations in MLA style

Books in MLA-style works cited

Web sources in MLA-style works cited

Other sources in MLA-style works cited

Visual sources in MLA-style works cited

Sample MLA paper

Sarah Picchi, It’s Time to Shut Down the Identity Theft Racket


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