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For college courses in Composition and Rhetoric.
Backpack Writing, Fourth Edition presents writing, reading, and research processes dynamically, using a variety of visuals to illustrate how readers interact with texts and how writers compose. One of the first textbook authors to focus on multimedia composing, Lester Faigley employs his own advice to engage students in every step of the writing process – for both college composition and everyday life – and pulls back the curtain on how writers work.

Aligned with the learning goals for a first-year college writing course identified in the 2014 Outcomes Statement from the Council of Writing Program Administrators, Backpack Writing gives students the support they need to succeed in first-year composition, in their other courses, and in their careers. In the Fourth Edition, students can also practice and explore what they’ve learned chapter-by-chapter with interactive MyWritingLab tools, assignments, and projects.

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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
  • Sales rank: 1,547,827
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


1 Thinking as an Academic Writer
Explore Through Writing
Understand the Process of Writing
Understand the Rhetorical Situation
Analyze Your Assignment
Think About Your Genre
Think About Your Medium
Think About Your Topic
Think About What Your Readers Expect
Think About Your Credibility

2 Reading as an Academic Writer
Become a Critical Reader
Become a Critical Viewer
Annotate Academic Readings
Recognize Fallacies
Write a Summary
Write a Paraphrase
Move from Reading to Invention
Start an Annotated Bibliography
Synthesize Readings and Visuals

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


Writing to Reflect
6 Reflections

Writing a Reflection
What Makes a Good Reflection?
Reflections About Visuals

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
Janine Carter, The Miracle Quilt

Writing to Inform
7 Informative Essays and Visuals

Reporting Information
What Makes Good Informative Writing?
Informative Visuals

Katherine Mangan, Is Faster Always Better?
Shane D. Johnson, Aiden Sitebottom, and Adam Thorpe, Bicycle Theft
How to Write to Inform
Lakshmi Kotra, The Life Cycle of Stars

Writing to Analyze
8 Rhetorical and Visual Analyses

Writing an Analysis
Writing a Rhetorical Analysis
Writing a Visual Analysis

Tim Collins, Straight from the Heart
Frank Gehry, The Ray and Maria Stata Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
How to Write an Analysis
Chris Gonzalez, Russell Lee’s Pie Town Photographs

Writing Arguments
9 Causal Arguments

Writing a Causal Argument
What Makes a Good Causal Argument?
Visual Causal Arguments
Laura Fraser, The French Paradox
Tom Vanderbilt, Why I Became a Late Merger (and Why You Should Too)
How to Write a Causal Argument
Armandi Tansel, Modern Warfare: Video Games’ Link to Real-World Violence

10 Evaluation Arguments
Writing an Evaluation Argument
What Makes a Good Evaluation Argument?
Visual Evaluations

Bill McKibben, The Only Way to Have a Cow
Rachel Laudan, In Praise of Fast Food
How to Write an Evaluation
Jenna Picchi, Organic Foods Should Come Clean

11 Position Arguments
Writing a Position Argument
What Makes a Good Position Argument?
Visual Position Arguments

Ted Koppel, Take My Privacy, Please!
Michael Pollan, Eat Food, Food Defined
How to Write a Position Argument
Patrice Conley, Flagrant Foul: The NCAA’s Definition of Student Athletes as Amateurs

12 Proposal Arguments
Writing a Proposal Argument
What Makes a Good Proposal Argument?
Visual Proposals

Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
Glenn Loury, A Nation of Jailers
How to Write a Proposal Argument
Kim Lee, Let’s Make It a Real Melting Pot with Presidential Hopes for All


13 Composing in Multimedia
Understand the Process of Composing in Multimedia
Take Pictures That Aren’t Boring
Create Graphics
Create Audio
Create Video
Create a Photo Essay

14 Designing for Print and Digital Readers
Start With Your Readers
Use Headings and Subheadings Effectively
Design Pages
Understand Typography
Evaluate Your Design


Guide to Research
15 Planning Research

Analyze the Research Task
Ask a Question
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

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
George Abukar
It’s Time to Shut Down the Identity Theft Racket

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