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Writing: A Guide for College and Beyond uses written instruction and visual tools to teach students how to read, write, and research effectively for different purposes.

Lester Faigley’s clear and inviting teaching style and Dorling Kindersley’s accessible and striking design combine to give students 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 for students and speaks to students with many learning styles. Throughout the book, students are engaged and learning, with such notable features as “process maps” to guide students 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: 9780205648696
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 1/16/2009
  • Series: Faigley Series
  • Edition description: Brief
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lester Faigley holds the Robert Adger Law and Thos. H. Law Professorship in Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. He was the founding director of the Division (now Department) of Rhetoric and Writing at Texas in 1993, and he served as the 1996 Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Faigley has published over twenty books and editions, including Fragments of Rationality (Pittsburgh, 1992), which received the MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize.

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Table of Contents



1. Making Discoveries

Look with new eyes

Explore the world

Find a territory

Use guides

2. Reading to Explore

Become a critical reader

Look with a critical eye

Read actively

Recognize fallacies

Respond as a reader

3. Planning a Journey

Determine your direction

Write a thesis

Plan your route

4. Returning and Revising

Evaluate your draft

Respond to others

Pay attention to details last

5. Thinking Visually

Communicate with visuals and words

Understand visual and verbal concepts

Know when to use images and graphics

Take pictures that aren’t boring

Compose images

Create tables, charts, and graphs

6. Designing Documents

Start with your readers

Use headings and subheadings effectively

Design pages

Understand typography

7. Delivering Presentations

Plan a presentation

Design effective visuals

Give a memorable presentation

8. Working as a Team

Organize a team

Understand the team process

Work as a team


9. Writing Effectively in College

Understand the demands of writing in college

Think about your aim

Think about your genre

Think about your audience

Think about your credibility

Think about building on the work of others

Become an effective writer

Student visual analysis

Angela Yamashita, Got Roddick?

Write to Reflect

10. Reflections

Writing reflections

An effective reflection

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

Explore current issues

How to read reflections

David Sedaris, Let it Snow

Lee Conell, My Dropout Boyfriend Kept Dropping In

Jason Christopher Hartley, Just Another Soldier

Amy Tan, Mother Tongue

How to write a reflection

Student essay

Janine Carter, The Miracle Quilt


Write to Inform

11. Observations

Writing observations

An effective observation

Annie Dillard, Life on the Rocks: The Galápagos

Explore current issues

How to read observations

Mary Roach, Monster in a Ryokan

Ansel Adams, Photographs of Japanese-Americans at Manzanar

Fred Strebeigh, The Wheels of Freedom: Bicycles in China

Salman Hameed, The Travelogue of an Astronomer

How to write an observation

Student essay

Sarah Cuellar, Playing in Traffic: How Parallel Play Helps Preschool Children "Merge" into Group Play


12. Informative Essays

Reporting information

Effective informative writing

Samuel Wilson, The Emperor’s Giraffe

Explore current issues

How to read informative writing

Lori Gottlieb, How Do I Love Thee?

Chip Walter, Affairs of the Lips: Why We Kiss

Po Bronson, Learning to Lie

Virginia Morell, Minds of their Own

How to write to inform

Student essay

Lakshmi Kotra, The Life Cycle of Stars


Write to Analyze

13. Rhetorical and Literary Analyses

Writing to analyze

Writing a rhetorical analysis

Writing a visual analysis

Writing a literary analysis

An effective analysis

Tim Collins, Straight from the Heart

Explore current issues

How to read analyses

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

Frank Gehry, The Stata Center

Landor Associates, Federal Express Logo

Volkswagen Beetle

Alice Walker, Everyday Use

Student literary analysis

Shaunte Huff, “Make Something of Yourself”: Symbolism in Alice Walker's “Everyday Use”

Dagoberto Gilb, Love in LA

How to write an analysis

Student rhetorical analysis

Kelsey Turner, Biting the Hands That Feed America


14. Causal Analyses

Writing to analyze causes

An effective causal analysis

Stentor Danielson, Pesticides, Parasite May Cause Frog Deformities

Explore current issues

How to read causal analyses

Stephanie Coontz, The Future of Marriage

Hannah Fairfield, Pushing Paper Out the Door

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

Daniel Akst, Strive We Must

Kay S. Hymowitz, The New Girl Order

Operation Iraqi Freedom Leaflets

How to write a causal analysis

Student analysis

Sean Booker, Borrowing Bling: The Appeal of Hip-hop to Young White Men


Write Arguments

15. Evaluations

Writing to evaluate

An effective evaluation

Lefteris Pavlides, The Aesthetics of Wind Power

Explore current issues

How to read evaluations

Michael Gorman, Web 2.0 Forum: The Sleep of Reason

Danah Boyd, Web 2.0 Forum: Knowledge Access as a Public Good

Michael Eric Dyson, Gangsta Rap and American Culture

Stephanie Rosenbloom, The Nitpicking Nation

How to write an evaluation

Student essay

Rashaun Giddens, Stop Loss or “Loss of Trust”


16. Arguments for a Position

Writing a position argument

An effective position argument

Ted Koppel, Take My Privacy, Please!

Explore current issues

How to read position arguments

Frederick Douglass, What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?

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

Michel Marriott, The Color of Mayhem

Steven Johnson, Hillary vs, “Grand Theft Auto”

Mae M. Ngai, No Human Being Is Illegal

Buff Daddy

Food Cops Bust Cookie Monster

How to write a position argument

Student argument

Chris Nguyen, Speech Doesn’t Have to be Pretty to be Protected


17. Proposal Arguments

Making a proposal argument

An effective proposal argument

Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

Explore current issues

How to read proposal arguments

Paul Saffo, A Trail of DNA and Data

Thomas Homer-Dixon and S. Julio Friedmann, Coal in a Nice Shade of Green

Richard Nixon, Building the Interstate Highway System

Michael Pollan, Why Bother?

Karol Boudreaux and Tyler Cowen, The Micromagic of Microcredit

How to write a proposal argument

Student argument

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



18. Planning Research

Analyze the research task

Ask a question

Determine what you need

Draft a working thesis

Search using keywords

Start a working bibliography

19. Finding Sources in Databases

Find information in databases

Construct effective searches

Locate elements of a citation

20. Finding Sources on the Web

Find information on the Web

Evaluate Web sources

Find visual sources online

21. Finding Print Sources

Find books

Find journal articles

Evaluate print sources

22. Exploring in the Field

Conduct interviews

Administer surveys

Make observations

23. Writing the Research Paper

Plan your organization

Avoid plagiarism

Quote sources without plagiarizing

Summarize and paraphrase sources without plagiarizing

Incorporate quotations

Incorporate visuals

24. MLA Documentation

Elements of MLA documentation

Entries in the list of works cited

In-text citations in MLA style

Books in MLA-style works cited

Periodicals in MLA-style works cited

Web sources in MLA-style works cited

Other sources in MLA-style works cited

Sample MLA paper

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

25. APA Documentation

APA citations

In-text citations in APA style

Books in APA-style references list

Periodicals in APA-style references list

Web sources in APA-style references list

Other sources in APA-style references list

Sample APA paper

Blair Zacharias, Parking Design Recommendations for Publicly-Funded Commercial Redevelopment Projects


A. Writing Essay Exams

B. Creating Portfolios



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