This one's pretty good. I like it because the assignments help you teach critical thinking, not just the reading of simple stories. Gets kinda boring after a while, just being entertained, doesn’t it? Where’s the challenge? Where’s the beef? Meatless, substance-less writing has become the norm--the main reason so many students have become academically and intellectually soft. This is the brief version of the popular cross—curricular classic of source-based writing. And it doesn't just show you how to write / read / think well; it also has some thought provoking essays. Better than most readers, actually: good variety, challenging, and contemporary. This abbreviated version, of course, has a rhetoric section that covers the basic skills required to think well (who thinks in complete strings of knowledge) because we all need to think in clumps or patterns via the summary, critique, and synthesis. This one's good because it takes students step-by-step through the process of writing papers based on source material. The best part about this reader / writer is that it focuses on argument that which one needs to make all types of personal decisions. If you're interested in improving your thinking and writing, this is a great place to do it.John Frydrych
great textbookAmy Kalvig
I've been using this book for several semesters, and, find it to be one of the most complete textbooks for an entry-level composition class. The readings in the anthology section are good, however, getting stale after several semesters of use.This is a solid textbook and I highly recommend it.Fredrick Danysh
Designed for teachers, this publication describes the skills and techniques to write in any educational subject not just language arts.Larry
Considering this for my Principles of Composition course.Jessica
Used this to teach an academic writing class. It worked well.