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Publisher:W.W. Norton & Co. Inc.
Published In:2009
Binding Type:Paperback
Weight:2.83 lbs

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About the Book

The most successful new rhetoric in a generation, with a reader and a handbook-everything students need, in one book.
Easy to use, flexible, and a great value. With just enough detail - and color-coded links that send students to more detail if they need it - this is the rhetoric that tells students what they need to know and resists the temptation to tell them everything there is to know. The first rhetoric designed for easy reference - with menus, directories, and a glossary/index that make it easy to use.

The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings and Handbook includes an Anthology of 60 readings - 29 new to the second edition. Color-coded links offer teachers the flexibility of centering their classes on the rhetoric or the readings. And the handbook is in back, helping students edit what they write.


How to Use This Book
Part 1 Rhetorical Situations
1 Purpose
2 Audience
3 Genre
4 Stance
5 Media / Design

Part 2 Genres
6 Writing a Literacy Narrative
1. *MARJORIE AGOSÍN, Always Living in Spanish
2. RICHARD BULLOCK, How I Learned about the Power of Writing
3. SHANNON NICHOLS, “Proficiency”
7 Analyzing a Text
1. *GINIA BELLAFANTE, In the 24 World, Family Is the Main Casualty
2. WILLIAM SAFIRE, A Spirit Reborn
3. DOUG LANTRY, “Stay Sweet As You Are”
8 Reporting Information
1. *SUSAN STELLIN, The Inevitability of Bumps
2. *JAMES FALLOWS, Throwing Like a Girl
3. JEFFREY DEROVEN, The Greatest Generation
9 Arguing a Position
1. *GARY TAUBES, What If It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie?
2. LAWRENCE LESSIG, Some Like It Hot
3. *JOANNA MACKAY, Organ Sales Will Save Lives
10 Abstracts
11 Annotated Bibliographies
2. *JESSICA ANN OLSON, Global Warming
12 Evaluations
1. *ALI HEINEKAMP, Juno: Not Just Another Teen Movie
13 Lab Reports
1. SARAH THOMAS, The Effect of Biofeedback Training
14 Literary Analyses
1. STEPHANIE HUFF, Metaphor and Society in Shelley’s “Sonnet”
15 Memoirs
1. RICK BRAGG, All Over But the Shoutin’
16 Profiles
1. *LAURA M. HOLSON, Rural Idaho Town Seeks to Turn Film’s Cult Status into Prosperity
17 Proposals
1. *MICHAEL GRANOF, Course Requirement: Extortion
3. JENNIFER CHURCH, Biodiversity Loss and Its Effect on Medicine
18 Reflections
1. *JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER, My Life as a Dog
19 Résumés and Job Letters
20 Mixing Genres
1. *ANNA QUINDLEN, Write for Your Life
Part 3 Processes
21 Writing as Inquiry
22 Collaborating
23 Generating Ideas and Text
24 Drafting
25 Assessing Your Own Writing
26 Getting Response and Revising
27 Editing and Proofreading
28 Compiling a Portfolio
Part 4 Strategies
29 Beginning and Ending
30 Guiding Your Reader
31 Analyzing Causes and Effects
32 Arguing
33 Classifying and Dividing
34 Comparing and Contrasting
35 Defining
36 Describing
37 Dialogue
38 Explaining Processes
39 Narrating
40 Reading Strategies
41 Taking Essay Exams
Part 5 Doing Research
42 Developing a Research Plan
43 Finding Sources
44 Evaluating Sources
45 Synthesizing Ideas
46 Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing
47 Acknowledging Sources, Avoiding Plagiarism
48 Documentation
49 MLA Style
50 APA Style
Part 6 Media / Design
51 Print Text
52 Spoken Text
53 Electronic Text
Part 7 Readings
54 Literacy Narratives
1. TANYA BARRIENTOS, Se Habla Español
2. AMY TAN, Mother Tongue
3. *MARINA NEMAT, The Secondhand Bookseller
4. MALCOLM X, Literacy Behind Bars
5. *ALISON BECHDEL, The Canary-Colored Caravan of Death
55 Textual Analyses
1. DENISE NOE, Parallel Worlds: The Similarities (and Differences) of Country and Western and Rap
2. KATHARINE Q. SEELYE, Lurid Numbers on Glossy Pages!
3. *JAMES WOOD, Victory Speech
4. *GREGORY HOADLEY, Classic Nuance: Simon Hall at Indiana University
5. DIANA GEORGE, Changing the Face of Poverty
56 Reports
1. ELEANOR J. BADER, Homeless on Campus
2. *JONATHAN KOZOL, Fremont High School
3. *MIKE STOBBE, First U,S, Count Finds 1 in 200 Kids Are Vegetarian
4. *ALINA TUGEND, Multitasking Can Make You Lose . . . Um . . . Focus
5. DARA MAYERS, Our Bodies, Our Lives
57 Arguments
1. *AMY GOLDWASSER, What’s the Matter with Kids Today
2. STEPHEN L. CARTER, Just Be Nice
3. *BARACK OBAMA, Election Night Remarks
4. MAGGIE CUTLER, Whodunit—The Media?
5. GRANT PENROD, Anti-Intellectualism: Why We Hate the Smart Kids
6. GREGORY MANTSIOS, Class in America—2003
58 Evaluations
1. *DAVID POGUE, No Keyboard? And You Call This a Blackberry?
2. *SETH SCHIESEL,Playing God, the Home Game
3. MICHIKO KAKUTANI, The End of Life As She Knew It
4. *A. O. SCOTT, 007 Is Back, and He’s Brooding
5. *SARAH WILDMAN, Caught in the Ayatollah’s Web
59 Literary Analyses
1. PHILIP NEL, Fantasy, Mystery, and Ambiguity
2. *PETER N. GOGGIN, “Enjoy Illusions, Lad, and the Let the Rocks be Rocks”: Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea
3. PATRICIA HAMPL, The Invention of Autobiography: Augustine’s Confessions
4. LESLIE MARMON SILKO, Language and Literature from a Pueblo Indian Perspective
5. WILLOW D. CRYSTAL, “One of us . . .”: Concepts of the Private and the Public in “A Rose for Emily”
6. An Album of Literature
7. WILLIAM FAULKNER, A Rose for Emily
8. RITA DOVE, First Book
10. *LANGSTON HUGHES, Theme from English B
60 Memoirs
1. DAVID SEDARIS, Us and Them
2. *ALBERTO ÁLVARO RÍOS, The March of the Altar Boy Army
3. *LILLIAN SMITH, When I Was a Child
4. VALERIE STEIKER, Our Mother’s Face
5. HENRY Louis Gates JR., A Giant Step
61 Profiles
1. *ROB BAKER, Jimmy Santiago Baca: Poetry as Lifesaver
2. *SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN, Camp Leads a Drumbeat for a Marching Band’s Style
3. NICHOLAS HOWE, Writing Home: High Street
4. JOAN DIDION, Georgia O’Keeffe
5. SEAN SMITH, Johnny Depp: Unlikely Superstar
62 Proposals
1. DENNIS BARON, Don’t Make English Official—Ban It Instead
2. PETER SINGER, The Singer Solution to World Poverty
3. *H. STERLING BURNETT, A Modest Proposal to Improve Forest Management
4. HEIDI POLLOCK, You Say You Want a Resolution?
5. *MEGAN HOPKINS, Training the Next Teachers for America
63 Reflections
1. *DAVE BARRY, Guys vs. Men
2. GEETA KOTHARI, If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?
3. ZORA NEALE HURSTON, How it Feels to be Colored Me
64 Multi-Genre Texts
1. *RUTH BEHAR, The Anthropologist’s Son
2. *JAY PARINI, Of Value and Values: Warren Buffett and the American Dream
3. *PETER J. BOYER, Eviction: The Day They Came for Addie Polk’s House
4. *HAL NIEDZVIECKI, Facebook in a Crowd
5. *NICHOLAS CARR, Is Google Making Us Stupid?
Part 8 Handbook
1. 1 Complete Sentences
2. 2 Sentence Fragments
3. 3 Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
4. 4 Verbs
5. 5 Subject-Verb Agreement
6. 6 Pronouns
7. 7 Parallelism
8. 8 Coordination and Subordination
9. 9 Shifts
1. 1 Appropriate Words
2. 2 Precise Words
3. 3 Commonly Confused Words
4. 4 Unnecessary Words
5. 5 Adjectives and Adverbs
6. 6 Articles
7. 7 Words That Build Common Ground
Punctuation / Mechanics
1. 1 Commas
2. 2 Semicolons
3. 3 End Punctuation
4. 4 Quotation Marks
5. 5 Apostrophes
6. 6 Other Punctuation Marks
7. 7 Hyphens
8. 8 Capitalization
9. 9 Italics
10. 10 Abbreviations
11. 11 Numbers


Tells students what they need to know, but resists the urge to tell them everything there is to know. Chapters are short and to the point, with color-coded links that send students to pages where they can find more detail if they need more. Menus, directories, and a glossary/index make it easy for students to find whatever information they’re looking for.

With short chapters on every topic, this book supports any pedagogical approach. Teachers can choose from the menu of chapters and assign them in any order—and the color-coded links help draw from other chapters as needed.

85 Readings—Half New To This Edition
Great readings on topics students will want to read: a review of Quantum of Solace; an analysis of Obama’s victory speech; a report on the growing number of vegetarians; a proposal for improving Teach for America; an essay about the eviction of Addie Polk, victim of the recent foreclosure crisis; a mixed-genre essay on Facebook “friends”—and more. Readings represent a range of length and difficulty — with one longer piece in each chapter. Eleven of the readings are written by students.

The handbook is organized around Sentences, Words, and Punctuation/Mechanics, making it easy for students to find what they’re looking for. Color-coded links refer students to the glossary/index for definitions of key terms if they need them, so there’s no overload of terminology.

Color-coded templates make documentation easy to do; MLA and APA guidelines reflect the 2009 update.

The synthesizing ideas chapter helps students weave together ideas from several sources.

The arguing chapter shows students the moves they need to make, from writing a thesis, to providing good reasons and strong evidence to support their claim, to considering positions that differ from theirs, and more.

The mixing genres chapter explains how to combine a number of genres in a single text (as is done in much real-world writing).

The essay exams chapter helps students prepare for and do timed writing.

The writing as inquiry chapter encourages students to approach writing projects with curiosity and provides strategies to help them get beyond what they already know about their topic.

The Norton Field Guide has a rich suite of electronic resources for students, including:

The Norton Writer’s Help Window

A quick-reference version of the Field Guide downloads into Word to make writing help available when students most need it—as they write. Color-coded hyperlinks pop up more information if students need it. Includes model student papers, complete MLA and APA documentation models, and the complete Handbook.

Student Website

This free-and-open site includes complete MLA and APA documentation guidelines, model student essays, an optional e-portfolio space where students can submit and store their writing, worksheets to print out or use online, the complete Handbook, and 1,000+ exercises with feedback linked to the online Handbook.


Free and open to all readers of Norton composition books and to anyone who wants to be a better writer or researcher. The site includes a complete online Handbook, and three easy-to-navigate sections: Writing and Rhetoric, Research and Documentation, and Handbook and Exercises.

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