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The Bedford Handbook

Paperback BEDFORD HANDBOOK

By (author) Diana Hacker, By (author) Nancy Sommers

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  • Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
  • Format: Paperback | 912 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 170mm x 33mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 11 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1457608022
  • ISBN 13: 9781457608025
  • Edition: 9, New edition
  • Edition statement: 9th New edition
  • Sales rank: 652,986

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What habits are common among good college writers? Good college writers are curious, engaged, reflective, and responsible. They read critically. They write with purpose. They tune into their audience. They collaborate and seek feedback. They know credible evidence makes them credible researchers. They revise. "The Bedford Handbook," based on surveys with more than 1,000 first-year college students, fosters these habits and offers more support than ever before for college reading and writing. New writing guides support students as they compose in an ever-wider variety of genres, including multimodal genres. New reading support encourages students to become active readers. Retooled research advice emphasizes inquiry and helps writers cite even the trickiest digital sources confidently and responsibly. Best of all, the "Handbook "remains a trusted companion for students because it is accessible, comprehensive, and authoritative. Instructors benefit, too: A substantially revised Instructor's Edition includes Nancy Sommers's personal mentoring--more than 100 new concrete tips for teaching with the handbook. Finally, integrated digital content is easily assignable and helps students practice and apply the handbook's lessons.

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Diana Hacker was a member of the English faculty for over thirty-five years at Prince George's Community College in Maryland, USA. Nancy Sommers, who has taught composition and directed composition programs for thirty years, now teaches writing and mentors new writing teachers at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, USA.

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"I encourage the use of The Bedford Handbook as a 'go to' resource for every step of the writing process and for every writing experience a student is facing, even beyond the English classroom." - Marsha Cline, Central New Mexico Community College, USA "Having integrated print and digital content will engage students." - Regina Dilgen, Palm Beach State College, USA "There is useful material in the handbook for all my courses, not just English. I'm a psychology major, and we use APA style, so I do expect to use the book throughout college." - Jacquethia Robinson, Student, Georgia Gwinnet College, USA

Table of contents

Preface for Instructors Introduction: Becoming a College Writer PART I: THE WRITING PROCESS 1. Exploring, Planning, and Drafting [e-Pages] Becoming a College Writer: Choose Topics You Care About 2. Revising, Editing, and Reflecting [e-Pages] Becoming a College Writer: Form a Community of Readers Around You 3. Building Effective Paragraphs [e-Pages] PART II: ACADEMIC READING AND WRITING 4. Reading and Writing Critically [e-Pages] Becoming a College Writer: Engage with the Texts You Read 5. Reading and Writing about Images and Multimodal Texts [e-Pages] 6. Reading and Writing Arguments [e-Pages] Becoming a College Writer 7. Reading and Writing about Literature [e-Pages] PART III: CLEAR SENTENCES 8. Prefer Active Verbs [e-Pages, LC] 9. Balance Parallel Ideas [e-Pages, LC] 10. Add Needed Words 11. Untangle Mixed Constructions 12. Repair Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers [e-Pages] 13. Eliminate Distracting Shifts [e-Pages, LC] 14. Emphasize Key Ideas [e-Pages] 15. Provide Some Variety [e-Pages] PART IV: WORD CHOICE 16. Tighten Wordy Sentences [e-Pages, LC] 17. Choose Appropriate Language [e-Pages, LC] 18. Find the Exact Words [e-Pages, LC] PART V: GRAMMATICAL SENTENCES 19. Repair Sentence Fragments [e-Pages, LC] 20. Revise Run-on Sentences [e-Pages, LC] 21. Make Subjects and Verbs Agree [e-Pages, LC] 22. Make Pronouns and Antecedents Agree [e-Pages, LC] 23. Make Pronoun References Clear [e-Pages, LC] 24. Distinguish Between Pronouns such as I and Me [e-Pages] 25. Distinguish Between Who and Whom [e-Pages] 26. Choose Adjectives and Adverbs with Care [e-Pages] 27. Choose Appropriate Verb Forms, Tenses, and Moods in Standard English [e-Pages, LC] PART VI: MULTILINGUAL WRITERS AND ESL CHALLENGES 28. Verbs [e-Pages, LC] 29. Articles [e-Pages, LC] 30. Sentence Structure [e-Pages, LC] 31. Prepositions and Idiomatic Expressions [e-Pages] PART VII: PUNCTUATION 32. The Comma [e-Pages, LC] 33. Unnecessary Commas [e-Pages] 34. The Semicolon [e-Pages] 35. The Colon [e-Pages] 36. The Apostrophe [e-Pages, LC] 37. Quotation Marks [e-Pages] 38. End Punctuation 39. Other Punctuation Marks [e-Pages] PART VIII: MECHANICS 40. Abbreviations [e-Pages] 41. Numbers [e-Pages] 42. Italics [e-Pages] 43. Spelling 44. The Hyphen [e-Pages] 45. Capitalization [e-Pages, LC] PART IX: GRAMMAR BASICS 46. Parts of Speech [e-Pages, LC] 47. Sentence Patterns [e-Pages] 48. Subordinate Word Groups [e-Pages] 49. Sentence Types [e-Pages] PART X: RESEARCHED WRITING 50. Conducting Research [e-Pages] Becoming a College Writer: Join a Research Conversation 51. Managing Information; Taking Notes Responsibly [e-Pages] 52. Evaluating Sources [e-Pages] 53. Supporting a Thesis [e-Pages] 54. Citing Sources; Avoiding Plagiarism [e-Pages] 55. Integrating Sources [e-Pages] Becoming a College Writer: Provide Context for Sources 56. MLA Documentation Style [e-Pages] 57. MLA Manuscript Format; Sample Research Paper 58. Supporting a Thesis [e-Pages] 59. Citing Sources; Avoiding Plagiarism [e-Pages] 60. Integrating Sources [e-Pages] 61. APA Documentation Style [e-Pages] 62. APA Manuscript Format; Sample Research Paper 63. Chicago Papers [e-Pages] PART XI: WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINES 64. Learning to Write in a Discipline 65. Approaching Writing Assignments in the Disciplines Appendix: A Document Design Gallery