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Writing: A Manual for the Digital Age with Exercises, Brief, 2nd Edition

  • David Blakesley Clemson University
  • Jeffrey L. Hoogeveen Lincoln University
  • ISBN-10: 111134454X  |  ISBN-13: 9781111344542
  • 672 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2008
  • © 2012 | Published
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Overview

WRITING: A MANUAL FOR THE DIGITAL AGE WITH EXERCISES, BRIEF Second Edition, is the rhetorical handbook for composing in the 21st century. Blakesley and Hoogeveen place students' writing front and center with an innovative page format that keeps students' attention focused on their own writing and on activities, checklists, projects, and visual aids that help them write. The page design and innovative visuals make information about writing, reading, research, documentation, technology, and grammar easy for students to access and understand. To accomplish their writing tasks, students are taught to ground their rhetorical decisions in the specific context in which they are writing. Because writing and reading occur both in print and online, WRITING: A MANUAL FOR THE DIGITAL AGE WITH EXERCISES, BRIEF Second Edition, prepares students to work with images, audio, video, and print. "Technology Toolbox" features throughout, as well as two dedicated parts of the book (Parts 6 and 7), teach students how to compose with technology intelligently. A new chapter on Writing for Online Courses, the first of its kind in a handbook, guides students in addressing this new but increasingly common context for writing.

Features and Benefits

  • The manual's unique information architecture and design--the visual display of information to foster learning--allows students to quickly locate and use the information they need. Because students can apply reading strategies they already use in web and multimedia contexts to the handbook pages, they feel more comfortable with WRITING: A MANUAL FOR THE DIGITAL AGE WITH EXERCISE, BRIEF Second Edition, than with other, text-heavy handbooks.
  • The focus throughout on rhetorical context guides students in making good writing decisions showing students how the rhetorical context shapes readers' responses, the creation of meaning, and the writer's purpose. This consistent focus on rhetorical context gives students a way of analyzing the diverse writing projects they will encounter in college, on the job, and in organizations to which they belong.
  • "Technology Toolbox" features throughout save the instructor's time by giving students step-by-step instructions in using technology as an aid to writing and research. These boxes are designed to answer first-year writing students' most frequently asked "how to" technology questions so you don't need to spend time helping students do basic technology tasks, and instead can focus on helping students improve their writing.
  • The handbook offers the best treatment of rhetorical and technical information on writing, designing, and publishing via desktop and web. Part 6, "Designing and Presenting Documents" discusses using visuals to inform and persuade; desktop publishing and graphic design; and oral presentations. Part 7, "Writing in Digital Spaces" discusses the rhetoric of email, networking on the web, and general issues of writing and rhetoric on the web. A chapter on designing websites and multimedia composing help students write and design in digital and print contexts.
  • Visual rhetoric is covered from both viewer's and writer's points of view, helping students become better critical "readers" of visual content and more able to effectively integrate visual material into their own work. Chapter 6, "Reading Images Critically," teaches students how to analyze visuals inside the frame and beyond the frame. Chapter 18, "Using Visuals to Inform and Persuade," describes how to choose, use, and get permission for visuals. Chapter 19, "Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design for Writers," discusses graphic design principles, as well as typography and color.

Table of Contents

Part I: MANAGING YOUR WRITING.
1. Writing and Rhetoric in Context.
2. Inventing and Developing Content.
3. Revising, Editing, and Proofreading.
Part II: READING AND WRITING CRITICALLY.
4. Reading Critically.
5. Reading Literature Critically.
6. Reading Images Critically.
7. Writing Arguments.
8. Writing for Business and the Workplace.
Part III: CONDUCTING RESEARCH.
9. Conceptualizing the Research Project.
10. Online Research.
11. Library and Field Research.
12. Using Source Ethically.
Part IV: MLA STYLE.
13. MLA Documentation.
Part V: APA, CMS, CSE, AND CGOS STYLES.
14. APA Documentation.
15. CMS Documentation.
16. CSE Documentation.
Part VI: DESIGNING AND PRESENTING INFORMATION.
17. Using Visuals to Inform and Persuade.
18. Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design for Writers.
19. Designing Interactive Oral Presentations.
Part VII: WRITING IN DIGITAL SPACES.
20. Networking with Others on the Web.
21. Writing and Rhetoric on the Web.
22. Writing for Online Courses (New chapter!).
23. Designing Websites and Multimedia Projects.
Part VIII: MAKING CHOICES ABOUT STYLE.
24. Sentences in Context.
25. Parallelism.
26. Coordination and Subordination.
27. Conciseness, Variety, and Emphasis.
28. Effective Word Use.
29. Language and Diverse Audiences.
Part IX: UNDERSTANDING AND REVISING SENTENCES.
30. Parts of Speech and Sentence Structure.
31. Fragments.
32. Run-Ons and Comma Splices.
33. Pronouns.
34. Verbs.
35. Subject-Verb Agreement.
36. Adjectives, Adverbs, and Modifying Phrases.
Part X: PUNCTUATING WITH PURPOSE.
37. End Punctuation.
38. Commas.
39. Semicolons.
40. Colons.
41. Apostrophes.
42. Quotation Marks.
43. Other Punctuation Marks.
Part XI: UNDERSTANDING MECHANICS.
44. Capitalization and Italics.
45. Abbreviations and Numbers.
46. Spelling and Hyphens.
Part XII: GRAMMAR FOR MULTILINGUAL WRITERS.
47. ESL Writing for Academic Purposes.
48. Nouns and Articles.
49. Verbs and Verbals.
50. English Sentence Structure.
Glossary.
Index.

What's New

  • NEW Chapter: Writing for Online Courses. A new chapter offers guidelines for an increasingly common writing context, the online classroom. Students will learn the following essential strategies: To become independent and self-motivated learners through reading and writing critically. To use their writing to learn course content and communicate and collaborate with others efficiently and persuasively. To master strategies and tools for successfully completing and sharing their writing projects in networked learning spaces. To develop a persuasive ethos and professional identity.
  • NEW Student Contributions. The Brief Second Edition gives students more opportunities to learn from the experiences of their peers through additional examples of student writing projects, such as a narrative essay and a rhetorical analysis.
  • NEW Invention and Academic Writing. WRITING: A MANUAL FOR THE DIGITAL AGE WITH EXERCISES, BRIEF Second Edition, provides more help with invention/planning strategies along with additional examples of--and greater focus on--the kinds of writing and research situations students will likely encounter early in their college experience.
  • NEW Information Design. The innovative and popular page layout featured in the first edition has been fine-tuned to improve navigability and keep students engaged with words and images.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"I told my book rep. that I have never fallen so in love with a textbook before as this one; it is clear, user-friendly, informative, fresh, creative--and it makes the subject matter salient and fun."

— Audrey Wick, Blinn College

"I teach at a community college and I have students in my classes from 16-80. What I find more and more is that students need a handbook that develops common ground for all of them. This is hard to do, but I think you have hit that middle ground."

— Michael Hricik, Westmoreland County Community College

"The focus on different disciplines is marvelous! There is a difference in how you research for science versus the humanities. Great explanations of the differences and strong suggestions for how to guide the students through different types of research."

— Rita Treutel, University of Alabama-Birmingham

"The step-by-step approach to a research project is appropriate, and I find it more user-friendly than any other handbook I have reviewed or used."

— Kenneth Wilson, Cuyahoga Community College

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Writing: A Manual for the Digital Age, Brief, Spiral bound Version  (ISBN-10: 0495833371 | ISBN-13: 9780495833376)

WRITING: A MANUAL FOR THE DIGITAL AGE, BRIEF 2nd Edition, is the rhetorical handbook for composing in the 21st century. Blakesley and Hoogeveen place students' writing front and center with an innovative page format that keeps students' attention focused on their own writing and on activities, checklists, projects, and visual aids that help them write. The page design and innovative visuals make information about writing, reading, research, documentation, technology, and grammar easy for students to access and understand. To accomplish their writing tasks, students are taught to ground their rhetorical decisions in the specific context in which they are writing. Because writing and reading occur both in print and online, WRITING: A MANUAL FOR THE DIGITAL AGE, BRIEF 2nd Edition, prepares students to work with images, audio, video, and print. "Technology Toolbox" features throughout, as well as two dedicated parts of the book (Parts 6 and 7), teach students how to compose with technology intelligently. A new chapter on Writing in Online Courses, the first of its kind in a handbook, will guide students in addressing this new but increasingly common context for writing.

List Price = $101.95  | CengageBrain Price = $101.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $76.50

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WRITING: A MANUAL FOR THE DIGITAL AGE WITH EXERCISES, BRIEF Second Edition, is available as a multimedia eBook! Now students can do all of their reading online or use the eBook as a handy reference while they're completing other coursework. The eBook includes the full text of the print version with interactive exercises, an integrated text-specific workbook, user-friendly navigation, search, and highlighting tools, along with links to videos that enhance the handbook content.

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Writing: A Manual for the Digital Age, Brief, Spiral bound Version  (ISBN-10: 0495833371 | ISBN-13: 9780495833376)

With its innovative content, captivating design, and practical advice, WRITING: A MANUAL FOR THE DIGITAL AGE, BRIEF 2nd Edition, will help you learn to write effectively and confidently in situations that matter to you. The book's visual examples and helpful checklists show you how to make smart rhetorical decisions about writing, research, documentation, design, technology, and grammar. It's an indispensable handbook that you'll turn to time and again--whether writing and researching projects in college, designing a marketing brochure, or posting to your blog.

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WRITING: A MANUAL FOR THE DIGITAL AGE WITH EXERCISES, BRIEF Second Edition, is available as a multimedia eBook! Now you can do all of your reading online or use the eBook as a handy reference while you're completing other coursework. The eBook includes the full text of the print version with interactive exercises, an integrated text-specific workbook, user-friendly navigation, search, and highlighting tools, along with links to videos that enhance the handbook content.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

David Blakesley

David Blakesley is the Campbell Chair in Technical Communication and Professor of English at Clemson University. Previously, he was a Professor of English and Director of Professional Writing at Purdue University. In 2002, he also founded Parlor Press, a scholarly publishing company that has already published some 35 titles and is growing rapidly. Dave's teaching and research interests are in the areas of digital and multimedia publishing, visual rhetoric, modern rhetorical theory, and technical communication.

Jeffrey L. Hoogeveen

Jeff Hoogeveen is a professor and the Director of the Composition Program at Lincoln University. He teaches composition, advanced writing and film courses.