With a diverse selection of readings chosen to serve as both models for and springboards into student discussion and writing, Patterns for a Purpose is a rhetorically-arranged reader that encourages thoughtful use of the rhetorical patterns—either alone or in combination—to achieve various writing purposes. The detailed coverage of the writing process emphasizes the importance of critical reading and thinking, offers a rich variety of writing opportunities - including specific material on argument and persuasion.
A new chapter, "Writing in Academic Settings," focusing on the kinds of writing students will use across the curriculum: personal response, summary, critical analysis, synthesis, paraphrasing, and quoting.
A new focus on critical analysis, including critical analysis topics appearing after each reading and "Thinking Critically" sections for each pattern of development.
Expanded coverage of MLA style, including more information on online sources.
Twelve new professional readings, three new student essays, and several new images throughout, introducing even more variety into the book's potent mixture of selections, focusing on high-interest themes including campus issues, Internet dangers, gay marriage, consumerism, hoarding behavior, and graphic novels.
Expanded coverage of plagiarism helps students understand what constitutes plagiarism and giving strategies for avoiding it. Using Sources for a Purpose sections illustrate how students can quote, paraphrase, and summarize material from the readings as supporting details in their own essays.
Combining Patterns for a Purpose sections demonstrate how professional writers combine patterns to achieve a range of writing purposes.
Emphasis on Visuals: A detailed explanation of how to read visuals critically appears in Chapter 1, and an appendix on document design gives students guidance on incorporating visual material into their writing.