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Insightful Writing: A Process Rhetoric with Readings, 1st Edition

  • David Sabrio
  • Mitchel Burchfield
  • ISBN-10: 0618870261
  • ISBN-13: 9780618870264
  • 336 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2009 Published
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About the Product

Insightful Writing uses a process approach to teach and help students firmly grasp the writing process. The authors' holistic approach to writing is designed for instructors whose students need help learning to fully develop and connect complex ideas. Readings (both professional and student-generated) and construction of activities promote both academic and personal development to help students develop both cognitive and affective domain skills.


  • New! CL WriteSPACE encompasses the interactive online products and services integrated with Houghton Mifflin writing textbook programs. Students and instructors can access CL WriteSpace content through text-specific Student and Instructor Websites and via Eduspace, Houghton Mifflin's online Course Management System, and additional course management systems including Blackboard/WebCT.

  • Student essays provide interesting and accessible models.

  • The structured pedagogy provides a solid outline for students. Each chapter builds intuitively and structurally upon the previous chapter.

  • An active learning approach engages students and encourages them to through these principles in their own writing and learning activities.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Learning to Learn
Reading: David Sabrio, "Learning Styles"
What's Your Learning Style?
Reading: David Sabrio and Mitchel Burchfield, "Multiple Intelligences"
Student Essay: Richie Saavedra, "Not a Perfect Person"
I. Looking Inside the Writing Process
1. Writing and Learning
The Writing Process
Reading Effectively
Organizing, Drafting, and Shaping
Student Essay: Melissa Anne Scott, "Tips for a New Preschool Teacher"
Student Essay: Ricky Varela, "My Hobby"
2: Discovering Ideas
Reading: Dianne Hales, "Getting Yourself Back on Track"
Reading: Ben Fong-Torres, "He Wails for the World"
Student Essay: Michael Verderber, "An Alienated Asian"
3.: Revision and Style
Revising for Some Common Sentence-Level Problems
Achieving Clarity and Eliminating Awkwardness
II. Looking Outside for Insights
4. Family
Reading: Virginia Satir, "Peoplemaking"
Reading: Cris Beam, "The Changing American Family"
Student Essay: David Lee Canales, "Family Values"
Organizing and Developing Your Essays
Student Essay: Marissa Mullen, "My Family Traditions"
5. Relationships Beyond the Family
Reading: Ricardo Sandoval, "Food" from "Fabric of a Nation"
Reading: Linda Rosenkrantz, "Fashion" from "Fabric of a Nation"
Reading: David Oliver Relin, "We Just Forge Ahead--and Believe"
Student Essay: Ricky Varela, "Fashion of the Times"
6. Language
Reading: Penni Wild, "The Shameful Secret of Illiteracy in America"
Reading: Janice Castro, "Spanish Spoken Here"
Reading: Dennis Baron, "Language and Society"
Student Essay: Brittney A. Dimas, "Reading and Writing"
7. The Nation
Reading: Bill Moyers, "America's Religious Mosaic"
Reading: Elie Wiesel, "We Choose Honor"
Student Essay: Orry Arthur, "Tragedy of September 11, 2001"
8. The World
Reading: Elie Wiesel, "When Passion Is Dangerous"
Reading: Robert Moss, "We Are All Related"
Student Essay: Sue Williams, "Some Aspects of Indian Culture"
III. Writing for a Purpose
9. Specialized Writing Tasks
Essay Exams
Sample Student Answers
In-Class Essays
Standardized Essay Exams
10. Argument and Persuasion: Influencing an Audience
Reading: Robert E. Litan, "The Obligations of September 11, 2001"
Reading: Bruce Chapman, "A Bad Idea Whose Time Has Passed"
Some Basics of Argument and Persuasion
Organizing an Argument Essay
Sample Student Essay: "It's Time for a New Animal Shelter"
Sample Argument Essay: Jessica Ryan, "Class Segregation"
Some Common Fallacies
Reading: Max Schulman, "Love Is a Fallacy"
Rogerian Argument
Sample Rogerian Essay: "How Can We Best Help the Animals?"
Evaluation: A Common Form of Argument
Student Evaluation Essay: Elizabeth J. Cook, "Lost Maples State Natural Area"
Evaluation of Visual Media
Student Essay Comparing Two Ads: Holly Remmers, "Secret vs. Soft & Dri"
11. Research and Writing with Sources
Planning Your Research
Selecting a Topic, Research Question, and Thesis
Finding and Evaluating Sources
Developing a Working Bibliography
Avoiding Plagiarism
How to Take Notes from Sources and Document Them
Student Essay: Amy Wolter, "On This Day in 1986"
IV. A Portfolio of Readings
12. Cultural Identities
Reading: Vanessa Colon, "Learning to Let Go: Tradition Binds College Hopefuls to Families"
Reading: Roy H. Saigo, "Lessons from Executive Order 9066"
Reading: Laila Al-Marayati, "It Could Happen Here"
Reading: Michael Quintanilla, "The Great Divide"
13. Work
Reading: Bridget Kulla, "Ten Majors That Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago"
Reading: Barbara Moses, "Find Work That You Love"
Reading: Ana Veciana-Suarez, "Working Just to Live Is Perverted into Living Just to Work"
Reading: Winston Fletcher, "It's Time to Make Up Your Mind"
14. Consumerism
Reading: Donna Freedman, "Living 'Poor' and Loving It"
Reading: Brian Swimme, "How Do Our Kids Get So Caught Up in Consumerism?"
Reading: Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., "In Defense of Consumerism"
Reading: Hillary Mayell, "As Consumerism Spreads, Earth Suffers, Study Says"
15. The Environment
Reading: Mitchell E. Golden, "Debate, What Debate?"
Reading: Chuck Blake, "Rumors of Our Climatic Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated"
Reading: Kyeann Sayer, "A New Student Generation Accepts the Global Warming Challenge"
Reading: Rachel Carson: "A Fable for Tomorrow"

New to this edition

  • Thematic units in which students interact with the readings are designed to foster genuine student engagement with writing as a process.