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Back to the Lake: A Reader and Guide + Digital Product License Key Folder with Back to the Lake: A Reader and Guide eBook, The Little Seagull Handbook eBook, and InQuizitive for Writers, 4th Edition

  • Thomas Cooley
  • ISBN-10: 0393420728
  • ISBN-13: 9780393420722
  • 0 Pages | Best Buy Package
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Published
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About the Product

The perfect balance of readings and writing instruction

The reader and writing guide that helps developing writers succeed using engaging essays and practical writing instruction. Back to the Lake presents reading and writing strategies together using marginal annotations to show the connections. Readings—arranged by strategy and written by classic, contemporary, and student writers—are balanced with writing advice. Now with new readings—including ones debating the value of “grit”—new advice on reading critically, and a new chapter on editing sentences.


  • Reading support balanced with writing instruction—and essential new advice on reading critically Developing writers need to learn how to read critically, and Back to the Lake teaches good writing and reading strategies. Chapter 1, “Good Writers Are Good Readers,” provides guidelines for reading critically with new advice for evaluating the accuracy of texts. Each chapter of readings begins with writing instruction on a rhetorical pattern, followed by essays that model writers using the pattern effectively. Annotations and links between the readings and writing instruction help students see the connections.

  • The best support for students with diverse levels of preparedness Back to the Lake helps underprepared students succeed through writing instruction that makes getting started easy, readings they’ll relate to and learn from, and advice for crafting good paragraphs and sentences. And a new collection of readings debating the importance of grit gets students thinking about an important habit of mind for academic success.

  • Powerful resources for planning courses and motivating students The resources that accompany Back to the Lake, including sample syllabi, are designed to help instructors meet the challenges of teaching—especially teaching reading—to underprepared students.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Good Writers Are Good Readers 
Chapter 2: Putting in Your Oar 
Chapter 3: Using the Methods in Academic Writing 
Chapter 4: The Writing Process 
Chapter 5: Writing and Editing Sentences 
Chapter 6: Writing Paragraphs 
Chapter 7: Narration 
Chapter 8: Description 
Chapter 9: Example 
Chapter 10: Process Analysis 
Chapter 11: Comparison and Contrast 
Chapter 12: Classification 
Chapter 13: Definition 
Chapter 14: Cause and Effect 
Chapter 15: Argument 
Chapter 16: Combining Methods 

New to this edition

  • A balanced collection of readings—with 24 new selections reflecting contemporary, diverse perspectives Back to the Lake offers a mix of classic favorites, contemporary writers, and student authors—with 24 new selections, including essays by Roxane Gay, Malcom Gladwell, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Half of the essays by students are also new.