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Writing with a Thesis: A Rhetoric and Reader, 12th Edition

  • Sarah E. Skwire
  • David Skwire
  • ISBN-10: 1133951430
  • ISBN-13: 9781133951438
  • 352 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

Based on the principle that the ability to develop and support a thesis persuasively is of utmost importance for beginning writers, WRITING WITH A THESIS: A RHETORIC AND READER, 12th Edition, dispenses clear and practical writing advice. Sarah Skwire skillfully weaves humor into her advice and in the text's examples of good professional writing--for a uniquely useful text that remains enjoyable to read and to teach from. Best of all, the text's short, easy-to-read essays ensure that your class time will focus not on what the readings mean, but on what they mean for your students' writing. Available with InfoTracĀ® Student Collections


  • A focus on "The Persuasive Principle." By clearly illustrating how persuasion underlies all good writing, the authors help students understand the need for a thesis statement as well as support of the thesis statement and for detailed, clear writing.

  • Coverage of distinct rhetorical patterns. Each chapter focuses on the distinct rhetorical patterns that beginning writers need to know, such as description, comparison/contrast, process, and cause and effect.

  • Valuable advice designed to help students succeed. "What About Your Writing?" sections relate directly to the reading selection just studied and offer quick, practical lessons that students can apply to their own work. "Office Hours" features offer insight and advice on the writing process and cover helpful topics such as the importance of revision and uses and abuses of the computer.

  • Short, easy-to-read essays. Professionally written essays (18 new to this edition) introduce a wide range of classic and contemporary authors, while student essays (4 new to this edition) provide readers with variety for their writing models.


"Thank you to the authors! You really got to the heart of improving weak writing -- using a strong thesis!"
— Bonnie Andrys, Northland Community & Technical College

About the Author

Sarah E. Skwire

Sarah Skwire attended Wesleyan University, where she received a BA (with honors) in English and was a member of the coed literary fraternity Alpha Delta Phi. She later received both her MA and PhD in English Literature from the University of Chicago. In addition to coauthoring WRITING WITH A THESIS (with her father, David Skwire), she has published a variety of creative work as well as articles on subjects such as chronically ill seventeenth-century women poets, medicine in "All's Well That Ends Well," the "German Princess" scandal of the seventeenth century, and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Before coming to Liberty Fund, Sarah taught at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and at The Ohio State University. Her current research is on the subject of money and early modern poetry.

David Skwire

David Skwire taught for 25 years at Cuyahoga Community College and has degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University. In addition to being the author or coauthor of all editions of WRITING WITH A THESIS, he also has coauthored STUDENTS BOOK OF COLLEGE ENGLISH (Longman), now in its tenth edition.

Table of Contents


New to this edition

  • Eighteen new professional reading selections, each accompanied by postreading questions, include "The Man Who Caught on Fire" by Jennifer Skalka, "Hurricane Recovery Comes in a Box" by Steve Horwitz, and "State of Nature" by Jerome Copulsky.
  • Four new sample student essays provide students with variety for their writing models.
  • Expanded "Writing with a Computer" section includes advice on social media.
  • Updated illustrative photographs in each chapter serve as visual representations of a main chapter topic. Photographs are accompanied by writing prompts to inform and inspire students' writing.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1133951422 | ISBN-13: 9781133951421)

Available for download on the book's companion site at, this instructor's manual contains brief teaching suggestions and an answer key to questions from the book.