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  • Forthcoming: December 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-65577-3
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    Richard Bullock (Author, Wright State University), Maureen Daly Goggin (Author, Arizona State University), Francine Weinberg (Author)


    The best-selling, most flexible rhetoric—now with advice for reading and writing across disciplines

    The Norton Field Guide lets you teach the way you want to teach. Short chapters with just enough detail can be assigned in any order. Color-coded links send students to more detail if they need it. Menus, directories, and a glossary/index all make the book easy to navigate. This flexibility makes it work for first-year writing, stretch, ALP, co-req, dual-enrollment, and integrated reading-writing courses.


    NEW chapters on reading and writing across fields of study

    A NEW section helps students transfer what they’re learning in first-year composition to their other courses. Short examples are drawn from a variety of disciplines and genres, and tips, techniques, key terms, and concrete advice are included. This coverage enhances the genre-focused advice for which the book is known, making it a good choice for helping students transfer what they’re learning to their other courses.

    NEW and expanded coverage of evaluating sources

    NEW guidance on evaluating and comparing sources, along with advice on identifying misinformation (fake news) and bias, is essential for students today. This guidance helps students gauge the reliability of works they might cite in their own writing. This is further reinforced by NEW InQuizitive adaptive-learning activities that sharpen students’ research skills. 

    • New guidelines for identifying the rhetorical situation help students assess the reliability of a source and discern potential bias—including their own. Coverage of confirmation bias is included as well. 
    • NEW InQuizitive activities on research give students practice working with sources so they’re prepared and confident to conduct their own research.

    35 NEW Readings, 17 Written by Students

    The Fifth Edition features 78 readings—31 in the rhetoric chapters in the front of the book and 47 in the anthology in the back. Thirty-five new selections provide fresh sources for student writing and class discussion.

    Uniquely flexible and easy to use

    Instructors can focus on genres, rhetorical strategies, the writing process, research, writing across the disciplines, and more. Short chapters can be assigned in any order—and color-coded links help users locate additional information related to a topic. As a result, the text avoids the redundancy that burdens competing books. Intuitive digital resources afford additional flexibility by making it easier to engage students outside of class or in online learning environments.

    Instructor and student resources as flexible and easy-to-use as the book itself

    The resources that support the  text will  save you time and help your students become better writers. InQuizitive activities build student confidence by developing essential skills, such as editing sentences and working with sources. InQuizitive can now be packaged at no additional charge with any version of The Norton Field Guide. Student assessment and review materials can be uploaded directly into your campus learning management system. And instructors will find the support they want and need in the comprehensive Instructor’s Manual.



      How to Use This Book


      Thematic Guide to the Readings

      Part 1: Academic Literacies

      1 Writing in Academic Contexts

      2 Reading in Academic Contexts

      Michael J. Sandel, “What Wounds Deserve the Purple Heart?”

      3 Summarizing and Responding

      ♦Jacob MacLeod, “Guns and Cars Are Different”

      4 Developing Academic Habits of Mind

      Part 2: Rhetorical Situations

      5 Purpose

      6 Audience

      7 Genre

      8 Stance

      9 Media / Design

      Part 3: Genres

      10 Writing a Literacy Narrative

      ♦Emily Vallowe, “Write or Wrong Identity”

      Daniel Felsenfeld, “Rebel Music”

      *Ana-Jamileh Kassfy, “Automotive Literacy”

      11 Analyzing Texts

      Hannah Berry, “The Fashion Industry: Free to Be an Individual”

      Danielle Allen, “Our Declaration”

      *Roy Peter Clark, “Why It Worked: A Rhetorical Analysis of Obama’s Speech on Race”

      12 Reporting Information

      ♦Michaela Cullington, “Does Texting Affect Writing?”

      *♦Frankie Schembri, “Edible Magic”

      Jon Marcus, “The Reason College Costs More Than You Think”

      13 Arguing a Position

      ♦Joanna MacKay, “Organ Sales Will Save Lives”

      Nicholas Kristof, “Our Blind Spot about Guns”

      *Molly Worthen, “U Can’t Talk to Ur Professor Like This”

      14 Abstracts

      Jennifer Sommers and Stephen J. Vodanovich, “Boredom Proneness”

      15 Annotated Bibliographies and Reviews of Scholarly Literature

      Michael Benton, Mark Dolan, Rebecca Zisch, “Teen Film$”

      *♦Cameron Carroll, “Zombie Film Scholarship: A Review of the Literature”

      *♦Kelly Green, "Researching Hunger and Poverty" 

      16 Evaluations

      *♦William Thorne, “Movie Review: The Circle

      17 Literary Analysis

      *Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”

      *♦Matthew Miller, “Frost’s Broken Roads”

      18 Memoirs

      Rick Bragg, “All Over but the Shoutin’”

      19 Profiles

      *Ernie Smith, “A Brief History of the Modern-Day Straw, the World’s Most Wasteful Commodity”

      20 Proposals

      Michael Granof, “Course Requirement: Extortion”

      *♦Catherine Thomas, "Social Media and Data Privacy"

      21 Reflections

      *Edan Lepucki, “Our Mothers as We Never Saw Them”

      22 Résumés and Job Letters

      23 Mixing Genres

      Anna Quindlen, “Write for Your Life”

      Part 4: Fields of Study

      *24 Fields of Study

      *25 Reading across Fields of Study

      *26 Writing across Fields of Study

      Part 5: Processes

      27 Writing as Inquiry

      28 Collaborating

      29 Generating Ideas and Text

      30 Drafting

      31 Assessing Your Own Writing

      32 Getting Response and Revising

      33 Editing and Proofreading

      34 Compiling a Portfolio

      ♦Nathaniel Cooney, “Self-Assessment”

      Part 6: Strategies

      35 Beginning and Ending

      36 Guiding Your Reader

      37 Analyzing Causes and Effects

      38 Arguing

      39 Classifying and Dividing

      40 Comparing and Contrasting

      41 Defining

      42 Describing

      43 Dialogue

      44 Explaining Processes

      45 Narrating

      46 Taking Essay Exams

      Part 7: Doing Research

      47 Getting a Start on Research

      48 Finding Sources

      49 Evaluating Sources

      50 Synthesizing Ideas

      *Jude Stewart, “Boredom Is Good for You”

      51 Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

      52 Acknowledging Sources, Avoiding Plagiarism

      53 Documentation

      54 MLA Style

      ♦Dylan Borchers, “Against the Odds: Harry S. Truman and the Election of 1948”

      55 APA Style

      *♦Analisa Johnson, “The Benefits of Prison Nursery Programs”

      Part 8: Media / Design

      56 Choosing Media

      57 Designing Text

      58 Using Visuals, Incorporating Sound

      Judy Davis, “Ours Was a Dad…”

      59 Writing Online

      60 Giving Presentations



        * New to the fifth edition

        ♦ Student writing

        + Versions with Readings only

        ++ Versions with Handbook only