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Rhetoric Matters: A Guide to Success in the First Year Writing Class

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Adam Falik, New Orleans, LS

Dorie La Rue, Shreveport, LS

Tracey Watts, New Orleans, LS

Copyright Year: 2022

Publisher: LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network

Language: English

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Reviewed by Meghan Hancock, Assistant Professor, Marshall University on 12/17/23

In terms of coverage of all of the major writing principles and strategies that tend to get taught in first-year writing, this text is very thorough. It covers everything from the writing process, to structuring and revising a text, to the... read more

Reviewed by Damani Drew, English Instructor, Norfolk State University on 5/31/23

This book covered most aspects of writing; This book will generally help all first-year students who are currently / immediately transitioning from high school to college. Although experts predominately wrote the book from the state of... read more

Table of Contents

  • About This Book
  • Chapter 1: The Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Reading in Writing Class
  • Chapter 3: Thinking and Analyzing Rhetorically
  • Chapter 4: Writing a Summary and Synthesizing
  • Chapter 5: The Writing Process
  • Chapter 6: Structuring, Paragraphing, and Styling
  • Chapter 7: Revising and Refining
  • Chapter 8: Multimodal Reading and Visual Rhetoric
  • Chapter 9: The Research Process
  • Chapter 10: Sources and Research
  • Chapter 11: Ethical Source Integration: Citation, Quoting, and Paraphrasing
  • Chapter 12: Documentation Styles: MLA and APA
  • Works Cited
  • Appendix A: Checklist for Accessibility

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About the Book

Rhetoric Matters: A Guide to Success in the First Year Writing Class offers students necessary concepts and practice to learn all the elements needed for successful first year writing and set the stage for future writing success in college.

This textbook was created as part of the Interactive OER for Dual Enrollment project, facilitated by LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network and funded by a $2 million Open Textbooks Pilot Program grant from the Department of Education. This project supports the extension of access to high-quality post-secondary opportunities to high school students across Louisiana and beyond. This project features a collaboration between educational systems in Louisiana, the library community, Pressbooks technology partner, and workforce representatives. It will enable and enhance the delivery of open educational resources (OER) and interactive quiz and assessment elements for priority dual enrollment courses in Louisiana and nationally. Developed OER course materials will be released under a license that permits their free use, reuse, modification and sharing with others.

The target audience for this project and this textbook are dual enrollment students. Dual enrollment is the opportunity for a student to be enrolled in high school and college at the same time. A dual enrollment student receives credit on both their high school and college transcripts for the same course.

About the Contributors


Adam Falik, Southern University of New Orleans

Dr. Dorie LaRue, professor of English at Louisiana State University, Shreveport

Dr. Tracey Watts, instructor in English at Loyola University of New Orleans

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