Culture in Context is a three-in-one (reader/rhetoric/handbook) that teaches essay writing through meaningful connections to popular culture and college life. Chapters in the rhetoric portion cover the writing process ("Ready, Write, Revise" ), writing strategies (narrative, process, description, persuasion, exemplification/illustration, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect), essay tests, and business writing. A professional reading opens each chapter, after which readers are guided through the writing process and writing strategies via exercises and worksheets focusing on brainstorming, development, and organization. Samples are used throughout the book to illustrate different approaches to each topic. Chapters also include sections on collaborative writing, writing with computers, and other writing tips. Summaries and responses to reading exercises end each chapter. The grammar and mechanics handbook has explanations and exercises covering the basics, as well as editing, proofreading, and advice on improving vocabulary and word choice. For those interested in developing their writing skills at the essay level.
NOTE: Stacy Mantle is a contributor to this textbook.