Rules for Writers, Seventh Edition: Scavenger Hunt Answer Key

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Work in pairs to explore the handbook for your composition

course. Explore key ways into the book. Find the advice you’ll

need as you write this semester.





1. ____I found the book’s main index. It starts on page __684___.


2. ____I found the brief menu. Looking at the brief menu, I see that there’s a chapter on writing about texts that starts on page __70___. I know that I’ll need section __59___ to document sources in MLA style. Sections ___32__ and __33___ will help me with commas.


3. If my teacher uses number-letter codes to respond to my draft, I’ll know that 23b means I should try to ____avoid using this, that, which, and it in a way that is vague or ambiguous______ in my paper.


4. At the top of each page, above the grey line, I can find this sort of information: ___________key words that describe what’s on the page_____________________



ADVICE & MODELS   List section numbers or page numbers for the following:


5. Advice about writing introductions and conclusions _______2a, 2c_____________


6. Checklist for thinking through my writing situation ___________page 3___________


7. Advice about thesis statements; samples of good thesis statements _____2a___


8. Guidelines for active reading ___________page 71____________


9. Samples of annotated readings (readings with student notes on them)_pages 72, 73___


10. Advice about using specific evidence in argument papers ____6e_______________


11. Discussion of using “emotional appeals” in writing ______7b____________


12. Examples of good research questions _______pages 422-423___________


13. Help with understanding and avoiding plagiarism ______55c_________


14. How to document an article from a database in MLA style ___page 507________


15. Writing an outline is one way to plan an essay. There’s a sample outline on page _20-21_.


16. Section ___20__ covers how to find and fix run-on sentences.


17. Section ___36__ covers how to find and fix problems with apostrophes.


18. Page __450___ includes a chart of information needed for a working bibliography.


19. Page __36-37____ includes a checklist for revising my essay.


20. My instructor wants me to use sources that are scholarly. Page __441____ includes a checklist for determining if a source is a scholarly source.


21. Section ___7 (or 54)____ covers how to evaluate another writer’s argument.


22. Bonus: I found more model papers online. The Web address for my book’s companion site is I clicked on

___Model papers____________ from the home page to get to additional sample student papers.

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