The Bedford Handbook, Ninth Edition: Scavenger Hunt

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An activity that helps students explore their handbook and learn to find the writing advice they need.



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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 ____.


2. ____I found the brief menu. Looking at the brief menu, I see that there’s a chapter on

reading and writing critically that starts on page _____. I know that I’ll need section _____ to document sources in MLA style.  Sections _____ and _____ 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 _____________________________________________ in my paper.


4. At the back of the book, I see a list of revision symbols and a guide to grammatical terms. If my teacher writes “dm” in the margin of my draft, this section in the handbook can help: __________    If I don’t know what a “compound subject” is, I can look here: _________.


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


5. Advice about writing introductions and conclusions __________________________


6. Checklist for thinking through my writing situation __________________________


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


8. A Writing Guide for an analytical paper __________________________


9. Samples of annotated readings (readings with student notes on them) _____________


10. Advice about using specific evidence in argument papers _______________________


11. Help for forming an interpretation in a literature class   __________________


12. Examples of good research questions ________________________


13. Help with understanding and avoiding plagiarism ____________________


14. How to document an article from a database in MLA style ________________


15. Writing an outline is one way to plan an essay. There’s a sample outline on pages ________.


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


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


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


19. Page ______ includes a checklist for revising my essay.


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


21. Section ______ covers how to evaluate appeals (ethos, logos, pathos) in another writer’s argument.


22. Bonus:  I can find the integrated media material that comes with my book at this URL: _____________________________________________________________.