Presents two basic critical reading strategies, Reading for Meaning and Reading Like a Writer, in the first chapter and uses them to frame the questions that follow each reading. Covers the full range of writing that students will do in college - from autobiography and reflection to evaluation and argument. 50 readings, with 5 professional essays and 1 student essay in each chapter, demonstrate rhetorical goals through a variety of topics and styles. A guide to reading opens each chapter and walks students through a reading selection, pointing out rhetorical strategies and techniques for closer critical reading. A guide to writing at the end of each chapter takes students through the process of drafting, writing, and revising an essay for each rhetorical purpose. An appendix on strategies for research and documentation discusses field, library, and online research.