The most flexible, easy-to-use rhetoric

The Norton Field Guide to Writing is the most widely assigned rhetoric because it lets instructors teach the way they want to teach, and lets students learn and write in the way that works best for them. The Sixth Edition introduces a new coauthor, new chapters, and new resources.

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Features of the NEW Edition

New chapters help first-year writers adapt to new rhetorical situations

Chapters on Remixes, Explorations, and Reflecting on Your Writing encourage students to develop rhetorical flexibility, discover their agency as writers, and use writing as a tool to think.

A user-friendly design makes the book easy to navigate

Short chapters are readable, with just enough detail, and can be assigned in any order. Color-coded links throughout lead the reader to related information in other sections.

Visual and interactive media provide opportunities to learn in multiple ways

NEW videos on key concepts—from thesis statements to the rhetorical situation—help students visualize and apply the book’s advice. Feedback-driven InQuizitive for Writers activities offer low-stakes ways to practice writing, researching, and editing.

About the NEW Coauthor

Award-winning teacher and longtime adopter of The Norton Field Guide at Columbus State Community College, Deborah Bertsch brings a wealth of experience to the Sixth Edition, from coordinating her department’s dual-enrollment program to building innovative online courses. Among others, Bertsch has won a Campus Technology Impact Award from Campus Technology magazine, a Diana Hacker Outstanding Program Award from NCTE, and a Faculty Excellence Award from the Columbus State Education Association.

Watch the short video below to hear from Deb directly about how she helps students hone their rhetorical decision-making skills.

What instructors and students are saying

The Norton Field Guide is that rare one-size-fits-all writing text. It’s flexible, compact, and easy to use. It respects students and doesn’t overload them with too much information.”

— Pamela Hardman, Cuyahoga Community College

“It is both comprehensive and compact, and the cost is unbeatable given the value of the provided content.”

— Danielle Roach, Clark State College

“It has been 28 years since my last English class. The textbook has been very informative and useful to my school needs.”

—student at Motlow State Community College

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