Encouraging you to be an inventive thinker and writer, THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE, Brief, illustrates how the act of writing is connected to your daily life as it helps you rediscover concepts, uncover meaning, and rethink the world around you. The fifth edition offers 13 chapters to help you invent ideas, more than any other text on the market. With more than 35 reading selections by both professional and student writers-many responding to the chapter prompts-this book fully engages you in writing academic essays. This text delivers pedagogy for making meaning and generating writing at the intersection of academic and nonacademic life. It is an excellent preparation for the academic reading and writing activities you will encounter throughout your college experience and well beyond. Each student text is packaged with a free Cengage Essential Reference Card to the MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition.