Contemporary Writer, Brief Edition

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For freshman composition writing courses.This visually engaging four-color rhetoric focuses on the fundamental concepts of generating ideas, organizing material, drafting and revising, while demonstrating through in-text examples, readings and writing assignments how to apply these skills in academic, workplace, and personal writing situations.show more

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  • Mixed media product | 511 pages
  • 190.5 x 234.95 x 25.4mm | 843.68g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Longman Inc
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 0130594350
  • 9780130594358

Table of contents

(NOTE: All chapters conclude with Writing Assignments; chapters in Part I also conclude with Learning from Other Student Writers; Peer Workshop; Proofreading Your Work; and Postscript; chapters with readings includePre-Reading.) I. EFFECTIVE WRITING. 1. Writers, Roles, and Readers. Understanding Texts. Understanding Context. Understanding the Writer. Understanding the Audience.READINGS:To Martin Luther King, Sr., Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter to The Atlanta Constitution, Martin Luther King, Jr., An Autobiography of Religious Development-Martin Luther King, Jr. To Charles E. Batten, Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr., Morton Scott Enslin to Chester M. Alter, Morton Scott Enslin.2. Effective Reading.Understanding Reading and Writing. Reading Widely. Reading Carefully. Reading Critically.READINGS:Discovering Books, Richard Wright. No Snapshots in the Attic: A Granddaughter's Search, Connie May Fowler. Letter One: The City of Invention, Fay Weldon. Don't Look Back, Steven Holtzman.3. Purpose and Thesis.Understanding Purpose. Importance of Identifying Your Purpose. How to Identify Your Purpose. Three Major Types of Purpose. Working Thesis Statements.READINGS:From A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812, Laurel Thatcher. Unwed Motherhood: Insights from the Colonial Era, Abigail Trafford. A Second Chance, Kathleen Sylvester. Fighting Teen Pregnancy, Doug Bates.4. Information Gathering.Gathering Your Own Ideas. Gathering Ideas from Others. Gathering Information through Observation. Gathering Information by Doing Research.READINGS:Charles Darwin's Notebooks, Charles Darwin. The Tucson Zoo, Lewis Thomas. On Keeping a Notebook, Joan Didion. From Tainted Truth: The Manipulation of truth in America, Cynthia Crossen. 5. Paragraphs and Essays.Organizing Writing. Understanding Topic Paragraphs. Constructing Essays.READINGS:A Proper Form for Everything, Richard Restak. Genre Films, Thomas Sobchack. From The Design of Everyday Things, Donald A. Norman. The Lottery, Shirley Jackson.6. Supporting Evidence.Understanding Details and Examples. Using Detailed Descriptions. Using Examples. Understanding Evidence.READINGS:What High School Is, Theodore R. Sizer. The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher, John Gatto. From I Just Wanna be Average, Mike Rose. Why Do Schools Flunk Biology?, LynNel Hancock.7. Appropriate Words and Style.Understanding Style. Choosing Words That Reflect Your Style. Varying Sentences for a Smoother Style. Improving Sentence Style by Being Concise.READINGS:My Young Men Shall Never Work, Chief Smohalla, as told to Herbert Spinden. From The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx. Year of the Blue-Collar Guy, Steve Olson. Los Pobres, Richard Rodriguez.8. Revision.Understanding the Revision Process. Revising for Completeness and Unity. Revising Organization for Order and Coherence. Revising Words and Sentences.READINGS:Shitty First Drafts, Anne Lamott. From On the Teaching of Creative Writing: Responses to a Series of Questions, Wallace Stegner. The Maker's Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscripts, Donald Murray. Revision of The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson.II. USING RHETORICAL STRATEGIES AND ARGUMENT TO DEVELOP ACADEMIC AND WORKPLACE TEXTS. 9. Rhetorical Strategies. Using Rhetorical Strategies. Modifying and Mixing Rhetorical Strategies.READING:Pie, Judith Moore.10. Narration.Writing a Narrative.READING:Lefsa, a Traditional Norwegian Holiday Bread, Chelsie Levin.11. Description.Writing a Description.READING:From Spaghetti, Robert Girardi.12. Illustration.Writing about an Illustration.READING:What's Cooking?: Eating in America, Bill Bryson.13. Process Analysis.Writing Instructions Using Process Analysis. Writing Explanations Using Process Analysis.READING:The Way of Iced Coffee, Donald W. George.14. Causal Analysis.Writing Causal Analysis.READING:The Pleasure of Eating, Wendell Berry.15. Comparison and Contrast.Writing Comparison and Contrast.READING:Meat and Gender Hierarchies, Jeremy Rifkin.16. Classification.Writing Classifications.READING:Understanding Society and Culture Through Eating, Peter Farb.17. Definition.Writing Sentence Definitions. Writing Expanded Definitions.READING:How to Give a Party, Laurie Colwin.18. Argument.Writing an Argument. Recognizing Logical Fallacies. Arguing with Integrity.READING:All Things are Connected, John Robbins.III. RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTING TEXTS. 19. Research Papers. Understanding Research Writing. Approaching a Research Writing Task. Doing Research to Gather Supporting Evidence. Writing a Coherent Draft. Revising Your Draft.READING:Safety of Bioengineered Foods (sample research paper).20. Internet and Library Research.Library Research. Internet Research. Evaluating Sources. Taking Research Notes.READINGS:Consider the Sources, Martin A. Lee and Norman Solomon. From The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles, Emily Martin. The Historian and His Facts, Edward Hallet Carr.21. Documentation.When to Document Sources. Documentation Styles. Proofreading Documentation.READING:Dangers of Bioengineered Foods (sample research paper, version 2).IV. SPECIAL TOPICS. 22. Essay Exams. Writing Under Pressure. Writing Essay Exams.23. Document Design. Distinguishing between Style and Content. Understanding the Purpose of Format and Design. Formatting and Designing Academic Papers. Formatting and Designing Workplace Documents. Using Conventional Workplace Formats.24. Oral Presentations. Combating Communication Apprehension. Understanding Expectations of Oral Presentations in College. Understanding Expectations of Oral Presentation at Work. Planning a Presentation. Delivering the Presentation.Credits. Index.show more