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Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing, The: Brief Edition cover
  • ISBN: 9780205297924
  • ISBN10: 0205297927

Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing, The: Brief Edition

by Ramage, John D.
Bean, John C.

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  • Edition: 2
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publish date: 06/25/1999
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* Denotes selections new to this edition. I. A RHETORIC FOR COLLEGE WRITERS. 1. Posing Problems: The Demands of College Writing. Why Take a Writing Course? Subject-Matter Problems: The Starting Point of Writing. Shared Problems Unite Writers and Readers. The Writer as Problematizer. Posing a Problem: A Case Study of a Beginning College Writer. Types of Subject-Matter Questions. Rhetorical Problems: Reaching Readers Effectively. An Example of a Rhetorical Problem: Closed versus Open Forms. Readings: * David Rockwood, A Letter to the Editor. Minnie Bruce Pratt, from Identity: Skin Blood Heart. Distinctions between Closed and Open Forms of Writing. Where to Place Your Writing along the Continuum. Brief Writing Project. Reading: * Melissa Davis (student), Why Do Some Dogs Like Cats While Others Hate Them? Showing Why Your Question Is Problematic. Showing Why Your Question Is Significant. Planning Your Essay. 2. Pursuing Problems: Exploratory Writing and Talking. What Does a Professor Want? Learning to Wallow in Complexity. Seeing Each Academic Discipline as a Field of Inquiry and Argument. How a Prototypical Introduction Poses a Question and Proposes an Answer. Techniques for Exploratory Writing and Talking. Freewriting. Idea Mapping. Dialectic Discussion. Active Reading and Research. How to Make Exploratory Writing and Talking Work for You. Make Marginal Notes on Readings. Keep a Journal or Learning Log. Discuss Your Ideas with E-mail Correspondents. Join Focused Study Groups. Participate Effectively in Class Discussions. Brief Writing Project. Playing the Believing and Doubting Game. Student Example. 3. Solving Content Problems: Thesis and Support. Drafting and Revising as a Problem-Solving Process. Taking Risks: Seeking a Surprising Thesis. Try to Change Your Reader''s View of Your Subject. Give Your Thesis Tension. Supporting a Thesis: Points and Particulars. How Points Convert Information to Meaning. How Removing Particulars Creates a Summary. How to Use Your Knowledge about Points and Particulars When You Revise. Moving up and down the Scale of Abstraction. Brief Writing Project. Student Example. 4. Solving Rhetorical Problems: Purpose, Audience, and Genre. Motivating Occasions, or Why Am I Writing This Piece? The Elements of Rhetorical Context: Purpose, Audience, and Genre. Purpose. Audience. Genre. Rhetorical Context and Decisions about Structure. Rhetorical Context and Decisions about Style. Factors That Affect Style. Recognizing and Creating Style or Voice. Practicing Different Styles through Creative Imitation. Summary of Chapter 4 and Part I. Brief Writing Project. II. WRITING PROJECTS. WRITING TO LEARN. 5. Seeing Rhetorically: The Writer as Observer. Exploring Rhetorical Observation. Understanding Observational Writing. How Observational Writing Reflects an Angle of Vision. Conducting a Simple Rhetorical Analysis. Using Rhetorical Knowledge to Become a Strong Reader. Which Comes First, Perception or Interpretation? Reading: Mark Twain, Two Ways of Seeing a River. * Clash on the Congo: Two Eyewitness Accounts Henry Morton Stanley''s Account and Mojimba''s Account. 6. Reading Rhetorically: The Writer as Strong Reader. About Reading Rhetorically. Exploring Rhetorical Reading. Reading: * Andres Martin, M.D., On Teenagers and Tattoos. Understanding Rhetorical Reading. What Makes College-Level Reading Difficult. Reading Processes Used by Experienced Readers. Improving Your Own Reading Process. How to Write a Summary. How to Write a Strong Response. How to Think of Ideas for Your Strong Response. Readings: * Richard Lynn, Why Johnny Can''t Read, but Yoshio Can. * Victoria Register-Freeman, Hunks and Handmaidens. Edward Abbey, The Damnation of a Canyon. * Patricia J. Williams, The Death of the Profane: A Commentary on the Genre of Legal Writing. Composing Your Summary/Strong Response Essay. Generating and Exploring Ideas for Your Summary. Shaping, Drafting, and Revising Your Summary. Generating and Exploring Ideas for Your Strong Response. Revising Your Strong Response. WRITING TO EXPRESS. 7. Writing an Autobiographical Narrative. About Autobiographical Narrative. Exploring Autobiographical Narrative. Understanding Autobiographical Writing. Autobiographical Tension: The Opposition of Contraries. Using the Elements of Literary Narrative to Generate Ideas. Readings: Bill Russell, from Second Wind. * William Least Heat Moon, from Blue Highways: A Journey in America. Anonymous Student Essay, Masks. * Chris Kordash (student), Making My Mark. Sheila Madden, Letting Go of Bart. WRITING TO EXPLORE. 8. Writing an Exploratory Essay. About Exploratory Writing. Exploring Exploratory Writing. Understanding Exploratory Writing. The Essence of Exploratory Prose: Considering Multiple Solutions. Readings: Mary Turla (student), Mail-Order Bride Romances: Fairy Tale, Nightmare, or Somewhere in Between? Sheridan Botts (student), Exploring Problems about Hospices. Jane Tompkins, Indians'' Textualism, Morality, and the Problem of History. Composing Your Exploratory Essay. Generating and Exploring Ideas. Continuing with Research and Dialectic Thinking. Shaping and Drafting. Revising. WRITING TO INFORM. 9. Writing an Informative (and Surprising) Essay. About Informative (and Surprising) Writing. Exploring Informative (and Surprising) Writing. Understanding Informative (and Surprising) Writing. Readings: Leo W. Banks, Not Guilty: Despite Its Fearsome Image, the Tarantula Is a Benign Beast. * Elaine Robbins, The New Ego Moooovement. Cheryl Carp (student), Behind Stone Walls. David Quammen, The Face of a Spider. WRITING TO ANALYZE. 10. Analyzing Images. About Analyzing Images. Exploring Image Analysis. Understanding Image Analysis. Targeting Specific Audiences. Analyzing an Advertisement. Sample Analysis of an Advertisement. Cultural Issues Raised by Advertisements. Readings: Vance Packard, Selling Creative Outlets from the Hidden Persuaders. Gillian Dyer, On Manner and Activity. Stephen Bean (student), How Cigarette Advertisers Address the Stigma against Smoking: A Tale of Two Ads. 11. Analyzing Numerical Data. About Numerical Analysis. Exploring Numerical Analysis. Reading: * USA Today, Help Troubled Teens Don''t Forget Them. Understanding Numerical Analysis. What Do We Mean by Data ? Basic Tools of Data Analysis. Shaping Data for Specific Effects. Readings: Bryant Stamford, Understand Calories, Fat Content in Food. * Vicki Alexander (student), Trouble with Teens or with Numbers? * John Burbank, The Minimum Wage: Making Work Pay. * David R. Henderson, Minimum Wage: +$1 = More Poverty. 12. Analyzing a Short Story. About Literary Analysis. Exploring Literary Analysis. Reading: Evelyn Dahl Reed, The Medicine Man. Essay Assignment. Reading Log Assignment. Understanding Literary Analysis. The Truth of Literary Events. Reading the Story. Writing (About) Literature. Readings: Alice Walker, Everyday Use (for Your Grandmama). * Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings. * Betsy Weiler (student), Who Do You Want to Be? Finding Heritage in Walker''s Everyday Use. 13. Investigating Questions about Cause and Consequence. About Causal Analysis. Exploring Causal Analysis. Understanding Causal Analysis. Three Methods of Showing a Causal Relationship. The Mysterious Decline in Male Births: An Extended Example of a Casual Puzzle. Glossary of Causal Terms. Readings: * David H. Levy, How to Make Sense out of Science. * Michael Castleman, The .02 Percent Solution. * Walter S. Minto, Students Who Push Burgers. * Susan Myers (student), Denying Desire: The Anorexic Struggle with Image, Self, and Sexuality. WRITING TO PERSUADE. 14. Writing a Classical Argument. About Classical Argument. Exploring Classical Argument. Und
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