The Bedford Guide for College Writers with Reader, Research Manual, and Handbook with 2009 MLA and 2010 APA Updates / Edition 8

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When it was first published twenty years ago, The Bedford Guide for College Writers brought a lively and innovative new approach to the teaching of writing. Since that time, authors X. J. and Dorothy M. Kennedy have won praise for their friendly tone and their view, apparent on every page of the text, that writing is the "usually surprising, often rewarding art of thinking while working with language." More recently, experienced teacher and writer Marcia F. Muth joined the author team, adding more practical advice to help all students — even those underprepared for college work — become successful academic writers. While retaining the highly praised "Kennedy touch," The Bedford Guide continues to evolve to meet classroom needs. The new edition does even more to build essential academic writing skills, with expanded coverage of audience analysis, source-based writing, argumentation and reasoning, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312667726
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Edition description: Eighth Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 944
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

X.J. KENNEDY is an acclaimed poet, children’s author, college teacher, and textbook author. He has taught freshman composition at the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and Tufts University. Since 1966, more than 2 million students have treasured his introductory literature texts and The Bedford Reader, coedited with Dorothy M. Kennedy and Jane E. Aaron, now in its Ninth Edition.

DOROTHY M. KENNEDY is a writer and editor whose articles and reviews have appeared in both professional and academic journals. She has taught composition at the University of Michigan and Ohio University and, with X.J. Kennedy, is the recipient of the NCTE Teacher’s Choice Award for Knock at a Star: A Child’s Introduction to Poetry.


MARCIA F. MUTH is a teacher, writer, and textbook editor. She has taught first-year composition at The Ohio State University and now offers writing workshops through the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. She is the author or co-author of several composition textbooks and ancillaries, including Getting the Picture, Researching and Writing, and Writing and Revising, all published by Bedford/St. Martin’s. She also co-authored Harold D. Lasswell: An Annotated Bibliography.

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Table of Contents

Preface: To the Instructor How to Use The Bedford Guide for College Writers
Rhetorical Contents A Writer’s Guide
Writing in College

  1. Writing Processes 
    Writing, Reading, and Critical Thinking 
    A Process of Writing
    Purpose and Audience
    What Matters Most
    A Writer’s Activities, a Writer’s Resources

  2. Reading Processes
    A Process of Critical Reading
    Getting Started

    Reading on Literal and Analytical Levels
    Generating Ideas from Reading
    A Reader’s Activities, a Reader’s Resources

  3. Critical Thinking Processes
    A Process of Critical Thinking
    Supporting Critical Thinking with Evidence
    Using Evidence to Appeal to Your Audience
    *Presenting Your Critical Thinking
    *Avoiding Faulty Thinking
    A Critical Thinker’s Activities, a Critical Thinker’s Resources

Introduction N.B. Chapters 5-12 follow the same structure as that in Chapter 4. For the sake of brevity, the subheadings are not repeated in this abridged table of contents.

  4. Recalling an Experience
    Learning from Other Writers
    Russell Baker,
The Art of Eating Spaghetti
    Robert G. Schreiner,
What Is a Hunter? (Student Essay)
    Learning by Writing
    The Assignment: Recalling a Personal Experience
    Generating Ideas
    Planning, Drafting, and Developing
    Revising and Editing
    Other Assignments
    Applying What You Learn: Some Uses of Recalling Experience

  5. Observing a Scene
    Learning from Other Writers
    Eric Liu, The Chinatown Idea
    Michael Coil, Communications (Student Essay)

  6. Interviewing a Subject
    Learning from Other Writers 
    *Elaina Richardson, Bono-Fire: U2’s Brilliant Front Man Rocks Convention
    Dawn Kortz,
Listen (Student Essay)

  7. Comparing and Contrasting
    Learning from Other Writers
    Suzanne Britt,
Neat People vs. Sloppy People
    Tim Chabot, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, but Which One? (Student Essay)

  8. Explaining Causes and Effects
    Learning from Other Writers
    William Severini Kowinski, Kids in the Mall: Growing Up Controlled
    Yun Yung Choi, Invisible Women (Student Essay)

  9. Taking a Stand
    Learning from Other Writers
    Suzan Shown Harjo, Last Rites for Indian Dead 
    *Sam Benen, A Royal Mess (Student Essay)

  10. Proposing a Solution
    Learning from Other Writers
    Wilbert Rideau,
Why Prisons Don’t Work 
    *John Barbieri, Save Hydrogen for Later; Ethanol Power Is the Viable Option for Now (Student Essay)

  11. Evaluating
    Learning from Other Writers 
    *Seth Stevenson, Wham! Bam! Buy a VW, Ma’am!
   *Dennis O’Neil, Katrina Documentary Gives Voice to Survivors

  *12. Supporting a Position with Sources
    Learning from Other Writers 
    *David Callahan, A Question of Character 
    *Melissa Lamberth, Overworked! (Student Essay)

  13. Responding to Literature

    Literary Analysis
    Strategies for Writing about Literature: Synopsis and Paraphrase
    Other Assignments for Writing About Literature

  14. Writing in the Workplace
    Guidelines for Writing in the Workplace
    Business Letters
    Resumes and Application Letters

  15. Writing for Assessment
    Essay Examinations
    Short-Answer Examinations
    Timed Writings
    Writing for Portfolio Assessment

  16. Strategies for Generating Ideas

    Finding Ideas
    Getting Ready

  17. Strategies for Stating a Thesis and Planning
    Shaping Your Topic for Your Audience and Your Purpose
    Stating and Using a Thesis
    Organizing Your Ideas

  18. Strategies for Drafting
    Making a Start Enjoyable
    Using Topic Sentences
    Writing an Opening
    Writing a Conclusion
    Achieving Coherence

  19. Strategies for Developing
    Giving Examples
    Providing Details
    Reasoning Inductively and Deductively
    Analyzing a Subject
    Analyzing a Process
    Dividing and Classifying
    Comparing and Contrasting
    Identifying Causes and Effects

  20. Strategies for Revising and Editing 
    Re-viewing and Revising
    Stressing What Counts
    Cutting and Whittling
    Editing and Proofreading

  21. Strategies for Designing Your Document
    Understanding Four Basic Principles of Document Design
    Creating an Effective Design for Your Document
    Using Visuals to Reinforce Your Content

  22. Strategies for Understanding Visual Representations
    Using Strategies for Visual Analysis
      Level One: Seeing the Big Picture
      Level Two: Observing the Characteristics of an Image
      Level Three: Interpreting the Meaning of an Image

A Writer’s Reader Introduction: Reading to Write


23. Families
*Christy De’on Miller, Give Me Five More Minutes
Amy Tan, Mother Tongue
Anna Quindlen, Evan’s Two Moms
Anjula Razdan, What’s Love Got to Do with It?
Danzy Senna,
The Color of Love

E.B. White,
Once More to the Lake
*Nancy Gibbs, Free the Children

24. Men and Women
*Robert Jensen, The High Cost of Manliness
*Brent Staples, Black Men and Public Space
*Barbara Ehrenreich, Guys Just Want to Have Fun
Dave Barry, From Now On Let Women Kill Their Own Spiders
*Evelyn F. Murphy, Why Not a Dollar?

Noel Perrin, A Part-Time Marriage
Judy Brady, I Want a Wife

25. Popular Culture
*Tara Parker-Pope, Custom-Made
*Ruth La Ferla, Latino Style Is So Cool. Oh, All Right: It’s Hot
Stephen King,
Why We Crave Horror Movies
Michael Abernethy, Male Bashing on TV

*Terry Golway, A Nation of Idol-Worshipers
James Poniewozik, Why Reality TV Is Good for Us

*26. E-Technology
*Harvard Magazine, Creating Community, On-line and Off
*David Gelernter, Computers Cannot Teach Children Basic Skills
*Steven Levy, From The Perfect Thing
*Merrill Markoe, Who Am I?

*Alex Koppelman, MySpace or Our Space?
*Sherry Turkle, How Computers Change the Way We Think

27. Education
*Tamara Draut, What’s a Diploma Worth, Anyway?
*Susan Brady Konig, They’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught
William Zinsser,
The Right to Fail
Richard Rodriguez, Public and Private Language

*Annie Dillard, From An American Childhood
Carl T. Rowan, Unforgettable Miss Bessie

A Writer’s Research Manual Introduction: The Nature of Research
  28. Planning and Managing Your Research Project
    Beginning Your Inquiry
    Generating Ideas and Asking a Research Question
    Managing Your Project

  29. Working with Sources
    Starting a Working Biography
    Drawing the Details from Your Sources
    Capturing Information by Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing in Your Notes
    Developing an Annotated Bibliography

  30. Finding Sources in the Library, on the Internet, and in the Field
    Searching the Library’s Online Catalog
    Searching Databases: Periodical Indexes and Bibliographies
    Using Other Library Resources
    Using the Internet for Research
    Finding Sources in the Field

  31. Evaluating Sources
    Evaluating Library and Internet Sources
    Evaluating Field Sources
    Reconsidering Your Purpose and Your Thesis

  32. Integrating Sources
    Using Sources Ethically
    Capturing, Launching, and Citing Evidence from Sources

  33. Writing Your Research Paper
    Planning and Drafting
    Revising and Editing
    Documenting Sources
    Applying What You Learn: Some Uses of Research

34. Documenting Sources
    Understanding MLA Style
      Citing Sources in MLA Style
      Listing Sources in MLA Style
      A Sample MLA Research Paper
    Understanding APA Style
      Citing Sources in APA Style
      Listing Sources in APA Style
      *Selections from a Sample APA Research Paper

A Writer’s Handbook Introduction: Grammar, or the Way Words Work
  35. Grammatical Sentences
  36. Effective Sentences
  37. Word Choice
  38. Punctuation
  39. Mechanics Appendices
    Quick Research Guide
    Quick Editing Guide
    A Glossary of Troublemakers
    Answers for Lettered Exercises

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