Brief Guide to Writing from Readings, A, Plus New Mycomplab Student Access Card / Edition 6

Brief Guide to Writing from Readings, A, Plus New Mycomplab Student Access Card / Edition 6

by Stephen Wilhoit
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0205245749

ISBN-13: 9780205245741

Pub. Date: 12/07/2011

Publisher: Longman

This brief guide teaches how to write the most common papers assigned in college courses: source-based essays that summarize, analyze, critique, and synthesize.

Comprehensive enough to serve as a primary text yet compact enough to serve as a supplement, this clear and concise writing guide teaches you how to critically read, clearly summarize

Overview

This brief guide teaches how to write the most common papers assigned in college courses: source-based essays that summarize, analyze, critique, and synthesize.

Comprehensive enough to serve as a primary text yet compact enough to serve as a supplement, this clear and concise writing guide teaches you how to critically read, clearly summarize, carefully respond to, precisely critique, creatively synthesize, and accurately quote or paraphrase texts. A Brief Guide is a valuable teaching and reference tool that many disciplines find useful for class work and for independent study.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205245741
Publisher:
Longman
Publication date:
12/07/2011
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Critical Reading

Definition and Purpose

Asking Questions About What You Read

Questions to Ask Before You Begin a Close Reading of a Text

Questions to Ask While You Read and Reread Material

Marking Texts

Highlighting Texts

Annotating Texts

Sample Annotated Reading: “Hard Choices” by Patrick Moore

Note Taking

Additional Reading: “Getting Serious about Eradicating Binge Drinking” by Henry Wechsler

Summary Chart—Critical Reading: Asking Questions

Summary Chart—Critical Reading: Marking Texts

Summary Chart—Critical Reading: Note Taking

Chapter 2: Quotation

Definition and Purpose

Guidelines on When to Quote Material

Quote Passages When the Author Has Written Something in a Distinctive or Especially Insightful or Interesting Way

Quote Material That Lends Support to a Position You Are Trying to Make in Your Paper

Quote Authorities Who Disagree with a Position You Are Advocating or Who Offer Alternative Explanations or Contradictory Data

Guidelines on When Not to Quote Material

Do Not Quote Passages Merely to Fill Space

Do Not Quote Passages as a Substitute for Thinking

Do Not Quote Passages Because You Do Not Understand the Author’s Ideas Well Enough to Paraphrase Them

Integrating Quotations into Your Writing

Two Basic Types of Quotations

*Reading: “Generation Text”

The Block Quotation

The Integrated Quotation

Altering Quoted Material and Avoiding Misquotations

Summary Chart: Guidelines on Quotations

Summary Chart: Integrating Quotations into Your Writing

Quotation Revision Checklist

Chapter 3: Paraphrase

Definition and Purpose

Qualities of a Good Paraphrase

Thorough

Accurate

Fair

Objective

How to Paraphrase Material

Changing Words

Changing Sentence Structure

Combining Sentences

“Unpacking” Sentences

Combining Strategies: Paraphrasing Longer Passages in Source Texts

Blending Your Writing with Paraphrased Material

Documentation

Summary Chart: How to Paraphrase Material

Paraphrase Revision Checklist

Chapter 4 Summary

Definition and Purpose

Types of Summaries

Qualities of a Good Summary

Comprehensive

Brief

Accurate

Neutral

Independent

How to Summarize a Text

Read, Reread, and Annotate the Source Text

Summarize Each Section of the Source Text

Check the Section Summaries Against the Source Text

How to Write an Abstract

How to Write an Informative Summary Essay

How to Write an Explanatory Summary Essay

Documentation

*Reading: “From Animal House to Big Brother: Student Privacy and Campus Safety in an Age of Accountability,” by Ron Chesbrough

Sample Abstract

Sample Informative Summary

Sample Explanatory Summary

Summary Chart: How to Summarize Texts

Summary Revision Checklist

Chapter 5 Response Essays

Definition and Purpose

Qualities of a Good Response Essay

Honest

Informed

Clear

Well Supported

Writing the Response Essay

Carefully Read the Material

Compose Your Rough Draft

Write Your Conclusion

Revise Your Rough Draft

Sample Response Essay

Sample Essay

Summary Chart: How to Write a Response Essay

Response Essay Revision Checklist

Chapter 6 Critique

Definition and Purpose

The Film Review as Critique

Writing a Critique

Step 1—Carefully Read and Annotate the Source Text

Step 2—Analyze and Evaluate the Reading

Step 3—Write Your Thesis and Decide Which Aspects of the Reading Will Be the Focus of Your Essay

Step 4—Write Your Rough Draft

Step 5—Rewrite Your Critique

*Reading: “Zero Tolerance and Student Dress Codes,” by Nathan L. Essex

*Reading: “A Uniform Look,” by Yasmine Konheim-Kalkstein

Sample Critique Essay

Summary Chart: How to Write a Critique

Critique Revision Checklist

Chapter 7 Rhetorical Analysis of Written Texts

Definition and Purpose

The Rhetorical Situation

Elements of the Rhetorical Situation

Rhetorical Strategies

Content

Structure

Style

Analyzing a Text’s Rhetorical Strategies—An Example

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

A Rhetorical Analysis of Lincoln’s Speech

Writing a Rhetorical Analysis Essay

Step 1—Carefully Read the Assignment

Step 2—Establish the Source Text’s Rhetorical Situation

Step 3—Determine the Author’s Goal

Step 4—Identify and Evaluate the Source Text’s Rhetorical Strategies

Step 5—Determine Your Thesis

Step 6—Write Your Rough Draft

Step 7—Revise Your Essay

Sample Rhetorical Analysis Essay

Rhetorical Analysis of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

Summary Chart: How to Write a Rhetorical Analysis Essay

Rhetorical Analysis of Written Texts Revision Checklist

Chapter 8 Rhetorical Analysis of Visual Texts

Definition and Purpose

Reading Visual Texts Critically

Questions Concerning the Visual Text Itself

Questions Concerning the Visual Text’s Creator or Source

Questions Concerning the Visual Text’s Purpose

Questions Concerning the Visual Text’s Audience

Questions Concerning Your Response to the Visual Text

Reading a Visual Text

Questions Concerning the Visual Text

Questions Concerning the Visual Text’s Creator or Source

Questions Concerning the Text’s Purpose

Questions Concerning the Visual Text’s Audience

Questions Concerning Your Response to the Visual Text

Writing an Rhetorical Analysis of a Visual Text

Step 1—Carefully Read the Assignment

Step 2—Analyze and Describe the Text

Step 3—Establish the Text’s Rhetorical Situation

Step 4—Determine How the Text Attempts to Achieve Its Rhetorical Goals

Step 5—Determine Your Thesis

Step 6—Write a Rough Draft

Step 7—Revise Your Essay

Sample Rhetorical Analysis of a Visual Text

Summary Chart: How to Write a Rhetorical Analysis of a Visual Text

Rhetorical Analysis of a Visual Text Revision Checklist

Chapter 9 Informative Synthesis

Definition and Purpose

Types of Synthesis Essays

*Reading: “Media Violence and Children’s Emotions: Beyond the ‘Smoking Gun’,” by Joanne Cantor

*Reading: “Television Violence and Its Efffects on Young Children,” by Betty Jo Simmons, Kelly Stalsworth, and Heather Wentzell

*Reading: “Does Cartoon Violence Beget Aggressive Behavior in Real Life? An Opposing View,” by Fran C. Blumberg, Kirsten P. Bierwirth, and Allison J. Schwartz

Informative Synthesis

Definition

Writing an Informative Synthesis

Sample Informative Synthesis

Summary Chart: How to Write an Informative Synthesis

Informative Synthesis Revision Checklist

Chapter 10 Argumentative Synthesis

Definition

The Elements of Argument

Claims

Grounds

Warrants

Argument and Persuasion

Appeals Based on Reason

Appeals Based on Emotion

Appeals Based on Character and Credibility

Writing an Argumentative Synthesis

Step 1—Analyze the Assignment

Step 2—Annotate and Critique the Readings

Step 3—Formulate a Thesis

Step 4—Choose an Organizational Plan

Step 5—Write Your Rough Draft

Step 6—Revise Your Draft

Check Quotations and Documentation

Sample Argumentative Synthesis

*Reading: “Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad: The Anti-human Values of ‘Animal Rights’,” by Wesley J. Smith

*Reading: “What Has the Animal Rights Movement Done for Animal Welfare?” by Sarah Wolfenshon and Matthew Maguire

*Reading: “Building a culture of Animal Welfare: Past, Present and Future,” by Leticia V. Medina

*Reading: “Animal Suffering: Learning Not to Care and Not to Know,” by William Crain

Summary Chart: How to Write an Argumentative Synthesis

Argumentative Synthesis Revision Checklist

Chapter 11 Plagiarism

Definition

Forms of Plagiarism

Purchasing a Paper

Turning in a Paper Someone Else Has Written for You

Turning in Another Student’s Work without That Student’s Knowledge

Improper Collaboration

Copying a Paper from a Source Text without Proper Acknowledgment

Cutting and Pasting Material from Sources

Lifting Images from the Web or Other Sources

Copying Statistics

Copying Material from a Source Text, Supplying Proper Documentation, but Leaving Out Quotation Marks

Paraphrasing Material from a Reading without Proper Documentation

Self-plagiarism

How to Avoid Plagiarism

Do Your Own Work

Take Good Notes

Paraphrase Properly

Supply Proper Documentation

Online Plagiarism Check

Clarify Collaboration Guidelines

Summary Chart: Plagiarism

Plagiarism Checklist

Chapter 12 Documentation

Definition and Purpose

Types of Documentation

Primary Academic Style Manuals

APA Guidelines

In-Text Documentation

Footnotes and Endnotes

MLA Guidelines

In-Text Documentation

Footnotes and Endnotes

Chapter 13 Reference Lists and Works Cited Entries

Definition and Purpose

APA Format

Sample Reference List Entries

Sample APA-Style Reference List

MLA Format

Sample Works Cited Entries

Electronic Sources of Information

Sample MLA-Style Works Cited List

Chapter 14 Timed Writing Assignments

Definition

A Range of Timed Writing Assignments, Purposes, and Conditions

Common Timed Writing Tasks

Rhetorical Aims

Access to Source Material

Access to Possible Assignments

Qualities of a Good Timed Essay

Appropriate

Concise

Supported

Organized

Clear and Correct

Writing Timed Assignments

Prepare for the Assignment Outside of Class

Read and Analyze the Assignment or Test Question

Plan Your Essay or Answer

Draft Your Essay or Answer

Revise Your Essay or Answer

Proofread Your Essay or Answer

Final Thoughts

Summary Chart: How to Write Timed Essays

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