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This Concise abbreviation of The Curious Writer offers an inquiry-driven approach, a focus on the connections between personal and academic writing, and a personal voice that engages and motivates students.

The Curious Writer emphasizes inquiry as both a method of discovery and learning and a driving force behind the writing process. The book operates on the principle that writers who begin with questions, rather than answers, achieve better results in their work. It treats research, revision, and critical reading skills (of both texts and visuals) as organic components of every writing process. Each of the eight writing assignment chapters offers integrated coverage of these three key activities and also provides special attention digital tools for invention and research. Offering a unique, entertaining, and personal author voice, The Curious Writer is sure to grab students’ interest and motivate them to write.

In just ten chapters, the Concise Edition encourages students to use writing as a tool of discovery while composing and revising their own reviews, proposals, and critical, personal, argumentative and research essays.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205780198
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 3/5/2010
  • Series: MyCompLab Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1 Writing as Inquiry

Motives for Writing

Beliefs About Writing and Writing Development

Exercise 1.1 This I Believem(and This I Don’t) One Student’s Response

Bernice’s Journal

Inquiring into the Details Journals

Unlearning Unhelpful Beliefs

The Beliefs of This Book

Habits of Mind

Starting with Questions, Not Answers

Suspending Judgment

Being Willing to Write Badly

Searching for Surprise

Exercise 1.2 A Roomful of Details

One Student’s Response

Bernice’s Journal

Writing Situations and Rhetorical Choices

A First Reflection on Your Writing Process

A Case Study

Inquiring into the Details Organizing Your Computer Files

Thinking About Your Process

Inquiring into the Details Portfolios

Exercise 1.3 L iteracy Narrative Collage

Exercise 1.4 What Is Your Process?

Problem Solving in Your Writing Process

The Nature of the Writing Process

The Writing Process As Recursive and Flexible

A System for Using Writing to Think

Inquiring into the Details Invention Strategies

Exercise 1.5 T wo Kinds of Thinking

A Writing Process That Harnesses Two Currents of Thought

A Writing Process Driven by Questions

Questioning, Generating, and Judging: A Strategy for Inquiry

Exercise 1.6 A Mini Inquiry Project: Cell Phone Culture

Exercise 1.7 S cenes of Writing

Using What You Have Learned

Chapter 2 Reading as Inquiry

Purposes for Academic Reading

Exercise 2.1 Using the Four Purposes for Academic Reading

Beliefs About Reading

Exercise 2.2 A Reader’s Memoir

One Common Belief That Is an Obstacle

Reading Situations and Rhetorical Choices

Four Frames for Reading

Reading Scenarios

Inquiring into the Details Reading Perspectives

Exercise 2.3 R eading a Life

A Process for Reading to Write

Questions for the Process of Reading to Write

Having a Dialogue with What You Read

Inquiring into the Details Reading the Visual

Exercise 2.4 Double-Entry Journaling with a Visual Text

Techniques for Keeping a Double-Entry Journal

Exercise 2.5 R eading Creatively, Reading Critically

READING Bruce Ballenger, “The Importance of Writing Badly”

One Student’s Response

Briana’s Journal

Wrestling with Academic Discourse: Reading from the Outside In

Exercise 2.6 Reading Reality TV

Features of Academic Discourse

Using What You Have Learned

Chapter 3 Writing a Personal Essay

Writing About Experience and Observations

Motives for Writing a Personal Essay

The Personal Essay and Academic Writing

Features of the Form

Readings

Personal Essay 1 Laura Zazulak, “Every Morning for Five Years”

Inquiring into the Essay

Personal Essay 2 Judith Ortiz Cofer, “One More Lesson”

Inquiring into the Essay

The Writing Process

Inquiry Project: Writing a Personal Essay

Writing Beyond the Classroom Essaying “This I Believe”

What Are You Going to Write About?

Opening Up

Narrowing Down

Trying Out

Writing the Sketch

Student Sketch Amanda Stewart, “Earning a Sense of Place”

Moving from Sketch to Draft

Developing

Drafting

Workshopping

Revising

*Student Essay Seth Marlin, “Smoke of Empire”

Evaluating the Essay

Using What You Have Learned

Chapter 4 Writing a Review

Writing That Evaluates

Motives for Writing a Review

The Review and Academic Writing

Seeing the Form Choosing the Best Picture

Features of the Form

Readings

*Review 1 Roger Ebert, “A Christmas Story”

Inquiring into the Essay

Review 2 Seth Schiesel, “Grand Theft Auto Takes on New York”

Inquiring into the Essay

The Writing Process

Inquiry Project: Writing a Review Essay

What Are You Going to Write About?

Opening Up

Narrowing Down

Trying Out

Thinking About Criteria

Writing the Sketch

*Student Sketch Laura Burns, “Recipe for a Great Film: Unlikeable People, Poor Choices, and Little Redemption”

Moving from Sketch to Draft

Developing

Drafting

Workshopping

Revising

*Student Essay Laura Burns, “How to Not Feel Good and Feel Good About It”

Evaluating the Essay

Using What You Have Learned

Chapter 5 Writing a Proposal

Writing About Problems and Solutions

Problems of Consequence

Problems of Manageable Scale

Motives for Writing a Proposal

The Proposal and Academic Writing

Inquiring into the Details Writing a Research Proposal

Features of the Form

Readings

*Proposal 1 Buzz Bissinger, “Why College Football Should Be Banned”

Inquiring into the Essay

Proposal 2 “Green Dining”

Inquiring into the Essay

Seeing the Form A Problem in Pictures

The Writing Process

Inquiry Project: Writing a Proposal

What Are You Going to Write About?

Opening Up

Narrowing Down

Trying Out

Writing the Sketch

*Student Sketch Jenna Appleman, “Loving and Hating Reality TV”

Moving from Sketch to Draft

Developing

Inquiring into the Details Design Tips for Basic Web Pages

Drafting

Workshopping

Revising

*Student Essay Jenna Appleman, “Avoidable Accidents: How to Make Reality TV Safer”

Evaluating the Essay

Using What You Have Learned

Chapter 6 Writing an Argument

Writing to Persuade People

What Is Argument?

Two Sides to Every Argument?

The Machinery of Argument: Claims, Reasons, and Evidence

Claims: What You Want People to Believe

Reasons: The “Because. . .” Behind the Claim

Evidence: Proof of the Point

Seeing the Form The “Imagetext” as Argument

Credibility, Emotion, and Logic

Analyzing Argument

Exercise 6.1 A rgument as Therapy

One Student’s Response Rebecca’s Journal

Inquiring into the Details Common Logical Fallacies

Motives for Writing an Argument

Writing Beyond the Classroom Public Argument in a Digital Age

The Argument and Academic Writing

Features of the Form

Readings

*Argument 1 Edward Tufte, “PowerPoint Is Evil”

Inquiring into the Essay

Argument 2 Loye Young, “Is Humiliation an Ethically Appropriate Response to Plagiarism?”

Inquiring into the Essay

The Writing Process

Inquiry Project: Writing an Argument

What Are You Going to Write About?

Opening Up

One Student’s Response

Narrowing Down

Trying Out

Writing the Sketch

*Student Sketch Rebecca Thompson, “Twitter a Profound Thought?”

Moving from Sketch to Draft

Developing

Drafting

Inquiring into the Details What Evidence Can Do

Workshopping

Revising

Inquiring into the Details Toulmin: A Method for Analyzing an Argument

*Student Essay Rebecca Thompson, “Social Networking Social Good?”

Evaluating the Essay

Using What You Have Learned

Chapter 7 Writing a Critical Essay

Writing About Literature

Motives for Writing a Critical Essay

The Critical Essay and Academic Writing

Features of the Form

Readings

Short Story Leslie Marmon Silko, “Lullaby”

Inquiring into the Story

One Student’s Response Noel’s Journal

Inquiring into the Details Why Literary Theory Is Not a Sleep Aid

*Film Criticism James Parker, “Our Zombies, Ourselves”

Inquiring into the Essay

Seeing the Form Young Ladies on the Banks of the Seine by Gustave Coubet

The Writing Process

Inquiry Project: Writing a Critical Essay

What Are You Going to Write About?

Opening Up

Inquiring into the Details Common Literary Devices

Narrowing Down

Writing the Sketch

Student Sketch Julie Bird, “What Is the Role of Nature in ‘Lullaby’?”

Moving from Sketch to Draft

Developing

Drafting

Workshopping

Revising

Polishing

Student Essay Julie Bird, “Nature as Being: Landscape in Silko’s ‘Lullaby’ ”

Evaluating the Essay

Using What You Have Learned

Chapter 8 Research Techniques

Methods of Collecting

Research in the Electronic Age

Research Routines

Power Searching Using

Google

Power Searching in the Library

Developing Working Knowledge

A Strategy for Developing Working Knowledge

Developing Focused Knowledge

A Strategy for Developing Focused Knowledge

Evaluating Library Sources

Inquiring into the Details The Working Bibliography

Advanced Internet Research Techniques

Go Beyond Google

Evaluating Web Sources

An Evaluation Process for Web Sources

Research with Living Sources: Interviews, Surveys, and Fieldwork

Interviews

Surveys

Inquiring into the Details Types of Survey Questions

Conducting a Survey

Using Survey Results in Your Writing

Fieldwork: Research on What You See and Hear

Writing in the Middle: Note-Taking Techniques

Double-Entry Journal

Research Log

One Student’s Response

Claude’s Research Log

Using What You Have Learned

Chapter 9 Using and Citing Sources

Controlling Information

Using Sources

Summarizing

Paraphrasing

Quoting

Citing Sources

Avoiding Plagiarism

Exercise 9.1 The Accidental Plagiarist

MLA Documentation Guidelines

Inquiring into the Details The Common Knowledge Exception

Citing Sources

Inquiring into the Details Citations That Go with the Flow

Format

Preparing the Works Cited Page

APA Documentation Guidelines
How the Essay Should Look

Citing Sources in Your Essay

Preparing the References List

Using What You Have Learned

Chapter 10 Revision Strategies

Why Revise?

Divorcing the Draft

Strategies for Divorcing the Draft

Five Categories of Revision

Problems with Purpose

Revision Strategy 10.1: The Motive Statement

Revision Strategy 10.2: What Do

You Want to Know About What You Learned?

One Student’s Response

Julia’s Draft

Revision Strategy 10.3: Finding the Focusing Question

Revision Strategy 10.4: What’s the Relationship?

Problems with Meaning

Where Does Meaning Come From?

Methods for Discovering Your Thesis

Revision Strategy 10.5: Find the “Instructive Line”

Revision Strategy 10.6: Looping Toward a Thesis

Revision Strategy 10.7: Reclaiming Your Topic

Revision Strategy 10.8: Believing and Doubting

Methods for Refining Your Thesis

Revision Strategy 10.9: Questions as Knives

Revision Strategy 10.10: Qualifying Your Claim

Problems with Information

Revision Strategy 10.11: Explode a Moment

Revision Strategy 10.12: Beyond Examples

Revision Strategy 10.13: Research

Revision Strategy 10.14: Backing Up Your Assumptions

Problems with Structure

Formal Academic Structures

Revision Strategy 10.15: Beginnings, Middles, Ends, and the Work They Do

Revision Strategy 10.16: Reorganizing Around Thesis and Support

Revision Strategy 10.17: Multiple Leads

Revision Strategy 10.18: The Frankenstein Draft

Problems with Clarity and Style

Solving Problems of Clarity

Revision Strategy 10.19: The Three Most Important Sentences

Revision Strategy 10.20: Untangling Paragraphs

Revision Strategy 10.21: Cutting Clutter

Inquiring into the Details Transition Flags
Revision Strategy 10.22: The Actor and the Action Next Door
Improving Style
Revision Strategy 10.23: Actors and Actions
Revision Strategy 10.24: Smoothing the Choppiness
Revision Strategy 10.25: Fresh Ways to Say Things
Using What You Have Learned

Credits
Index

*new selections

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