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This brief rhetoric focuses on the key strategies that any academic writer needs to know -- summary, synthesis, analysis, and critique.

Building off of the hallmark writing instruction of the best-selling Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum, this writing guide focuses on the critical reading and writing strategies that students need in order to thoughtfully interpret and incorporate source material into their own papers. The text employs high-interest readings from a range of disciplines to allow students to practice these strategies and skills, while numerous student papers model the kinds of academic texts that students are expected to produce.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205172887
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 247,390
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Summary, Paraphrase, and Quotation.
What is a Summary?
Can a Summary Be Objective?
Using the Summary.
The Reading Process.
How to Write Summaries.
Demonstration: Summary.

The Future of Love: Kiss Romance Goodbye—It's Time for the Real Thing, Barbara Graham.

Summarizing a Narrative or Personal Essay.
Why I Will Never Have a Girlfriend, Tristan Miller.

How to Summarize Narratives or Personal Essays.
Summarizing Figures and Tables.
Figure 1.1 Categories Used by American and Israeli Males to Screen Dating Candidates.
Figure 1.2 Categories Used by American and Israeli Females to Screen Dating Candidates.
Figure 1.3 Comparison of Categories Used by American and Israeli Males and Females to Screen Dating Candidates.
Table 1.1 Categories Used by American and Israeli Males and Females to Screen Dating Candidates.
Figure 1.4 The Interaction of Sex of Respondent and Type of Betrayal on Acceptance of Betrayal.
How to Write Paraphrases.
Choosing Quotations.
When to Quote.
Incorporating Quotations Into Your Sentences.
Body Body Double: Cloning Infants a Distant Fantasy, Alexander M. Capron.

2. Critical Reading and Critique.
Critical Reading.
Question Category l: What is the Author's Purpose in Writing? Does He or She Succeed in This Purpose?
Informative Writing.
Persuasive Writing.

A Simple One-Step Plan to Solve the Education Crisis, J. Morton Davis.

Persuasive Strategies: Clearly Defined Terms.
Fair Use of Information.
Logical Argumentation.
Avoiding Logical Fallacies.
Various Logical Fallacies.
Writing That Entertains.
Question Category 2: To What Extent Do You Agree With the Author?
Identify Points of Agreement and Disagreement.
Explore the Reasons for Agreement and Disagreement: Evaluate Assumptions.
How to Write Critiques.
Demonstration: Critique.
Model Essay.
An Avenue to High Academic Standards, Lynn Olson.
School-to-Work Will Train, Not Educate, Phyllis Schlafly.

Chapter 3. The Writing Process: Steps to Writing Theses, Introductions, and Conclusions.
Writing as a Thinking Process.
Stages of the Writing Process.
Getting Started.
Stage 1: Data Gathering.
Understanding the Assignment; Types of Data.
Stage 2: Invention.
Choosing a Subject and Narrowing It.
Common Misconceptions about Writing.
Writing and Thinking.
Invention Strategies.
Time Management.
Writing the Essay.
Stage 3: Drafting.
Writing the Thesis.
The Components of a Thesis.
Limiting the Scope of the Thesis.
Start With a Working Thesis.
Make an Assertion.
Using the Thesis to Plan Your Essay Structure.
Using the Thesis.
Writing Introductions.
Writing Conclusions.
Revising the Essay.
Stage 4: Revision.
Characteristics of Good Essays: Unity, Coherence, Development.
The Reverse Outline.
Stage 5: Editing.
Editing for Style.
Editing for Correctness.
Common Sentence-Level Errors.
SpellCheck and Grammar-Check.
Stage 6: Publication.
Demonstration: The Process of Writing a Critique.

4. Explanatory Synthesis.
What is a Synthesis?
Using Your Sources.
Types of Synthesis: Explanatory versus Argument Syntheses.
How to Write Explanatory Syntheses.
The Explanatory Synthesis.
Computers, Communication, and Relationships.

Cyberspace: A New Frontier for Fighting Words, Sanjiv N. Singh.
Social Relationships in Electronic Forums: Hangouts, Salons, Workplaces and Communities, Rob Kling.
excerpt from Signs of Life in the USA, Sonia Maasik and Jack Solomon.
Life at High-Tech U, Deborah Branscum.
Developing Personal and Emotional Relationships Via Computer Mediated Communication, Brittney G. Chenault.
Cyberspace Romances: Interview with Jean-Francois Perreault of “Branchez-vous,” John Suler.
Click Here for Romance, Jennifer Wolcott.
You've Got Romance! Seeking Love Online: Net Based Services Change the Landscape, If Not the Odds, of Finding the Perfect Mate, Bonnie R. Morris.

Consider Your Purpose.
Formulate a Thesis.
Decide How You Will Use Your Source Material.
Develop an Organizational Plan.
Summary Statements.
Write the Topic Sentences.
Write Your Synthesis.
Model Essay: Advantages and Disadvantages of Computer Mediated Communication, Alyssa Mellott.

Discussion and Suggestions for Revision.
Revised Model Essay: Computer Mediated Communication: New and Improved Human Relations or the End of Real Interaction?, Alyssa Mellott.

Writing Assignment: An Expanded Explanatory Synthesis Drawing Upon More Sources.
Will We Ever Log Off?, Robert Wright.
Lonesome Internet Blues, Take 2, Scott Rosenberg.
Making Clones Among Us, Bob Gunn.
The Net: It's the Unreal Thing, Gil Schwartz.
Cyber Time: Living by the Credo 'Boot up, Log on and Connect,' University Students are Mounting a Techno-Revolution, Joe Chidley.
10% of Students May Spend Too Much Time Online, Study Suggests, Leo Reisberg.
Romance on the Net, Ruth C. Eggett.
Dear Ann Larders, Ann Landers.

5. Argument Synthesis.
What is Argument Synthesis?
How to Write Argument Syntheses.
The Argument Synthesis.
The Elements of Argument: Claim, Support, and Assumption.
The Three Appeals of Argument: Logos, Ethos, Pathos.
Developing an Argument Synthesis.
The Wal-Mart Controversy.

Ban the Bargains, Bob Ortega.
Eight Ways to Stop the Store, Albert Norman.
Wal-Mart's War on Main Street, Sarah Anderson.
Who's Really the Villain?, Jo-Ann Johnston.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Hoover's Handbook of American Business.
Sprawl-Busting Victories, Albert Norman.
Shopping With the Enemy, Economist.

Consider Your Purpose.
Making a Claim: Formulate a Thesis.
Decide How You Will Use Your Source Material.
Develop an Organizational Plan.
Argument Strategy.
Draft and Revise Your Synthesis.
Model Essay: A Vote for Wal-Mart.
Developing and Organizing the Support for Your Arguments.
Summarize, Paraphrase, and Quote Supporting Evidence.
Provide Various Types of Evidence and Motivational Appeals; Use Climactic Order.
Present and Respond to Counterarguments.
Use Concession.
Avoid Common Fallacies in Developing and Using Support.
The Comparison-and-Contrast Synthesis.
A Case for Comparison-Contrast: Murder or Manslaughter?
Rowland v. State.
People v. Ashland.
Instructions to the Jury.
Comparison-Contrast (Organized by Criteria).
Model Essay: Murder or Manslaughter?

6. Analysis.
What is Analysis?
Analysis as “Close Reading.”
Demonstration 1: Analyzing a Poem.
Exercise 6.1: Analyzing a Poem.
Analysis as Application of Theory.
What is Theory?
The Scientific Method.
Theory Outside the Sciences.
Theoretical Perspectives.
How to Apply Theories in Analysis Papers.
Demonstration 2: Applying A Theory to a Specific Phenomenon.
Writing Assignment 1: A Short Analysis Paper.
Demonstration 3: Applying a Theoretical Perspective to a Specific Phenomenon.

from Democracy in America, Alexis De Tocqueville.

Applying Tocqueville's Perspective.
The Writing Process.
Summary Statement.
Draft a Thesis.
Write an Outline.
Write the Analysis.
Model Essay: Youth and Politics: The Generation that Doesn't Care, Lauren Stocks.

Writing Assignment 2: Analysis Paper.
from Identity: Youth and Crisis, Erik H. Erikson.
The Dissolution of the Self, Kenneth J. Gergen.

7. Research.
Going Beyond this Text.
Research Papers in the Academic Disciplines.
Finding a Subject.
The Research Question.
Preliminary Research.
Consulting Knowledgeable People.
Overviews and Bibliographies in Recent Books.
Bibliographical Index.
Subject-Heading Guides.
Focused Research.
Electronic Databases.
The Benefits and Pitfalls of the World Wide Web.
Periodicals: General.
Periodicals: Specialized.
Biographical Indexes.
Other Sources/Government Publications.
Interviews and Surveys.
From Research to Working Thesis.
The Working Bibliography.
Evaluating Sources.
Arranging Your Notes: The Outline.
Writing the Draft.
Avoiding Plagiarism.
Citing Sources.
In-Text Citation.
Content Notes.
Reference Page.
MLA Style.
In-Text Citation.
In-Text Citation of Electronic Sources.
Examples of MLA Citations in "Works Cited" List.
Other Sources.
Electronic Sources.
APA Style.
In-Text Citation.
In-Text Citation of Electronic Sources.
Examples of APA Citations in “References List.
Other Sources.
Electronic Sources.
CBE Style.
In-Text Citation.
In-Text Citation of Electronic Sources.
Examples of CBE Citations in “References” List.
Other Sources.
Electronic Sources.
Writing Assignment: Short Research Paper.

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