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This book is designed to engage readers in active and critical analysis of the processes and strategies they use to write, read, listen, speak, and think about their chosen discipline. The book is designed for readers who recognize that writing is an essential tool for learning disciplinary content and for developing professional expertise. The authors have brought together not just current approaches to writing and the writing process, but useful additional tools that help readers become better readers, listeners, and speakers. For all professionals wishing to improve upon their communication skills.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205195633
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/21/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface for Teachers.

Introduction: Strategies for Active Learning.


1. Understanding Writing Processes.
Getting Help from Others.
Understanding Your Own Writing.
A Look at Composing Processes.
Topics for Writing.

2. Purpose and Audience.
A Sense of Purpose.
A Sense of Audience.
Audience Types  The Complexity of Audiences: A Scenario  Audience Analysis.

3. Structure and Content.
Planning Your Writing.
Divide and Conquer.
Outline Is Not a Dirty Word.
The Obvious Components.
Beginnings  Middles  Ends  Appendices.
Collecting Material from Sources.
Using Libraries and Other Repositories  Informal Interviewing.

4. Global Revision.
Writing for the Writer versus Revising for the Reader.
Global Revision versus Local Revision.
Strategies for Reader-Based Revising.
Analyze Your Audience, Again  Analyze Your Purpose, Again  Write a Letter to Your Audience  Get Feedback from a Trial Reader  Write and Informative or Evaluative Abstract  Analyze a Model —Good or Bad  Develop Visual Aids for Your Reader.
Strategies for Global Revision.
Annotate or Gloss Your Text  Use Cut and Paste  Use Your Word Processor's Outline Feature  Consider Your Document's Format.

5. Local Revision.
Strategies for Local Revision.
Use Your Word Processor's Tools  Use Both Sets of Ears.
Using Revision Tools: Style Handbooks and Style Sheets.
Facts and Fallacies about Style Handbooks  WhatIs a Style Sheet and Why Do I Need to Use One?
Document Presentation: Its Reflection On You.

6. Special Writing Situations.
Preparing a Portfolio.
What is a Portfolio and Why Might I Need One?  Strategies for Preparing a Portfolio  Portfolio Review Guidelines.
Writing under Pressure.
Anticipation: Strategies for Preparing  Execution: Strategies for Writing  Desperation: Strategies of Last Resort.

7. Collaboration.
Rewards, Risks, and Objections.
Getting Started.
Generating Material.
Collecting Material.


8. Understanding Reading.
How Reading Works.
The Importance of Context.
Elements of Text.
Understanding the Reader.
Background Knowledge  Comprehension  Habits and Attitudes.
An Addendum: Reading and the New Technologies.

9. Writing and Drawing in the Margins.
Visual Writing: Shifting Words to Pictures.
Model Building  Outlining  Flowcharting.

10. Creating Journals while Reading.
Dialectical Entries.
Résumé/Curriculum Vitae.
Graphic Representations.
Genealogies  Time Lines/Chronologies.

11. Using Abstracts for Reading.
Defining Abstracts.
Writing Informative Abstracts.
Writing Evaluative Abstracts.


12. Understanding Active Listening.
What Listening Is.
Essential Types of Listening.
Discriminative Listening  Evaluative Listening.
Less Obvious Features of Listening.
Bias and Other Emotional Filters  Physical Characteristics: Sight and Sound  The Listening Environment.
The Roles and Characteristics of Listeners: Good and Bad.

13. Writing and Listening.
Why Take Notes?
Preparing for Notetaking.
Strategies for Taking Notes While Listening.
Outlining  Re-Annotating While Listening  Annotating Notes "On The Go"  Capturing Visuals in Notes.
Using Other Tools for Taking Notes.


14. Preparing Oral Presentations.
Analyzing Speaking Situations.
Writing the Presentation.
Planning the Presentation.
Illustrating the Presentation.
Practicing the Presentation.
Preparing the Presentation: A Review.

15. Strategies for Giving Effective Oral Presentations.
Setting Up.
Introducing Yourself and Your Purpose.
Moving through the Script.
Showing Your Expertise.

Works Cited.

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