A Sequence for Academic Writing / Edition 3

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A Sequence for Academic Writing / Edition 3

A Sequence for Academic Writing, brief rhetoric, focuses on the key strategies that any academic writer needs to know — summary, synthesis, analysis, and critique.

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ISBN-13: 9780321456816
Publisher: Longman
Publication date: 11/15/2006
Edition description: 3RD
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.58(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

Read, Reread, Underline

Divide into Stages of Thought

Write a One- or Two-Sentence Summary of Each Stage of Thought

Write a Thesis: A One- or Two-Sentence Summary of the Entire Passage

Write the First Draft of the Summary

Summarizing a Narrative or Personal Essay

Dreams of Patagonia, Bruce Chatwin

Summarizing Figures and Tables



Choosing Quotations

Incorporating Quotations into Your Sentences

Avoiding Plagiarism

Writing Assignment: Summary

The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin

2. Critical Reading and Critique

Critical Reading

Question 1: To What Extent does the Author Succeed in His or Her Purpose?

Writing to Inform

Writing to Persuade

We Are Not Created Equal in Every Way, Joan Ryan

Persuasive Strategies

Writing to Entertain

Question 2: To What Extent Do You Agree or Disagree With the Author?


How to Write Critiques

Demonstration: Critique

What Is the Author’s Purpose in Writing?

Does He or She Succeed in This Purpose?

To What Extent Do You Agree or Disagree with the Author? Evaluate Assumptions

Model Critique: A Critique of Joan Ryan’s “We Are Not Created Equal in Every Way,” Eric Ralston


Writing Assignment: Critique

With No Boys to Ogle, We Had Time to Learn, Christine Flowers

3. Explanatory Synthesis

What is a Synthesis?


Using Your Sources

Types of Syntheses: Explanatory and Argument

How to Write Syntheses

The Explanatory Synthesis

Demonstration: Explanatory Synthesis–The Car of the Future?

The Vanishing Mirage of Saudi Oil: Dwindling Reserves May End the Petroleum Age, Michael T. Klare

The Fuel Subsidy We Need, Ricardo Bayon

Putting the Hindenburg to Rest, Jim Motavalli

Sustainable Energy: Fuel Cells, New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development

Using Fossil Fuels in Energy Process Gets Us Nowhere, Jeremy Rifkin

Renewable Energy and Fuel Cells, Donald F. Anthrop

Do Hybrids Really Pay Off?, Jim Mackinnon and Dave Scott

Lots of Hot Air about Hydrogen, Joseph J. Romm

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 Paper: The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car, Janice Hunte

Discussion and Suggestions for Revision

Revise Your Synthesis: Global, Local, and Surface Revisions

Revised Model Paper: The Car of the Future?, Janice Hunte

4. Argument Synthesis

What Is an Argument Synthesis?

The Elements of Argument: Claim, Support, and Assumption

The Three Appeals of Argument: Logos, Ethos, Pathos

Demonstration: Developing an Argument Synthesis–Volunteering in America

A New Start for National Service, John McCain and Evan Bayh

A Time to Heed the Call, David Gergen

Volunteering in the United States, Bureau of Labor Statistics

AmeriCorp Mission Statement

National Service, Political Socialization, and Citizenship, Eric B. Gorham

Calls for National Service, Roger Landrum, Donald J. Eberly, and Michael W. Sherraden

The Moral Equivalent of War, William James

Crito, Plato

Keeping Alive the Spirit of National Service, Richard North Patterson

Rumsfeld: No Need for Draft; ‘Disadvantages Notable,’ Kathleen T. Rehm

Politics and National Service: A Virus Attacks the Volunteer Sector, Bruce Chapman

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 Synthesis: Keeping Volunteering Voluntary


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

Use Logical or Conventional Order

Present and Respond to Counterarguments

Use Concession

Avoid Common Fallacies in Developing and Using Support

The Comparison-and-Contrast Synthesis

Organizing Comparison-and-Contrast Syntheses

A Case for Comparison-Contrast: World War I and World War II

Model Exam Response: Key Similarities and Differences between World Wars I and II


Summary of Synthesis Chapters

5. Analysis

What Is an Analysis?

Demonstration of Analyses

The Plug-In Drug, Marie Winn

Model Paper: The Coming Apart of a Dorm Society, Edward Peselman

How to Write Analyses

Consider Your Purpose

Locate an Analytical Principle

Formulate a Thesis

Develop an Organizational Plan

Draft and Revise Your Analysis

Attribute Sources Appropriately

Writing Assignment: Analysis

A Theory of Human Motivation, Abraham H. Maslow

Analyzing Visual Media

Writing Assignment: Analyzing Visual Media

Advertisement: Fancy Feast Cat Food

Advertisement: [title to come]

Advertisement: GE Monogram Appliances

The Appeal of the Democracy of Goods, Roland Marchand

Elements of an Effective Layout, Dorothy Cohen

Analysis: A Tool for Understanding

6. Writing as a Process

Writing as Thinking

Stages of the Writing Process

Stage 1: Understanding the Task

Papers in the Academic Disciplines

Stage 2: Gathering Data

Types of Data

Stage 3: Invention

Choosing and Narrowing Your Subject

Invention Strategies

Stage 4: Drafting

Strategies for Writing the Paper

Writing a Thesis

Writing Introductions and Conclusions

Stage 5: Revision

Characteristics of Good Papers

The Reverse Outline

Stage 6: Editing

Editing for Style

Editing for Correctness

The Final Draft

Writing Assignment: Process

7. Locating, Mining, and Citing Sources

Source-Based Papers

The Research Question

Locating Sources

Preliminary Research

Consulting Knowledgeable People


Overviews and Bibliographies in Recent Books

Focused Research

Electronic Databases

The Benefits and Pitfalls of the World Wide Web

Evaluating Web Sources

Periodicals: General

Periodicals: Specialized


Biographical Indexes


Other Sources/Government Publications

Interviews and Surveys

Mining Sources

The Working Bibliography


Evaluating Sources

Arranging Your Notes: The Outline

Citing Sources

In-Text Citation

Full Citations

MLA Style

In-Text Citation

Examples of MLA Citations in Works Cited List

APA Style

In-Text Citation

Examples of APA Citations in References List

Writing Assignment: Source-Based Paper

8. A Case Study in Academic Writing

The Assignment: A Comparative Analysis

The Sources

From All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

Death in Victory, John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent’s Murals, Mary Crawford Volk

Cemetary Symbolism, Pam Reid

Cemetary Symbols: The Palm, Richard Reisem

The Outline

The Paper: “Death in War: A Comparative Analysis of John Singer Sargent’s Death and Victory and Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front.”


9. Practicing Academic Writing

The Assignments.




Explanatory Synthesis.

Argument Synthesis.


The Readings

The Curse of Nepotism, The Economist

May the Best Man or Woman Win, Miriam Shulman

Legacy Admissions are Defensible, Debra Thomas and Terry Shepard

Time to Bury the Legacy, Robert DeKoven

The History of Legacy Policies, Cameron Howell and Sarah E. Turner

Getting In: The Social Logic of Ivy League Admissions, Malcolm Gladwell

So Your Dad Went to Harvard, Mark Megalli

End Special Privilege, John Edwards

Preserve Universities’ Right to Shape Special Community, USA Today

Admissions Confidential: An Insider’s Account of the Elite College Selection Process, Rachel Toor

Making Ethical Decisions, Gerald Cavanagh

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