ISBN-10:
0312478070
ISBN-13:
2900312478079
Pub. Date:
10/27/2008
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Axelrod and Cooper's Concise Guide to Writing / Edition 5

Axelrod and Cooper's Concise Guide to Writing / Edition 5

by Rise B. Axelrod
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Overview

Adapted from the best-selling St. Martin’s Guide to Writing, Axelrod and Cooper’s Concise Guide to Writing provides streamlined versions of the acclaimed Guides to Writing for six of the most commonly assigned genres in the first-year writing course. The careful integration of well-chosen readings with coverage of critical reading and guided writing in the Guide chapters is complemented by fuller coverage of reading, writing, and research in chapters at the end of the book — all at a bargain price.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900312478079
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date: 10/27/2008
Edition description: Fifth Edition
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

RISE B. AXELROD is director of English composition and McSweeney Professor of Rhetoric and Teaching Excellence at the University of California, Riverside. She has previously been professor of English at California State University, San Bernardino, director of the College Expository Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and assistant director of the Third College Composition Program at the University of California, San Bernardino.

CHARLES R. COOPER is an emeritus professor in the department of literature at the University of California, San Diego, where he served as coordinator of the Third College Composition Program, Dimensions of Culture Program, and Campus Writing Programs. He has also been co-director of the San Diego Writing Project, one of the National Writing Project Centers. He is coeditor, with Lee Odell, of Evaluating Writing and Research on Composing: Points of Departure , and coauthor, with Susan Peck MacDonald, of Writing the World (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000).

Together, Axelrod and Cooper have coauthored The St. Martin's Guide to Writing and, with Allison Warriner, Reading Critically, Writing Well.

Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter in Part One has the same basic structure as Chapter 2. For the sake of brevity, the recurring structure is not repeated in this abridged table of contents.

PREFACE
1. Introduction
Why Writing Is Important
Writing Influences the Way You Think
Writing Contributes to Learning
Writing Fosters Personal Development
Writing Connects You to Others
Writing Promotes Success in College and at Work
How Writing Is Learned
Reading
Writing

Creating the Best Conditions for Reading and Writing

Thinking Critically

PART ONE. WRITING ACTIVITIES\

2. Remembering an Event
Writing in Your Other Courses/ in the Community/in the Workplace
A Collaborative Activity:Practice Remembering an Event

Readings
Jean Brandt, Calling Home

Annie Dillard, from An American Childhood
*Rick Bragg, 100 Miles per Hour, Upside Down and Sideways
Purpose and Audience
Basic Features: Remembering Events

Guide to Writing
The Writing Assignment
Invention and Research
Planning and Drafting
Critical Reading Guide
Revising

*Working with Sources
Editing and Proofreading

*Thinking about Document Design

Reflecting on Your Writing

3. Writing Profiles

Readings
Brian Cable, The Last Stop

John T. Edge, I'm Not Leaving Until I Eat This Thing
*John McPhee, The New York Pickpocket Academy
Guide to Writing

Reflecting on Your Writing

4. Explaining a Concept
Readings
Linh Kieu Ngo, Cannibalism: It Still Exists

Anastasia Toufexis, Love: The Right Chemistry
*Bob Holmes, In the Blink of an Eye
Guide to Writing

Reflecting on Your Writing

5. Arguing a Position
Readings
Jessica Statsky, Children Need to Play, Not Compete

*Amitai Etzioni, Working at McDonald’s

*Karen Stabiner, Boys Here, Girls There: Sure, If Equality’s the Goal

Guide to Writing

Reflecting on Your Writing

6. Proposing a Solution
Readings
Patrick O'Malley, More Testing, More Learning

*Karen Kornbluh, Win-Win Flexibility

*Gian-Claudia Sciara, Making Communities Safe for Bicycles

Guide to Writing

Reflecting on Your Writing

7. Justifying an Evaluation
Readings
*Wendy Kim, Grading Professors

*A. O. Scott, News in Black, White, and Shades of Gray

Christine Romano, "Children Need to Play, Not Compete"

Guide to Writing

Reflecting on Your Writing

PART TWO. STRATEGIES FOR CRITICAL THINKING, WRITING, AND RESEARCH

8. A Catalog of Invention Strategies
Mapping
Writing

9. A Catalog of Reading Strategies
Annotating
Martin Luther King Jr., from Letter from Birmingham Jail (annotated sample)
Taking Inventory
Outlining
Paraphrasing
Summarizing
Synthesizing
Contextualizing
Exploring the Significance of Figurative Language
Looking for Patterns of Opposition
Reflecting on Challenges to Your Beliefs and Values
Evaluating the Logic of an Argument
Recognizing Emotional Manipulation
Judging the Writer's Credibility

10. Cueing the Reader
Orienting Statements
Paragraphing
Cohesive Devices
Connectives
Headings and Subheadings

11. Arguing
Asserting a Thesis
Giving Reasons and Support
Counterarguing
Logical Fallacies

12. Field Research
Observations
Interviews
Questionnaires

13. Library and Internet Research
Integrating Library and Internet Research
Orienting Yourself to the Library
Keeping Track of Your Research
Getting Started
Identifying Subject Headings and Key Words
Searching Online Library Catalogs and Databases
Locating Sources
Using the Internet for Research
Finding the Best Information Online
Using Email and Online Communities for Research
Reading Sources with a Critical Eye

14. Using and Acknowledging Sources
Using Sources
Acknowledging Sources
The MLA System of Documentation
The APA System of Documentation
Some Sample Research Papers

*An Annotated Research Paper

*15. Designing Documents

Considering Context

Elements of Document Design

Visuals

Sample Documents

Index

*new to this edition

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