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Aims and Options - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0395899618

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ISBN13: 978-0395899618
ISBN10: 0395899613
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Edition/Copyright: 2ND 99
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 1999
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Aims and Options - 2ND 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0395899618

Rodney D. Keller

ISBN13: 978-0395899618
ISBN10: 0395899613
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 99
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

This highly readable, essay-level text with readings focuses on the purposes of writing - to reflect, inform, persuade, and speculate. The text is organized into eight thematic chapters which present starting points for the evolution of ideas into papers and lend context to rhetorical instruction. Each chapter teaches the complete writing process, from prewriting and drafting to rewriting and editing. Extended examples from student papers and a direct, conversational tone help students understand and apply the principles of writing.

  • Elements of the writing process are covered in detail. In addition to teaching grammar and mechanics, each chapter highlights a different prewriting, drafting, rewriting, or editing strategy to allow students to explore various writing options. Each chapter contains 16 writing assignments.
  • New! Fifty percent of the reading selections are new and two new chapter themes focus on issues of identity and the media. The Second Edition includes even more models of academic writing.
  • New! "Peer Response Sheets" facilitate feedback from peer response groups and provide questions for both readers and writers, with an emphasis on the four primary writing aims.
  • New! "Writing with Computers" activities in each chapter offer suggestions and strategies for using the computer as a writing tool. The text teaches students how to use the Internet for research and contains examples of electronic documentation.
  • New! More collaborative writing exercises and "Writing Together" assignments encourage students to help each other as they prewrite, draft, rewrite, and edit their essays.
  • Sample, "in progress" student essays are used as examples for the prewriting, drafting, and rewriting sections of the chapters.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Communication Triangle
Writing Aims
Writing to Reflect
Writing to Inform
Writing to Persuade
Writing to Speculate
The Writing Process

1. Work 13

Starting Points
Reading on Work
Mary E. Mebane, Nonnie's Day
Tomoyuki Iwashita, Why I Quit the Company
Prewriting
Making a List
Limiting a Topic
Drafting
Nonstop Writing
Narration
Rewriting
Reviewing
Editing
Subjects and Verbs
Options for Writing

2. Education

Starting Points
Readings on Education
U.S. News and World Report Staff Writer, Advice That Can Help You Succeed on Campus
Ji-Yeon Mary Yuhfill, Let's Tell the Story of All America's Cultures
Prewriting
Questioning
Drafting
Developing a Thesis Statement
Description
Rewriting
Discovering the Purpose of Your Paper
Editing
Clauses and Commas

3. Environment

Starting Points
Reading on Environment
Gale Lawrence, Baby Birds
Rachel Carson, A Fable for Tomorrow
Prewriting
Asking Journalists' Questions
Drafting
Organizing Ideas
Definition
Rewriting
Analyzing Your Audience
Editing
Correcting Common Sentence Errors
Options for Writing

4. Health

Starting Points
Reading on Health
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., A Giant Step
Elissa Ely, Dreaming of Disconnecting a Respirator
Prewriting
Cubing
Drafting
Introductions and Conclusions
Cause and Effect
Rewriting
Making a Focus Map
Editing
Agreement
Options for Writing

5. Identity

Starting Points
Reading on Identity
Langston Hughes, Salvation
Kirsten Mullen, Subtle Lessons in Racism
Prewriting
Keeping a Journal
Drafting
Developing Coherence and Transitions
Classification
Rewriting
Determining Voice and Distance
Editing
Choosing the Right Pronoun
Options for Writing

6. Relationships

Starting Points
Reading on Relationships
Bob Greene, Four Words
Robert J. Trotter, How Do I Love Thee
Prewriting
Clustering
Drafting
The General versus the Specific
Comparison and Contrast
Rewriting
Supporting Evidence
Editing
Correcting Ambiguous Modifiers and Pronouns
Options for Writing

7. Law

Starting Points
Readings on Law
Albert Sacrdino, After a Burglary
Martin Luther King, Jr., The Ways of Meeting Oppression
Prewriting
Enhancing Perceptions
Drafting
Crafting Sentences
Explaining a Process
Rewriting
Reconstructing Sentences
Editing
Economy and Parallelism
Options for Writing

8. Media

Starting Points
Reading on Media
David Nyhan, Turn Off the TV Before it Ruins Us
Max Frankel, Universal E-Mail: Worthy of a "New Frontier" Commitment
Prewriting
Voice Projection
Drafting
Coordinating and Subordinating Ideas
Persuasion
Rewriting
Reconstructing Paragraphs
Pornography on the Internet
Editing
Using Punctuation Correctly
Options for Writing

Appendix - Researching and Documenting
Acknowledgements
Index

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