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Axelrod and Cooper's Concise Guide to Writing

Axelrod and Cooper's Concise Guide to Writing - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0312390839

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ISBN13: 978-0312390839
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Edition/Copyright: 3RD 02
Publisher: Bedford Books
Published: 2002
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Axelrod and Cooper's Concise Guide to Writing - 3RD 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312390839

Rise B. Axelrod and Charles R. Cooper

ISBN13: 978-0312390839
ISBN10: 0312390831
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 02
Publisher: Bedford Books

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

Axelrod and Cooper's acclaimed Guides to Writing. For six of the most frequently assigned genres in the first-year composition class, the Concise Guide includes the Writing Guides that have made The St. Martin's Guide to Writing so successful -- remembering events, writing profiles, explaining concepts, arguing a position, proposing a solution, and justifying an evaluation -- all streamlined for this edition.

Systematic integration of reading and writing. Eighteen reading selections by professional and student writers are paired with questions and commentary that focus on writing strategies students can use in their own essays.

Clear coverage of strategies for writing and critical reading. Writing strategies such as invention and cueing the readers are discussed in the assignment chapters and reinforced in Chapters 8 and 9. Chapter 10 focuses on a variety of reading strategies.

Comprehensive chapters on research. Three chapters present strategies for field research, library and Internet research and for using, evaluating, and acknowledging sources that will help students address all aspects of writing research papers.

More genres to choose from. The third edition of the Concise Guide includes six assignment chapters for six genres -- one more than in the last edition. The new chapter on writing profiles offers instructors more teaching options.

Many new readings. Of the 18 essays in the Concise Guide, 15 are new and half are by women writers. Several of the new essays illustrate how visual elements such as diagrams, cartoons, and screen shots can be used effectively in a particular genre.

Content connected to real life. To help students connect writing to their own lives, each of the assignment chapters now begins with scenarios about "Writing in the Community" and "Writing in the Workplace" in addition to "Writing in Your Other Courses." Community and workplace connections are emphasized in the apparatus accompanying the readings and in lists that help students generate writing topics.

Up-to-date coverage of electronic research and documentation. Current information on evaluating and documenting Internet sources makes it easier than ever to integrate online research into the composition course -- without supplanting more traditional information sources.

A completely new look. The Concise Guide has a striking new design that uses color to make the book not only more visually appealing but also easier for students to read and refer to.

A new emphasis on visual literacy. The Concise Guide now integrates reading and pedagogy that helps students recognize and assess the visual component of texts.

Author Bio

Axelrod, Rise B. : University of California

Rise B. Axelrod is director of English Composition and professor of English 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 Diego. With Charles R. Cooper, she is coauthor of The St. Martin's Guide to Writing, Sixth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001), and Reading Critically, Writing Well, Sixth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002).

Cooper, Charles R. : University of California

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 codirector of the San Diego Writing Project, one of the National Writing Project Centers. He is coeditor, with Lee Odell, of Evaluating Writing. With Rise B. Axelrod, he is coauthor of The St. Martin's Guide to Writing, Sixth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001), and Reading Critically, Writing Well, Sixth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002); with Susan Peck MacDonald, he is coauthor of Writing the World: Reading and Writing about Issues of the Day (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Why Writing Is Important
Writing Influences the Ways We Think
Writing Contributes to the Ways We Learn
Writing Fosters Personal Development
Writing Connects Us to Others
Writing Promotes Success in College and at Work
How Writing Is Learned
Reading
Writing
Thinking Critically
Using This Book
The Part One Readings
The Part One Guides to Writing

PART I. WRITING ACTIVITIES

2. Remembering Events
Writing in Your Other Courses
Writing in the Community
Writing in the Workplace
Practice Remembering an Event: A Collaborative Activity
Readings
Annie Dillard, Handed My Own Life
Rick Bragg, 100 Miles per Hour, Upside Down and Sideways
Jeanne Brandt, Calling Home
Purpose and Audience
Basic Features: Remembering Events
Guide to Writing
The Writing Assignment
Invention
Planning and Drafting
Critical Reading Guide
Revising
Editing and Proofreading
Reflecting on Your Writing

3. Writing Profiles
Readings
The New Yorker, Soup
Peggy Orenstein, The Daily Grind: Lessons in the Hidden Curriculum
Brian Cable, The Last Stop
Purpose and Audience
Basic Features: Profiles
Guide to Writing
The Writing Assignment
Invention and Research
Planning and Drafting
Critical Reading Guide
Revising
Editing and Proofreading
Reflecting on Your Writing

4. Explaining a Concept
Readings
Anastasia Toufexis, Love: The Right Chemistry
Carol Potera, Internet Addiction
Linh Kieu Ngo, Cannibalism: It Still Exists
Purpose and Audience
Basic Features: Explaining Concepts
Guide to Writing
The Writing Assignment
Invention and Research
Planning and Drafting
Critical Reading Guide
Revising
Editing and Proofreading
Reflecting on Your Writing

5. Arguing a Position
Readings
Alan I. Leshner, Why Shouldn't Society Treat Substance Abusers?
Mariah Burton Nelson, Adventures in Equality
Jessica Statsky, Children Need to Play, Not Compete
Purpose and Audience
Basic Features: Arguing Positions
Guide to Writing
The Writing Assignment
Invention and Research
Planning and Drafting
Critical Reading Guide
Revising
Editing and Proofreading
Reflecting on Your Writing

6. Proposing a Solution
Readings
Rob Ryder, Ten Is a Crowd, So Change the Game
Katherine S. Newman, Dead-End Jobs: A Way Out
Patrick O'Malley, More Testing, More Learning
Purpose and Audience
Basic Features: Proposing Solutions
Guide to Writing
The Writing Assignment
Invention and Research
Planning and Drafting
Critical Reading Guide
Revising
Editing and Proofreading
Reflecting on Your Writing

7. Justifying an Evaluation
Readings
David Ansen, Star Wars: The Phantom Movie
Kristine Potter, Asthma on the Web
Christine Romano, "Children Need to Play, Not Compete," by Jessica Statsky: An Evaluation
Purpose and Audience
Basic Features: Evaluations
Guide to Writing
The Writing Assignment
Invention and Research
Planning and Drafting
Critical Reading Guide
Revising
Editing and Proofreading
Reflecting on Your Writing

PART II. STRATEGIES FOR WRITING AND RESEARCH

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

9. Strategies for All-Purpose Invention
Mapping
Writing

10. A Catalog of Reading Strategies
Annotating
Martin Luther King Jr.,An Annotated Sample from Letter from Birmingham Jail
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

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

12. Field Research
Observations
Interviews

13. Library and Internet Research
Orienting Yourself to the Library
A Library Search Strategy
Keeping Track of Your Research
Getting Started
Identifying Keywords and Subject Headings
Searching Library Online Catalogs and Databases
Locating Sources
Using the Internet for Research
Navigating the Web
Using Search Engines
Reading Sources with a Critical Eye

14. Using and Acknowledging Sources
Using Sources
Acknowledging Sources
Some Sample Research Papers

Index

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