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Community Writing : Researching Social Issues Through Composition

Community Writing : Researching Social Issues Through Composition - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0805838343

Cover of Community Writing : Researching Social Issues Through Composition 01 (ISBN 978-0805838343)
ISBN13: 978-0805838343
ISBN10: 0805838341
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Published: 2001
International: No

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Community Writing : Researching Social Issues Through Composition - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0805838343

Paul S. Collins

ISBN13: 978-0805838343
ISBN10: 0805838341
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

A Volume in the Language, Culture, and Teaching Series

Community Writing employs a series of assignments that guide students to research and write about issues confronting their individual communities. Students start by identifying a community to which they belong and focusing on problems in it, and then analyze possible solutions, construct arguments for them, decide which are likely to succeed, and consider how to initiate action. This is a primary text for first-year composition courses, covering the basics of the writing process. The assignments are recursive. Short writing assignments in each chapter build up to longer papers. Each of the assignment questions is accompanied by a guide to thinking about and writing the assigned paper, followed by a short Focus On reading that provides a brief account of community activism, a media case study, or a notable success story. The longer papers are accompanied by in-class peer reading groups. Each successive peer reading attempts a higher level of conceptual critique. By working together throughout the semester, students create increasingly adept peer groups familiar with all stages of each other's research. The book is carefully structured, but there is plenty of "give" in it, allowing instructors to be flexible in adapting it to the needs of their students and courses. Community Writing: * is distinguished by pedagogy based on a collaborative, process-oriented, service learning approach that emphasizes media critique and field research on community issues chosen by individual students; * answers real student questions, such as: Where do I find articles on my topic? What if evidence contradicts my hypothesis? How do I know if a source is biased?; * is web-savvy--guides students into building their own Web sites, including a unique guide for critiquing the design and veracity of other people's websites; and * is media-savvy--topics include media monopolies, spin control, dumbing down, misleading statistics, the Freedom of Information Act, "crackpot" authors, political rhetoric, and fallacious argumentation.

Table of Contents

Your Community and an Issue It Faces.
Media Views of an Issue.
Examining Solutions.
Working Toward Solutions.
The Term Paper.

Appendices.
Further Readings.
Using the Freedom of Information Act.
Citing Your Sources in the MLA Format.

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