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Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing, The: Concise Edition,9780205598724

Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing, The: Concise Edition

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Solidly grounded in current theory and research, yet eminently practical and teachable,The Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writinghas set the standard for first-year composition courses in writing, reading, critical thinking, and inquiry. The Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writingis widely praised for its groundbreaking integration of composition research and a rhetorical perspective to writing and reading, and it features a flexible sequence of aims-based writing assignments in various academic and civic genres. Teachers and students value its clear and coherent explanations, engaging classroom activities, and effective writing assignments that help writers produce interesting, idea-rich essays. Numerous examples of student and professional writing accompany this concise guide to the concepts and skills needed for writing, researching, and editing in college and beyond.

Table of Contents

Writing Projects
Thematic Contents
A Rhetoric for Writers
Thinking Rhetorically About Good Writing
Good Writing Can Vary from Closed to Open Forms David Rockwood
A Letter to the Editor Thomas Merton
A Festival of Rain
Distinctions between Closed and Open Forms of Writing
Where to Place Your Writing Along the Continuum
Good Writers Pose
Questions about Their Subject Matter
Shared Problems Unite Writers and Readers
Posing Your Own Subject-Matter Questions
Brittany Tinker, Can the World Sustain an American Standard of Living?
Good Writers Write for a Purpose to an Audience within a Genre
How Writers Think about Purpose
Purpose as Rhetorical Aim
Purpose as a Response to a Motivating Occasion
Purpose as a Desire to Change Your Readers View
How Writers Think about Audience
How Writers Think about Genre Chapter Summary
Brief Writing Project 1: Posing a Good Subject-Matter Problem
Brief Writing Project 2: Understanding Rhetorical Context
Thinking Rhetorically about Your Subject Matter
Professors Value Wallowing in Complexity
Learning to Wallow in Complexity
Seeing Each Academic Discipline as a Field of Inquiry and Argument
Good Writers Use Exploratory Strategies to Think Critically about Subject Matter Problems
Focused Freewriting
Idea Mapping
Dialectic Talk
Playing the Believing and Doubting Game
Believing and Doubting Paul Therouxs Negative View of Sports
A Strong Thesis Surprises Readers with Something New or Challenging
Trying to Change Your Readers View of Your Subject
Giving Your Thesis Tension through Surprising Reversal Concept
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