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Adapted from the best-selling St. Martinís Guide to Writing, Axelrod and Cooperís 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
*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
9. A Catalog of Reading Strategies
Martin Luther King Jr., from Letter from Birmingham Jail (annotated sample)
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
Headings and Subheadings
Asserting a Thesis
Giving Reasons and Support
12. Field Research
13. Library and Internet Research
Integrating Library and Internet Research
Orienting Yourself to the Library
Keeping Track of Your Research
Identifying Subject Headings and Key Words
Searching Online Library Catalogs and Databases
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
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
*new to this edition