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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.

Author Biography

RISE B. AXELROD is director of English composition and McSweeney Professor of Rhetoric and Teaching Excellence 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 Bernardino.

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

Note: Each chapter in Part One has the same basic structure as Chapter 2. For the sake of brevity, the recurring structure is not repeated in this abridged table of contents.
  1. Introduction
    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

Creating the Best Conditions for Reading and Writing

Thinking Critically


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

*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


  8. A Catalog of Invention Strategies
  9. A Catalog of Reading Strategies
     Martin Luther King Jr., from Letter from Birmingham Jail (annotated sample)
    Taking Inventory
    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
    Orienting Statements
    Cohesive Devices
    Headings and Subheadings

  11. Arguing
    Asserting a Thesis
    Giving Reasons and Support
    Logical Fallacies
  12. Field Research
  13. Library and Internet Research
   Integrating Library and Internet Research
    Orienting Yourself to the Library
    Keeping Track of Your Research
    Getting Started
    Identifying Subject Headings and Key Words
    Searching Online Library Catalogs and Databases
    Locating Sources
    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
    Using Sources
    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


Sample Documents
   *new to this edition

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