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Axelrod and Cooper's Concise Guide to Writing,9780312434397

Axelrod and Cooper's Concise Guide to Writing

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9780312434397

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Pub. Date:
8/10/2005
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Bedford/St. Martin's
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Summary

Adapted from the best-selling The St. Martin's Guide to Writing, Seventh Edition, Axelrod & Cooper's Concise Guide to Writing provides six guided writing assignments along with readings and strategies for writing and research - all in a brief, flexible, easy-to-use format. Book jacket.

Author Biography

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 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 codirector of the San Diego Writing Project, one of the National Writing Project Centers. He is coeditor, with Lee Odell, of Evaluating Writing 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, Seventh Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004) and, with Allison Warriner, Reading Critically, Writing Well, Seventh Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005).

Table of Contents

To the Instructor v
Introduction
1(22)
Why Writing is Important
1(3)
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
4(10)
Reading
Writing
Thinking Critically
Using This Book
14(9)
The Part One Readings
The Part One Guides to Writing
PART ONE WRITING ACTIVITIES
Remembering Events
23(41)
Writing in Your Other Courses
Writing in the Community
Writing in the Workplace
Practice Remembering an Event: A Collaborative Activity
Readings
26(1)
From An American Childhood
26(7)
Annie Dillard
On Being a Real Westerner
33(5)
Tobias Wolff
Calling Home
38(4)
Jean Brandt
Purpose and Audience
42(1)
Basic Features: Remembering Events
42(2)
A Well-Told Story
A Vivid Presentation of Places and People
An Indication of the Event's Significance
Guide to Writing
44(1)
The Writing Assignment
45(1)
Invention
45(6)
Finding an Event to Write About
Finding an Event to Write About: An Online Activity
Describing the Place
Recalling Key People
Sketching the Story
Testing Your Choice
Testing Your Choice: A Collaborative Activity
Exploring Memorabilia
Reflecting on the Event's Significance
Defining Your Purpose for Your Readers
Formulating a Tentative Thesis Statement
Planning and Drafting
51(5)
Seeing What You Have
Setting Goals
Outlining
Drafting
Critical Reading Guide
56(2)
Revising
58(3)
Getting an Overview
Carrying Out Revisions
Checking Sentence Strategies Electronically
Editing and Proofreading
61(2)
A Note on Grammar and Spelling Checkers
Reflecting on Your Writing
63(1)
Writing Profiles
64(48)
Writing in Your Other Courses
Writing in the Community
Writing in the Workplace
Practice Choosing a Profile Subject: A Collaborative Activity
Readings
67(1)
I'm Not Leaving Until I Eat This Thing
67(6)
John T. Edge
The Edison Cafe
73(6)
Trevor B. Hall
The Last Stop
79(5)
Brian Cable
Purpose and Audience
84(1)
Basic Features: Profiles
85(4)
Description of People and Places
Information about the Subject
A Topical or Narrative Plan
A Role for the Writer
A Perspective on the Subject
Guide to Writing
89(1)
The Writing Assignment
89(1)
Invention and Research
89(8)
Finding a Subject to Write About
Exploring Your Preconceptions
Testing Your Choice: A Collaborative Activity
Planning Your Project
Researching Your Profile Subject: An Online Activity
Posing Some Preliminary Questions
Discovering a Perspective
Considering Your Own Role
Defining Your Purpose for Your Readers
Formulating a Tentative Thesis Statement
Considering Document Design
Planning and Drafting
97(6)
Seeing What You Have
Setting Goals
Outlining
Drafting
Critical Reading Guide
103(2)
Revising
105(3)
Getting an Overview
Carrying Out Revisions
Checking Sentence Strategies Electronically
Editing and Proofreading
108(2)
A Note on Grammar and Spelling Checkers
Reflecting on Your Writing
110(2)
Explaining a Concept
112(49)
Writing in Your Other Courses
Writing in the Community
Writing in the Workplace
Practice Explaining a Concept: A Collaborative Activity
Readings
116(1)
Love: The Right Chemistry
116(6)
Anastasia Toufexis
Indirect Aggression
122(7)
Natalie Angier
Cannibalism: It Still Exists
129(6)
Linh Kieu Ngo
Purpose and Audience
135(1)
Basic Features: Explaining Concepts
136(4)
A Focused Concept
An Appeal to Readers' Interests
A Logical Plan
Clear Definitions
Appropriate Writing Strategies
Careful Use of Sources
Guide to Writing
140(1)
The Writing Assignment
140(1)
Invention and Research
140(7)
Finding a Concept to Write About
Surveying Information about the Concept
Researching Concepts: An Online Activity
Focusing the Concept
Testing Your Choice
Testing Your Choice: A Collaborative Activity
Researching Your Topic Focus
Considering Explanatory Strategies
Considering Document Design
Defining Your Purpose for Your Readers
Formulating a Tentative Thesis Statement
Planning and Drafting
147(5)
Seeing What You Have
Setting Goals
Outlining
Drafting
Critical Reading Guide
152(2)
Revising
154(3)
Getting an Overview
Carrying Out Revisions
Checking Sentence Strategies Electronically
Editing and Proofreading
157(2)
A Note on Grammar and Spelling Checkers
Reflecting on Your Writing
159(2)
Arguing a Position
161(48)
Writing in Your Other Courses
Writing in the Community
Writing in the Workplace
Practice Arguing a Position: A Collaborative Activity
Readings
165(1)
Sticks and Stones and Sports Team Names
165(4)
Richard Estrada
Nickel and Dimed
169(7)
Barbara Ehrenreich
Children Need to Play, Not Compete
176(5)
Jessica Statsky
Purpose and Audience
181(1)
Basic Features: Arguing Positions
182(3)
A Focused Presentation of the Issue
A Clear Position
Plausible Reasons and Convincing Support
An Anticipation of Opposing Positions and Objections
Guide to Writing
185(1)
The Writing Assignment
185(1)
Invention and Research
185(8)
Finding an Issue to Write About
Exploring the Issue
Analyzing Potential Readers
Testing Your Choice
Testing Your Choice: A Collaborative Activity
Developing Your Argument
Anticipating Readers' Objections and Questions
Anticipating Opposing Positions
Researching Opposing Positions: An Online Activity
Considering Document Design
Defining Your Purpose for Your Readers
Formulating a Tentative Thesis Statement
Planning and Drafting
193(6)
Seeing What You Have
Doing Further Research
Setting Goals
Outlining
Drafting
Critical Reading Guide
199(3)
Revising
202(3)
Getting an Overview
Carrying Out Revisions
Checking Sentence Strategies Electronically
Editing and Proofreading
205(2)
A Note on Grammar and Spelling Checkers
Reflecting on Your Writing
207(2)
Proposing a Solution
209(49)
Writing in Your Other Courses
Writing in the Community
Writing in the Workplace
Practice Proposing a Solution to a Problem: A Collaborative Activity
Readings
213(1)
A Global Green Deal
213(5)
Mark Hertsgaard
Dead-End Jobs: A Way Out
218(8)
Katherine S. Newman
More Testing, More Learning
226(6)
Patrick O'Malley
Purpose and Audience
232(1)
Basic Features: Proposing Solutions
233(3)
A Well-Defined Problem
A Clearly Described Solution
A Convincing Argument in Support of the Proposed Solution
An Anticipation of Readers' Objections and Questions
An Evaluation of Alternative Solutions
Guide to Writing
236(1)
The Writing Assignment
236(1)
Invention and Research
236(8)
Finding a Problem to Write About
Analyzing and Defining the Problem
Identifying Your Readers
Finding a Tentative Solution
Defending Your Solution
Testing Your Choice
Testing Your Choice: A Collaborative Activity
Offering Reasons for Your Proposal
Considering Alternative Solutions
Researching Alternative Solutions: An Online Activity
Doing Research
Considering Document Design
Defining Your Purpose for Your Readers
Formulating a Tentative Thesis Statement
Planning and Drafting
244(6)
Seeing What You Have
Setting Goals
Outlining
Drafting
Critical Reading Guide
250(2)
Revising
252(3)
Getting an Overview
Carrying Out Revisions
Checking Sentence Strategies Electronically
Editing and Proofreading
255(2)
A Note on Grammar and Spelling Checkers
Reflecting on Your Writing
257(1)
Justifying an Evaluation
258(49)
Writing in Your Other Courses
Writing in the Community
Writing in the Workplace
Practice Evaluating a Subject: A Collaborative Activity
Readings
261(1)
A Hell for Fathers and Sons
261(6)
Stephen Holden
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
267(6)
Jonah Jackson
``Children Need to Play, Not Compete,'' by Jessica Statsky: An Evaluation
273(6)
Christine Romano
Purpose and Audience
279(1)
Basic Features: Evaluations
280(3)
A Well-Presented Subject
A Clear Overall Judgment
Appropriate Reasons and Convincing Support
An Anticipation of Readers' Objections and Alternative Judgments
Guide to Writing
283(1)
The Writing Assignment
283(1)
Invention and Research
283(6)
Finding a Subject to Write About
Exploring Your Subject and Possible Readers
Testing Your Choice
Testing Your Choice: A Collaborative Activity
Becoming an Expert on Your Subject
Developing Your Evaluation
Researching Alternative Judgments: An Online Activity
Considering Document Design
Defining Your Purpose for Your Readers
Formulating a Tentative Thesis Statement
Planning and Drafting
289(6)
Seeing What You Have
Setting Goals
Outlining
Drafting
Critical Reading Guide
295(2)
Revising
297(3)
Getting an Overview
Carrying Out Revisions
Checking Sentence Strategies Electronically
Editing and Proofreading
300(2)
A Note on Grammar and Spelling Checkers
Reflecting on Your Writing
302(5)
PART TWO STRATEGIES FOR WRITING AND RESEARCH
Strategies for Cueing Readers
307(16)
Orienting Statements
307(2)
Thesis Statements
Forecasting Statements
Paragraphing
309(5)
Paragraph Cues
Topic Sentence Strategies
Cohesive Devices
314(3)
Pronoun Reference
Word Repetition
Synonyms
Sentence Structure Repetition
Collocation
Connectives
317(3)
Logical Relationships
Temporal Relationships
Spatial Relationships
Headings and Subheadings
320(3)
Heading Systems and Levels
Headings and Genres
Frequency and Placement of Headings
Strategies for All-Purpose Invention
323(14)
Mapping
324(5)
Software-Based Diagramming Tools
Clustering
Listing
Outlining
Writing
329(8)
Cubing
Dialoguing
Dramatizing
Keeping a Journal
Looping
Questioning
Quick Drafting
Strategies for Reading Critically
337(25)
Annotating
338(1)
Annotating Onscreen
An Annotated Sample from ``Letter from Birmingham Jail''
339(5)
Martin Luther King Jr.
Taking Inventory
344(1)
Outlining
344(3)
Paraphrasing
347(2)
Summarizing
349(1)
Synthesizing
350(1)
Contextualizing
351(2)
Exploring the Significance of Figurative Language
353(1)
Looking for Patterns of Opposition
354(2)
Reflecting on Challenges to Your Beliefs and Values
356(1)
Evaluating the Logic of an Argument
356(3)
Testing for Appropriateness
Testing for Believability
Testing for Consistency and Completeness
Recognizing Emotional Manipulation
359(1)
Judging the Writer's Credibility
360(2)
Testing for Knowledge
Testing for Common Ground
Testing for Fairness
Strategies for Arguing
362(15)
Asserting a Thesis
362(3)
Arguable Assertions
Clear and Precise Wording
Appropriate Qualification
Giving Reasons and Support
365(7)
Examples
Statistics
Authorities
Anecdotes
Textual Evidence
Counterarguing
372(4)
Acknowledging Readers' Concerns
Accommodating Readers' Concerns
Refuting Readers' Objections
Logical Fallacies
376(1)
Strategies for Field Research
377(14)
Observations
377(4)
Planning the Visit
Observing and Taking Notes
Reflecting on Your Observations
Writing Up Your Notes
Preparing for Follow-Up Visits
Interviews
381(4)
Planning and Setting Up the Interview
Taking Notes during the Interview
Reflecting on the Interview
Writing Up Your Notes
Questionnaires
385(6)
Focusing Your Study
Writing Questions
Designing the Questionnaire
Testing the Questionnaire
Administering the Questionnaire
Writing Up the Results
Strategies for Library and Internet Research
391(39)
Integrating Library and Internet Research
391(1)
Orienting Yourself to the Library
392(2)
Taking a Tour
Consulting a Librarian
Knowing Your Research Task
A Library Search Strategy
394(1)
Keeping Track of Your Research
394(4)
Keeping a Working Bibliography
Taking Notes
Getting Started
398(3)
Consulting Encyclopedias
Consulting Disciplinary Guides
Consulting Bibliographies
Identifying Subject Headings and Keywords
401(4)
Determining the Most Promising Sources
Searching Online Library Catalogs and Databases
405(3)
Using Different Search Techniques
Doing Advanced Searches and Using Boolean Operators
Using Truncation
Locating Sources
408(11)
Finding Books
Finding Periodical Articles
Distinguishing Scholarly Journals and Popular Magazines
Selecting an Appropriate Periodical Index or Abstract
Searching Electronic Periodical Databases
Locating Periodicals in the Library
Finding Newspaper Articles and Other News Sources
Finding Government and Statistical Information
Finding Other Library Sources
Using the Internet for Research
419(2)
Navigating the Web
421(3)
Understanding Home Pages
Using Links
Understanding URLs
Creating Bookmarks
Using Search Tools
424(1)
Using Email and Online Communities for Research
425(1)
Reading Sources with a Critical Eye
426(4)
Selecting Relevant Sources
Identifying Bias
Strategies for Using and Acknowledging Sources
430(37)
Using Sources
430(9)
Deciding Whether to Quote, Paraphrase, or Summarize
Quoting
Integrating Quotations
Introducing Quotations
Punctuating within Quotations
Avoiding Grammatical Tangles
Paraphrasing and Summarizing
Acknowledging Sources
439(26)
Avoiding Plagiarism
Understanding Documentation Styles
The MLA System of Documentation
The APA System of Documentation
Some Sample Research Papers
465(2)
Index 467


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