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The Bedford Book of Genres: A Guide

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  • Copyright: 1/28/2014
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PACKAGE THIS TITLE WITH OUR 2016 MLA SUPPLEMENT, Documenting Sources in MLA Style (package ISBN-13: 9781319084318). Get the most recent updates on MLA citation in a convenient, 40-page resource based on The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition, with plenty of models. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.

In a striking full-color visual format, The Bedford Book of Genres collects compelling examples that tell stories, report information, and persuade their audiences and then invites students to unpack how they work in order to experiment with their own compositions—not only through writing, but through photography, sketching, audio recording, and other creative forms. The Guide presents a simple rhetorical framework for reading in any genre and supports students through every step of the composing process, from finding a topic and sources to choosing a genre, presenting your work, and creating an author’s statement about your composing choices. Guided Readings—in print and e-Pages—map out the rhetorical situation and conventions of common public and academic genres, while Guided Process sections follow the decisions that 5 real students made as they worked in multiple genres and media. With 16 topic clusters and a range of readings from short visual arguments to longer, more complex pieces, the Reader gives students a wealth of sources, models, and inspiration for their own compositions.

Author Biography

Amy Braziller is an English faculty member and former department chair at Red Rocks Community College. She received her B.A. from Empire State College and her M.A. from New York University. Amy has presented on teaching writing and new media at numerous national and regional conferences. Her research focuses on the intersections between classroom and personal writing. Amy, who is at work on a series of personal essays related to her punk rock days in NYC, blogs about food, film, music, GLBT issues, and social media distractions at amybraziller.com. She is co-author (with Elizabeth Kleinfeld) of The Bedford Book of Genres.

Elizabeth Kleinfeld is the Writing Center Director and an Associate Professor of English at Metropolitan State College of Denver. She received her B.S. from Bradley University, and her M.S. in English and Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric from Illinois State University. Liz is a contributing researcher on The Citation Project and has published essays on new media, writing centers, and student source use in various journals and collections, including Computers & Composition Online. She is co-PI on a grant to develop a program on academic literacy for at-risk students, particularly migrants. Her current research focuses on how writing centers can intervene in students’ research processes. Liz is co-author (with Amy Braziller) of The Bedford Book of Genres.

Table of Contents

Part I: Experimenting with Genres: from analysis to draft

1. Understanding Genres

The Rhetorical Situation

     Purposes: Why Are You Composing?

     Audiences: Who Are You Composing For?

     Rhetorical Appeals: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos

     Modes & Media

Genre Conventions

     Elements of the Genre

     Style

     Design

     Sources

Case Study: One Event, Two Genres: Arch Collapse at a National Park

     GUIDED READINGS

     (press release) Paul Henderson, Wall Arch Collapses

     (blog post) Shaan Hurley, The Wall Arch Collapses in Arches National Park

Student Case Study: One Topic, Multiple Genres: Prescription Drugs and Advertising

     Kristen LaCroix (student), Drugs & Marketing Project

     Researching a Topic

     Choosing a Topic

     Determining a Purpose

     Considering Audience

     Using Rhetorical Appeals

     Choosing a Genre(s)

     Working with Modes and Media

     Working with Style

     Working with Design

     Drawing from Sources

GUIDED READINGS

     (collage capsule sculpture) Kristin LaCroix, Prescription for Change: The Impact of Drug Advertising 

     (artist’s statement) Kristin LaCroix , Why I Created “Prescription for Change”

2. Narrative Genres

The Rhetorical Situation

     Purposes: Why Tell Stories?

     Audience: How Do We Get Others to Connect with Our Stories?

     Rhetorical Appeals: How Do We Use Ethos, Pathos, and Logos to Tell Stories?

     Mode & Media: What Are the Best Choices? How Will They Affect your Story?

The Genre’s Conventions

     Elements of the Genre: What Do All Stories Have In Common?

     Style: How Does It Contribute to Your Story?

     Design: What Is the Best Physical Format For Your Story?

     Source: What Information Do We Draw on to Tell Stories?

Literacy Narratives

     Analyzing Literacy Narratives: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING:

     (literacy narrative) Richard Rodriguez, From Aria: A Memoir of Bilingual Education

     Drafting a Literacy Narrative

Memoirs

     Analyzing Memoirs: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     (memoir) Dave Eggers, From A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

     Drafting a Literacy Narrative

Graphic Memoirs

     Analyzing Graphic memoirs: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     (graphic memoir) Alison Bechdel, From Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

     Drafting a Graphic Memoir

Photo Essays

     Analyzing Photo Essays: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     (photo essay) Eros Hoagland, Life in the Googleplex

     Drafting/Sketching Out a Photo Essay

e-Pages

Fairy Tales

     Analyzing Fairy Tales: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     (fairy tale) Charles Perrault, Little Red Riding Hood

     Drafting a Fairy Tale 

e-Pages 

Short Stories

     Analyzing Short Stories: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     (short short story) Annie Proulx, 55 Miles to the Gas Pump

     Drafting a Short Story 

e-Pages

Dramatic Films

     Analyzing Dramatic Films: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     (dramatic film) Danny Boyle, From Slumdog Millionaire

     Drafting/Sketching Out a Dramatic Film

3. Informative Genres

The Rhetorical Situation

     Purposes: Why Share Information?

     Audiences: How Do We Inform Others?

     Rhetorical Appeals: How Do We Use Ethos, Pathos, and Logos to Inform?

     Mode & Media: How Can They Help You Inform?

The Genre Conventions

     Elements of the Genre: What Does All Informative Writing Have in Common?

     Style: How Does It Help You Inform?

     Design: What Is the Best Physical Format for Informing?

     Source: What Research Do We Draw on to Inform Our Readers?

Encylopedia Entries

     Analyzing Encyclopedia Entries: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     (encyclopedia entry) The Encyclopedia Britannica, Global Warming

     Drafting an Encyclopedia Entry

Charts / Infographics

     Analyzing Charts / Infographics: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     (infographic) The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Why Does a Salad Cost More than a Big Mac?

     Drafting a Chart / Infographic

News articles

     Analyzing News Articles: What to look for

     GUIDED READING

     (news article) Nicholas Wade, For Cats, a Big Gulp with a Touch of the Tongue

     Drafting a News Article

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

     Analyzing Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     (peer-reviewed journal article) Sika Alaine Dagbovie, Mixed Race Superstars

     Drafting a Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

e-Pages

Maps

     Analyzing Maps: What to Look For

     (interactive map) GUIDED READING: WorldView, Ltd. MyLondonMap

     Drafting/Sketching a Map

e-Pages

Documentary Films

     Analyzing Documentary Films: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     (documentary film) Doug Pray, from Scratch

     Sketching a Plan for a Documentary Film

e-Pages

Business Memos

Analyzing Business Memos: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     (memo) Ellen Thibault, Video Project

     Drafting a Business Memo

4. Persuasive Genres

The rhetorical situation

     Purposes: Why Write to Persuade?

     Audiences: How Do We Persuade Others?

     Rhetorical Appeals: How Do We Use Ethos, Logos, and Pathos to Persuade?

     Mode & Media: How Can They Help You Persuade?

The genre conventions

     Style: How Do Elements of a Genre and Features of Your Writing Contribute to Your Persuasive Texts?

     Design: What is the Best Physical Format for Persuading?

     Source: What Research Do We Draw on to Persuade Others?

Advertisements

     Analyzing Advertisements: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     (advertisement) Danone/Evian, Detox with Evian

     Drafting an Advertisement

Editorials

     Analyzing Editorials: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     (editorial) Katha Pollitt, Adam and Steve—Together at Last

     Drafting an Editorial

Researched Arguments

     Analyzing Researched Arguments: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     (researched argument) Chase Dickinson (student), Are Kids On a One-Way Path to Violence?

     Drafting a Researched Argument

Authors’ & Artist’s Statements

     Analyzing Authors’ & Artist’s Statements: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     (artist’s statement) Michael Kipp (student), Why and How I Created My Collage: Thank You

     Drafting an Author’s or Artist’s Statement

Collages / Visual Arguments

     Analyzing Collages / Visual Arguments: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     (collage) Richard Hamilton, Just What Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?

     Sketch or Draft a Collage / Visual Argument 

e-Pages

Presentations

     Analyzing Presentations: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     (presentation) Shereen El Feki, Pop Culture in the Arab World

     Drafting a Presentation

e-Pages

Personal Statements

     Analyzing Personal Statements: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     (personal statement) TopLawSchools.com & Stay-at-Home Dad, Personal Statement for Penn Law School

     Drafting a Personal Statement

e-Pages

Cover Letters & Resumes

     Analyzing Cover Letters & Resumes: What to Look for

     GUIDED READING

     Julia Nollen, Applying for Marketing Assistant Job

     Drafting a Cover Letter & Resume 

e-Pages

Film Reviews

     Analyzing Film Reviews: What to Look For

     GUIDED READING

     Roger Ebert, Ratatouille: Waiter, There’s a Rat in my Soup

     Drafting a film review 

Part II: Composing in Genres — from start to finish

5. Exploring Topics & Creating a Research

Choosing a Topic through Basic Research

     1. Brainstorm topic ideas: Read, talk, sketch, enjoy.

     GUIDED PROCESS: How to Choose a Topic

     Sharon Freeman (student), From Coffee to Germs

     2. Explore topic ideas through preliminary research. Who’s saying what?

     3. Commit to a single viable topic. What are you most curious about?

     4. Form a working research question—and refine as you go.

Moving from Research Question to Proposal

     GUIDED PROCES: How to Research a Topic

     Jasmine Huerta (student), Diabetes Project

     Exploring a topic: Diabetes

     Finding facts about Diabetes

     Gathering Opinions about Diabetes

     Creating a Research Proposal 

Organizing Your Sources

     Use simple strategies: email, bookmark, copy/paste, screen capture 000

     Create a list of sources: keep a working bibliography 000

     Better yet, keep an annotated working bibliography 000

     GUIDED PROCESS: How to Create a Bibliography

     Jasmine Huerta (student), Diabetes Project: Bibliography

     Drafting a research question, proposal, and bibliography

6. Evaluating & Choosing Sources

Getting Started with Sources

     What are sources?

     Where do I find sources?

     What can sources do for me?

     What’s a general source? What’s a specialized academic source?

     What are primary & secondary sources? What are tertiary sources?

     How do I preview a source critically?

Previewing a Source

     Emily Kahn (student): Women in Comic Books Project

     1. What is Lightspeed Magazine?

     2. Who Are the Editors & Staff Members at Lightspeed Magazine?

     3. Who Is Jehanzeb, the Author of the Article?

     4. What Type of Article Is This? Will It Work for My Project?

     GUIDED PROCESS: How to Preview a Source

     Emily Kahn (student), Women in Comic Books Project: Previewing Jehanzeb Dar 

     5. Should I add this source to my working bibliography?

Evaluating a Source

     Calvin Sweet: Hurricane Katrina Project

     How do I evaluate a source? How is this different from previewing?

     GUIDED PROCESS: How to Evaluate Sources

     Calvin Sweet, Hurricane Katrina Project: Evaluating 3 Sources

     Calvin Sweet, Hurricane Katrina Project: Research Plan

7. Integrating & Documenting sources

Integrating Sources into Your Writing

Using a Parenthetical Citation or Signal Phrase

Quoting

     GUIDED PROCESS: How to Quote from a Source

     Paul Pierre (student), Nonviolent Protest Project: Quoting Gandhi

Paraphrasing

     GUIDED PROCESS: How to Paraphrase a Source

     Paul Pierre (student), Nonviolent Protest Project: Paraphrasing Julia Bacha

Summarizing

     GUIDED PROCESS: How to Summarize a Source

     Paul Pierre (student), Nonviolent Protest Project: Summarizing Julia Bacha

Avoiding Plagiarism

Documenting sources: A Guide to MLA & APA Styles

How to choose a documentation style

MLA Style

MLA Models

APA Style

APA Models 

8. Composing in Genres

Rough Drafting

Advice for rough drafting

     GUIDED READING: A Rough Draft

     Gwen Ganow (student), Superhero Project: Rough Draft

Rereading & Annotating Sources

Steps for Rereading & Annotating Sources

     GUIDED PROCESS: How to Reread & Annotate a Source

     Gwen Ganow (student), Superhero Project: An Annotated Source

Choosing a genre to compose in

Steps for choosing a genre to compose in

     GUIDED PROCESS: How to Choose a Genre to Compose In

     Gwen Ganow (student), Superhero Project:

     Brainstorm to Refine Topic & Purpose

     3 Annotated Persuasive Sources

     Notes on Persuasive Genre Chosen to Compose In

Composing your Genre Piece

Steps for composing

     GUIDED PROCESS: How to Compose a Genre Piece

     Gwen Ganow (student), Superhero Project

     Film Review Draft #1

     Evaluation of Film Review Draft #1

     Film Review Drafts #2 and #3

Composing an Accompanying Author’s or Artist’s Statement

Advice for composing your statement

     GUIDED PROCESS: How to compose an author’s statement

     Gwen Ganow (student), Superhero Project: Author’s Statement: Draft #1

9. Revising & remixing your work

Revising Your Work

Revising Based on Your Own Observations

Revising Based on Peer Review

     GUIDED PROCESS: Integrating Peer Feedback: Draft to Finished Composition

     Gwen Ganow (student), Superhero Project:

     Author Statement Draft #1—with Peer Review

     Author Statement Revision List

     Author Statement Draft #2

     Author Statement Revision List

     Author Statement Draft #3

     Author Statement: Final (shows edits)

     Author Statement: Final (edits incorporated)

Remixing Your Work into Different Genres 

     GUIDED PROCESS: Remixing a Genre Project

     Gwen Ganow, Superhero Project Remix: PowerPoint presentation with “Top 10” List 

10. Assembling a Multigenre Project

The Possibilities of the Multigenre Project

     Your Rhetorical Situation

     The Conventions of the Multigenre Project

The Steps to Assembling a Multigenre Project

     1. Introduce your project and provide context

     2. Sequence your genre pieces

     3. Title your project

     4. Create an author’s or artist’s statement

     5. Package your project creatively

Examples of multigenre projects

     GUIDED READINGS: Multigenre projects

     Neil Carr (student), Video Games and Violence: Who Should We Blame When Kids are Violent?

     Gwen Ganow (student), When Worlds Collide: Why Superheroes Matter

     Dawson Swan (student), The Threat of Nature Deficit Disorder

Appendix: 4 readings 

e-Pages

Identity

     (poster campaign) Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County, Not Who You Expected?

e-Pages

The body

     (argument) Michael Pollan, 6 Food Rules

e-Pages

The environment

(object/ad) Surfrider Foundation, Catch of the Day: Plastic Surprise

e-Pages

Heroes & villains

     (myths) The Federal Bureau of Investigation, From Serial Murder: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives for Investigators: Common Myths and Misconceptions Regarding Serial Murder

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