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The Blair Handbook 2009 MLA Update Editon

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Edition:
5th
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9780205735594

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0205735592
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Pub. Date:
7/2/2009
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Summary

This widely acclaimed handbook provides students with the most focus on critical thinking, writing process, particularly revision, and writing across the curriculum. The fifth edition ofThe Blair Handbookis the clearest and most accessible edition yet. It continues to explain and illustrate the qualities of good writing and the logic behind conventions of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage. And it continues to insist that good writing results from imaginative composing, careful revising, and editing. At the same time, the new edition adds coverage of visual rhetoric, public forms of discourse, Writing Across the Curriculum, and writing for the world of work.

Author Biography

A balanced author perspective:

 

A composition teacher with more than 35 years experience teaching writing, Toby Fulwiler highlights the need for writers to gain confidence in their voices and ideas as well as to practice in a variety of formats and conventions. A practicing journalist with more than 25 years of experience writing and editing for newpapers, Alan Hayakawa understands the importance of conventional correctness and appreciates the way different writing situations and new technologies demand different approaches. For this reason, The Blair Handbook devotes time to both the whys and the hows of good writing. Students who know how to analyze and address individual rhetorical situations are more likely to succeed both across the curriculum and in the world beyond college.

Table of Contents

PART  1

Reading and Writing in College   

  

1 Why Writing Matters  

a    What is difficult about writing? 

b    What do you enjoy about writing?  

c    What surprises are in store?  

d    Why is writing important?  

e    What can you learn from the experience of others?  

f     What else do you want to know about writing?  

 

2  Reading Texts Critically  

a    Reading to understand   

b    Reading critically  

 

3  Reading Images Critically  

a    The elements of composition  

b    Words  

c    Color  

d    Images of persuasion

 

4  The Writing Process  

a   Describing writing as a process  

b   Planning   

c   Composing

d   Revising  

e   Researching  

f    Editing  

g   English as a second language  

 

 

PART 2

Planning a Writing Project   

 

5  Analyzing the Rhetorical Situation  

a   Knowing the purpose  

b   Addressing audiences  

c   Understanding the situation  

d   Adopting a voice  

 

6  Keeping Journals  

a   Understanding journals  

b   Keeping journals in college  

c   Suggestions for using journals  

 

7  Strategies for Invention and Discovery  

a   Brainstorming  

b   Freewriting  

c   Looping  

d   Asking reporters’ questions  

e   Outlining  

f    Clustering  

g   Talking  

  

 

PART  3

Composing   

 

8 Writing from Experience  

a   Character  

b   Subject  

c   Perspective  

d   Setting  

e   Sequence of events  

f    Theme  

g   Sample student essay  

 

9 Writing to Explain  

a   Topic  

b   Thesis  

c   Strategies  

d   Organization  

e   Neutral perspective  

f    Sample student essay  

 

10 Arguing and Persuading  

a   Elements of argument  

b   Issue  

c   Analysis  

d   Position  

e   Argument  

f    Organization  

g   Sample student essay  

 

11 Writing About Literature  

a   Interpretive essays  

b   Exploring texts  

c   Interpretive communities  

d   Interpretations  

e   Different literary genres  

f    Sample student essay  

 

12 Writing Creative Nonfiction 

a   Lists  

b   Snapshots  

c   Playful sentences  

d   Repetition/refrain  

e   Double voice  

 

13 Writing Essay Examinations  

a   Understanding questions  

b   Writing good answers  

  

 

PART  4

Revising   

 

14 The Revising Process  

a    Understanding revising  

b    Planning  

c    Revising strategies  

 

15 Focused Revising  

a    Limiting  

b    Adding  

c    Switching  

d    Transforming  

e    Experimenting  

 

16  Responding to Writing and Peer Review  

a    Asking for help  

b   Giving responses  

c    Writing responses  

d    Responding through conferences  

e    Responding in writing groups  

 

 

PART  5

Presenting and Publishing  

 

17 Designing Documents  

a   Objectives of design  

b   Layout  

c   Typography  

d   Graphics  

e   Illustrations  

 

18 Writing for the Internet 

a   Writing for the Web  

b   E-mail, newsgroups, and instant messages  

c   Weblogs  

 

19 Writing for the World  

a    Reports

b    Pamphlets and brochures

c    Newsletters  

d    Press releases  

e    Advocacy   

 

20 Portfolios and Publishing Class Books 

a   Writing portfolios  

b   Course portfolios  

c   Story portfolios  

d   Publishing class books  

 

21 Making Oral Presentations 

a   The assignment  

b   Speaking texts  

c   Speaking in public  

d   Creative options  

 

 

PART 6 

Writing with Research  

  

22 Writing Research Papers  

a    Understanding research  

b    Working with a thesis  

c    Keeping a research log  

d    Finding your way  

 

23 Conducting Library Research  

a    Planning library research  

b    Finding sources of information  

c    Taking notes  

 

24 Conducting Internet Research 

a    Search engines  

b    Limiting your search  

c    Search strategies  

d    E-mail, lists, and newsgroups  

 

25 Conducting Field Research 

a   Planning  

b   Interviewing  

c   Surveying  

d   Observing  

 

26 Evaluating Research Sources  

a    Evaluating library sources  

b    Evaluating Internet sources  

c    Evaluating field sources  

 

27 Using Research Sources  

a    Controlling sources   

b    Organizing sources  

c    Integrating information  

d    Paraphrasing and summarizing  

e    Incorporating visual images  

 

28 Avoiding Plagiarism  

a    What plagiarism  is 

b    What plagiarism is not

c    Recognizing and avoiding plagiarism  

 

 

PART  7

Writing in the Disciplines  

  

29 Understanding the College Curriculum  

a   Differences among disciplines  

b   Similarities among disciplines  

 

30 MLA: Writing in Languages and Literature  

a   Aims  

b   Style  

c   Writing about texts  

d   MLA style: Documenting sources  

e   Conventions for list of Works Cited  

f   Sample MLA research paper  

 

31 APA: Writing in the Social Sciences  

a   Aims  

b   Style  

c   Writing about texts  

d   APA style: Documenting sources  

e   Sample APA research paper  

 

32 CMS: Writing in the Humanities 

a   Aims  

b   Style  

c   Writing about texts  

d   CMS style: Documenting sources  

e   Sample page with endnotes   

f    Sample page with footnotes  

 

33 Writing in the Physical Sciences  

a   Aims  

b   Style  

c   Writing about texts  

d   Number systems: Documenting sources  

 

34 Writing in Business  

a   Aims  

b   Style  

c   Common forms of writing in business  

d   Documentation and format conventions  

 

 

PART  8

Editing    

 

EDITING FOR EFFECTIVENESS  

 

35 The Editing Process  

a   Editing techniques  

b   The meaning of “error”  

c   Working with others  

d   Editing on a computer   

e   Proofreading  

f    Editing when English is your second language 

g   Using Part Eight  

 

36 Shaping Paragraphs 

a   Unity  

b   Organization  

c   Coherence  

 

37 Improving Openings and Conclusions  

a   Engaging openings  

b   Strong openings  

c   Satisfying conclusions  

d   Strong conclusions  

 

38 Strengthening Sentences  

a   Coordinating ideas  

b   Using subordination  

c   Using parallelism  

 

39 Creating Emphasis and Variety  

a   First and final positions  

b   Sentence length  

c   Sentence types  

d   Sentence openings  

e   Deliberate repetition  

f    Elliptical constructions  

 

40 Building Vital Sentences  

a   Concrete, specific nouns  

b   Strong verbs  

c   Active or passive voice  

d   Vital modifiers  

 

41 Being Concise 

a   Vague generalities  

b   Idle words  

c   Simplifying grammatical constructions  

d   Redundancy  

e   Pretentious language  

f    Euphemism  

 

42 Adjusting tone  

a   Appropriate tone  

b   Point of view  

c   Level of formality  

d   Consistent tone  

 

43 Choosing the Right Word  

a   The history of English 

b   Using the dictionary and thesaurus  

c   Expanding your vocabulary  

d   Connotations  

e   Confusing words  

f   Prepositions and particles  

g   Slang, regionalisms, and jargon  

h   Figurative language  

i    Cliches  

     

44 Eliminating Biased Language  

a   Stereotypes  

b   Labels  

c   Nonsexist language  

 

GRAMMAR 

 

45  Eliminating Sentence Fragments  

a  Fragments lacking subjects or verbs  

b  Dependent clause fragments  

c  Fragments for special effects  

 

46  Fixing Fused Sentences and Comma Splices  

a  Comma and a coordinating conjunction  

b  Adding a semicolon  

c  Colon  

d  Separate sentences  

e  Subordinating one clause  

f   Creating independent clauses  

       

47  Using Verbs Correctly  

a  Understanding forms  

b  Standard verb forms  

c  Auxiliary verbs  

d  Understanding tense  

e  Appropriate sequence  

f   Understanding mood  

g  Subjunctive mood  

h  Agreement  

i   Intervening words  

j   Subject following verb  

k  Linking verbs  

l   Making verbs agree with subjects joined by and  

Or, nor   

n  Collective nouns  

o  Indefinite pronouns  

p Who, which, that  

q  Amounts  

r   Noun phrases and clauses

s  Titles, words used as words  

t   Subjects ending in -s  

u  Troublesome plurals  

 

48 Using Modifiers Correctly 

a   Adjectives or adverbs  

b   After linking verbs  

c   Confusing modifiers  

d   Double negatives  

e   Comparatives and superlatives  

f    Placing modifiers  

g   Dangling modifiers  

h   Disruptive modifiers  

 

49 Using Pronouns Correctly  

a   Clear antecedents  

b   Explicit antecedents  

c    It, they, you  

d   Who, which, that  

e   Unneeded pronouns  

f    Agreement  

g   Joined by and   

h   Joined by or, nor  

i    Collective nouns  

j    Indefinite antecedents  

k   Choosing case  

l    And, or, nor  

m  Appositive pronouns  

n   Us, we   

o  Verbals  

Than, as  

Who, whom  

r   Reflexive pronouns  

 

50 Consistent and Complete Sentences 

a   Unnecessary shifts  

b   Mixed constructions  

c   Missing words  

 

PUNCTUATION

 

51 End Punctuation

a   Periods  

b   Question marks  

c   Exclamation points  

 

52 Commas 

a   Coordinating conjunctions  

b   Introductory elements  

c   Nonrestrictive elements  

d   Parenthetical expressions and elements of contrast  

e   Tag sentences, direct address, and interjections  

f    Items in a series  

g   Coordinate adjectives  

h   Quotations  

i    Numbers, dates, names, and places  

j    To prevent misreading  

k   Misuse  

 

53 Semicolons  

a   Between independent clauses  

b   In a series  

 

54 Colons

a   Marks of introduction  

b   Marks of separation  

 

55 Apostrophes 

a   Possessive nouns and indefinite pronouns  

b   Plurals of words used as words, letters, numbers, and symbols  

c   Omission of letters  

 

56 Quotation Marks  

a   Direct quotations  

b   Dialogue  

c   Titles  

d   Translations, special terms, irony, and nicknames  

e   With other punctuation  

 

57 Other Punctuation 

a   Parentheses  

b   Dashes  

c   Ellipsis points  

d   Brackets  

e   Slashes  

 

MECHANICS  

 

58 Spelling  

a   Confusing words  

b   Spelling rules  

 

59 Capitalization

a   First word of a sentence  

b   Quotations and lines of poetry  

c   Proper nouns  

d   Titles   

 

60 Hyphenation 

a   Ends of lines  

b   Prefixes  

c   Compound words  

d   Numbers, fractions, and units of measure  

 

61 Italics 

a   Titles  

b   Individual trains, ships, airplanes, and spacecraft  

c   For emphasis   

d   Words, numerals, and letters used as words  

e    Foreign words  

 

62 Numbers and Abbreviations 

a   Figures and words  

b   Conventional uses  

c   In nontechnical terms  

d   Titles and degrees  

e   Time, dates, amounts, and symbols  

f    Geographic names    

g   Latin terms  

h   Initials and acronyms  

 

 

PART  9

Glossaries  

 

63 Glossary of Terms   

       

64 Glossary of Usage  

 

CREDITS

ESL INDEX

INDEX



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