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Choices : A Writing Guide with Readings

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9780312611408

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8/10/2012
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Summary

All too often, students feel the writing course has nothing to do with their own lives and goals. Drawing on more than 35 years of combined classroom experience, Kate Mangelsdorf and Evelyn Posey give beginning writers the skills and confidence they need to choose topics and approaches that matter to them, providing them with step-by-step guidance for producing well-written, meaningful essays. Maintaining a supportive yet respectful tone, Choices helps students understand writing as a process, see the connections between reading and writing, and use rhetorical strategies, among other necessary academic skills. A wealth of professional and student models, reflecting an impressive diversity, chapters on writing for different situations, and a comprehensive handbook provide everything students need to become effective academic writers — far below the cost of comparable rhetorics.

Author Biography

Kate Mangelsdorf is professor of English and director of rhetoric and developmental English at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she has also been director of composition and associate dean of University College. She was formerly coordinator of ESL writing at the University of Arizona, and she has also taught at Yavapai Community College. Mangelsdorf has published articles in the Journal of Second Language Writing, English Language Teaching Journal, and Teaching English in the Two Year College.

Evelyn Posey is a Professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas at El Paso. She has served as an associate vice president for instructional design and technology integration, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts, director of English education in the department of English, and director of the West Texas Writing Project.  Posey has published articles in journals such as Computers and Composition, The Journal of Developmental Education, and Teaching English in the Two-Year College.

Table of Contents

* = new to this edition

Preface

Part One Composing Ourselves, Writing for Others

Chapter 1: The Writing Process

     Writing Assignment

Reading to Improve Writing

A Writer’s Composing Process

Step 1. Explore Your Choices

     Analyzing Your Audience and Purpose

     Gathering Ideas

Step 2. Write Your Discovery Draft

     Choosing a Topic

     Sharing Your Ideas

Step 3. Revise Your Draft

     Developing Your Ideas

     Building Your Essay

Step 4. Edit Your Sentences

     Using Standard Written English

     Correcting Errors

One Student’s Writing Process

     Charles' Ideas

     Charles' Drafting

     Charles' Revising

     Charles' Editing

          *Charles Lujan, "Thinking about Writing"

     Charles' Sharing

     Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Chapter 2: Crafting Paragraphs

     Writing Assignment

Topic Sentences

Unity

Organization

     General-to-Specific Order

     Topic-Illustration-Explanation Order

     Progressive Order

     Directional Order

     Question-and-Answer Order

     Specific-to-General Order

Special Kinds of Paragraphs

     Introductions

     Conclusions

     One Student’s Paragraph

     Melissa’s Choices

     Melissa’s Drafting

     Melissa’s Revising

          Melissa Ruiz, "After Katrina"

     Melissa’s Editing

     Melissa’s Sharing

     Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Chapter 3: The Patterns of Development

     Writing Assignment

Description

Narration

     Chronological Order

     Flashback

     Dialogue

Examples

     Facts

     Expert Testimony

Process Explanation

Classification

Definition

Comparison and Contrast

Cause and Effect

Argument

One Student’s Writing Process

     Carlos' Ideas

     Carlos' Drafting

     Charles' Revising and Editing

          *Carlos Montijo, "Television and Children"

     Carlos's Sharing

     Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Part Two Writing to Share Ideas

Chapter 4: Remembering: Significant Events, People, and Times in Our Lives

Getting Started: Reading Essays Remembering a Significant Person, Event, Time

     A Significant Person

          Joshua Bell, "My Maestro"

     A Memorable Event

          James Dillard, "A Doctor’s Dilemma"

     An Important Period

          Malcolm X, "Prison Studies"

Writing Your Essay: A Step-by-Step Guide

     Writing Assignment

Step 1. Explore Your Choices

     Analyzing Your Audience and Purpose

     Gathering Ideas

Step 2. Write Your Discovery Draft

     Choosing a Topic

     Sharing Your Ideas

     A Student's Discovery Draft

          Jesus Ramirez (discovery draft)

Step 3. Revise Your Draft

     Developing Your Ideas

     Building Your Essay

     A Student’s Revised Draft

          Jesus Ramirez, "Baseball Memories"

Step 4. Edit Your Sentences

     Combining Sentences Using Coordinating Conjunctions

     Correcting Run-on Sentences

     A Student’s Edited Essay

          Jesus Ramirez, "Baseball Memories"

Step 5. Sharing Your Essay

     Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Chapter 5: Explaining: Cultural Symbols, Traditions, and Heroes

Getting Started: Reading Essays Explaining a Cultural Symbol, Tradition, or Hero

     A Cultural Symbol

          Nora Okja Keller, "My Mother’s Food"

     A Cultural Tradition

          Kevin Kling, "Hook, Line, and Television"

     A Cultural Hero

          *Jeffrey Zaslow, "What We Can Learn from Sully's Journey"

Writing Your Essay: A Step-by-Step Guide

     Writing Assignment

Step 1. Explore Your Choices

Analyzing Your Audience and Purpose

Gathering Ideas

Step 2. Write Your Discovery Draft

     Choosing a Topic

     Sharing Your Ideas

     A Student's Discovery Draft

          Sandra Cordero, "El Grito de Dolores" (discovery draft)

Step 3. Revise Your Draft

     Developing Your Ideas

     Building Your Essay

     A Student’s Revised Draft

          Sandra Cordero, "El Grito de Dolores"

Step 4. Edit Your Sentences

     Combining Sentences Using Conjunctive Adverbs

     Correcting Sentence Fragments

     A Student’s Edited Essay

          Sandra Cordero, "El Grito de Dolores"

Step 5. Sharing Your Essay

     Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Chapter 6: Analyzing: Occupations, Workplace Communication, and Job-related Problems

Getting Started: Reading Essays Analyzing a Work Issue

     An Occupation

          *Heather Robinson, "I am Not a Babysitter"

     Workplace Communication

          Perri Klass, "She’s Your Basic L.O.L. in N.A.D."

     A Job-Related Problem

          Donald Trump, "You’re Hired!"

Writing Your Essay: A Step-by-Step Guide

     Writing Assignment

Step 1. Explore Your Choices

     Analyzing Your Audience and Purpose

     Gathering Ideas

Step 2. Write Your Discovery Draft

     Choosing a Topic

     Sharing Your Ideas

     A Student's Discovery Draft

          Kathy Chu (discovery draft)

Step 3. Revise Your Draft

     Developing Your Ideas

     Building Your Essay

     A Student’s Revised Draft

          Kathy Chu, "Helping Children Heal"

Step 4. Edit Your Sentences

     Combining Sentences Using Subordinating Conjunctions

     Correcting Pronoun Reference and Agreement

     A Student’s Edited Essay

          Kathy Chu, "Helping Children Heal"  

Step 5. Sharing Your Essay

     Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Chapter 7: Evaluating: Products, Performances, and Places

Getting Started: Reading Essays Evaluating a Product, Performance, or Place

     Evaluation of a Product

          *Nicholas Carr, "The P.C. Officially Died Today."

     Evaluation of a Performance

          *Richard Corliss, "Michael Jackson’s This is It Review: He’s Still a Thriller."

     Evaluation of a Place

          *Nicolai Ouroussoff, "Two New Baseball Palaces: One Stoic, One Scrappy."

Writing Your Essay: A Step-by-Step Guide

     Writing Assignment

Step 1. Explore Your Choices

     Analyzing Your Audience and Purpose

     Gathering Ideas

Step 2. Write Your Discovery Draft

     Choosing a Topic

     Sharing Your Ideas

     A Student's Discovery Draft

          Paul LaPrade (discovery draft)

Step 3. Revise Your Draft

     Developing Your Ideas with Comparison and Contrast

     Building Your Essay

     A Student’s Revised Draft

          *Paul LaPrade, "The Disappeared"

Step 4. Edit Your Sentences

     Combining Sentences Using Relative Clauses

     Correcting Comma Splices

     A Student’s Edited Essay

          *Paul LaPrade, "The Disappeared"

Step 5. Sharing Your Essay

     Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Chapter 8: Arguing a Position: Censorship, Stereotypes, and Media in Our Lives

Getting Started: Reading Essays Arguing a Position about a Media Issue

     A Censorship Issue

          Anna Quindlen, "Write and Wrong"

     A Stereotyping Issue

          Samuel L. Jackson, "In Character"

     A Lifestyle Issue

          *Tara Parker-Pope, "The Ugly Toll of Technology: Impatience and Forgetfulness"

Writing Your Essay: A Step-by-Step Guide

     Writing Assignment

Step 1. Explore Your Choices

     Analyzing Your Audience and Purpose

     Gathering Ideas

Step 2. Write Your Discovery Draft

     Choosing a Topic

     Sharing Your Ideas

     A Student's Discovery Draft

          Reginald Jones, (discovery draft)

Step 3. Revise Your Draft

     Developing Your Ideas with Cause-and-Effect Analysis

     Building Your Essay

     A Student’s Revised Draft

          Reginald Jones, "Newspaper Ad Sparks Controversy"

Step 4. Edit Your Sentences

     Combining Sentences Using Introductory Phrases

     Correcting Subject-Verb Agreement Problems

     A Student’s Edited Essay

          Reginald Jones, "Newspaper Ad Sparks Controversy"

Step 5. Sharing Your Essay

     Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Chapter 9: Proposing a Solution: Health, Education, and the Environment

Getting Started: Reading Essays That Propose a Solution to a Problem

     A Health Problem

          Darshak Sanghavi, "Quicker Liquor: Should We Lower the Drinking Age?"

     An Education Problem

          Amanda Schaffer, "How to Buck Up the Science Ladies"

     An Environmental Problem

          David Sirota, "Putting the 'I' in the Environment"

Writing Your Essay: A Step-by-Step Guide

     Writing Assignment

Step 1. Explore Your Choices

     Analyzing Your Audience and Purpose

     Gathering Ideas

Step 2. Write Your Discovery Draft

     Choosing a Topic

     Sharing Your Ideas

     A Student's Discovery Draft

          Andrea Benitez (discovery draft)

Step 3. Revise Your Draft

     Developing Your Ideas with Argument

     Building Your Essay

     A Student’s Revised Draft

          Andrea Benitez "Why Go Vegan?"

Step 4. Edit Your Sentences

     Combining Sentences Using Appositives

     Correcting Shifts in Person

     A Student’s Edited Essay

          Andrea Benitez "Why Go Vegan?"

Step 5. Share Your Essay

     Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Part Three Writing for Different Situations

Chapter 10: Keeping Journals

     Writing Assignment

Why Writers Keep Journals

          Lucy Calkins, from The Art of Teaching Writing

     Personal Journals

     Dialogue Journals

     Learning Logs

     Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Chapter 11: Writing Summaries

     Writing Assignment

Writing a Summary

     Reread the Original Text

     Write the Summary

     Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Chapter 12: Conducting Research

     Writing Assignment

Preparing to Conduct Research

     Narrow Your Topic

     Write Research Questions

Primary Research

     Making Observations

     Surveying Others

     Conducting Interviews

Secondary Research

     Locating Sources of Information

     Evaluating Sources of Information

     Avoiding Plagiarism

     Taking Notes

          Philip Zimbardo and Anne Weber, "Cross-Cultural Perspective: Culture Shock"

     Quoting Information

     Paraphrasing Information

     Summarizing Information

     Documenting Sources

     Sample Research Paper

          Leslie Lozano, "Culture Shock"

     Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Chapter 13: Taking Timed Writing Tests

     Writing Assignment

The Essay Exam

     Preparing for an Essay Exam

     Taking the Essay Exam

     Sample Essay Question and Student Response

In-Class Timed Writing about a Reading

     Preparing for In-Class Timed Writing about a Reading

     Performing In-Class Timed Writing about a Reading

     Sample In-Class Writing Question and Student Response

          Brian A. Courtney, "Freedom from Choice"

Multiple-Choice Writing Tests

     Preparing for a Multiple-Choice Writing Test

     Taking a Multiple-Choice Writing Test

     Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Chapter 14: Writing Resumes and Cover Letters

     Writing Assignment

The Resume

     Required Information

     Optional Sections

     Format and Grammar

     Sample Resume

Cover Letter

     Sample Cover Letter

     Chapter Checklist

Reflecting on Your Writing

Part Four Handbook with Exercises

Chapter 15: Writing Sentences

A. Subjects

     Compound Subjects

     Subject Pretenders

B. Verbs

     Action and Linking Verbs

     Verb Pretenders

     Verb Tense

C. Subject-Verb Agreement

     Singular and Plural Forms

     Indefinite Pronouns

Chapter 16: Expanding Sentences

A. Phrases

B. Clauses

     Independent or Main Clauses

     Dependent or Subordinate Clauses

     Relative Clauses

C. Pronouns

     Pronoun Reference

     Pronoun Agreement

D. Adjectives

E. Adverbs

Chapter 17: Combining Sentences

A. Coordination

     Coordinating Conjunctions and Commas

     Conjunctive Adverbs and Semicolons

B. Subordination

     Subordinating Conjunctions

     Relative Pronouns

C. Sentence-Combining Exercises

     Specific Methods of Combining Sentences

     Various Methods of Combining Sentences

Chapter 18: Improving Sentences

A. Sentence Fragments

B. Run-on Sentences

C. Comma Splices

D. Misplaced Modifiers

E. Dangling Modifiers

F. Active and Passive Voice

G. Parallelism

Chapter 19: Improving Word Choice

A. Vocabulary

     Meaning from Context

     Learn Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes

B. Unnecessary Repetition

C. Wordiness

Chapter 20: Improving Spelling

A. Spelling Rules

B. Commonly Misspelled Words

C. Commonly Confused Words

Chapter 21: Improving Punctuation

A. Commas

B. Semicolons

C. Colons

D. End Punctuation

E. Apostrophes

F. Quotation Marks

Chapter 22: Improving Mechanics

A. Capital Letters

B. Italics

C. Abbreviations

D. Numbers

Chapter 23: Guide for Multilingual Writers

A. Articles

B. Count and Noncount Nouns

C. Prepositions

D. Omitted or Repeated Subjects

     Omitted Subjects

     Repeated Subjects

E. Word Order

     Adjective Placement

     Adverb Placement

F. Verbs

     Verb Tense

     Helping Verbs

     Verbs Followed by Gerunds or Infinitives

     Two-Part Verbs

     Participles Used as Adjectives

G. Active and Passive Voice

 

Appendix: Additional Readings

Chapter 4: Remembering: Significant Events, People, and Periods in Our Lives

     A Significant Person

          Thomas L. Friedman, "My Favorite Teacher"

     A Memorable Event

          Francis Lam, "Killing Dinner"

     An Important Period

          Brent Staples, "Black Men and Public Space"

Chapter 5: Explaining: Cultural Symbols, Traditions, and Heroes

     A Cultural Symbol

          Jhumpa Lahiri, "Rice"

     A Cultural Tradition

          Lizette Alvarez, "Latinas Make Sweet 16-ish Their Own."

     A Cultural Hero

          John Culhane, "Oprah Winfrey: How Truth Changed Her Life"

Chapter 6: Analyzing: Occupations, Workplace Communication, and Job-related Problems

     An Occupation

          Donna McAleer, "How a Soldier Takes on Community Health Care"

     Workplace Communication

          Rita Warren Hess, "American Workplace Slang and Jargon"

     A Job-Related Problem

          Ellen Goodman, "The Company Man"

Chapter 7: Evaluating: Products, Performances, and Places

     Evaluation of a Product

          Ann Hodgman, "No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch"

     Evaluation of a Performance

          Diane Heiman and Phyllis Bookspan, "Sesame Street: Brought to You by the Letters M-A-L-E"

     Evaluation of a Place

          Nicholas Jennings, "A Palace of Rock"

Chapter 8: Arguing a Position: Censorship, Stereotypes, and Media in Our Lives

     A Censorship Issue

          Peter Singer, "Let's Hope the WikiLeaks Cables Move Us Closer to Open Diplomacy"

     A Stereotyping Issue

          Allison Samuels, "The Case Against Celebrity Gossip"

     A Lifestyle Issue

          Janna Malamud Smith, "Online but Not Antisocial"

Chapter 9: Proposing a Solution: Health, Education, and the Environment

     A Health Problem

          Elizabeth M. Whelan, "Perils of Prohibition"

     An Education Problem

          Mary Sherry, "In Praise of the F Word"

     An Environmental Problem

          Mark Hertsgaard, "A Global Green Deal"



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