The College Writer A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/10/2006
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Combining streamlined, nuts-and-bolts writing instruction with accessibility and visual appeal,The College Writerhelps visual learners and less-prepared students master the writing process. The text features step-indexing and color-coding that allow students to thumb directly to a topic, and checklists and summary boxes that make it easy to refer back to previously covered material. In addition, thorough coverage of drafting, writing, revising, and proofreading includes sample paragraphs and visuals that walk students through the process of identifying a topic and writing a paper. The Second Edition offers 20 additional professional readings, new information on stylistic choices, and enhanced coverage of incorporating visual elements into the writing process. Market leading technology support--includingThe College WriterCD for students, online professional readings, and the WriteSpace online writing program--help make teaching and learning writing more dynamic. New!Coverage of visual literacy and enhanced coverage of design and illustration teach students how to evaluate and utilize visuals that they encounter in media such as the Internet, television, movies, and advertisements. New!Twenty additional professional readings--including "The Media's Image of Arabs" by Jack Shaheen (persuasive writing), "Communication Styles" by Deborah Tannen (report writing), and "On Excellence" by Cynthia Ozick (definition)--provide high-interest examples of a variety of writing strategies and models. New!Additional information on stylistic choices such as passive voice, weak verbs, and other common problems with student writing help students to identify problem areas and strengthen their writing. New!Readings now reflect both national and international diversity, and feature current topics of high interest to students. Examples include "Campus Racism 101" by Nikki Giovanni and "The Handicap of Definition" by William Raspberry. A research section offers comprehensive coverage on finding, using, and documenting research sources, as well as advice on avoiding plagiarism. The WriteSpace online writing program delivers interactive exercises, diagnostic tests, assignments, and learning modules for more effective writing. It can be used in distance-learning courses, wired classrooms, or as an enhancement to traditional courses. The web site at www.thecollegewriter.com builds upon the lessons in the book with a range of resources including assignments, practice tests, and critical-reading models. The College WriterCD contains the entire text of the printed book, as well as grammar exercises, audio clips, videos, activities, web links, and other resources.

Table of Contents

Each chapter contains an Intro, an Overview, Guidelines, and Writing Checklist/Activities
A Rhetoric: College Student's Guide to Writing Reading, Thinking, Viewing, and Writing
Critical Thinking Through Reading, Viewing, and Writing The Writing Process
Beginning the Writing Process
Editing and Proofreading
Submitting, Writing, and Creating Portfolios The College Essay
One Writer's Process
A Reader: Strategies and Models Writing Across the Curriculum
Forms of College Writing Narrative, Descriptive, and Reflective Writing
Narration and Description
"Mzee Owitti"
"That Morning on the Prairie"
"A Hanging"
"Sunday in the Park"
Description and Reflection
"The Stream in the Ravine"
"Call Me Crazy But I Have to Be Myself"
"None of This Is Fair"
"Who Shot Johnny?"
Analytical Writing
Cause and Effect
"Adrenaline Junkies"
"The Legacy of Generation N"
"Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Kids"
Comparison and Contrast
"A Fear Born of Sorrow"
"Two Views of the River"
"Shrouded in Contradiction"
"Like Mexicans"
"Three Family Cancers"
"Four Ways to Talk About Literature"
"No Wonder They Call Me a Bitch"
Process Writing
"Wayward Cells"
"Downloading Photographs from the MC-150 Digital Camera" (from WFB)
"Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow"
"Campus Racism 101"
"The Gullible Family"
"Understanding Dementia"
"Deft or Daft"
Persuasive Writing
Strategies for Argumentation and Persuasion
Taking a Position
"An Apology for Ms. Barbie D. Doll"
"In Defense of the Animals"
"Apostles of Hatred Find It Easy to Spread Their Message"
"Demystifying Multiculturalism"
Persuading Readers to Act
"To Drill or Not to Drill"
"Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time"
"I Have a Dream"
"The Media's Image of Arabs"
Proposing a Solution
"Preparing for Agroterror"
"Uncle Sam and Aunt Samantha"
"The Media and the Ethics of Cloning"
Observation Report
"The Beach"
"Communication Styles"
Interview Report
"The Dead Business"
Lab, Experiment, and Field Report
"Working with Hydrochloric Acid"
"The Effects of Temperature and Inhibitors on the Fermentation Process for Ethanol"
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