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Critical Reading and Writing: A Bedford Spotlight Rhetoric helps students with key writing skills. It provides advice on how to read thoughtfully and analytically, with instruction on active reading and note-taking, plus help with analyzing visual and multimodal texts. It also takes students through the writing process, explaining important concepts such as purpose, invention, rhetorical thinking, prewriting, thesis development, and organization, providing support when they need it most. Advice on using sources, revising, and editing will help them enrich, re-see, edit, and format their papers.
Jeff Ousborne (PhD, Boston College) teaches literature and writing courses at Suffolk University. He is the editor of Reading Pop Culture: A Portable Anthology (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013) and author of Critical Reading and Writing: A Bedford Spotlight Rhetoric (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2014). The former music editor at Details magazine, he has also written for The Boston Phoenix, Life, Maxim, Men's Fitness, Entertainment Weekly, CMJ Music Monthly, Boston Magazine, Esquire, and other publications.
Table of Contents
1 Critical ReadingWhat is Critical Reading?Paying Attention to Form and StructureAnnotating As You Read Checklist: Questions for Critical ReadingFrom Comprehension to Analytical ReadingLooking for ThemesPaying Attention to Style, Voice, and Tone Checklist: Questions for Analytical ReadingReading Visual TextsNorman Rockwell, The Problem We All Live WithChecklist: Questions for Visual Analysis2 Invention and Drafting Understanding Purpose, Audience, and TopicPurpose: Why Are You Writing? Are You Writing to Inform? Are you Writing to Persuade? Are you Writing to Express Yourself? Checklist: Understanding Your PurposeAudience: To Whom Are You Writing? Checklist: Understanding Your AudienceDiscovering Your Topic FreewritingBrainstormingClusteringReading to Write Checklist: Understanding Your Topic Developing and Refining Your Thesis Checklist: Crafting Your ThesisOrganization Introductions Body Paragraphs Conclusions Checklist: Reviewing the Organization of Your Essay3 Using Sources, Revising, and Editing Evaluating Sources Is the Source Up to Date? Is the Source Credible and Authoritative? Does the Source Provide Broad and In-Depth Coverage? Is the Source Objective? Using Sources from the Web Who Are the Authors? Who Sponsors the Site? How Accurate is the Site? Integrating Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism Summarizing Paraphrasing Integrating Quotations Signal Words Making Sources Work for YouExamples of MLA Style Checklist: Using SourcesRevisionRevising Thesis, Evidence, and OrganizationPeer Review Checklist: Questions for Peer ReviewProofreadingLogan Block, College is Still Worth It: The Enduring Value of a College Degree [sample MLA student essay]