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The Curious Writer

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Edition:
4th
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9780205235773

ISBN10:
0205235778
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Pub. Date:
12/21/2012
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Summary

The Curious Writer, an assignment-oriented, all-in-one rhetoric-reader-handbook, stresses the connections between personal and academic writing. The Curious Writeremphasizes inquiry as both a method of discovery and learning and a driving force behind the writing process. The book operates on the principle that writers who begin with questions, rather than answers, achieve better results in their work. It treats research, revision, and critical reading skills (of both texts and visuals) as organic components of every writing process. Each of the eight writing assignment chapters offers integrated coverage of these three key activities and also provides special attention digital tools for invention and research. Offering a unique, entertaining, and personal author voice, The Curious Writeris sure to grab students' interest and motivate them to write.

Table of Contents

Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments

 

Part 1 The Spirit of Inquiry


Chapter 1 Writing as Inquiry
        Motives for Writing
    Beliefs About Writing and Writing Development
    Exercise 1.1 This I Believe (and This I Don’t)
    One Student’s Response
          Bernice’s Journal
    Inquiring into the Details
         Journals
    Unlearning Unhelpful Beliefs
    The Beliefs of This Book
         Allatonceness
         Believing You Can Learn to Write Well
    Habits of Mind
        Starting with Questions, Not Answers
        Making the Familiar Strange
        Suspending Judgment
        Being Willing to Write Badly
        Searching for Surprise
    Exercise 1.2 A Roomful of Details
    One Student’s Response
         Bernice’s Journal
    Writing Situations and Rhetorical Choices
    A First Reflection on Your Writing Process
         A Case Study
    Inquiring into the Details
         Organizing Your Computer Files
         Thinking About Your Process
    Inquiring into the Details
         Portfolios
    Exercise 1.3 Literacy Narrative Collage
    Exercise 1.4 What Is Your Process?
         Problem Solving in Your Writing Process
    The Nature of the Writing Process
        The Writing Process As Recursive and Flexible
        A System for Using Writing to Think
    Inquiring into the Details
        Invention Strategies
    Exercise 1.5 Two Kinds of Thinking
    A Writing Process That Harnesses Two Currents of Thought
         The Sea and the Mountain
         Answering the So What? Question
    A Writing Process Driven by Questions
    Questioning, Generating, and Judging: A Strategy for Inquiry
    Exercise 1.6 A Mini Inquiry Project: Cell Phone Culture
    Exercise 1.7 Scenes of Writing
    Using What You Have Learned

 

Chapter 2 Reading as Inquiry 
    Purposes for Academic Reading
    Exercise 2.1 U sing the Four Purposes for Academic Reading
    Beliefs About Reading
    Exercise 2.2 A Reader’s Memoir
        One Common Belief That Is an Obstacle
    Reading Situations and Rhetorical Choices
        Four Frames for Reading
        Reading Scenarios
        Inquiring into the Details Reading Perspectives
    Exercise 2.3 Reading a Life
    A Process for Reading to Write
        Questions for the Process of Reading to Write
            What Do I Want to Know?
            What Should I Read to Find Out?
            What Do I Do with What I’ve Read?
        Having a Dialogue with What You Read
    Inquiring into the Details Reading the Visual
    Exercise 2.4 D ouble-Entry Journaling with a Visual Text
        Techniques for Keeping a Double-Entry Journal
    Exercise 2.5 Reading Creatively, Reading Critically
    READING Bruce Ballenger, “The Importance of Writing Badly”
    One Student’s Response

        Briana’s Journal
    Wrestling with Academic Discourse: Reading from the Outside In
    Exercise 2.6 Reading Reality TV
        Features of Academic Discourse
    Using What You Have Learned


Part 2 Inquiry Projects


Chapter 3 Writing a Personal Essay 
    Writing About Experience and Observations
    Motives for Writing a Personal Essay
    The Personal Essay and Academic Writing
    Features of the Form
    Readings
        Personal Essay 1 Laura Zazulak, “Every Morning for Five Years”
        Inquiring into the Essay
        Personal Essay 2 Judith Ortiz Cofer, “One More Lesson”
        Inquiring into the Essay
        Seeing the Form P hoto Essays
    The Writing Process
        Inquiry Project: Writing a Personal Essay
        Writing Beyond the Classroom
        Essaying “This I Believe”
        What Are You Going to Write About?
        Opening Up
        One Student’s Response

            Lauren’s Journal: Lists of Things That Bug Me
        Narrowing Down

        Inquiring into the Details Clustering or Mapping
            What’s Promising Material and What Isn’t?
            Questions About Purpose and Audience
        Trying Out
            Questions for Reflection
        Writing the Sketch
        Student Sketch Amanda Stewart, “Earning a Sense of Place”
        Moving from Sketch to Draft
            Evaluating Your Own Sketch
            Reflecting on What You Learned
        Developing
        Drafting
            Methods of Development
            Using Evidence
        Inquiring into the Details More Than One Way to Tell a Story

            Workshopping
            Revising
        *Student Essay Seth Marlin, “Smoke of Empire”
        Evaluating the Essay
    Using What You Have Learned


Chapter 4 Writing a Profile 
    Writing About People
    Motives for Writing a Profile
    The Profile and Academic Writing

    Features of the Form
    Readings
        *Profile 1 Bruce Ballenger, “Museum Missionary”
        Inquiring into the Essay
        *Profile 2 Ian Frazier, “Passengers”
        Inquiring into the Essay
        Profile 3 Gib Akin, “Learning About Work from Joe Cool”
        Inquiring into the Essay
        Seeing the Form Sun Boy by William Soule
    The Writing Process
        Inquiry Project: Writing a Profile
        Who Are You Going to Write About?
        Opening Up
        One Student’s Response
        Narrowing Down
        Trying Out
        Interviewing
        Writing Beyond the Classroom Digital Profiles
        Inquiring into the Details Recording Interviews
        Interview Notes Margaret Parker, “Selected Interview Notes: “Medical Student””
        Writing the Sketch
        Moving from Sketch to Draft
        Developing
        Inquiring into the Details Using Audacity to Record and Edit Audio
        Drafting
        Workshopping
        Revising
        *Student Essay Micaela Fisher, “Number 6 Orchard”
        Evaluating the Essay
    Using What You Have Learned


Chapter 5 Writing a Review 
    Writing That Evaluates
    Motives for Writing a Review
    The Review and Academic Writing
    Seeing the Form Choosing the Best Picture
    Features of the Form
    Readings
        *Review 1 Roger Ebert, “A Christmas Story”
        Inquiring into the Essay
        *Review 2 Melinda Newman, “Nickelback’s Here and Now”
        Inquiring into the Essay
        Review 3 Seth Schiesel, “Grand Theft Auto Takes on New York”
        Inquiring into the Essay
    The Writing Process
        Inquiry Project: Writing a Review Essay
        What Are You Going to Write About?
        Opening Up
        Narrowing Down 
        Trying Out
        Thinking About Criteria
        Inquiring into the Details Collaborating on Criteria
        Writing the Sketch
        *Student Sketch Laura Burns, “Recipe for a Great Film: Unlikeable People, Poor Choices, and Little Redemption”

        Moving from Sketch to Draft
    Developing
        Drafting
        Workshopping
        Revising
        *Student Essay Laura Burns, “How to Not Feel Good and Feel Good About It”
        Evaluating the Essay
    Using What You Have Learned


Chapter 6 Writing a Proposal 
    Writing About Problems and Solutions
        Problems of Consequence
        Problems of Manageable Scale
    Motives for Writing a Proposal
    The Proposal and Academic Writing
    Inquiring into the Details Writing a Research Proposal
    Features of the Form
    Readings
        *Proposal 1 Buzz Bissinger, “Why College Football Should Be Banned”
        Inquiring into the Essay
        Proposal 2 “Green Dining”
        Inquiring into the Essay
        Proposal 3 Michael Pollan, “Why Bother?”
        Inquiring into the Essay
        Seeing the Form A Problem in Pictures
    The Writing Process
        Inquiry Project: Writing a Proposal
        What Are You Going to Write About?
        Opening Up

        One Student’s Response
        Narrowing Down
        Trying Out
        Writing the Sketch
        *Student Sketch Jenna Appleman, “Loving and Hating Reality TV”
        Moving from Sketch to Draft
        Developing
        Inquiring into the Details Design Tips for Basic Web Pages
        Drafting
        Inquiring into the Details Evidence—A Case Study
        Workshopping
        Revising
        *Student Essay Jenna Appleman, “Avoidable Accidents: How to Make Reality TV Safer”
        Evaluating the Essay
    Using What You Have Learned


Chapter 7 Writing an Argument 
    Writing to Persuade People
    What Is Argument?
    Two Sides to Every Argument?
    The Machinery of Argument: Claims, Reasons, and Evidence
        Claims: What You Want People to Believe
        Reasons: The “Because. . .” Behind the Claim
        Evidence: Proof of the Point
    Seeing the Form T he “Imagetext” as Argument
    Credibility, Emotion, and Logic
    Analyzing Argument
    Exercise 7.1 A rgument as Therapy
    One Student’s Response

        Rebecca’s Journal
    Inquiring into the Details Common Logical Fallacies
    Motives for Writing an Argument
    Writing Beyond the Classroom Public Argument in a Digital Age
    The Argument and Academic Writing
    Features of the Form
    Readings
        *Argument 1 Edward Tufte, “PowerPoint Is Evil”
        Inquiring into the Essay
        Argument 2 Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, “The Language of War Is Killing”
        Inquiring into the Essay
        Argument 3 Loye Young, “Is Humiliation an Ethically Appropriate Response to Plagiarism?”
        Inquiring into the Essay
    The Writing Process
        Inquiry Project: Writing an Argument
        What Are You Going to Write About?

        Opening Up
        One Student’s Response
        Narrowing Down
        Trying Out
        Writing the Sketch
        *Student Sketch Rebecca Thompson, “Twitter a Profound Thought?”
        Moving from Sketch to Draft
        Developing
        Drafting
        Inquiring into the Details What Evidence Can Do
        Workshopping

        Revising
        Inquiring into the Details Toulmin: A Method for Analyzing an Argument
       *Student Essay Rebecca Thompson, “Social Networking Social Good?”
    Using What You Have Learned


Chapter 8 Writing a Critical Essay 
    Writing About Literature
    Motives for Writing a Critical Essay
    The Critical Essay and Academic Writing
    Features of the Form
    Writing on the Outside Book Groups
    Readings
        Short Story 1 Leslie Marmon Silko, “Lullaby”
        Inquiring into the Story
        One Student’s Response Noel’s Journal
        *Short Story 2 Gish Gen, “Who’s Irish?”
        Inquiring into the Story
        Inquiring into the Details Why
        Literary Theory Is Not a Sleep Aid
        *Film Criticism James Parker, “Our Zombies, Ourselves”
        Inquiring into the Essay

        Seeing the Form Young Ladies in the Banks of the Seine by Gustave Coubet
    The Writing Process
        Inquiry Project: Writing a Critical Essay
        What Are You Going to Write About?
        Opening Up
        Inquiring into the Details Common Literary Devices
        Narrowing Down
        Inquiring into the Details What Is a “Strong Reading”?
        Writing the Sketch
        *Student Sketch Julie Bird, “What Is the Role of Nature in ‘Lullaby’?”
        Moving from Sketch to Draft
        Developing
        Drafting
        Workshopping
        Revising
        Polishing
        *Student Essay Julie Bird, “Nature as Being: Landscape in Silko’s ‘Lullaby’ ”
        Evaluating the Essay
    Using What You Have Learned


Chapter 9 Writing an Ethnographic Essay 
    Writing About Culture
    Motives for Writing Ethnography
    Ethnography and Academic Writing
    Features of the Form
    Readings
        Ethnographic Essay 1 Judith Ortiz Cofer, “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria”
        Inquiring into the Essay
        Ethnographic Essay 2 Rebekah Nathan, “My Freshman Year: Worldliness and Worldview”
        Inquiring into the Essay
        Seeing the Form German Cowboys
    The Writing Process
        Inquiry Project: Writing the Ethnographic Essay
        What Are You Going to Write About?
        Opening Up
        Writing Beyond the Classroom Commercial Ethnography

       Narrowing Down
        Inquiring into the Details Researching Trends and Subcultures on the Web
        Trying Out
        Inquiring into the Details Questions Ethnographers Ask
        Inquiring into the Details Ethnography and Ethics
        Field Notes Rita Guerra, “Field Notes on Friday Afternoon at Emerald Lanes”
        Writing the Sketch
        Moving from Sketch to Draft
        Developing
        Inquiring into the Details Useful Library Databases for Ethnography
        Drafting

        Workshopping

        Revising
        Student Essay Kersti Harter, “Beyond ‘Gaydar’”
        Evaluating the Essay
    Using What You Have Learned


Part 3 Inquiring Deeper


Chapter 10 Writing a Research Essay 
    Writing with Research
    Research Essays, Research Papers, and Research Reports
    Motives for Writing a Research Essay
    The Research Essay and Academic Writing
    Features of the Form
    Readings: Facebook and Depression
        Exercise 10.1 Flash Research on Facebook and Depression
        *Reading 1: Web Page  Stephanie Pappas, “Facebook with Care: Social Networking Site Can Hurt Self-Esteem”
        Inquiring into the Essay
        *Reading 2: Journal Article   Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe, Kathleen Clarke-Pearson, and Council on Communications and Media, “The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families”
        Inquiring into the Essay
        *Reading 3: Reference  “Definition of a ‘Major Depressive Episode’ ”
        *Reading 4: Blog  “Pediatrics Gets It Wrong About ‘Facebook Depression’ ”

        Inquiring into the Essay
        Exercise 10.1 (Continued from p. 391) 409
    The Writing Process
        Inquiry Project: Writing a Research Essay
        What Are You Going to Write About?
        Opening Up
        One Student’s Response Julian’s Journal
        Narrowing Down
        Trying Out
    Sample Research Proposal
        Moving from Proposal to Draft
        Developing
        Drafting
        Workshopping    
        Revising    
        Student Essay Gordon E. Seirup, “College Dating”
        Evaluating the Essay
    Using What You Have Learned


Chapter 11 Research Techniques 
    Methods of Collecting
    Research in the Electronic Age
        Research Routines
        Power Searching Using Google
        Power Searching in the Library
        Developing Working Knowledge
        Developing Focused Knowledge
        Inquiring into the Details Full-Text Articles and the Convenience Trap
        Evaluating Library Sources
        Inquiring into the Details T he Working Bibliography
        Advanced Internet Research Techniques
        Evaluating Web Sources
        Research with Living Sources: Interviews, Surveys, and Fieldwork
    Inquiring into the Details T ypes of Survey Questions
        Conducting a Survey
        Using Survey Results in Your Writing
        Fieldwork: Research on What You See and Hear
        Writing in the Middle: Note-Taking Techniques
        One Student’s Response
        Using What You Have Learned


Chapter 12 Using and Citing Sources 
    Controlling Information
    Using Sources
        Summarizing
        Paraphrasing
        Quoting
    Citing Sources
        Avoiding Plagiarism
    Exercise 12.1 The Accidental Plagiarist
    MLA Documentation Guidelines
    Inquiring into the Details The Common Knowledge Exception
        Citing Sources
    Inquiring into the Details Citations That Go with the Flow
    Format
    Preparing the Works Cited Page
    APA Documentation Guidelines
        How the Essay Should Look
        Citing Sources in Your Essay
        Preparing the References List

    Using What You Have Learned


Part 4 Re-Inquiring


Chapter 13 Revision Strategies 
    Why Revise?
    Divorcing the Draft
    Strategies for Divorcing the Draft
    Five Categories of Revision
    Problems with Purpose
        Revision Strategy 13.1: The Motive Statement
        Revision Strategy 13.2: What Do You Want to Know About What You Learned?
    One Student’s Response Julia’s Draft
        Revision Strategy 13.3: Finding the Focusing Question
        Revision Strategy 13.4: What’s the Relationship?
    Problems with Meaning
        Where Does Meaning Come From?

        Methods for Discovering Your Thesis
        Revision Strategy 13.5: Find the “Instructive Line”
        Revision Strategy 13.6: Looping Toward a Thesis
        Revision Strategy 13.7: Reclaiming Your Topic
        Revision Strategy 13.8: Believing and Doubting
        Methods for Refining Your Thesis 549 Revision Strategy 13.9: Questions as Knives
        Revision Strategy 13.10: Qualifying Your Claim
    Problems with Information
        Revision Strategy 13.11: Explode a Moment
        Revision Strategy 13.12: Beyond Examples
        Revision Strategy 13.13: Research
        Revision Strategy 13.14: Backing Up Your Assumptions

    Problems with Structure
        Formal Academic Structures
        Revision Strategy 13.15: Beginnings, Middles, Ends, and the Work They Do
        Revision Strategy 13.16: Reorganizing Around Thesis and Support
        Revision Strategy 13.17: Multiple Leads
    Inquiring into the Details T ypes of Leads
        Revision Strategy 13.18: The Frankenstein Draft
        Revision Strategy 13.19: Make a PowerPoint Outline
    Problems with Clarity and Style
        Solving Problems of Clarity
        Revision Strategy 13.20: The Three Most Important Sentences
        Revision Strategy 13.21: Untangling Paragraphs
        Revision Strategy 13.22: Cutting Clutter
        Inquiring into the Details Transition Flags
        Revision Strategy 13.23: The Actor and the Action Next Door
        Improving Style
        Revision Strategy 13.24: Actors and Actions
        Revision Strategy 13.25: Smoothing the Choppiness
        Revision Strategy 13.26: Fresh Ways to Say Things
    Using What You Have Learned


Chapter 14 The Writer’s Workshop 

    Making the Most of Peer Review
        Being Read
        Divorcing the Draft
        Instructive Talk
    Models for Writing Workshops
        Full-Class Workshops
        Small-Group Workshops
        One-on-One Peer Review
    The Writer’s Responsibilities
    The Reader’s Responsibilities
    What Can Go Wrong and What to Do About It
    Inquiring into the Details Finding a Role
    Exercise 14.1 Group Problem Solving
    One Student’s Response Amy’s Perspective on Workshops
    Methods of Responding
        Experiential and Directive Responses
        Response Formats
        Reflecting on the Workshop
    Using What You Have Learned


Appendix A The Writing Portfolio 

    What Is a Portfolio?
    Types of Portfolios
        Unevaluated Portfolios
        Evaluated Portfolios
    Why Require a Portfolio?
    Organizing Portfolios
    Writing a Reflective Letter or Essay
    Final Preparations

 

Appendix B The Annotated Bibliography
    What Is an Annotated Bibliography?
    How to Write an Annotated Bibliography
        Gathering Materials
        Reading Strategies
        Writing the Annotated Bibliography
    Sample Student Annotated Bibliography

 

Appendix C The Essay Exam 
    How to Write Essay Exams
        Gathering Materials
        Anticipating the Exam

        Analyzing Essay Questions
    Planning and Drafting

 

Handbook 
    1 Sentence Boundaries
        1A Fragments
        1B Comma Splices
        1C Fused Sentences
    2 Sentence Inconsistencies
        2A Parallelism
        2B Coordination and Subordination
        2C Mixed Sentences
        2D Shifts
    3 Problems with Modification
        3A Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers
        3B Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Modifiers
        3C Adjectives and Adverbs
    4 Verbs
        4A Tense
        4B Voice
        4C Mood
        4D Subject—Verb Agreement
    5 Pronouns
        5A Pronoun Case
        5B Pronoun Reference
        5C Pronoun Agreement
        5D Relative Pronouns
    6 Style
        6A Conciseness
        6B Appropriate Language
    7 Punctuation
        7A End Punctuation
        7B Semicolon
        7C Comma
        7D Colon
        7E Dash
        7F Quotation Marks
        7G Other Marks
    8 Mechanics and Spelling
        8A Capitalization
        8B Abbreviation
        8C Apostrophe
        8D Hyphens
        8E Italics (Underlining)
        8F Numbers
        8G Spelling
    9 Review of Basic Grammar
        9A Parts of Speech
        9B Subjects and Predicates
        9C Objects and Complements
        9D Phrases
        9E Clauses
        9F Basic Sentence Patterns
        9G Types of Sentences
    10 Tips for ESL Writers
        10A Articles
        10B Verbs
        10C Adjectives and Adverbs
        10D Prepositions
        10E Participles

 

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