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The Writer's Way

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6th
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9780618426805

ISBN10:
0618426809
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Pub. Date:
3/11/2004
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Cengage Learning
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Summary

This dynamic, process-centered paperback combines a rhetoric with readings. Based on a "whole language approach," The Writer's Way recognizes that people learn best by reflecting on what they do--and that writers learn best when inspired by compelling reasons to write, motivated by strong examples, and reinforced by immediate personal rewards. Offering frank advice in a supportive, encouraging tone, this text leads students step by step through the writing process, from pre-writing to polishing the final draft. Part I, "Introduction to Writing," provides a broad introduction to the natural-language attitude toward learning to write, establishing the "hands-on" approach of the book. Parts II and III offer step-by-step walkthroughs of the writing process, beginning with generating ideas, drafting, and organizing (Part II: "Planning and Drafting"), followed by "Revising and Editing," in Part III, which includes coverage of peer critiquing. Part IV, "Modes of Writing," highlights the decisions about audience, purpose, structure, and language that writers face when writing in personal, informative, and persuasive modes. Part V, "Academic Writing," discusses writing for college courses and includes chapters on writing about literature, writing in the sciences, collaborative writing, and research. Part VI, "A Treasury of Essays," is a collection of 24 model student essays collected by the author from his classrooms over the years.

Table of Contents

Preface xv
Prologue How to Go to School 1(1)
How to Get a Good Grade 1(1)
How to (Re)Learn in School: A Guide to Studying 2
Part One INTRODUCTION TO WRITING
1(32)
Learning to Write
2(14)
Learn Like a Baby
3(1)
The Four Basics
4(5)
Exposure
5(1)
Motivation
6(1)
Practice
7(1)
Feedback
8(1)
What Good Is a Composition Class?
9(1)
Exposure
9(1)
Motivation
9(1)
Practice
9(1)
Feedback
9(1)
How Can I Write Well Right Now?
10(1)
Writer's Workshop: What Helps, What Doesn't
11(4)
Exercises
15(1)
What Makes Writing Good?
16(17)
What Good Writing Isn't
19(1)
What Good Writing Is: The Sense of Audience
20(3)
Having a Reader in Your Head
21(1)
Giving the Readers What They Need
22(1)
Seeing Writing as Performance
23(1)
It Really Works: Two Proofs
23(4)
Writer's Workshop: The Reader's Dialogue
27(3)
Exercises
30(3)
Part Two PLANNING AND DRAFTING
33(32)
Finding Something to Write About
34(16)
Where Do Good Essays Come From?
35(4)
Five Principles for Getting Good Ideas
39(6)
Writing from Rage
45(1)
Writer's Workshop: Finding Essays in Your Life
45(4)
Exercises
49(1)
From First Thoughts to Drafts
50(15)
Defeating Writer's Block
52(12)
Exercises
64(1)
Part Three REVISING AND EDITING
65(150)
Thesis, Purpose, Audience, and Tone
66(30)
The Spirit of Revising
67(1)
How to Feel About Rules
68(1)
Revision Tools
68(3)
Diagnostic Tools
70(1)
Making Your Own Tools
70(1)
Revision in Five Giant Steps
71(1)
Thesis, Purpose, Audience, and Tone
71(14)
Topic
72(1)
Thesis
73(2)
Purpose
75(2)
Audience
77(5)
Tone
82(3)
Purpose and Audience Tell You How to Write
85(2)
Writer's Workshop: Revising for Thesis, Audience, and Purpose
87(5)
Exercises
92(4)
Organization, Part 1: Mapping and Outlining
96(14)
The Organizing Attitude
98(2)
Mapping
100(2)
Making the Tool
100(1)
Using the Tool
100(2)
Outlining
102(6)
Making the Tool
102(3)
Using the Tool
105(3)
Exercises
108(2)
Organization, Part 2: Abstracting
110(12)
Transition and Readers
111(2)
Transition and Connectors
113(1)
Abstracting
114(4)
Making the Tool
115(1)
Using the Tool
116(2)
Diagnosing Transition by the Numbers
118(1)
Structural Templates
119(1)
Paragraphing
119(1)
Exercises
120(2)
Beginning, Ending, and Titling
122(12)
Beginnings
123(5)
Making the Tool
123(3)
Using the Tool
126(2)
Conclusions
128(2)
Making the Tool
128(2)
Using the Tool
130(1)
Titles
130(2)
Making the Tool
130(1)
Using the Tool
131(1)
Exercises
132(2)
Making the Draft Longer or Shorter
134(12)
Making It Shorter
135(2)
Making It Longer
137(5)
Making It Longer by Filling In
138(2)
Expanding the Canvas
140(1)
Asking the Next Question
141(1)
Writer's Workshop: Expanding Essays
142(3)
Exercises
145(1)
Peer Feedback
146(16)
Rules for Readers
147(2)
Rules for Writers
149(2)
Peer Editing in Groups
151(1)
The Writer's Role in Group Editing
152(1)
Peer Editing for Mechanics and Grammar
152(1)
Writer's Workshop: Peer Editing a Peer-Editing Session
153(9)
Rewriting for Style
162(18)
Style as Clothing
163(1)
How to Master a Style: Three Steps
164(1)
Sentence Length
165(2)
Latinate Diction
167(4)
Concretion
171(5)
Exercises
176(4)
Editing
180(24)
Getting the Editing Attitude
181(3)
``Grammar''
184(5)
Conventions
184(1)
Rules of Logic
185(3)
Rules of Clarity
188(1)
Punctuation
189(9)
The Comma
189(2)
Things Commas Don't Do
191(1)
The Semicolon
192(1)
Things Semicolons Don't Do
193(1)
The Colon
193(1)
Things Colons Don't Do
193(1)
The Dash
194(1)
Parentheses
194(1)
Question Marks
194(1)
The Hyphen
195(1)
The Apostrophe
195(2)
Quotation Marks
197(1)
Things Quotation Marks Don't Do
198(1)
Spacing and Positioning
198(1)
Spelling
198(2)
The Worst That Can Happen to You
200(1)
Following Format
201(1)
Proofreading
202(1)
Exercises
203(1)
Publishing
204(11)
What, Me Publish?
205(1)
Ways to Go Public
205(5)
Electronic Publishing
205(1)
Publishing in the Classroom
206(1)
Publishing on Campus
206(1)
Community Publications
207(1)
Desktop Publishing
208(1)
Magazine Articles
208(2)
Academic Publishing
210(1)
Books
210(1)
Preparing a Manuscript for Submission
210(3)
Business Letter Format
211(2)
Exercises
213(2)
Part Four MODES OF WRITING
215(70)
Personal Writing
216(14)
Show, Don't Tell
221(3)
Choosing an Effect
224(1)
Does Personal Writing Have a Thesis?
225(1)
Writer's Workshop: Concretizing Abstract Generalizations
225(4)
Exercises
229(1)
Writing to Inform
230(16)
What's Informative Writing?
231(5)
The Three Challenges
236(4)
You Don't Feel Knowledgeable Enough
236(2)
It's Boring
238(1)
Coik is a Constant Problem
238(2)
Eight Teaching Tips
240(2)
Writer's Workshop: The Eight in Action
242(3)
Exercises
245(1)
Writing an Argument, Part 1: Thinking It Through
246(22)
What's an Argument?
247(1)
Finding an Argumentative Prompt
248(1)
Thinking It Through vs. Selling the Case
249(1)
Why Thinking Is Hard
249(2)
How to Think: A Template
251(12)
Eliminating Language Problems
251(1)
Making a Well-Formed Assertion
251(2)
Eliminating Clouding Language
253(2)
Examining Your Assumptions
255(3)
Examining the Consequences of the Thesis
258(1)
Seven Cleanup Tasks
259(4)
Writer's Workshop: Using the Tools
263(3)
Exercises
266(2)
Writing an Argument, Part 2: Selling the Case
268(17)
Define Your Objectives Realistically
269(2)
Establish a Positive Relationship with Your Audience
271(3)
Be Human
271(1)
Be Interesting
272(1)
Empathize
272(1)
Four Diagnostic Questions
273(1)
Find a Dramatic Structure
274(5)
Writer's Workshop: Using Models
279(4)
Exercises
283(2)
Part Five ACADEMIC WRITING
285(84)
Writing in School: An Introduction
286(8)
What's New? Nuthin'
287(7)
Writing on Literature
294(6)
Purpose and Audience
295(1)
What to Write About
296(1)
Thesis and Topic
297(1)
Critical Approaches
297(1)
The Opening Paragraph
297(1)
Quotations
298(1)
Page References
299(1)
Tense
299(1)
Writing in the Sciences
300(4)
Audience and Purpose
301(1)
Structure: The Lab Report
302(2)
Part I: Introduction
302(1)
Part II: Methods
302(1)
Part III: Results
303(1)
Part IV: Discussion
303(1)
Essay Tests
304(6)
The Universals
305(2)
Subject Tests
307(1)
Literacy Tests
307(3)
Collaborative Writing
310(6)
How to Make the Collaborative Experience Work for You
311(3)
Typical Collaborative Work Schedule
314(2)
Research
316(10)
Using the Library
318(3)
The Texts
318(2)
Library Search Tools
320(1)
Researching from a Terminal
321(5)
Databases
322(1)
Web Sites
323(3)
Using Sources
326(16)
Summary and Paraphrase
327(1)
Quotation
328(1)
Why and When to Quote
328(1)
How to Quote
328(1)
Documentation
329(7)
Why and When to Document
329(1)
How to Document
330(4)
Citing Online Sources
334(2)
Model Citations
336(3)
Exercises
339(3)
The Research Paper
342(27)
Setting Yourself a Good Task
343(2)
Getting Things Organized
345(2)
Format
347(1)
Graphics
348(2)
A Model Research Paper
350(19)
Part Six A TREASURY OF ESSAYS
369(52)
Personal Essays
370(11)
Informative Essays
381(12)
Argumentative Essays
393(10)
Academic Essays
403(11)
Four Essays on Dieting
414(7)
Author/Title Index 421(4)
Subject Index 425


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