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The popular, brief rhetoric that treats writing as thinking, WRITING ANALYTICALLY, Fifth Edition, offers a series of prompts that lead you through the process of analysis and synthesis and help you to generate original and well-developed ideas. The book's overall point is that learning to write well means learning to use writing as a way of thinking well. To that end, the strategies of this book describe thinking skills that employ writing. As you will see, this book treats writing as a tool of thought--a means of undertaking sustained acts of inquiry and reflection.
Table of Contents
|Analysis: What It Is and What It Does|
|The Five Analytical Moves|
|Analysis at Work: A Sample Paper|
|Distinguishing Analysis from Argument, Summary, and Expressive Writing|
|Applying the Five Analytical Moves: the Example of Whistler+s Mother|
|Analysis and Personal Associations|
|Assignment: Analyze a Portrait or Other Visual Image|
|Counterproductive Habits of Mind|
|Fear of Uncertainty|
|Blinded by Habit|
|The Judgment Reflex|
|Overpersonalizing (Naturalizing Our Assumptions)|
|Opinions (Versus Ideas)|
|What It Means to Have an Idea|
|Rules of Thumb for Handling Complexity|
|Assignment: Observation Practice|
|A Toolkit of Analytical Methods|
|Paraphrase X 3|
|10 on 1|
|The Method: Working with Patterns of Repetition and Contrast|
|Assignments: Using the Toolkit|
|Interpretation: What It Is, What It Isn+t, and How to Do It|
|Pushing Observations to Conclusions: Asking So What?|
|Asking So What?: An Example|
|Implications versus Hidden Meanings|
|The Limits on Interpretation|
|Intention as an Interpretive Context|
|The Fortune Cookie School of Interpretation|
|The Anything Goes School of Interpretation|
|Seems to Be About X But Could Also Be (Is +Really+) About Y|
|Putting It All Together: Interpretation of a New Yorker Cover|
|Assignments: Writing an Interpretive Essay|
|A Procedure for Reformulating Binaries in Argument|
|Uncovering Assumptions (aka Reasoning Back to Premises)|
|Uncovering Assumptions: A Brief Example|
|A Procedure for Uncovering Assumptions|
|Analyzing an Argument: The Example of +Playing By the Antioch Rules+|
|Strategies for Developing an Argument by Reasoning Back to Premises|
|The Problems with Debate-Style Argument|
|Seeing the Trees as Well as the Forest: Toulmin and the Rules of Argument|
|Refining Categorical Thinking: Two Examples|
|A Brief Glossary of Common Logical Errors|
|Assignments: Analyze or Produce an Argument|
|Topics and Modes of Analysis|
|Personal Response: The Reaction Paper|
|Assignments: Using the Topics and Modes of Analysis|
|Writing the Analytical Essay|
|What Evidence Is and How It Works The Function of Evidence|
|The Missing Connection: Linking Evidence and Claims|
|+Because I Say So+|
|Distinguishing Evidence from Claims|
|Giving Evidence a Point: Making Details Speak|
|What Counts as Evidence?|
|Kinds of Evidence|
|Using What You Have|
|Assignment: Distinguishing Evidence from Claims|
|Using Evidence to Build a Paper: 10 on 1 versus 1 on 10|
|Developing a Thesis Is More Than Repeating an Idea (1 on 10)|
|What+s Wrong with Five-Paragraph Form?|
|Analyzing Evidence in Depth: 10 on 1|
|Pan, Track, and Zoom: Using 10 on 1 to Build a Paper|
|Converting 1 on 10 into 10 on 1: A Student Paper (Flood Stories)|
|Doing 10 on 1: A Student Paper (Good Bye Lenin!)|
|A Template for Organizing Papers Using 10 on 1: An Alternative to Five-Paragraph Form|
|Assignment: Writing a Paper Using 10 on 1|
|Making a Thesis Evolve|
|What a Strong Thesis Does|
|Making a Thesis Evolve: A Brief Example (Tax Laws)|
|The Reciprocal Relationship between Thesis and Evidence: The Thesis as Lens|
|What a Good Thesis Statement Looks Like|
|Six Steps for Making a Thesis Evolve|
|Evolving a Thesis in an Exploratory Draft: A Student Draft on Las Meninas|
|Evolving a Thesis in a Later-Stage Draft: The Example of Educating Rita|
|Locating the Evolving Thesis in the Final Draft|
|Assignments: Using the Six Steps for Making a Thesis Evolve|
|Structuring the Paper: Forms and Formats|
|Romantics versus Formalists|
|The Two Functions of Formats: Product and Process|
|Classical Forms and Formats|
|Writing Analytically+s Forms and Formats|
|The Shaping Force of Thesis Statements|
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