The Call to Write (with 2009 MLA Update Card)

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-05-27
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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With a focus on real-world writing, including diverse media, a treatment of visual literacy, and an emphasis on the ethics of writing, the Fourth Edition of The Call to Write continues to break new ground in composition. Organized by genres--letters, memoirs, public documents, profiles, reports, commentaries, proposals, and reviews--this innovative rhetoric gives students the practice they need to write both in college and in the public sphere. Connecting writing to everyday life, including college and work, it shows students the impact of writing and gives them the skills to help them write well. A strong emphasis on public writing promotes civic involvement through writing--to inform the public, to shape opinion, to advocate change, and so on--while relevant, provocative readings help students to understand the concept of being "called to write" in response to a personal, community, or societal need. Students receive the most up-to-date information on MLA documentation with the enclosed tri-fold card providing NEW 2009 MLA Handbook formats.

Table of Contents

Writing and Reading Introduction: The Call to Write
What Is Writing
Analyzing Literacy
Events Writing in Everyday Life
Writing in the Workplace
Writing in the Public Sphere
Writing in School
Analyzing a Literacy Event
Writing Assignment: Analyzing a Literacy Event
Reading Strategies for Academic Purposes
Analyzing the Rhetorical Situation Reading as Research
Working with Sources Getting Started
Previewing Strategies for Close
Reading Strategies for Analyzing the Rhetorical Situation
Analysis of a Rhetorical Situation
Writing Assignment: Analyzing the Rhetorical Situation
Persuasion and Responsibility
Analyzing Arguments
Understanding Argument
Entering a Controversy Taking a Position
From Issues to Claims Developing a Persuasive Position
Making an Argument
Negotiating Differences
Rhetorical Analysis of an Argument
Writing Assignment: Analyzing an Argument
Writing Projects Introduction: Genres of Writing
Letters: Establishing and Maintaining Relationships
Thinking About the Genre Readings
Writing in a Digital World
Text Messages Visual Design: Letter of Appeal
Further Exploration: Letters Writing
Assignment: Composing a Letter Writers'
Workshop Reflecting on Your Writing
Memoirs: Recalling Personal Experience
Thinking About the Genre Readings
Writing in a Digital World
Social Networking Web Sites Visual Design
Graphic Novels Further Exploration
Memoirs Writing Assignment
Writing Memoir Writers'
Workshop Reflecting on Your Writing
Public Documents: Codifying Beliefs and Practices
Thinking About the Genre Readings
Writing in a Digital World
Posting Memorandum on Torture
Visual Design: Defective Equipment
Further Exploration: Public Documents
Writing Assignment: Public Documents Writers'
Workshop Reflecting on Your Writing
Profiles: Creating a Dominant Impression
Thinking About the Genre Readings
Writing in a Digital World: Soundmap
Visual Design: Photo Essay
Further Exploration: Profiles
Writing Assignment: Creating a Profile Writers'
Workshop Reflecting on Your Writing
Reports and Explaining
Thinking About the Genre Readings
Associated Press, "Mentally Ill People Aren't
More Violent, Study Finds"
Fox Butterfield, "Studies of Mental Illness Show Links to Violence" Writing in a Digital World: An Informational Web Site
Visual Design: PowerPoint
Further Exploration: Reports Writing
Assignment: The Report Writers'
Workshop Reflecting on Your Writing
Commentary: Identifying Patterns of Meaning
Thinking About the Genre Readings
Writing in a Digital World: Blogs
Visual Design: Parody
Further Exploration: Commentary
Writing Assignment: Writing Commentary Writers'
Workshop Reflecting on Your Writing
Proposals: Formulating and Solving Problems
Thinking About the Genre Readings
Writing in a Digital World: Public Campaigns
Student Labor Action Project
Visual Design: Community Group Proposal
Further Exploration: Proposals
Writing Assignment: Proposing a Problem Solution Writers'
Workshop Reflecting on Your Writing
Reviews: Evaluating Works and Performances
Thinking About the Genre Readings
Writing in a Digital World: Monitoring the Media
Visual Design: Travel Guides
Further Exploration: Reviews
Writing Assignment: Writing a Review Writers'
Workshop Reflecting on Your Writing
Writing and Research Projects Introduction: Doing Research and the Need to Know
The Research Process: Critical Essays and Research Projects
Understanding the Genre: Critical Essays and Research Projects
Sample Student Papers for Analysis
The Research Process: An Overview Finding Sources
Evaluating Sources
Making an Argument Planning and Drafting
Your Project A Closing Note
Working with Sources Working with Sources to Answer Your Research Question What Is Plagiarism
Checklist for Using Quotes
Effectively Documenting Sources: MLA and APA Style
In-Text Citations Works Cited (MLA) and References (APA)
A Guide to Print, Electronic, and Other Sources
Books and Periodicals Learning
About the Library Searching the Web Government
Publications Other Sources
Fieldwork and the Research Report
Understanding the Genre: Research Reports
Designing A Field Research Project
Observation Interviews Surveys
Writers at Work Introduction: Understanding the Writing Process
The Writing Process: A Case Study of a Writing Assignment
Case Study of a Writing Assignment
Talking to Teachers Going to the Writing Center
The Shape of the Essay: How Form Embodies Purpose
Thinking About Form Three Patterns of Organization
Seeing Patterns of Organization: How Form Embodies Purpose
Putting the Parts Together Designing Paragraphs
How Paragraphs Make Patterns of Organization
Easy to Recognize
Working Together: Collaborative
Writing Projects Collaborative
Writing How to Work Together on Collaborative
Writing Projects Reflecting on Your Writing
PresentingYour Work Introduction: Delivering the Message
Visual Design
How Visual Design
Embodies Purposes
Visual Design: Four Basic Principles
Working with Type
Visual Design Projects Writers' Workshop
Web Design
The Rhetorical Purposes of Web Design
The Structure of Web Design
The Visual Design of Web Sites
Writing Assignment: Planning a Web Site
Reflecting on Your Writing
Oral Presentations
Understanding the Differences Between Written and Oral Presentations
Developing an Oral Presentation
Designing and Using Visual Aids
Rehearsing Your Presentation
Delivering Your Presentation
Essay Exams Preparing for Essay
Exams Analyzing Essay Exams
Planning Your Answer
Writing a Good Answer
Writing Portfolios
What to Include in a Portfolio
Some Options for a Writing
Portfolio Online Portfolios
Guide to Editing Introduction: Why Writers Edit
Working with Sentences
Composing Sentences
Editing Sentences
Proofreading Sentences: Ten Common Problems
Ten Common Problems for Second-Language
Writers Logical Fallacies
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