The Call to Write Brief Edition (with 2009 MLA Update Card)

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2009-05-22
  • 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 Memois 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: Sound map 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 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
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 PrintElectronic, 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
Planning 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
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