Critical Thinking, Thoughtful Writing (with 2009 MLA Update Card)

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2009-05-29
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Critical Thinking, Thoughtful Writing begins with the premise that thinking well involves using language well, and vice versa. This rhetoric with readings--written by critical-thinking scholar John Chaffee and English professors Christine McMahon and Barbara Stout--provides thorough coverage of the writing process, going beyond the traditional rhetoric to teach students how to evaluate sources, images, and arguments. Each chapter focuses on a critical-thinking skill--such as problem solving or analysis of complex issues--that is explored through Thinking-Writing Activities and thematically linked readings. The text helps students develop these skills through carefully sequenced pedagogy and a cross-disciplinary approach that asks them to complete writing assignments and critically evaluate readings drawn from a variety of disciplines. The Fourth Edition features an enhanced discussion of plagiarism with critical-thinking exercises, as well as a special focus on using and documenting Internet sources appropriately. 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

Tools of Thinking, Reading, and Writing
Thinking Through Writing
Thinking and Writing in College
The Thinking-Writing
Model Rhetoric and the Writing Situation Colin Powell, from My American Journey
The Writing Process Natalie Goldberg, "Writing Is Not a Mcdonald's Hamburger"
Reading Actively, Reading Critically Reading in College
Reading Actively Reading Critically
Practicing Active and Critical Reading: One Student's Approach Sonja Tanner
"On Plato's Cave"
"Grounds for Fiction" Making Meaning
Thinking Critically, Writing Thoughtfully
From Insight to Writing to Informed Beliefs (and Back Again)
Thinking Actively and Writing
Thinking Independently Supporting Diverse Perspectives with Reasons and Evidence
From An American Childhood
"Reversing Established Orders"
"The Case Against Chores" Writing Project: An Experience That Influenced a Belief Student Writing: Eli Sharp's Writing Process Eli Sharp, "An Argument for Chores"
Viewing Critically, Thinking Creatively
Creative Thinking, Critical Viewing, and Writing
Creative and Critical Thinking About Images
Reading Images
Critically Living
Creatively Becoming More Creative: Understand and Trust the Process Where Do Ideas Come From?
"Spellbound by the Eternal Riddle, Scientists Revel in Their Captivity"
"The 6 Myths of Creativity" Writing Project: Imagining Your Life Lived More Creatively Student Writing: Jessie Lange's
Writing Process: Freewriting Jessie Lange, "Discovering Creativity by Not Looking for It" Thinking Critically About Images: Seeing and Believin
Making Decisions and Drafting Decisions
While Drafting Decisions in Your Life
Frederick Douglass, from Narrative of the Life of Frederick
Douglass, An American Slave Sara Corbett"The Lost Boys" Writing
Project: Analyzing a Decision to Be Made Student Writing: Wendy
Agudo's Writing Process Wendy Agudo, "Freedom" Student Writing
Writing Process Cynthia Brown, "Freedom and the Constraint of Time"
Revising Thoughtfully, Using Language Ethically Recognizing
Effective Use of Language Malcolm X, with
from The Autobiography of Malcolm X Making Decisions When Revising Drafts
"The Maker's Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscripts"
"If You Can't Master English, Try Globish" Using Language Ethically
"I Have a Dream" Using Language to Influence
"Beslan Atrocity: They're Terrorists--Not Activists"
Writing Project: The Impact of Language on Our Lives Student Writing: Jessie Lange's
Writing Process Jessie Lange, "The Power of Language"
Thinking and Writing to Shape Our World
Exploring Perceptions: Writing to Describe and Narrate
Thinking Critically About Perceptions Writing
Thoughtfully About Perceptions Temple Grandin, "Animal Feelings"
Chronological Relationships Atul Gawande, "The Learning Curve"
Writing Project: A Narrative Showing the Effect of a Perception
Student Writing: Joshua Chaffee's Writing Process
Joshua Chaffee, "We're All at Ground Zero"
Exploring Concepts: Writing to Classify and Define What Are Concepts?
Forming Concepts Applying Concepts A Casebook on Gender and Sexuality
"Choosing Clothes, but Not Husbands"
"The Inheritance of Tools"
"My Papa's Waltz"
"The Names of Women"
"Men and Their Hidden Feelings"
"How Friendship Was 'Feminized'"
"Girl" Using Concepts to Classify Defining Concepts Writing
Thoughtfully to Define Concepts Writing Project: Defining an Important Concept
Student Writing: Nawang Doma Sherpa's Writing Process Nawang
"Freedom for Enlightenment" Student Writing: Jordan Carlsen's Writing Process
"Masculinity Makes a Good Man
Exploring Perspectives and Relationships: Writing to Compare and Evaluate
Perceptions and Perspectives Casebook: Perception and Perspective on Reporting
"'They Shoot Helicopters, Don't They?' How Journalists Spread Rumors During Katrina"
"Myth-Making in New Orleans"
"Finding and Framing Katrina: The Social Construction of Disaster" Obtaining More Accurate Perceptions: Adjusting the Lenses
"Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America" Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Simmons Bonnin), from
"The School Days of an Indian Girl" Writing Thoughtfully About Perspectives
"A Natural Disaster, and a Human Tragedy" Writing Project: Comparing Perspectives on an Issue or Event
Student Writing: Jennifer Wade's Writing Process Jennifer Wade, "Where Did All of the Cherokees Go?"
Exploring Cause and Effect: Writing to Speculate Kinds of Causal
Relationships Ways of Testing Causes
Identifying Causal Fallacies Detecting Causal Claims Writing
Thoughtfully About Causal Relationships Writing Project: Exploring
Some Causes of a Recent Event Student Writing: Daniel Eggers's Writing Process Daniel Eggers, "Was It Only a Dream?"
Thinking and Writing to Explore Issues and Take Positions
Believing and Knowing: Writing to Analyze Ways of Forming
Beliefs Nicholas Confessore, "For Katrina Evacuee, Getting Help Is a Full-Time Job"
Evaluating Sources and Information Believing and Knowing
"Is the Earth Round or Flat?" Ways of Presenting Beliefs
"Evolution as Fact and Theory" Presenting Beliefs in Your Writing Writing Project: Analyzing
Influences on Your Beliefs About a Social or Academic Issue Student Writing: Jessie Lange's Writing Process Jessie Lange, "Dealing with Sex Offenders"
Solving Problems: Writing to Propose Solutions Problems in Personal and Civic Life Basics of the Problem-Solving Method
The Problem-Solving Method in Detail Solving Social Problems
"Hopkins Targets Campus Racism"
"Young Hate"
"When Is It Rape?" Taking a Problem-Solving
Approach to Writing Writing Project: Proposing a Solution to a Problem Student Writing
Writing Process Joshua Bartlett "Critical Thinking About Uncritical Drinking"
Constructing Arguments: Writing to Persuade Principles of Argument
"I Want You for the U.S. Army" U.S. Army, www.goarmy.com Recognizing Arguments
"The Case for Slavery" Arguments as Inferences Evaluating Arguments
"In No Hurry for the Next Leg of the Journey"
"Hospice Care or Assisted Suicide: a False Dichotomy" Forms of Argument Deductive Reasoning Other Deductive Forms More Fallacies: Forms of False Reasoning
Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions Deductive and Inductive Reasoning in Writing
Principles for Writing Responsible Arguments Writing Project: Arguing a Position on a Significant Issue
Student Writing: Josephine Cimino's Writing Process
"Cellular Phones in Public Schools"
Thinking Critically About Images: Visual Persuasion
Thinking About Research: Writing About Investigations
Rewards of Research Starting with Questions
Searching for Information
Using Information Moving from Questions to Thesis
Understanding Plagiarism and Using
Information Ethically Taking Notes Preparing an Annotated
Integrating Source Material
The Logic Behind Documentation Formats Working
Thoughtfully on Research Projects Writing Project: a Research Paper
Annotated Student Research Paper with Outline and Drafts Sample Student Research Paper
"Lest We Forget About Rwanda"
MLA and APA Documentation Styles
Modern Language Association Style American Psychological
Association Style Credits
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