Critical Thinking, Thoughtful Writing: A Rhetoric With Readings

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  • Copyright: 2007-07-01
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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" Julia Alvarez
"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
Annie Dillard, from An American Childhood Stephen Jay Gould
"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
"Discovering Creativity by Not Looking for It"
Thinking Critically About Images: Seeing and Believing
Making Decisions and Drafting Decisions
While Drafting Decisions in Your Life Frederick Douglass, from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American
"The Lost Boys"
Writing Project: Analyzing a Decision to Be Made Student Writing
Wendy Agudo's Writing Process
Student Writing: Cynthia Brown's Writing Process
"Freedom and the Constraint of Time"
Revising Thoughtfully
Using Language Ethically Recognizing
Effective Use of Language Malcolm X, with Alex Haley, 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
"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
"Animal Feelings"
Chronological Relationships
"The Learning Curve"
Writing Project: A Narrative Showing the Effect of a Perception
Student Writing: Joshua Chaffee's Writing Process
"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'"
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
"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"
"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
"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
"Was It Only a Dream?"
Thinking and Writing to Explore Issues and Take Positions
Believing and Knowing: Writing to Analyze Ways of Forming Beliefs
"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
"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
Joshua Bartlett's Writing Process
"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 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 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 Bibliography
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
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