The Curious Writer

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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The Curious Writer by Bruce Ballenger is an assignment-oriented, all-in-one rhetoric-reader-handbook that stresses the connections between personal and academic writing. The Curious Writeris written with astrong personal voice that respects students and the writing challenges they face. The revision process is covered throughout the writing assignment chapters. The Curious Writerplacesstrong emphasis on critical reading skills. Up-to-date coverage of computers and the Internet. Strong pedagogical supportconsists of eight full-length writing assignments, numerous shorter writing and reading exercises, and helpful boxed features. The addition ofnew boxed featuressuch asSeeing the Form,Writing with Computers, andInquiring into the Detailshelps to maintain and to build on the strong pedagogical program offered in the first edition.

Table of Contents

Student Preface
The Spirit Of Inquiry
Writing as Inquiry
Motives for Writing Beliefs About
Writing Exercise 1.1: What Do You Believe?
One Students Response: Jons Journal
Inquiring into the Details: Journals Unlearning
Unhelpful Beliefs
The Beliefs of This Book Inquiring into the Details: Portfolios
Writing Situations and Rhetorical
Choices Habits of Mind Start with Questions, Not Answers
Suspend Judgment Search for Surprise Exercise 1.2
A Roomful of Details One
Students Response: Margarets Journal
Inquiring into the Details: Invention Strategies
Writing as a Process
Recognizing the Challenges Exercise 1.3
What Is Your Process?
Thinking About Your Process
Linear versus Recursive
Models Dialectical
Thinking Exercise 1.4 Practicing
Dialectical Thinking
One Students Response: Jons Journal
Writing with Computers Exercise 1.5 Overcome
Your Own Challenges Using
What You Have Learned
Reading as Inquiry Motives for Reading
Beliefs About Reading Exercise 2.1
What Do You Believe?
Reading Situations and Rhetorical
Choices Reading as a Process Linear versus
Recursive Models Exercise 2.2
Reading Strategies Reading: Henry David
Thoreau, Excerpt from Walden
Inquiring into the Details: Reading Perspectives
Dialectical Thinking Writing with Computers
Believing and Doubting Exercise 2.3 Practicing
Dialectical Thinking Reading: Bruce Ballenger
The Importance of Writing Badly
One Students Response: Todds Journal
Inquiring into the Details: The Double-Entry Journal
Adapting to Unfamiliar Reading
Situations Exercise 2.4 Further Practice
Untangling Academic Prose Reading: David W. Noble
excerpt from The Forces of Production
A Social History of Industrial
Automation Inquiring into the Details
Encountering Unfamiliar Genres Reading
The Visual Learning the Grammar of Images
Some Strategies for Reading Images
Exercise 2.5 Reading Images
The Look of Writing Using What You Have Learned
Ways of Inquiring Opening Questions for Inquiry
Exploration Explanation Evaluation
Reflection Practicing Inquiry
Reading: Bruce Ballenger
How Much Should We Care
What Happens to Animals Exercise 3.1
Exploring Within and Without Reading: Frank Bruni
excerpt from It Died for Us One Students Response: Daniels Journal
Exercise 3.2 Explaining to Yourself
Explaining to Others One Students Response: Daniels Journal
Exercise 3.3 Evaluating the Arguments
One Students Response: Daniels Journal Exercise
3.4 Reflecting on the Process
One Students Response: Daniels Journal Symphonic
Inquiry Inquiring into the Details: Time to Write
Using What You Have Learned
Inquiry Projects
Writing a Personal Essay
Writing About Experience Motives for Writing a Personal
Essay Personal Essays and Academic Writing
Features of the Form Personal Essay: Anne-Marie Oomen
The Barn Inquiring into the Essay
Personal Essay: Naomi Shibab Nye
Long Overdue Inquiring into the Essay
Personal Essay: Judith Ortiz
Cofer, One More Lesson Inquiring into the Essay
Seeing the Form: Self Portrait by Frances Benjamin Johnston
The Writing Process
Thinking About Subjects Generating
Ideas One Students Response: Margarets Journal Inquiring into the Details
Clustering or Mapping Judging
What You Have Writing the Sketch
Writing with Computers Student Sketch: Lana Kuchta
The Way I Remember Moving from Sketch to Draft
Research and Other Strategies: Gathering More
Information Composing the Draft Workshopping the Draft
Writing with Computers
Revising the Draft Polishing the Draf
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