From Inquiry to Academic Writing : A Text and Reader

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2011-07-06
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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Academic writing is a conversation a collaborative exchange of ideas to pursue new knowledge. From Inquiry to Academic Writing: A Text and Readerdemystifies cross-curricular thinking and writing by breaking it down into a series of comprehensible habits and skills that students can learn in order to join in. The extensive thematic reader opens up thought-provoking conversations being held throughout the academy and in the culture at large.

Author Biography

STUART GREENE (Ph.D in Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University) is associate professor of English at the University of Notre Dame where he has served as the O'Malley Director of the University Writing Program and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in Arts and Letters. Among his co-edited volumes is Making Race Visible: Literacy Research for Racial Understanding, for which he won the National Council of Teachers of English Richard A. Meade Award in 2005, the forthcoming Connecting Home and School: Complexities, Concerns, and Considerations in Fostering Parent Involvement and Family Literacy. Editor of Literacy as a Civil Right, he co-directs a parent involvement project in the South Bend community.
APRIL LIDINSKY (Ph.D. Literatures in English, Rutgers University) is an associate professor of Women's Studies at Indiana University South Bend. She has published and delivered numerous conference papers on writing pedagogy, women's autobiography, creative non-fiction, and film, and contributed to several textbooks on writing. Her work has appeared in the journals Tranformations and the International Feminist Journal of Politics, as well as book-length collections. She has served as acting director of the University Writing Program at Notre Dame and has won awards for her teaching and research through Indiana University.

Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors
Part One: A Text on Academic Writing
1.   Starting with Inquiry: Habits of Mind of Academic Writers
What Is Academic Writing?
Academic Writers Make Inquiries
Academic Writers Seek and Value Complexity
Academic Writers See Writing as a Conversation
Academic Writers Understand That Writing Is a Process
Becoming Academic: Two Narratives
     *Richard Rodriguez, “Scholarship Boy”
     *Gerald Graff, “Disliking Books”
2.   From Reading as a Writer to Writing as a Reader
Reading as an Act of Composing:  Annotating
Reading as a Writer:  Analyzing a Text Rhetorically
     E.D. Hirsch, Jr., “Preface to Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know”
     *Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr., “Hirsch's Desire for a National Curriculum”
Writing as a Reader: Composing a Rhetorical Analysis
     *Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson, “Agency” from Reading Autobiography  
     Barbara Ehrenreich, Cultural Baggage
3.   From Identifying Claims to Analyzing Arguments
Identifying Types of Claims
     Myra and David Sadker, “Hidden Lessons”
Analyzing Arguments
Analyze the Reasons Used to Support a Claim
Annotated Student Argument
     *Marques Camp, The End of the World May Be Nigh, and It's the Kindle's Fault
     *Analyzing and Comparing Arguments
     *Stuart Rojstczer, Grade Inflation Gone Wild
     *Phil Primack, Doesn't Anyone Get a C Anymore?
4.   From Identifying Issues to Forming Questions
Identifying Issues
     *Anna Quindlen, Doing Nothing Is Something
Formulating Issue-Based Questions
An Academic Essay for Analysis
     *William Derieswicz, The End of Solitude
5.   From Formulating to Developing a Thesis
Developing a Working Thesis: Three Models
Providing a Context for Stating a Thesis
Annotated Student Introduction: Providing a Context for a Thesis
     Jenny Eck “From Nuestra Clase: Making the Classroom a Welcoming Place for English Language Learners”
     Shirley Brice Heath, from “Protean Shapes in Literacy Events: Ever-Shifting Oral and Literate Traditions”
Annotated Student Essay: Stating and Supporting a Thesis
     *Veronia Stafford, “Texting and Literacy” (annotated student paper) 
6.   From Finding to Evaluating Sources
Identifying Sources
Developing Search Strategies
Evaluating Library Sources
Evaluating Internet Sources
7.   From Summary to Synthesis: Using Sources to Build an Argument
Summaries, Paraphrases, and Quotations
Writing a Paraphrase
Writing a Summary
     *Clive Thompson, The New Literacy
Writing a Synthesis
     *Cynthia Haven, The New Literacy: Stanford Study Finds Richness and Complexity in Student Writing
     *Josh Keller, Studies Explore Whether Internet Makes Students Better Writers
     *Dan Kennedy, Political Blogs: Teaching Us Lessons about Community
     *John Dickerson, Don't Fear Twitter
     *Steve Grove, You Tube: The Flattening of Politics
Integrating Quotations into Your Writing
Avoiding Plagiarism
Annotated Student Researched Argument: Synthesizing Sources
     *Nancy Paul, A Greener Approach to Groceries:  Community Based Agriculture in LaSalle Square
8.   From Ethos to Logos:  Appealing to Your Readers
Connecting with Readers: A Sample Argument
     James Loewen, “The Land of Opportunity”
Appealing to Ethos
Appealing to Pathos
Appealing to Logos: Using Reason and Evidence to Fit the Situation
Recognizing Logical Fallacies
     * Meredith Minkler, Community-Based Research Partnerships: Challenges and Opportunities
     *Appealing to the Eye: Visual Rhetoric 
     *“1 in 8” (advertisement)
     *Analyzing the Rhetoric of Advertisements
     *“You Have Your Best Ideas in the Shower”
     *Further Advertisements for Analysis   
9.   From Introductions to Conclusions:  Drafting an Essay
Drafting Introductions
Developing Paragraphs
     Elizabeth Martinez, “Reinventing 'America': Call for a New National Identity
Drafting Conclusions
10.   From Revising to Editing: Working with Peer Groups
Revising versus Editing
The Peer Editing Process
Peer Groups in Action: A Sample Session
Annotated Student Draft
     Brett Preacher, Representing Poverty in Million Dollar Baby      
Working with Early Drafts      
     Tasha Taylor (student writer), Memory through Photography
Working with Later Drafts
     Tasha Taylor, Memory through Photography
Working with Final Drafts
     Tasha Taylor, Memory through Photography
Further Suggestions for Peer Editing Groups
11.   Other Methods of Inquiry: Interviews and Focus Groups
Why Do Original Research?
Getting Started: Writing a Proposal
Annotated Student Proposal
     Mary Ronan: Research Paper Proposal:  A Case Study of One Homeless Child's Education and Lifestyle
Using Focus Groups
Part Two: Entering the Conversation of Ideas
12.   Education: What does it mean to be educated, and who decides?
     Mark Edmundson, “On the Uses of a Liberal Education”
     *Gerald Graff, “Other Voices, Other Rooms”
     *Deborah Tannen, “How Male and Female Students Use Language Differently”
     Peggy McIntosh, White Privilege: The Invisible Knapsack
     * Beverly Daniel Tatum, “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”
     *Gloria Anzaldua, How to Tame a Wild Tongue
     James W. Loewen, From 'Lies my Teacher Told Me'
     Jonathan Kozol, from Still Separate, Still Unequal: America's Educational Apartheid
13.   Media Studies: What can we learn from what entertains us?
     *Neil Postman, Television as Teacher
     *bell hooks, Seeing and Making Culture: Representing the Poor
     *Carmen D. Siering, Taking a Bite Out of Twilight
     *Julie D. O'Reilly, The Wonder Woman Precedent: Female (Super) Heroism on Trial.
     Jean Kilbourne, “Two Ways a Woman Can Get Hurt” Advertising and Violence
     Steven Johnson,”Why Games Are Good for You:”
     *Katherine Bessiere, A. Fleming Seay, & Sara Kiesler, The Ideal Elf: Identity
     Exploration in World of Warcraft
     *S. Craig Watkins, Digital Gates (from The Young and the Digital)
14.   Business: How do we train and market to our youngest consumers?
     *Eric Schlosser, Kid Kustomers
     Ann duCille, from Multicultural Barbie and the Merchandising of Difference
     *Katha Pollitt, The Smurfette Principle
     Elizabeth Teare, Harry Potter and the Technology of Magic
     *Daniel Hade, Lies My Children's Books Taught Me: History Meets Popular Culture in the American Girls Books
     *Noel Sturgeon, 'The Power is Yours, Planeteers!': Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Children's Environmentalist Popular Culture
     *David Buckingham, Childhood in the Age of Global Media
15.   International Relations: Who are “we” in relation to others? The challenges of globalization 
     *Barbara Ehrenreich, Your Local News-Dateline Dehli
     *Fareed Zakaria, The Rise of the Rest
     Thomas L. Friedman, While I Was Sleeping
     Franklin Foer, from How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
     Michael S. Kimmel, Gender, Class, and Terrorism
     Kwame Anthony Appiah, Moral Disagreement
     *Martha Nussbaum, Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism
     *Cynthia Scott, Education and Cosmopolitanism
     *Marjane Satrapi, Selection from Persepolis
16.   Biology:  How do we try to control our bodies?
     *Margaret Talbot, from Brain Gain: The Underground World of 'Neuroenhancing' Drugs
     *Toinee Pieters and Stephen Snelders , Psychotropic drug use: Between healing and enhancing the mind
     *Judith Lorber, from Believing Is Seeing; Biology as Ideology
     Shari L. Dworkin and Michael A. Messner, Just Do…What? Sport, Bodies, Gender
     *Matthew Petrocelli, Trish Oberweis and  Joseph Petrocelli, Getting Huge, Getting Ripped: A Qualitative Exploration of Recreational Steroid Use
     *Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber, The Spread of the Cult of Thinness: Straight Men, Gays, Lesbians, and Ethnic Women
     *Virginia Blum, Love My Neighbors, Hate Myself: The Vicissitudes of Affect in Cosmetic Surgery    
     *Nancy N. Chen, Dead Bodies, Violence, and Living On through Plastination
17.   Environmental Studies:  What effects do we have on the natural world? 
     *Pamela Paul, Green, If Not Clean
     *GOOD, Little Green Lies [Visual]
     *Jim Tarter, Some Live More Downstream than Others: Cancer, Gender, and
Environmental Justice
     *Curtis White, A Good without Light: The Seamy Side of Sustainability
     *Gary Steiner, Animal Vegetable Miserable
     *The Ethical Choices in What We Eat: Letters in Response to Gary Steiner
     *Anna Lappe, The Climate Crisis at the End of our Fork
     *Phil Howard, Buying Organic (visual)
     *The Nation, Ten Things You Can Do to Fight World Hunger
     *Michael Pollan, Why Bother? 
Assignment Sequences
Appendix: Citing and Documenting Sources
     The Basics of MLA Style
     The Basics of APA Style
Index of Authors, Titles, and Terms

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