A Sequence for Academic Writing

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  • Copyright: 2011-06-28
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This brief rhetoric focuses on the key strategies that any academic writer needs to know -- summary, synthesis, analysis, and critique.   Building off of the hallmark writing instruction of the best-selling Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum, this writing guide focuses on the critical reading and writing strategies that students need in order to thoughtfully interpret and incorporate source material into their own papers. The text employs high-interest readings from a range of disciplines to allow students to practice these strategies and skills, while numerous student papers model the kinds of academic texts that students are expected to produce.

Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors                                                                 

Note to the Student                                                                           


Part One: Structures

Chapter 1—Summary, Paraphrase, and Quotation    

What Is a Summary?                                                

The Reading Process                                                                                         

How to Write Summaries                                                                          

Will Your Job Be Exported?—Alan S. Blinder              

Summarizing Figures and Tables                                                                  



Avoiding Plagiarism                                                

The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln—Doris Kearns Goodwin  

Chapter 2—Critical Reading and Critique                                      

Critical Reading                                                                                 

The Moon We Left Behind   Charles Krauthammer 


Model Critique: A Critique of ”The Moon We Left Behind” by Charles Krauthammer—Andrew Harlan                                                                                                                                     

The Common App Fallacy—Damon Beres                             

Chapter 3—Explanatory Synthesis                                                 

What Is a Synthesis?                                                                                      

Explanation: News Article from the New York Times

While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Cheese Sales—Michael Moss       

Argument: Op-Ed from the Boston Globe

Got Too Much Cheese?—Derrick Z. Jackson                       

How to Write Syntheses                                                               

The Explanatory Synthesis                                                          

The History of the Space Elevator—P. K. Aravind                

Applications of the Space Elevator—Bradley C. Edwards     

Going Up—Brad Lemley                                                        

Why We Need a Space Elevator—Cathy Swan and Peter Swan                                        

Model Paper: The Space Elevator—Sheldon Kearney        

Chapter 4—Argument Synthesis                                                   

What Is an Argument Synthesis?                                              

Demonstration: Developing an Argument Synthesis—Balancing Privacy and Safety in the Wake of Virginia Tech                                                                               

Mass Shootings at Virginia Tech: Report of the Review Panel

Laws Limit Schools Even After Alarms—Jeff Gammage and Stacey Burling          

Perilous Privacy at Virginia Tech—Christian Science Monitor

Colleges Are Watching Troubled Students—Jeffrey McMurray     

Campus Stabbing Student Sues UC Regents—Larry Gordon

Virginia Tech Massacre Has Altered Campus Mental Health Systems—Associated Press          

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)                            

Model Argument Synthesis: Balancing Privacy and Safety in the Wake of Virginia Tech—David Harrison                                                                                                          

Developing and Organizing the Support for Your Arguments  

The Comparison-and-Contrast Synthesis                                  

Model Exam Response: Key Similarities and Differences between World Wars I and II                                       

Summary of Synthesis Chapters                                                

Chapter 5—Analysis                                                                      

What Is an Analysis?                                                                                    

How to Write Analyses                                                               

The Plug-In Drug—Marie Winn                                                           

When Your Perspective Guides the Analysis                                                                                    

Model Analysis: The Case of the Missing Kidney  Linda Shanker                      

A Theory of Human Motivation—Abraham H. Maslow          

The Appeal of the Democracy of Goods—Roland Marchand

Elements of an Effective Layout—Dorothy Cohen              

Part Two: Strategies           

Chapter 6—Writing as a Process                                                  

Writing as Thinking                                                                    

Stages of the Writing Process                                                    

Stage 1: Understanding the Task                                              

Stage 2: Gathering Data                                                            

Stage 3: Invention       

Stage 4: Drafting

Stage 5: Revision

Stage 6: Editing

Chapter 7- Locating, Mining, and Citing Sources

Source-Based Papers

Preliminary Research

Focused Research

The Working Bibliography

Arrainging Your Notes: The Outline

Plagiarism, the Internet, and Fair Use

MLA Style: In-text Citations

MLA Style: Citations in the Works Cited List

APA Style: In-text Citations

APA Style: Citations in the References List       

Chapter 8- Practicing Academic Writing

The Changing Landscape of Work in the Twenty-first Century

Work and Workers in the Twenty-first Century- Richard Judy and Carol D'Amico

The Untouchables- Thomas Friedman

Will Your Job Be Exporter?- Alan Blinder

Into the Unknown- The Economist

Employment Projections: 2006-2016 Summary- The Bureau of Labor Statistics

Engineering- Victoria Reitz

Business- Tom Peters

Technology and Services- Steve Lohr

Law- Tom McGrath

Medicine- Matt Richtel



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