The Sundance Writer A Rhetoric, Reader, Handbook

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-12-31
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Praised for its practical strategies, real-world emphasis and focus on critical thinking, this successful 4-in-1 text?handbook, reader, rhetoric, and research guide?incorporate electronic writing and visual rhetoric to prepare students for writing in the real world.

Table of Contents

The Rhetoric
Why Write? Using The Sundance Writer
The Rhetoric
Writing in the Information Age
The Reader
Writing in College
The Research Paper
Grammar and Handbook
Strategies for Succeeding in Composition
The Writing Process: An Overview
What Is Writing? Developing a Composing Style
Creating a Composing Style
Writing on a Computer
Strategies for Writing on a Computer
Writer''s Block
Strategies for Overcoming Writer''s Block
E-Writing: Exploring Writing Resources Online
Companion Website: The Writing Process
The Writing Context
What Is Good Writing? The Writer
The Writer''s Purpose
The Writer''s Role
The Reader
Individual Readers
Extended Audiences
The Perceptual World
Evaluating Readers
The Discourse Community
The Document
Strategies for Writing Specialized Documents
Writings in Context
Lyndon Baines Johnson, Letter to Ho Chi Minh, April-10,
Molly Ivins, A Short Story about the Vietnam War Memorial
Strategies for Establishing Context
E-Writing: Exploring Writing Context Online
Companion Website: The Writing Context
Critical Thinking: Seeing with a Writer''s Eye
What Is Critical Thinking? How to See with a Writer''s Eye
Strategies for Increasing Critical Thinking
Common Errors in Critical Thinking
Ignoring the Role of Coincidence
Hasty Generalizations or Jumping to Conclusions
Relying on Anecdotal Evidence
Mistaking Time Relationships for Cause and Effect (post hoc, ergo propter hoc)
Making Faulty Comparisons (False Analogies)
Assuming Trends Will Continue, Making "Slippery Slope" Judgments
Creating "Either-Or" Dilemmas
Relying on False Authorities, Attacking Personalities, and Guilt by Association
Using Circular Reasoning (Begging the Question)
Making Emotional and Irrelevant Statements (Red Herrings)
Critical Thinking Checklist
E-Writing: Exploring Critical Thinking Online
Companion Website: Critical Thinking
Prewriting Strategies: Getting Started
What Is Prewriting? Prewriting Strategies
Free writing
Asking Questions
Strategies for Prewriting
E-Writing: Exploring Prewriting Strategies Online
Companion Website: Prewriting Strategies
Developing a Thesis
What Is a Thesis? Elements of a Thesis Statement
Locating the Thesis
Explicit, Evolving, and Implied Theses
Explicit Thesis Statements
Evolving Thesis Statements
Implied Thesis Statements
Strategies for Developing Thesis Statements
E-Writing: Exploring Thesis Statements Online
Companion Website: Developing a Thesis
Supporting a Thesis
What Is Support? Personal Observations
Personal Experiences
Testimony (Quotations)
Analogies (Comparisons)
Strategies for Using Statistics
Documenting Sources
Strategies for Using Evidence
E-Writing: Exploring Thesis Support Online
Companion Website: Supporting a Thesis
Organizing Ideas
What Is Organization? Informal and Formal Outlines
Writing Titles and Introductions
Organizing the Body of an Essay
Chronological: Organizing by Time
Spatial: Organizing by Division
Emphatic: Organizing by Importance
Writing Conclusions
Summarize the Thesis and Main Points
End with a Question
Conclude with a Quotation
End with a Strong Image
Conclude with a Challenging Statement
Moving from Prewriting to Planning
Planning Checklist
Strategies for Overcoming Problems in Organization
E-Writing: Exploring Organization Online
Companion Website: Organizing Ideas
Developing Paragraphs
What Are Paragraphs? Developing Paragraphs
Creating Topic Sentences
Using Modes
Emphasizing Transitions
Organizing Dialogue
Paragraph Style
Strategies for Developing Paragraphs
E-Writing: Exploring Paragraphs Online
Companion Website: Developing Paragraphs
Writing the First Draft
What Is a First Draft? Strategies for Writing the First Draft
Avoiding Plagiarism
Making Writing Decis
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