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Writing in the Works, 2009 MLA Update Edition,9780495802006

Writing in the Works, 2009 MLA Update Edition

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2nd
ISBN13:

9780495802006

ISBN10:
049580200X
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
6/19/2009
Publisher(s):
Cengage Learning
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Summary

WRITING IN THE WORKS (WITW) uses a real-world writing approach to intrigue and inspire users of all ages and backgrounds—showing you how to produce well-written pieces that people will want to read. The book's 11 Assignment chapters cover real-world genres such as application essays, news articles, editorials, proposals, public service messages, and film reviews. WITW is motivating and sophisticated, with dynamic visuals, timely readings, and obvious relevance and connection to the real world. Throughout, the authors don't treat you as a learner, but as a serious writer who is capable of writing for an actual audience. In all of the book's writing tasks, you are asked to write as if your work will be submitted for publication—or to actually to do so. With this as the end result, you learn genre conventions, audience, purpose, research, critical thinking, and style—skills directly transferable to all kinds of writing, including writing you may do for work and community.

Table of Contents

The Writer's Craft
The Writer's Process
Introduction
Warm-up Practice
Writing Rituals
Chapter Objectives
The Writing Process
Practice
Writing Processes
Brainstorming Strategies.
Keeping a Writer's Notebook
Practice
Keeping a Notebook
Freewriting
Practice
Freewriting
Clustering
Practice
Clustering
Listing and Outlining
Composing
Researching
Focusing and Developing a Thesis
Organizing
Writing the First Draft
Reading: Anne Lamott, From Bird by Bird
Revising
Refocusing
Reordering
Adding
Cutting
Editing and Proofreading
Peer Editing
The Process
The Writer
The Peer Editor
One Student's Writing Process: Justin Lin
Freewrite
Annotated First Draft
Peer-Editing Log Sheet
Final Draft
Critical Reading Questions
Publishing
Reading
"'Recovery Is Not Something You Get Over': Span Provides Lifelong Support for Nurses with Addictions."
Writing in the Works: Interview with Andrew Waite
Readings
"How I Trumped Rudolf Steiner and Overcame the Tribulations of Illiteracy, One Snickers Bar at a Time."
"Finally a Writer(Student)
Writing with Style and Voice
Introduction
Warm-Up Practice
Defining Style and Voice
Reading
Applications: School, Community, Work
Chapter Objectives
Visualizing
Ten Strategies for a Clear Writing Style
Lose the Fat
Practice
Cutting Wordiness
Practice
Deleting Doublespeak
Build Muscular Language
Practice
Identifying Active and Passive Voices
Practice
Choosing Active or Passive Voice
Practice
Editing for Clarity and Brevity
Understanding Voice
Practice
Defining Voice
Adding Creative Touches
Use Figures of Speech, but Sparingly
Practice
Creating Oxymorons
Use the Sound of Words
Use the Rhythm of Sentences
Practice
Identifying Figurative Language, Sound, and Rhythm
Practice
Revising for Style
Practice
Writing Prompts
Visual Literacy: Considering Visual Style
Reading, Thinking, and Looking Critically
Introduction
Chapter Objectives
Ten Questions for Critical Thinking and Reading
Active Reading
Underlining Key Points
Paraphrasing
Summarizing
Warm-Up Practice
Underlining, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing
Annotation and Marginal Notes
Outlining or Clustering
Practice
Annotation and Outlining
Analyzing and Synthesizing
Analysis
Practice
Deciding on Principles of Division for Analysis
Practice
Analyzing Words and Images
Sidebar: Analyzing Texts, Analyzing Images
Synthesis
Practice
Writing a Synthesis Sentence
Interpreting Irony and Figurative Language
Irony
Practice
Irony
Metaphors and Other Figures of Speech
Practice
Metaphor
Practice
Annotating Ironic and Figurative Language
Distinguishing Fact from Opinion
Determining the Bias of Sources
Practice
Distinguishing Fact from Opinion
Writer's Background and Publication Type
Practice
Detecting a Source's Bias
The Way the Material Is Written
Active Looking
Layout
Practice
Using Layout to Emphasize Meaning
Color
Practice
Using Color to Emphasize Meaning
Checklist for Active Looking
Readings and Images
Reading
"The Pleasure of Rabbit Holes.?
Assignments
Short Articles: Writing Exposition
Assignment
Short Articles
Applications: School, Community, Work
Visual Literacy: Finding a Thesis in a Photo Essay
Warm-Up Practice
Collaborative Activity
Chapter Objectives
Understanding Short Articles
Focus: The Explanatory Thesis
Practice
A Thesis and Its Promise
Strategies for Developing Ideas
Examples
Practice
Using Examples
Description
Practice
Using Description
Narration (Storytelling)
Practice
Using Narration
Definition
Practice
Using Definition
Process Analysis
Practice
Using Process Analysis
Comparison and/or ContraSt. Practice
Using Comparison and/or ContraSt. Classification
Practice
Using Classification
Causes and/or Effects
Practice
Using Cause and Effect
Practice
Using Development Strategies
Research Paths
Anatomy of a Short Article
Practice
Finding Sources and Integrating Research
Anatomy of a Short Article
Reading
"Going with the Grain."
Introduction
Body
Conclusion
Reading
"Genetics: The Moistness of your Earway Is Controlled by a Single Gene--And That May Be More Important Than You Think."
Annotate "Genetics."
Readings
"How Bullets Tell a Tale."
"Mighty Mice."
"The Scoop on Disney's Dirty Laundry,"
"Reading at Grade Level."
Writing in the Works: Interview with Charles Fishman
Writing and Revision Strategies
Writer's Notebook Suggestions
Peer-Editing Log
Revision Checklist
Application Essays: Writing for a Specific Audience
Assignment
Application Essays
Applications: School, Community, Work
Visual Literacy: Your Image and Style
Warm-Up Practice
Collaborative Activity
Chapter Objectives
Understanding Application Essays
Purpose and Audience
Finding Your Focus: Reading the Prompt of Question
Purpose of the Prompt
Practice
Writing a Prompt
Types of Prompts
Practice
Analyzing Prompts
Choosing a Development Strategy
Using Narration
Using Analysis
Using Argumentation
Combining Strategies
Research Paths
Practice
Research
Anatomy of an Application Essay
Reading: Jessica Polanski (Student)
"Smoke." Writing a Thesis.
Practice
Analyzing Thesis Statements
Introduction
Practice
Analyzing Introductions
Body
Conclusion
Sidebar: Tips for Writing Application Essays
Reading: Stephanie Sheen, "African Eyes."
Annotate "African Eyes."
Readings: Katie Robbins (Student)
"An American's Freedom to Choose."
"That Other Part."
Writing in the Works
Writing and Revision Strategies
Writer's Notebook Suggestions
Peer-Editing Log
Revision Checklist
Memoirs: Writing a Narrative
Assignment
Memoirs
Applications: School, Community, Work.
Warm-Up Practice
Collaborative Writing: Six-Word Memoir
Chapter Objectives
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