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Writing: A Guide for College and Beyond / Edition 3

Writing: A Guide for College and Beyond / Edition 3

by Lester Faigley
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Writing: A Guide for College and Beyond presents writing, reading, and research processes dynamically, using a variety of visuals to illustrate how readers interact with texts and how writers compose. One of the first textbook authors to focus on multimedia composing, Lester Faigley employs his own advice to engage students in every step of the writing process–for both college composition and everyday life–and pulls back the curtain on how writers work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900205223311
Publisher: Longman
Publication date: 10/26/2011
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 752
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Lester Faigley holds the Robert Adger Law and Thos. H. Law Professorship in Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. He was the founding director of the Division (now Department) of Rhetoric and Writing at Texas in 1993, and he served as the 1996 Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Faigley has published over twenty books and editions, including Fragments of Rationality (Pittsburgh, 1992), which received the MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize.

Table of Contents

The Writer as Explorer
Making Discoveries
Look with new eyes     3
Explore the world     4
Find a territory     6
Use guides     10
Reading to Explore
Become a critical reader     13
Look with a critical eye     14
Read actively     16
Recognize fallacies     18
Respond as a reader     20
Planning a Journey
Determine your direction     23
Write a thesis     24
Plan your route     26
Returning and Revising
See again     28
Evaluate your draft     29
Respond to others     31
Pay attention to details last     32
The Writer as Guide
Writing in College
Understand the demands of writing in college     37
Think about your aim     38
Think about your genre     40
Writing Effectively
Understand the rhetorical situation     43
Think about your audience     44
Think about your credibility     46
Become an effective writer     48
Got Roddick?     49
Writing reflections     54
An effective reflection
Some Lines for a Younger Brother...     56
Howto read reflections     60
Two Ways to Belong in America     61
Short Story
A Blizzard Under Blue Sky     64
Arrival: 1960     71
Let It Snow     74
Just Another Soldier     77
Why I Hunt: A Predator's Meditation     81
Mother Tongue     85
How to write a reflection     90
Student essay
The Miracle Quilt     102
Projects     106
Writing observations     110
An effective observation
Living Like Weasels     112
How to read observations     117
Travel Account
The First Descent of the Grand Canyon     118
Photo Essay
Photographs of Japanese-Americans at Manzanar     123
A Small Place     128
Low Wages, Strong Backs     133
Travel Account
The Travelogue of an Astronomer     142
How to write an observation     146
Student essay
Chemistry 105: An Analysis of Classroom Dynamics in a Large Lecture Course     160
Projects     164
Reporting information     168
Effective informative writing
The Emperor's Giraffe      171
How to read informative writing     176
Russell Simmons     177
How Do I Love Thee?     184
Executive Summary
The National Commission on Writing for America's Families, Schools, and Colleges: Writing: A Ticket to Work...Or a Ticket Out     194
Building a Shelter     197
Information Web Site
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Visitor Information: View LavaSafely     200
How to write to inform     204
Student report
The Life Cycle of Stars     222
Projects     230
Analyzing Texts
Writing to analyze     234
Writing a rhetorical analysis     236
Writing a visual analysis     238
Writing a literary analysis     240
An effective analysis
Straight from the Heart     242
How to read analyses     247
The Collapse of Big Media: The Young and the Restless     248
Race, Gender, and Civilization at the Columbian Exposition     256
The Ray and Maria Stata Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology     261
Corporate Logo
Landor Associates: Federal Express Logo     264
Product Design
Volkswagen Beetle     266
Short Story
Everyday Use      269
Literary Analysis
"Make Something of Yourself": Symbolism in Alice Walkers "Everyday Use"     278
Short Story
Love in L.A.     281
How to write a rhetorical analysis     284
Student rhetorical analysis
Investigating 'Independence": An Analysis of Frederick Douglass's Speech, "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?"     296
Projects     302
Analyzing Causes
Writing to analyze causes     306
An effective causal analysis
Pesticides, Parasite May Cause Frog Deformities     310
How to read causal analyses     314
New Orleans' Blessing; New Orleans' Curse     315
If You Build It, They Will Come-on Foot     320
Why Should I Be Nice To You? Coffee Shops and the Politics of Good Service     326
Barbie's Body May Be Perfect, but Critics Remind Us It's Plastic     335
Television Violence and Aggression     339
Operation Iraqi Freedom Leaflets     342
How to write a causal analysis     344
Student causal analysis
Borrowing Bling: The Appeal of Hip-hop to Young White Men     360
Projects     364
Writing to evaluate     368
An effective evaluation
The Aesthetics of Wind Power      371
How to read evaluations     376
Learning to Love PowerPoint     377
PowerPoint Is Evil     380
McNasty: The New "Healthy" Fast Food Items Taste Bad (and Aren 't So Healthy Either)     384
Gangsta Rap and American Culture     390
The Nitpicking Nation     398
How to write an evaluation     402
Student essay
Stop Loss or "Loss of Trust"     416
Projects     422
Arguing for a Position
Writing a position argument     426
An effective position argument
Take My Privacy, Please!     430
How to read position arguments     435
What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?     436
Treaty Oration     444
The Color of Mayhem     448
Hillary vs. "Grand Theft Auto"     452
Life Without Health Insurance     455
Buff Daddy     458
Food Cops Bust Cookie Monster     459
How to write a position argument     460
Student argument
Speech Doesn't Have to be Pretty to Be Protected     476
Projects     482
Arguing for Change
Making an argument for change      486
An effective argument for change
The Declaration of Independence     490
How to read arguments for change     495
A Trail of DNA and Data     496
Coal in a Nice Shade of Green     500
Building the Interstate Highway System     503
Grant Proposal
Monterey County Fire Chiefs Association
Breaking the Fire Department's Language Barrier     507
Web Site
U.S. Armed Forces
United States Marine Corps Recruitment     513
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Are Muscular Men the Best of All?     518
How to write an argument for change     522
Student argument
Let's Make It a Real Melting Pot with Presidential Hopes for All     538
Projects     544
The Writer as Researcher
Planning Research
Analyze the research task     549
Ask a question     550
Determine what you need     551
Draft a working thesis     553
How to plan research     554
Researcher at work     555
Exploring Libraries
Determine the print sources you need     557
Search using keywords     558
Find books     559
Find journal articles     560
Evaluate print sources      562
Start a working bibliography     563
How to explore libraries     564
Researcher at work     565
Exploring Online Libraries
Find Information in databases     567
Construct effective searches     568
Locate elements of a citation     569
How to explore online libraries     570
Researcher at work     571
Exploring the Web
Find Information on the Web     573
Evaluate Web sources     575
Find visual sources online     577
How to explore the Web     578
Researcher at work     579
Exploring in the Field
Conduct interviews     581
Administer surveys     582
Make observations     584
How to conduct field research     586
Researcher at world     587
Writing the Research Paper
Plan your organization     589
Avoid plagiarism     590
Quote sources without plagiarizing     591
Summarize and paraphrase sources without plagiarizing     593
Incorporate quotations     595
Incorporate visuals     598
Review your research project     599
How to write a research paper      600
Researcher at work     601
MLA Documentation
Elements of MLA documentation     604
Entries in the works cited list     605
In-text citations in MLA style     607
Books in MLA-style works cited     610
Periodicals in MLA-style works cited     614
Online sources in MLA-style works cited     618
Other sources in MLA-style works cited     622
Visual sources in MLA-style works cited     623
Sample MLA paper
It's Time to Shut Down the Identity Theft Racket     624
APA Documentation
APA citations     634
In-text citations in APA style     635
Books in APA-style references list     637
Periodicals in APA-style references list     640
Online sources in APA-style references list     643
Other sources in APA-style references list     646
APA reports of research     646
Sample APA paper
Her Life Depends On It     647
The Writer as Designer
Thinking Visually
Communicate with visuals and words     657
Understand visual and verbal concepts     658
Creating Visuals
Know when to use images and graphics     663
Take pictures that aren't boring     664
Compose images      665
Edit images     666
Create tables, charts, and graphs     667
Designing for Print
Start with your readers     669
Use headings and subheadings effectively     670
Design pages     671
Understand typography     672
The Writer as Editor
Designing a Web Site
Plan a Web site     679
Make your site visually effective     680
Make navigation easy     681
Delivering Presentations
Plan a presentation     683
Design effective visuals     684
Give a memorable presentation     685
Working as a Team
Organize a team     687
Understand the team process     688
Work as a team     689
Writing Effective Paragraphs
Develop paragraphs     693
Pay attention to paragraph length     694
Link within and across paragraphs     696
Start fast     698
Conclude with strength     700
Summary for editing paragraphs     701
Writing Effective Sentences
Understand sentence basics     703
Pay attention to verbs     705
Stay active     706
Find characters     707
Write concise sentences      708
Write ethical sentences     709
Match structure with ideas     710
Summary for editing sentences     711
Avoiding Errors
Fix fragments     713
Fix run-on sentences     714
Fix comma spices     715
Make verbs agree with subjects     716
Make pronouns agree     717
Fix shifts     718
Use modifiers correctly     719
Place modifiers carefully     720
Summary for editing for errors     721
Understanding Punctuation and Conventions
Identify where commas are needed     723
Place commas correctly with modifiers     724
Place commas correctly with clauses and phrases     725
Use semicolons and colons correctly     726
Use hyphens, dashes, and parentheses correctly     727
Use quotation marks correctly     728
Use other punctuation correctly     729
Understand print conventions     730
Summary for punctuation and conventions     731
Writing in a Second Language
Understand how languages differ     733
Understand nouns in English     734
Understand articles in English     735
Understand verbs and modifiers in English      736
Understand English sentence structure     738
Summary for second-language writers     739
Writing Essay Exams     740
Creating Portfolios     742
Credits     746
Index     748

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