From Inquiry to Academic Writing A Practical Guide

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Description: Beginning from the premise that all academic writing is conversational -- a collegial exchange of ideas, undertaken in a spirit of collaboration in the pursuit of new knowledge -- "From Inquiry to Academic Writing" demystifies cross-curricular  More...

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List price: $40.99
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 1/23/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 244
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Beginning from the premise that all academic writing is conversational -- a collegial exchange of ideas, undertaken in a spirit of collaboration in the pursuit of new knowledge -- "From Inquiry to Academic Writing" demystifies cross-curricular thinking and writing by breaking it down into a series of comprehensible habits and skills (such as inquiry, critical analysis, argumentation, and research) that students can learn in order to enter and contribute to these conversations.

Preface for Instructors
Introduction: What Is Academic Writing?
Starting with Inquiry: Habits of Mind of Academic Writers
Academic Writers Make Inquiries
Academic Writers Seek and Value Complexity
Academic Writers See Writing as a Conversation
Academic Writers Understand the Writing Process
Collect Information and Material
Draft, and Draft Again
Revise Significantly
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
Preface to Cultural Literacy
Identify the Situation
Identify the Writer's Purpose
Identify the Writer's Claims
Identify the Writer's Audience
Writing as a Reader: Composing a Rhetorical Analysis
Hispanic in America: Starting Points
Cultural Baggage
From Identifying Claims to Analyzing Arguments
Identifying Types of Claims
Hidden Lessons
Identify Claims of Fact
Identify Claims of Value
Identify Claims of Policy
Analyzing Arguments
Identify the Reasons Used to Support a Claim
Identify an Author's Concessions
Identify an Author's Counterarguments
The Problems and Dangers of Assimilatory Policies
From Identifying Issues to Forming Questions
Identifying Issues
Draw on Your Personal Experience
Identify What Is Open to Dispute
Resist Binary Thinking
Build Upon and Extend Others' Ideas
Read to Discover a Writer's Frame
Consider the Constraints of the Situation
No Place Like Home
Formulating Issue-Based Questions
Refine Your Topic
Explain Your Interest in the Topic
Identify an Issue
Formulate Your Topic as a Question
Acknowledge Your Audience
From Formulating to Developing a Thesis
Developing a Working Thesis Statement: Three Models
The Correcting-Misinterpretations Model
The Filling-the-Gap Model
The Modifying-What-Others-Have-Said Model
Providing a Context for Stating a Thesis
From Nuestra Clase: Making the Classroom a Welcoming Place for English Language Learners
Establish that the Issue Is Current and Relevant
Briefly Summarize What Others Have Said
Explain the Problem
State Your Thesis
Protean Shapes in Literacy Events: Ever-Shifting Oral and Literate Traditions
AIDS in Women: A Growing Educational Concern
From Finding to Evaluating Sources
Identifying Sources
Consult Experts Who Can Guide Your Research
Develop a Working Knowledge of Standard Sources
Distinguish Between Primary and Secondary Sources
Distinguish Between Popular and Scholarly Sources
Developing Search Strategies
Perform Keyword Searches
Try Browsing
Do a Journal or Newspaper Title Search
Evaluating Library Sources
Read the Introductory Sections
Examine the Table of Contents and Index
Check the Notes and Bibliographic References
Skim Deeper
Evaluating Internet Sources
Evaluate the Author of the Site
Evaluate the Organization That Supports the Site
Evaluate the Purpose of the Site
Evaluate the Information on the Site
From Summarizing to Documenting Sources
Summarizing and Paraphrasing
Debating the Civil Rights Movement: The View from the Nation
Describe the Major Point of the Text You Summarize
Select Examples to Illustrate the Author's Argument
Present the Gist of the Author's Argument
Contextualize What You Summarize
Synthesizing
Debating the Civil Rights Movement: The View from the Trenches
Policies: Strategies and Solutions from Debating Diversity
Make Connections Among Different Readings
Decide What Those Connections Mean
Construct the Gist of Your Synthesis
Integrating Quotations into Your Writing
Take an Active Stance When You Quote
Explain the Quotations You Include
Attach Shorter Quotations Effectively to Your Sentences
Citing and Documenting Sources
Basics of Modern Language Association (MLA) Style
Basics of American Psychological Association (APA) Style
From Ethos to Logos: Appealing to Your Readers
The Land of Opportunity
Appealing to Ethos
Establish that You Have Good Judgment
Convey to Readers That You Are Knowledgeable
Show That You Understand the Complexity of a Given Issue
Appealing to Pathos
Show That You Know What Your Readers Value
Use Illustrations and Examples that Appeal to Readers' Emotions
Consider How Your Tone May Affect Your Audience
Appealing to Logos: Using Reason and Evidence to Fit the Situation
State the Premise or Premises
Use Credible Evidence
Demonstrate That the Conclusion Follows from the Premise
Recognizing Logical Fallacies
The Economic Is Political
From Introductions to Conclusions: Drafting Your Essay
Drafting Introductions: How Can You Set Up Your Argument?
The Inverted Triangle
The Narrative Introduction
The Interrogative Introduction
The Paradoxical Introduction
Minding the Gap
Developing Paragraphs: How Can You Build Your Argument?
Reinventing 'America': Call for a New National Identity
Use Topic Sentences to Focus Your Paragraphs
Create Unity
Use Critical Strategies to Develop Your Paragraphs
Drafting Conclusions: How Can You Wrap Up Your Argument?
Echo the Introduction
Challenge the Reader
Look to the Future
Pose Questions
Conclude with a Quotation
From Revising to Editing: Working with Peer Groups
Revising Versus Editing
The Peer Editing Process
Peer Groups in Action: A Sample Session
Working with Early Drafts
Working with Later Drafts
Working with Final Drafts
Further Suggestions for Peer Editing Groups
Other Methods of Inquiry: Interviews and Focus Groups
Why Do Original Research?
Getting Started: Writing a Proposal
Describe Your Purpose
Define Your Method
Discuss Your Implications
Include Additional Materials That Support Your Research
Interviewing
Plan the Interview
Prepare Your Script
Conduct the Interview
Make Sense of Your Interview
Turn Your Conversation into an Essay
Using Focus Groups
Select Participants for Your Focus Group
Prepare a Script for the Focus Group
Conduct the Focus Group
Interpret Data from the Focus Group
Index

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