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Writing Without Formulas

ISBN-10: 0618382186
ISBN-13: 9780618382187
Edition: 2008
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Description: Writing Without Formulas shows students how to write instead of telling them. A non-traditional rhetoric and reader intended for freshman-level composition courses, this book presents writing as an activity rather than a formula dictated by rules  More...

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Book details

List price: $103.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cengage Heinle
Publication date: 7/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

Writing Without Formulas shows students how to write instead of telling them. A non-traditional rhetoric and reader intended for freshman-level composition courses, this book presents writing as an activity rather than a formula dictated by rules and learned by rote. This approach encourages students to make decisions about writing within a context of audience awareness and critical analysis. The pedagogy featured in the text lends itself to collaborative-based classrooms and demonstrates writing to be a process of discovery. The text contains diverse contemporary readings--both student and professional--that do not rigidly conform to rhetorical modes. A focus in many of the selections on popular culture and contemporary social and political issues helps maintain student interest and offers a refreshing change of pace from more traditional readers. Examples include a portrait of "crack babies" who have grown up to create their own literary magazine (challenging both political and social assumptions about the crack epidemic); educator Mike Rose on the class implications of standardized "intelligence" testing; former New York City police officer-turned-journalist Marcus Laffey on the strategy of drug busts; humorist David Sedaris on his tormented early relationship to music lessons; Joyce Carol Oates on the science of laughter; and Stephen L. Carter on ethics and honesty in American political discourse.

KeyConcepts of Writing
Reasons for Writing Reading
"Learning to Read" Writing from Personal Inspiration Reading
"Letter to a Restaurant Manager" Writing as a Citizen Reading
TrueMajority, "'Computer Ate My Vote' Scores Coast to Coast Wins" (web page) Writing in College Writing in the Workplace Reading
"Norming Groups" (office memo/email)
Critical Analysis for Writing Student Writing
"The Car Accident" (draft) Student Writing
"The Car Accident" Interrogating the Obvious Reading
"Male Body Image in America" Reading
from The Silent Takeover Investigating Assumptions Reading
"The False Controversy of Stem Cells" Seeing Patterns Reading
from Limbo Reading
"Curriculum Is a Political Statement" Avoiding Poor Reasoning
Awareness of Audience Student Writing
"Sexuality Orientation" Targeting Potential Readers Reading
"Voices: The Damage Done: Crack Babies Talk Back" Anticipating Reader Needs Reading
"Death Penalty's False Promise" Reading
"From Outside, In" Responding to Possible Objections Student Writing, "Curse of the Ouija Board" Using Real Readers in Peer Groups Revision
Strategies for Organizing Your Ideas Student Writing
"Humor in Society" Reading
"Tools for Research" Reading
"The Problem with Being a Thing" Introducing Your Subject Transitioning from Ideas Reading
"The Right Chemistry" Placing Your Thesis Reading
"The Same Difference" Finishing Your Thoughts Reading
"The Lottery" Reading
"The Worst-Laid Plans
Why Was Emergency Planning So Awful?" Reading
"Mommy, What Does 'Nigger' Mean?"
Language Choices in Writing Student Writing
"Negative Cliques in Schools" Mediating Experiences Reading
"I Have a Dream" Describing and Shaping Reading
The Mind at Work Reading
The Lost Grizzlies Euphemisms Reading
Perfectly Legal Reading
"Life Under the Chief Doublespeak Officer" Finding Your Voice
Confronting Writing Tasks
Discovering Your Writing Process Seeing Your Own Patterns Breaking Through Writer's Block Reading
Lau's Laws on Hitting Discovering Strategies for Drafting and Revision Reading
'Indians'
Textualism, Morality, and the Problem of History Editing and Proofreading
Uses of Collaboration Reading
"Inside Dope" Beyond the In-Class Response Group Assigning Tasks in Group Projects Student Writing
"Jim's Progress Log" Synthesizing Ideas Reading
"Nowhere to Roam" Reading
"How to Live to Be 100" Taking Responsibility
Purposes and Strategies for Reading Reading
"Executive Pay in the U.S." Knowledge, Safety, and Awareness as Consumers Social and Civic Engagement Reading
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, "Smearing Anti-War Activists?
NY Times Op-Ed Laments Anti-War Funeral Protests" Reading
Ohio Department of Public Safety, "Where to Ride on the Road" Information Retrieval Reading
The Vanishing Hitchhiker Academic Achievement Developing Reading Strategies for College Student Writing
"An Analysis of the Dietary Habits of a Known Bookworm" Comprehension Student Writing
"Molly Egan's Freewrite"
Writing with Evidence Student Writing
"Sex and Religion" Student Writing
"Instincts vs. Rules" (draft) Student Writing
"Instincts vs. Rules" Examining Evidence Reading
"To Hell with Lipitor" Establishing Criteria for a Claim Checking Information Integrating Sources Reading
Blackbeard and Other Pirates of the Atlantic Coast Student Writing
"Extract from Claudia's Essay" Reading
The Tender Carnivore Student Writing
"Extract from Sherry's Essay"
Writers and Research Locating Critical Knowledge Reading
Trish Boreta, and Project Censored, "The Top Censored News Stories of 2005-2006" Evaluating Online Sources Reading
Green Party website
"2006 Green Party Candidate Spotlight" When Sources Collide Reading
"Questioned Marks" Reading
"Statement to Judge Paul Benson" Giving Credit Where It Is Due
Topics for Writing
Holidays and Celebrations Reading
"The Symbols of Halloween" Reading
"The Reformation of Guy Fawkes Day" Reading
"Festivals, Rites, and Presents" Reading
"Thanksgiving" Reading
"A History of Anglo-Saxon Wedding Customs" Reading
"The Twentieth Anniversary of Earth Day"
Hobbies Reading: Paul Roberts, "Risk" Reading
"Leonard Lauder
The Beauty of Small Things" Reading
"Con Games" Reading
"Fantasy World" Reading
"Giant Dreams, Midget Abilities" Reading
"Indiana's Potato Chip Lady
Myrtle Young of Seyfert Foods, Inc."
The Supernatural Reading
"Whitman's Haunted Bed" Reading
"UFO's, Skepticism, and Belief" Reading
"Four Stops on a Bigfoot Hunt" Reading
"Is God in Our Genes?" Reading
Associated Press, "Courthouse Camera Captures a Ghost" Reading
Associated Press, "Courthouse Ghost Identified as Insect" Reading
"Talking to Heaven Through Television
How the Mass Media Package and Sell Medium John Edward"
Humor Reading
"Is Laughter Contagious?" Reading
"The Darwin Awards" Reading
"Me Talk Pretty One Day" Reading
"Seriously, the Joke Is Dead" Reading
"How Laughter Works" Reading
"All I Think Is That It's Stupid
Dave Barry on Laughing at Very Big Government"
Honesty and Deception Reading
"The Insufficiency of Honesty" Reading
"I'm a Bad Liar" Reading
"The Lightning Struck Lost Mine" Reading
"The Big Lie" Reading
"Censor or Victim of Censorship?" Reading
"We Like Our Bad Guys to Be Honest About It"
Pets, Pests, and Beasts Reading
"Face of a Spider" Reading
"Women Like Men Who Like Cats" Reading
"The Indian Dog" Reading
"The Snake" Reading
"Treat It Right" Reading
"Drainage Ditch"

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