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Community Writing Researching Social Issues Through Composition

ISBN-10: 0805838341
ISBN-13: 9780805838343
Edition: 2001
Authors: Paul S. Collins
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Description: Community Writing: Researching Social Issues Through Composition employs a series of assignments that guide students to research and write about issues confronting their individual communities. Students start by identifying a community to which they  More...

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Book details

List price: $48.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 2/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Community Writing: Researching Social Issues Through Composition employs a series of assignments that guide students to research and write about issues confronting their individual communities. Students start by identifying a community to which they belong and focusing on problems in it, and then analyze possible solutions, construct arguments for them, decide which are likely to succeed, and consider how to initiate action. This is a primary text for first-year composition courses, covering the basics of the writing process. The assignments are recursive. Short writing assignments in each chapter build up to longer papers. Each of the assignment questions is accompanied by a guide to thinking about and writing the assigned paper, followed by a short Focus On reading that provides a brief account of community activism, a media case study, or a notable success story. The longer papers are accompanied by in-class peer reading groups. Each successive peer reading attempts a higher level of conceptual critique. By working together throughout the semester, students create increasingly adept peer groups familiar with all stages of each other's research. The book is carefully structured, but there is plenty of "give" in it, allowing instructors to be flexible in adapting it to the needs of their students and courses. Community Writing: * is distinguished by pedagogy based on a collaborative, process-oriented, service learning approach that emphasizes media critique and field research on community issues chosen by individual students; * answers real student questions, such as: Where do I find articles on my topic? What if evidence contradicts my hypothesis? How do I know if a source is biased?; * is web-savvy--guides students into building their own Web sites, including a unique guide for critiquing the design and veracity of other people's websites; and * is media-savvy--topics include media monopolies, spin control, dumbing down, misleading statistics, the Freedom of Information Act, "crackpot" authors, political rhetoric, and fallacious argumentation.

A Note to Instructors
A Note to Students
The First Day
The "Plot" of Your Life
Interviewing a Classmate
Your Community and an Issue it Faces
Describing Your Community
Defining a Community
Freewriting
Sample Response
Focus On: The Communities of San Rafael
What Issue Concerns You?
The Power of Anecdotes
Plagiarism and the Need for Citations
Sample Response
Focus On: Granny D
Comparing News Accounts
Finding Sources
Citing Your Sources
Sample Response
Focus On: Stephen Glass
Interviewing a Community Member
Getting Your Interview
Quoting and Paraphrasing
Sample Response
Focus On: Studs Terkel
Paper: Describe Your Community and an Issue It Faces
Writing a Rough Draft
Introductions
Sample Paper
Focus On: Community Gardens
Peer Reading
Working With Others
Peer Reading in 6 Steps
Peer Reading Worksheet: Paper #1
Revising Your Paper
Revising for Content and Style
Explaining Thoroughly
Focus On: Sweatshops
Media Views of an Issue
Analyzing Articles on an Issue
Bias in the Media
The Politics of Selected Periodicals
Sample Response
Focus On: Joey Skaggs
Comparing Bias in Different Articles
The Alternative Media
Signs of Bias
Sample Response
Focus On: Noam Chomsky
Online Representation of an Issue
Finding Sources Online
Analyzing Web Sites
Sample Response
Focus On: The Drudge Report
Interviewing Community Members About the Media
Arranging an Interview
Conducting the Interview
Sample Response
Focus On: Internet Panics
Paper: How Is This Issue Portrayed in the Media?
Organizing the Body of Your Paper
Transitions
Sample Paper
Focus On: Media Watchdogs
Peer Reading
Peer Reading Worksheet: Paper #2
Revising the Paper
Varying Your Sources
Focus On: The Los Angeles Times/Staples Fiasco
Examining Solutions
Finding Organizations Associated With This Issue
Government Sources of Information
Finding Organizations
Sample Response
Focus On: Madelyn Hoffman and Ironbound
Looking for Publications by Organizations
Understanding Statistics
Understanding Charts and Graphs
Sample Response
Focus On: Rescue MUNI
Analyzing How An Issue Affects Other Communities
Finding Scholarly Articles on Your Topic
Using Your Own Statistics and Charts
Sample Response
Focus On: Grameen Micro-Loans
Interviewing an Official or Activist About Solutions
Spin Control
Finding People to Interview
Sample Response
Focus On: Yellow Bikes
Paper: Describe the Possible Solutions to Your Issue
Sorting Out Conflicting Claims
Concluding A Paper
Sample Paper
Focus On: Astroturf Lobbying
Peer Reading
Peer Reading Worksheet for Paper #3
Revising the Paper
Inclusive Language
Focus On: Modern Slavery
Working Toward Solutions
Listing Out the Pros and Cons of Various Solutions
Inductive and Deductive Logic
Making Logical Explanations
Sample Response
Focus On: Vita Needle Company
Arguing for A Solution
Logical Fallacies
From Hypothesis to Thesis
Sample Response
Focus On: Richard Seed
Writing a Counterargument
Fallacious Questioning
Avoiding Libel
Sample Response
Focus On: Helen Steel
Writing a Rebuttal
Web Page Basics
Creating Web Documents
Sample Response
Focus On: Supermarket PTA Announcements
Paper: Explain and Defend a Solution
Providing Enough Evidence
Creating a Web Site
Sample Response
Focus On: Ariel Gore
Peer Reading
Peer Reading Worksheet for Paper #4
Revising the Paper
Revising for Your Own Biases
Focus On: Patrick Moore
The Term Paper
The Final Paper
Combining Your Work
Revising Your Web Page
Sample Final Paper
Focus On: Dick Falkenbury
Peer Reading
Peer Reading Worksheet for the Final Paper
Revising the Final Paper
Revising For Appearance
Focus On: Helen Hill
The Next Step: Working In the Community
Focus On: Alexis de Tocqueville
Further Readings
Using the Freedom of Information Act
Citing Your Sources in the MLA Format
Index

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