(University of Vermont)
(University of Vermont)
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Diverse readings offer teachable models of classic and contemporary writing. 58 professional selections by acclaimed authors such as Maya Angelou, Junot Díaz, and Amy Tan and 13 model student essays show each writing strategy in the context of engaging subjects, including the complexities of race and gender in the United States, social inequality, the power of language, the cultural impacts of technology and social media, and more.
Essential chapters on close reading, thoughtful writing, documenting sources, and fixing common grammar missteps prepare students for success. The first two chapters, "Reading" and "Writing," motivate and guide students through example-driven instruction in reading skills and in the writing process, while the closing chapters, "A Brief Guide to Researching and Documenting Essays" and "Editing for Grammar, Punctuation, and Sentence Style," function as a complete, student-friendly reference on grammar, punctuation, and documentation.
Introductions to each rhetorical pattern give students the support they need when they need it. The chapter introductions guide students in selecting and utilizing the best strategy (or strategies) for their purpose. Annotated examples and student essays show effective implementation of each writing strategy.
Unique cross-disciplinary connections extend student mastery. Each chapter shows students how rhetorical strategies are used and combined outside the composition classroom—whether in the humanities, the natural sciences, or the social sciences.
First-hand advice helps students see themselves as writers. Annotated student essays demonstrate the elements of effective writing. The popular "Writers on Writing" chapter features influential contemporary writers such as Stephen King on "Reading to Write" and Anne Lamott on "Shitty First Drafts," using humor and inspiration to dispel the mysteries of the writing craft.
Thematic writing assignments support cross-chapter connections. These assignments connect readings and visuals on topics such as the role of technology in modern life, the power of language, inequality, gender, education, the media, and more.
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