So What?

The Writer's Argument

Author: Laura Schubert

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190297404

Category: English language

Page: 320

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So What? The Writer's Argument, Second Edition, teaches students how to write compelling arguments and explains why practicing argumentation is essential to learning and communicating with others. Practical exercises throughout each chapter reinforce this broader academic aim by focusing on the key issue of significance--helping writers answer the "So What?" question for themselves and their audiences. By showing students how their writing fits within the broader context of academic inquiry, So What?, Second Edition, encourages them to emulate and adapt the authentic academic styles, foundational organizing structures, and helpful rhetorical moves to their college classes and beyond.

So What?

The Writer's Argument

Author: Kurt Schick,Laura Schubert

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199949076

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 281

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"So What? The Writer's Argument is the first, very brief rhetoric to teach students how to write compelling arguments in college by showing them why the practice of argumentation is essential to academic work. Practical exercises throughout each chapter reinforce this broader academic aim with specific writing objectives focused on the key issue of significance - also known as the "So What?" factor. Short, flexible, and affordable, So What? begins by teaching students how to understand their compositions as contributions within the broader context of college, as important practice in academic inquiry and knowledge making. By teaching students how to become apprentice scholars, So What? gives students access authentic academic styles, foundational organizing structures, and helpful rhetorical moves that they can emulate and adapt in their college classes and beyond"--

So What? with Readings

The Writer's Argument

Author: Kurt Schick,Laura Schubert

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190209131

Category:

Page: 576

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So What? The Writer's Argument, Second Edition, teaches students how to write compelling arguments and explains why practicing argumentation is essential to learning and communicating with others. Practical exercises throughout each chapter reinforce this broader academic aim by focusing on the key issue of significance--helping writers answer the "So What?" question for themselves and their audiences. By showing students how their writing fits within the broader context of academic inquiry, So What?, Second Edition, encourages them to emulate and adapt the authentic academic styles, foundational organizing structures, and helpful rhetorical moves to their college classes and beyond.

Developing Writers of Argument

Tools and Rules That Sharpen Student Reasoning

Author: Michael W. Smith,Jon-Philip Imbrenda

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1506394426

Category: Education

Page: 184

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Better Arguments Make Better Students — and Better Citizens The ability to make effective arguments is not only necessary in students’ academic lives, it’s a transferable skill essential to students’ future success as critical thinkers and contributing members of society. But how do we engage students and ensure they understand argument writing’s fundamental components? This book shows the way, with ready-to-implement lessons that make argument writing topical and relevant. Students form arguments about subjects of interest, and then reflect on the arguments’ organization, giving them reusable structural models. Complete with guidance on applying the lessons’ techniques in a unit-wide context, Developing Writers of Argument offers a practical approach for instructing in this crucial aspect of students’ development.

Who Says?

The Writer's Research

Author: Dean School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Deborah Holdstein,Danielle Aquilline

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190633479

Category:

Page: 192

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Who Says? The Writer's Research is the first, brief research guide to focus on information literacy by teaching college students not only how to do research but also why research is important.Written for today's college student, Who Says? addresses contemporary research issues head on: What does it mean to conduct research in an age when we are bombarded by collaborative information, through online media and databases like Wikipedia? Who owns this information? How do we know? Asinformation circulates and changes, do the lines between audience and author blur? And how should these changes alter our expectations as readers - and as writers?By prompting students to think critically about matters of ownership and authority, Who Says? not only shows students how to find and incorporate credible sources in their writing, but also how to synthesize their own ideas with the ideas of others, which leads them to develop more confident andcompelling voices as writers. The first two chapters of Who Says? foreground this pressing need for information literacy by engaging students with the problem of research-writing in digital environments: "What is Information?: An Introduction," and "Says Who? The Writer's Authority, The Writer's Voice," engage students inbroader global conversations about the nature of research writing, while also addressing the writer's important role in academic conversations. To reinforce these larger topics, throughout every chapter in Who Says? there are also a number of practical, hands-on activities for students to workthrough, such as "Ideas Into Practice," including visuals, charts, checklists and exercises - all of which are designed to help students improve their writing and research while in class, and then help them transfer and adapt their writing knowledge to other college courses.

Reading Like a Writer

A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

Author: Francine Prose

Publisher: Union Books

ISBN: 1908526149

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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DIV In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and tricks of the masters to discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humour and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart – to take pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; to look to John le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue and to Flannery O’Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail; to be inspired by Emily Brontë’s structural nuance and Charles Dickens’s deceptively simple narrative techniques. Most importantly, Prose cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted, and reminds us that good writing comes out of good reading. /div

Teaching Argument Writing, Grades 6-12

Supporting Claims with Relevant Evidence and Clear Reasoning

Author: George Hillocks

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN: 9780325013961

Category: Education

Page: 227

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Offers teaching strategies and resources to instruct sixth- through twelfth-graders on how to prepare and write strong arguments and evaluate the arguments of others, providing step-by-step guidance on arguments of fact, judgment, and policy, and including advice to help students understand how judgments get made in the real world, how to develop and support criteria for an argument, and related topics.

Winning Arguments

What Works and Doesn't Work in Politics, the Bedroom, the Courtroom, and the Classroom

Author: Stanley Fish

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062226681

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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“Fish mines cultural touchstones from Milton to ‘Married with Children’ to explain how various types of arguments are structured and how that understanding can lead to victory” — New York Times Book Review A lively and accessible guide to understanding rhetoric by the world class English and Law professor and bestselling author of How to Write a Sentence. Filled with the wit and observational prowess that shaped Stanley Fish’s acclaimed bestseller How to Write a Sentence, Winning Arguments guides readers through the “greatest hits” of rhetoric. In this clever and engaging guide, Fish offers insight and outlines the crucial keys you need to win any debate, anywhere, anytime—drawn from landmark legal cases, politics, his own career, and even popular film and television. A celebration of clashing minds and viewpoints, Winning Arguments is sure to become a classic.

On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing    

Fourth Edition

Author: Cathy Birkenstein,Gerald Graff

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393631672

Category:

Page: N.A

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This book identifies the key rhetorical moves in academic writing. It shows students how to frame their arguments as a response to what others have said and provides templates to help them start making the moves. The fourth edition features many NEW examples from academic writing, a NEW chapter on Entering Online Discussions, and a thoroughly updated chapter on Writing in the Social Sciences. Finally, two NEW readings provide current examples of the rhetorical moves in action.

The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments

Author: Peter Catapano,Simon Critchley

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 1631490729

Category: Philosophy

Page: 768

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A timeless volume to be read and treasured, The Stone Reader provides an unparalleled overview of contemporary philosophy. Once solely the province of ivory-tower professors and college classrooms, contemporary philosophy was finally emancipated from its academic closet in 2010, when The Stone was launched in The New York Times. First appearing as an online series, the column quickly attracted millions of readers through its accessible examination of universal topics like the nature of science, consciousness and morality, while also probing more contemporary issues such as the morality of drones, gun control and the gender divide. Now collected for the first time in this handsomely designed volume, The Stone Reader presents 133 meaningful and influential essays from the series, placing nearly the entirety of modern philosophical discourse at a reader’s grasp. The book, divided into four broad sections—Philosophy, Science, Religion and Morals, and Society—opens with a series of questions about the scope, history and identity of philosophy: What are the practical uses of philosophy? Does the discipline, begun in the West in ancient Greece with Socrates, favor men and exclude women? Does the history and study of philosophy betray a racial bias against non-white thinkers, or geographical bias toward the West? These questions and others form a foundation for readers as the book moves to the second section, Science, where some of our most urgent contemporary philosophical debates are taking place. Will artificial intelligence compromise our morality? Does neuroscience undermine our free will? Is there is a legitimate place for the humanities in a world where science and technology appear to rule? Should the evidence for global warming change the way we live, or die? In the book’s third section, Religion and Morals, we find philosophy where it is often at its best, sharpest and most disturbing—working through the arguments provoked by competing moral theories in the face of real-life issues and rigorously addressing familiar ethical dilemmas in a new light. Can we have a true moral life without belief in God? What are the dangers of moral relativism? In its final part, Society, The Stone Reader returns to its origins as a forum to encourage philosophers who are willing to engage closely, critically and analytically with the affairs of the day, including economic inequality, technology and racial discrimination. In directly confronting events like the September 11 attacks, the killing of Trayvon Martin, the Sandy Hook School massacre, the essays here reveal the power of philosophy to help shape our viewpoints on nearly every issue we face today. With an introduction by Peter Catapano that details the column’s founding and distinct editorial process at The New York Times, and prefatory notes to each section by Simon Critchley, The Stone Reader promises to become not only an intellectual landmark but also a confirmation that philosophy is, indeed, for everyone.

How to Write a Thesis

Author: Umberto Eco,Caterina Mongiat Farina,Geoff Farina,Francesco Erspamer

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262328763

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy's most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a little book for his students, How to Write a Thesis, in which he offered useful advice on all the steps involved in researching and writing a thesis -- from choosing a topic to organizing a work schedule to writing the final draft. Now in its twenty-third edition in Italy and translated into seventeen languages, How to Write a Thesis has become a classic. Remarkably, this is its first, long overdue publication in English. Eco's approach is anything but dry and academic. He not only offers practical advice but also considers larger questions about the value of the thesis-writing exercise. How to Write a Thesis is unlike any other writing manual. It reads like a novel. It is opinionated. It is frequently irreverent, sometimes polemical, and often hilarious. Eco advises students how to avoid "thesis neurosis" and he answers the important question "Must You Read Books?" He reminds students "You are not Proust" and "Write everything that comes into your head, but only in the first draft." Of course, there was no Internet in 1977, but Eco's index card research system offers important lessons about critical thinking and information curating for students of today who may be burdened by Big Data.How to Write a Thesis belongs on the bookshelves of students, teachers, writers, and Eco fans everywhere. Already a classic, it would fit nicely between two other classics: Strunk and White and The Name of the Rose.ContentsThe Definition and Purpose of a ThesisChoosing the TopicConducting ResearchThe Work Plan and the Index CardsWriting the ThesisThe Final Draft

Lincoln in the Bardo

A Novel

Author: George Saunders

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 081299535X

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented Named One of the Ten Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, USA Today, and Maureen Corrigan, NPR • One of Time’s Ten Best Novels of the Year • A New York Times Notable Book February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul. Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end? “A luminous feat of generosity and humanism.”—Colson Whitehead, The New York Times Book Review “A masterpiece.”—Zadie Smith

The DK Handbook

Author: Anne Frances Wysocki,Dennis A. Lynch

Publisher: Pearson Higher Ed

ISBN: 0321901444

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 688

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Transforming expectations for textbooks, The DK Handbook presents information in newly accessible, scientifically tested, and student-friendly ways. Never before seen in the handbook market, The DK Handbook’s design is a true marriage of visual and textual content, in which each topic is presented in self-contained, two-page spreads for at-a-glance referencing. Explanations are concise and “chunked” to be more approachable and appealing for today’s readers, and accompanying visuals truly teach — making concepts and processes visible to students. The ground-breaking layout creates a consistent look and feel that helps students connect with the material, find information, and recognize solutions to writing problems they often don’t have names for.

Essential Questions

Opening Doors to Student Understanding

Author: Jay McTighe,Grant Wiggins

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416615709

Category: Education

Page: 119

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What are "essential questions," and how do they differ from other kinds of questions? What's so great about them? Why should you design and use essential questions in your classroom? Essential questions (EQs) help target standards as you organize curriculum content into coherent units that yield focused and thoughtful learning. In the classroom, EQs are used to stimulate students' discussions and promote a deeper understanding of the content. Whether you are an Understanding by Design (UbD) devotee or are searching for ways to address standards--local or Common Core State Standards--in an engaging way, Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins provide practical guidance on how to design, initiate, and embed inquiry-based teaching and learning in your classroom. Offering dozens of examples, the authors explore the usefulness of EQs in all K-12 content areas, including skill-based areas such as math, PE, language instruction, and arts education. As an important element of their backward design approach to designing curriculum, instruction, and assessment, the authors *Give a comprehensive explanation of why EQs are so important; *Explore seven defining characteristics of EQs; *Distinguish between topical and overarching questions and their uses; *Outline the rationale for using EQs as the focal point in creating units of study; and *Show how to create effective EQs, working from sources including standards, desired understandings, and student misconceptions. Using essential questions can be challenging--for both teachers and students--and this book provides guidance through practical and proven processes, as well as suggested "response strategies" to encourage student engagement. Finally, you will learn how to create a culture of inquiry so that all members of the educational community--students, teachers, and administrators--benefit from the increased rigor and deepened understanding that emerge when essential questions become a guiding force for learners of all ages.

Language

A Reader for Writers

Author: Gita DasBender

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199947485

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 416

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"The Language Reader is part of the Managed Reader Program,which are a cluster of single-topic readers that are brief-to-medium in length and include a short section on rhetorical strategies and research work, as well as writing process, and all of which have a common pedagogy. The readings in these books include global perspectives and non-mainstream sources, and they are a manageable size. The Language Reader is a reader that reflects the central and complex topic of language, as it reflects upon new realities of the multilingual college classroom, and speaks to ideas and issues important to generation 1.5 learners. Developed for the freshman composition course, the reader includes an interdisciplinary mix of public, academic, and scientific reading selection; and it gives students with the rhetorical knowledge and compositional skills to participate in discussions about language, learning, and the writing process"--

The Elements of Academic Style

Writing for the Humanities

Author: Eric Hayot

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231537417

Category: Reference

Page: 240

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Eric Hayot teaches graduate students and faculty in literary and cultural studies how to think and write like a professional scholar. From granular concerns, such as sentence structure and grammar, to big-picture issues, such as adhering to genre patterns for successful research and publishing and developing productive and rewarding writing habits, Hayot helps ambitious students, newly minted Ph.D.'s, and established professors shape their work and develop their voices. Hayot does more than explain the techniques of academic writing. He aims to adjust the writer's perspective, encouraging scholars to think of themselves as makers and doers of important work. Scholarly writing can be frustrating and exhausting, yet also satisfying and crucial, and Hayot weaves these experiences, including his own trials and tribulations, into an ethos for scholars to draw on as they write. Combining psychological support with practical suggestions for composing introductions and conclusions, developing a schedule for writing, using notes and citations, and structuring paragraphs and essays, this guide to the elements of academic style does its part to rejuvenate scholarship and writing in the humanities.

The Sense of Style

The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

Author: Steven Pinker

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 0143127799

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

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"Charming and erudite . . . The wit and insight and clarity he brings . . . is what makes this book such a gem." --Time.com Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing--and why should we care? In this entertaining and eminently practical book, the cognitive scientist, dictionary consultant, and New York Times-bestselling author Steven Pinker rethinks the usage guide for the twenty-first century. Using examples of great and gruesome modern prose while avoiding the scolding tone and Spartan tastes of the classic manuals, he shows how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right. The Sense of Style is for writers of all kinds, and for readers who are interested in letters and literature and are curious about the ways in which the sciences of mind can illuminate how language works at its best.

A Pocket Style Manual

Author: Diana Hacker,Nancy Sommers

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312542542

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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"Clarity, grammar, punctuation and mechanics, research, MLA, APA, Chicago, CSE, usage/grammatical terms"--Cover.

Where I Lived, and What I Lived For

Author: Henry Thoreau

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141964294

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 112

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Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are. Thoreau's account of his solitary and self-sufficient home in the New England woods remains an inspiration to the environmental movement - a call to his fellow men to abandon their striving, materialistic existences of 'quiet desperation' for a simple life within their means, finding spiritual truth through awareness of the sheer beauty of their surroundings.