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Everyday Writing Contents Part 1: Building Your Reading and Writing Skills

1. College Reading and Writing

What Is College Reading and Writing?

Keeping a Journal

Critical Thinking

Critical Reading "How to Get Good Grades in College" by Anna Kendall Critical Writing Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing: Visual Texts 2. Strategies for Reading College Reading: What Is It, and Why Is It Important? Strategies for Skillful Reading Pre-reading Strategies Main Idea Strategies Read the Introduction and the Conclusion First Skim the Passage "The Melting Pot Continues: International Students in America" by John Carter "The FY 2009 Pentagon Spending Request" by Christopher Hellman and Travis Sharp Focus on the Headings and Sub-headings "The Basics of Global Warming" Italics and Bolded Words "Buddhism's Core Beliefs" Read and Understand Individual Paragraphs Outlining "How Much Do Ski Helmets Help?" by Denis Cummings Annotate the Reading "The Benefits of the Acai Berry" "Who Makes Up Special Olympics?" Post Reading Strategies Dealing with Difficult Vocabulary 3. The Reading-Writing Connection: Summary and Response Introducing Summary Introducing Response Student Writing: Summarizing a Text Original Text: "Project Tiger in India" Lea Charles (Student): Summary of "Project Tiger in India" Using a Summary Effective Summaries Summary of Qualifications for a Job Application Job Description Summary 4. The Writer's Situation: Purpose, Audience and Context Purpose: Why Am I Writing? Writing to Inform Writing to Evaluate Writing to Persuade Writing for Other Purposes Audience: For Whom Am I Writing? Context: What Is the Background for My Writing? The Writer's Rhetorical Situation 5. Writing Strategies and Appeals Strategies for Effective Writing Description Narration Informing Classification Definition Argument / Persuasion Cause and Effect Comparison/Contrast Writing Strategies at a Glance Persuasion Strategies: Ethical, Emotional, and Logical Appeals Ethical Appeal: The Appeal to Credibility Emotional Appeal: The Appeal to Feelings Logical Appeal: The Appeal to Reason Persuasion Strategies at a Glance 6. Getting Started The Writing Process Deciding What to Say: Invention/Discovery Strategies Listing Freewriting Clustering Cubing Student Writing: Kim Lee's Prewriting 7. Drafting Your Paper Picking the Best Form: What is the Best Genre for Your Audience and Purpose? Do You Need Research? Outlining Your Paper Drafting Your Paper Drafting Your Thesis Statement Writing Effective Paragraphs Writing Topic Sentences in Your Paragraphs Writing Transitions Parts of an Essay: Introduction, Body, and Conclusion Student Writing: Kim Lee's Draft 8. Revising Your Writing Revising Your Work Strategies for Revising Peer Review Effective Revision Student Writing: Kim Lee's Revision Editing Your Work Student Writing: Kim Lee's Editing Proofreading Your Work Student Writing: Kim Lee's Proofreading Publishing Your Work Student Writing: Kim Lee's Final Draft Part 2: Putting Your Ideas into Practice: Writing Assignments 9. Writing to Share Experiences: Using Description and Narration The Writer's Situation Sharing an Experience Through Description and Narration 7 Ways to Be Worth Following on Twitter / January 19, 2009 New Years in Germany / February 27, 1010 Christmas in Paris / December 24, 2009 Writing Assignments Writing Assignment One: Share a Positive Learning Experience Writing Assignment Two: Share a Work Experience Writing Assignment Three: Share a Cultural Experience Optional Multimodal Assignment: Tweeting Critical Thinking Activity: Questions to Ask and Answer Before You Start Invention / Discovery Activities Student Writing: John Wick's Freewriting
Writing a Thesis for Your Shared Experience Organizing Your First Draft Student Writing: John Wick's Draft Introduction Revising: The Key to Effective Papers Student Writing: John Wick's Peer-Reviewed Draft Writing Style Tip: Addressing Readers Critical Thinking Activity: Questions to Ask and Answer Before You Revise
Revision Checklist for Your Shared Experience Paper Student Writing: John Wick's Final Draft Readings That Share Experiences Judith Ortiz Cofer, "Don't Call Me a Hot Tamale" Brittany L. Huntley, "My Global Study Experience in Dubai" Bich Minh Nguyen, "The Good Immigrant Student" 10. Writing to Inform: Using Examples and Process Explanation The Writer's Situation Writing Effective Texts that Inform and Explain Example: An Effective Text that Informs "Bat Hung On for a Ride Into Space" by Clara Moskowitz Writing Assignments Writing Assignment One: Provide Information on Campus Resources Writing Assignment Two: Describe Your Job after Graduation Writing Assignment Three: Report on Local or Campus Cultural Events Optional Multi-Modal Assignment: Construct a Brochure for an Art Exhibit or Museum Critical Thinking Activity: Questions to Consider Before You Start Invention / Discovery Activities: Starting Your Writing Student Writing: Christie Rosenblatt's Brainstorming Writing a Thesis for Your Informative Text Organizing Your First Draft Student Writing: Christie Rosenblatt's Introduction Revising: the Key to Effective Papers Student Writing: Christie Rosenblatt's Peer-Reviewed Draft Writing Style Tip: Citing Sources Critical Thinking Activity: Questions to Consider before Revising A Final Draft Plan and Checklist for Your Informational Paper "Moving from High School into College" by Christie Rosenblatt (student) Readings: Texts That Inform "Cultural Differences? Or, Are We Really That Different?" by Gregorio Billikopf "Developing Global Skills for an International Career" by Debra Peters-Behrens Capuchin Monkey (Cebus capucinus), by the Rainforest Alliance 11. Writing to Analyze: Using Division and Classification The Writer's Situation An Effective Analyses that Uses Division and Classification "Michelle Obama" by Oprah Winfrey WRITING ASSIGNMENTS Writing Assignment One: Analyze Local Opportunities to Volunteer Writing Assignment Two: Analyze the Requirements of Your College Major Writing Assignment Three: Analyze Local Attractions Optional Multi-Modal Assignment: Email Critical Thinking Activity: Questions Before You Write Invention / Discovery Activities Student Writing: Rebecca Tremble's Listing Writing a Thesis for Your Analysis Organizing Your First Draft Student Writing: Rebecca Tremble's Introduction Revising: The Key to Effective Papers Student Writing: Rebecca Tremble's Peer-Reviewed Draft Writing Style Tip: Using Bullet Points Critical Thinking Activity: Questions before You Revise Revision Checklist for Your Analysis Student Writing: Rebecca Tremble's Final Draft Readings That Analyze Elizabeth Dias, "Training Pastors, Rabbis, and Imams at the Same School" National Science Foundation, "Language Change" Judith Viorst,"The Truth about Lying" 12. Writing to Explain Why: Using Cause and Effect The Writer's Situation Explaining Why Using Cause and Effect Kathleen M. Zelman, Five Surprising Reasons You're Gaining Weight Writing Assignments Writing Assignment One: Explaining Why a Relationship Works Writing Assignment Two: Explaining what Makes a Good Employee Writing Assignment Three: Explaining Good School Performance Optional Multi-Modal Assignment: Blogging Critical Thinking: Questions to Ask and Answer Before You Start Invention / Discovery Activities Student Writing: Shannon Owens' Cluster Diagram Writing a Thesis for Your Cause/Effect Paper Organizing Your First Draft Student Writing: Shannon Owens' Draft Introduction Revising: The Key to Effective Papers Student Writing: Peer Review Suggestions Writing Style Tip: Awkward Sentence Construction Critical Thinking: Questions to Ask and Answer Before You Revise Revision Checklist for Your Cause/Effect Paper Student Writing: Shannon Owens' Final Draft Reflecting on Your Writing Readings That Explain Why Kim Clark, The Surprising Causes of Those College Tuition Hikes Claudio Lavanga, What is Keeping Italian Men at Home? Jyoti Thottam, How India's Success Is Killing Its Holy River 13. Writing to Evaluate: Using Comparing and Contrasting The Writer's Situation An Effective Evaluation that uses Comparing and Contrasting Shutter Island BY ROGER EBERT / February 17, 2010 Writing Assignments Writing Assignment One: Evaluating a Web Site Writing Assignment Two: Evaluating a Local Art Exhibit Writing Assignment Three: Evaluating a Friend's Work Ability: Writing a Reference Letter Optional Multi-Modal Assignment: Tweeting Critical Thinking Activity: Questions To Ask and Answer Before You Start Invention / Discovery Activities: Starting Your Writing Student Writing: Ken Bishop's Freewriting Writing a Thesis for Your Evaluation Organizing Your First Draft Student Writing: Ken Bishop's Introduction Revising: The Key to Effective Papers Student Writing: Ken Bishop's Peer Reviewed Draft Writing Style Tip: Sentence Combining Critical Thinking Activity: Questions to Ask and Answer Before You Revise Revision Checklist for Your Evaluation Paper Student Writing: Ken Bishop's Final Draft Readings That Evaluate Christina Breda Antoniades, "Best Places to Work 2010" Eva Vasquez, "Travel for distinction: UGA study abroad offers many options" "Helping Your Kids Evaluate the Community College Option" 14. Writing to Persuade: Using a Multi-Modal Approach The Writer's Situation Example: An Effective Persuasive Text that Uses a Multimodal Approach Example: An Effective Argumentative Text "In Praise of the F Word," by Mary Sherry Writing Assignments Writing Assignment One: Solving a Problem at Your School Writing Assignment Two: Solving a Purchase Problem Writing Assignment Three: Solving a Community Problem Optional Multi-Modal Assignment: E-Mail Critical Thinking Activity: Questions to Ask and Answer Before You Start Invention / Discovery Work: Starting Your Writing Student Writing: Marcie Willen's Brainstorming Writing a Thesis for Your Persuasive Text Using Rhetorical Strategies for Your Argument Organizing Your First Draft Student Writing: Marcie Willen's Introduction Revising: The Key to Effective Papers Student Writing: Marcie Willen's Peer-Reviewed Draft Writing Style Tip: Misplaced Modifiers Critical Thinking Activity: Questions to Ask and Answer Before You Revise Revision Checklist for Your Argumentative Paper Student Writing: Marcie Willen's Final Draft Readings: Argumentative Texts Laurence Shaktin, "Education Pays, But Perhaps Less Than You Thought" Chris Livacarri, "Your Brain on Languages" Emily Winkel, Lili Marchak and Jeromey Mann , "Our Turn: Facing extreme budget cuts, should schools keep art classes in curriculum?" Part 3: Special Writing Situations 15. Conducting Effective Research Deciding on a Topic Conducting Research Library Research Consult Your Librarian Visit Your Library's Web Site Familiarize Yourself with the Library Database Locate a Book Locate Periodicals and Specialized Indexes Locate Encyclopedias and Dictionaries Internet Research Web Search Engines Evaluating Internet Sites Conducting Field Research Observation Interviewing Conducting Surveys Planning Your Research Taking Notes Incorporating Sources in Your Writing Quotation Summary Paraphrase Chapter Reflection 16. Documenting Your Sources What Is Plagiarism? Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism What Is Documentation? MLA Documentation Format MLA In-Text Citation Examples MLA Works Cited Examples Research Paper Formatted in MLA Style APA Documentation Format APA In-Text Citation Examples APA References Examples Research Paper Formatted in APA Style 17. Reports and Essay Exams How to Write Effective In-Class or Timed Essays Examinations Step 1: Determine what the examination asks you to do Examination Checklist Step 2: Plan your time Time Planning Checklist Student Writing: Debbie Larsen's Timed Writing Examination Brainstorming and Planning Writing her Draft Final Revising and Editing How to Create and Make an Effective Oral Presentation 18. Email, Job Application Letters, and Resumes Writing Effective Emails Writing Effective Job Application Letters Writing An Effective Resume Sample Resume Part 4: Handbook 19. Nouns Proper Nouns Common Nouns Grammar Spotlight: Countable and Uncountable Nouns 20. Verbs Verb Tenses Verb Forms Grammar Spotlight: Irregular Verbs Split Infinitives 21. Pronouns Grammar Spotlight: Subject and Object Pronouns; Singular and Plural Pronouns 22. Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections Adjectives Adverbs Prepositions Grammar Spotlight: One Preposition, Several Functions Conjunctions Interjections 23. Definite and Indefinite Articles Definite Article Indefinite Articles Grammar Spotlight: Pointers for Using Articles Correctly 24. Sentence Elements Subjects and Predicates Grammar Spotlight: Identifying the Subject Direct and Indirect Objects Transitive and Intransitive Verbs Sentence Complements Dependent and Independent Clauses Passive and Active Voice 25. Types of Sentences Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences Declarative, Exclamatory, Imperative, and Interrogative Sentences 26. Sentence Agreement Subject-Verb Agreement Grammar Spotlight: Special Types of Subjects Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement Grammar Spotlight: Special Pronoun Problems 27. Improving Your Sentences Comma Splice Errors Run-On Sentences Sentence Fragments Dangling Modifiers Misplaced Modifiers Double Negatives Transitions 28. End Punctuation: Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Points Periods Question Marks Exclamation Points 29. Commas 30. Other Punctuation Marks 31. Abbreviations and Numbers Abbreviations Grammar Spotlight: Abbreviations in College Writing Numbers 32. Spelling Homonyms Confusing Word Pairs Capitalization 33. Word Choice Synonyms Antonyms Contractions Colloquialisms Sexist Language Wordiness 34. English Idioms

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