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Published Date: Jul 21, 2014

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By emphasizing the purposes for writing and presenting rhetorical modes as strategies to accomplish those purposes, Everyday Writing helps students develop the critical thinking, reading, and writing skills needed to communicate effectively on a daily basis.

 

Everyday Writing meets the common needs of both basic writers and second language writers for rhetorical instruction and practice that will improve their standard written English and academic writing; thus preparing them for writing that they will do every day in their future coursework!

Table of Contents

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 Résumé

Sample Résumé

 

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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