The Curious Writer, MLA Update, Brief Edition

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Overview

The Curious Writer, Brief Edition, helps you learn to write by prompting you to pursue your own curiosities. The title explores a wide range of genres -- academic essay, narrative, profile, review, ethnography and argument -- with an approach and "personality" all its own.

Published by Pearson (July 23rd 2021) - Copyright © 2017

ISBN-13: 9780137503582

Subject: Composition

Category: Rhetorics

Table of contents

I. THE SPIRIT OF INQUIRY
1. Writing as Inquiry
Motives for Writing
Beliefs About Writing and Writing Development
Exercise 1.1 This I Believe (and This I Don't)
One Student's Response Bernice's Journal
Inquiring into the Details Journals
Unlearning Unhelpful Beliefs
The Beliefs of This Book
Allatonceness
Believing You Can Learn to Write Well Habits of Mind
Starting with Questions, Not Answers
Making the Familiar Strange Suspending Judgment
Being Willing to Write Badly
Searching for Surprise
Exercise 1.2 A Roomful of Details
One Student's Response Bernice's Journal
Writing Situations and Rhetorical Choices
A First Reflection on Your Writing Process
A Case Study
Thinking About Your Process
Exercise 1.3 Literacy Narrative Collage
Exercise 1.4 What Is Your Process?
Problem Solving in Your Writing Process The Nature of the Writing Process
The Writing Process as Recursive and Flexible
A System for Using Writing to Think Inquiring into the Details Invention Strategies
Exercise 1.5 Two Kinds of Thinking
A Writing Process That Harnesses Two Currents of Thought
The Sea and the Mountain
Answering the So What? Question A Writing Process Driven by Questions A Strategy of Inquiry: Questioning, Generating, and Judging
Exercise 1.6 A Mini Inquiry Project: Cell Phone Culture
Exercise 1.7 Scenes of Writing
Using What You Have Learned

2. Reading as Inquiry
Purposes for Academic Reading
Exercise 2.1 Using the Four Purposes for Academic Reading
Beliefs About Reading
Exercise 2.2 A Reader's Memoir
One Common Belief That Is an Obstacle Reading Situations and Rhetorical Choices
Four Frames for Reading
Reading Scenarios
Scenario #1
Scenario #2 Inquiring into the Details Reading Perspectives
Exercise 2.3 Reading a Life
A Process for Reading to Write
Questions for the Process of Reading to Write
What Do I Want to Know?
What Should I Read to Find Out?
What Do I Do with What I've Read? Having a Dialogue with What You Read Inquiring into the Details Reading the Visual
Exercise 2.4 Double-Entry Journaling with a Visual Text
Techniques for Keeping a Double-Entry Journal Exercise 2.5 Reading Creatively, Reading Critically
READING Bruce Ballenger, "The Importance of Writing Badly"
Alternatives to the Double-Entry Journal Wrestling with Academic Discourse: Reading from the Outside In
Features of Academic Discourse Using What You Have Learned

II. INQUIRY PROJECTS
3. Writing a Personal Essay
Writing About Experience and Observations
Motives for Writing a Personal Essay
The Personal Essay and Academic Writing
Inquiring into the Details The Power of Narrative Thinking
Features of the Form
Readings
Personal Essay 1 Laura Zazulak, "Every Morning for Five Years"
Inquiring into the Essay
Personal Essay 2 Judith Ortiz Cofer, "One More Lesson"
Inquiring into the Essay
Seeing the Form Photo Essays
Writing Process
Inquiry Project: Writing a Personal Essay
Writing Beyond the Classroom
Essaying "This I Believe"
What Are You Going to Write About?
Opening Up
Listing Prompts
Fastwriting Prompts
Visual Prompts
Research Prompts Narrowing Down
Inquiring into the Details Clustering or Mapping
What's Promising Material and What Isn't?
Questions About Purpose and Audience Trying Out
Questions for Reflection Writing the Sketch
Student Sketch Amanda Stewart, "Earning a Sense of Place"
Moving from Sketch to Draft
Evaluating Your Own Sketch
Reflecting on What You Learned Developing
Drafting
Methods of Development
Using Evidence Inquiring into the Details More Than One Way to Tell a Story
Workshopping
Questions for Readers
Reflecting on the Workshop Revising
Shaping
Polishing Student Essay Seth Marlin,"Smoke of Empire"
Evaluating the Essay
Using What You Have Learned

4. Writing a Profile
Writing About People
Motives for Writing a Profile
The Profile and Academic Writing
Features of the Form
Profile 1 Bruce Ballenger, "Museum Missionary"
Inquiring into the Essay
Profile 2 Ian Frazier, "Passengers"
Inquiring into the Essay
Profile 3 Amelia Pang, "The Life of a Violin Prodigy from South Bronx"
Inquiring into the Essay
Seeing the Form "Sun Boy" by William Soule
Inquiry Project: Writing a Profile
Who Are You Going to Write About?
Opening Up
Listing Prompts
Fastwriting Prompts
Visual Prompts
Research Prompts One Student's Response Bruce's Journal
Narrowing Down
What's Promising Material and What Isn't?
Questions About Audience and Purpose Trying Out
Possible Frames
Questions for Reflection Interviewing
Interview Approaches
Interview Techniques Writing Beyond the Classroom Digital Profiles
Making Contact
Conducting the Interview Inquiring into the Details Recording Interviews
Listening and Watching Flash Profile: Veterans History Projects
From Bullets to Bottles: The Two Wars of Dan Akee Writing the Sketch
Moving from Sketch to Draft
Evaluating Your Sketch
Reflecting on What You've Learned Developing
Research, Interviews, and Reinterviews
Establishing the Frame Inquiring into the Details Using Audacity to Record and Edit Audio
Drafting
Methods of Development
Using Evidence Workshopping
Reflecting on the Workshop Revising
Shaping
Polishing Student Essay Micaela Fisher, "Number 6 Orchard"
Evaluating the Essay
Using What You Have Learned

5. Writing a Review
Writing That Evaluates
Motives for Writing a Review
The Review and Academic Writing
Seeing the Form Choosing the Best Picture
Features of the Form
Readings
Film Review Roger Ebert, "A Christmas Story"
Inquiring into the Essay
Reviewing Methods Carol E. Holstead, "The Benefits of No-Tech Note Taking"
Inquiring into the Essay
Video Game Review Seth Schiesel, "Grand Theft Auto Takes on New York"
Inquiring into the Essay
The Writing Process
Inquiry Project: Writing a Review Essay
What Are You Going to WriteAbout?
Opening Up
Listing Prompts
Fastwriting Prompts
Visual Prompts
Research Prompts Narrowing Down
What's Promising Material and What Isn't?
Questions About Audience and Purpose Trying Out
Focusing the Category
Fastwriting
Web Research
Interviews
Experiencing Your Subject Thinking About Criteria
Refining Criteria for Better Evidence
Considering Criteria and Rhetorical Context Inquiring into the Details Collaborating on Criteria
Writing the Sketch
Student Sketch Laura Burns, "Recipe for a Great Film: Unlikeable People, Poor Choices, and Little
Redemption"
Moving from Sketch to Draft
Evaluating Your Sketch
Reflecting on What You've Learned Developing
Talking It Through
Re-Experience
Interview
Read Drafting
Finding an Opening
Methods of Development
Using Evidence Workshopping
Reflecting on the Draft Revising
Shaping
Polishing Student Essay Laura Burns, "How to Not Feel Good and Feel Good About It"
Evaluating the Essay
Using What You Have Learned

6. Writing a Proposal
Writing About Problems and Solutions
Problems of Consequence
Problems of Manageable Scale Motives for Writing a Proposal
The Proposal and Academic Writing
Inquiring into the Details Writing a Research Proposal
Features of the Form
Proposal 1 Buzz Bissinger, "Why College Football Should Be Banned"
Inquiring into the Essay
Proposal 2 Robert F. Saltz, Ph. D., "Preventing Alcohol-Related Problems on College Campuses-Summary
of the Final Report of the NIAAA Task Force on College Drinking"
Inquiring into the Essay
Seeing the Form A Problem in Pictures
Inquiry Project: Writing a Proposal
What Are You Going to Write About?
Opening Up
Listing Prompts
Fastwriting Prompts
Visual Prompts
Research Prompts Narrowing Down
What's Promising Material and What Isn't?
Questions About Audience and Purpose Trying Out
Researching to Answer the So What? Question
Giving Your Answer on a PowerPoint Writing the Sketch
Student Sketch Jenna Appleman, "Loving and Hating Reality TV"
Moving from Sketch to Draft
Evaluating Your Own Sketch
Reflecting on What You Learned Developing
Research
Focusing on the Justifications Drafting
Methods of Development
Using Evidence Inquiring into the Details Evidence-A Case Study
Workshopping
Reflecting on the Draft Revising
Shaping
Polishing Student Essay Jenna Appleman, "Avoidable Accidents: How to Make Reality TV Safer"
Evaluating the Essay
Using What You Have Learned

7. Writing an Argument
Writing to Persuade People
Motives for Writing an Argument
Writing Beyond the Classroom Public Argument in a Digital Age
The Argument and Academic Writing
Features of the Form
What Is Argument?
Argument Has More Than Two Sides
Inquiry Arguments Begin with Exploration What Do We Mean by Claims, Reasons, and Evidence?
Claims: What You Want People to Believe
Reasons: The "Because. . ." Behind the Claim
Evidence: Testing the Claim Seeing the Form The "Imagetext" as Argument
Analyzing What Makes a Good Argument
Classical Argument: Ethos, Pathos, Logos
Rogers: Accurately Restating and Refusing Opposing Claims
Exercise 7.1 Argument as Therapy
One Student's Response Rebecca's Journal
Avoiding Logical Fallacies
Exercise 7.2 Find the Fallacies
Factual Argument: Is it true that _____? David Leonhardt, "Is College Worth It?"
Inquiring into the Essay
Definition Argument: What should we call it? Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, "The Language of War Is Killing"
Inquiring into the Essay
Casual Argument: What's the cause? Kevin Sabet, "Colorado Will Show Why Legalizing Marijauna is a Mistake?"
Inquiring into the Essay
Inquiry Project: Writing an Argument
What Are You Going to Write About?
Opening Up
Listing Prompts One Student's Response Rebecca's Journal
Fastwriting Prompts
Visual Prompts
Research Prompts Narrowing Down
What's Promising Material and What Isn't?
Questions About Audience and Purpose Trying Out
Kitchen Knives of Thought
Research Considerations
Interviews Writing the Sketch
Student Sketch Rebecca Thompson, "Twitter a Profound Thought?"
Moving from Sketch to Draft
Evaluating Your Own Sketch
Reflecting on What You've Learned Developing
Writing for Your Readers
Researching the Argument Drafting
Designing Your Argument Rhetorically
Methods of Development Inquiring into the Details What Evidence Can Do
Using Evidence Workshopping
Reflecting on the Draft
Revising
Shaping Inquiring into the Details Toulmin: A Method for Analyzing an Argument
Polishing Student Essay Rebecca Thompson, "Social Networking Social Good?"
Evaluating the Essay
Using What You Have Learned

8. Writing an Analytical Essay
Writing to Interpret
Motives for Writing an Analytical Essay
The Analytical Essay and Academic Writing
Exercise 8.1 Find Interpeting an Image
Features of the Form
Literary Analysis Bart Brinkman, "On ‘The Shield That Came Back'"
Inquiring into the Story
Inquiring into the Details Four Methods of Analysis
Film Analysis Bryan Bishop, "Why Won't You Die?!" The Art of the Jump Scare"
Inquiring into the Essay
Seeing the Form Brand as Visual Interpretation
Inquiry Project: Writing a Critical Essay
What Are You Going to Write About?
Opening Up
Listing Prompts
Fastwriting Prompts
Visual Prompts
Research Prompts Inquiring into the Details Common Literary Devices
Narrowing Down
What's Promising Material and What Isn't?
Questions About Audience and Purpose Writing the Sketch
Student Sketch Hailie Johnson-Waskow, "All About That Hate"
Moving from Sketch to Draft
Evaluating Your Own Sketch
Reflecting on What You've Learned Developing
Analysis
Research Drafting
Methods of Development
Using Evidence Workshopping
Reflecting on the Draft Revising
Shaping
Polishing Student Essay Hailie Johnson-Waskow, "All About That Hate: A Critical Analysis of ‘All About That Bass'"
Evaluating the Essay
Using What You Have Learned

9. Writing an Ethnographic Essay
Writing About Culture
Motives for Writing Ethnography
Ethnography and Academic Writing
Features of the Form
Ethnographic Essay 1 Elisabeth Chiseri-Strater, "Anna as Reader: Intimacy and Response"
Inquiring into the Essay
Ethnographic Essay 2 Rebekah Nathan, "My Freshman Year: Worldliness and Worldview"
Inquiring into the Essay
Seeing the Form German Cowboys
Inquiry Project: Writing the Ethnographic Essay
What Are You Going to Write About?
Opening Up
Listing Prompts Writing Beyond the Classroom Commercial Ethnography
Fastwriting Prompts
Visual Prompts
Research Prompts Narrowing Down
Inquiring into the Details Researching Trends and Subcultures on the Web
What's Promising Material and What Isn't?
Questions About Audience and Purpose Trying Out
Inquiring into the Details Questions Ethnographers Ask
Taking Notes Inquiring into the Details Ethnography and Ethics
Field Notes Rita Guerra, "Field Notes on Friday Afternoon at Emerald Lanes"
Writing the Sketch
Moving from Sketch to Draft
Evaluating Your Own Sketch
Reflecting on What You've Learned Developing
Sources of Data Inquiring into the Details Useful Library Databases for Ethnography
Analyzing the Data Drafting
Methods of Development
Using Evidence Workshopping
Reflecting on the Draft Revising
Shaping
Polishing Student Essay Kersti Harter,"Beyond ‘Gaydar'"
Evaluating the Essay
Using What You Have Learned

III. INQUIRING DEEPER
9. Writing an Ethnographic Essay
Writing with Research
Research Essays, Research Papers, and Research Reports
Motives for Writing a Research Essay
The Research Essay and Academic Writing
Features of the Form
Exercise 10.1 Flash Research on Tattoos
Poll: The Tattoo Paradox
Excerpt 1: Journal Article  Derek J. Roberts, "Secret Ink: Tattoo's places in Contemporary American Culture"
Excerpt 2: Journal Article Myrna L. Armstrong, Alden E. Roberts, Jeroem R. Koch, Jana C. Sanders, Donna C.
Owen, and R. Rox Andresonl, "Motivation for Contemporary Tattoo Removal"
Excerpt 3: Book Miliann Kange and Katherine Jones, "Why Do People Get Tattoos"
Excerpt 4: Journal Article MyrJenn Home, David Knox, Jane Zusman, and Marty E. Zusman, "Tattoos and
Piercings: Attitudes, Behaviors, and Interpretations of College Students"
Exercise 10.1 (Continued from p. )
Inquiry Project: Writing a Research Essay
What Are You Going to Write About?
Opening Up
Listing Prompts
Fastwriting Prompts
Visual Prompts One Student's Response Julian's Journal
Research Prompts
Narrowing Down
What's Promising Material and What Isn't?
Questions About Audience and Purpose Trying Out
Refining the Question
Focus Like a Journalist
Writing a Proposal Sample Research Proposal
Moving from Proposal to Draft
Evaluating Your Proposal
Reflecting on What You've Learned Inquiring into the Details Scheduling Your Time
Developing
Tools for Developing the Research Essay Draft Drafting
Methods of Development
Using Evidence Workshopping
Reflecting on the Draft Revising
Shaping
Polishing Student Essay Laura Burns, "The ‘Unreal Dream': True Crime in the Justice System"
Evaluating the Essay
Using What You Have Learned

10. Research Techniques
Methods of Collecting
Research in the Electronic Age
Research Routines
Power Searching Using Google Inquiring into the Details Google Tips and Tricks
Google Scholar Power Searching in the Library Combining Terms Using Boolean Searching
Using Controlled Language Searches Developing Working Knowledge
A Strategy for Developing Working Knowledge
Refine the Research Question Developing Focused Knowledge
Library Research: A Strategy for Developing Focused Knowledge
Searching for Books
Searching for Periodicals and Newspapers
Web Research: A Strategy for Developing Focused Knowledge
Advanced Internet Research Techniques Evaluating Library Sources
Inquiring into the Details The Working Bibliography
Evaluating Web Sources
An Evaluation Checklist for Web Sources Research with Living Sources: Interviews, Surveys, and Fieldwork
Interviews
Arranging Interviews
Conducting the Interview
Using the Interview in Your Writing The Online Interview
Making Contact for Online Interview Surveys
Defining a Survey's Goals and Audience
Types of Survey Questions
Crafting Survey Questions Inquiring into the Details Types of Survey Questions
Conducting a Survey: Paper or Electronic?
Testing the Survey
Find the Target Audience
Using Survey Results in Your Writing Fieldwork: Research on What You See and Hear
The Ethics of Fieldwork
Note-Taking Strategies
Using Field Research in Your Writing Writing in the Middle: Note-Taking Techniques
Double-Entry Journal
Research Log One Student's Response Claude's Research Log
Using What You Have Learned

12. Using and Citing Sources
Controlling Information
Using and Synthesizing Sources
The Research Writer as Narrator
The Narrator as Synthesizer
The Notetaker's Triad: Summary, Paraphrase, and Quotation
Summarizing
Paraphrasing
Quoting Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
Avoiding Plagiarism Inquiring into the Details A Taxonomy of Copying
Exercise 12.1 The Accidental Plagiarist
MLA Documentation Guidelines
Inquiring into the Details The Common Knowledge Exception
Citing Sources
Where to Put Citations Inquiring into the Details Citations That Go with the Flow
When You Mention the Author's Name
When There Is No Author
Works by the Same Author
When One Source Quotes Another
Personal Interviews
Several Sources in a Single Citation
Sample Parenthetical References for Other Sources
An Entire Work
A Volume of a Multivolume Work
A Literary Work
An Online Source Format
The Layout Preparing the Works Cited Page
Format
Citing Books
Sample Book Citations
Citing Periodicals
Sample Periodical Citations
Citing Online and Other Sources
A Sample Paper in MLA Style APA Documentation Guidelines
How the Essay Should Look
Page Format
Title Page
Abstract
Body of the Paper
References Page
Appendix
Notes
Tables and Figures
Language and Style Citing Sources in Your Essay
When the Author Is Mentioned in the Text
When the Author Isn't Mentioned in the Text
When to Cite Page Numbers
A Single Work by Two or More Authors
A Work with No Author
Two or More Works by the Same Author
An Institutional Author
Multiple Works in the Same Parentheses
Interviews, E-Mail, and Letters
New Editions of Old Works
A Website Preparing the References List
Order of Sources
Order of Information
Sample References: Articles
Sample References: Books
Sample References: Other
A Sample Paper in APA Style Using What You Have Learned

IV. RE-INQUIRING
13. Re-Genre: Repurposing Your Writing for Multimedia Genres
What Writers Can Learn from Re-Genre: Knowledge Transfer
Transfer from Blog Essay to Podcast: A Case Study
Beyond Words: Communicating in Other Modes
The Problem of Definition Re-Genre is Deep Re-Vision
Genre as a Way of Knowing and Seeing
Genre and Its Conventions Re-Genre: The Assignment
Planning the Re-Genre
Applying Rhetorical Goals Exercise 13.1 Re-Genre Pitch
Seven Multimodal Genres
Slide Presentations
Infographic
Brochure
Conference Poster
Photographic Essay
Radio Essays or Podcasts
Website
Video PSA Drafting Tools: Storyboards, Mock-ups, and Scripts
Scripts
Storyboards
Mock-ups Exercise 13.2 Genre Analysis: Conventions and Best Practices
The Ethics of Borrowing
Creative Commons Licenses
Public Domain Reflecting on Re-Genre
Using What You Have Learned

14. Revision Strategies
Why Revise?
Divorcing the Draft
Strategies for Divorcing the Draft
Five Categories of Revision
Problems with Purpose
Inquiring into the Details Explore or Argue?
Revision Strategy 14.1: Dialogue with Dave
Revision Strategy 14.2: What Do You Want to Know About What You Learned? One Student's Response Julia's Draft
Revision Strategy 14.3: Finding the Focusing Question
Revision Strategy 14.4: What's the Relationship? Problems with Meaning
Where Does Meaning Come From?
Methods for Discovering Your Thesis
Revision Strategy 14.5: Harvest Meanings in the Draft
Revision Strategy 14.6: Looping Toward a Thesis
Revision Strategy 14.7: Reclaiming Your Topic
Revision Strategy 14.8: The Believing Game Methods for Refining Your Thesis
Revision Strategy 14.9: Questions as Knives
Revision Strategy 14.10: Qualifying Your Claim Problems with Information
Revision Strategy 14.11: Explode a Moment
Revision Strategy 14.12: Beyond Examples
Revision Strategy 14.13: Research
Revision Strategy 14.14: Backing Up Your Assumptions Problems with Structure
Formal Academic Structures
Revision Strategy 14.15: Beginnings, Middles, Ends, and the Work They Do
Revision Strategy 14.16: Reorganizing Around Thesis and Support
Revision Strategy 14.17: Multiple Leads Inquiring into the Details Types of Leads
Revision Strategy 14.18: The Frankenstein Draft
Revision Strategy 14.19: Reverse Outline Problems with Clarity and Style
Solving Problems of Clarity
Revision Strategy 14.20: The Three Most Important Sentences The First Sentence
The Last Line of the First Paragraph
The Last Line of the Essay
Revision Strategy 14.21: Untangling Paragraphs
Revision Strategy 14.22: Cutting Clutter Inquiring into the Details Transition Flags
Revision Strategy 14.23: The Actor and the Action Next Door Improving Style
Revision Strategy 14.24: Actors and Actions
Revision Strategy 14.25: Smoothing the Choppiness
Revision Strategy 14.26: Fresh Ways to Say Things Using What You Have Learned

Appendix A. The Writer's Workshop
Making the Most of Peer Review
Being Read
Divorcing the Draft
Instructive Talk Models for Writing Workshops
Group Workshops
One-on-One Peer Review The Writer's and Reader's Responsibilities
Useful Responses
Response Formats
The No-Response Workshop
The Initial-Response Workshop
The Narrative-of-Thought Workshop
The Instructive-Lines Workshop
The Purpose Workshop
The Graphing-Reader-Interest Workshop
The Sum-of-the-Parts Workshop
The Thesis Workshop
The Editing Workshop Reflecting on the Workshop

Appendix B. The Writing Portfolio
What Is a Portfolio?
Types of Portfolios
Unevaluated Portfolios
Evaluated Portfolios Why Require a Portfolio?
Organizing Portfolios
Writing a Reflective Letter or Essay
Final Preparations
Appendix C. The Annotated Bibliography
What Is an Annotated Bibliography?
Writing an Annotated Bibliography
Sample Student Annotated Bibliography

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