Short Course in Writing, A: Composition, Collaborative Learning, and Constructive Reading, Longman Classics Edition, 4th Edition
©2007 |Pearson | Out of print
Kenneth A. Bruffee, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
©2007 |Pearson | Out of print
For over thirty-five years, A Short Course in Writing has helped students explore, explain, and defend their ideas through position papers, collaborative activities, and peer review.
A Short Course in Writing features an emphasis on constructivist reading and writing, sequenced and formal writing exercises, and collaborative exercises designed for in-class use.
John Trimbur and Harvey Kail author a new Foreword that situates the book in its historical context, explaining how the philosophy that informs the book developed and demonstrating how it continues to influence classroom pedagogy to this day.
INTRODUCTION: WRITING, COLLABORATION, AND SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION.
Collaborative Learning and Classroom Practice.
How This Book Is Organized: A Sketch of the Contents.
Why Short Course Form?
What Social Construction Means In This Book.
I. REMEMBERING, QUESTIONING, GENERALIZING.
Exercise I: Mining the Past.
Example Reminiscence: "Arnie and the FBI."
Example Family Story: "I Like Ike."
Example Accounting For Change: "How I Got to College."
Exercise II: Free Writing (Brainstorming).
Exercise III: Drawing on What You Have Learned.
Example Recalling Something You Have Learned: "What I Learned in Film 1."
Example Essay: "The Role of Planning in Making Films," Greg Suarez.
Exercise IV: Questioning and Generalizing.
II. WRITING POSITION PAPERS.
Exercise V: Two Reasons.
Example Essay: "To Number or Not to Number," Barbara Pleener Sackrowitz.
Example Essay: "Haiti: The Need to Unite," Annemarie Edwards.
Exercise VI: Nestorian Order.
Example Essay: "The Sea Gull: A Great Play Makes a Bad Movie," Dana Wenger Morris.
Example Essay: "Euthanasia: A Violation of Human Life," Karen Dickman Friedman.
Exercise VII: Straw Man.
Example Essay: "Keep NASA Going," Eric Raps.
Exercise VIII: Straw Man and One Reason.
Example Essay: "A Flood of Debate,"Jay Blickstein.
Exercise IX: Concession.
Example Essay: "Project Head Start," Lucille Tornatore Orlando.
Example Essay: "The Blessings of Urbanization," Annette Brill.
Notes for Part II.
Unity and Coherence.
"But Why Can't I Write a Conclusion?"
Learning Formal Organization: The Crunch.
III. CONSTRUCTIVE READING.
Example Essay: "Acting Is Believing," Joyce Bresnick Slevin.
Example Essay: "The Issues Surrounding Electronic Music," Kerri Weiss.
Example Peer Review: Eric Miller.
IV. REACHING OUT TO MEMBERS OF OTHER COMMUNITIES.
Speaking Other People's Language.
Exercise X: Experiment in Ending.
Example Essay: "The People's Health," Antonio Rambla.
Exercise XI: Four-Paragraph Essay.
Example Essay: "Proteins and Health," Sharon Owens.
Example Essay: "What Should Patients Be Told?" Terry Hayes.
Notes for Part IV: Putting Position Papers to Good Use.
Other Ways to End An Essay.
Writing Essay Exams.
Example Essay Answer: "Sharp's Social Power," Theresa Montoya.
Adapting Short Course Form For Many Uses.
Example Essay: "The Inescapable Guilt of Lieutenant Calley," Michele C. Watts.
Example Essay Memo: "Kingsgate High School."
Example Essay Memo: "McKay, Trepp Inc."
V. RESEARCH AND RESEARCH WRITING.
What Is Research?
Choosing a Book.
Exercise XII: Basic Descriptive Outline of a Book.
Example Descriptive Outline of a Book: "Descriptive Outline of Austin T. Turk, Political Criminality," Eugene Benger.
Exercise XIII: Book Review: Evaluative Judgment.
Example Book Review: "Aspects of Political Crime," Eugene Benger.
Exercise XIV: Report on a Review of the Reviews: Simple Synthesis.
Example Review of the Reviews: "Review of Austin Turk's, Political Criminality," Eugene Benger.
Exercise XV: Report on the Context of Issues: Complex Synthesis.
Example Essay: "The Issues Surrounding Political Criminality," Eugene Benger.
Exercise XVI: Essay: Judgmental Synthesis.
Example Essay: "Has Individuality Run Amok?" Eugene Benger.
VI. A COURSE FOR WRITING PEER TUTORS.
Why Peer Tutoring? Why a Peer Tutoring Course?
Teaching Peer Tutors.
A Sample Syllabus.
Peer Tutors on Peer Tutoring.
"Learning to Write Peer Reviews," Christopher Guardo.
"The Hardest Part of Tutoring," Harold E. Grey.
"What Tutors Can Learn," Thomas Seghini.
"The Tutoring Trade," Joyce S. Theroux.
"The Proper Atmosphere," Anette-Marie Skjerdal.
Peer Tutoring Practice Essay: "Industrialization and Modernization in Two Latin American Short Stories," G.S.
Peer Tutoring Practice Essay: "Reality."
Anthology of Student Essays.
"Family and School," Frederic Garsson.
"Growing Up on Spock," Elan Katz.
"Going Back to School," Kathleen Wilson.
"The Benefits of a Writing Community," Eleanor Gaffney.
"Stock Options," David Bugayer.
"On Revoking the Second Amendment," HyunSoo Cha.
"Drug Testing in Sports," Chris Varney.
"The Pluralist Model of Power and Modern Society," Jeffrey Sonenblum
"Mitosis," David Lepkofker.
"Gene Manipulation and Huxley's Brave New World," Eric Leibowitz.
"No One Knows Anything," Daniel W. Foley.
"Homer's Use of the Gods in the Iliad," Andrew Boyle.
Anthology of Professional Essays.
"Examsmanship and the Liberal Arts: A Study in Educational Epistemology," William G. Perry, Jr.
"The Indispensable Opposition," Walter Lippmann.
"Aerodynamic Whistles," Rober C. Chanaud.
"Substitutes for Violence," John Fischer.
Index of Collaborative Learning Tasks.
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