Take your writing to the next level - and give your college career a jump start - with Texts and Contexts: A Contemporary Approach to College Writing, 7e". Contemporary readings from professional writers and students like you illustrate every step of the writing process, from generating ideas and writing drafts to revising, editing, and producing final drafts. Each step is supported with exercises and information designed to help you develop effective habits that you can apply to every subject throughout your academic career and beyond!
Part I: WRITING FROM THE TOP DOWN.
1. THE WRITING PROCESS.
Reading Actively and Efficiently. Writing Summaries. Steps in Writing a Summary. An Experienced Writer Writes a Summary. Analyzing and Evaluating Your Information. Organizing and Finding Your Point. Writing a Report. The Idea Draft. Later Drafts. Using Quotations. Paraphrasing. Sentence Combining. Shaping Sentences. Recognizing Verb Forms for Writing and Sentence Combining. Shaping Sentences with Adjectives and Verb Forms. Shaping Sentences with Prepositional Phrases.
2. THE SHAPE OF TEXTS.
Introductions and Thesis Statements. Students at Work: Introductions. Paragraphs: Proving Your Points. Topic Sentences and the Organization Process. Students at Work: Paragraphs. Conclusions.
Part II: DISCOVERING AND WRITING.
3. LEARNING BY SORTING IT OUT.
An Important Thinking Tool: Making Inferences. Inferences and Guesses. Good Inferences and Bad Inferences. Classifying to Discover. Assignments and Readings. Analyzing Television for Children.
Reading Assignment. 'What Are TV Ads Selling to Children?' by John J. O'Connor. 'Females and Minorities in TV Ads in 1987 Saturday Children's Programs,' by Daniel Riffe, Helene Goldson, Kelly Saxton, and Yang-Chou Yu.
Essay Assignment. Analyzing the Job Market.
Reading Assignment. 'U.S. Income Inequality Keeps on Rising,' by Robert B. Reich. 'Tomorrow's Jobs,' by Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Department of Labor. 'Benefits Dwindle Along with Wages for the Unskilled,' by Peter Passell.
Essay Assignment. Learning What Our Magazines Tell About Us.
Reading Assignment. 'Help or Hindrance? Women's Magazines Offer Readers Little but Fear, Failure,' by Mary Kay Blakely. 'We've Come a Long Way, but Magazines Stayed Behind,' by Susan Dudash, student.
Essay Assignment. How Do Advertisers Try to Manipulate Us?
Reading Assignment. 'Advertising's Fifteen Basic Appeals,' by Jib Fowles.
Essay Assignment. The Writer's Checklist. Sentence Combining. Joining Ideas to Show Basic Logical Relationships. Subordinating Conjunctions. Transition Words.
4. LEARNING BY COMPARING.
Comparing and Contrasting to Discover. Organizing Essays Based on Comparison and Contrast. Assignments and Readings. Controlling Political Campaign Expenses. Or Not.
Reading Assignment. 'Political Reform Issues,' by News Batch. 'The Current State of Campaign Finance Laws,' by Trevor Poetter. 'The FEC: Administering and Enforcing Campaign Finance Law,' by Thomas E. Mann.
Canada Elections Act and Income Tax Act. 'Revitalizing Democracy: Clean Election Reform Shows the Way Forward,' by Marc Breslow, Janet Groat, and Paul Saba. 'Who's Buying Whom: How Money in Politics Really Works,' by Micah L. Sifry and Nancy Watzman. 'Shut Up, They Explained,' by David Frum. 'Governor Raises $17 Million in 6 Months,' by Matier and Ross.
Essay Assignment. Comparing American Families in the Past and Present.
Reading Assignment. 'The Social Order in Colonial New England,' by Edmund S. Morgan.
'The Role of Men and Women in Colonial New England,' by Edmund S. Morgan and Louis B. Wright. 'The Role of Children in Colonial New England,' by Edmund S. Morgan. 'Men Assuming Bigger Share at Home, New Survey Shows,' by Tamar Lewin. 'For First Time, Nuclear Families Drop Below 25% of Households,' by Eric Schmitt.
Essay Assignment. Examining American and Asian Educational Methods.
Reading Assignment. 'New Math-Science Study Rates U.S. Students Mediocre at Best,' by William S. Robinson. 'Why Are U.S. Kids Poor in Math?' by Barbara Vobejda. 'Japan's School System,' by James Kilpatrick. 'We Should Cherish Our Children's Freedom to Think,' by Kie Ho. 'Strengths, Weaknesses, and Lessons of Japanese Education,' by James Fallows. 'School Here in the United States and There in Vietnam,' Student Essay. 'Some Public Schools Don't Make the Grade,' by Richard Morin.
Essay Assignment. The Health-Care Crisis: Examining Two Approaches to National Health.
Reading Assignment. 'U.S. Spends Most on Health, but France No. 1 in Treatment,' by Lauran Neergaard. 'The Upward
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 562
Published: 2nd January 2008
Publisher: Cengage Learning, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.3
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 7
Edition Type: Revised