PART 1 WRITING
1. Essay Writing Basics
From Blank Page to Thesis
Drafting the Essay
2. Writing Summaries
Times and Places for Summaries
The Stand-Alone Summary: The Précis
3. Rhetorical Analyses
Rhetorical Analysis and Essay
Organizing a Rhetorical Analysis
The Body Paragraphs
Sample Critical Analysis
Sample Critical Response
4. The Art of Argument
Argument and Aristotle
Two Modern Models of Argument: Rogers and Toulmin
Opinions versus Arguments
Claims in Argument
Examples and Illustrations
Facts, Statistics, and Scientific Studies
Two Kinds of Reasoning
Sample Student Argumentative Essay: "Cultural Appropriation: How Racism Became Trendy" by Kirsten Saikaly
5. Writing the Research Paper
Coming up with a Topic
Preparing for Research
Sample Proposal: Research Proposal for "The Impacts of Relational
Bullying on School-Age Children in Comparison to Physical Bullying" by Bethany Truman
Recording Important Information
Research Resources for Today's Student
Selecting Resources for Your Research Topic
Using Credible Sources
Writing the Rough Draft: Integrating
Writing the Final Draft: Documenting Sources
Sample Student Body Paragraph
Major Documentation Styles
Sample Student Expository Essay (APA): "Relational Aggression: Patterns and Motives Underlying Bullying and Its Impact on Students" by Bethany Truman
6. Interacting with Texts
Selective Reading: Scanning and Focused Reading
7. Critical Thinking
Inferences and Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking as a Process
Critical Situations for Critical Thinking
An Introduction to Reading Texts
Kinds of Texts
The Reading-Writing Connection
Academic versus Non-Academic Writing
Breaking Down and Putting Together
9. Conventions of Non-Academic Writing
What Are Conventions?
Analysis or Synthesis?
Personal Experience in
Features of Non-Academic Writing
Journalistic and Scholarly Writing: A Symbiotic Relationship
10. Conventions of Academic Writing
What Is Academic Writing?
Audience: Who Reads Academic Writing?
Features of Academic Writing
Finding Information in
Section I First-Person Singular
Shannon Rupp: "I'll Take My Coffee with Fiction, Thanks"
Madeline Sonik: "Flush"
Andrew Irvine: "Is Scientific Progress Inevitable?"
Ian Brown: "I'm Glad I Never Had to Decide Whether My Strange, Lonely
Boy Ought to Exist"
Lynn Cunningham: "Giving Up the Ghost: When It Comes to Quitting Smoking, You're on Your Own"
Section II Are the Generations Alike or Unalike?
Erica Alini: "Generation Spend"
Dorothy Woodend: "Generation Velcro"
Adrian Mack and Miranda Nelson:
"Vancouver Hockey Riot Is a Symptom of a Larger Problem"
Unlinka Rublack: "The Birth of Power Dressing"
Renée Wilson: "In Defence of the iGeneration"
Section III Have We Reached Our Limit with Technology?
Jim Harris: "The UnAtomic Age"
Navneet Alang: "Stop Believing in the
'World-Changing' Power of Every New Gadget"
Nik Harron: "Fully Destructible: Exploring a Personal Relationship with Nature Through Video Games>"
Cory Doctorow: "You DO Like Reading Off a Computer Screen"
Bryan Appleyard: "Distraction"
Scott Feschuk: "The Future of Machines with
Avivia Romm: "Stop Killing the Good Guys!"
Section IV What Does It Take to Be a Leader?
Natasha Milijasevic: "The Genius of the Generalist: Why Environmental Studies is Essential to the Workforce We Need Now"
Steven J. Tepper: "Thinking 'Bigger Than Me' in the
Joanna Pachner: "Do You Have the Brain of a CEO?"
Joe Castaldo: "Steal Your Success"
Rachel Mendleson: "Raising Young Einsteins"
Section V What Is Critical Thinking?
Robert Gibson: "Bullshit"
Doug Saunders: "When a Cellphone Beats a Royal Flush"
Midgley: "The Selfish Metaphor"
Robert J. Steinberg: "Slip-Sliding Away Down the Ethical Slope"
John Horgan: "Does Peace Have a Chance?"
Danny Chivers: "Debunking the Myths: Myths about the Basic Science"
Alberto Manguel: "Burning Mistry"
Bruce M. Hicks: "The Undiscovered
Section VI Voices from the Academy
Steve Loughnan, Brock Bastian, & Nick Haslam: "The Psychology of Eating Animals" (annotated essay)
Andrew D. Pinto: "Denaturalizing 'Natural' Disasters: Haiti's Earthquake and the Humanitarian Impulse"
Daniel M. Wegner: "How to
Think, Say, or Do Precisely the Worst Thing for Any Occasion"
Harold Herzog: "The Impact of Pets on Human Health and Psychological Well-Being: Fact, Fiction, or Hypothesis?"
Simine Vazire & Erika N. Carlson: "Others Sometimes Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves"
Erin R. Whitchurch et
al.: "'He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not...': Uncertainty Can Increase Romantic Attraction"
Daniel Rosenfield et al.: "Canadian Lifestyle Choices: A Public Health Failure"
Jonathan Gray: "Coming Up Next: Promos in the Future of Television and Television Studies"
Matthew P.A. Clark and Brian
D. Westerberg: "How Random Is the Toss of a Coin?"
PART 3 HANDBOOK
11. Grammar Fundamentals
The Parts of Speech and Their Functions
12. Punctuation and Apostrophes
Joining Independent Clauses
Punctuation within Sentences (Internal
Miscellaneous Uses of the Comma
Other Punctuation: Question Marks, Dashes, and Parentheses
13. Agreement, Pronoun, Modifier, and Parallelism Errors
Pronoun Reference, Consistency, and
Answers to Exercises
For each chapter:
- Answers to Part III exercises
- Answers to post-reading questions for selected readings
- Activities to address common writing challenges (NEW!)
- Lecture outline slides
Student Study Guide
- Documentation guidelines (MLA, APA, CMS)
Eric Henderson is an active author with Oxford University Press Canada, where his other books include Writing by Choice, 3e (2015), The Active Reader, 3e (2015), The Empowered Writer, 2e (2014), and Short Fiction & Critical Contexts (co-edited with J. Hancock, 2009). He has also published
articles in leading journals such as Canadian Literature, English Studies in Canada, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. He teaches in the Department of English at the University of Victoria, where his teaching interests include composition, rhetoric, and style.
The Active Reader
- Eric HendersonWriting by Choice
- Eric HendersonThe Empowered Writer
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