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With its process-oriented rhetoric, provocative thematic reader, up-to-date research manual, and comprehensive handbook, The Bedford Guide for College Writers gives your students the tools they need to succeed as writers — all in one book. Each of the book's four main components has been carefully developed to provide an engaging, well-coordinated guide for student writers. This edition's new, more open design and sharper focus on active learning do even more to help students develop transferable skills. The Bedford Guide for College Writers prepares students to be the confident, resourceful, and independent writers they will need to be.

About the Author

X.J. KENNEDY is an acclaimed poet, children's author, college teacher, and textbook author. He has taught freshman composition at the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and Tufts University. Since 1966, more than 2 million students have treasured his introductory literature texts and The Bedford Reader, coedited with Dorothy M. Kennedy and Jane E. Aaron, now in its Ninth Edition.
 
DOROTHY M. KENNEDY is a writer and editor whose articles and reviews have appeared in both professional and academic journals. She has taught composition at the University of Michigan and Ohio University and, with X.J. Kennedy, is the recipient of the NCTE Teacher's Choice Award for Knock at a Star: A Child's Introduction to Poetry.

 

MARCIA F. MUTH is a teacher, writer, and editor. She has taught first-year composition at The Ohio State University and now offers writing workshops through the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. She is the author or co-author of several composition textbooks and ancillaries, including Getting the Picture, Researching and Writing, and Writing and Revising, all published by Bedford/St. Martin's. She also co-authored Harold D. Lasswell: An Annotated Bibliography.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: A College Writer's Process
 
1. Writing Processes

Writing, Reading, and Critical Thinking

A Process of Writing

     Getting Started

     Generating Ideas

          *Learning by Doing: Reflecting on Ideas

     Planning, Drafting, and Developing

          *Learning by Doing: Reflecting on Drafts

     Revising and Editing

     *Learning by Doing: Reflecting on Finishing

Purpose and Audience

     Writing for a Reason

          *Learning by Doing: Considering Purpose

     Writing for Your Audience

          *Learning by Doing: Considering Audience

     Targeting a College Audience

          *Learning by Doing: Considering a College Audience

What Matters Most

Additional Writing Activities

 
2. Reading Processes

A Process of Critical Reading

          *Learning by Doing: Describing Your Reading Strategies

Getting Started  

     Preparing to Read

          *Learning by Doing: Preparing to Read

     Responding to Reading

          *Learning by Doing: Annotating a Passage

          *Learning by Doing: Responding in a Reading Journal

     *Learning from Another Writer: Olof Eriksson, The Problems with Masculinity (Student Reading Summary and Response)

Reading on Literal and Analytical Levels

          *Learning by Doing: Reading Analytically

     Generating Ideas from Reading

     *Learning from Another Writer: Stephanie Switzer, A Response to “Free the Children” (Student Reading Summary, Critique, and Application)

          *Learning by Doing: Reading Critically

          Jeffrey M. Leving and Glenn Sacks, Women Don't Want Men?     Ha!

     *Reading Online and Multimodal Texts

          *Learning by Doing: Reading a Web Site

Additional Writing Activities

 
3. Critical Thinking Processes

A Process of Critical Thinking

          *Learning by Doing: Thinking Critically to Solve a Campus Problem

Getting Started

          *Learning by Doing: Thinking Critically to Explore an Issue

     Applying Critical Thinking to Academic Problems

          *Learning by Doing: Thinking Critically to Respond to an Academic Problem

Supporting Critical Thinking with Evidence

     Types of Evidence

          *Learning by Doing: Looking for Evidence

Testing Evidence

Using Evidence to Appeal to Your Audience

     Logical Appeal (Logos)

     Emotional Appeal (Pathos)

     Ethical Appeal (Ethos)

          *Learning by Doing: Identifying Types of Appeals

     *Learning from Another Writer: Richard Anson, Young Americans and Media News (Student Rhetorical Analysis)

Presenting Your Critical Thinking

          *Learning by Doing: Testing Logical Patterns

Avoiding Faulty Thinking

          *Learning by Doing: Analyzing Reasoning

          Al Knight: Perhaps We Should Move to Save Dogs from Their Owners

          Letter from an Irate Dog Owner

Additional Writing Activities

 
PART TWO: A Writer's Situations
 
4. Recalling an Experience

     *Why Recalling an Experience Matters

Learning from Other Writers

     Russell Baker, The Art of Eating Spaghetti

     Robert G. Schreiner, What Is a Hunter? (Student Essay) 

Learning by Writing

     The Assignment: Recalling a Personal Experience

     Facing the Challenge: Writing from Recall

     Generating Ideas

          *Learning by Doing: Creating Your Writing Space

Planning, Drafting, and Developing

          *Learning by Doing: Stating the Importance of Your Experience

          *Learning by Doing: Selecting and Arranging Events

Revising and Editing

          *Learning by Doing: Appealing to the Senses

Additional Writing Assignments

 
5. Observing a Scene

     *Why Observing a Scene Matters

Learning from Other Writers

     Eric Liu, The Chinatown Idea

     Michael Coil, Communications (Student Essay)

Learning by Writing

     The Assignment: Observing a Scene

     Facing the Challenge: Observing a Scene

     Generating Ideas

          *Learning by Doing: Enriching Sensory Detail

Planning, Drafting, and Developing

          *Learning by Doing: Experimenting with Organization

Revising and Editing

          *Learning by Doing: Strengthening Your Main Impression

Additional Writing Assignments

 
6. Interviewing a Subject

     *Why Interviewing a Subject Matters

Learning from Other Writers

     *Paul Solotaroff, The Surfing Savant

     *Lorena A. Ryan-Hines, Looking Backwards, Moving Forward (Student Essay)

Learning by Writing

     The Assignment: Interviewing

     Generating Ideas

          *Learning by Doing: Transcribing Your Interview Notes

     Planning, Drafting, and Developing

          *Learning by Doing: Stating a Dominant Impression

     Revising and Editing

          *Learning by Doing: Screening Your Details

Additional Writing Assignments

 
7. Comparing and Contrasting

     *Why Comparing and Contrasting Matters

Learning from Other Writers

     Suzanne Britt, Neat People vs. Sloppy People

     Tim Chabot, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, but Which One? (Student Essay)

Learning by Writing

     The Assignment: Comparing and Contrasting

     Generating Ideas

     Facing the Challenge: Comparing and Contrasting

          *Learning by Doing: Making a Comparison-and-Contrast Table

     Planning, Drafting, and Developing

          *Learning by Doing: Pinpointing Your Purpose

          *Learning by Doing: Building Cohesion with Transitions

     Revising and Editing

Additional Writing Assignments

 
8. Explaining Causes and Effects

     *Why Explaining Causes and Effects Matters

Learning from Other Writers

     *Jeffrey Pfeffer, Lay Off the Layoffs

     Yun Yung Choi, Invisible Women (Student Essay)

Learning by Writing

     The Assignment: Explaining Causes and Effects

     Generating Ideas

     Facing the Challenge: Causes and Effects

          *Learning by Doing: Visualizing the Situation

          *Learning by Doing: Making a Cause-and-Effect Table

     Planning, Drafting, and Developing

          *Learning by Doing: Focusing Your Introduction

     Revising and Editing

Additional Writing Assignments

 
9. Taking a Stand

     *Why Taking a Stand Matters

Learning from Other Writers

     Suzan Shown Harjo, Last Rites for Indian Dead

     *Marjorie Lee Garrettson, More Pros than Cons in a Meat-free Life (Student Essay)

Learning by Writing

     The Assignment: Taking a Stand

     Generating Ideas

     Facing the Challenge: Taking a Stand

          *Learning by Doing: Asking Your Question

          *Learning by Doing: Supporting a Claim

     Planning, Drafting, and Developing

         *Learning by Doing: Refining Your Plans

         *Learning by Doing: Making Columns of Appeals

     Revising and Editing

     *Take Action: Strengthening Support for a Stand

Additional Writing Assignments

 
10. Proposing a Solution

     *Why Proposing a Solution Matters

Learning from Other Writers

     Wilbert Rideau, Why Prisons Don't Work

     *Lacey Taylor, It's Not Just a Bike (Student Essay)

Learning by Writing

     The Assignment: Proposing a Solution

     Generating Ideas

     Facing the Challenge: Proposing a Solution

          *Learning by Doing: Describing Your Audience

     Planning, Drafting, and Developing

          *Learning by Doing: Making Problem-Solution Columns

     Revising and Editing

Additional Writing Assignments

 
11. Evaluating and Reviewing

     *Why Evaluating and Reviewing Matters

Learning from Other Writers

     *Seth Stevenson, Soft Sell

     Dennis O'Neil, Katrina Documentary Gives Voice to Survivors (Student Essay)

Learning by Writing

     The Assignment: Writing an Evaluation

     Generating Ideas

     Facing the Challenge: Evaluating and Reviewing

          *Learning by Doing: Developing Criteria

Planning, Drafting, and Developing

          *Learning by Doing: Stating Your Overall Judgment

          *Learning by Doing: Supporting Your Judgments

     Revising and Editing

Additional Writing Assignments

 
12. Supporting a Position with Sources

     *Why Supporting a Position with Sources Matters

Learning from Other Writers

      *Jake Halpern, The Popular Crowd

     Melissa Lamberth, Overworked! (Student Essay)

Learning by Writing

     The Assignment: Supporting a Position with Sources

     Generating Ideas

     Facing the Challenge: Finding Your Voice

          *Learning by Doing: Selecting Reliable Sources

     Planning, Drafting, and Developing

          *Learning by Doing: Connecting Evidence and Thesis

     Revising and Editing

          *Learning by Doing: Launching Your Sources

          *Learning by Doing: Checking Your Presentation of Sources

     *Take Action: Integrating Source Information Effectively

Additional Writing Assignments

 
PART THREE: Special Writing Situations
 
13. Responding to Literature

Literary Analysis

     Learning from Other Writers

          Shirley Jackson, The Lottery

          Jonathan Burns, The Hidden Truth: An Analysis of Shirley Jackson's “The Lottery” (Student Literary Analysis)

          A Glossary of Terms for Literary Analysis  

Learning by Writing: Literary Analysis

          Learning by Doing: Developing Your Literary Analysis

Strategies for Writing about Literature

     Learning from Another Writer: Synopsis

          Jonathan Burns, A Synopsis of “The Lottery” (Student Synopsis)

     Learning by Writing: Synopsis

          Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour

     Learning from Another Writer: Paraphrase

          *Jonathan Burns, A Paraphrase from “The Lottery” (Student Paraphrase)

     Learning by Writing: Paraphrase

Additional Writing Assignments

 
14. Responding to Visual Representations

Using Strategies for Visual Analysis

Level One: Seeing the Big Picture

     Purpose and Audience

     Prominent Element

     Focal Point

          *Learning by Doing: Seeing the Big Picture

Level Two: Observing the Characteristics of an Image

     Cast of Characters

     Story of the Image

     Design and Arrangement

     Artistic Choices

          *Learning by Doing: Observing Characteristics

Level Three: Interpreting the Meaning of an Image

     General Feeling or Mood

     Sociological, Political, Economic, or Cultural Attitudes

     Language

     Signs and Symbols

     Themes

          *Learning by Doing: Interpreting Meaning

     *Learning from Another Writer: Visual Analysis

          *Rachel Steinhaus, “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit” (Student Analysis of an Advertisement)

     *Learning by Writing

     Learning from Another Writer: Visual Essay

          *Josh Birnbaum, Uphill Battle (Student Photo Essay)

Additional Writing Assignments

 
*15. Writing Online

Getting Started with Campus and Course Basics

          Learning by Doing: Identifying Online Writing Expectations

     Class Courtesy

     Online Ethics

          Learning by Doing: Making Personal Rules

Common Online Writing Situations

     Messages to Your Instructor

          Learning by Doing: Finding a College Voice

     Learning from Other Writers: Messages to Your Instructor

          Heather Church,

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312601539
Author:
Kennedy, X J
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Author:
Kennedy, Dorothy M.
Author:
X. J
Author:
Muth, Marcia F.
Author:
Kennedy
Author:
Kennedy, X. J.
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Reference-Student Writing Guides
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Edition Description:
Ninth Edition
Publication Date:
20110106
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
1056
Dimensions:
9.13 x 7.38 in

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