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A Meeting of Minds: Strategies for Academic Inquiry and Writing


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This progressive rhetoric provides strategies for inquiry-driven reading and research as well as source-based, academic writing and argument.


This progressive rhetoric provides strategies for inquiry-driven reading and research as well as source-based, academic writing and argument.


This progressive rhetoric provides strategies for inquiry-driven reading and research as well as source-based, academic writing and argument.

Table of Contents


1. Asking Questions in Reading and Writing

Understanding the Inquiry Process

            College Communities

            Collaborative Learning

            The Aims of Academic Inquiry

            Inquiry and Controversy

Practicing Inquiry

            Apocalypse Now Discussion

            Asking Good Questions

            Brooke Graber Fort, “Takaki Speaks on Multicultural Requirement” (student writing)

            Practicing Inquiry Online

Reading to Inquire

            Reading for Questions

            Richard Rose, “Evaluating Election Turnout”

            Jack G. Shaheen, “The Media’s Image of Arabs”

Writing to Inquire

            Writing to Learn: The Inquiry Paper

            Writing Process Strategies

            Jaime Gleason, “’Fixed’ Reputation” (student writing)

Writing Invitations

Developing a Writing Project

2. Reading and Writing Strategically

Understanding Rhetoric

            Analyzing the Rhetorical Situation

            Developing Rhetorical Strategies

Reading Strategically

            Deborah Tannen, from "Can't We Talk?"

            Robin Turner, from "'Male Logic' and 'Women's Intuition'"

Writing Strategically

            Writing with a Purpose

            Writing in a Context

            “A Part of Who I Am” (student writing)

Personal, Public, and Academic Writing Situations

            Personal Writing

            Public Writing

            Academic Writing

            The Interdependence of the Personal, Public, and Academic

            Anne Hallum, "Seeing the Forest FOR the Trees"

            Allan J. Lichtman, "Report on the Racial Impact of the Reception of Ballots Cast in the 2000 Presidential Election in the State of Florida"

            Elaine Tuttle Hansen, Introduction to Chaucer and the Fictions of Gender

Writing Invitations

Developing a Writing Project


3. Summarizing and Responding

Reading as Inquiry

Reading to Understand

            Eileen Parks, "Who Cares about the Youth Vote?"

Writing a Summary: Listening to the Writer

            Student Samples: Summaries

            Ellen Goodman, “Reviving the Habit of Voting,”

Reading to Respond

            Guy Wright, "U.S. English"

Reading for the Writer’s Assumptions

            Readings: letters to the editor

Writing a Response Essay: Conversing with the Writer

         Chris Timmerman, “Reviving Respect for the Voter,” (student writing)

            “Legislating Language” (newspaper editorial)

Writing Invitations

Developing a Writing Project

4. Analyzing

Analysis as Inquiry

            The Choices Writers Make

            The Writer’s Question

            The Writer’s Purpose

            Rhetorical Context

            Rhetorical Appeals

            Rhetorical Analysis of an Advertisement (student writing)

Elements of Rhetorical Analysis

            Diction and Appeal

            Syntax and Appeal

            Examples and Appeal

            Structure and Appeal

            Persona and Appeal

Writing a Rhetorical Analysis

            Annie Dillard, “Stalking Muskrats”

            Rhetorical Analysis Essay (student writing)

Writing Invitations

Developing the Writing Project

5. Interpreting Words and Images

Interpretation as Inquiry

Interpreting Visual Images

            Reading Images for Purpose and Content

            Reading Images for Rhetorical Strategies

Interpreting Literature

            Literary Inquiry

            *Elizabeth Bishop, "Filling Station"

            Reading Literature for Purpose and Situation

            *Jeremy Cronin, "A Person is a Person Because of Other People"

            Reading Literary Strategies

            *Stephen Crane, “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky”

Writing to Interpret

            *Jason M. Wallin, “Conservatism in Stephen Crane’s ‘A Bride Comes to Yellow Sky’” (Student Writing)

Writing Invitations

Developing a Writing Project


6. Researching Questions

Research as Inquiry

            Research and the College Curriculum

Identifying Research Questions

            Reading for Research Questions

            Discovering Questions through Discourse

Conducting Research

            Basics of Online Searching

            Searching Systematically

            Identifying Library Sources

            Identifying Internet Sources

Evaluating Sources

            Evaluating Print Sources 

            Evaluating Web Sites

            Creating a Bibliography

Documenting Sources

            The Elements of MLA Internal Citation

            Creating an MLA Works Cited List

            The Elements of APA Internal Citation

            Creating an APA Works Cited List

Writing the Research Proposal

            Research Proposal, APA Documentation (student writing)

            Research Proposal, MLA Documentation (student writing)

Writing Invitations

Developing the Writing Project

7. Synthesizing the Perspectives of Others

Synthesis as Inquiry

            Reading and Writing to Synthesize

Planning and Writing a Synthesis

            Find a Question

            Read Attentively and Take Notes

            Reading Notes from Casebook 3: "Why Vote?" (student writing)

            Form and Sequence Answers to Your Question

            Identify Your Thesis Statement

            Use Reader Cues for Coherence

            Integrate Ideas: Summary, Paraphrase, and Quotation

            Synthesis, MLA Documentation Style (student writing)

            Summarizing in an Essay

            Paraphrasing in an Essay

            Quoting in an Essay

            Avoid Plagiarism: Cite Your Sources

            Read for Sense

Writing Invitations

Developing the Writing Project

8. Taking a Position: The Academic Argument

Argument and the Rhetorical Triangle

            Argument and Your Stance

Developing a Thesis Statement

            Begin with Good Questions

            Analyze Your Question

            “Gridlock” (student writing)

            Write Your Answer as a Thesis Statement

            Identify the Assumption behind Your Reason

Testing Your Thesis Statement

            Discuss Your Thesis with Others Interested in the Issue

Supporting Your Thesis Statement

            Support Your Thesis with Reasoning

            Support Your Argument with Evidence

Using Data as Evidence

            Understanding the Presentation of Data

            Using Data Responsibly

            Draft of an Argument Essay, MLA Documentation Style (student writing)

Constructing Your Argument Essay

            Acknowledge Honestly the Value of Alternate Positions

            Shape Your Argument to Support Your Position as the Best Alternative

            Notebook Entries (student writing)

            Read and Revise for Coherence

            Academic Argument, APA Documentation Style

            Peter Briggs, "Educational Vouchers: The Solution to the Problems in Public Education?" (student writing)

            Arguing in Other Contexts

Writing Invitations

Developing the Writing Project

9. Evaluating Media

Evaluation as Inquiry

            Identifying Criteria

            Reading Media Reviews

            John G. Nettles, "Watch It or Else"

            *Steven Isaac, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"

Reading Book Critiques

            Analyzing Evaluations

            Richard Bernstein, “The Immigration Wave: A Plea to Hold it Back”

Writing Evaluations

            Finding Questions

            Identifying Your Criteria

            Identifying Your Purpose and Position

            Developing Your Position with Reasons and Evidence

            Drawing Conclusions

Writing Reviews

            Sample Film Reviews

            Napoleon Dynamite

Writing Book Critiques

            Book Critique (student writing)

Writing Invitations

Developing the Writing Project


10. Designing Documents

Designing Documents with Your Purpose in Mind

            Designing Documents for a Purpose and Audience

            Designing Documents for Readability and Clarity

Design Conventions for Print Documents

            Designing Papers for College

            Designing a Business Letter

            Business Letter (student writing:)

            Designing a Resume

            Guidelines for Business Letters

            Resume (student writing)

            Designing a Brochure

            Brochure (student writing)

Design Conventions for the Web

            The Changing Roles of Reader, Writer, and Subject

            Designing for the Web

            Purpose and Audience Concerns

Writing Invitations

Developing the Writing Project

11. Revising

Revising with Your Purpose in Mind

            Reader Expectations

            Evaluating Writing with Criteria

            Revising Attitudes

Revising for Compelling Ideas

            “What I Really Mean Is…”

            Speak It/Tape It

            The Descriptive Outline

            Draft of an Argument Essay (student writing)

            Example Descriptive Outline

            Example Revision Plan

Revising for Unity and Form

            Strategies for Selecting and Arranging Ideas

            Strategies for Creating Coherence

Revising for Voice and Tone

Revising Paragraphs, Sentences, and Words

            Strategies for Creating Cohesion

            Using Paragraphs and Sentences as Rhetorical Strategies

            Revised Argument Essay, MLA Documentation Style (student writing)

Writing Invitations

Developing the Writing Project

12. Editing

Editing with Your Purpose in Mind

Sentence Sense

            Using Your Sentence Sense to Read for Correctness

            Parts of a Sentence







            Problems with Syntax





            Problems with Commas




            Spelling Errors

            Wrong Word

            Unnecessary Words


            Editing Sentences for Clarity of Meaning

            Editing Sentences for Readability

            Editing Sentences for Conciseness

            Common Editing Symbols

Writing Invitations

Developing the Writing Project


Casebook 1. Can We Talk?

            Deborah Tannen, “Can’t We Talk?”

            Robin Turner, “’Male Logic’ and ‘Women’s Intuition’”

            Sondra Thiederman, “He Said, She Said: Differences to Be Admired”

            Eugene R. August, “Real Men Don’t: Anti-Male Bias in English”

            Lisa J. King, “Gender Issues in Online Communities”

Casebook 2. Should We Have a National Language?

            Richard Rodriguez, "Public and Private Language"

            Senator S. I. Hayakawa, “The Case for Official English”

            Susan Headden, et al, “One Nation, One Language? Only English Spoken Here”

            Robert D. King, “Should English Be the Law?”

            U. S. English, Inc., Advertisement

Casebook 3. Why Vote?

            The Declaration of Independence

            Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream"

            Susan B. Anthony, "Women's Right to Vote"

            Linda Feldmann, “Why the Poll Booths of America Are Empty”

            Taipanonline, "Why People Don't Vote"

            Richard Rose, “Evaluating Election Turnout”

            Interview with David Pryor, "One Expert's Opinion on Election 2000"

            George Will, “The Framers’ Electoral Wisdom”

            Rob Richie and Steven Hill, “Why You Should Vote”

            Emily B. Compton, "Why You Should Vote" (student writing)

Casebook 4. Are We Getting Warmer?

            *U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, "Uncertainties"

            *Eric Goldscheider, “Never Mind the Weather?”

            *Richard Muller, “Global Warming Bombshell”

            *Erik Kancler, “The Man Behind the Hockey Stick”: Interview with Michael Mann

            *James Hansen, “The Global Warming Debate”

            *Patrick Michaels, "Global Warming and Hurricanes: Still No Connection"

Casebook 5. Are We Too Plugged In?

            *Andrew Freeman, “The Electronic Addiction”

            *Liz Williams, Ethan Kolek, Meg Kluge, “Is Being 'Plugged In' Changing Campus Life?”

            *Stephen Collinson, "Media Overload"

            *Andrew Sullivan, "Society is Dead, We Have Retreated into the iWorld"

            *Sherry Turkle, "Virtuality and Its Discontents: Searching for Community in Cyberspace"

Appendix. A Guide to Documentation


                    MLA Documentation

                    Preparing the Works Cited List in MLA Style

                    Sample MLA Paper

                    APA Documentation

                    Preparing the List of References in APA Style

                    Sample APA Paper










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Callaghan, Patsy
Longman Publishing Group
Dobyns, Ann
English language
College readers
Composition & Creative Writing - Academic
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Composition & Creative Writing
Report writing
English language -- Rhetoric.
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