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The Transition to College Writing

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Publisher Comments:

An academic survival guide, this brief rhetoric teaches new students the critical reading and writing strategies they need to achieve success across the curriculum.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-215) and index.

About the Author

KEITH HJORTSHOJ is the Director of Writing in the Majors at Cornell University, an interdisciplinary program for writing in advanced courses. He is also a staff member of the Writing Workshop, which offers courses and services for students who encounter difficulty with writing and reading. He has worked extensively with university admissions, faculty development, and teacher training across the curriculum. Currently, Hjortshoj is conducting research on the transition to college in collaboration with high school and college teachers. He has published widely, both in the social sciences and in composition, and is the author of a forthcoming book, Understanding Writing Blocks, from Oxford University Press.

Table of Contents

  N.B. Most chapters include exercises.

  Preface

  Introduction

    Are You Prepared for College?

    A Brief Overview

    How to Use this Book

    Mapping Exercises

    Freshmen?

  1. Orientation

    If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Biology

    Some Basic Differences

    Course Designs and Teaching Styles

    Language and Learning

    Note Taking

    Forms and Functions of a Writing Class

  2. Footstools and Furniture

    What Is Good Writing?

    The Limitations of the "Footstool Essay"

    What Remains True?

    A Conclusion

  3. How Writing Gets Done

    Product and Process

    Euclidean Myths

    A Logical Deception

    The Phases of the Writing Process

    The Choices Student Writers Make

    Cost/Benefit Analysis

    Alternatives

  4. What Do College Teachers Expect?

    Variations

    Some General Expectations

    Paying Close Attention to the Assignment

    What Assignments Ask You to Do

    Summaries, Voiced and Unvoiced

    Comparison, Using Analysis and Interpretation

    Critical Reading and Argument

    Scientific Reports

    Informal Writing

    A Brief Summary

  5. Reading — How to Stay on Top of It

    Amanda's Question

    Becoming a Predatory Reader

    Reading and Memory

    Passive, Linear Reading

    Highlighting

    Notes, Outlines, Summaries, and Discussion

    Some Other Ways of Reading

    Overcoming Resistance to Strategic Reading

    Answering Amanda

  6. Investigative Writing

    What Is a Research Paper?

    Motives and Methods

    Revising Your Strategies

    Documentation Systems

    Theft, Fraud, and the Loss of Voice

    Integrating References

    Conclusions

  7. Rules and Errors

    The Secret Book

    Two Kinds of Rules and Knowledge

    Proofreading by Ear

    False Rules

    How to Use a Handbook

  8. Looking Ahead

    The Value of Uncertainty

    Versatility

    Things Can Get Easier (Even as They Get Harder)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312149161
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Location:
Boston, MA
Author:
Hjortshoj, Keith
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Report writing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
English language -- Rhetoric.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
v. 40:1-155
Publication Date:
20010116
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
229
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Reference » Writing » General
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