Synopses & Reviews
identifies the key rhetorical moves in academic writing, showing students how to frame their arguments in the larger context of what others have said and providing templates to help them make those moves. And, because these moves are central across all disciplines, the book includes chapters on writing in the sciences, writing in the social sciences, and--new to this edition--writing about literature.
Intended for college students in composition courses, this guide aimsto demystify academic writing and reading by identifying the basic moves of persuasive arguments, presenting them in the form oftemplates, and showing students how to use them in writing. It proposes that writing well means entering a conversation bysummarizing what others say to set up one's own argument. It does not cover the logical principles of argument, but instead describeswhy it is important to begin a text by citing others, and how to summarize and quote what they say, respond to them, mark the shiftbetween what they say and one's own arguments, introduce and answer objections, and answer the question of why the argument matters. Italso explains connection and coherence, formal and informal language, metacommentary, and conversations in specific academiccontexts, such as sciences and social sciences. Five readings round out the book. This edition has new chapters on writing aboutliterature; using the templates to revise writing, with an annotated essay by a student; and writing online.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
The best-selling book on academic writing--in use at more than 1,500 schools.
About the Author
Gerald Graff, a professor of English and education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and 2008 president of the Modern Language Association of America, has had a major impact on teachers through such books as Professing Literature: An Institutional History, Beyond the Culture Wars: How Teaching the Conflicts Can Revitalize American Education, and Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind.Cathy Birkenstein is a lecturer in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has published essays on writing in College English, and, with Gerald Graff in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Academe, and College Composition and Communication.