Write Here: Developing Writing Skills in a Media-Driven World
  • Publication Date: September 19, 2020
  • ISBN: 9781554814770 / 1554814774
  • 384 pages; 8" x 10"

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Write Here: Developing Writing Skills in a Media-Driven World

  • Publication Date: September 19, 2020
  • ISBN: 9781554814770 / 1554814774
  • 384 pages; 8" x 10"

Write Here is designed to teach students essential reading and writing skills, using media examples to help explain academic concepts and provide opportunities for practice. It is adaptable; because it covers the basics of reading, writing, and the modes of writing, it is appropriate to use in developmental composition classrooms. However, it also covers such topics as logical fallacies, rhetoric, timed writing, academic writing, source integration, and MLA/APA documentation, making it appropriate for a first-year or “stretch” composition course.

Many beginning writing students are underprepared and feel that writing just “isn’t for them.” The authors hope to dispel that myth by using media examples and a conversational tone to introduce and teach the material. Write Here provides examples that are interesting to students, while allowing them to connect to the subject matter on a more personal level—additionally, the process of analyzing the media helps students sharpen their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Comments

“We need this book in the composition market because it offers a new, refreshing perspective. The authors have a comprehensive understanding of students, their interests, and their needs, and they have created an extremely student-friendly book. Current research in rhetoric/composition tells us that our ultimate goal in freshman writing should be for our students to be able to evaluate their own communication skills as they move through their composition courses, and this is exactly what Randi Brummett de Leon and Brooke Hughes have accomplished at the end of each of their chapters in ‘Assessing Your Knowledge.’ This is a brilliant feature of the book that puts the students in charge of their own learning. Congratulations on an excellent new contribution to the field!” — Kim Flachmann, California State University, Bakersfield

“This book covers a wide range of topics, with plentiful examples drawn mostly from student writing or from a variety of media sources. It provides valuable guides for developing a rhetorical understanding of media sources and critical media literacy skills; this section of the book is the most detailed and engaging, and the book will be most useful in classes in which most of the work revolves around such non-traditionally-academic sources. The explicit and detailed way in which it links reading and writing is also a welcome feature, as is the discussion of sentence-level issues that concludes the volume.” — Michael Kaler, University of Toronto Mississauga

Write Here aims to boost student writers’ confidence by connecting the strategies used to read and analyze social media and popular culture with the reading, analysis, and writing processes required by first-year composition courses. De Leon and Hughes connect the elements of academic writing commonly taught in those courses¾reading and writing as processes, argumentative appeals and fallacies, essay structures, documentation, sentence grammar¾to the competencies students already possess. I particularly appreciate the clear and accessible approach to sentence grammar, which usefully explains both basic patterns and common errors.” — Noel Currie, Langara College

“In our fast-paced, social-media-soaked society, students read more words each day than prior generations, which makes the skills they learn in courses—rhetorical analysis, synthesis, how to evaluate sources, etc.—more important than ever as they navigate a landscape in which conspiracy theories thrive alongside peer-reviewed research articles. This is where Write Here shines. In addition to providing exceptional academic reading and writing strategies, de Leon and Hughes have culled relevant readings that are simultaneously complex and accessible, fresh and enduring—many of which are poised to become the timeless standards of future textbooks. Armed with Write Here, students and instructors alike will be better equipped to read, reflect, and respond in an ever-changing world.” — Crystal Huddleston, Taft College

1 Welcome to Write Here: Developing Writing Skills in a Media-Driven World

  • A New Perspective: Write Here: Developing Writing Skills in a Media-Driven World
  • An Academic Response to Media
  • Participating in and Responding to the Media
  • Deepening Your Understanding

Part I Connecting Reading and Writing

  • Before You Read
  • 2 Reading
    • Prereading
    • Reading
    • Rereading
    • Postreading
    • Practicing Reading
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 3 Writing: The Writing Process
    • Prewriting
    • Writing
    • Rewriting
    • Plagiarism and Academic Integrity
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 4 Writing: Parts of the Essay
    • What Is an Essay?
    • Thesis Statements
    • Introductions
    • Topic Sentences
    • Body Paragraphs
    • Transitions
    • Conclusions
    • Titles
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 5 Parallels Between Reading and Writing Skills
    • Identifying Main Ideas
    • Finding Supporting Details
    • Recognizing Essay Organization
    • Detecting Audience and Purpose
    • Recognizing Tone
    • Making Inferences
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 6 What Are Modes of Writing?
    • The Modes of Writing
    • Practicing the Modes of Writing
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 7 Timed Writing
    • Why Is Timed Writing Important?
    • Why Is Timed Writing So Difficult?
    • Examples of Timed Writing Prompts
    • Common Timed Writing Prompt Terms
    • Timed Writing Tips
    • Sample Timelines
    • Assessing Your Knowledg
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 8 What Is Rhetoric?
    • Why Is Argument So Important?
    • Aristotle’s Rhetorical Appeals
    • Using Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in Your Writing
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 9 Errors in Thought
    • Bandwagon
    • Stereotyping
    • Hasty Generalizations
    • False Dichotomy
    • Practicing Finding Errors in Thought
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding

Part II Analyzing the Media

  • Before You Read
  • 10 Social Media
    • Why Are Social Media Important?
    • Examples of Different Types of Social Media
    • The Rhetorical Connection
    • The Purposes of Social Media
    • Connecting the Pieces
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 11 Advertisements
    • Examples of Different Types of Ads
    • The Rhetorical Connection
    • Target Audience and Placement
    • A Breakdown of Techniques
    • Connecting the Pieces
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 12 News
    • Examples of Different Types of News
    • Connection with Errors in Thought
    • Fact and Opinion
    • Understanding Bias
    • Connecting the Pieces
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 13 Television
    • The Purposes of Television
    • The Rhetorical Connection
    • Examples of Different Types of Television Shows
    • Connecting the Pieces
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding

Part III Exploring Academic Writing

  • Before You Read
  • 14 The Research Paper Process
    • Making a Schedule
    • Finding a Topic
    • Narrowing a Topic
    • Developing Research Questions
    • Defining Your Purpose and Audience
    • Creating a Working Thesis Statement
    • Looking for Sources
    • Types of Sources
    • Organizing Your Research
    • Starting Your Draft
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 15 Using Sources
    • Writing Summaries
    • Summaries of Short Passages
    • Writing Paraphrases
    • Directly Quoting
    • Using ICE
    • What Is Plagiarism?
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 16 MLA / APA Documentation
    • Documentation Styles
    • In-Text Citations
    • Citations on the Works Cited or References Page
    • Example Student Paper in MLA
    • Example Student Paper in APA
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding

Part IV Polishing Your Writing

  • Before You Read
  • 17 Parts of Speech, Phrases, and Clauses
    • Nouns
    • Pronouns
    • Verbs
    • Adjectives
    • Adverbs
    • Prepositions
    • Conjunctions
    • Clauses
    • Phrases
    • Practice the Skills 1
    • Practice the Skills 2
    • Practice the Skills 3
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 18 Subject-Verb Agreement
    • Subjects
    • Tips for Subject-Verb Agreement
    • Practice the Skills 1
    • Practice the Skills 2
    • Practice the Skills 3
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 19 Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
    • Tips for Pronoun-Antecedent
    • Agreement
    • Practice the Skills 1
    • Practice the Skills 2
    • Practice the Skills 3
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 20 Fragments
    • Tips for Identifying and Correcting
    • Fragments
    • Practice the Skills 1
    • Practice the Skills 2
    • Practice the Skills 3
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 21 Run-Ons
    • Types of Run-On Sentences
    • Tips for Fixing Run-On Sentences
    • Practice the Skills 1
    • Practice the Skills 2
    • Practice the Skills 3
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 22 Commas
    • Tips for Using Commas
    • Practice the Skills 1
    • Practice the Skills 2
    • Practice the Skills 3
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 23 Semicolons, Colons, Dashes, and Parentheses
    • Tips for Using Semicolons
    • Tips for Using Colons
    • Tips for Using Dashes
    • Tips for Using Parentheses
    • Practice the Skills 1
    • Practice the Skills 2
    • Practice the Skills 3
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 24 Apostrophes
    • Tips for Using Apostrophes to Indicate Possession
    • Using Apostrophes to Create Contractions
    • Practice the Skills 1
    • Practice the Skills 2
    • Practice the Skills 3
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 25 Quotation Marks
    • Quotation Marks with Direct Quotations
    • Quotation Marks with Dialogue
    • Quotation Marks with the Titles of Short Works
    • Tips for Using Punctuation with Quotation Marks
    • Practice the Skills 1
    • Practice the Skills 2
    • Practice the Skills 3
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding
  • 26 Easily Confused Words
    • List of Easily Confused Words
    • Practice the Skills 1
    • Practice the Skills 2
    • Practice the Skills 3
    • Assessing Your Knowledge
    • Deepening Your Understanding

Permissions Acknowledgments
Index

Randi Brummett de Leon and Brooke Hughes teach composition at California State University, Bakersfield.

  • • Connects to students and helping them retain information by using contemporary media examples
  • • Speaks to beginning writers, rather than at them by using conversational speech and avoiding jargon
  • • Helps students prepare for and bridge the developmental/freshman composition gap by setting up the background knowledge, and then activating that knowledge later in the text
  • • Seeks to empower readers by giving them writing confidence, motivation, and inspiration

Online Materials for Instructors

This text has a companion site with resources for instructors.

Please visit:
https://sites.broadviewpress.com/write-here/

Instructor site resources include assignment ideas, teaching tips, discussion questions to prompt deeper understanding of concepts, and suggested answers to the exercises in each chapter.