Concepts and Choices: A Writer's Companion and Personal Advisor (Google eBook)

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Universal-Publishers, 2001 - Education - 236 pages
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Concepts and Choices is a new approach to teaching writing, one that incorporates recognized concepts and techniques with some neglected ones and some entirely new ones. The assumption is made that extensive practice without attending to such concepts provides nothing more for students than the opportunity for frequent repetition of error. Therefore, this book calls for smaller, manageable units of instruction. In addition, the so-called "process" model of writing used extensively by teachers today has emphasized the "discovery" of arguments (neglecting almost entirely descriptive/narrative writing) at the expense of more important elements, including the quality of content. Writing is a complex activity that cannot be reduced to an analogy in which it is compared to an assembly line at a factory. Good writing indeed requires a rigorous apprenticeship, one that goes beyond a few hours a day in a classroom. This book attempts to provide a guide to good writing.
  

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Contents

Communication Humans not Radios
4
The Basics Discourse and the Appeals
13
The Great Divide Oral and Written Discourse
42
Purposes and Methods Modes of Written Communication
49
The Modes Patterns of Experience Patterns of Thought
72
Persuasion or Assertion Whats It All About?
87
To err is human Informal Logic and the Evaluation of Sources
94
Something Old Something New Patterns in Grammar
100
Style and Substance Sentence Reformulation
158
Paragraphing Mechanics and Art
164
The Length and the Width Larger Forms
171
A New World A Matter of Discovery
195
Nexus Imitation and Creativity
207
NOTES ON TEACHING WRITING
212
THE SOURCES OF MODERN ENGLISH
219
Selected Bibliography
227

Use and Abuse Words for Writers
107
Another Way of Speaking Figurative and Literal Reference and Allusion
135
The Craft Revision and Editing
153

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About the author (2001)

Mezo received his Ph.D. in English from the University of North Dakota in 1978 and completed a study in Education at Western Washington University in 1988. He has taught at colleges and universities in the U.S. and overseas. He teaches at the University of Maryland University College, Asian Division.

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