Concepts and Choices: A Writer's Companion and Personal Advisor (Google eBook)
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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The Great Divide Oral and Written Discourse
Purposes and Methods Modes of Written Communication
The Modes Patterns of Experience Patterns of Thought
Persuasion or Assertion Whats It All About?
To err is human Informal Logic and the Evaluation of Sources
Something Old Something New Patterns in Grammar
Style and Substance Sentence Reformulation
Paragraphing Mechanics and Art
The Length and the Width Larger Forms
A New World A Matter of Discovery
Nexus Imitation and Creativity
NOTES ON TEACHING WRITING
THE SOURCES OF MODERN ENGLISH
abstract analogy analysis appeal to authority Appeal to Pity argument assertion assumptions attempt beginning writers called categorical syllogism comparison concepts confused connotations course culture deductive reasoning Definition description and narration dialogue Disjunctive Syllogism elements emotional appeals English epideictic essay ethical appeal evaluation evidence example EXERCISES Group Discussion experience exposition expository paragraph expository writing Ezra Pound fallacies figurative language formal forms human idea imitation In-Class Assignment inductive Informal Logic jazz kind legitimate Litotes logical logical fallacies material means Metaphor method Middle English modes narrative necessary noun opinion oral language paper particular perhaps person persuasion phrases piece of writing point-of-focus presented rational appeal reader reading refers reformulation revision Sceafing social sometimes sources special audience specific speech structure SUGGESTED EXERCISES Group syllogism T.H. Huxley teachers teaching term textbooks things topic sentence truth Unit usually verb words Writing Assignment writing instruction written language
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