Becoming an Active Reader: A Complete Resource for Reading and Writing

Paperback | March 29, 2016

byEric Henderson

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Becoming an Active Reader offers a three-in-one approach that combines a guide to rhetorical writing, an engaging reader, and a detailed grammar handbook, all in a single volume. The advice and exercises found throughout help students understand and apply the most effective reading and writingstrategies, while the 39 thought-provoking readings encourage meaningful interaction with the written word. Annotated sample student essays, individual and collaborative exercises, checklists, and grammar hints appear throughout to help students navigate effective strategies for reading andwriting.

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Becoming an Active Reader offers a three-in-one approach that combines a guide to rhetorical writing, an engaging reader, and a detailed grammar handbook, all in a single volume. The advice and exercises found throughout help students understand and apply the most effective reading and writingstrategies, while the 39 thought-provoking ...

Eric Henderson is an active author with Oxford University Press Canada, where his other books include Writing by Choice, 3e (2015), The Active Reader, 3e (2015), The Empowered Writer, 2e (2014), and Short Fiction and Critical Contexts (co-edited with J. Hancock, 2009). He has also published articles in leading journals such as Canadian...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 9.5 × 7.5 × 0.64 inPublished:March 29, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefacePART 1 WRITING1. Essay Writing BasicsFrom Blank Page to ThesisDrafting the Essay2. Writing SummariesTimes and Places for SummariesThe Stand-Alone Summary: The Precis3. Rhetorical AnalysesAnalyzing TextsRhetorical Analysis and Essay TypeOrganizing a Rhetorical AnalysisThe IntroductionThe Body ParagraphsThe ConclusionSample Critical AnalysisSample Critical Response4. The Art of ArgumentArgument and AristotleTwo Modern Models of Argument: Rogers and ToulminPurposes for ArguingOpinions versus ArgumentsClaims in ArgumentExpertsExamples and IllustrationsAnecdotal EvidencePersonal ExperienceFacts, Statistics, and Scientific StudiesTwo Kinds of ReasoningArgumentative StrategiesRebuttal StrategiesOrganizing Your ArgumentSample Student Argumentative Essay: "Cultural Appropriation: How Racism Became Trendy" by Kirsten Saikaly5. Writing the Research PaperComing up with a TopicPreparing for ResearchResearch ProposalsSample Proposal: Research Proposal for "The Impacts of Relational Bullying on School-Age Children in Comparison to Physical Bullying" by Bethany TrumanSample ProposalRecording Important InformationResearch Resources for Today's StudentSelecting Resources for Your Research TopicUsing Credible SourcesWriting the Rough Draft: Integrating SourcesWriting the Final Draft: Documenting SourcesSample Student Body ParagraphMajor Documentation StylesSample Student Expository Essay (APA): "Relational Aggression: Patterns and Motives Underlying Bullying and Its Impact on Students" by Bethany TrumanPART 2 READING6. Interacting with TextsActive ReadingReading PurposeSelective Reading: Scanning and Focused ReadingWord Meanings7. Critical ThinkingInferences and Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking as a ProcessCritical Situations for Critical Thinking8. An Introduction to Reading TextsKinds of TextsThe Reading-Writing ConnectionAcademic versus Non-Academic WritingBreaking Down and Putting Together9. Conventions of Non-Academic WritingWhat Are Conventions?Analysis or Synthesis?Personal Experience in Non-Academic WritingFeatures of Non-Academic WritingJournalistic and Scholarly Writing: A Symbiotic Relationship10. Conventions of Academic WritingWhat Is Academic Writing?Audience: Who Reads Academic Writing?Features of Academic WritingFinding Information in Academic EssaysREADINGSSection I First-Person SingularShannon Rupp: "I'll Take My Coffee with Fiction, Thanks"Madeline Sonik: "Flush"Andrew Irvine: "Is Scientific Progress Inevitable?"Ian Brown: "I'm Glad I Never Had to Decide Whether My Strange, Lonely Boy Ought to Exist"Lynn Cunningham: "Giving Up the Ghost: When It Comes to Quitting Smoking, You're on Your Own"Section II Are the Generations Alike or Unalike?Erica Alini: "Generation Spend"Dorothy Woodend: "Generation Velcro"Adrian Mack and Miranda Nelson: "Vancouver Hockey Riot Is a Symptom of a Larger Problem"Unlinka Rublack: "The Birth of Power Dressing"Renee Wilson: "In Defence of the iGeneration"Section III Have We Reached Our Limit with Technology?Jim Harris: "The UnAtomic Age"Navneet Alang: "Stop Believing in the 'World-Changing' Power of Every New Gadget"Nik Harron: "Fully Destructible: Exploring a Personal Relationship with Nature Through Video GamesOCory Doctorow: "You DO Like Reading Off a Computer Screen"Bryan Appleyard: "Distraction"Scott Feschuk: "The Future of Machines with Feelings"Avivia Romm: "Stop Killing the Good Guys!"Section IV What Does It Take to Be a Leader?Natasha Milijasevic: "The Genius of the Generalist: Why Environmental Studies is Essential to the Workforce We Need Now"Steven J. Tepper: "Thinking 'Bigger Than Me' in the Liberal Arts"Joanna Pachner: "Do You Have the Brain of a CEO?"Joe Castaldo: "Steal Your Success"Rachel Mendleson: "Raising Young Einsteins"Section V What Is Critical Thinking?Robert Gibson: "Bullshit"Doug Saunders: "When a Cellphone Beats a Royal Flush"Mary Midgley: "The Selfish Metaphor"Robert J. Steinberg: "Slip-Sliding Away Down the Ethical Slope"John Horgan: "Does Peace Have a Chance?"Danny Chivers: "Debunking the Myths: Myths about the Basic Science"Alberto Manguel: "Burning Mistry"Bruce M. Hicks: "The Undiscovered Province"Section VI Voices from the AcademySteve Loughnan, Brock Bastian, and Nick Haslam: "The Psychology of Eating Animals" (annotated essay)Andrew D. Pinto: "Denaturalizing 'Natural' Disasters: Haiti's Earthquake and the Humanitarian Impulse"Daniel M. Wegner: "How to Think, Say, or Do Precisely the Worst Thing for Any Occasion"Harold Herzog: "The Impact of Pets on Human Health and Psychological Well-Being: Fact, Fiction, or Hypothesis?"Simine Vazire and Erika N. Carlson: "Others Sometimes Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves"Erin R. Whitchurch et al.: "'He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not...': Uncertainty Can Increase Romantic Attraction"Daniel Rosenfield et al.: "Canadian Lifestyle Choices: A Public Health Failure"Jonathan Gray: "Coming Up Next: Promos in the Future of Television and Television Studies"Matthew P.A. Clark and Brian D. Westerberg: "How Random Is the Toss of a Coin?"PART 3 HANDBOOK11. Grammar FundamentalsThe Parts of Speech and Their FunctionsSentences12. Punctuation and ApostrophesJoining Independent ClausesPunctuation within Sentences (Internal Punctuation)Miscellaneous Uses of the CommaOther Punctuation: Question Marks, Dashes, and ParenthesesApostrophes13. Agreement, Pronoun, Modifier, and Parallelism ErrorsSubject-Verb AgreementPronoun-Antecedent AgreementPronoun Reference, Consistency, and CaseModifier ErrorsParallelismGlossaryAnswers to ExercisesIndexCredits

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"I like that several of the readings address employability skills and information that our students need to be successful in the workplace. It allows us to address the hidden curriculum in the guise of communication and literacy development." --Julie Morris, Sheridan College