The Active Reader: Strategies for Academic Reading and Writing

Paperback | March 6, 2015

byEric Henderson

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The Active Reader offers a practical, integrated treatment of academic reading and writing at the post-secondary level. Thirty-four thought-provoking essays that highlight a variety of disciplines and rhetorical patterns are accompanied by comprehension and analysis exercises that encouragestudents to apply critical thinking skills to common assignments.

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The Active Reader offers a practical, integrated treatment of academic reading and writing at the post-secondary level. Thirty-four thought-provoking essays that highlight a variety of disciplines and rhetorical patterns are accompanied by comprehension and analysis exercises that encouragestudents to apply critical thinking skills to ...

Eric Henderson is an active author with Oxford University Press Canada, where his other books include Writing by Choice, 3e (2015), Becoming an Active Reader (2013), 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 Can...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.63 inPublished:March 6, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part One: Academic Reading: An Introduction1. An Introduction to Academic ProseWhat Is Academic Writing?General Features of Academic WritingThe Active Voice: Why Study the Humanities?The Purposes of Academic WritingThe Influence of the Academic CommunityThe Active Voice: Climate Change and the Integrity of Science2. Conventions of Academic WritingAuthorsLengthResearchVoice and StyleStrategies for Approaching Academic EssaysThe Active Voice: The Historian's Critical Apparatus3. Three Common Kinds of Academic EssaysType A: Qualitative Essays?Type B: Quantitative EssaysType C: Synthesis and Critical EvaluationTables, Graphs, and Other VisualsAcademic Essay Formats and Student Assignments4. Critical ThinkingWhen Do You Use Critical Thinking?Inferences and Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking and SkepticismThe Spirit of InquiryCritical Factors in Critical ThinkingDrawing ConclusionsThe Active Voice: Silent Witnesses to the PastSample Professional Argumentative Essay: Pipeline Debate Shaping Up as Propaganda War, Stephen Hume NEW5. Reading StrategiesInteracting with TextsAnnotating TextsPre-Reading Strategies: Reading PurposeReading Strategies: The Big PictureReading Strategies: The Detail WorkPart Two: Academic Writing6. An Overview of the EssayThe Stages in WritingRelating Parts and Discovering StructureThe Structure of the EssayThe Active Voice: Brave New Words: Technology and the Future of WritingThe Active Voice: Report Writing - Aims and Goals7. Writing SummariesTimes and Places for SummariesSummarizing and ResearchThe Stand-Alone Summary: The Precis8. Using Critical Thinking to Analyze EssaysThe Rhetorical Analysis: Explaining the How and WhyThe Active Voice: Rhetorical Analysis - What, Why, and How9. Writing Argumentative EssaysArgumentative PurposeClaims in ArgumentConnecting Claim to EvidenceKinds of Evidence in Argumentative EssaysTwo Kinds of ReasoningGiving Life to Logic: Strategies for ArgumentRefutation StrategiesOrganizing Your ArgumentUsing Critical Thinking to Analyze ArgumentsSample Student Argumentative EssaySample Professional Argumentative Essay: Supervised Injection Sites: Prejudice Should Not Trump Evidence of Benefit, Maria Zlotorzynska et al.NEW10. Writing Research PapersComing Up with a TopicPreparing for ResearchResearch ProposalsRecording Important InformationThe Active Voice: A Beginner's Guide to Research in the Academic LibraryUsing Credible SourcesThe Active Voice: Google and the Invisible Web: Using Library Resources for Deeper and Broader ResearchIntegrating and Documenting SourcesDocumenting Your SourcesMajor Documentation StylesSample Student Research EssayPart Three: The ReaderSection One: University IssuesCatherine E. Snow: - Academic Language and the Challenge of Reading for Learning About ScienceJohn McMurtry: - University Wars: The Corporate Administration vs. the Vocation of LearningSimon N. Young: - Universities, Governments, and Industry: Can the Essential Nature of Universities Survive the Drive to Commercialize?Mark Kingwell: - Intellectuals and DemocracyKelly P. Arbour-Nicitopoulos et al.: - Social Norms of Alcohol, Smoking, and Marijuana Use Within a Canadian University Setting NEWSection Two: Canada in the WorldAndrew Nikiforuk: - Tarmageddon: Dirty Oil is Turning Canada into a Corrupt Petro-StateAmir Attaran: - The Ugly CanadianSuanne Kelman: - Shooting the Messenger: Why Canadians Don't Often Blow the Whistle on Wrongdoing NEWDouglas C. Nord: - Discourse and Dialogue Between Americans and Canadians - Who is Talking to Whom? NEWJohn Ralston Saul: - Listen to the NorthSection Three: Voices within CanadaStephen J. Toope: - Of Hockey, Medicare and Canadian Dreams NEWJ.R. (Jim) Miller: - Which "Native" History? By Whom? For Whom?Mitch Miyagawa: - A Sorry StateChristopher G. Anderson: - The Senate and the Fight Against the 1885 Chinese Immigration ActPaul G. Thomas: - Developing Better Political Leaders: The Case for a School of Government NEWLeslie Regan Shade: - Missing in Action: Gender in Canada's Digital Economy AgendaEleanor Maticka-Tyndale: - Sexuality and Sexual Health of Canadian Adolescents: Yesterday, Today, and TomorrowSection Four: Media and ImageNicola Phillips: - Advice to Teens NEWRenee Wilson: - In Defence of the iGeneration NEWDaniel J. Dutton et al.: - A Ban on Marketing of Foods / Beverages to Children: The Who, Why, What and How of a Population Health InterventionLaurie Ouellette: - Reality TV Gives Back: On the Civic Functions of Reality EntertainmentKen Gillam and Shannon R. Wooden: - Post-Princess Models of Gender: The New Man in Disney/PixarSection Five: Aggression and SocietyMichael A. Robidoux: - Imagining a Canadian Identity Through Sport: A Historical Interpretation of Lacrosse and HockeyYoussef Hasan et al.: - The More You Play, the More Aggressive You Become: A Long-Term Experimental Study of Cumulative Violent Video Game Effects on Hostile Expectations and Aggressive Behavior NEWMichael D. Cusimano: - Trends in North American Newspaper Reporting of Brain Injury in Ice Hockey NEWChristine M. Wickens, Robert E. Mann, and David L. Wiesenthal: - Addressing Driver Aggression: Contributions from Psychological Science NEWRussell A. Sabella, Justin W. Patchin, and Sameer Hinduja: - Cyberbullying Myths and RealitiesSection Six: Intersections with ScienceJoel Lexchin: - Pharmaceutical Innovation: Can We Live Forever? A Commentary on Schnittker and KarandinosJohn William Devine: - Doping is a Threat to Sporting Excellence NEWBernard Lightman: - The Microscopic World NEWTimothy Krahn: - Where Are We Going with Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis?Jeremy Foote: - Speed That Kills: The Role of Technology in Kate Chopin's The story of an hour NEWRobert Gifford: - Psychology's Essential Role in Alleviating the Impacts of Climate ChangeG.K. Healey et al.: - Community Perspectives on the Impact of Climate Change on Health in Nunavut, Canada NEWAppendix A: A Note on StatisticsAppendix B: Characteristics of Type A, Type B, and Type C Essays (Chart)Glossary

Editorial Reviews

"I like the disciplinary variety of the readings, and the classification of readings by discipline. I also like the general discussion of critical reading and of how to write an academic essay." --Theresa Hyland, Huron University College