The Empowered Writer: An Essential Guide to Writing, Reading, and Research by Kathleen M. Moran

The Empowered Writer: An Essential Guide to Writing, Reading, and Research

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The Empowered Writer is an indispensable guide to effective writing, reading, research, and grammar. Using accessible instruction and an abundance of exercises and examples, this text empowers students to hone their skills, make informed choices, and think critically about how - and why - theywrite. Featuring numerous new readings and improved content organization, this third edition fosters student success in the classroom and beyond.

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Kathleen M. Moran is a professor in the School of Liberal Studies and Communications at Conestoga College. She has taught and created a wide range of courses including technical writing, composition, and business communication. Kathleen has also taught composition at Humber College and Brock University. She has authored ancillary mater...
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Title:The Empowered Writer: An Essential Guide to Writing, Reading, and ResearchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:536 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.72 inPublished:February 28, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Note:- Sample Professional and Sample Student Essays are integrated throughout chapters, but are listed here at the end of chapters for a clearer breakdown of chapter content- Chapters conclude with chapter review questionsPART 1: WRITING AND READING1. Basic Skills DevelopmentAn Integrated Approach- Writing and Thinking- Exercise 1.1- Writing and ReadingReading StrategiesCritical Thinking- What Is Critical Thinking?- Applying Critical Thinking- Reading and Critical Thinking- Responding Critically and Analytically through QuestionsWord MeaningsImproving VocabularySample Professional Essay: "Bear Cub: Rogue Wildlife Is Par for the Course on Canada's Northernmost Green" by Eva Holland NEWSample Professional Essay: "Almost Famous Canadian Olympians" by Jonathon Gatehouse2. The Writing SituationWriting Purpose"A" Is for Audience- Reader-Based Writing- Audience Factors- Writing for the WorkplaceStages in Essay Writing- Pre-Writing- Research- Organization- Composing: First Draft- Revising: Final DraftThe Critical ResponseSample Professional Essay: "If These Walls Could Talk: The Physical Traces of Residential Schools" by Aubrey Jean Hanson and D. Lyn Daniels NEWSample Professional Essay: "Why Do We Still Put Young People in Solitary Confinement?" by Cathy Gulli NEWSample Student Essay: Response to "Why Do We Still Put Young People in Solitary Confinement?" by Julianny Vahlis NEW3. Paragraph EssentialsIntroducing the Paragraph- Topic Sentence- Paragraph Wrap as Conclusion- Connecting Paragraphs by Using Transitions- Paragraph Unity- Paragraph CoherenceSample Professional Essay: "Everything You Need to Know about Imposter Syndrome" by Sydney Loney NEW4. Paragraph and Essay DevelopmentDeveloping Your EssayDevelopment Patterns- Definition: What Is It?- Chronology: When Did It Occur?- Description: What Does It Look Like?- Narration: How Can It Be Told?- Process: How Does It Work?- Personal: Why Should It Affect Me?/How Does It Affect Me?- Classification/Division: What Kinds Are There?- Cause-Effect: What Is the Cause? What Is the Result?- Question-Answer: What Is the Answer?- Example/Illustration: How Can It Be Shown?- Problem-Solution: How Can It Be (Re)Solved?- Cost-Benefit: What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages?- Analogy: How Is It Like Something Else?- Comparison and Contrast: How Is It Like and/or Unlike Something Else?Sample Professional Essay: "Picture This: A Photovoice Study of International Students' Food Experience in Canada" by Stephanie Amos and Daphne Lordly NEW5. Summarizing Other Writers' WorkWhat Is a Summary?- How to Write a Summary- The Extended SummaryOther Ways to Summarize- Paraphrase- Abstract- Annotated BibliographySummarizing at the WorkplaceSample Professional Essay: "The $15 Minimum Wage Movement Rises Up" by Janet Nicol NEWSample Professional Essay: "Almost a Million Canadian Kids in Poverty Is an Acute Emergency" by Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones NEWPART 2: ESSAYS6. The Expository EssayExpository versus Argumentative EssaysTypes of EssaysHow to Write Various Expository Essays- The Process Essay- The Definition Essay- The Comparison and Contrast Essay- The In-Class (or Examination) EssaySample Student Essay: "How to Win a Student Government Election" by Aimee Calma NEWSample Student Essay: "What Is Leadership?" by Andrew FodorSample Student Essay: "Tail of Opposites: Meow, Meow, or Woof, Woof?" by Barclay KattSample Professional Essay: "Help Protect Our Bogs: Why It's Important to Save Our Wetlands" by Bev Yaworski NEW7. Introductions, Thesis Statements, and ConclusionsThe Expository Essay TemplateThe Essay's IntroductionFunctions of the Introduction: Reader's Interest- Other Functions- Features of the IntroductionThe Essay's Conclusion- Functions of the Conclusion- Two Kinds of ConclusionSample Professional Essay: "Alouette Anniversary" by Hillary Windsor8. Claims, Evidence, and the Analytical ModelKinds of Claims: Fact, Value, and Policy- Claim of Fact- Claim of Value- Claim of PolicyEvidence- Organization of Evidence- Kinds of EvidenceCredibility- The Analytical ModelSample Professional Essay: "Punishing Cheaters Promotes the Evolution of Cooperation" by Eric Michael Johnson9. The Argumentative EssayEmotional versus Logical Arguments- Argument, Opinion, and Facts- Faulty ReasoningCreating Your Argument with Claims and Support- Arguable Claims- Specific, Interesting, and Manageable Claims- A Closer Look at ReasonRebutting the Opposing View- Topic-Based Rebuttal- Audience-Based Rebuttal- Purpose-Based RebuttalOrganizing an Outline for ArgumentOral Presentations- Creating a Presentation- Delivering a Presentation- Important Points to Consider When Making an Oral PresentationSample Professional Essay: "Welcome to Canada? Immigration Incentives May Not Be Enough for International Students to Stay" by Sophia Lowe NEWSample Student Essay: "Discrimination against Aboriginals in Canada: Bill C-45" by Jane FreiburgerPART 3: RESEARCH10. Conducting ResearchDeveloping Research Skills- Research: Finding and Exploring- Synthesis I: Integration- Organization: Arranging- Synthesis II: ComposingResearching Your Topic- Who Are These Experts - and Where Can You Find Them?- Exploring Your Topic- Note-Taking- Organizing Research Notes- Cross-Referencing- Some Useful Research Strategies- Using Contradictory EvidenceSources of Research Material- Primary and Secondary Sources- Start with Secondary Sources- Internet Searches- Notes on Library Research- Alternative Sources11. Using Your ResearchOutlines for Research EssaysStudent Outline for "The Cost of Buying Happiness: Why Less Is More"PlagiarismIntegrating Secondary Sources- Summary, Paraphrase, Direct Quotation, Mixed Quotation Format- Signal Phrases, Ellipses, and BracketsDocumentation: In-Text CitationsSample Student Essay: "The Cost of Buying Happiness: Why Less Is More" by Sandy Crashley NEWSample Student Essay: "Computer Ergonomics" by Mike Butler NEW12. APA and MLA Documentation StylesChoosing Your Citation StyleAPA- APA In-Text Citations- APA In-Text Citations by Format- APA ReferencesMLA- MLA In-Text Citations- MLA In-Text Citations by Format- MLA Works Cited- MLA NotesSample Student Essay: "Polar Bears: Bright Outlook or Grim Future" by Adam Cook NEWSample Professional Essay: "What Lies Deep in the Unconscious: A Psychoanalytical Scrutiny of Harry Potter in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series" by Kaustav ChandaPART 4: GRAMMAR13. Sentence EssentialsGrammatical GroundworkParts of Speech- Nouns- Pronouns- Verbs- Modifiers: Adjectives and Adverbs- Joiners: Prepositions and ConjunctionsSentences- Sentence PatternsSentence Errors- Sentence Fragments- Run-On Sentence- Comma Splice14. PunctuationDo Commas Matter?- Rule Category 1: Items in a Series- Rule Category 2: Independent Clauses- Rule Category 3: Parenthetical Information- Rule Category 4: Conventional and "Comma Sense" Uses- When Commas Are Not RequiredOther Forms of Punctuation- Semicolons- Colons- Dashes and ParenthesesApostrophes- Apostrophes for Possession in Nouns- Contractions15. Agreement, Pronoun, and Sentence Structure ErrorsAgreement- Subject-Verb Agreement- Rules for Subject-Verb AgreementPronouns at Work- Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement- Problematic Pronouns: Inclusive LanguageOther Problems with Pronouns- Pronoun Reference- Pronoun Case- Pronoun ConsistencySentence Construction Errors- Misplaced Modifiers- Dangling Modifiers- The Parallelism Principle- Passive Constructions: The Lazy Subject16. Achieving Clarity and Depth in Your WritingEffective Style: Clarity- Cutting for Conciseness- Doubling Up: The Noah's Ark Syndrome- Phony Phrases- The Small but Not-So-Beautiful- Unintensives- Writing Directly- Numbing Nouns- Working toward Precision: Wise Word ChoicesCommon Words That ConfuseProviding Depth: Variety and Emphasis- Sentence Variety- Creating EmphasisProofreading: Perfection Is Possible- Proofreading Methods- Guidelines for Proofreading- Common ErrorsEssay PresentationAppendicesA: Verb TensesB: A Checklist for EAL WritersC: Peer Edit FormsD: Partial Exercise Answer Key: Chapters 13-15E: Essay TemplatesGlossaryIndex

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From previous edition: "[This text] is perfect for the first-year student. . . . The author addresses the reader in a direct and amiable way that is not condescending or overly prescriptive when making suggestions to improve a student's writing." --Gary McNeely, Brandon University