The Empowered Writer

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byKathleen M. Moran, Eric Henderson

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Designed to meet the needs of Canadian students, The Empowered Writer is an essential guide to effective writing, reading, rhetoric, and research. Through a simplified, accessible narrative and an abundance of exercises and examples, Kathleen Moran and Eric Henderson empower students to makeinformed choices and think critically about how, and why, they write. With a multitude of new professional readings and new and expanded coverage of such key topics as giving oral presentations and communicating in the workplace, the second edition of The Empowered Writer ensures student success inthe classroom and beyond.

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Designed to meet the needs of Canadian students, The Empowered Writer is an essential guide to effective writing, reading, rhetoric, and research. Through a simplified, accessible narrative and an abundance of exercises and examples, Kathleen Moran and Eric Henderson empower students to makeinformed choices and think critically about h...

Kathleen Moran is a professor in the Communications Department at Conestoga College. She has taught and created a wide range of courses, including technical writing, composition, and business communication. Moran has also taught composition at Humber College and Brock University. She has authored ancillary material for OUP, Pearson, a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.78 inPublished:February 19, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199005543

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List of ReadingsFrom the PublisherPrefaceAcknowledgementsPart 1 Writing and Reading1. Basic Skills Development for Today's Student: Writing and ReadingThinking, Writing, and Reading: An Integrated Approach- Writing and Thinking- Exercise 1.1- Writing and ReadingThinking and Writing + ReadingThe Composing Process- The Traditional Linear Model- Exercise 1.2- Exercise 1.3- Scanning versus Focused Reading- Exercise 1.4Critical Thinking- What Is Critical Thinking?- Applying Critical Thinking- Exercise 1.5- Reading and Critical Thinking- Exercise 1.6- Exercise 1.7- Responding Critically and Analytically through Questions- Exercise 1.8- Exercise 1.9C. Thompson: Sample Professional Essay: "How More Information Leads to Less Knowledge"- Exercise 1.10Word Meanings- Exercise 1.11- Improving VocabularyJonathon Gatehouse: Sample Professional Essay: "Almost Famous Canadian Olympians"Chapter Review Questions2. The Writing SituationWriting Purpose- Exercise 2.1- Reader-based versus Writer-based Prose "A" Is for Audience- Exercise 2.2- Exercise 2.3- Exercise 2.4- Audience Factors- Exercise 2.5Alice Langholt: Sample Professional Essay: "Ring! Your Intuition is Calling"- Writing for the Workplace- Exercise 2.6Stages in Essay-Writing- Pre-writing- Research- Organization- Exercise 2.7- The Value of an Outline- Composing: First Draft- Revising: Final DraftThe Critical ResponseTerry Glavin: Sample Professional Essay: "An Enviro's Case for Seal Hunt"Bryan Smith: Sample Student Essay: "Response to 'An Enviro's Case for Seal Hunt'"Chapter Review Questions3. Paragraph EssentialsIntroducing the Paragraph- Topic Sentence- Paragraph Wrap as Conclusion- Connecting Paragraphs by Using Transitions- Exercise 3.1- Paragraph Unity- Exercise 3.2- Paragraph Coherence- Exercise 3.3- Exercise 3.4- Exercise 3.5Greg D'Eloia and Melissa D'Eloia: Sample Professional Essay: "7 Ways to Re-Create Your Brain"Chapter Review Questions4. Paragraph DevelopmentDeveloping Your EssayMethods for Developing Paragraphs- Analysis and Paragraph Development- 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?- Exercise 4.1- Exercise 4.2Julia McKinnell: Sample Professional Essay: "How to Retrain Your Rainy Brain"Chapter Review QuestionsPart 2 Essays5. Kinds of EssaysExpository versus Argumentative EssaysTypes of Essays- The In-Class Essay or Examination Essay- Exercise 5.1Erik Sass: Sample Professional Essay: "How To Find Sunken Treasure"Chapter Review Questions6. Essay BasicsThe Essay's Introduction- Functions of the Introduction- Exercise 6.1- Exercise 6.2- Exercise 6.3- Exercise 6.4- Exercise 6.5- Exercise 6.6The Essay's Conclusion- Functions of the Conclusion- Two Kinds of Conclusion- Exercise 6.7- Exercise 6.8Hillary Windsor: Sample Professional Essay: "Alouette Anniversary"Chapter Review Questions7. The Design of an EssayThe Essay: An Analytical Model- Kinds of Claims: Fact, Value, and Policy- Support: Evidence and Credibility- Connections among the Elements of the Analytical Model- Exercise 7.1- Exercise 7.2- Exercise 7.3Eric Michael Johnson: Sample Professional Essay: "Punishing Cheaters Promotes the Evolution of Cooperation"Chapter Review Questions8. The Expository EssayExpository WritingTypes of Expository Essays- Exercise 8.1Understanding Your TopicThe Process Analysis Essay- Planning a Process Essay- Writing a Process EssayVanessa Tilson: Sample Process Essay: "Where Hot Is 'Cool': The Stages of Bikram Yoga"The Definition EssayAndrew Fodor: Sample Definition Essay: "What Is Leadership?"- Exercise 8.2The Comparison and Contrast Essay- Point-by-Point and Block MethodsBarclay Katt: Sample Comparison and Contrast Essay: "Tail of Opposites"- Exercise 8.3Points to Remember- Exercise 8.4- Pre-reading QuestionsMark van Vugt: Sample Professional Essay: "The Origins of Leadership"Chapter Review Questions9. The Argumentative EssayEmotional Versus Logical Arguments- Exercise 9.1- Argument, Opinion, and Facts- Exercise 9.2- Exercise 9.3- Exercise 9.4- Exercise 9.5- Exercise 9.6- Creating Your Argument by Claims and Support- A Closer Look at Reason- Exercise 9.7- Case Study: "Please Sign Our Petition"- Exercise 9.8David Suzuki: Sample Professional Argumentative Essay: "The Beauty of Wind Farms"Organizing an Outline for Argument- Exercise 9.9Jane Freiburger: Sample Student Argumentative Essay: "Discrimination against Aboriginals in Canada: Bill C 45"Oral Presentations- Creating a Presentation- Delivering a Presentation- Important Points to Consider When Making an Oral PresentationChapter Review Questions10. Summarizing Other Writers' WorkWhat Is a Summary?- Terms Related to Summarizing- How to Write a Summary- Exercise 10.1- Exercise 10.2- The Extended SummaryExtended Summary SamplesJeffrey Simpson: Sample Professional Essay: "Fighting Hockey Violence Will Give You a Concussion"Other Types of Summaries- Paraphrase- Exercise 10.3- Abstract- Exercise 10.4- Annotated Bibliography- Exercise 10.5Summarizing at the Workplace- Exercise 10.6Tamsin McMahon: Sample Professional Essay: "Is Local Food Bad for the Economy?"Chapter Review QuestionsPart 3 Research11. ResearchDeveloping Research Skills- Research - Finding and Exploring- Synthesis I - Integration- Organization - Arranging- Synthesis II - ComposingWhat Is Research?Who Are These Experts - And Where Can You Find Them?A Note about the InternetResearching Your Topic- Exploring- Research Note-Taking- Organizing Research Notes- Cross-Referencing- Some Useful Research Strategies- Using Contradictory EvidenceSources of Research Material- Primary and Secondary Sources- Start Your Research by Looking at Secondary Sources- Internet Searches- Notes on Library Research- Alternative Information SourcesChapter Review Questions12. Using Your ResearchOutlines for Research EssaysJuan Manrique: "Outline for Pandemic Crisis"Plagiarism- What Is Plagiarism?- To Cite or Not to Cite?Integrating Secondary Sources- Summary, Paraphrase, Direct Quotation, Mixed Format- Signal Phrases, Ellipses, and BracketsDocumentation: Citations- Necessary versus Unnecessary CitationsJuan Manrique: Sample Student Research Essay: "Pandemic Crisis: The Role of Nurses"Simon Walter: Sample Student Research Essay: "The Virtual Life: An Overview of the Effects of MMORPGs on Individuals and Countries"- Exercise 12.1- Exercise 12.2Chapter Review Questions13. APA and MLA Documentation StylesChoosing Your Citation StyleThe Major Documentation Styles- APA Citation StyleErin A. Walker: Sample Student Research Essay (APA): "The Imperfection of Perfectionism: Perfectionism as a Maladaptive Personality Trait"- MLA Citation Style- Exercise 13.1Sarah M. Coyne, Laura Stockdale, Dean Busby, Bethany Iverson, and David M. Grant: Sample Academic Essay: "'I luv u :)!': A Descriptive Study of the Media Use of Individuals in Romantic Relationships"Chapter Review QuestionsPart 4 Grammar14. Sentence EssentialsGrammatical Groundwork- Exercise 14.1- Exercise 14.2The Grammar of Reading and WritingIntroducing . . . the Parts of Speech- The Parts of Speech at Work- Nouns and Pronouns- Verbs- Modifiers: Adjectives and Adverbs- Joiners: Prepositions and Conjunctions- Exercise 14.3- Exercise 14.4Introducing . . . the Sentence- What Is a Sentence?- Exercise 14.5- The Invisible-Subject Sentence- Four Errors of Incompletion- Exercise 14.6- Exercise 14.7- Exercise 14.8- Exercise 14.9Introducing . . . Phrases and Clauses- Phrases- Exercise 14.10- Clauses- Exercise 14.11- Sentence Patterns- Exercise 14.12- Exercise 14.13- Errors of Combining- Exercise 14.14- Exercise 14.15- Exercise 14.16Chapter Review Questions15. Commas and Other Forms of PunctuationDo Commas Matter?- Rule Category 1: Use Commas to Separate Items in a Series- Rule Category 2: Use Commas to Separate Independent Clauses- Rule Category 3: Use Two Commas to Separate Parenthetical Information- Rule Category 4: Conventional and "Comma Sense" Uses- Exercise 15.1- Exercise 15.2- Exercise 15.3Other Forms of Punctuation- Semicolons- Exercise 15.4- Colons- Dashes and Parentheses- Exercise 15.5- Exercise 15.6Punctuation Prohibitions- No-Comma Rules- No-Semicolon RulesApostrophes1. Apostrophes for Possession in Nouns2. Contractions- Exercise 15.7- Exercise 15.8Chapter Review Questions16. Agreement, Pronoun, and Sentence Structure ErrorsAgreement- Subject-Verb AgreementPronouns at Work- Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement- Problematic Pronouns: Inclusive Language- Exercise 16.1- Exercise 16.2- Exercise 16.3Other Problems with Pronouns- Pronoun Reference- Exercise 16.4- Exercise 16.5- Exercise 16.6- Exercise 16.7- Pronoun Case- Exercise 16.8- Pronoun Consistency- Exercise 16.9Sentence Construction Errors- Misplaced Modifiers- Dangling Modifiers- Exercise 16.10- Exercise 16.11- The Parallelism Principle- Exercise 16.12- Exercise 16.13- Passive Constructions- Exercise 16.14- Exercise 16.15- Exercise 16.16- Exercise 16.17- Exercise 16.18Chapter Review Questions17. Achieving Clarity and Depth in Your WritingEffective Style: Clarity- Exercise 17.1- Exercise 17.2- Cutting for Conciseness- Exercise 17.3- Writing Directly- Exercise 17.4- Exercise 17.5- Exercise 17.6- Working Toward Precision: Wise Word Choices- Exercise 17.7- Exercise 17.8- Exercise 17.9- Exercise 17.10- Exercise 17.11Common Words That Confuse- Exercise 17.12Providing Depth: Variety and Emphasis- Sentence Variety- Exercise 17.13- Exercise 17.14- Creating EmphasisProofreading: Perfection Is PossibleProofreading MethodsGuidelines for ProofreadingCommon ErrorsEssay PresentationChapter Review QuestionsAppendicesA: Tense Encounter with Verbs: A SummaryB: A Checklist for EAL WritersC: Peer Edit FormsD: Exercise Answer Key: Chapters 14, 15, 16E: GlossaryIndexList of Readings1. Sample Professional Essay: C. Thompson, "How more information leads to less knowledge," Wired, January 2009.Sample Professional Essay: J. Gatehouse, "Almost-Famous Canadians," Maclean's, July 2012. (NEW)2. Sample Professional Essay: A. Langholt, "Ring! Your Intuition Is Calling," Brain World, July 2012. (NEW)Sample Professional Essay: T. Glavin, "An Enviro's Case for Seal Hunt," The Tyee, March 2007.Sample Student Essay: B. Smith, "Response to 'An Enviro's Case for Seal Hunt.'"3. Sample Professional Essay: G. D'Eloia and M. D'Eloia, "7 Ways to Re-Create Your Brain," Brain World, July 2012. (NEW)4. Sample Professional Essay: J. McKinnell, "How to Retrain Your Rainy Brain," Maclean's, August 2012. (NEW)5. Sample Student Essay: Anonymous, Response to the question "Explain what internet piracy is and describe the ramifications of it to society in general." (NEW)Sample Professional Essay: E. Sass, "How to Find Sunken Treasure," Mental Floss, September 2012. (NEW)6. Sample Professional Essay: H. Windsor, "Alouette Anniversary," Canadian Geographic, July/August 2012. (NEW)7. Sample Professional Essay: E.M. Johnson, "Punishing Cheaters Promotes the Evolution of Cooperation," Scientific American, August 2012. (NEW)8. Sample Student Essay: V. Tilson, "Where Hot Is "Cool": The Stages of Bikram Yoga."Sample Student Essay: A. Fodor, "What Is Leadership?"Sample Student Essay: B. Katt, "Tail of Opposites."Sample Professional Essay: M. van Vugt, "The Origins of Leadership," New Scientist, 2008.9. Sample Professional Essay: D. Suzuki, "The Beauty of Wind Farms," New Scientist, 2005.Sample Student Essay: J. Freiburger, "Discrimination against Aboriginals in Canada: Bill C 45." (NEW)10. Sample Professional Essay: J. Simpson, "Fighting Hockey Violence Will Give You a Concussion," Globe and Mail, February 2009.Sample Professional Essay: T. McMahon, "Is Local Food Bad for the Economy?" Maclean's, July 2012. (NEW)12. Sample Student Outline: J. Manrique, Outline for "Pandemic Crisis: The Role of Nurses." (NEW)Sample Student Research Essay: J. Manrique, "Pandemic Crisis: The Role of Nurses." (NEW)Sample Student Research Essay: S. Walter, "The Virtual Life."13. Sample Student Essay: E.A. Walker, "The Imperfection of Perfectionism."Sample Professional (Academic) Essay: S.M. Coyne et al., "'I luv u!': A Descriptive Study of the Media Use of Individuals in Romantic Relationships," Family Relations, April 2011. (NEW)