The New Writing with a Purpose by Joseph F. Trimmer


The New Writing with a Purpose by Joseph F. Trimmer

Writing with a Purpose has always been distinguished by its emphasis on the role of purpose in the writing process, its comprehensive coverage for first-year writing, and its effective use of examples and exercises. Designed as a four-in-one (rhetoric, reader, research guide, handbook) for one- and two-semester composition courses, this respected and reliable text has helped train countless students. The Fourteenth Edition includes streamlined coverage to allow for expanded material on such critical topics as research and argumentation. A technology program, Writing with a Purpose Online, allows students to access writing guidance as needed while drafting and revising. Students receive the most up-to-date information on MLA documentation with the enclosed tri-fold card providing NEW 2009 MLA Handbook formats.


I. The Writing Process 1. Toward Purposeful Writing The Writer's Environment and Habits The Stages of the Writing Process Making Decisions in the Writing Process Selecting Your Subject Analyzing Your Audience Guidelines for selecting your subject Guidelines for analyzing your audience Determining Your Purpose Forming a Working Purpose: The Hypothesis Testing Your Hypothesis: The Discovery Draft Purpose and Thesis Guidelines for determining your purpose Coordinating Decisions in the Writing Process Seeing with a Purpose Readings. Gail Godwin, Becoming a Writer. Wallace Armstrong (student), Brandon's Clown Writing Assignments 2. Planning Strategies and Your Journal Keeping a Journal on your computer Listing on your computer Freewriting on your computer Speculating on your computer Interviewing on your computer Reading on your computer A Final Word about Planning Readings. On Keeping a Journal. Richard Saul Wurman, The Five Rings Writing Assignments 3. Drafting The Scratch Outline Drafting a Hypothesis The Discovery Draft The Descriptive Outline Composing an Effective Thesis Preparing a Formal Outline Drafting on your computer A Final Word about Drafting Readings. Calvin Trillin, Comforting Thoughts. Ellen Haack (student), A Man with All Reasons Writing Assignments 4. Revising Looking to Revise Reading to Revise Revision Agenda Revising: A Case Study Revising on your computer A Final Word about Revising Readings. Andy Rooney, New Products. Sarah Penning (student), The Coupon Conspiracy (4th Draft) Writing Assignments 5. Designing Conventions of MLA and APA Style Elements of Design Typeface Graphics Color and White Space Principles of Design Proximity Alignment Repetition Contrast Headings Breaking the Rules Designing with Your Computer Readings. Michael Rock, Since When Did USA Today Become the National Design Ideal? Andrew Gaub (student), The Telephone Paradox Writing Assignments II. Writing Structures 6. Common Methods of Development Narration: What Happened? Description: What Does It Look Like? Process Analysis: How Do You Do It? Comparison: How Is It Similar or Different? Classification: What Kind of Subdivision Does It Contain? Definition: How Would You Characterize It? Causal Analysis: Why Did It Happen? Exploring methods of development on your computer Readings. John McPhee, Grizzly. Jane Graham (student), Watching Whales Writing Assignments 7. Argument Planning: Investigating the Argument Drafting: Organizing the Argument Revising: Eliminating Fallacies Composing an argument on your computer Readings. Anna Quindlen, Execution. Jon Seidel (student), Who Controls Information? (Our Side) Writing Assignments 8. Paragraphs: Units of Development The Requirements of Topical Paragraphs Special Paragraphs Revising Topical Paragraphs Revising Special Paragraphs Composing paragraphs on your computer Readings. Ellen Goodman, Family: The One Social Glue. Bill Barich, La Frontera Writing Assignments 9. Sentences: Patterns of Expression Expanding and Combining Sentences Types of Sentences and Their Effects Revising Sentences Three Pieces of Advice on Sentence Variety Composing sentences on your computer Readings. Pam Smith, Excerpts from a Painter's Studio Notes. Richard Selzer, The Knife Writing Assignments 10. Diction: The Choice of Words Denotation and Connotation Three Qualities of Effective Diction Revising Diction Correcting Diction on your computer Readings. James Thurber, The Microscope. Annie Dillard, Total Eclipse Writing Assignments 11. Tone and Style Tone Style Guidelines for revising your style Checking your tone and style on your computer Readings. P.J. O'Rourke, Third World Driving Hints and Tips. Patricia Hampl, Prague Writing Assignments III. Writing Research 12. Planning the Research Paper Understanding the Assignment Making a Schedule Selecting a Subject Finding Sources Evaluating Sources Guidelines for evaluating sources Taking Notes Planning your research paper on your computer Writing Assignments 13. Writing the Research Paper Organizing a Preliminary Outline Developing a Thesis Writing the First Draft Creating the Introduction Quoting Sources Documenting Sources Notes Listing or Evaluating Sources or Referring to Additional Sources Listing Sources: Sample Entries Designing the Final Draft (MLA Style) Writing your research paper on your computer Sample Student Research Paper Writing Assignments IV. Readings with a Purpose 14. Writing Strategies Strategy One: Narration and Description Lisa Widenhofer (student), Inside and Out Andre Dubus, Digging Questions about Strategy Strategy Two: Process Analysis Rob Sturma (student), Anatomy of a Garage Band Barbara Ehrenreich, Selling in Minnesota Strategy Three: Comparison and Contrast Kris Modlin (student), Same Goal/Different Plan John Steele Gordon, The Golden Spike Strategy Four: Division and Classification Larry Bush (student), Listmakers Jessica Helfand, Television Did It First: Ten Myths About New Media Strategy Five: Definition Sue Kirby (student), Depression James Gleick, Attention! Multitaskers Strategy Six: Causal Analysis Yili Shi (student), Only Child Policy Eric Foner, Changing History Strategy Seven: Argument Jill Taraskiewicz (student), The Recycling Controversy Bill McKibben, The End of Nature Writing Assignments V. Handbook of Grammar and Usage The Evolution of English Understanding Sentence Elements 1. Recognize the Basic Elements of Sentences 2. Recognize the Basic Sentence Patterns 3. Expand and Vary Sentence Patterns Writing Logical and Effective Sentences 4. Sentence Sense 5. Active and Passive Sentences 6. Maintain Parallelism among Sentence Elements 7. Word Order 8. Position Modifiers Carefully 9. Comparisons 10. Conciseness Writing Grammatical Sentences 11. Eliminate Sentence Fragments 12. Eliminate Fused Sentences and Comma Splices 13. Agreement 14. Case 15. Verb Tenses 16. Adjectives and Adverbs Choosing Effective Diction 17. Use a Dictionary 18. Consider Issues of Diction Observing the Rules of Punctuation 19.Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Points 20. Commas 21. Unnecessary Commas 22. Semicolons 23. Colons 24. Dashes 25. Parentheses 26. Quotation Marks 27. Brackets 28. Ellipses Observing the Rules of Mechanics 29. Capitalization 30. Italics 31. Quotation Marks 32. Apostrophes 33. Hyphenation 34. Numbers 35. Abbreviations 36. Spelling A Glossary of Contemporary Usage Acknowledgments Index of Authors and Titles Subject Index

About the Author

Joseph F. Trimmer is professor of English and director of The Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry at Ball State University. He is the author of numerous articles on literature, culture, and literacy, including THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION: THE FIRST TWENTY-FIVE YEARS (1978), UNDERSTANDING OTHERS: CULTURAL AND CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES AND THE TEACHING OF LITERATURE (1992), and NARRATION AS KNOWLEDGE: TALES OF THE TEACHING LIFE (1997). Professor Trimmer has also worked on 20 documentary films for PBS, including the six-part series, Middletown (1982). His textbooks include WRITING WITH A PURPOSE, 14th Edition (2004), THE RIVER READER, 12th Edition (formerly the RIVERSIDE READER (2016), and eFICTIONS (2002). Trimmer's A GUIDE TO MLA DOCUMENTATION, 9th Edition is a perennial bestseller; he has also published A GUIDE TO APA DOCUMENTATION.

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14th June 2009



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