For us, the underlying structure of effective academic writing — and of responsible public discourse — resides not just in stating our own ideas but in listening closely to others about us, summarizing their views in a way that will recognize, and responding with our own ideas in kind. Exercises are relevant and not just busy work. I read the third edition, from 2016, which contains extra chapters on literature and modern Internet technology. In my opinion, it is not encouraging plagiarism to give the students a template to make it easier for them. Email me if you want help with your essay. Jason Arthur and Anne Case-Halferty In Beyond the Culture Wars 1992 and, a decade later, in Clueless in Academe 2003 , Gerald Graff offered arguments that spurred much debate about the content, nature, and efficacy of academic intervention into the arguments of public life. Description: Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges.
It provides excellent, descriptive ways of telling and also integrating others' voices with their own ideas, providing templates for bridges between the two. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. If you need this book's atrocious templates to write a paper, you have some serious literary remediation to do. Are We in a Race against the Machine? Don't Assume They'll Scroll Up: Entering Online Conversations 14. Leave it to Norton Publishing to create a handy guide like this.
Nicholas Carr, Is Google Making Us Stupid? Seller Inventory 2992169523 Book Description W. Graff and Birkenstein's templates are like training wheels for student writers, helping them to formulate ideas in ways that are new to them and hopefully to be discarded as composition and analytical skills improve. Since the social sciences attempt to explain human behavior, it is important to consider how your research affects the assumptions we make about human behavior. As such, one nee My writing is often competent, but not as effective as I'd like. Another star was dropped for the patronising writing style. Don't get me wrong, the five-paragraph essay form has been great in getting a lot of people to learn how to write essays. The last section addresses writing within specific settings, namely, writing for science, in the social sciences, entering class conversations and deciphering author viewpoints.
She has published essays on writing in College English, and, with Gerald Graff in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Academe, and College Composition and Communication. Of course, as in all things, I think the value of this book depends on the individual reader's personal knowledge and way of learning. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Most of the points they make are relevant, but for anyone past 9th or 10th grade they made seem a little obvious. However, after reading it, I thinkI and others like me were mistaken because we overlooked how a well organized method like the one offered in this book, where we are provided with plenty of explanations on the whys and hows of academic writing, can do wonders to our meek abilities in such craft. I read the third edition, from 2016, which contains extra chapters on literature and modern Internet technology.
My two stars are generous. I think this is a conflict of interest. Have you acknowledged likely objections to your argument? Even when you point out features or qualities of an artistic work that others have not noticed, you are implicitly disagreeing with what those interpreters have said by pointing out that they missed or overlooked something that, in your view, is important. As such, high school seems the better forum to teach a lot of these very basic writing skills. Possible ex library copy, thatâ ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library.
In fact, there would be no reason to offer an interpretation of a work of literature or art unless you were responding to the interpretations or possible interpretations of others. Thoughts while reading: As far as a textbook goes, this one contains good information in an easy-to-understand and succinct form. There are some weaker chapters on digital communications and verbal discussions. Come to think of it, some Eastern teachers use that technique as well; I'm just not well-versed in non-Western history. And even when you are writing the introduction and conclusion, sometimes you'll discover something new that needs to be incorporated into the body. While this may seem like an obvious point, it is not always obvious to college students, who often assume that all a good writer needs to do is present his or her own ideas, full stop.
Some instructors might disagree, but I find the use of templates very helpful for my students. Each sentence basically starts a new thought, rather than growing out of or extending the thought of the previous sentence. Their definition of writing well consists of summarising current debate they say and setting up one's own arguments I say. Although some people believe that templates stifle their creativity, Graff and Birkenstein, taking examples of songwriters, insist that even the most creative forms of expression depend on established patterns and structures. Instead, Graff and Birkenstien argue, responsible scholarship acknowledges ongoing debates and seeks to respectfully participate in them--by agreeing with the views of others, disagreeing, or agreeing and disagreeing agreeing to a point. At the end, it sounds like you'll expect the book to only work for a while, while at the beginning no pun intended, it means you'll try the book for a while and see how it goes. Their templates seek to give inexperienced writers the empowered sense of steering complex debates, of not only having a right but also a means to claim their academic rights.
Skeptics, of course, may want to question whether this enthusiasm of mine has any grounds of evidence to support it. I found it surprisingly useful for myself, although at a fairly detailed level. In my opinion, Graff does not give the student enough credit, as this neat little book tries to do all the work for you! I look forward to using this book with my students. It explains writing in a way that students can understand, and it opens the world of academic discourse to them. The paperback edition loses one star for thin paper and for faint ink, which make the book flimsy and unreadable. Some instructors might disagree, but I find the use of templates very helpful for my students.
Each chapter provides simple templates to help students make these move in their own writing. In addiction, you might offer recommendations for how other social scientists might continue to explore an issue, or what actions policymakers should take. It was required reading for an English Composition class. I've ordered my copy of the 2nd edition, actually, which comes out on 15 November 2011. Bookseller Inventory 2976413648 About this title: Synopsis: Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Graff and Birkenstein stress that students remember they are not writing in a vacuum but rather to a particular audience as part of a larger ongoing conversation.
For us, the underlying structure of effective academic Preface — Demystifying Academic Conversation p. Possible ex library copy, thatâ ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. The authors then move into helping students understand how to write about their own ideas, which is another type of struggle. This book aims to meet that challenge. Graff breaks down the elements of good academic persuasive writing into such useful, manageable chunks that it was a breeze to I think I would have hated this book if I were assigned it as a freshman in college. I'm finding that most often, students simply are not equipped to write about ideas they have found. I think this is a conflict of This book was used for my class, The Writing Process.