Writing Guide with Handbook aligns to the goals, topics, and objectives of many first-year writing and composition courses. It is organized according to relevant genres, and focuses on the writing process, effective writing practices or strategies - including graphic organizers, writing frames, and word banks to support visual learning - and conventions of usage and style. The text includes an editing and documentation handbook, which provides information on grammar and mechanics, common usage errors, and citation styles.
Writing Guide with Handbook breaks down barriers in the field of composition by offering an inviting and inclusive approach to students of all intersectional identities. To meet this goal, the text creates a reciprocal relationship between everyday rhetoric and the evolving world of academia. Writing Guide with Handbook builds on students' life experiences and their participation in rhetorical communities within the familiar contexts of personal interaction and social media. The text seeks to extend these existing skills by showing students how to construct a variety of compelling compositions in a variety of formats, situations, and contexts.
The authors conceived and developed Writing Guide with Handbook in 2020; its content and learning experiences reflect the instructional, societal, and individual challenges students have faced. The authors invite students and instructors to practice invitational discussions even as they engage in verbal and written argument. Instructors will be empowered to emphasize meaning and voice and to teach empathy as a rhetorical strategy. Students will be empowered to negotiate their identities and their cultures through language as they join us in writing, discovering, learning, and creating.
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Table of Contents
The Things We Carry: Experience, Culture, and Language
The Digital World: Building on What You Already Know to Respond Critically
Language, Identity, and Culture: Exploring, Employing, Embracing
Literacy Narrative: Building Bridges, Bridging Gaps
Bridging the Divide Between Personal Identity and Academia
Memoir or Personal Narrative: Learning Lessons from the Personal
Profile: Telling a Rich and Compelling Story
Proposal: Writing About Problems and Solutions
Evaluation or Review: Would You Recommend It?
Analytical Report: Writing from Facts
Rhetorical Analysis: Interpreting the Art of Rhetoric
Position Argument: Practicing the Art of Rhetoric
Reasoning Strategies: Improving Critical Thinking
Argumentative Research: Enhancing the Art of Rhetoric with Evidence
Research Process: Accessing and Recording Information
Annotated Bibliography: Gathering, Evaluating, and Documenting Sources
Case Study Profile: What One Person Says About All
Navigating Rhetoric in Real Life
Print or Textual Analysis: What You Read
Image Analysis: What You See
Multimodal and Online Writing: Creative Interaction between Text and Image
Scripting for the Public Forum: Writing to Speak
Portfolio Reflection: Your Growth as a Writer