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Overview

Think About It calls out, names, and carefully explains the crucial intellectual moves in academic writing. These are the moves that students must, at some point, adopt if they are to thrive in academic life. Now, with Think About It, students can learn the often evasive qualities that give significance and value to written work: sophistication, insight, rigor, depth, and complexity. And with the help of sample essays and generative outlines, students will be able to apply the moves directly to their assignments. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

John Mauk, Miami University

John Mauk has a Ph.D. in rhetoric and writing from Bowling Green State University. As a composition scholar, he has written about the role of geographical place in writing pedagogy. He has also published a book of short fiction and several articles on the intersection of rhetoric and fiction. He was elected Imogene Wise Instructor of the Year at Northwestern Michigan College and Sigma Tau Delta Professor of the Year at Miami University. He currently teaches at Miami University and co-directs the Ohio Writing Project.

Jayme Stayer,

Jayme Stayer holds degrees in music and English from the University of Notre Dame, and an MA and PhD in English literature from the University of Toledo. He has held faculty posts at Texas A&M University – Commerce, Universidad Centroamericana in El Salvador, and John Carroll University. With more than fifteen years of teaching experience, he has published in pedagogical as well as scholarly journals, including a number of articles and chapters on T. S. Eliot. He is currently working on a book project, Becoming T. S. Eliot: The Rhetoric of Voice and Audience in the Early Poetry. Stayer joined the Society of Jesus (known by its unofficial name, the Jesuits) in 2003, and is in process to complete his theology studies, followed by ordination.

Karen Mauk,

Karen Mauk holds degrees in English literature and German language and literature from Boston University. With more than eight years of development editing experience, she has guided more than forty textbooks, ancillaries, and technology products through publication. She is also the author of two composition handbook chapters and an instructor's manual accompanying a composition reader. Her areas of expertise span from developmental writing to freshman composition to literature.
  • A practical approach to critical thinking and writing. The first nine chapters (Part 1) of THINK ABOUT IT illustrate nine essential intellectual practices with a variety of sample passages and situations.
  • Flexible arrangement for a wide range of assignments. Generative outlines are provided as starting points for explanatory/descriptive projects, analytical projects, argumentative projects, and reflective projects. Likewise, concise chapters open up greater possibilities for instructors to assign the combination that best fits their course's outcomes.
  • Activities for trying out academic moves. "Talk About It" activities throughout each Part 1 chapter let students try out the particular strategy just illustrated, while "Write It" activities at the end of each chapter give them ways to put all the moves together.
  • Interactive outlines online. At the THINK ABOUT IT website, students will find interactive outlines corresponding to those in Part 3 of the text. The website provides an ideal online environment for mapping out and developing ideas.
  • Full essays to demonstrate ways of thinking. Part 2 provides full essays that illustrate in longer form each of the moves explained and more briefly illustrated in Part 1. This part of the book begins with instruction for reading critically.
  • Generative outlines for conceptualizing and charting out ideas. Part 3 is designed to give students practical experience in the use of the essential academic moves. The outlines support students as they write towards the most commonly assigned genres in writing courses and across the curriculum.
  • Flexible arrangement for a wide range of assignments. Generative outlines are provided as starting points for explanatory/descriptive projects, analytical projects, argumentative projects, evaluative projects, and reflective projects. Likewise, concise chapters open up greater possibilities for instructors to assign the combination that best fits their course's outcomes.
  • InfoTrac® Student Collections are specialized databases expertly drawn from the Gale Academic One library. Each InfoTrac® Student Collection enhances the student learning experience in the specific course area related to the product. These specialized databases allow access to hundreds of scholarly and popular publications - all reliable sources - including journals, encyclopedias, and academic reports. Learn more and access at: http://gocengage.com/infotrac.
  • Activities for trying out academic moves. "Talk About It" activities throughout each Part 1 chapter let students try out the particular strategy just illustrated, while "Write It" activities at the end of each chapter give them ways to put all the moves together.
  • Interactive outlines online. At the THINK ABOUT IT website, students will find interactive outlines corresponding to those in Part 3 of the text. The website provides an ideal online environment for mapping out and developing ideas.
  • A practical approach to critical thinking and writing. The first nine chapters (Part 1) of THINK ABOUT IT illustrate nine essential intellectual practices with a variety of sample passages and situations.
  • Full essays to demonstrate ways of thinking. Part 2 provides full essays that illustrate in longer form each of the moves explained and more briefly illustrated in Part 1. This part of the book begins with instruction for reading critically.
  • Generative outlines for conceptualizing and charting out ideas. Part 3 is designed to give students practical experience in the use of the essential academic moves. The outlines support students as they write towards the most commonly assigned genres in writing courses and across the curriculum.
INTRODUCTION: THINK
PART I: LEARN THE MOVES.
1. Seek Complexity.
2. Seek Tension.
3. Apply Sources.
4. Apply a Concept.
5. Dismantle Arguments
6. Justify Your Position.
7. Change the Terms.
8. Escape the Status Quo.
9. Assess Your Thinking.
PART II: READ THE MOVES.
Recognize Genre. Don’t Fear the Jargon. Seek Complexity. Steven D. Krause, "Kissing Technology on the Mouth." Stephanie Mills, "Air."
Seek Tension. Matthew Yglesias, "Was Paul’s Boutique Illegal?" Virginia Postrel, "The Substance of Style."
Apply Sources. Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff, "Why You Should Care About the Groundswell." Shawn Burks, "The View from the Kitchen."
Apply a Concept. Bradford A. Smith, "Superconductivity: A Super Idea." "Tiffany J. Smith, “From Trickster to Heroic Savior: Jake Sully’s Journey in Avatar.” Annette Wannamaker, "The Implied Child Reader."
Dismantle Arguments. William J. Carpenter, "Gossip, Empathy, and Uncomfortable Questions: Ashley Judd Changes the Conversation About Women.” Astrid Reed, "The Sydney Opera House."
Justify Your Position. Joel Kotkin, “Are Millennials the Screwed Generation?” Christine Overall, “Think Before You Breed.”
Change the Terms. John McCormick, "The Third World." Kathleen Schenck, "Acronym Headaches."
Escape the Status Quo. Michael Anderson, “When Race Is in the Room.” Barbara Ehrenreich, “The ‘Scientific’ Argument for Cheer.”
Assess Your Thinking. Ann Marie Paulin, "Math vs. English." Teresa Scollon, "A Hard Look at Parking Lots."
PART III: APPLY THE MOVES.
Explanatory and Descriptive Projects; Analytical Projects; Argumentative Projects; Reflective Projects.
Glossary.
Credits.
Index.

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"A delightfully fresh approach to getting students to think critically about the ideas and issues around them. The text gets students to understand the value of seeking complexity in their thinking about the issues and ideas of their time, and it empowers them by giving them the tools to do so!"

"THINK ABOUT IT answers the age-old faculty complaint that 'students don't know how to *think* anymore' with a rigorous analysis of the 'gears and levers' that make academic writing tick; the book gives students the tools they need to unpack scholarly writing and to produce more thoughtful academic writing of their own."

"[Think About It is] like a streamlined, plain-English, updated version of Aristotle's topoi, focusing just on moves that all professors, regardless of discipline, will immediately recognize."

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