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Writing Analytically treats writing as a tool of thought, offering prompts that lead you through the process of analysis and synthesis and help you to generate original, well-developed ideas. The authors of this brief, popular rhetoric believe that learning to write well requires learning to use your writing as a tool to think well. In the new edition, materials are better integrated, more contextualized, and—when possible—condensed. Each student text is packaged with a free Cengage Essential Reference Card to the MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition.

David Rosenwasser, Muhlenberg College

David Rosenwasser has taught at Muhlenberg College, a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, since the late 1980s. He and Jill Stephen created and implemented the Writing Across the Curriculum program there through a series of faculty seminars. During these seminars, Dr. Rosenwasser and Dr. Stephen discovered that while content faculty from across the disciplines maintained disciplinary-specific writing protocols, they essentially wanted the same thing from student writing: analysis. From this premise, WRITING ANALYTICALLY was born. Dr. Rosenwasser received his B.A. from Grinnell College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in the Theory and History of Narrative. His current interests include contemporary Irish literature and comic theory. His most recent literary papers include a study of the contemporary Irish writer Edna O'Brien in relation to the work of Joyce and Yeats as well as an analysis of the politics of Bruce Springsteen's albums during the Bush presidency, written collaboratively with a political science professor. His current interests include the plays of Martin McDonagh and the novels of Anne Enright.

Jill Stephen, Muhlenberg College

Jill Stephen has taught at Muhlenberg College, a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, since the late 1980s. Along with David Rosenwasser, she created and implemented the Writing Across the Curriculum program there through a series of faculty seminars. In these seminars, they discovered that content faculty from across the disciplines, although they maintained disciplinary-specific writing protocols, essentially wanted the same thing from student writing: analysis. From this premise, their textbook, WRITING ANALYTICALLY, was born. Dr. Stephen worked in the expository writing program at New York University under Lil Brannon and Cy Knoblauch. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and received her Ph.D. from NYU on Rhetorical Theory as evidenced in Renaissance poetry and prose. Aside from her writing with Dr. Rosenwasser on composition and writing program administration, she writes on poetry, especially Renaissance lyrics. Her current interests include the poetry of Frank O'Hara, Emily Dickinson and contemporary Irish women writers. Together, Stephen and Rosenwasser have travelled to campuses across the country giving workshops on how to think with student writers.
  • To provide students with quick and easy access to the latest changes in MLA style, The Cengage Essential Reference Card to the MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition, is packaged free with each student text.
  • New Chapter 1, “The Analytical Frame of Mind.” The new first chapter now integrates counterproductive habits of mind, the five analytical moves, and the first set of tools.
  • More help for reading analytically. The second set of analytical tools is now integrated into “Reading Analytically” (Chapter 2), where they are given a clearer context for use. The early placement of the reading chapter allows students to begin immediately to use writing to better understand the kinds of complex reading they are asked to do in college.
  • New chapter overviews. Each chapter begins with a brief overview that orients readers to the chapter’s contents. These overviews make the book more browseable and easier to navigate.
  • New student essay with an evolving thesis. Chapter 6, “Finding and Evolving a Thesis,” includes an essay with an evolving thesis, annotated to help students track the evolution.
  • A more linear progression. Chapters have been rearranged and in some cases combined to allow for a clearer progression from using analytical tools to discovering evidence, writing theses, working with sources, and revising for style.
  • Four-color design and new illustrations. The four-color design helps students identify key information on each page more quickly, while graphic illustrations of the main analytical tools break down the processes involved to make them more accessible to students.
  • Even more help for writing across the curriculum. Chapter 4, “Reasoning from Evidence to Claims,” and Chapter 6, “Finding and Evolving a Thesis,” evenhandedly address differences between deductively and inductively organized papers.
  • New, more comprehensive style chapter. In place of what were separate chapters on sentence structure and diction, there is now Chapter 10, “Style: Choosing Words, Shaping Sentences.”
  • Every chapter of the book is aimed at helping students develop an analytical frame of mind. Chapters 1-2 offer a set of habits for entering this frame of mind so that students can learn to do what strong thinkers do when they are confronted with data. The chapters also discusses counterproductive habits of mind to help students identify and work through common problems such as the premature leap, the judgment reflex, and so on.
  • Because the authors have heard from instructors that breaking the mold of the five-paragraph essay is particularly challenging, they present organizational strategies that can act as alternatives to the familiar five paragraphs and offer a full chapter, Chapter 3, on making common assignments (such as summary, personal response, agree/disagree, compare/contrast, and definition) more analytical.
  • Because it is designed to be used in writing-intensive courses in a variety of subject areas, as well as in first-year composition courses, Writing Analytically takes care to address similarities and differences across the disciplines, perhaps most visibly through its Voices from Across the Curriculum boxes, which speak directly to students on stylistic, rhetorical, and epistemological differences across the curriculum.
  • Sample readings (both brief and extended) represent a wide range of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, sociology, literary studies, political science, film studies, art history.
  • While Chapter 7 offers six strategies for analyzing sources (such as "Put Your Sources into Conversation with One Another"), Chapter 8 presents methods for getting started, finding quality on the Web, avoiding plagiarism, integrating quotations, writing an abstract, and citing sources--all prepared by a university reference librarian. Documentation styles included are MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE.
  • The writing exercises in Writing Analytically take two forms: end-of-chapter assignments that could produce papers, and informal writing exercises called “Try This” that are embedded inside the chapters near the particular skills being discussed. Many of the “Try This” exercises can generate papers, but usually they are more limited in scope, asking readers to experiment with various kinds of data-gathering and analysis.
1. The Analytical Frame of Mind.
2. Reading Analytically.
3. Responding To Traditional Writing Assignments More Analytically.
4. Reasoning from Evidence to Claims.
5. Interpretation.
6. Finding and Evolving a Thesis.
7. Using Sources Analytically: The Conversation Model.
8. Finding, Evaluating, and Citing Sources.
9. From Paragraphs to Papers: Forms and Formats Across the Curriculum.
10. Sentence Style: The Best Words in the Best Order.
11. Nine Basic Writing Errors and How to Fix Them.
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