Higher Education

Think About It, 1st Edition

  • John Mauk Northwestern Michigan College
  • Jayme Stayer
  • Karen Mauk
  • ISBN-10: 1285072529  |  ISBN-13: 9781285072524
  • 336 Pages
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $25.50
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About

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.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Table of Contents

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.

What's New

  • 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.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"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!"

— Kiki Rydell, Montana State University

"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."

— Anthony Dykema-VanderArk, Grand Rapids Community College

"[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."

— Graham Scott, Texas Woman's University

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1285169921 | ISBN-13: 9781285169927)

Available for download on the book companion website, this manual contains valuable resources to help you maximize your class preparation efforts.

Writing Analytically  (ISBN-10: 0495910082 | ISBN-13: 9780495910084)

The popular, brief rhetoric that treats writing as thinking, WRITING ANALYTICALLY, Sixth Edition, offers a sequence of specific prompts that teach students across the curriculum how the process of analysis and synthesis is a vehicle for original and well-developed ideas. The book’s governing premise is that learning to write well means learning to use writing in order to think well. To that end, the strategies of this book describe thinking skills that employ writing. This book treats writing as a tool of thought--a means of undertaking sustained acts of inquiry and reflection.

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CourseReader 0-30: Argument Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111481245 | ISBN-13: 9781111481247)

COURSEREADER: ARGUMENT is a fully customizable online reader which provides access to hundreds of primary source readings to complement your Argument course. This easy-to-use solution allows you to select exactly the content you need to enhance your course, and is loaded with convenient features like highlighting, printing, and note taking. Choose readings--all with permissions cleared--from popular themes and topics often covered in argument courses such as Identity and Society, Citizenship, Censorship, Technology, Education / Learning, The Environment, Social Justice, Religion / Ethics, War, and a selection of classic readings. YOU have the freedom to assign individualized content at an affordable price. COURSEREADER: ARGUMENT is the perfect complement to any composition class.

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CourseReader 0-60: Argument Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111680612 | ISBN-13: 9781111680619)

COURSEREADER: ARGUMENT is a fully customizable online reader which provides access to hundreds of primary source readings to complement your Argument course. This easy-to-use solution allows you to select exactly the content you need to enhance your course, and is loaded with convenient features like highlighting, printing, and note taking. Choose readings--all with permissions cleared--from popular themes and topics often covered in argument courses such as Identity and Society, Citizenship, Censorship, Technology, Education / Learning, The Environment, Social Justice, Religion / Ethics, War, and a selection of classic readings. YOU have the freedom to assign individualized content at an affordable price. COURSEREADER: ARGUMENT is the perfect complement to any composition class.

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Questia, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1428277439 | ISBN-13: 9781428277434)

Questia is the online library that provides 24/7 access to the Web's premier collection of full-text books and academic journal and periodical articles in the humanities and social sciences. And, it is more than a vast collection of online sources. Questia can help your students in the entire research process, from topic selection and research to organization of their notes and proper citations. Questia will help your students write better papers, providing a wider array of scholarly sources, and enabling them to organize what they've learned into a better-thought-out paper.

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Student Supplements

Interactive eBook, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285170105 | ISBN-13: 9781285170107)

THINK ABOUT IT is available as an interactive eBook! Now you can do all of your reading online or use the true-to-page eBook as a handy reference while completing other coursework. The eBook includes the full text of the print version with user-friendly navigation, search, and highlighting tools. You can find this and additional resources at www.CengageBrain.com.

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Writing Analytically  (ISBN-10: 0495910082 | ISBN-13: 9780495910084)

The popular, brief rhetoric that treats writing as thinking, WRITING ANALYTICALLY, Sixth Edition, offers a series of prompts that lead you through the process of analysis and synthesis and help you to generate original and well-developed ideas. The book’s overall point is that learning to write well means learning to use writing as a way of thinking well. To that end, the strategies of this book describe thinking skills that employ writing. As you will see, this book treats writing as a tool of thought--a means of undertaking sustained acts of inquiry and reflection.

List Price = $116.95  | CengageBrain Price = $116.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $87.75

CourseReader 0-30: Writing Across the Curriculum Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111746885 | ISBN-13: 9781111746889)

Easy to use and affordable access to readings, audio and video selections for your courses with this customized online reader. COURSEREADER: WRITING ACROSS CURRICULUM helps you stay organized and facilitates convenient access to course material, no matter where you are.

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CourseReader 0-60: Writing Across the Curriculum Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111680795 | ISBN-13: 9781111680794)

Easy to use and affordable access to readings, audio and video selections for your courses with this customized online reader. COURSEREADER: WRITING ACROSS CURRICULUM helps you stay organized and facilitates convenient access to course material, no matter where you are.

List Price = $135.00  | CengageBrain Price = $135.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $135.00

CourseReader 0-30: Argument Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111481245 | ISBN-13: 9781111481247)

Enjoy easy-to-use and affordable access to readings for your courses with this customized online reader. COURSEREADER: ARGUMENT helps you stay organized and facilitates convenient access to course material, no matter where you are.

List Price = $66.00  | CengageBrain Price = $66.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $66.00

CourseReader 0-60: Argument Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111680612 | ISBN-13: 9781111680619)

Enjoy easy-to-use and affordable access to readings for your courses with this customized online reader. COURSEREADER: ARGUMENT helps you stay organized and facilitates convenient access to course material, no matter where you are.

List Price = $135.00  | CengageBrain Price = $135.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $135.00

Questia, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1428277439 | ISBN-13: 9781428277434)

Write better papers faster with Questia, the powerful online research library for all your research and paper writing needs.

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Questia, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285079205 | ISBN-13: 9781285079202)

Write better papers faster with QUESTIA, the powerful online research tool for all your research and paper writing needs. Through access to QUESTIA's complete versions of copyrighted books (77,000 + and growing) and 4 million academic journal articles, plus magazine and newspaper articles—all selected by professional librarians—you can quote and cite peer-reviewed sources without worrying about their credibility. QUESTIA's powerful search function enables you to quickly find the most relevant sources for your research without painstakingly sifting through page after page of irrelevant information. Besides scholarly content, QUESTIA also provides easy-to-use search, note-taking, and writing tools to help you produce a first-rate paper. Any book or article you find is always available. No book is ever checked out. QUESTIA is always open—24 hours a day, 7 days a week—available when and where you want to work.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

John Mauk

John Mauk has a Ph.D. in rhetoric and writing from Bowling Green State University and a Masters in language and literature from the University of Toledo. Scholarship includes an article on critical geography and composition (COLLEGE ENGLISH, March 2003). Mauk now teaches composition and rhetoric courses at Northwestern Michigan College. In 2007, he served on the NCTE Nominating Committee.

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.