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AboutResearch for Writers: Advanced English Composition incorporates lively interviews with practitoners in a wide variety of writing fields from law to poetry. To illustrate:
- The Argumentative Paper: An attorney is interviewed about preparing an argument for court.
- The Explication: An award-winning poet reads and explains his work.
- Journalism vs. Essays: Newspaper editors and editorial writers provide insight from their busy offices.
- Electronic Sources: Information technologists offer suggestions for evaluating online sources.
- Drug use among athletes
- Violence in the schools
- Clothing as a form of identity
- Modern day rites of passage
- Graffiti and billboards as expressions of public art
- Public politeness vs. road rage
- Same sex parenting
- Death penalty alternatives
- Home schooling pros and cons
This is a compilation item which contains other items. Licensing this one item causes all of the following items to be licensed.01 Overview: Communicating Your IdeasReviews basic English composition skills: expressive, persuasive and informative writing emphasizing the writer, reader or content; choosing a topic; techniques for generating ideas; identifying the audience; organizing the paper - paragraph unity, writing smooth transitions, coordination and subord... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only02 Writing a Research EssayIntroduces an intermediary step to writing a research paper without going through all of the steps in research or compiling an extensive bibliography. Using a single source, students write a research essay based on a current event from a newspaper on the date of their birth. Students learn about wri... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only03 Using the LibraryReviews the myriad sources and services available in libraries and how they can be accessed.Provides an introduction to the various categories of research materials and classification systems; presents information on online and computer-based systems including catalogs, periodical indexes, specializ... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only04 Narrowing the FocusPresents information on selecting and narrowing a topic including the importance of choosing a subject of interest, making sure the subject can be adequately covered given the assigned paper length and time. Students are provided techniques for asking focusing questions and working with available re... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only05 Preparing a Working Bibliography: Developing a Tentative ThesisPresents information on classifying and categorizing materials into overview, focusing, and supporting materials; identifying and using primary and secondary sources appropriately; preparing a working bibliography; formatting note cards for books, periodicals, newspapers, and electronic materials.In... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only06 Gathering InformationMakes suggestions for ensuring relevance, timeliness and value of gathered information. Presents information on choosing general or specialized materials, evaluating sources for authority and bias, evaluating online sources for authenticity and credibility. Tips are given for taking notes, using dir... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only07 Preparing a Tentative OutlineStudents are shown how to organizing ideas into phrase or sentence outlines, how to maintain balance with supportive statements, rearrange main points with subheadings and to fine-tune and reformulate the thesis. Suggestions are made for using the outline to change the direction of the paper, dealin... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only08 Argumentative WritingTeaches the students to recognize the difference between arguable and non-arguable statements and how to turn a neutral statement into an arguable one. Information is presented on the importance of understanding the audience in order to be persuasive; interviews with trial attorneys are included. St... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only09 Critiquing the Argumentreviews elements of good argumentative writing, provides examples for students to critique. Session with students in class is included. DVD style course with completion certificate only10 Writing the First DraftEmphasizes importance of working from the outline for the first draft. Suggests techniques for paragraph development by separating note cards by topic headings, matching detailed notes to outline, interpreting information, using transitions, crediting sources, and avoiding plagiarism. Guidelines are... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only11 Critiquing the First DraftProfessional writers discuss the importance of writing and revision. Information is presented on identifying and strengthening the thesis statement, matching paragraphs to the outline, using quotations and transitions appropriately. A short classroom session is included in which the instructor and s... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only12 Documenting SourcesInformation is presented on documenting statements and ideas that are not your own and preparing a Works Cited or reference list. Detailed information is provided on formatting quotes, citing books, articles, and online materials. Examples are provided using both MLA and APA styles with references t... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only13 Using Electronic SourcesInformation is provided on retrieving, evaluating and using information from computer-based sources including online catalogs, internet search tools and CD-ROM or video databases. Techniques for searching commercial online databases are presented along with information on using search engines and in... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only14 Revising and EditingMakes suggestions for reviewing the content of the paper for overall organization, paragraph structure, paragraph development, slant vs. bias, accuracy and polish. Techniques are suggested for reworking and polishing the introduction and conclusion. DVD style course with completion certificate only15 Identifying Grammatical and Mechanical ErrorsReviews criteria for checking the paper for grammatical and mechanical errors while looking for sentence unity and good paragraph construction. ôDr. Grammarö reviews basic rules of grammar through examples that include problems with sentence structure, comma splices, sentence fragments, capitalizati... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only16 Critiquing the Second DraftExamples of research papers are provided as a review of elements to be considered in the second draft including sentence structure, subject-verb agreement, pronoun reference, use of second person. Session in a college writing lab provides additional examples of common errors and corrections DVD style course with completion certificate only17 The Explication and CritiqueThe explication is presented as an explanatory paper in literature, fine arts or philosophy. Information is provided on critiquing a work for style, use of symbolism and analysis of meaning; differences from a research paper are pointed out with examples from novels and poems. The critique is presen... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only18 Critiquing in the ClassroomInterviews with professional writers are included to supplement a classroom session on writing critiques. DVD style course with completion certificate only19 The AbstractThe abstract is presented as restating or paraphrasing a written work from history, sociology, political science, or psychology and condensing it into a summary. Students are given steps in writing an abstract with examples from social sciences and politics. DVD style course with completion certificate only20 Technical WritingIndustry-specific business writing is introduced with lively examples from the world of business and includes interviews with top executives from national companies. Information is presented on the importance of audience identification, knowledge of purpose and the relationship between writer and au... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only21 Business WritingWriting for business or being 'businesslikeö includes information on writing business letters, memos, reports, resumes and letters of application. Detailed information is given for letter and memo formatting, types of salutations and closings, and methods for including visuals and enclosures. DVD style course with completion certificate only22 Writing Under Pressure"One draft only" writing includes tips on taking an essay exam, writing an essay for a scholarship application, and completing a job application requiring a written statement. Emphasis is on the essay exam with suggestions for making an outline, using a timeline and identifying key and strategic ter... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only23 Interpreting and Explaining LiteratureInterpreting and explaining literature includes examples from poems, short stories, and novels with film clips from current movies made for TV. Writing about literature is presented as participating in reading by taking notes, paraphrasing, and recording initial reactions. The importance of rereadin... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only24 Looking for Patterns in LiteratureStudents are instructed on how to become skilled at perceiving patterns in literature by using examples and metaphors from nature. The basic elements of setting, plot, theme, foreshadowing, figurative language and symbolism are explained with examples from novels and current movies made for TV. DVD style course with completion certificate only