|and your point . . . ?
The sixth edition of and your point . . . ? is designed to meet course content and standards for first-semester freshman composition and rhetoric students at community colleges as well as four-year colleges and universities.
Using the cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary pieces in this text, students are asked to use their critical reading and thinking skills to examine their understanding of and use of language to explore concepts across the academic curriculum, i.e., the natural sciences, the liberal arts, the social sciences.
The readings in this edition of . . . and your point? were selected to emphasize critical reading and thinking across a number of academic disciplines.
We used a number of criteria in choosing the readings:
- concepts, such as Darwinism, Marxism or emancipation, that will challenge
our students to think critically;
- a level of language that demands close reading, and re-reading, to achieve
- content that reflects thinking and writing across a range of academic disciplines,
including the natural sciences, sociology, anthropology, music, painting, history,
philosophy, religion, literature, economics.
- connections between/among readings to encourage the students to explore relationships
and understand different facets of complex issues, and
- non-textual materials, such as charts, tables, graphs, cartoons, and fine
art, requiring students to be able to interpret them and relate them to text.
WRITING: PROCESS AND PRODUCT
WHY WE WRITE
PURPOSE, AUDIENCE TONE AND LEVEL OF LANGUAGE
Annotating the Text
THE WRITING PROCESS
The Writing Cycle
AN OVERVIEW OF THE WRITING PROCESS
The Six Questions
The “Grabber” Opening
Some Myths about Thesis Statements
Some Dos and Don’ts for Introductions
Some Dos and Don’ts for Conclusions
Connotation and Denotation
COMPARE AND CONTRAST
CAUSE AND EFFECT
Premises and Conclusions
WRITING AN ESSAY EXAMINATION
GRAMMAR AND MECHANICS
Parts of Speech
Subjects and Verbs
Phrases and Clauses
Eliminating Sentence Fragments
Avoiding Run-on Sentences and Comma Splices
Appropriate Use of Pronouns
Keeping Elements Parallel
Using Adjectives and Adverbs