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What, Why, and How?

Mastering 15 Concepts to Become a Better Writer



Introduction: Behind the Rhetoric

Overview of the 15 Concepts: Getting a Good Start

Complete Rhetoric (442 pages):

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                           CRITICAL
                           READING
                         

-Before reading strategies
-While reading strategies
-After reading strategies
-Faculty-written texts

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                                CRITICAL   
                               THINKING



-Definition and rationale    
-Breaking down critical thinking
-Bloom’s Taxonomy
-Higher & lower levels of thinking
 

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                          PAPER TOPICS     



-Text-based approach  
-General paper guidelines
-Types of paper topics
    * Creating your own
    * Breaking down prompts

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                         THE WRITING   
                            PROCESS


-Prewriting
-Outlining      
-Drafting/Revising
-Editing/Proofreading

-Creating Essay Titles
-Essay Checklist

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                                      MLA 
                             CONVENTIONS


-General formatting
-Titles & Authors
-In-Text Citations
-Works Cited
-Brief MLA Citation Guide

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                             EVALUATING
                               WRITING 

  
 -Workshopping
 -Rubrics
 -Students Responding to Feedback
 -Grading Standards
           

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                         THESIS
                        STATEMENTS



  -Definition and rationale
  -Locating opinion words
  -Narrowing down a topic
 
 -Text-based thesis statements
 
 -Creating a thesis
  -Revising a thesis
  -Where to put a thesis

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                        INTRODUCTIONS
                        & CONCLUSIONS


 -Definition and rationale
 -How to begin      
 -What to avoid   
 -Effective approaches & examples   

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                           PARAGRAPHS
 
 

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Paragraphs
-PIE
-Topic Sentences
-Transitions

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INTEGRATING
                             SOURCES



  -Plagiarism        
  -Quoting & Paraphrasing

  -Smoothly Integrating Quotes
  -Researching
    * Evaluating sources
    * Search strategies

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                          TIMED WRITING



-Reviewing essay elements
-Breaking down a prompt 
-Creating a rough outline
-Managing your time
-Practicing
-Additional tips
-Timed writing checklist

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                              LITERATURE


 
 -Main Literary Forms:                   
    * Fiction
    * Drama
    * Poetry
 - Literary Theories
     
 - Literature Rubrics           

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                        STYLE



    -Simplicity   
    -Point of View
    -Word Choice
    -Sentence Crafting
    -Sentence Combining
    -Parallelism
    -Misspelled & Misused Words

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                             GRAMMAR



-Adjs/Adverbs             -Fragments
-Appositives                 -Possessives
-Articles    -Run-together sentences
-Commas             -Subjects & Verbs
-Contractions       -Verb Agreement
-Coordinators         -Subordinators
-Dangling Mods          -Verb tenses

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                          NON-NATIVE
                    ENGLISH SPEAKERS


-Advice specifically designed for
  non-native English speakers


Written by Skyline English teachers with contributions from our Librarians and the ESOL teachers. 

Authors of the Rhetoric:

Linda Basnage, Rachel Bell, Jim Bowsher, Eric Brenner, Serena Chu-Mraz, Liza Erpelo, Kathleen Feinblum, Nina Floro, Gwen Fuller, Chris Gibson, Katharine Harer, Cheryl Hertig,  Lucia Lachmayr, Eve Lerman, Nancy Kaplan-Beigel, Nathan Jones, Garry Nicol, Janice Sapigao, Leigh Anne Shaw, Paula Silva, Jessica Silver-Sharp, Mine Suer, Mike Urquidez, Rob Williams, Karen Wong, and Susan Zoughbie

Edited by and web site maintained by: Rachel Bell
If you have any questions, comments or revision suggestions, please contact: bellr@smccd.edu 650-738-4349

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