Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing Vol. II

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Charlie Lowe, Grand Valley State University
Pavel Zemliansky, James Madison University

Pub Date: 2011

ISBN 13: 978-1-6023519-6-7

Publisher: Parlor Press

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Reviewed by Alyson Welker, Instructor, Colorado State University, on 1/8/2016.

This book follows well with the areas I outline within my first year writing course. There are essays which correspond to all of the major topics … read more

 

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Reviewed by Neil FitzPatrick, Special Instructor, Colorado State University , on 1/8/2016.

This book would serve as a decent secondary text in a composition course. The included essays - as outlined in the index - deal with the necessities … read more

 

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Reviewed by Karen Embry, Instructor, Portland Community College, on 1/8/2016.

Collection is comprehensive as it offers twenty-one “writings on writing” that cover a wide-range of perspectives on academic writing,offering advice … read more

 

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Reviewed by Megan Knight, Senior Lecturer, The University of Iowa, on 1/8/2016.

This collection of essays provides comprehensive coverage of key issues in the first-year composition classroom. It addresses core skills––composing … read more

 

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Reviewed by George Zamzow, Instructor, Composition & Literature, Portland Community College, on 1/8/2016.

I'm not sure this book is intended to be a comprehensive look at writing. Rather, it is a compilation of essays that's highly modular and flexible. … read more

 

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Reviewed by Jaime Wood, Adjunct Instructor, Clackamas Community College, on 1/8/2016.

Writing Spaces Vol. II addresses first-year college writing through a series of essays about writing, reading, research, collaboration, publishing, … read more

 

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Reviewed by Dana Harker , Lecturer , Portland Community College , on 1/8/2016.

This text seemed like a general overview of first year composition and with the exception of the chapters on research, the chapters are simply too … read more

 

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Reviewed by Holly Cullom, English Instructor, Portland Community College, on 1/8/2016.

Readings cover a wide range of topics that are essential for an introductory composition course, including audience, voice, critical thinking, … read more

 

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Reviewed by Kristen Fink, Instructor, Portland Community College, on 12/6/2016.

I would recommend this text for students focused on writing arguments in particular. The text is a series of stand alone articles related to various … read more

 

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Reviewed by Sara Reilly, Adjunct Professor, Rhode Island College, on 4/12/2017.

The text covers a variety of topics commonly found in contemporary first-year writing (FYW) courses: process, rhetorical context (particularly … read more

 

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Ten Ways To Think About Writing: Metaphoric Musings for College Writing Students
  • Chapter 2: Composition as a Write of Passage
  • Chapter 3: Critical Thinking in College Writing: From the Personal to the Academic
  • Chapter 4: Looking for Trouble: Finding Your Way into a Writing Assignment
  • Chapter 5: How to Read Like a Writer
  • Chapter 6: Murder! (Rhetorically Speaking)
  • Chapter 7: The Complexity of Simplicity: Invention Potentials for Writing Students
  • Chapter 8: Writing “Eyeball To Eyeball”: Building A Successful Collaboration
  • Chapter 9: On the Other Hand: The Role of Antithetical Writing in First Year Composition Courses
  • Chapter 10: Introduction to Primary Research: Observations, Surveys, and Interviews
  • Chapter 11: Putting Ethnographic Writing in Context
  • Chapter 12: Walk, Talk, Cook, Eat: A Guide to Using Sources
  • Chapter 13: Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources
  • Chapter 14: Googlepedia: Turning Information Behaviors into Research Skills
  • Chapter 15: Annoying Ways People Use Sources
  • Chapter 16: Everything Changes, or Why MLA Isn’t (Always) Right
  • Chapter 17: Storytelling, Narration, and the “Who I Am” Story
  • Chapter 18: The Sixth Paragraph: A Re-Vision of the Essay
  • Chapter 19: Why Blog? Searching for Writing on the Web
  • Chapter 20: A Student’s Guide to Collaborative Writing Technologies
  • Chapter 21: Beyond Black on White: Document Design and Formatting in the Writing Classroom 

About the Book

Volumes in Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing  offer multiple perspectives on a wide-range of topics about writing.  In each chapter, authors present their unique views, insights, and strategies for writing by addressing the undergraduate reader directly.  Drawing on their own experiences, these teachers-as-writers invite students to join in the larger conversation about the craft of writing. Consequently, each essay functions as a standalone text that can easily complement other selected readings in writing or writing-intensive courses across the disciplines at any level.

Volume 2 continues the tradition of the previous volume with topics, such as the rhetorical situation, collaboration, documentation styles, weblogs, invention, writing assignment interpretation, reading critically, information literacy, ethnography, interviewing, argument, document design, and source integration.

About the Contributors

Author(s)

Dr. Charlie Lowe is an assistant professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University where he teaches first year composition, professional writing, and web design, and he is a strong advocate of open source software adoption and open access publishing.

Dr. Pavel Zemliansky is an associate professor and graduate coordinator in the School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University where he teaches courses in composition, rhetoric, and professional communication.