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EmpoWord: A Student-Centered Anthology & Handbook for College Writers

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Shane Abrams, Portland State University

Pub Date: 2018

Publisher: Portland State University Library

Language: English

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Reviewed by Maria Kingsbury, Associate Professor, Southwest Minnesota State University on 12/4/18

In addition to including helpful sub-sections in each chapter summarizing important concepts and skills, this book contains a glossary, appendices, plenty of thoughtful additional supplementary readings, and a thorough explanation of the author's... read more


Reviewed by Pauline Scott, Professor, Fort Hays State University on 11/27/18

The text is perhaps too broad in its coverage to be entirely effective. read more


Table of Contents

Part One: Description, Narration, and Reflection

  • Chapter One: Describing a Scene or Experience
  • Chapter Two: Telling a Story
  • Chapter Three: Reflecting on an Experience
  • Assignment: Descriptive Personal Narrative

Part Two: Text Wrestling

  • Chapter Four: Interpretation, Analysis, and Close Reading
  • Chapter Five: Summary and Reader-Response
  • Chapter Six: Analysis and Synthesis
  • Assignment: Text wrestling Analysis

Part Three: Research and Argumentation

  • Chapter Seven: Argumentation
  • Chapter Eight: Research Concepts
  • Chapter Nine: Interacting with Sources
  • Assignment: Persuasive Research Essay

About the Book

EmpoWord is a reader and rhetoric that champions the possibilities of student writing. The textbook uses actual student writing to exemplify effective writing strategies, celebrating dedicated college writing students to encourage and instruct their successors: the students in your class. Through both creative and traditional activities, readers are encouraged to explore a variety of rhetorical situations to become more critical agents of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in all facets of their lives. Straightforward and readable instruction sections introduce key vocabulary, concepts, and strategies. Three culminating assignments (Descriptive Personal Narrative; Text-Wrestling Analysis; Persuasive Research Essay) give students a chance to show their learning while also practicing rhetorical awareness techniques for future writing situations.

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Shane Abrams, Portland State University