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"A delightfully fresh approach to getting students to think critically about the ideas and issues around them. The text gets students to understand the value of seeking complexity in their thinking about the issues and ideas of their time, and it empowers them by giving them the tools to do so!"

"THINK ABOUT IT answers the age-old faculty complaint that 'students don't know how to *think* anymore' with a rigorous analysis of the 'gears and levers' that make academic writing tick; the book gives students the tools they need to unpack scholarly writing and to produce more thoughtful academic writing of their own."

"[Think About It is] like a streamlined, plain-English, updated version of Aristotle's topoi, focusing just on moves that all professors, regardless of discipline, will immediately recognize."

About the Author

John Mauk has a Ph.D. in rhetoric and writing from Bowling Green State University and a Masters in language and literature from the University of Toledo. Scholarship includes an article on critical geography and composition (COLLEGE ENGLISH, March 2003). Mauk now teaches composition and rhetoric courses at Northwestern Michigan College. In 2007, he served on the NCTE Nominating Committee.

Jayme Stayer holds degrees in music and English from the University of Notre Dame, and an MA and PhD in English literature from the University of Toledo. He has held faculty posts at Texas A&M University - Commerce, Universidad Centroamericana in El Salvador, and John Carroll University. With more than fifteen years of teaching experience, he has published in pedagogical as well as scholarly journals, including a number of articles and chapters on T. S. Eliot. He is currently working on a book project, Becoming T. S. Eliot: The Rhetoric of Voice and Audience in the Early Poetry. Stayer joined the Society of Jesus (known by its unofficial name, the Jesuits) in 2003, and is in process to complete his theology studies, followed by ordination.

Karen Mauk holds degrees in English literature and German language and literature from Boston University. With more than eight years of development editing experience, she has guided more than forty textbooks, ancillaries, and technology products through publication. She is also the author of two composition handbook chapters and an instructor's manual accompanying a composition reader. Her areas of expertise span from developmental writing to freshman composition to literature.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 1 edition (January 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1285072529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1285072524
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This textbook takes a new approach to academic/professional writing: It explores the various rhetorical/logical "moves" that are available to writers: "Seek Complexity, Seek Tension, Apply Sources, Apply a Concept, Dismantle Arguments, Justify your Position, Change the Terms, Escape the Status Quo, Assess your Thinking": these are chapter titles. Each chapter develops the move, breaks it down into steps, different techniques and applications, gives examples. Part Two is a set of readings that embody the critical moves.

The approach here is comparable to Gerald Graff's popular "They Say / I Say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (Third Edition), but this book is more sophisticated and comprehensive.

The main value for students is that it provides a set of techniques for generating original and persuasive arguments and essays. Upper division students are sometimes asked to produce original research and argument essays, but too often they have little sense of how to do so, how to generate interesting ideas. This book will guide them. It could be used effectively as a textbook for a writing-intensive class.
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This book is great and comprehensible! Good for anyone is is trying to improve there academic writing, rather there in High School, College or Grad School. It uses great examples and its small too! So you could carry it in a small bag or maybe your back pocket. My English Professor made us get this book for his class and it has been really helpful to me.
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Great book in great condition!
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I have to read this book for my writing class, it's really interesting and gives good advice and tips. It is however, a slow read so caution!!
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