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Writing Analytically 6th Edition

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New Features

  • New introductory chapter. Chapter 1, "Introduction to This Book, to College Writing, and to Thinking About Thinking," shows users how they can take best advantage of the text and its features. For instance, the chapter includes a series of 15 "Short Takes" that forecast the modular organization of the text and serve as a reference tool for locating extended topical discussions throughout the text.

  • New "Toolkit" chapters. The extraordinary Writing Analytically heuristics are now divided into two "Toolkits of Analytical Methods" chapters. The first "Toolkit" chapter (Chapter 2) equips the user with foundational observation techniques, while the second (Chapter 4) provides activities that allow the user to extend and deepen his analysis.

  • Revised Chapter 3, "Analysis." This chapter maintains its focus on the "Five Analytical" moves and now also includes discussion of the counterproductive habits of mind that often supplant effective analysis. There is a new example of the application of the "Five Analytical" moves to a Harvard University commencement speech. New "Try This" exercises are included in "Description," "Inferring Implications from Observations," and "Applying the Five Analytical Moves to a Speech." The chapter has new user writing examples from users of Biology, History, and English, and a professional writing from Jane Jacobs' The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

  • Newly revised and expanded chapter on reading. Moved forward in the sixth edition, this chapter offers a more developed presentation of "How to Read" with a new "Try This" exercise called "Writing and Reading with Others." New examples of user writing in this chapter include responses to David Bartholomae's "Inventing the University" essay. The reading chapter now has a new section on analyzing an audience and specific application of Uncovering Assumptions and Reformulating Binaries heuristics to Christopher Borick's essay, "On Political Labels." The chapter also has a new "Voices form Across the Curriculum" section on critical reading, from a music Instructor's point of view.

  • New Chapter 6, "Interpretation and Argument. Combining the prior edition's chapters on Interpretation and Argument, this single, integrated chapter now illustrates how to make plausible claims and take reasonable positions.

  • Expanded discussion of the thesis statement. Newly revised Unit II sequences two chapters on the Thesis Statement so that a user can study what makes a good thesis (Chapter 10) and then study a chapter about how to fix thesis statements (Chapter 11) that could be made more effective. These thesis chapters also contain new examples of user writing.

  • Integrated "Voices From Across the Curriculum" sections. These sections are now integrated throughout the text to more clearly illustrate the connections between writing and various academic disciplines.

Additional Features:

  • In this book, the authors also show users what not to do, using the premise that users have a hard time developing new skills until they've come to understand what is counterproductive about their current practice.

  • This book advocates locating observation as a separate phase of thinking before committing to a thesis. As writers and thinkers, we all need to slow down--to dwell longer in the open-ended, exploratory, information-gathering stage. So, the text supplies tasks for each phase of the writing and idea-generating process: making observations, inferring implications, and making the leap to possible conclusions.

  • To make the book's arguments and advice clearer, easier to find, and more clearly incremental, the sixth edition of Writing Analytically is streamlined and organized into three units: (I) The Analytical Frame of Mind; (II) Writing Analytical Papers: How to Use Evidence, Evolve Claims, and Converse with Sources; and (III) Matters of Form: The Shapes that Thought Takes.

  • Writing Analytically (Sixth Edition) centers on the concept of writing to learn: the idea that writing can facilitate and enrich users' understanding of their academic courses, and of their lives.


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About the Author

David Rosenwasser teaches at Muhlenberg College, a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, where he has been since the late 1980s. He and Jill Stephen created and implemented the Writing Across the Curriculum program there through a series of faculty seminars. During these seminars, Dr. Rosenwasser and Dr. Stephen discovered that while content faculty from across the disciplines maintained disciplinary-specific writing protocols, they essentially wanted the same thing from student writing: analysis. From this premise, WRITING ANALYTICALLY was born. Dr. Rosenwasser received his B.A. from Grinnell College and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in the theory and history of narrative. His current interests include contemporary Irish literature and comic theory. His most recent literary papers include a study of the contemporary Irish writer Edna O'Brien in relation to the work of Joyce and Yeats as well as an analysis of the politics of Bruce Springsteen's albums during the Bush presidency, written collaboratively with a political science professor.

Jill Stephen teaches at Muhlenberg College, a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, where she's been since the late 1980s. Along with David Rosenwasser, she created and implemented the Writing Across the Curriculum program there through a series of faculty seminars. In these seminars, they discovered that content faculty from across the disciplines, although they maintained disciplinary-specific writing protocols, essentially wanted the same thing from student writing: analysis. From this premise, their textbook, Writing Analytically, was born. Stephen worked in the expository writing program at New York University under Lil Brannon and Cy Knoblauch. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and received her Ph.D. from NYU on rhetorical theory as evidenced in Renaissance poetry and prose. Aside from her writing with Rosenwasser on composition and writing program administration, she writes on poetry, especially Renaissance lyrics. Her current interests include the poetry of Frank O'Hara, Emily Dickinson, and contemporary Irish women writers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 6 edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495910082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495910084
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Update, 11/11/2013. I no longer use this book in my classes, as I've found it a bit too advanced for my freshman English classes at a community college. Still, I love the book, and I and my students learned much about writing from it. If I eventually teach honors English, I'd use this book again. Below is my original review.

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I'm going into my fifth year of teaching English at the college level. After being hired for a tenure-track position in a new college, I was given the opportunity to choose my own textbooks. Over the course of the past year, I skimmed through about 20 textbooks, classic and lesser-known, and am very, very excited to have chosen "Writing Analytically." I haven't used it yet in my classes (I begin using it in the Fall), but I'll explain why this book clearly stood out compared to the others I've looked at.

Beyond providing the standard "how to write," step-by-step perspective which I saw as the general pattern of most texts, this book goes much further, clearly illustrating and promoting the significance and impact of quality, in-depth writing on everyday thought processes. It comes more from the angle that "if more people think things through in these ways, we'll be able to solve many more problems as a society." This is amplified by the fact that professors and experts from multiple academic departments and career paths are quoted in the book, showing how thinking and writing in-depth will help students in all classes across the curriculum, as well as after college.

Another key aspect of the book is a key point it advances, which is that students need to be comfortable with uncertainty. In other words, they should not expect to understand all of the details of a complex text the first time they read.
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As a college instructor, I'm always on the lookout for books that will help my students with writing. This book is full of specific strategies and exercises that will help students improve their analytic writing in academic contexts. I particularly recommend it for students in the humanities and social sciences. It's also good reference for college instructors in disciplines other than English who are looking for ways to help their students with the writing process.

Some of the other reviews have complained that the book is condescending. That's not the reaction I had at all. If anything, the book's authors assume that students are capable of producing mature academic prose if given the right tools and guidance.
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This book has allowed me to look at writing outside of the box. If you think you've got basic writing down, think again! I recommend this for any student looking to reshape his or her writing skills, in an unconventional way. The profound impact of this book is timeless, writing is taught as a visual thought process, which seems to be lacking in today's academic world. Learn to look at your sentences as shapes, rather than mere words. You are on your way to writing up a fury...Make it happen folks!
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Required textbook for class. This book is TOO detailed and I don't agree with some of the tips and suggestions. I feel like the points the authors were making could be explained with half as much information. It just needs to be simplified otherwise the reader quickly loses interest and gets frustrated. Print is tiny and reading it is not easy reading.
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Adroit analysis of the craft of writing. Albeit a required read, I at times enjoyed our assignments because of how well-written this textbook was. Highly recommend for a professor looking to find new material. Your students will thank you.
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This book is perhaps the most important skills book I have ever encountered. The analytic heuristics in this book make interpreting anything from text, picture, or film fulfilling. The book is designed to have the analytic tools work in social science, hard science, humanities and art. I use these tools for my high school students and they allow what used to be bland, surface level observation to become deeply thoughtful and defensible interpretations. As a teacher this book is an essential tool. It is written for college students so secondary educators will need to modify it.
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So this book is about as good as it can get with such a dry subject. I would rate it higher, EXCEPT somehow the author managed to sneak in every liberal bias that he has. Seriously... in a book on writing analytically, I do not expect political opinion. In many example within the book this guy shows his hand. It was annoying and senseless.
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Needed this book for a college class. Renting it was a breeze ~ even had to extend my rental period and it was no problem problem at all, all done online. Easy return too! A pleasant experience.
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