1) A Rhetoric. For this class, we will be using an Open Access Rhetoric that I am currently working on. It is entitled What Is Writing? A Brief Introduction to Writing as An Act of Communication. If you would like a printed copy of this, please let me know and I will have one made for you. We will also be using sections of Charles Bazerman’s rhetoric The Informed Writer for this course.
2) Readings. Although some of our course readings are accessible online and I will distribute some photocopies of readings, we will also be using many readings published in Technology: A Reader for Writers. You can buy or rent this book at the City Tech bookstore or online. Alternately, you can make arrangements to use copies at the City Tech college library, where it is on reserve. If you choose not to purchase a copy of the textbook, it is your responsibility to have copies of readings we will be discussing in class. I would also like you to purchase The World’s Greatest Short Stories. Edited by James Daley. (YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE A COPY OF THIS BOOK ONLINE OR IN THE CITY TECH BOOKSTORE. IT COSTS $3.50. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU BUY A COPY DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES.)
3) An English Handbook. YOU CAN EITHER PURCHASE AN ENGLISH HANDBOOK IN PRINT, USE AN ENGLISH HANDBOOK THAT YOU ALREADY OWN , OR USE AN OPEN ACCESS ENGLISH HANDBOOK, MANY OF WHICH ARE AVAILABLE ON THE WEB AND ONE OF WHICH CAN BE LOCATED AT: http://www.digitalcomposition.org/openaccessenglishhandbook . I also suggest becoming acquainted with Norton’s web resources for college writers. You can access those via a website here and as a self-contained document here. IT IS UP TO YOU WHETHER YOU PREFER TO USE A HANDBOOK IN PRINT OR ONLINE. WHATEVER YOU DECIDE, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE MADE AN INFORMED DECISION AND LET ME AND YOUR CLASSMATES KNOW ABOUT YOUR DECISION BEFORE THE SECOND WEEK OF CLASSES.)
4) A College-level English Dictionary. You can use reliable dictionaries on the web, e.g., Merriam Webster (http://www.merriam-webster.com), Oxford, and/or a dictionary that you already own.
In addition to the titles listed above, we will be using several different texts for our course this semester, all of which are available on the Web. You will find links to these texts either in the weekly assignment and in the Readings section of this website.
In addition to the titles listed above, we will be using several different texts for our course this semester, all of which are available on the Web. You will find links to these texts below.
Colorado State Handouts
Understanding Writing Situations
Understanding Your Purpose
Adapting to Your Audience
Choosing and Refining Topics
Maintaining Your Focus
Conducting Library Research
Conducting Electronic Research
Conducting Field Research
Reading the World Wide Web
Developing a Working Bibliography
Developing a Research Question
Planning an Argument
Writing Commons Handouts
ESSAYS AND ARTICLES
Edward Finegan, What Is Correct Language?
Sandy Chung and Geoff Pullum, “Grammar”
Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue”
The Economist, “Income Inequality in America”