PART ONE: The Writer as Explorer 1. Thinking as a Writer Explore through writing Understand the process of writing Understand the rhetorical situation Analyze your assignment Think about your genre and medium Think about your topic Think about your audience Think about your credibility 2. Reading to Explore Become a critical reader Look with a critical eye Read actively Recognize fallacies Respond as a reader Move from reading to invention 3. Planning Move from a general topic to a writing plan Narrow your topic Write a thesis Make a plan 4. Drafting Draft with strategies in mind Write a zero draft Draft from a working outline Start fast with an engaging title and opening paragraph Develop paragraphs Conclude with strength Link within and across paragraphs 5. Revising Revising and editing Evaluate your draft Respond to others Pay attention to details last Revise using your instructor's comments PART TWO: The Writer as Guide Writing to Reflect 6. Reflections Writing reflections What makes a good reflection How to read reflections Sue Kunitomi Embrey, Some Lines for a Younger Brother ... David Sedaris, Let it Snow Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, My Hips, My Caceras Rebecca Solnit, Open Door Amy Tan, Mother Tongue How to write a reflection Student example Janine Carter, The Miracle Quilt Projects Writing to Inform 7. Observations Writing observations What makes a good observation How to read observations Mary Roach, Monster in a Ryokan Sandra Tsing Loh, Coming Home to Van Nuys Kellie Schmitt, The Old Man Isn't There Anymore Ansel Adams, Photographs of Japanese-Americans at Manzanar National Park Service, Yellowstone's Geothermal Resources How to write an observation Student example Sarah Cuellar, Playing in Traffic: How Parallel Play Helps Preschool Children Merge into Group Play Projects 8. Informative Essays Reporting information What makes good informative writing How to read informative writing Chip Walter, Affairs of the Lips: Why We Kiss Kheehong Song and Allison Cui, Understanding China's Middle Class Robin Dunbar, Gossip Is Good for You World Wildlife Fund, Measuring Human Demand Christopher McCandless, The Heart Disease Test Madeover How to write to inform Student example Lakshmi Kotra, The Life Cycle of Stars Projects Writing to Analyze 9. Rhetorical, Visual, and Literary Analyses Writing to analyze Analyzing text and context Writing a rhetorical analysis Writing a visual analysis Writing a literary analysis How to read analyses Tim Collins, Straight from the Heart David T. Z. Mindich, The Collapse of Big Media: The Young and the Restless Example for analysis: Volkswagen Beetle Example for analysis: Kate Chopin, The Storm Example for analysis: Dagoberto Gilb, Love in LA Student example Quandre Brown, Fender-bender Romance in Dagoberto Gilb's Love in LA How to write an analysis Student example Kelsey Turner, Biting the Hands That Feed America Projects Writing Arguments 10. Causal Arguments Writing a causal argument What makes a good causal argument How to read causal arguments Laura Fraser, The French Paradox Emily Raine, Why Should I Be Nice To You? Coffee Shops and the Politics of Good Service Kay S. Hymowitz, The New Girl Order Malcolm Gladwell, Small Change Clay Shirkey, Gin, Television, and Social Surplus Eduardo Porter, The Price of Crossing Borders How to write a causal argument Student example Armandi Tansel, Modern Warfare: Video Games' Link to Real-World Violence Projects 11. Evaluation Arguments Writing an evaluation argument What makes a good evaluation argument How to read evaluation arguments P. J. O'Rourke, The End of the Affair Editorial. The Worst Policy on Campus Bill McKibben, The Only Way to Have a Cow Jane McGonigal, The Four Secrets
Lester Faigley holds the Robert Adger Law and Thos. H. Law Professorship in Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. He was the founding director of the Division (now Department) of Rhetoric and Writing at Texas in 1993, and he served as the 1996 Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Faigley has published over twenty books and editions, including Fragments of Rationality (Pittsburgh, 1992), which received the MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize.