Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Professional Journals on Writing 12

How prepare students for writing a research paper? Author suggests substituting the familiar FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) format--questions followed by answers--for the traditional research paper. Suggests FAQ format also as a method for introducing students to the research process with students' questions anticipated and then answered in writing. J Strickland. English Journal (Sept. 04), 23-28.

How construct a book proposal? Elements of a book proposal: title; content; rationale; competition; format (# of words, charts, illustrations, appendices, glossary, sidebars); how market; chapter-by-chapter summary; credentials; sample chapters. M Allen. The Writer (Sept. 04), 34-37.

How construct a book proposal? A good book proposal tells publishers the things they most need to know: what your book is about, why it's important, and to whom it's important. Perhaps the best way to approach your proposal is to ask those questions of yourself--not as a writer, but as a reader. What would persuade you to pick this book from the shelf? What would make you want to buy it? The answers just might be the arguments you need to make a sale. M Allen. The Writer (Sept. 04), 34-37.

How teach persuasion and argumentation?
George Pierce Baker emphasized varied audiences when writing argumentation and persuasion. S Borderlon. College Composition and Communication (Feb. 06), 416-441.

Why make use of writing as the writer speaks? I assume that “diversity writing” allows students to write as they naturally speak. To what purpose? To focus on content as opposed to skills without content? PP Marzluf. College Composition and Communication (Feb. 06), 503-522.

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