Enc1101 Drafting unit 4 Part One

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Enc1101 Drafting unit 4 Part One

  1. 1. Drafting Unit Four Part One: Definition of “Good Writing”
  2. 2. Mini-Peer Review: Outlines  Are there enough subject headings?  Do the headings make sense?  Are they arranged in a logical order?  Are there enough scholars listed under each heading?  Does each heading have scholars from more than one unit?  Is the student making lots of connections--and not just the most obvious ones?  Are there connections between scholars that they could add?
  3. 3. Drafting  Choose a section heading to work on.  Write a topic sentence that gives an overview of the section.  Example: “A well-written paper is the product of a ‘good writer.’”  Section: “Good Writing” Comes from “Good” Writers
  4. 4. Drafting  Add evidence (from scholars)  Context:  “A good writer is able to differentiate between the multiple ‘rules’ and determine which rules to use and which rules to disregard.”  Evidence:  “As Mike Rose explains, ‘blockers’ use the rules of writing as algorithms (229). Algorithms are rigid rules in which a specific input always has a specific output (Rose 222). Rose states that the ‘non-blockers’ used the rules of writing as heuristics, or guidelines (229).”  Analysis:  “An efficient and good writer uses rules as heuristics because it allows them to throw out rules that don't apply to the specific situation.”
  5. 5. Drafting  Add more evidence. MAKE CONNECTIONS.  Context:  “It is important to be able to determine which rules are functional and which rules aren't.”  Evidence:  “Joseph M. Williams states that ‘We need not believe that just because a rule of grammar finds its way into some handbook of usage, we have to honor it’ (97). Williams defines four possible responses to discourse. Option one, a rule is violated and there is no response. Option two, a rule is not violated and there is no response. Option three, a rule is violated and there is a response. Finally, option four a rule is not violated and there is no response (96).”  Analysis:  “The writing process is so complex that it cannot be broken down into one simple set of rules that must apply in every situation.”
  6. 6. Drafting  Keep adding evidence (context/evidence/analysis) until the end of the section.  At the end of the section, sum everything up and return to your argument.  Example: “A good writer must be able to consider all rules, determine which ones fit into their individual writing process and best convey their message to their intended audience.”  Repeat this entire process for each section.
  7. 7. Introduction  Use Swales again!  Establish territory  Establish niche  Occupy niche  Don’t forget this is a letter; it should start, “Dear Ms. Wayne,” or “Hey Ms. Wayne, what’s up?” or something comparable.
  8. 8. Establish your territory  Dear Ms. Wayne, Good writing can be defined in many different ways. Over the last semester, I have been striving to find an answer to “what is good writing?" I have discovered that there are many correct answers to this question. Each person has a different answer based on their past experiences. A very common definition of good writing is “a well-structured essay with good grammar and spelling.”  (Hint: it might help you to look back at what you posted on Facebook at the beginning of the semester: what did you used to think good writing was?)
  9. 9. Establish and occupy your niche  However, I see these qualities as secondary.  To me, good writing is the ability to effectively communicate a point to the intended audience.  (might want to be more specific than this, especially if you have multiple subject headings)
  10. 10. Establish and occupy your niche  However, I see these qualities as secondary.  To me, good writing is the ability to effectively communicate a point to the intended audience.  (might want to be more specific than this, especially if you have multiple subject headings)

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