The Curious Writer 5e
The 5e of The Curious Writer is now available. The new edition features a new chapter on "re-genre," which shows students how to take a writing assignment and turn it into a multimodal genre, things like slide presentations, audio essays, inforgraphics, and posters. Other new content includes,
- An expanded chapter on analytic writing, offering students a range of new techniques for analyzing all kinds of texts--literature, ads, images, and more.
- New content in the argument chapter focuses student writers on three kinds of arguments: causal, definition, and factual. The chapter is reorganized to make it easier for students to use.
- New professional readings and student essays throughout.
- Available on Revel, an interactive, digital version of The Curious Writer. Students can watch, listen, and work with animated content. Each chapter includes assessments to help gauge student learning.
Instructor's Manual for the Fifth Edition
The instructor's manual, written by Dr. Michelle Payne, includes "Discussion Starters" for each chapter, suggestions for designing assignments, discussion questions, alternative writing projects, and course handouts. It's an incredible resource for users of the book.
Teaching with The Curious Writer: Videos
A new series of videos for students on writing assignments in The Curious Writer.
Introduction to Chapter 3, The Personal Essay
Introduction to Chapter 14, Revision Strategies
Teaching with The Curious Writer: Handouts
Writing programs with an emphasis on inquiry might find these suggestions for learning outcomes useful. Included here, too, is a brief discussion of the relationship with inquiry and argument.
Types of workshops
This handout conveniently summarizes the range of peer feedback students might encourage depending on where they are in the writing process and how they're feeling about the draft. This material is drawn from Chapter 14, "The Writer's Workshop."
Dialogue with Dave
A handout that helps students imagine an audience for their work in a way that will help them think more deeply about a topic. Essentially, "Dave" challenges writers to continually consider the "so what?" question. This is new material in the 4e.
What's a good inquiry question?
This graphic demonstrates to students how writers exploring a topic can take initial factual questions and turn them into projects that involve judgment. This handout is from new material in the upcoming edition.
An image of "Ruth's Vanity (the day she died)" which appears in Chapter 9, Ethnographic Essay. The image is quite small in the book. Project this copy to help students infer from the visual data what kind of person Ruth was.
Refining an idea
Handout illustrates how to use "w" questions to take an initial reaction and develop it into a more thoughtful response.
Exercise 1.4 Survey of Writing Process
A PDF version of a survey for students on how they approach writing.
The Power of Narrative Thinking
Why should students be encouraged to write narratively when most academic writing is argument?
Teaching with The Curious Writer: Assignments and Exercises
The Flash Profile
A description of a profile assignment that uses audio and visual material (and sometimes interview transcripts) from the Library of Congress Veteran's History Project. A powerful alternative to the profile assignment described in the book.
How to Describe a Person
Tips and exercise on how to effectively describe the subject of a profile.
The One Hour Essay
An in-class exercise to use creative and critical thinking to produce an essay in 60 minutes on the social impacts of Facebook.
Taking Things Seriously
Three slides from the book Taking Things Seriously from which the essay by Laura Zazulak, "Every Morning for Five Years" was taken (Personal essay, Chapter 3). Use as prompts for having students write about meaningful objects.