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Language Arts & Disciplines Composition & Creative Writing

Academic Acts

Summary, Analysis, Synthesis

by (author) Eric Henderson & Sean Henry

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2021
Composition & Creative Writing
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    Dec 2021
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Academic Acts provides a streamlined approach to academic writing by exploring three crucial acts - summary, analysis, and synthesis - while covering the basic skills that students need to read, write, and research effectively. Act I describes the conventions of academic and non-academic writing and the stages of writing. Act II provides step-by-step guidelines for writing different types of summaries and includes a chapter on how to write concisely. Act III focuses on critical thinking and rhetorical analysis. Act IV provides guidelines for integrating quotations and paraphrase, MLA and APA documentation style, and includes an annotated student research paper. The five readings at the end of the book illustrate different genres of writing across the disciplines, focusing on topics of interest to today's students.

About the authors

Eric Henderson wrote his doctorate on American Gothicist John Hawkes and has taught courses on Edgar Allan Poe. He teaches English literature and writing in Victoria, BC.


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Editorial Reviews

"This textbook is tailor made for our course. It's like being handed a ready-made curriculum... This book is clearly written with first-year students in mind. I appreciate how it reassures weak writers that they can learn to improve." -Mike Perschon, MacEwan University

"The organization and content of this book really make sense, and it includes excellent resources for students. It stands out for using very current Canadian readings." -Richa Dwor, Douglas College

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