ENG-W 131 Chapter 1-20: Writing Analytically Notes

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Indiana University - Bloomington
ENG-W 131
Jillian Gilmer

English Writing Analytically Notes Module 1 P 10-16 and 39-41 Counterproductive habits of mind • Judgement reflex, naturalizing our assumptions (over personalizing), Generalizing, Slot filler mentality • Ideas restrict your mind from getting other ideas • Sharing your criteria for judgement is key to understanding someone’s tastes • Neither agree or disagree with another person’s position until you can repeat it to someone as accurate • Writers who naturalize their opinions make it clear of what they think “ought to be” • Generalizing occurs when you find a main idea of piece of writing and generalize it into one idea • Everybody generalizes and naturalizes but we need to work on stopping that • Because we were taught to pretend to understand something as children to not look foolish, as adults, we often convince ourselves that we fully understand something by naturalization. • No more 5 paragraph essays in college • When we get older we become more foolish of the world and get duller as we get older • We tune out things that are not relevant to us • Being more conversant means you can talk without struggling and reading for more than just the gist of the work • Sometimes the meaning of a word is separated from language P 17-21 • Suspend judgement – we all have different levels of judgement, what seems good to me might not seem good to someone else • Define significant parts and how they are related o Notice and Focus – first slow down and ask yourself “what do you notice o Become attuned to words and details rather than general impressions o Rhetorical analysis reveals how voices in the world are shaping out behavior o Freewriting gives writers worry free work without thinking about people thinking they are right or wrong o Freewriting removes the two essentially opposed activities – drafting and editing, inventing and arranging P 46 and 47 • Paraphrasing seeks to locate you in the local, the particular and the concrete • Paraphrase – to put one phrase next to another phrase • Paraphrasing brings out implications • Tone may be understood as the implicit point of view P 1-6 • To analyze something is to ask what that something means and ask how something does what it
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