Kaleidoscope: Shaping Language, Shaping Identity

Author(s): Deborah Scaggs

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2019

Pages: 406


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Kaleidoscope: Shaping Language, Shaping Identity focuses on “academic discourse,” the kind of thinking, reading, and writing expected at university. Intended to speak directly to inexperienced and underprepared student writers, this text introduces students to a number of genres that are typical at college or university with emphasis on creating thoughtful, purposeful, independent writers. By introducing practical application of modern composition theory, students learn how writing is shaped by the rhetorical situation, discursive practices, and genre expectations and how they, as writers, have a voice that will shape future discourse.

Instructors of first-year composition can use the textbook to engage inexperienced writers and motivate them to embrace writing. “Starred Thoughts” are peppered throughout the textbooks with encouragement, insider-information, and further explanation about the “why” writers write the ways they do at university.

Students begin their journey with a mini-Memoir and progress through more nuanced and “academic” writing (i.e., Reviews, Rhetorical Analysis, Literary Analysis, Visual Analysis) and end with the Argument-Synthesis that brings together academic research, visual and literary analysis, and argument. Students are provided with activities that engage them in a writing process, research methods that are defined by the genre and authorial purpose, and a number of tools that will help them discover their best practices for writing in each genre. Students are provided a list and explanation of the expected characteristics for each genre under study, an explanation of how to write their own essay, peer-review guiding questions, and reflective writing journals.

Appendices include 2016 MLA updated “Citation Know How” as well as APA documentation style guides, assistance with annotating source materials, teamwork logs, and approaches to ethics to complement a discussion of plagiarism and academic integrity.


Chapter 1: Introduction
A New Way of Seeing
Key Principles for Writing
Pre-Survey on Writing Experience

Chapter 2: How Writing Works
Writing Approach Trifecta
Key Terms and Definitions for Work Ahead
The Rhetorical Situation
Critical Reading, Thinking, and Writing
“Dancing with Professors: The Trouble with Academic Prose” by Patricia Nelson Limerick
“Entering the Conversation” by Mike Rose
Reflections: Using Active Reading Strategies


Chapter 3: Writing Is a Process: Discovering a Process
Stage 1: Brainstorming
Stage 2: Drafting
Final Thoughts about Drafting
“Shitty First Drafts” by Anne Lamott
Stage 3: Revising
Stage 4: Editing
Stage 5: Publishing
Reflections: My Writing Process Profile

Chapter 4: Writing Ethics
What Are Ethics in Writing?
What Is Academic Dishonesty?
Why Citing Is an Act of Academic Honesty and Writing Ethically
What Counts as Plagiarism?
Copyright Laws


Chapter 5: Memoirs and Everyday Language
“First Lessons” by Keith Gilyard
Features of the Mini-Memoir
“Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan
Writing Your Own Mini-Memoir
Brainstorming for the Mini-Memoir
Describe Your Experience Using the Five Senses
Peer-review for Memoir Draft 1
Reflections: Memoir Writing

Chapter 6: Reviews and Popular Culture
Features of the Review
Reviewing and Evaluating Websites Critically Using Criteria
Review Your Teamwork
Writing Your Own Review about Popular Culture
Peer-review for Review Draft 1
Reflections: Review Writing

Chapter 7: Rhetorical Analysis
Three Basic Rhetorical Strategies
How Do I Do a Rhetorical Analysis?
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “The President’s War Message, December 8, 1941”
A Working Visual Outline
Features of a Rhetorical Analysis
Writing Your Own Rhetorical Analysis
Peer-review of Rhetorical Analysis Draft 1
Reflections: Rhetorical Analysis Writing

Chapter 8: Literary Analysis
What Is a Literary Analysis?
Features of the Literary Analysis
Literary Components
Additional Terms and Concepts for Analyzing Literary Texts
How Do I Do a Literary Analysis?
“There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury
Writing Your Own Literary Analysis about a Short Story
“There Will Come Soft Rains” by Sara Teasdale (1918)
“To Artificial Living” by John Grey (2014)
Writing Your Own Literary Analysis about a Poem
Peer-review for Literary Analysis (Short Fiction) Draft 1
Reflections: Literary Analysis Writing (Short Story)
Peer-review for Literary Analysis (Poetry) Draft 1
Reflections: Literary Analysis Writing (Poem)

Chapter 9: Visual Analysis and Artwork
What Is a Visual Analysis?
Visual Components
How Do I Do a Visual Analysis?
Features of the Visual Analysis
Writing Your Own Visual Analysis
Peer-review of Visual Analysis Draft 1
Reflections: Visual Analysis Writing

Chapter 10: Critical Analysis
What Is a Critical Analysis?
Biotechnology and Our Human Future (Some General Reflections) by Leon R. Kass
Problems of Description: The Distinction between Therapy and Enhancement
Familiar Sources of Concern
Hubris or Humility? Respect for “the Given”
“Unnatural” Means: The Dignity of Human Activity
Partial Ends, Full Flourishing
“Live Forever” by Raymond Kurzweil
Features of a Rhetorical Analysis
Writing Your Own Critical Analysis
Peer-review of Critical Analysis Draft 1
Reflections: Critical Analysis Writing

Chapter 11: Argument-Synthesis
How Is an Argument-Synthesis Using Multiple Kinds of Texts?
Developing Ways to Explore Further
Features of an Argument-Synthesis
Researching for Your Own Argument-Synthesis
Writing a Research Paper
Selecting a Topic
Steps in Preparing an Objective/Analytical Research Paper
Steps in Objective/Analytical Research Paper
Finding Information
Understanding the Sources
Information Timelines
Popular and Scholarly Sources
The Search Strategy
Determining Appropriate Search Terms
Analyzing Information Needs
Locating Information Sources
Evaluating Sources
Take and Document Notes from Sources
Compose Annotated Bibliography
Revise Controlling Idea and Outline
Writing the Paper
Peer-review of Argument-Synthesis Draft 1
Reflections: Argument-Synthesis Writing


Appendix A: Citation Know-How
Overview: Creating Citation Entries
Overview: In-Text Citations: How to Cite Sources within the Essay
Framing Sources
Variations with the Usage of Signal Phrases (Also Called Taglines)
Note on APA Format
MLA and APA Citations
How to Format the Bibliography: Works Cited (MLA) and References (APA)

Appendix B: Annotating Research Materials
Research with Academic Standards

Appendix C: Collaborative Projects and Teamwork
Create Teams
Define Team Member Roles
Develop a Timeline for Project
Develop a Team Contract
Submit the Contract
Teamwork Group Log

Appendix D: Approaches to Ethics
Ethical Approaches to Ethical Dilemmas
How Should One Act?
“Is Humiliation an Ethically Appropriate Response to Plagiarism?” by Loye Young

Appendix E: Reflections on Writing
Reflections: My Writing Process
Post-Survey on Writing Experience

Appendix F: Kaleidoscope Journal Writings

Deborah Scaggs

Since 2006, Deborah M. Scaggs has lived and worked in Laredo, Texas, at Texas A&M International University. The border area is a rich environment for her interests in educating traditionally marginalized groups of students.  Her research interests include a focus on marginalized discourses, particularly those voices in literature and in the composition classroom on the fringe of politically or traditionally accepted discursive practices.  As the Writing Program Director, she also is active in secondary and post-secondary faculty development in the teaching of English. She holds a PhD in English from Saint Louis University.

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