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Collide for ENG 1 & 2

Collide: Styles, Structures, and Ideas in Disciplinary Writing

The purpose of Collide is to introduce students to some of the different writing conventions and rhetorical approaches they will encounter throughout a college curriculum. The text teaches by showcasing twelve original, research-type, discipline-specific texts generated by our contributors on the theme of collide. Each essay is followed by a reflective piece that discusses the process of the author's thinking and writing and relates this process to disciplinary styles and structures. Representing disciplines from the Humanities, Education, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Visual and Performing Arts, the contributors explore how ideas collide in their fields.

The book is organized around three acts of colliding: "When Bodies Collide," "When Motives Collide," and "When Languages Collide." Each of these sections begins with a short introduction contextualizing the type of collision, and previewing the content of each essay in the section. The contributors follow their essays with a short reflective piece on the writing process. In these pieces, they identify the purpose of their essays and explain how and why they wrote the essays as they did. In addition, the contributors discuss the effect of such strategies on a typical audience in the field. The goal of these reflective pieces is to give students a glimpse into how scholars and professionals construct discipline-specific essays and arguments, as well as to provide a framework for identifying and understanding "moves" within the content and structure of essays. Especially, the reflective pieces help students to understand what kinds of evidence are used to support claims in different disciplines and majors, as well as how evidence is used to support various claims.

To help stimulate discussion and writing, questions on rhetorical considerations and on connections to other essays accompany each contributor's piece. The first kind of question is designed to help students think more critically about how a writer's stylistic and rhetorical choices affect the reading of an essay. These questions ask students to consider the essay as a unique text. The other kind of question makes connections to other essays in the volume, asking students to look for relationships among writings in various disciplines. The two kinds of questions, therefore, prompt students to think about the ways in which an author's writing process is shaped by disciplinary convention and the ways in which it overlaps with other disciplines across the curriculum. Put differently, these questions ask students both to analyze and to synthesize textual and rhetorical elements of essays.

In addition to discussion questions, the volume contains ideas for writing assignments. At the conclusion of each section, a series of writing projects gives students models of how they might explore further the types of collision raised in the essays. The goal is to have students apply what they have learned about textual and rhetorical elements of essays to their own writing.

Taken from Collide: Styles, Structures, and Ideas in Disciplinary Writing, eds. Richard McNabb and Belinda Kremer.

Writing Projects


When Languages Collide

"A House Collides in the Land of Oz: the Search for Home and Identity" by Jerome Tognoli
"Aesthetic Collisions: Dialogues in Dance and Poetry" by Cara Gargano
"All Begin Guy Walks into a Bar" by Belinda Kremer and Angela Pisano
"What's She Talking About?: Post-feminist Notes on Sexist Grammar by Edmund Miller

When Motives Collide

"Profession and Policy in Collision: Nursing, Risk, and Responsibility" by Amy Wysoker
"Profit Motives and Public Interest: Colliding Forces in Broadcast News" by Barbara Fowles
"Restriction, Circumvention, Innovation: The Daughters of Charity and the French Catholic Reformation Church" by Susan Dinan
"The Unexpected Collision: Why the Dutch Rejected the Draft European Constitution" by Anke Grosskopf

When Bodies Collide

"So Close Yet So Far: Time-space Convergence and the Prospect of a Global Village" by Mark Pires
"Colliding Upward: Approaching Equity in Superintendency" by Estelle Kamler
"Crash: Collision and Contact" by Simone Weil Davis
"Simulating the Collision of b-Poly(vinylidene fluoride) with Infrared Light" by Nicholas Ramer