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visual writing Anne Hanson ® NEW YORK
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Copyright © 2002 LearningExpress, LLC. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by LearningExpress, LLC, New Yo r k . Printed in the United States of America Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data: Hanson, Anne, 1950- Visual writing / by Anne Hanson—1st ed. p.cm ISBN 1-57685-405-1 1. English language—Rhetoric. 2. Visual communications. 3. Visual perception. 4. Report writing. I. Title. PE1408 .H3295 2002 808’.042—dc21 2001038798 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 First Edition ISBN 1-57685-405-1 For more information or to place an order, contact LearningExpress at: 900 Broadway Suite 604 New York, NY 10003 Or visit us at: www.learnatest.com
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contents one Organization: It’s Everywhere! 1 two Graphic Organizers: The Writer’s Widgets 9 three Visual Writing and Cereal 19 four 1-2-3 Maps: Using Visual Maps to Write Essays 41 five The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Winning and Losing Essays 67 six Reading and Writing Practice Challenges 85
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take a look around you. Organiza- tion is everywhere. The world is organized as continents, oceans, and atmosphere. Forests are ordered as trees, plants, and animals. Countries take shape as states, cities, counties, and towns. Even your room, whether it’s a specific room or merely some space earmarked as yours, has organi- zation, too. In spite of how messy it may be on any given day, your room is organized into the place where you sleep, where you store your CDs, your clothes, and your personal stuff. If you can think of a subject—boys, girls, organization 1 one Organization: It’s Everywhere! chapter
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music, sports, you name it—you can organize it. Why? Because our brains routinely seek out patterns of organization. the brain’s quest to organize saves three astronauts O NE OF our brain’s prime directives, apart from keeping us alive, is to seek meaning out of chaos. This instinctive desire and ability to put things into order is one of humanity’s greatest skills. A scene from the movie Apollo 13 drives the point home. A flip of a switch yields a spark that triggers a small explosion aboard the Apollo 13 capsule, aborting a trip to the moon for three astro- nauts. But that’s not their only problem. They will soon suffocate from the carbon dioxide their bodies are exhaling. Three astronauts will perish in space unless a solution to their problem is found, fast. It is at this point that organization saves the day. A NASA engineer throws ordinary gadgets and widgets onto a conference table around which his NASA colleagues stand. The engi- neer announces that the pile of what looks like random pieces of junk represents all that the Apollo 13 astronauts have at their disposal on their spacecraft. Will they be able to build a carbon dioxide
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