Summary: This innovative new genre-based writing guide for freshmen composition courses, teaches students how to use both words and images, in writing and in speaking.
To be truly successful communicators in today's world, students need to be fluent in multiple modes of communication: written, visual, and oral. Providing instruction in, and samples from, diverse genres of writing, Compose, Design, Advocate also provides an advocacy focus that encourages students ...show moreto use written, visual, and oral communication to effect change in their lives and communities. With compelling reading selections, in-depth "Thinking through Production" writing assignments, and excellent coverage of research, Compose, Design, Advocate is a highly teachable text that will challenge and engage students.
This writing guide introduces students to analyzing and composing in diverse genres, such as posters, instruction sets, editorial and opinion pieces, essays, and research projects. In Chapters 10-15, students learn about different genres by first doing a rhetorical analysis, then reading examples of each genre, and finally developing compositions of their own in each genre. An additional genre chapter--Chapter 16: Interviews--is available on the book's Companion Website, with links to real interviews for students to watch and listen to and evaluate.
Chapters 1-4 introduce students to the basics of the composing process, with an emphasis on the rhetorical concepts of audience, purpose, context, and design.
Chapter 6 on "researching" walks students through the research process, from developing an initial research question to producing a research project.
Chapter 5 on "advocacy" teaches students how they can use written, visual, and oral communication to advocate for change, to do work in the "public" world. It also includes several readings that show others practicing such "civic" communication.
Chapters 7-9 teach students key vocabulary and concepts for working in each of the three "modes" of communication--written, visual, and oral. Here each "mode" is treated in depth, in its own chapter, with numerous examples and practice assignments.
Reading selections in Compose Design Advocate are diverse and engaging--they range from Gary Smith's "Higher Education," to an excerpt from the graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrepi, to U.S. wartime recruiting posters, to instructions for assembling "nomadic furniture," to the Declaration of Independence, to Sarah Vowell's "The Partly Cloudy Patriot."
"Thinking through production" assignments throughout the book encourage students to practice composing in different genres and using the tools of written, visual, and oral communication.
Both the Instructor's Manual and the Companion Website are authored by Wysocki and Lynch. The IM in particular has been informed by the extensive classtesting done by the authors with their own students and by what they've learned from working with new teachers who have been using their book.
The book has been written AND designed by Wysocki and Lynch. In Compose Design Advocate, the authors have worked hard to practice good principles of written and visual communication, and to also create a book with a distinctive look and voice.
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