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Composition of Everyday Life - A Guide to Writing, Brief Edition - 2nd edition

Composition of Everyday Life - A Guide to Writing, Brief Edition (ISBN10: 141302291X; ISBN13: 9781413022919)
ISBN13: 978-1413022919
ISBN10: 141302291X

Summary: Showing students that the act of writing is connected to everyday living, THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE, BRIEF EDITION makes invention the primary component of your writing course and helps students re-discover concepts, uncover meaning, and re-think the world around them.

New to the Edition

  • The most extensive coverage of thesis development in any writing guide is now further augmen ...show moreted by all new Thesis Sections in each invention chapter. These sections contain prompts, sample thesis statements, common thesis problems, and an Evolution of a Thesis chart, which illustrates the gradual development of an idea and helps students develop revelatory thesis statements for their writing projects.
  • Each invention chapter now provides a variety of revision prompts. They appear throughout the Invention, Organizational Strategies, and Writer's Voice sections and invite students to stop and re-focus on their ideas and to investigate the value and complexity of those ideas. Each chapter also includes a new Peer Review section so that writers can share their projects with others and receive focused and helpful feedback.
  • At the end of each invention chapter, the new Delivery section contains questions about the consequences of students' writing. Students are prompted to see the relationship between their work and the world around them. The Delivery sections also invite students to go "Beyond the Essay"--to take their ideas from the chapter and re-cast them in some other format: a poster, a cartoon, and so on.
  • A new Vitality section in each invention chapter explains and illustrates particular strategies for pruning, weeding, trimming, and vitalizing the writing. The Vitality section is an intensive editing step in the invention process.
  • A new Chapter 5, "Analyzing Images," helps students analyze a particular image, develop focused explanation, and communicate their ideas in writing. Students learn to explain how the elements of an image work to impact the feelings and consciousness of viewers.
  • Twenty new readings from a variety of disciplines demonstrate effective rhetorical strategies. Each reading is followed by Writing Strategies and Exploring Ideas questions to help students read actively and critically.
Features
  • Unlike any other writing guide, THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE, BRIEF EDITION offers eleven invention chapters, guiding students not to simply invent ideas, but to actually be inventive thinkers.
  • Point of Contact sections encourage the student to slow down and notice the life around them, while considering possibilities for writing topics, thus promoting the union of invention and everyday life.
  • Analysis sections help students discover the meaning and significance of ideas while prompting them to explore their topics with questions and dialogic activities.
  • Public Resonance sections illustrate that writing is public in nature and helps students shape their writing for an audience.
  • Equally important is the process of delivering ideas. The Delivery section follows Invention, and includes information on Rhetorical Tools, Organizational Strategies, Writer's Voice, and Revision Strategies, and helps guide the student as they develop, arrange, and revise their ideas.
  • To further expand the connection between writing and everyday life, each chapter also includes Considering Consequences, prompting students to write about the real consequences of the ideas communicated.
  • The 60 plus readings include both professional and student writers from a variety of disciplines. The strategies promoted in CEL are implemented by one of the writers in each chapter, illustrating the process and helping the student see it in use.
  • Each chapter opens with a visual element and includes questions and ideas for the student to consider. The importance of visual rhetoric is illustrated throughout the text, in additional elements within an innovative and inviting attractive, full-color design.
  • The Discussion questions, following each reading, work to animate the readings and to bring them into the students' everyday lives. By asking students to do more than consider or discuss, they prompt students into action, and send the message that reading and writing are not activities that belong exclusively to the classroom.
  • Chapter 12, "Research and Writing," provides relevant information on gathering and using sources, and places their importance within the context of writing. It covers field research (e.g. interviewing and observation) as well as print and electronic research (using both MLA and APA format).
  • A unique Chapter 13, "Everyday Rhetoric?" shows students how their ideas can be developed and communicated in other formats and situations and helps make the connection between writing in school and influencing the world beyond. The chapter emphasizes the acts of developing and extending ideas using a variety of formats so students see that invention does not belong exclusively to the essay.
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Edition/Copyright: 2ND 07
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 02/03/2006
International: No

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