Showing students that the act of writing is connected to everyday living, THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE 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 augmented 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.
- Unlike any other writing guide, THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE offers twelve invention chapters, guiding students to be inventive thinkers and writers.
- Point of Contact sections encourage students to slow down and notice the nuances of 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 help students shape their writing for their audience.
- The Rhetorical Tools sections explain the support strategies that are most applicable and appropriate to the writing situation. The sections teach students that all rhetorical tools (such as narration, argumentative appeals, allusions, and so on) can be applied according to the writer's particular needs.
- The Organizational Strategies sections suggest various possible ways ideas might be arranged. They present common (and sometimes not-so-common) options for shaping essays, ordering points, and connecting ideas.
- The Writer's Voice sections help students to stylize voice according to various different contexts, audiences, and occasions.
- The 60 plus readings include selections by both professional and student writers from a variety of disciplines. Each invention chapter features an annotated essay (an essay with comments and analysis in the margins). These annotations show a reader stopping at certain places, noticing particular claims, and speaking back to ideas.
- The Writing Strategies and Exploring Ideas 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.
- With more visuals than any other writing guide, each chapter opens with a full-color design and visual element and includes questions and ideas for students to consider. The importance of visual rhetoric is illustrated throughout the text and discussed at length in Chapter 14, "Everyday Rhetoric."
- Chapter 13, "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). The Documenting Sources section has been thoroughly updated and expanded to include new sample citations formatted according to the latest guidelines from the Modern Language Association and the American Psychological Association. Additionally, Research activities are now incorporated throughout invention chapters, encouraging students to stop and consider how outside sources can help them analyze their topics further.
- A unique Chapter 14, "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.
- Chapter 15, "Rhetorical Handbook," defines and illustrates key rhetorical and grammatical concepts, equipping students with the tools they need to communicate their ideas effectively.