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Built on the keystones of rhetoric, Everyone's an Author provides a strong foundation for authoring in the digital age: in college essays, but also on Twitter; in print, but also online; with words, but also with sound, video, and images. It shows students that the rhetorical skills they already use in social media, in their home and religious communities, at work and in other nonacademic contexts are the same ones they'll need to succeed in college. Examples and readings drawn from across multiple media and dealing with topics that matter to students today make this a book that everyone who takes first-year writing will relate to.
Streamlined and current, Everything's an Argument helps students understand and analyze the arguments around them and raise their own unique voices in response. Lucid explanations cover the classical rhetoric of the ancient Greeks through the multimodal rhetoric of today, with professional and student models of every type. More important than ever, given today's contentious political climate, a solid foundation in rhetorical listening skills teaches students to communicate effectively and ethically. Thoroughly updated with fresh new models, this edition of Everything's an Argument captures the issues and images that matter to students today. LaunchPad for Everything's an Argument provides unique, book-specific materials for your course, such as brief quizzes to test students' comprehension of chapter content and of each reading selection. LearningCurve--adaptive, game-like practice--helps students master important argument concepts, including fallacies, claims, and evidence. Also available in a version with a five-chapter thematic reader.
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This is the first book to provide a careful treatment of theoretical issues that underlie composition teaching, theory, and research. Lee Odell and his contributors believe that composition professionals in the classroom must approach their work with what Peter Elbow calls a "theoretical stance." Teachers of writing need to take an active role in composing the theories that underlie efforts to teach their students to write. Behind everything that composition teachers do are fundamental assumptions about knowledge and the processes of teaching and learning, about the goals of education, and about the role of writing in people's lives. Odell's introduction examines the basic relationships between theory and practice. To explore specific sets of assumptions about knowledge, education, and writing, he has gathered together a group of major composition scholars, including Shirley Brice Heath, Jim W. Corder, and Anne J. Herrington. Although each author addresses a different issue, they all invite the reader to join them in the process of identifying and shaping the theories that make up the profession.