Third EditionElizabeth Losh; Jonathan Alexander; Kevin Cannon; Zander Cannon©2021
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Though “fun” and “flair” are not words you might think of to describe most English textbooks, we hope that Understanding Rhetoric will surprise you. This comic-style guide to writing covers all the info you’ll need to succeed, including discussions of rhetoric, reading, argument, research, revision, and presenting work to audiences, but it does so in such a way that it will make you want to read your textbook! The heroes of this comic book include authors Liz and Jonathan and illustrators Kevin and Zander who will guide you as you learn all about rhetoric, and will entertain you all along the way.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: SPACES FOR WRITING
Discovering Contexts for Writing
Going Boldly through Writing Processes
*Exploring Visual Literacy
ReFrame: Why Rhetoric? Why a Comic Book?
Issue 1: WHY RHETORIC?
Piecing Together a Definition of Rhetoric
Reanimating Ancient Views of Rhetoric
Setting Rhetorical Concepts Loose on the World
*ReFrame: What Does Aristotle Have to Do with Me?
Issue 2: STRATEGIC READING
Investigating Texts and Analyzing Meaning
Putting the Pieces Together with Synthesis
Using Reading Strategies
Imagining Ideal Readers
ReFrame: How Do I Read This?
Issue 3: WRITING IDENTITIES
Leaping into Identities in Writing
Trying Out Choices for Different Audiences
Revealing the Performer within the Text
ReFrame: Am I Having an Identity Crisis?
Issue 4: ARGUMENT BEYOND PRO AND CON
Spotlighting Strategies for Argument
*Setting the Scene for Arguable Assertions
Zooming in on Claims and Evidence
Focusing on Effective Organization
ReFrame: The Office Hour!
Issue 5: COMPOSING TOGETHER
Multiplying Your Research Options
Collaborating with the Audience
Managing Collaborative Writing Projects
*ReFrame: Get It Together!
Issue 6: RESEARCH: MORE THAN DETECTIVE WORK
Keeping the Story Straight
Tracking Down Sources
*Sourcing the Source
Making Sources Talk: Summary, Paraphrase, Quotation
Coming Clean with Citation
ReFrame: Wrong Turns or Shortcuts?
Issue 7: RETHINKING REVISION
Looking beyond the Red Ink
Reviewing Rhetorically Seeing through Others’ Eyes
ReFrame: Am I Missing Something?
*Issue 8: FAKE NEWS AND REAL PUBLICATION
Launching into the Future of Genres
*Navigating among Media
Entering the Final Frontier with Publication
*ReFrame: How Does This Look?
*Directory of Writing Assignments