Speaking of Writing: A Brief Rhetoric
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554814343 / 1554814340
  • 350 pages; 6½" x 9"
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Speaking of Writing: A Brief Rhetoric

  • Publication Date: April 15, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554814343 / 1554814340
  • 350 pages; 6½" x 9"

Speaking of Writing introduces students to the kind of writing they will need to do in college. The book follows four first-year students as they address drafting and revision, making and supporting claims, developing arguments and analyses, using and responding to sources, writing research papers, and creating presentations. Fully illustrated throughout, the book shows students from different backgrounds grappling with diverse assignments, limited time, and mysterious expectations.

The student characters present honest narratives about real academic challenges: How can I focus my thesis? How do I manage my research time? Why is this essay’s argument weak and how do I make it stronger? Their experiences provide concrete, realistic examples of the challenges students face when approaching assignments—and the practical ways in which planning, revision, instructor feedback, peer discussion, and careful research can help them to succeed. This book teaches and models college writing, but it focuses on what students bring to the table: their knowledge, their experience, their voice, and their point of view.

Chapter One: What You Bring/What You Can Expect

  • Writing a Literacy Narrative

Chapter Two: Rhetoric and the Rhetorical Situation

  • Writing a Persuasive Letter

Chapter Three: From Reading to Writing about Texts

  • Writing a Paraphrase and Summary
  • Writing an Analysis of a Text

Chapter Four: From Reading to Writing about Images

  • Writing an Analysis of an Image

Chapter Five: Building an Argument: Claims and Support

  • Writing an Opinion Piece
  • Writing a Review

Chapter Six: Academic Argument: Thesis and Organization

  • Writing a Thesis and Introduction

Chapter Seven: Draft and Revision

  • Writing a Compare and Contrast Paper

Chapter Eight: Responding to Other Voices/Other Sources

  • Practicing Quotation

Chapter Nine: Writing and Research

  • Writing a Research Paper
  • Crafting a Multi-Media Portfolio

Chapter Ten: Voice and Style

Allegra Goodman is a novelist. Her books include Kaaterskill Falls, The Family Markowitz, Intuition, The Cookbook Collector, and The Chalk Artist. Her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and Best American Short Stories. Her essays on writing have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and many composition readers. She has taught first year composition at Stanford, and creative writing at Boston University. Michael Prince is the founding director of the Arts and Sciences Writing Program at Boston University, where he is associate professor of English, specializing in Writing Studies and early modern literature and philosophy. His essays on rhetoric and composition appear in College English, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Journal of Education, and on literary theory and criticism in Modern Language Quarterly, New Literary History, and Essays in Criticism. His books include Philosophical Dialogue in the British Enlightenment and The Shortest Way with Defoe: Robinson Crusoe, Deism and the Novel. He serves on the Modern Language Association Committee for K-16 Alliances. Emmeline Pidgen is an illustrator creating books, comics and commercial illustration in North West England. Emmeline has worked with a wide range of clients internationally, and was named “UK Freelancer of the Year” in 2016.

  • — Engaging original illustrations show students in dialogue with each other and with instructors
  • — Lively and witty writing style
  • — “Micro-readings” in each chapter—literary, academic, and full-color graphic selections from across the disciplines and from pop culture—provide thought-provoking models
  • — Examples show student writing developing from rough drafts to more polished work through revision and instructor feedback
  • — “Takeaway” summaries and activities at the end of each chapter reinforce concepts