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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $47.00
  • August 2016
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-61745-0
  • 896 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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      A rhetoric that bridges the gap between the writing students already do in social media and other nonacademic contexts and the writing they’re expected to do in college—all within a strong rhetorical framework.

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    Andrea Lunsford (Author, Stanford University), Michal Brody (Author, Sonoma State University), Lisa Ede (Author, Oregon State University), Beverly Moss (Author, The Ohio State University), Carole Clark Papper (Author, Hofstra University), Keith Walters (Author, Portland State University)



    A rhetoric that bridges the gap between the writing students already do in social media and other nonacademic contexts and the writing they’re expected to do in college—all within a strong rhetorical framework.

    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.


    Covers the genres college students need to write

    Chapters 11-16 provide full coverage of six academic genres: arguments, analyses, reports, narratives, reviews, and proposals. The second edition offers new coverage of more specific genres that are often assigned across disciplines: literacy narratives, profiles, project proposals, annotated bibliographies, literature reviews, and IMRAD reports. 

    Emphasizes the centrality of argument to all writing

    In addition to Chapter 11, which provides guidelines for arguing a position as a genre, two other chapters in Part IV teach students the fundamental elements of argument. Chapter 17 explains how to construct and analyze arguments--including new coverage of classical, Toulmin, Rogerian, and invitational argument--and Chapter 18 covers strategies for supporting an argument. 

    Provides practical instruction on writing using multiple modes

    Two new chapters cover multimodal writing and oral presentations. Chapter 34 teaches how to write using multiple modes—words, images, sounds, links—and provides brief guidelines for illustrated essays, blogs, wikis, audio and video essays, and posters. Chapter 35 teaches how to make oral presentations. A companion Tumblr site is a regularly updated source of multimodal readings: photo essays, blog posts, cartoons, videos, speeches, and more. 

    Pays unique attention to rhetoric

    From Chapter 1 on thinking rhetorically to Chapter 5 on rhetoric as a field of study, this is a book that takes rhetoric seriously. Chapter 3 is a new chapter on reading rhetorically, presenting strategies that help students read strategically to understand and engage with what they read. 

    Provides examples and readings students will relate to

    With examples and readings that proved popular in the first edition together with many new ones--from a narrative about how Steph Curry shoots a basketball to a Filipino author's memoir of his life as an undocumented immigrant, from a rhetorical analysis of what makes Pharrell’s “Happy” so catchy to a visual analysis of the New Yorker’s Bert and Ernie cover to a student review of Serial--all students will find much material, both verbal and visual, to identify with, to make them think, and to inspire them to read and write. 

      *Marks new content

      Part I: The Need for Rhetoric

      1. Thinking Rhetorically
      2. Rhetorical Situations
      3. Reading Rhetorically*
      4. Meeting the Demands of Academic Writing 
      5. Writing and Rhetoric as a Field of Study
      6. Writing and Rhetoric in the Workplace

      Part II: Writing Processes

      7. Writing Processes
      8. Collaborating
      9. Taking Advantage of the Writing Center

      Part III: Genres of Writing

      10. Choosing Genres
      11. Arguing a Position
      12. Writing a Narrative
          Literacy narratives*
      13. Writing Analytically
          Rhetorical / Process / Data /Causal / Visual*
      14. Reporting Information

      15. Writing a Review
          Literature reviews *
      16. Writing a Proposal *
          Project proposals

      Part IV: The Centrality of Argument
      17.Analyzing and Constructing Arguments
          Classical / Toulmin / Rogerian / Invitational*
      18. Strategies for Supporting Arguments

      Part V: Research
      19.Starting Your Research
      20.Finding Sources, Considering Research Methods
      21.Keeping Track
      22.Evaluating Sources
      23.Annotating a Bibliography
      24.Synthesizing Ideas
      25.Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarizing
      26.Giving Credit, Avoiding Plagiarism
      27.MLA Style
          Walter Przybylowski, “Holding Up the Hollywood Stagecoach”
      28.APA Style
          *Katryn Sheppard, “Early Language Development”

      Part VI: Style
      29. What’s Your Style?
      30. Tweets and Reports: On Social Media and Academic Writing
      31. How to Write Good Sentences
      32. Checking for Common Mistakes

      Part VII: Design and Delivery
      33. Designing What You Write
      34. Writing in Multiple Modes *
      35. Making Oral Presentations *
      36. Assembling a Portfolio
      37. Publishing Your Writing
          Carrie Barker, “But Two Negatives Equal a Positive”