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The Composition of Everyday Life, Brief with APA 7e Updates,
6th Edition

John Mauk, John Metz

ISBN-13: 9780357600429 | ISBN-10: 0357600428

Copyright 2019

| Published 2020

List Price USD $99.95

Overview

Encouraging you to be an inventive thinker and writer, THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE, Brief, connects the act of writing to your daily life. It helps you to uncover meaning, rethink the world around you and invent ideas. With more than 50 reading selections by both professional and student writers, this book is designed to help you develop focused and distinctive academic essays. It gives you great preparation for the reading and writing activities you'll encounter throughout your college experience and beyond.

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John Mauk has a Ph.D. in rhetoric and writing from Bowling Green State University and a Masters in language and literature from the University of Toledo. Scholarship includes an article on critical geography and composition (COLLEGE ENGLISH, March 2003). Mauk now teaches composition and rhetoric courses at Northwestern Michigan College. In 2007, he served on the NCTE Nominating Committee.

John Metz has a B.A. in English from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (1983) and an M.A. in English from the University of Toledo (1985). He has taught first-year writing for over 20 years and currently teaches at Kent State University at Geauga in Twinsburg, Ohio.

  • New Reading Selections: Fifteen new and diverse readings illustrate the rhetorical tools essential to inventive writing. The latest additions include widely celebrated writers such as Michael Pollan and Annie Dillard as well as some high-profile figures such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Barack Obama. In keeping with previous editions, this edition includes new student writing--vibrant analytical essays that show real students developing sophisticated and revelatory ideas.
  • Streamlined Chapter 1 on Inventing Ideas: Because students in composition courses should get writing as quickly as possible, Chapter 1 now focuses on the most critical elements--those necessary to help students' writing become more inventive, more connected to their everyday lives and more resonant with the world around them.
  • Refined Invention Sections: The Invention sections in Chapters 2–13 are refined to maximize students' engagement with the driving elements of the pedagogy: the Invention Questions. This time around, these sections guide students to the most intellectually energizing questions--those designed to move thinking forward.
  • Chapter Objectives: Each chapter now begins with learning objectives so instructors can better determine how the material aligns with their curriculum.
  • Emphasis on Invention: Unlike any other writing guide, THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE, Brief, offers 13 invention chapters that help students to be inventive thinkers and writers.
  • Beyond the Final Draft:, The Reflection sections help students transfer their ideas to a range of genres by prompting them to theorize about their own language and intellectual moves. These activities also help students identify areas for revision toward a course portfolio.
  • Attractive Design in a Concise Package: THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE, Brief, offers the clean and elegant design students and instructors value.
  • Thorough Revision and Editing Coverage: Peer Review activities specific to each chapter help students to re-see all the dimensions of their drafts. Adding an intensive editing step to the invention process, Chapter 19, "Vitalizing Sentences," explains and illustrates particular strategies for pruning, weeding, trimming and giving life to writing.
  • Step-by-Step Invention Instruction: Point of Contact sections in each invention chapter help students discover a topic from everyday life. Analysis sections launch them beyond initial thoughts and help them explore the topic. Public Resonance helps students extend the topic outward to make it relevant to a community of readers. Thesis sections focus students' thinking and guide them toward revelatory claims. Rhetorical Tools help students support their claims with a variety of common strategies.

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Part I: INVENTION.
1. Inventing Ideas.
Introduction. Asking Questions. Re-Inventing Education. Reading for Rhetoric. How To Use The Composition Of Everyday Life. Inventing Ideas Assignment.
2. Remembering Who You Were.
Readings. "Selling Manure," Bonnie Jo Campbell. "How I Lost the Junior Miss Pageant," Cindy Bosley. "The Thrill of Victory . . . The Agony of Parents," Jennifer Schwind-Pawlak [Student essay]. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Public Resonance. Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Revision. Reflection. Beyond the Essay.
3. Explaining Relationships.
Readings. "Americans and the Land," John Steinbeck. "Mugged," Jim Crockett. "Tinder, You, and Me," Kellie Coppola. [Student essay]. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Public Resonance. Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Revision. Reflection. Beyond the Essay.
4. Observing.
Readings. "Living Like Weasels," Annie Dillard. "The Front Porch," Chester McCovey. "Red Raiders Fans," Taylor Perry. [Student essay.] Invention. Point of Contact. Observing a Culture: Writing an Ethnography Essay. Analysis. Public Resonance. Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Revision. Reflection. Beyond the Essay.
5. Analyzing Concepts.
Readings. "Why 'Natural' Doesn't Mean Anything Anymore," Michael Pollan. "Black Like I Thought I Was," Erin Aubrey Kaplan. "The Real, The Bad, and The Ugly," Cassie Heidecker [Student essay]. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Public Resonance. Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Revision. Reflection. Beyond the Essay.
6. Analyzing Texts.
Readings. "The Weight of Sanity: A Sample Analysis of Ann Marie Paulin." "The Default Setting: An Analysis of David Foster Wallace," Adrienne Carr. "Politics and Audience: The New York Times' Appeal to Voters in 2016." Alison Block. [Student essay]. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Public Resonance. Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Revision. Caution: Four Common Pitfalls. Reflection. Beyond the Essay.
7. Analyzing Images.
Readings. "Rise of the Image Culture: Re-Imagining the American Dream," Elizabeth Thoman. "An Imperfect Reality," Rebecca Hollingsworth. "Look on My Works: Breaking Bad's Final Season Trailer," Nick Fendinger. [Student essay]. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Revision. Reflection. Beyond the Essay.
8. Making Arguments.
Readings. "The Dog Delusion," April Pedersen. "Cruelty, Civility, and Other Weighty Matters," Ann Marie Paulin. "Hive Talkin': The Buzz Around Town about Bees," Teresa Scollon. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Public Resonance. Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Revision. Reflection. Beyond the Essay: The Open Letter.
9. Responding to Arguments.
Readings. "Entitlement Education," Daniel Bruno. "'Have It Your Way': Consumerism Invades Education," Simon Benlow. "The Power of Failure: J.K. Rowling's 2008 Harvard Commencement Speech," Liz Winhover. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Public Resonance. Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Revision. Reflection. Beyond the Essay: Tattoo Design.
10. Evaluating.
Readings. "Talibanned," Benjamin Busch. "Important and Flawed," Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. "Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before," Jaren Provo. [Student essay.] Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Public Resonance. Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Revision. Reflection. Beyond the Essay: Classroom Evaluations.
11. Searching for Causes.
Readings. "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" Nicholas Carr. "Why We Binge-Watch Television," Kevin Fallon. "Why Millennials Are Weak," Quinn Greenwell. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Public Resonance. Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Revision. Reflection. Beyond the Essay: Photo Essay.
12. Proposing Solutions.
Readings. "Hi, I'm a Digital Junkie and I Suffer from Infomania," Manoush Zomorodi. "Your Kids Bored at School? Tell Them to Get Over It," Laura Hanby Hudgens. "Different Jobs," Dana Stewart. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Public Resonance. Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Revision. Reflection. Beyond the Essay: Comic Strips and Other Media.
13. Thinking Radically: Re-Seeing the World.
Readings. "Celibate Passion," Kathleen Norris. "Build the Wall," Ed Bell. "Unemployed, and Working Hard," Simon Wykoff [Student essay].

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