The Composition of Everyday Life
- AUTHORS: John Mauk; John Metz
- ISBN-13: 9781305081581
- Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
- 832 Pages Paperback
- 5th Edition
- ©2016 Published
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Showing students that the act of writing is connected to their daily lives, THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE emphasizes invention to help students rediscover concepts, uncover meaning, and rethink the world around them. The fifth edition offers 13 chapters to help students invent ideas, more than any other text on the market. With more than 35 reading selections by both professional and student writers-many responding to the chapter prompts-this book fully engages students in writing academic essays. This edition includes a new chapter on rhetorical analysis, providing instructors with examples and assignments to help students formally think through rhetorical concerns such as audience, use of appeals, and so on. Additionally, each writing project chapter includes Beyond the Essay activities to help students consider how the work they have done to invent essays can transfer to other types of writing, including sound recordings, visual presentations, and other multimodal genres. A proven text, THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE is noted for its fresh voice, colorful use of images, and the soundness and timeliness of its pedagogical foundation. It breaks down the opposition between the personal spaces of everyday life and the critical discourse of academia. The result is a book offering students and teachers pedagogy for making meaning and generating writing, at the intersection of academic and nonacademic life. With its emphasis on invention, The COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE gives students excellent preparation for the academic reading and writing activities they may encounter throughout their college experience and well beyond.
Part I: INVENTION.
1. Inventing Ideas.
The Invention Manifesto: Invention in the Writing Process. Asking Questions. Reading for Rhetoric. How To Use The Composition Of Everyday Life. Inventing Writing Project.
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. “Delicate Friend,” Lauren Jackson [Student essay]. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Public Resonance. Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Revision. Reflection. Beyond the Essay.
Readings. “Heart of Sand,” Anne-Marie Oomen. “The Front Porch,” Chester McCovey. “Corpse Colloquy,” Justin Scott [Student essay]. “Red Raiders Fans,” Taylor Perry. 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. “World Gone Mad,” Derrick Jensen. “Black Like I Thought I Was,” Erin Aubrey Kaplan. “‘Have It Your Way’: Consumerism Invades Education,” Simon Benlow. “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 Default Setting: An Analysis of David Foster Wallace,” Adrienne Carr. “Declarations of Transformation,” Sharon Angel [Student essay]. “The Weight of Sanity: A Sample Analysis of Ann Marie Paulin.” 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. “The Mighty Image,” Cameron Johnson. “An Imperfect Reality,” Rebecca Hollingsworth [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. “Floppy Disk Fallacies,” Elizabeth Bohnhorst [Student essay]. “Whales R Us,” Jayme Stayer. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Public Resonance. Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Revision. Reflection. Beyond the Essay: The Open Letter.
9. Responding to Arguments.
Readings. “What Orwell Didn’t Know,” George Lakoff. “Entitlement Education,” Daniel Bruno. “Reality Check,” Allison Hester [Student essay]. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Public Resonance. Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Revision. Reflection. Beyond the Essay: Tattoo Design.
Readings. “Talibanned,” Benjamin Busch. “The Andy Griffith Show: Return to Normal,” Ed Bell. “Star Trek,” Jaren Provo. 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. “Throwing Up Childhood,” Leonard Kress. “American Consumerism,” Jamie Bentley [Student essay]. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Public Resonance. Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Revision. Reflection. Beyond the Essay: Photo Essay.
12. Proposing Solutions.
Readings. “Where Anonymity Breeds Contempt,” Julie Zhuo. “Attending to the Word,” Deirdre Mahoney. “Reverence for Food,” Rachel Scofield [Student essay]. 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. “An Apology to Future Generations,” Simon Benlow. “Unemployed, and Working Hard,” Simon Wykoff [Student essay]. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Public Resonance. Thesis. Rhetorical Tools. Revision. Reflection. Beyond the Essay: Visual Essay / Collage / Poster.
Part II: RESEARCH.
14. Finding Sources.
Using Catalogs and Databases. Online Catalogs. Periodical Databases. Conducting Interviews. Planning an Interview. Asking the Right Questions. Integrating Interviews into Your Writing. Creating Surveys. Generating Questions. Choosing Respondents. Recording and Using Responses.
15. Analyzing, Synthesizing, and Evaluating Sources.
Developing Critical Literacy. “Just the Facts, Please”-or Maybe Not. “Numbers Don’t Lie”-or Do They? Summarizing and Analyzing Sources. Content. Context. Understanding Common Source Genres. Synthesizing Sources. Assignment: Summarizing, Analyzing, and Synthesizing Sources. Sample Synthesis: Exploring Caffeine Views, by Jim Crockett. Evaluating Sources. Relevance. Reliability. Credibility. Timeliness. Diversity. Evaluating Online Sources. Assignment: Evaluating a Source. Sample Source Evaluation.
16. Integrating and Documenting Sources.
Basic Concepts. Issues to Consider and Discuss. Why Get Information from Sources? When to Get Information from Sources. What Is Inventive Research? Where to Get Information from Sources. What Is Plagiarism? Why Document Sources? What’s a Good Research Topic? Formal versus Informal Documentation. Integrating Ideas from Sources. Summary. Quotation. Special Conditions in Quoting. Organizing Sources. Blending in the Source Information. Documenting Sources. MLA Style. In-Text Citation. Works Cited. Sample Research Essay. APA Style. In-Text Citation. References. Sample Research Essay.
Part III: ORGANIZATION AND DELIVERY.
17. Organizing Ideas.
Beginning. Changing Paragraphs. Integrating Outside Sources. Counterarguing. Separating Problems and Solutions. Concluding.
18. Developing Voice.
Establishing Presence. Building Credibility. Following Conventions.
19. Vitalizing Sentences.
Controlling the Pace. Getting Specific. Cleaning the Language. Experimenting with Patterns.
Part IV: ANTHOLOGY.
20. Everyday Rhetoric.
Remembering. “A Beat Education,” Leonard Kress. “Pass It On,” Molli Wallen. “The Grapes of Mrs. Rath,” Steve Mockensturm. Explaining Relationships. “What the Honey Meant,” Cindy Bosley. “Dog-Tied,” David Hawes. “The Holy Land,” Kierstin Reszka. Observing. “Onward, Gamers, Onward!” Royce Flores. “The Farm on the Hill,” Evan Proudfoot. Analyzing Concepts. “Why We No Longer Use the ‘H’ Word,” Dan Wilkins. “Cookies or Heroin,” Marie Winn. “What Is Education?” Petra Pepellashi. Analyzing Texts. “Impossible Fear,” Kathleen Schenck. Analyzing Images. “Cartoons ‘n Comics: Communication to the Quick,” Joy Clough. “Condaleezza Rice’s Cleveland Browns,” Holly A. Putnat. “The Power of Images: Creating the Myths of Our Time,” J. Francis Davis. Making Arguments. “Crimes Against Humanity,” Ward Churchill. “Beware of Drug Sales,” Therese Cherry. Professional Letter, Therese Cherry. “The Worst Crime of the 20th Century,” Carolyn Dean and Ellisa Meininger. “Internet Addiction,” Greg Beato. “Trees Please,” Michael Rust. Responding to Arguments. “A New Map of How We Think: Top Brain/Bottom Brain,” Stephen M. Kosslyn and G. Wayne Miller. “A More Perfect Union,” Barack Obama. “Military Fraud: The Myth of Automatic Virtue,” Steve Gillman. Evaluating. “Revealing the Ugly Cartoonish Truth: The Simpsons,” Simon Benlow. “Hip-Hop: A Roadblock or Pathway to Black Empowerment?” Geoffrey Bennett. “The Parting Breath of the Now-Perfect Woman,” Chester McCovey. “The Day the Music Died: A Tribute to Rock Band,” Chay Close. Searching for Causes. “Sex, Lies, and Conversation: Why Is It So Hard for Men and Women to Talk to Each Other?” Deborah Tannen. “Why We Bing Watch Television,” Kevin Fallon. “Are Female Long-Distance Runners More Prone to Suicidal Depression?” Emily de la Bruyere. Proposing Solutions. “Technology, Movement, and Sound,” Ed Bell. “Television: Destroying Childhood,” Rose Bachtel. “Medicine After Oil,” Daniel Bednarz. Thinking Radically. “Not Homeschooling? What’s Your Excuse?” Tricia Smith. “Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results,” Joanne Lippman.
Part V: RHETORICAL HANDBOOK.
21. Rhetorical Handbook.
How Sentences Work: An Overview. Word Choice. Complete Sentences. Sentence Fragments and Run-On Sentences. Agreement. Parallelism. Punctuation. Paragraphs.